New York University Langone Medical Center is now a few steel beams from topping out their new 16-story, 365,000 square-foot medical research facility at 435 East 30th Street, located on the corner of the FDR Drive in Kips Bay. Thanks to photos by Tectonic, we see that the facility, dubbed Science Building, is almost structurally complete, although façade installation has not yet begun. The building will feature 10 floors of laboratory space, which will be utilized to grow NYU Langone’s biomedical research efforts and the NYU School of Medicine’s program. There will also be a lecture room and a cafeteria on the ground-floor. Ennead Architects is the design architect and completion is expected in 2017.
In November, a plan for a commercial revitalization of the south side of a block of Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, went before the Landmarks Preservation Commission. In a rare, but hardly unheard of occurrence, the hearing was paused before the commissioners could discuss the proposal. With the continuation of that session likely to come soon, YIMBY sat down with the architects behind it to talk about its place in the history of the area.
A year ago, the Board of Standards and Appeals greenlighted a plan to transform a six-story parking garage at 152 East 87th Street into a 19-story residential tower. Now YIMBY has a new rendering for the project, which is under construction between Lexington and Third avenues on the Upper East Side.
A cluster of cemeteries at the eastern edge of Bushwick has marked the border of gentrified Brooklyn for years, but development in the area is starting to push that border closer to East New York. A developer based in South Williamsburg has submitted plans for a five-story building at 301 Covert Street, mid-block between Irving and Knickerbocker avenues.
Last fall, news surfaced that the 990-foot-long SS United States, a decommissioned 12-deck passenger liner built in 1952 and which set a trans-Atlantic that stands to this day, could be docked in Red Hook and transformed into a office and entertainment complex. The latest proposal now calls for a restoration of the vessel into an 800-passenger luxury cruise ship fit with 400 suites, according to the New York Times. Crystal Cruises would lead the ship’s makeover, which would cost between $700 to $800 million, about the cost of a newly built cruise ship of similar size. The company can also take the option to purchase the ship from SS United States Conservancy. The revived ship is tentatively expected to make its first voyage from New York in 2018. The ocean liner currently contains toxins that may complicate the renovation if the Environmental Protection Agency gets involved.