Thanks to efforts led by Cushman & Wakefield , the 27-story Heron Tower in Midtown has now achieved LEED-Gold Status. The Heron Tower, at 70 East 55th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, was built in 1987, yielding 154,000 square feet of office space, and stands 314 feet tall.
Permits have been filed a seven-story mixed-use community facility at 30-14 Crescent Street, in Astoria, Queens. The site is six blocks away from the 30th Avenue Subway Station, serviced by the N and W trains. The Church of the Redeemer is responsible for the development. The proposal is on the site of their existing facility, built in 1866.
Two new renderings have been revealed for 511-515 West 18th Street, in West Chelsea, which is being developed by Related Companies. The images show two towers with pod-like bowed glass facades, and brick exteriors, running along Tenth Avenue, and positioned on either side of the High Line between 18th and 19th streets. Thomas Heatherwick will be the design architect.
A new public art installation has come to Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn, in the Flatiron District. The piece is named Whiteout, and it consists of nine hundred white LED orbs suspended by cable in the shape of two parallel rectangular grids. The lights hang about a foot above the ground, allowing the wind to create noticeable oscillating patterns. Erwin Redl, an Austrian artist, is responsible for the creation of the piece.
Demolition permits have been filed for the home of the Italian American Museum, who operate out of 185, 187, and 189 Grand Street in Little Italy, Manhattan. However, this is not a disappointment for the institution. They had been trying to sell their current location for years, on the condition that they are provided with rent-free space within the replacement. They were finally successful in February 2017, when their buildings were purchased for $14.8 million by Oved Group and Nexus Building Development Group.