Earlier this month, news broke that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was moving forward with plans to upgrade Pennsylvania Station, between West 31st and 33rd streets on Eighth Avenue in Midtown, and now the state has issued a Request For Proposals (RFR) for the project, dubbed the Empire Station Complex. According to Curbed NY, the document highlights plans to build a main entrance on Eight Avenue, which would entail demolishing the Theater at MSG. In addition, it would connect the station to the proposed new tracks of the Gateway Project, which includes new tunnels under the Hudson River and Amtrak’s expansion into Moynihan Train Hall (the Farley Post Office) and the connecting concourse, along with other upgrades. The renderings were created by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, although the selected team could go ahead with a different firm. Proposals are due by April 22.
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The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.
The condominium conversion of the Upper East Side’s Manhattan House – a landmarked 20-story, 584-unit rental complex, located at 200 East 66th Street and built in 1951 – is now wrapping up, the Observer reports. O’Connor Capital Partners shelled out $623 million for the exclusive rental property back in 2005. Today, the complex sports 495 condominiums and an additional 93 rent-stabilized units. Twenty-six of the condos have yet to be sold. Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill originally design Manhattan House, and Sasaki Associates designed the building’s private garden.
Back in January of 2014, YIMBY brought you a construction update on the 20-story, 75,000 square-foot office building planned at 34 East 51st Street, in Midtown, and later that month, we brought you a rendering. Today, the building is structurally complete and preparing for a January 2016 opening date, according to Crain’s. The boutique office property’s floors range from 2,700 to 5,000 square feet, and it also has club-like amenities, with the overall setup geared towards smaller office tenants. Istanbul-based developer Sedesco is behind the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed project.
Just as AvalonBay Communities wraps up its big Brooklyn tower in Downtown Brooklyn, the developer has filed new building applications for a 33-story development at 1865 Broadway, just north of Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side.