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Midtown West, Restaurants, Transportation

Tracks Bar, Penn Station, LIRR bar

Photo of Tracks Bar by 6sqft

Recently-revealed renderings show the final design for the new main entrance to Penn Station. It’s no surprise that, as the Wall Street Journal reports, the overhaul will mean the eviction of 10 businesses including popular commuter watering hole Tracks Bar. Real estate developer Vornado will be making the decision about which, if any, of the businesses–other than Tracks, mostly chain restaurants–can return when renovations are done.

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Midtown West, New Developments

manhattan west, 4 manhattan west, 5 manhattan west, brookfield, amazon

Manhattan West. Rendering via VisualHouse.

Retail disruptor Amazon has reportedly been looking at over 100,000 square feet of office space in the new One Manhattan West tower and supertall-to-be Two Manhattan West. According to the New York Post, the company is looking for “at least 100,000 square feet or much more” in the glassy skyscrapers that are part of a rapidly rising West Side development hot spot. When the Post asked Mayor de Blasio about the news, he told the paper that if Amazon moves forward with the plans, “they’re going to have to do it on their own.”

Unlike Queens, Manhattan will hardly notice

Hell's Kitchen, Policy, Transportation

Image via Wikimedia

As 6sqft previously reported, in 2017 plans to address the overcrowded Port Authority Bus Terminal–the world’s busiest–became focused on renovating the existing midtown Manhattan building rather than relocating it a block to the west. Despite constant squabbles, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bus terminal, agreed on a timeline, and a study was undertaken to determine costs and a schedule. Options included building a terminal for intercity buses underneath the Jacob K. Javits center, which itself has undergone major renovations. Now, as Politico reports, the two-state organization is moving forward with plans to replace the overtaxed terminal, with a focus on three options as outlined in an unreleased “scoping document.”

Options, this way

Architecture, Midtown West, Transportation

Penn Station, LIRR, Governor Cuomo

On Thursday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the final design for the new main entrance to Penn Station. The new 33rd Street and 7th Avenue entrance will provide much-needed direct access to the Long Island Rail Road main concourse and the subway, eliminate congestion by doubling capacity for riders entering and leaving the LIRR level and enhance safety and security. Construction begins next month and will wrap up in December of 2020. The new design is the first we’ve seen of the $600 million Penn Station revamp since last September when Gov. Cuomo revealed a new LIRR entrance and public plaza.

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Cool Listings, Midtown West

Listing images by Rise Media, courtesy of Corcoran

This pre-war studio is definitely petite (it comes in just under 500 square feet), but it manages to pack in some charming details and has a great Midtown West location going for it. Located on the top floor of 457 West 57th Street, Columbus Circle and Central Park are less than two blocks away. The co-op is now on the market for $395,000 after last selling in 2003 for $180,000.

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Architecture, Midtown West

In October 2017, Stillman Development International signed a 73-year lease on the Times Square Theater, with plans to overhaul the historic venue, which has been closed for the last 30 years, with a $100 million renovation. Headed by Beyer Blinder Belle, the project includes lifting the limestone facade of the theater five feet, restoring original design elements, and adding 52,000 square feet of retail. With the plaster removal process officially underway, more renderings have been released that show off the large terraces, an outdoor rooftop restaurant, and two-story glass box that will cantilever over 42nd Street.

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Midtown West

macys, herald square, new developments, skyscrapers

Image: Wikimedia cc.

Classic retailer Macy’s Inc. is in early talks with the city about the possibility of building an 800-foot-tall office tower above the company’s Herald Square flagship location, Bloomberg reports. The retail brand, which has a 10-story office tower under construction atop its downtown Brooklyn store, is looking at ways to leverage its prime real estate in the bustling midtown crossroads. In this case, the tower would be used as office space for other companies.

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affordable housing, Hell's Kitchen, housing lotteries

Photo courtesy of The Helux

Applications are now open for 18 fully renovated units at 520 West 43rd Street in Midtown West. Located between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, the 33-story building was built in 1998 and boasts Hudson River views and proximity to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Times Square, and Hudson Yards. Known as The Helux, the building’s name is a combination of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Luxury.” The building comes with a pretty amenities package and no shortage of transportation options. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, ranging from a $2,135/month studio to a $2,760/month two-bedroom.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown West

448 West 37th Street, The Glass Farmhouse, Midtown West

Steps away from Hudson Yards, this corner loft at 448 West 37th Street just hit the market for $1,750,000. The Midtown West building is also known as the Glass Farmhouse—a former school building that was converted to condos in 1982—and this sun-drenched unit definitely lives up to that name. Ten 12-foot windows wrap around the 1,500 square-foot open layout, which promises plenty of opportunities for customization. The unit is currently configured as a studio with a sleeping alcove above the bathroom, but the listing shows alternate plans for those who may want to build out walls and transform it into a one or two bedroom.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Midtown West

140 West 58th Street, Midtown West

Listing images by Rise Media

Located just one block away from Central Park, this one-bedroom penthouse at 140 West 58th Street offers modern living in a classic Midtown West pre-war building. Dark-framed casement windows, fresh white walls, and black accents set a graphic palette and contemporary tone. The best part? Each room has views of the enormous wrap-around terrace that circles the residence. Now on the market for $975,000, the residence last sold in 2015 for $873,777.  Get the tour

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