New York

159 West 48th Street

445-Key Hard Rock Hotel Under Development at 159 West 48th Street, Midtown

Over the weekend, it was revealed, by the New York Post, that Extell Development is partnering with Hard Rock International to build a Hard Rock Hotel at 151-159 West 48th Street, located mid-block between Sixth and Seventh avenues, near Times Square in Midtown. Now, a rendering and additional details have been released in a Curbed NY report. The hotel tower will boast 445 rooms, a lobby lounge, a restaurant and bar, a rooftop lounge, and an underground speakeasy-style establishment. The hotel will also feature iconic music memorabilia, like many Hard Rock locations do. The 13,153-square-foot site is currently occupied by a seven-story parking garage and a five-story tenement building. Permits were filed to demolish the garage in February. The assemblage can accommodate 180,336 square feet of commercial development as-of-right. Additional air rights can be acquired elsewhere on the block and from around the district, as the site sits within the special Times Square zoning district.


101-16 Lewis Avenue

Two Three-Story, Three-Unit Residential Buildings Coming to 101-16 Lewis Avenue, Corona

Queens-based property owner Bin Yan, doing business as an anonymous LLC, has filed applications for two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 101-16 – 101-18 Lewis Avenue, in Corona, located five blocks north of the Long Island Expressway. Each structure will measure just 3,600 square feet. Across both, the full-floor residential units should average 833 square feet apiece. The ground-floor of each structure will feature a single-car garage and laundry facilities will be located in the cellars. Thee Shiun Eric Ken’s Flushing-based company is the applicant of record. The project will rise on a 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot lot on the corner of 102nd Street. Demolition permits were filed in March to remove the site’s single-story occupant.


287 Midwood Street

Four-Story, Six-Unit Residential Building Filed at 287 Midwood Street, Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Brooklyn-based property owner David Mosseri has filed applications for a four-story, six-unit residential building at 287 Midwood Street, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, located four blocks from the Sterling Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The structure will measure 6,000 square feet and its residential units should average 733 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor on the ground through second floors, followed by two units across both the third and fourth floors. David Nagan’s Fresh Meadows-based King David Architecture is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,000-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not yet been filed.


505 Clinton Avenue

Six-Story, 12-Unit Residential Building Now Planned at 505 Clinton Avenue, Clinton Hill

Back in September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a six-story, 10-unit mixed-use building at 505 Clinton Avenue, in southern Clinton Hill, located right above of the Clinton-Washington Avenues stop on the C train. Those plans never got off the ground and are now being replaced with ones for a six-story, 12-unit residential project. The latest new building application calls for one with 10,350 square feet of residential space, which means units should average 862.5 square feet apiece. The structure would be topped by a penthouse level, which would be associated with one of the sixth-floor apartments and would be a duplex. The development team has also changed since 2014, with Brooklyn-based Dimora NYC Inc. now the developer and Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Engineering as the architect. The 30-foot-wide site’s old two-story house was demolished in March.


70 East End Avenue

KPMB Architects Designing Brearley School’s New 12-Story Academic Building at 70 East End Avenue, Upper East Side

Back in July of 2015, the Brearley School – a 700-student, all-girls prep school – announced plans for an eight- to 10-story academic building at 70-74 East End Avenue, located on the corner of East 83rd Street in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. New details have been revealed in a DNAinfo report. The latest plans, which have not yet been filed with the Buildings Department, call for a 12-story building with classrooms and labs, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a library, a lounge, and a playground for younger students. The site can accommodate a new building of up to 75,780 square feet. KPMB Architects will be responsible for the design. The three five-story tenement buildings, previously occupied by 15 rent-stabilized tenants, have been vacated and demolition permits were filed in April. Completion is expected before September of 2019. Brearley’s current 12-story building at 610 East 83rd Street would then receive extensive renovations.


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