Hell’s Kitchen

424 West 55th Street

Seven-Story, 17-Unit Affordable Residential Building Complete at 424 West 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen

Back in July of 2014, YIMBY revealed an initial rendering of the planned seven-story, 17-unit all-affordable residential building at 424 West 55th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen. At the time, we reported that excavation was underway at the site. The 21,339-square-foot building has since been entirely constructed and applications for the apartments are now available, according to DNAinfo. The rental apartments should average 1,082 square feet apiece and will range from studio to three-bedroom configurations. Amenities will include storage for nine bicycles, laundry facilities, and an outdoor recreational area behind the building on the ground floor. Arker Companies is the developer and Aufgang Architects is behind the design. Occupancy is expected this summer.


577 Ninth Avenue

28-Story Hotel-Residential-Retail Project Rises to 14th Floor at 577 Ninth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

Back in June of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the planned 28-story mixed-use building at 577 Ninth Avenue (a.k.a. 400 West 42nd Street), located between West 41st and 42nd streets, on the southern end of Hell’s Kitchen. Construction has since kicked off at the site and the building is now 14 stories above street level, as seen in a photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. New details on the project have also been disclosed by The Real Deal. Once complete, the 218,872-square-foot building, dubbed Pod Times Square, will feature a 665-key hotel, 48 residential units, and 25,000 square feet of retail space across the cellar through second floors. The building will be operated by BD Hotels under the Pod Hotels brand. The apartments will be rented fully furnished by the hotel as Pod Pads. The one- and two-bedroom apartments will be located on the 23rd through 27th floors and will measure between 400 and 800 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include storage for 52 bikes, a lounge, private storage rooms, a fitness center, laundry facilities, and an indoor/outdoor recreational area on the 28th floor. Friedman Group and Landis Group are the developers, while SLCE Architects is the architect of record. Completion is expected in 2017.


South view from the 62nd floor of Manhattan View at MiMA. All photographs by the author

Scoping Out the Views from Condo Conversion Manhattan View at MiMA

The huge MiMA residential building, designed by Arquitectonica, opened in Hell’s Kitchen in 2011. Its 500 rental units stretching up to the 49th floor were topped with a further 151 units across 13 more floors. Those luxury units were known as One MiMA Tower, and they opened in 2012. Now, they are undergoing a change, and YIMBY got the first look inside.

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311 West 43rd Street

14-Story Scribner Printing Plant Building at 311 West 43rd Street Getting Office Renovation, Hell’s Kitchen

In December of 2015, William Maklowe Company and Principal Real Estate Investors acquired the 14-story, 190,000-square-foot former Scribner Printing Plant building – located at 311 West 43rd Street, in Hell’s Kitchen – for $107 million. Now, the owners are are renovating the former industrial property into modern office space, dubbed The Press, according to Commercial Observer. The renovations include a redesigned lobby, a new canopy over the entrance, new windows, and a top-down revitalization of the interior. Some of the vacant floors will see a more extensive overhaul, like the 12,749-square-foot eleventh floor, which will get a high-end kitchen, and glass conference rooms. Other upgrades include a penthouse lounge, equipped with a pantry, and an outdoor roof deck. Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of the summer. Currently, there’s about 80,000 square feet of vacant space in the building.



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