New York City’s development booms result in buildings of all shapes and types. And while each round of additions brings lots of positive changes to the city’s skyline, the city’s denizens must, unfortunately, accept the bad with the good. While new projects in surrounding blocks will eventually block much of the building from most perspectives, the misproportioned parapets of 5 Beekman are, in the intermediary, an affront to New Yorkers and the skyline.
The owners of Textile Arts Center in Gowanus are building more light industrial space next door at 497 Carroll Street, between Third and Fourth avenues.
A rendering has been revealed of the New Community Corporation’s planned two-story, 24-unit supportive housing project at 93-101 14th Avenue, located in Newark’s Central Ward. All of the project’s apartments will be studios housing homeless individuals suffering from mental illness, Jersey Digs reported. The building, called A Better Life, is receiving financing from various local, state and federal agencies and organizations. Jersey City-based LWDMR Architects is behind the architecture. A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held at the site, which has long been vacant, and completion is expected next year.
Construction is now two stories above street level—a two-story increase since the end of May—on the two-towered, 48- and 41-story, 1,115-unit mixed-use development replacing 5Pointz at 22-44 Jackson Avenue, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. The latest photos of the site can be seen at The Court Square Blog. The entire complex will encompass 1,209,884 square feet, including 39,765 square feet of commercial space on the ground and cellar levels. Some of that space will be for 20 artists’ studios. The residential units will be rentals averaging 876 square feet apiece. Twenty percent of them, or 223 units, will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. G&M Realty is the developer and HTO Architect is behind the architecture. Completion is expected towards the end of 2017.
The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has filed applications for a three-story, 22,896-square-foot expansion of P.S. 066 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, located at 85-11 102nd Street on the western end of Richmond Hill in Queens. The expansion will be built on the northern side of the existing structure, at the address 85-05 102nd Street, and will increase the size of the facility to 62,316 square feet. There will be a cafeteria in the basement, a pre-kindergarten wing on the ground floor, a kindergarten wing on the second floor, along with a nurse’s office, and additional classrooms, offices, and exercise rooms on the third floor. AECOM is the architect of record. YIMBY has reported on four other school projects filed by the city this past week.