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Midtown West

Penn-Farley Complex, Moynihan Station, Farley Post Office, Moynihan Train Hall

Rendering courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill via Gov. Cuomo’s office

Facebook has been on the hunt for office space in NYC for several months and now the tech giant has set its sights on the former James A. Farley Post Office, as the New York Post first reported. Sources say the company plans to lease all 740,000 square feet of office space currently being built in the old post office across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. The landmarked building—redubbed Moynihan Train Hall—is being redeveloped by a team including Related, Vornado Realty Trust, Skanska USA and architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. It’s on track to open next year.

Here’s what we know so far

Midtown West, Restaurants, Transportation

Penn Station’s popular Tracks bar has shuttered

By Devin Gannon, Wed, September 4, 2019

Tracks Bar, Penn Station, LIRR bar

Photo © 6sqft

Penn Station’s longtime oyster bar has officially closed its doors. After nearly two decades, Tracks Raw Bar & Grill will relocate from its spot underneath the Midtown West transit hub to a new location nearby at 220 West 31st Street, as first reported by Untapped Cities. As 6sqft learned in June, the bar, along with nine other businesses, was forced to vacate to make way for a new Penn Station entrance, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $600 million overhaul of the station.

More details here

Central Park South, Cool Listings

295 west 57th Street, the osborne, midtown west, billionaires row, cool listings

Photo Credit: Zigna for Sotheby’s International Realty.

This one-bedroom co-op in the Osborne at 205 West 57th Street is situated on what’s now known as Billionaires’ Row, and for well under $1 million you can include bragging rights to one of the New York City’s finest historic residential buildings. Built in 1883 and designated an official city landmark in 1991, the Osborne also boasts one of the city’s most sumptuous and dazzling lobbies.

Take a look

Art, Midtown West, Urban Design

All photos courtesy of the Garment District Alliance

One of the city’s busiest neighborhoods is getting a little slice of peace. The Garment District Alliance and the city’s Department of Transportation unveiled a new street art installation Wednesday afternoon. The nearly 180-foot painting by artist Carla Torres, “Nymph Pond,” takes up the stretch of Broadway between 37th and 38th Streets. The best part? The block with the mural is being temporarily set aside as an “urban garden” until the end of the summer.

See it here

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Midtown West

Hudson Crossing; via Equity Residential

A waitlist has opened for middle-income apartments at a building on Manhattan’s west side. Located at 400 West 37th Street, Hudson Crossing sits between 9th and 10th Avenues, just two blocks from the site of Hudson Yards. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments which range from a $1,405/month studio to a $2,174/month two-bedroom apartment. According to CityRealty, available market-rate studio and two-bedroom apartments at the building are currently listed for $2,936/month and $5,215/month, respectively.

Do you qualify?

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.

Find out more

Midtown West, New Developments

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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.

More of the new designs this way

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.

Peek inside

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