Murray Hill

222 East 40th Street. Photo at left by Tectonic via the YIMBY Forums. Rendering at right via Fisher Brothers.

Façade Installation Underway on 225 East 39th Street, 36-Story, 372-Unit Residential Tower, Murray Hill

The 36-story, 372-unit residential tower being constructed at 225 East 39th Street, located on Tunnel Exit Street between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill, has topped out since YIMBY’s last update in February, when the structure was 16 stories above street level. Curtain wall installation is now underway on the structure, as seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by Tectonic. The building measures 373,248 square feet in its entirety, and its residential units, which will be rental apartments, should average 922 square feet apiece. Twenty percent of the units, or 75, will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Amenities include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, tenant lounges, a café, a library, a landscaped courtyard, and a recreational area on the 35th floor. Fisher Brothers is the developer, and Handel Architects is behind the architecture. Completion can probably be expected later this year.


42-10 164th Street

Four Three-Story, Three-Unit Residential Buildings Coming to 42-10 164th Street, Murray Hill, Queens

Flushing-based Applo Development Group has filed applications for four three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 42-02 – 42-10 164th Street, in Murray Hill, located to the east of Downtown Flushing. They will measure between 3,732 square feet and 3,748 square feet. Across the entire development, the full-floor residential units should average 891 square feet apiece, which could mean either homes or rental apartments are in the works. Each structure will feature a two-car garage. Michael Mastrogiacom’s Rye, N.Y.-based Mastrogiacomo Engineering is the applicant of record. The 7,923-square-foot site, located at the corner of Stanford Avenue, is currently occupied by two two-and-a-half-story houses. Demolition permits were filed in March.


587-591 Third Avenue

20-Story, 74-Unit Mixed-Use Project at 591 Third Avenue in Murray Hill Could Be Condos

Back in March of 2015, CB Developers, SK Development, and Ironstate Development acquired, for $25.2 million, the three five-story tenement buildings at 587-591 Third Avenue, located between East 38th and 39th streets in Murray Hill. Around that time, the developers filed applications for a 20-story, 74-unit mixed-use building at the site. Now, the team has submitted preliminary applications (called CPS-1 documents, which are associated with marketing) with the state Attorney General’s office for a condominium project, according to The Real Deal. Filings with the Buildings Department describe a 96,166-square-foot building in the works. It will have 4,231 square feet of retail space on the ground and cellar levels, and its residential units should average 972 square feet apiece. Edgar L. Rawlings’ Lower East Side-based Rawlings Architects is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed for the existing tenements back in 2014.


685 First Avenue

Reveal for 42-Story, 556-Unit Rental/Condo Tower Planned at 685 First Avenue, Murray Hill

In August of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 42-story, 550-unit mixed-use building at 685 First Avenue, located between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill. Now, new details and renderings of the building have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. The 459-foot-tall tower will actually contain 556 residential units and measure a whopping 828,000 square feet in its entirety. Two-thirds of the units will be rental apartments while the remaining one-third will be condominiums. Amenities include an underground 110-car garage, storage for 282 bikes, laundry facilities, a pool, a fitness center, a library, and recreational and assembly rooms. There will also be 10,088 square feet of ground-floor retail. Richard Meier & Partners Architects is behind the design, and Sheldon Solow is the developer. Excavation is reportedly underway, and completion is expected in 2018.

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The American Copper Buildings, 626 First Avenue. All photographs by the author

JDS and SHoP Show Off Skybridge at American Copper Buildings, 626 First Avenue

The developer and architect behind one of the most striking new developments in New York City showed off its signature feature on Wednesday. They also revealed its new name. 626 First Avenue, a product of JDS Development and SHoP Architects located at East 36th Street in what you would have to call Murray Hill, will hence forth be known as the American Copper Buildings.

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