Rockefeller University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus expansion is now being constructed above the FDR Drive between East 64th and 68th streets, at 1228 York Avenue on the Upper East Side. The expansion consists of a two-story academic building and two acres of green space, according to the New York Times. The new building, called the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building, will encompass 152,641 square feet. It will feature laboratories, two amphitheaters, offices, conference rooms, a dining area, and outdoor terraces. The new structure will connect to the university’s existing buildings. Rafael Viñoly Architects is behind the design. Construction is being accomplished with the Chesapeake 1000, which is the “largest marine crane based on the East Coast.” Completion is expected in 2019.
Renderings have surfaced of a four-story, single-family townhouse planned at 34 East 62nd Street, in the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side. The plans come as the project was unanimously approved by Community Board 8’s landmarks committee earlier this year, DNAinfo reported. The townhouse will feature an elevator, a limestone façade, and a fifth-floor penthouse, and is being designed by Henry Jessup’s HS Jessup Architecture. The site can accommodate up to 8,030 square feet of residential space as-of-right. The Rye, N.Y.-based Woodbine Company, which acquired the vacant lot for $11.9 million in 2015, is the developer. It will eventually require approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, as it sits within the Upper East Side Historic District. The LPC will is currently slated be presented the project on on June 28.
The Jain Temple of New York, based in New Hyde Park, has filed applications for a single-story, 11,621-square-foot temple at 259-16 79th Avenue, located on the corner of 79th Avenue in Floral Park, Queens. The 23-foot-tall religious facility will contain a house of worship and prayer areas, a dining area and kitchen, classrooms, and accessory office space, according to the permits. Rohit D. Misra’s Flatiron District-based Misra Group is the architect of record. The temple will rise on a 10,000-square-foot lot that’s currently occupied by a two-story house. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.
At the intersection of the Upper East Side and Midtown East, there has been a surge of new development, starting with the newly-iconic 432 Park Avenue, by Macklowe Properties. And now we have the first full rendering of the same developer’s plans for 200 East 59th Street, designed by CetraRuddy, thanks to the YIMBY Forums, where EB-5 materials for the project have surfaced. YIMBY previously revealed the first renderings of the building back in November, but this image is the first to show the whole tower, which will feature wraparound terraces on every floor.
A structure dating back to the Civil War will be returned to residential use. The Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved a plan for 353 Sixth Avenue (a.k.a. 353 Avenue of the Americas), one which will see the structure grow a little.