The Landmarks Preservation Commission is now reviewing proposals from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to renovate and restore the historic Lever House at 390 Park Avenue in Midtown East, Manhattan. Scope of work for the proposed alterations includes replacement of non-original plaza paving and bases, the installation of new signage and stainless steel doors, a new entrance into the Casa Lever restaurant on the ground floor, and the replacement of aluminum panelling and glass storefronts at the ground floor. The design team will also restore exterior stone, metal, and ceiling materials around the property.
Construction is nearing completion on 517 West 29th Street, a ten-story residential building in Chelsea. Developed by Churchill Real Estate Holdings and designed by Ben Hansen Architect with Rand Engineering and Architecture as the architect of record, the 135-foot-tall structure yields 56,160 square feet with 60 condominium units and nine private outdoor parking spaces. The Midtown, Manhattan project stands between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues near the High Line and Hudson Yards.
Closings are set to begin this August for a new office condominium property at 35 West 36th Street in Herald Square, Manhattan. From developer Hidrock Properties the 12-story, 80,000-square-foot structure is currently undergoing a conversion from traditional office space to office condominium units.
Construction is currently ahead of schedule on One Madison Avenue, a 1.4-million-square-foot, 27-story office tower expansion in Manhattan’s historic Flatiron District. As of today, 100 percent of demolition work is complete and structural reinforcement is underway.
YIMBY took a look inside the recently opened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), which is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 40th Street across from Bryant Park and the main New York Public Library building. The renovation was made possible thanks to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which contributed $55 million along with support from the City of New York. The building was once home to the Mid-Manhattan Library in the 1970s, and before that, the Arnold Constable Company. The 180,000-square-foot facility opened to the public on June 1 at a cost of $200 million and includes eight levels with soaring atrium spaces, wide walkways, easy circulation, bright interiors, and an outdoor rooftop terrace that overlooks the surrounding Midtown, Manhattan neighborhood. Interiors were done by Dutch architect Francine Houben of Mecanoo Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle.