Microsoft is planning to open their first Manhattan flagship store in the five-story building at 677 Fifth Avenue, between East 53rd and 54th Street, according to The Wall Street Journal. The structure has undergone an extensive renovation, acquiring a new façade and updated interior spaces. The store will span 22,269 square feet over five floors, and opening is expected on October 26th at noon.
Most of the houses on East 61st Street between Second and Third Avenues in Midtown were built between the 1840s and 1870s, and the city decided to protect their historic Italianate and Greek Revival architecture by landmarking them as the Treadwell Farm Historic District in 1967. Now a home just outside the historic district, at 251 East 61st Street, is getting a restored facade and a full renovation. And YIMBY has renderings of the revamped facade and interiors, which include a small carriage house in the back.
As the de Blasio administration pushes forward with its plan to build 80,000 units of affordable housing, more filings have surfaced for city-owned vacant lots, like this one at 54-15 101st in Corona, not far from Flushing Meadows Park. New building applications have been filed to erect an eight-story senior housing development there, between Lewis and Martense Avenues.
Now that the city has started public review for the East New York rezoning, developers have begun pushing even deeper into the neighborhood, close to the border with Queens. New building applications have now been filed for one of these far-flung projects at 731-735 Autumn Avenue, a block west of the MTA’s Pitkin Avenue Yard.
The St. Luke’s School is planning to expand their 40,000 square-foot facility at 487 Hudson Street, in the West Village, by 20,000 square feet, according to Commercial Observer. The addition will include a glassbox theater, an expanded gym, and additional classrooms, but will have to be built atop a new foundation over the existing three story building. The school recently extended their lease for another 49 years at the property.