Back in August of 2015, foundation work was underway for 55 Hudson Yards, a planned 51-story, 1.3-million square-foot office building bound by Eleventh Avenue and Hudson Boulevard and West 33rd and 34th streets, in the Hudson Yards District. The structure has since risen above street level and is now three stories in height, as seen in photos by NyConstructionPhoto. The 780-foot-tall tower will feature an amenity-filled lobby and outdoor terraces throughout. Multiple tenants have already signed leases or letters of intent for space. Law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner has leased 83,000 square feet, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, another law firm, signed a letter of intent to take 250,000 square feet. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are developing, while Kohn Pedersen Fox is the design architect. Tokyo-based Mitsui Fudosan owns a 92.09 percent share of the tower. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.
The seven-story, 58,700-square-foot New Museum – a contemporary art museum at 235 Bowery, on the Lower East Side – is planning to expand into the six-story commercial building at 231 Bowery, which they purchased for $16.6 million in 2008. The museum is now preparing to convert the property into exhibition space, event space, storage, and offices, the New York Times reports. The expansion would increase the museum’s footprint by roughly 42,000 square feet, which means the complex would measure over 100,000 square feet once completed. The lot walls separating the existing structure and the 231 Bowery would be removed to connect the buildings. The project is still in the planning stage. The New Museum was constructed in 2007 and designed by Tokyo-based SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), with Gensler serving as the architect of record.
The challenge of building on oddly shaped lots in expensive neighborhoods can inspire unique architecture. In Williamsburg, J Frankl Architects came up with an offbeat design for a wedge-shaped plot at 369 Berry Street, just south of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Since July, YIMBY has been reporting on efforts to expand the eight-story (seven stories plus a penthouse) townhouse apartment building at 1143 Fifth Avenue, on the Upper East Side. The owner has been trying to convince the Landmarks Preservation Commission to allow the addition since November. On Tuesday, on the fourth attempt, the commission granted approval, though the expansion will be far smaller than originally proposed.
New development doesn’t come often to Manhattan Beach, a Russian and Jewish middle-class enclave that juts out into Sheepshead Bay on a peninsula in southern Brooklyn. And the homes that do get built here are generally huge, single-family mansions that sell for millions of dollars. But a developer recently filed plans for a new apartment building at 51 West End Avenue, close to the border with Brighton Beach.