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Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History Files Expansion Plans With Landmarks Preservation Commission

The American Museum of Natural History, located between West 77th and 81st streets on the Upper West Side, has filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their expansion project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since the museum board approved the Studio Gang Architects-designed project late last year, the proposed expansion has grown from 218,000 square feet to 235,000 square feet. Also, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation — a ground-up six-story structure near 79th Street — has been altered to cut into only a quarter of an acre of Theodore Roosevelt Park, down from half an acre. Changes to the 2015 plans include reducing the number of trees removed from nine to seven, and demolishing three existing structures. Extensive reconfiguration work and upgrades to park space remain key elements of the project. In addition to the LPC, the Parks Department must also approve the project. Completion is tentatively expected in 2020.

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310 West 113th Street

Eight-Story, 14-Unit Residential Building Planned at 310 West 113th Street, Harlem

The Brooklyn-based Meshberg Group has filed applications for an eight-story, 14-unit residential building at 310 West 113th Street, on the southern end of Harlem. The project will measure 26,701 square feet and its residential units should average 1,435 square feet, indicative of condominiums. Some of the apartments will be duplexes. Amenities will include private residential storage space, laundry facilities, and a rooftop terrace. Issac & Stern Architects is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,046-square-foot assemblage consists of three 16- to-17-foot-wide three-story townhouses. The structures are expected to be demolished, although permits haven’t been filed yet.


2499 Ocean Avenue

Six-Story, 20-Unit Residential Building Filed at 2499 Ocean Avenue, Sheepshead Bay

An anonymous Bayside-based LLC has filed applications for a six-story, 20-unit residential building at 2499 Ocean Avenue, in Sheepshead Bay. The project will measure 16,267 square feet, which means its residential units should average 813 square feet apiece. Amenities are to include a recreation room, a 10-car garage, bike storage, laundry facilities, and private residential storage space. It’s unclear if the apartments will be rentals or condominiums. Maspeth-based Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng Architects Studio is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,500-square-foot assemblage, at 2497-2499 Ocean Avenue, is currently occupied by two single-family houses. Demolition permits were filed in June. The Avenue U stop on the Q train is six blocks away.




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