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1880 First Avenue, image via Google Maps

Metropolitan Hospital Plans 16 Stories of Apartments on Its Parking Lot at 1880 First Avenue in East Harlem

New York City’s hospitals are struggling. St. Vincent’s Hospital in the West Village shut its doors in 2010 and sold most of its property to condo developers. Beth Israel Hospital is planning to close and sell off some of its buildings in the East Village, eventually demolishing the 825-bed hospital and developing a newer, smaller facility.

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127 Troutman Street

Two Four-Story, Eight-Unit Residential Buildings Planned at 127 Troutman Street, Bushwick

Brooklyn-based Moshe Friedman has filed applications for two four-story, eight-unit residential buildings at 127-129 Troutman Street, in western Bushwick. They will measure 6,052 square feet and 5,895 square feet, respectively. Across both, the residential units should average 677 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be bike storage in the cellars. Boaz Golani’s Brooklyn-based Beam Group is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot assemblage is consists of a vacant lot and a recessed two-story house. Demolition permits haven’t been filed to remove the latter. The Central Avenue stop on the M train is five blocks away.


Thomas Heatherwick's "Vessel." rendering by Visual House

Related Unveils Thomas Heatherwick’s Honeycomb Sculpture at Hudson Yards

Last year, Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross promised New York Times reporter Charles Bagli that the firm would install an iconic sculpture at Hudson Yards that would rival the Eiffel Tower. Ross unveiled the design for the $150 million structure this morning, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper next to the entrance to the year-old Hudson Yards 7 train station.

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2015 Vyse Avenue, image via Google Maps

Seven Stories of Apartments Planned for 2015 Vyse Avenue in West Farms

West Farms, in the central Bronx, has long been neglected and forgotten by the city. Robert Moses rammed the Cross Bronx Expressway through the area half a century ago, isolating a broad swath of working class communities from the rest of the borough. And the Bronx River, which splits the neighborhood in two, was contaminated by industrial runoff and filled with trash until community groups began cleaning it up the late ’90s. But developers are finally starting to look closely at the working class, black and Latino neighborhood. Mikjor Shllaku, who heads a plumbing company next door in Van Nest, hopes to build a seven-story apartment building at 2015 Vyse Avenue.

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Jacob K. Javits Center

Request for Proposals Launched for Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Expansion Project

Empire State Development (ESD) has formally launched a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a development team for the planned three-story, 1.2-million-square-foot expansion project at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, located at 655 West 34th Street in what’s now called the Hudson Yards District. The expansion was announced earlier this year. The ground-up portion of the project, to be built on the complex’s northern edge, has been dubbed the Transformer Building. It will contain electrical and mechanical infrastructure, plus 665,000 square feet of meeting rooms and exhibition space, a ballroom, and outdoor space. A large truck garage is also expected to be built. FXFOWLE Architects is behind the expansion’s design. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year, Real Estate Weekly reported.


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