The upper blocks of the Upper East Side are only just starting to sprout legitimately Manhattan-scaled skyscrapers, and what will soon become the tallest in the neighborhood, at 180 East 88th Street, is now rapidly rising. The tower is being developed by DDG, which also does their design in-house, though HTO Architect is listed as the architect of record on the permits.
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Most infill development on the Upper East Side is residential, but on the East River, several major sites for impending medical projects are now under construction. One of those is at 525 East 73rd Street, where Memorial Sloan Kettering’s David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care is now nearing the finish line, per the latest from Tectonic. The building stands 450 feet and 23 floors to its rooftop, comprising 750,000 square feet, and Perkins Eastman/Ennead are the architects. The site faced substantial opposition from NIMBYs during the approval process, but with cladding now rising, completion is likely within another year or so.
The Naftali Group has been working on several substantial new developments over the past few years, and two of the more prominent buildings are almost across the street from each other, at 210 West 77th Street, and at 221 West 77th Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side. YIMBY caught up with Miki Naftali at 210 West 77th Street to discuss how the firm’s other projects are coming along, how they managed to acquire two development sites that avoid the red tape that chokes so much of the Upper West Side, and the state of the market in general.
The Upper East Side is no stranger to mega-mansions, and now another is set to appear at 55 East 92nd Street, subject to approvals from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The applicants intend to combine two townhouses spanning 53-55 East 92nd Street into a single residence, with plans promising minor changes to the street-facing sides of the homes, and major alterations to the rears, designed by Steven Harris Architects, LLP.
Effective today, a multi-block stretch of the East River Esplanade is closed temporarily as work is undertaken for the expansion of Rockefeller University’s Upper East Side campus. All pedestrians and cyclists will be unable to access the stretch between East 63rd and 68th streets, from Monday, February 13 to Friday, March 31.