The condominium conversion of the Upper East Side’s Manhattan House – a landmarked 20-story, 584-unit rental complex, located at 200 East 66th Street and built in 1951 – is now wrapping up, the Observer reports. O’Connor Capital Partners shelled out $623 million for the exclusive rental property back in 2005. Today, the complex sports 495 condominiums and an additional 93 rent-stabilized units. Twenty-six of the condos have yet to be sold. Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill originally design Manhattan House, and Sasaki Associates designed the building’s private garden.
The TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been out of commission for 14 years, but if all goes according to plan, it will welcome a new slew of visitors starting in just a few years. MCR Development is planning to redevelop the landmarked 1962 Eero Saarinen building into the TWA Flight Center Hotel. It got approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in September, but yesterday announced that it is commencing the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP.
In mid-2014, Caerus Group acquired the three-story former Eberhard Pencil Factory building at 74 Kent Street, in Greenpoint, for $7.5 million. Now, the developer is converting the landmarked, 17,413 square-foot property into commercial space, according to Commercial Observer. Office space will be located on the second, third, and cellar levels, while retail space will occupy the ground floor. Each floor will feature outdoor space and 6,000 square feet of green space is planned on the roof. Hustvedt Cutler Architects is designing the conversion and completion is expected in the first half of 2016.
The IFC Center, deeply in need of more space, is one step closer to an expansion. The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved plans for the movie theater at Sixth Avenue and West 3rd Street to expand to a vacant lot behind it at 14-16 Cornelia Street. That would bump IFC’s five theaters seating a total of 480 people to 11 theaters seating a total of 948 people, while also clearing out the sidewalk with added lobby space.
New York City has a new historic district. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in a unanimous vote, designated the Bedford Historic District in Brooklyn. That means 824 more buildings now fall under the commission’s oversight. It also means the green street signs will eventually be replaced with brown ones.