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Green Design, Midtown West

Photo credit: © Albert Vecerka/Esto

A one-acre working farm opened at the Javits Center rooftop this week, providing a genuine farm-to-table experience for visitors of the convention center. The farm will include over 50 crops and 40,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which will be used in meals served on-site. The 200,000-square-foot rooftop, which also includes an enclosed glass pavilion, outdoor terrace, and a solar farm, is part of a $1.5 billion expansion project that has added a total of 1.2 million square feet of event space at the Javits Center.

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Midtown West, Top Stories, Urban Design

All renderings courtesy of the Governor’s Office

Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled designs for an elevated pedestrian pathway that will connect the High Line to the recently opened Moynihan Train Hall. The $50 million project will also connect Chelsea with other West Side destinations like Hudson Yards, Manhattan West, Penn Station, and the Javits Center. The plan was first floated by former Governor Andrew Cuomo in January as part of his extremely ambitious agenda to redevelop Midtown West. Under the direction of Governor Hochul, the pathway is expected to be completed by Spring 2023.

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Architecture, condos, Design, Interiors, Midtown West

All photos by Evan Joseph

The private club and wellness center at Jean Nouvel’s residential tower in Midtown West is a work of art. New images of the lavish full-floor space at 53 West 53, which rises adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art, were released this week, unveiling for the first time the club’s elegant gym, squash court, golf simulator, saunas, and 65-foot lap pool that is surrounded by a green wall made up of 3,500 plants.

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Cool Listings, Hell's Kitchen

Listing photos by Heidi Solander

For just over $600,000, this Hell’s Kitchen co-op is a great place to get started as a homeowner in New York City. It’s technically an alcove studio, but the apartment feels spacious and grown-up thanks to preserved historic details, modern additions, and substantial closet space. It’s located at 411 West 44th Street, on a tree-lined block just west of 9th Avenue.

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Midtown West, Restaurants

A new Mexican restaurant opened in Manhattan this week, but unlike most others, it’s not on land. La Barca Cantina is located on a three-story boat at Pier 81 off West 41st Street, and it will take short cruises throughout the day as guests enjoy Mexican-inspired street food, tequila, mezcal, and cocktails.

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Cool Listings, Midtown West, Quirky Homes

Listing photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group

The vision of award-winning design studio LOT-EK, this Midtown West penthouse is truly unique. The main living area was transformed from the building’s former mechanical room, and it’s topped off by a bedroom suite created from a 20-foot shipping container. The whole industrial-style interior features concrete walls and exposed steel pipes and beams, and it’s all surrounded by a lush wrap-around terrace overlooking the Empire State Building. Located at 31 West 31st Street, it’s on the market for the first time since it was built in 1996, and it’s asking $995,000.

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Midtown West, Urban Design

Renderings by FXCollaborative

It’s been two years since Macy’s first floated the idea of building a 700-950 foot office tower atop its Herald Square flagship, and it looks like the plan is getting closer to reality thanks to a $235 million private investment in transit accessibility and public infrastructure. This includes upgraded subway access, improved transit connections, ADA-accessible elevators, and a modernized car-free Herald Square and Broadway Plaza.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Midtown West

All photos courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for 47 middle-income apartments at the Midtown West rental complex River Place. Located at 650 West 42nd Street, the massive 900+ unit development has amazing amenities like a 75-foot indoor swimming pool, two outdoor tennis courts, a basketball court, and a sundeck overlooking the Hudson River. Available apartments include $1,130/month studios, $1,634/one-bedrooms, and $2,467/month two-bedrooms.

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Midtown, Transportation

See what a renovated Penn Station could look like

By Devin Gannon, Thu, April 22, 2021

View from 33rd Street, a shared space for pedestrians

A dark and cramped Penn Station could soon be replaced with a light-filled transit hub with more space for commuters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Wednesday two possible options for the reconstruction of the Midtown train station as part of his broader Empire Station Complex project, which would unify an upgraded Penn Station and the new Moynihan Train Hall. The interconnected station would increase train capacity at the site, which is considered the busiest in the country. It could serve 830,000 daily passengers by 2038, up from 600,000 the station served each day before the pandemic.

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Midtown West, Urban Design

All photos courtesy of NY State Parks on Flickr

A former New York City Police Department tow-pound on the Hudson River will open as a public park this summer, more than 20 years after the state designated the lot as future open space. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said work at Pier 76 has already begun, with an expected opening date as early as June 1. The plan for the 5.6-acre park aligns with the governor’s ambitious $51 billion redevelopment of over 100 acres of Midtown West, announced earlier this year.

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