535 West 43rd Street

Construction Wraps on 14-Story, 280-Unit Residential Building At 535 West 43rd Street, Hell’s Kitchen

In February of 2014, YIMBY revealed initial renderings of the planned 14-story, 280-unit block-thru residential project at 535 West 43rd Street (a.k.a. 546 West 44th Street), in Hell’s Kitchen. We brought you updated renderings of the 264,451 square-foot project in March of 2015, and now we have final renderings of the structure, on which construction is now wrapping. Dubbed 535W43, it will have rental apartments measuring an average of 787 square feet apiece. They will come in studio, one-, and two-bedroom configurations, and 62 of them will rent at below market-rates through the housing lottery.

155 Crown Avenue

Three Three-Story, Two-Family Houses Coming To 155 Crown Avenue, Woodrow, Staten Island

Staten Island-based Passarelli Construction has filed applications for three three-story, two-family houses at 155-163 Crown Avenue, in Woodrow, located on the southern end of Staten Island’s south shore. Each of them will measure 4,561 square feet and will contain full-floor residential units that average a spacious 1,382 square feet apiece. The ground-floor/basement level won’t contain any residential space, but will have mechanical equipment. Stanley Krebushevski’s Staten Island-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 138-foot-wide plot of land is currently vacant and will be integrated into the street during the development process.

65 East 55th Street

36-Story Midtown Office Tower At 65 East 55th Street Getting Major Renovations

The 36-story, 615,850-square-foot office building at 65 East 55th Street, in Midtown, is currently receiving a $25 million renovation now that a majority of the tower is in between commercial leases. Construction on the first phase of renovations began earlier this year and includes a redesigned 41-foot-tall lobby and upgraded elevators, according to Commercial Observer. Once tenants vacate additional areas of the building this summer, work will begin on 20,000 square feet of amenities. Dubbed The Club, it will feature a fitness center, a recreational lounge, a bistro, and a conference center. A new outdoor plaza, with seating, vegetation, a sculpture, and a restaurant/bar, is also being constructed. Once completed, hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space will hit the market. Landlord Equity Office, a branch of Blackstone Group, acquired the 1985-built building in 2014 for $750 million.

142-38 37th Avenue

13-Story, 88-Unit Mixed-Use Building Under Construction at 142-38 37th Avenue, Flushing

Back in November of 2014, YIMBY revealed renderings of the planned 13-story, 88-unit mixed-use building at 142-38 37th Avenue, in downtown Flushing, located three blocks from the Main Street Station on the 7 train. The project, dubbed East West Tower, is still under development, as its developer, Long Island-based Kenny Liu, has recently submitted plans to the Attorney General’s office detailing the project’s estimated sellout. The building is being valued at $95.5 million by the developer, according to The Real Deal. The 160,122-square-foot structure will host 26,791 square feet of community facility space across the ground and second floors. That space will be split between 18 doctors offices. Residential condominium units will begin on the third floor and should average 731 square feet apiece. There will be a 142-car parking garage and a fitness center in the cellar. Maspeth-based Architects Studio is designing and construction is quietly underway.

1003 Willoughby Avenue

Four-Story, Seven-Unit Residential Project Planned At 1003 Willoughby Avenue, Bushwick

Brett Bernstein, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 1003 Willoughby Avenue, in western Bushwick, located four blocks from the Central Avenue stop on the M train. The structure will measure 5,000 square feet in total and its residential units should average a rental-sized 714 square feet apiece. The ground through third floors will contain two apartments each, and the project will be topped by a full-floor unit on the fourth floor that also features an upper penthouse level. Woody Chen’s Elmhurst-based Infocus Design & Planning is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide lot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse.