At the beginning of this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a major redevelopment initiative for the area surrounding New York City’s Pennsylvania Station. Referred to as the “Empire State Complex,” the project team is now completing a final scope of work, which will take into consideration the many comments received from community activists, experts, and officials since a scoping meeting on July 20, 2020.
The finishing touches are wrapping up on the Verizon Tech Executive Education Center and the adjoining Graduate Hotel at 22 North Loop Road on Roosevelt Island. Designed by Snøhetta, the 18-story hotel is managed by Graduate Hotels and will contain 224 rooms, while the four-story education center will feature a number of spaces for academic conferences, executive programs, seminars, and workshops. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the master planner and Hudson Companies, Related Companies, and Brookfield are developing the entire Cornell Tech campus, which sits just south of the Queensboro Bridge’s central span.
Permits have been filed for two eight-story residential buildings at 11-26 31st Drive and 31-61 Vernon Boulevard in Astoria, Queens. Located between 31st Drive and 11th Street, the interior lots are a 15-minute walk east to the Broadway subway station, serviced by the N and W trains. Meshulem Z. Twersky under the 31-61 Vernon Boulevard LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Permits have been filed for a three-story mixed-use building at 1374 Blondell Avenue in Westchester Square, The Bronx. Located at the intersection of Ponton Avenue and Blondell Avenue, the interior lot is near the Westchester Square-East Tremont Avenue subway station, serviced by the 6 train. Foremost Real Estate under the 1400 Blondell LCC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
Construction on Waterline Square, a three-tower residential complex from GID Development Group on the waterfront of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is finally finished. The site is situated across from the Hudson River and Riverside Park South between West 59th Street, West 61st Street, and Freedom Place South. Each of the site’s towers comes from three separate architectural firms: One Waterline Square by Richard Meier & Partners with interiors by Champalimaud; Two Waterline Square by Kohn Pedersen Fox with interiors by Yabu Pushelberg; and Three Waterline Square by Rafael Viñoly with interiors by Groves & Co. Hill West Architects served as the executive architect for the entire master plan.