PENN 2 revamped design by MdeAS Architects

New Renderings Reveal PENN 2’s Renovation Plans at 2 Penn Plaza in Midtown, Manhattan

More renderings have been revealed for PENN 2, Vornado Realty Trust‘s recently commenced renovation of Two Penn Plaza, a 412-foot-tall commercial office building in Midtown. Originally designed by Charles Luckman Associates, the 31-story structure currently yields 1.61 million square feet and stands immediately to the east of Madison Square Garden along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets. The project, designed by MdeAS Architects, will fully revamp the 53-year-old building’s interiors and replace its dark mid-century modern façade with a lighter, more transparent glass envelope designed by MdeAS Architects. The endeavor is among a flurry of efforts to modernize the area surrounding Penn Station, which include the proposed construction of a nearly 1,200-foot-tall, 2.7-million-square-foot office supertall designed by Foster + Partners that would rise directly across the street on the site of the Hotel Pennsylvania.

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400 West 57th Street, aka The Windermere, looking southwest. Photo by Michael Young

Renderings Reveal Scope of Renovations at The Windemere in Hell’s Kitchen

The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) is now reviewing proposals to renovate and refurbish ground-floor storefronts at the historic Windemere Building in Hell’s Kitchen. Renderings from Ilya Chistiakov Architects were presented to the LPC on January 14, 2021 at a virtual public hearing, and the commission has yet to issue an official response to the proposals.

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2848 West 15th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Housing Lottery Launches for 2848 West 15th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn

The affordable housing lottery is open for 2848 West 15th Street, a five-story mixed-use development in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Designed by Bricolage Designs, the 20-unit building will yield 35,667 square feet. Available on NYC Housing Connect are six units for residents at 130 percent of the area median income, ranging in eligible income from $61,715 to $159,640.

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Vornado’s Supertall ‘Penn 15’ by Foster + Partners Will Rise 1,200′ After Redesign, in Midtown Manhattan

Updated renderings created by DBOX for Vornado Realty Trust showcase The Penn District, a 7.4-million-square-foot development in Midtown, Manhattan. Located within the same boundaries as the new Madison Square Garden complex from Vishaan Chakrabarti’s Practice for Architecture and Urbanism that YIMBY recently revealed, the renderings offer a more finalized version of five skyscrapers with the tallest, referred to as Penn 15, anticipated to rise nearly 1,200 feet high. Foster + Partners is designing the structures, which would stand close to the 109-year-old James A. Farley Building and Skidmore Owings & Merrill‘s newly opened Moynihan Train Hall, as well as One and Two Penn Plaza and Madison Square Garden. The redesign also appears to be a tweaked iteration of 15 Penn Plaza from a previous depiction that YIMBY showed back in May 2020.

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