If you’ve gone up the West Side Highway in Manhattan or up Port Imperial Boulevard in New Jersey, you’ve probably noticed the Durst Organization-developed Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Via tetrahedron. Not only is it visually striking, there has been a fair amount of press coverage. Additionally, its next-door neighbor, the high-rise Helena has been there for a decade now. But they are not the only Durst developments on the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, West 57th Street, Twelfth Avenue, and West 58th Street.
YIMBY partially revealed schematics back in 2013 of Zeckendorf Development’s planned 54-story, 33-unit ultra-luxury residential tower at 520 Park Avenue (formerly 45 East 60th Street), in Lenox Hill. Later that year, demolition wrapped up on the site’s old low-rise structures. Since then, work has focused on building the project’s foundation. In recent months, however, the tower has finally begun to rise, as seen in these photos by Tectonic, and concrete is now being poured for the fourth floor. Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing the limestone-clad structure, which will eventually host some of New York’s most opulent condominiums. Completion is currently expected in 2017.
The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.
After the local community board shot down plans for a 30-unit condo at 111 Leroy Street in the West Village in February, Property Markets Group has scaled down the size of their project between Hudson and Greenwich Streets. The developer filed applications yesterday for a 10-story condo building and five townhouses.
In mid-2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 13-story, 24-unit mixed-use building at 32-06 Astoria Boulevard, in central Astoria, located a stone’s throw away from the N/Q trains’ stop on the same street. Lambros Houliaras, head of Astoria-based Double T Corp., recently scaled down the project and is now planning a six-story, 27-unit building. The 26,016 square-foot structure would include 4,273 and 743 square feet of retail and medical offices, respectively, on the ground floor. Beginning on the second floor, residential units would average a rental-sized 778 square feet apiece. The building will feature a rooftop terrace, and Long Island-based Constantine Efstathiou is the architect of record.