For a long time, with the proliferation of cell phones, the payphone has been mostly just a historical curiosity. For years now, they have actually been disappearing from New York City streets. Since January, some of them have been replaced by new public communication structures. Now, with a vote Tuesday by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, those structures will be headed to historic districts and other designated sites.
The partially affordable towers of Hunters Point South have formed a neighborhood within a neighborhood in Long Island City, and like any thriving community, they need a library. Now, the new library, with its unique cut-out design, is coming along nicely on the East River waterfront.
It looks like another supertall will rise in Lower Manhattan. Plans for a 77-story, 600-unit mixed-use tower at 235-247 Cherry Street, on the southern end of the Lower East Side, have surfaced in City Planning documents obtained by Bowery Boogie. The schematic diagram indicates the tower’s roof level will clock in at 983 feet and 8 inches, which would be categorized as a supertall by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). A parapet enclosing the building’s bulkhead and mechanical equipment would boost the final height even further, possibly past the 1,000-foot mark. JDS Development Group is seeking minor zoning changes to build the tower. Details and renderings of the cantilevering project were first revealed in the spring. At the time, it was learned that the tower would include 150 affordable units, 10,000 square feet of retail, and a 4,600-square-foot senior center. The adjacent 10-story Two Bridges Senior Apartments would also see a renovation. SHoP Architects is behind the design, and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and Settlement Housing Fund are the property owners. A single-story commercial building will have to be demolished. Construction is not expected to begin until at least 2018.
Builders aiming to cater to the growing number of Chinese families in eastern Sunset Park have started looking for ways to redevelop its aging brick townhouses and squat walk-up apartment buildings. One such project emerged from the Department of Buildings filings yesterday. Longtime owner William Chou hopes to build an eight-story, mixed-use building at 816 58th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.
The 11-story, six-unit mixed-use building under development at 239 Tenth Avenue, located on the corner of West 24th Street in West Chelsea, is now four stories above street level. The progress report comes from Curbed, and the site has been decorated with murals by local artist Rivka Katvan. Dubbed The Getty, it will eventually encompass 54,662 square feet, featuring 13,437 square feet of commercial space across the cellar through second floors, followed by two duplex units spanning the third and fourth floors, a single apartment per floor on level five through nine, and a duplex penthouse on the 10th through 11th floors (also featuring a roof terrace). The units, averaging 4,674 square feet apiece, will be condominiums. Victor Group and SHVO, are the developers, and Peter Marino is the architect. Completion can be expected in 2017. Previously, on multiple occasions, YIMBY brought you renderings of the project.