YIMBY partially revealed schematics back in 2013 of Zeckendorf Development’s planned 54-story, 33-unit ultra-luxury residential tower at 520 Park Avenue (formerly 45 East 60th Street), in Lenox Hill. Later that year, demolition wrapped up on the site’s old low-rise structures. Since then, work has focused on building the project’s foundation. In recent months, however, the tower has finally begun to rise, as seen in these photos by Tectonic, and concrete is now being poured for the fourth floor. Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing the limestone-clad structure, which will eventually host some of New York’s most opulent condominiums. Completion is currently expected in 2017.
David Smilow, doing business as an LLC based in Union Square, has filed applications for a six-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 25 Bleecker Street, in NoHo. The project will measure 6,758 square feet and includes a 1,074 square-foot retail portion on the ground floor. The residential units will surely be condominiums, averaging 1,895 square feet apiece. One unit will take up the second and third floors, another will occupy the fourth floor, and a third will span the fifth, sixth, and penthouse levels. Michael Haverland, who is also based in Union Square, is the architect of record. An existing three-story townhouse must first be demolished.
The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.
After the local community board shot down plans for a 30-unit condo at 111 Leroy Street in the West Village in February, Property Markets Group has scaled down the size of their project between Hudson and Greenwich Streets. The developer filed applications yesterday for a 10-story condo building and five townhouses.
Developers are rushing to file plans for hotels before the city’s new rules on hotel construction in manufacturing areas go into effect. The latest project we can add to the list is 2632 West 13th Street, planned deep in southern Brooklyn, in a particularly desolate part of Gravesend.