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Dock 72, photo by Harrison Boyce

The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Dock 72 Nears Completion

Major progress has been made for Dock 72, a 16-story commercial office building rising in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Incredibly, it is the first ground-up office building to rise in Brooklyn since MetroTech in the 1980’s. The development is a joint venture with Rudin Management and Boston Properties, with WeWork co-developing and handling amenities. WeWork will occupy nearly a third of the building.

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159 East 53rd Street

Renovation Planned for Six-Story, 200,000-Square-Foot Office Building at 159 East 53rd Street, Midtown East

Boston Properties is conducting a $150 million renovation on the six-story, 200,000-square-foot commercial building at 159 East 53rd Street, in Midtown East. The structure, known as the base component of the 59-story former Citigroup Center at 601 Lexington Avenue, will receive a redesigned façade with larger windows and a new private lobby and entrance. The ground-floor and below-grade retail spaces will also see renovations, as well as the installation of a food hall and dining area, Crain’s reported. A renovation to the public plaza beneath 601 Lexington is also in store. Since the complex was designated an individual landmark on Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approve any exterior alterations. The building is currently vacant.


The former Citicorp Center at 601 Lexington Avenue. Photo by Vitali Ogorodnikov

Landmarks Holds Second Round of Public Hearings for Midtown East Designations

In May, the Landmarks Preservation Commission added seven new sites to their calendar of items under consideration for designation within the Greater East Midtown Initiative area. That brought the total number under consideration to 12. In July, public hearings were held for the previously calendared five items. On Tuesday, a hearing was held for those seven items added in May.

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