The newly redesigned and constructed 215th Street staircase in Inwood – which connects pedestrians at Park Terrace East to Broadway and West 215th Street, sitting 50 feet below – is expected to open today after two years of construction. According to Curbed NY, WXY Studios designed the staircase, which is essentially being treated like public park space. The passageway features new vegetation, cobblestone paths, new stairs, and a bike channel. Two lampposts from the original staircase, built in 1911, were incorporated into the renovations since they’re designated city landmarks. The city’s Department of Design and Construction was behind the project.
Brooklyn-based Horizon Construction Inc. has filed applications for a three-story, six-unit residential building at 3019 Corlear Avenue, in the North Bronx’s Kingsbridge neighborhood, located four blocks from the 231st Street stop on the 1 train. The project, totaling 5,798 square feet, will feature 4,177 square feet of residential space, which means units will average a rental-sized 696 square feet apiece. Sometime in the area’s past, the street was raised and many of the older homes now sit somewhat below grade. The site consists of one of those buildings, and permits were filed to demolish the existing 2.5-story house last December. Lower Manhattan-based Chi F. Lau Architect is the applicant of record.
The city is about to rezone the northeastern swath of East New York around Broadway Junction, but development is still brewing at the neighborhood’s far-flung edges. MacQuesten Development has filed plans for a sizable affordable project called Van Sinderen Plaza in the New Lots section of the hood, beneath the elevated L train tracks and next to the border with Brownsville.
Last week, YIMBY brought you news that 2100 Bedford Avenue in Flatbush had topped out. Now, we have a rendering for the eight-story project, which is being designed by the prolific and notorious Karl Fischer.
A charming little townhouse amongst much larger neighbors on one of Manhattan’s great boulevards will stay just that, for the time being. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided not to approve proposed additions to 890 Park Avenue, located on the west side of the street between East 78th Street and East 79th Street, in the Upper East Side Historic District.