After a decade of waiting, Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street, formerly known as the Torre Verre and now known as 53W53, is finally climbing into the New York City skyline. And while the tower only stands about a dozen floors at the moment — up from only a handful when YIMBY last checked in on the site this past June — installation of its iconic cladding and glass has already begun, with the latest update thanks to YIMBY Forumer streetscaper.
Construction is two stories above street level on a 62-story, 426-unit mixed-use tower under development at 242 West 53rd Street, in Midtown. Work is underway on the base of the building, as seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the project will encompass 542,276 square feet and rise 674 feet to its roof, not including the bulkhead and other mechanical equipment. There will be 16,514 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The residential units above should average 1,024 square feet apiece, although it’s unclear whether they will be condominiums or rentals. Algin Management is the developer and CetraRuddy is behind the architecture. Completion is expected in 2018.
Construction has topped out on the 12-story, 16-unit mixed-use building under development at 1 Great Jones Alley, which also goes by 688 Broadway, in NoHo. A photo of the structure has been posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the project will encompass 60,854 square feet and rise 154 feet above street level to its pinnacle. There will be 3,838 square feet of retail space across the ground and cellar levels, followed by condominiums from the second through 12th floors. The apartments should average a spacious 2,930 square feet apiece. Madison Realty Capital is the developer and BKSK Architects is behind the design. HMWhite is the landscape architect and completion is expected in the first half of 2017.
An anonymous Bronx-based LLC has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 529 East 187th Street, located on the corner of Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx’s Belmont neighborhood. The new building will measure 6,875 square feet and its residential units should average 688 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Giuliano Penna’s Bronx-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently vacant. Metro-North Railroad’s Fordham station and Fordham University are three blocks away.
The last few years have brought a wave of new construction to Pacific Street in Prospect Heights and western Crown Heights. From townhouses to mid-rise condo buildings, the area is booming with expensive real estate that replaced garages and aging row houses. Now, YIMBY has a look at another project coming to the area at 953 Pacific Street, between Washington and Grand avenues.