As the city edges towards its 2020 population forecast, the Museum of the City of New York is delving into our decades-long struggle to shelter the poorest residents with a new exhibit on the history of affordable housing. To celebrate the exhibit’s opening, the museum hosted a panel Thursday night, where a collection of real estate executives debated whether de Blasio’s ambitious plan to build or preserve 200,000 units would make a dent in the city’s affordable housing crisis.
Eli Nahmais, doing business as Long Island City-based Elmm Realty LLC, has filed applications for a seven-story, 20-unit residential building at 2-21 27th Avenue, in the Hallets Point section of western Astoria. The building will measure 14,460 square feet in total, which translates into average units of 723 square feet, indicative of rentals. Flushing-based Frank Quatela is the architect of record, and demolition commenced earlier this summer to remove a two-story brick house and adjacent garage.
The New York Public Library Main Branch, located at 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, in Midtown, has selected the Netherlands-based architecture firm Mecanoo to design the building’s $300 million renovation, according to the New York Times. Beyer Blinder Belle will serve as the architect of record, and the 645,680 square-foot-building will receive new interiors. More space will also be opened to the public. Last year, the library abandoned planned renovations that would have been led by Norman Foster.
Over the summer, YIMBY brought you news of the six-story, 14-unit residential building under construction at 362 West 127th Street, in Harlem, and now the structure appears to be topped out, according to Harlem+Bespoke. The 9,020 square-foot building will contain rental units averaging 645 square feet apiece, and Staten Island-based Jock deBoer is the architect of record. The building’s façade is currently being installed, and completion in early 2016 seems likely.
Boaz Gilad, of Brooklyn-based Elevation Holdings, has filed applications for a six-story, 20-unit residential building at 734 5th Avenue, in Greenwood, two blocks away from the R train’s stop at 25th Street. The building will measure 14,446 square feet in total, which means units will average 722 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Upper West Side-based Feingold & Gregory Architect is the applicant of record, and a single-story commercial building must first be demolished.