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Midtown West, real estate trends

Apple may be a new tenant at 11 Penn Plaza

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, January 22, 2020

11 Penn Plaza, apple, vornado

Streetview of 11 Penn Plaza, Map data © 2020 Google

Apple is in negotiations to lease 200,000 square feet of space at 11 Penn Plaza, The New York Post reports. Sources told the Post that the tech giant is interested in the 1.15-million-square-foot building that stretches along Seventh Avenue between West 31st and 32nd streets across from Madison Square Garden after losing out to Facebook on a spot in the Farley Building. The building is owned by Vornado, who is looking for tenants to lease the fourth through 14th floors as a sublease from Macy’s.

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Midtown West, Restaurants

See inside Urbanspace’s new food hall in Midtown West

By Alexandra Alexa, Fri, January 10, 2020

Urbanspace, 152 West 52 Street, Food Halls, Midtown west

Photos by Laura Fontaine

A new Urbanspace food hall opened up in Midtown on Wednesday with 15 vendors and plenty of options for the lunch crowd and beyond. It’s the fourth permanent location for the company that’s also behind many of New York City’s seasonal markets and food halls. Located in the space formerly occupied by Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain at 152 West 52nd Street, the list of vendors offers a mix of new and established names “aimed to cater to New Yorkers and visitors alike,” most notably classic Flatiron sandwich shop Eisenberg’s first offshoot.

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Art, Midtown West

Garment District Alliance, public art NYC, public seesaws, Impulse

All photos by Alexandre Ayer

Yesterday, The Garment District Alliance unveiled its latest public art installation along Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets. Titled “Impulse,” it’s a collection of 12 oversized seesaws that light up and night and become an “urban instrument” when they emit various sounds as New Yorkers play on them.

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Midtown West, Restaurants

Rendering courtesy of Brookfield Properties

A new food hall designed by David Rockwell is coming to Manhattan’s West Side. Brookfield Properties announced on Tuesday plans to open a 40,000-square-foot venue at Manhattan West, a six-building development currently under construction that includes space for office, residential, retail, and a hotel between 9th and 10th Avenues. Dubbed “Citizens” and run by hospitality company sbe, the concept includes two full-service restaurants, multiple bars, and a fast-casual market.

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Events, holidays, maps

macy's thanksgiving parade 2019, thanksgiving, nyc events, holidays

Map via Google Maps/Macy’s

It’s almost time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and with 2.5 miles of public viewing areas along the route this year, anyone eager to claim a good spot should be able to with a little planning. This interactive map put together by the parade organizers outlines the stretches that have the best views as well as all the areas that will be restricted to the public. The map also notes where you can find essentials like restrooms, coffee, and food.

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Cool Listings, Midtown West

340 West 57th Street, Midtown West, Hell's Kitchen, cool listings

Photo credit: Real Arch Media, courtesy of Compass

Located in the massive four-building Parc Vendome condominium complex that spans nearly a full city block in Midtown West, this designer-renovated home at 340 West 57th Street is worthy of any hyperbole bestowed upon it. On the 14th floor, with the pre-war building’s highest ceilings (according to the listing) that reach 16 feet, this 1,165-square-foot, one-bedroom home is dressed to impress and asking $2,395,000.

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Midtown West, Restaurants, Transportation

Image by Leif Knutsen on Wikimedia Commons

Beginning next April, at least 17 additional businesses in Penn Station’s LIRR concourse will shutter to make way for the station’s $600 million revamp. As the New York Post reports, the closings will impact the north-side of the concourse, which is operated by real estate developer Vornado. Commuter-favorites like Shake Shack, Pret a Manger, and two Starbucks locations are among the merchants who will close shop, leaving commuters with significantly fewer fast-food options. Papyrus, Godiva, and Le Bon Cafe are also on the list.

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Manhattan, Policy

pier 76, hudson river park, nypd tow pound

Photo by Beyond My Ken on Wikimedia

The waterfront park on Manhattan’s West Side is set to grow again. City officials are in talks with the New York Police Department to relocate a tow pound at Pier 76 to make way for a new section of Hudson River ParkTHE CITY reported on Wednesday that while nothing has been approved yet for the site, which sits adjacent to the Javits Center, officials last month presented a preliminary proposal to Manhattan Community Board 4, signaling the beginning of the long-awaited plan to incorporate the pier into the park.

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Midtown West

Starbucks opens its first pickup-only store in Midtown

By Devin Gannon, Tue, November 5, 2019

Photo by Eric Soltan for Starbucks

Last year, Starbucks opened a massive roastery in Chelsea with two coffee bars, a cocktail bar, and a bakery, inviting java drinkers to stay awhile. On Tuesday, the company will offer a different option for on-the-go customers in Manhattan with a new store that primarily accepts to-go orders from the Starbucks mobile app. Located in Penn Plaza at 242 West 34th Street above the busy transit hub, the Starbucks “pickup” store is the first of its kind.

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Midtown West, Restaurants

Urbanspace will open two new Midtown food halls

By Dana Schulz, Tue, November 5, 2019

Urbanspace Vanderbilt, photo by Shinya Suzuki / Flickr

Though most New Yorkers know the company Urbanspace for its food halls, it actually started out when founder Eldon Scott set up the Grand Central and Union Square holiday markets in 1993. Now, the company has holiday markets in Columbus Circle and Bryant Park, runs seasonal pop-up food markets like those at Madison Square and the Garment District, and has expanded to DC and Chicago. Scott smartly opened his first permanent food market, Urbanspace Vanderbilt, in 2015 adjacent to Grand Central, and in 2017, opened another at Lexington Avenue and 51st Street. Back in January, Urbanspace announced another Midtown location on 52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, and just yesterday, Commercial Observer reported that they’d open their fourth location just two blocks away on 50th Street.

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