In 2015, New York’s landmarks law turned 50 years old. Events and discussion panels were held across the city throughout the year. The Museum of the City of New York held the commemorative Saving Place exhibit. As YIMBY reported, six individual landmarks and four historic districts were designated during this period. However, last year also saw its fair share of demolitions. Here, we look back at a small selection from the dozens of buildings that met the wrecking ball over the course of 2015. These eight structures range from architectural masterpieces to eyesores and span across a variety of decades, styles, and uses – as diverse as the Big Apple’s built environment itself.
Over the summer was when YIMBY last checked in on the two-building, 700-unit development under construction at 363-365 Bond Street, in Gowanus. At the time, the Lightstone Group’s building at 365 Bond was structurally complete and getting its curtain wall, and foundation work was ongoing at 363 Bond. Today, 365 Bond is wrapping up construction and its leg of the public esplanade along the Gowanus Canal is receiving its finishing touches, Pardon Me For Asking reports. Meanwhile, since Atlantic Realty Development acquired the 363 Bond site, the building has risen four stories. 365 Bond is expected to be completed within the next few months, and 363 Bond will probably wrap up construction in 2017. Both buildings will include small retail and community facility components.
Three years ago, news broke that Glenwood Management would be building a 19-story, 15-unit luxury residential building at 60 East 86th Street, on the Upper West Side. The Thomas Juul-Hansen-design project is now structurally complete and receiving its façade, thanks to photos by Tectonic (h/t Curbed). Those 15 condominiums will spread across 52,213 square feet of residential space, which means units will be incredibly large, averaging 3,480 square feet apiece. Completion is expected later this year.
YIMBY last checked in on the 32-story, 384-unit mixed-use building under construction at 286 Ashland Place, in Downtown Brooklyn, in November, when it was 24-stories-tall. Two Trees’ tower has now topped out, according to Curbed, and cladding is roughly 20 percent installed. The building will have 21,928 square feet of retail and 45,148 square feet of community space within its base, and of the residential units located above, 76 will be rented at below-market rates. Construction is expected to be finsihed over the summer, and move-ins are scheduled for the fall. TEN Arquitectos is behind the design.
Property owner Sukhjinder Singh has filed applications for a four-story, nine-unit mixed-use building at 110-12 101st Avenue, in Richmond Hill, located two blocks north of the 111th Street stop on the A train. The 9,970 square-foot project, to rise on a 50-foot-wide vacant lot, will include a 1,006 square-foot ground-floor retail component. The residential units will begin on the second floor and average 996 square feet apiece. Affordable family-sized units are likely in the works here. Edward Hicks’ Flushing-based architecture firm is the applicant of record.