Midtown

485 Seventh Avenue

Financing Secured For 16-Story, 618-Key Hotel Conversion At 485 Seventh Avenue, Garment District

In March of 2015, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved alterations that would go into converting the 16-story, 235,000 square-foot office building at 485 Seventh Avenue, at the corner of West 36th Street in the Garment District, into a boutique hotel. The property, an individual landmark, was completed in 1907 as the Mills Hotel No. 3, a male-exclusive, 1,885-unit single-room occupancy residential hotel. The Lightstone Group is planning to convert the property into a 618-key MOXY Hotel by Marriott, and Commercial Observer reports $330 million in financing was secured for the project. Retail space and a restaurant will be located each on the ground and second floors. Stonehill & Taylor Architects is the architect of record.


562 Fifth Avenue

Developer Begins Demolition At Fifth Avenue-West 46th Street Assemblage, Midtown

Gary Barnett’s Extell Development is moving forward with an unknown project on the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 46th Street, in Midtown’s Diamond District. Curbed NY reports the developer recently filed demolition permits for six five-story commercial buildings spanning 3-13 West 46th Street. The row of buildings are currently masked with black netting, which means demolition should begin soon.

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550 Madison Avenue

25,000 Square-Feet Of Retail Planned In Hotel-Condo Conversion Of Sony Tower, 550 Madison Avenue, Midtown

Early last month, the first rendering surfaced of Chetrit Group’s planned hotel-condo conversion of the 37-story, 855,000 square-foot office building at 550 Madison Avenue, between East 55th and 56th Streets in Midtown. Sony Tower’s 14th through 20th floors will be converted into a 170-key and will be operated by Oetker Collection Masterpiece Hotels. The 21st through 43rd floors will be converted into 113 condominiums, but Real Estate Weekly now has details on the three stories of redesigned retail at the bottom of the building. The retail space, formerly occupied by Sony, will measure 25,451 square feet in total and will be split into four separate leases. Robert A.M. Stern is designing, and completion of the conversion is expected in early 2018.


NYC 2016 Supertalls

Why 2016 Will Be the Manhattan Skyline’s Biggest Year Ever

The rise of the supertalls has been several years in the making, and One57, 432 Park Avenue, and One World Trade Center have offered a preview of the increasingly gargantuan changes taking place across New York City. But 2016 will mark the start of a new era for the city’s skyline. With six supertalls of 300 meters (984 feet) or greater now rising, the city’s total number of such buildings will nearly double, from seven to thirteen. Yesterday, the New York Post featured YIMBY’s compilation of the towers, and today we wanted to give our own rundown on the image and its implications for our continually-changing city.

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