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The Walt Disney Company announced Monday it will move its operations from the Upper West Side to Lower Manhattan, where the media giant is planning to build modern production space and offices. Disney purchased the rights to develop Trinity Church’s property at 4 Hudson Square for $650 million under a 99-year agreement. The site covers a full city block, bordered by Hudson, Varick, Van Dam and Spring Streets.
“This move represents an historic step forward toward our long-term vision for our New York operations,” Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, said in a statement. “The Hudson Square district is rapidly becoming a dynamic, innovative hub for media, technology and other creative businesses.”
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Rendering looking south down the Hudson River waterfront with COOKFOX’s design for 550 Washington on the left-hand side. Courtesy of COOKFOX.
This past December, COOKFOX Architects released up-close renderings of their nearly two-million-square-foot St. John’s Terminal redevelopment in Hudson Square. COOKFOX, known for their commitment to contextual and sustainable development, created a five-building plan that, according to the firm, takes inspiration from the early Hudson Square factories and printing press buildings “with massing assembled around finely sculpted towers, detailed with geometrically rigorous setbacks and planted terraces.” Now, CityRealty has uncovered two aerial views of the residential, retail, and commercial project that show just how massive this development will be.
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Hudson Square is undergoing another transformation. The neighborhood was once known as the Printing District because of the printing companies attracted to the large concrete and steel factory buildings located close to their Wall Street clients. In the 1970s and ‘80s, technology and design companies replaced the printing industry, attracted by the architecture, location, transportation options, and affordable rents. But the area is once again evolving. This time it’s experiencing a boom of what developers and realtors call “affordable luxury” condominiums (in the $1 – $2 million range) due to the largest privately-initiated rezoning efforts in the history of New York City. Not only is the neighborhood growing in height and residences but a large fund has been set aside to increase the neighborhood’s commercial mix, greenery, and traffic flow.
COOKFOX Architects released new renderings this week of its five proposed high-rise buildings in Hudson Square, part of the redevelopment of St. John’s Terminal into a nearly two-million-square-foot complex of housing, retail and office space. As CityRealty learned, the design calls for an industrial-meets-earthy design with deftly sculpted towers detailed with geometric setbacks and planted terraces. Located near Pier 40, the proposed buildings will hold a total of 1,586 apartments, with 30 percent of them below market rate, office spaces, a hotel and about 400,000 square feet of retail.
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6sqft’s series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to the Hudson Square apartment of architect Brooks McDaniel. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!
In 2013, the Hudson Square area was rezoned to allow residential development for the first time, and the first building to welcome tenants into the neighborhood was Extell Development’s 70 Charlton Street. Though Beyer Blinder Belle are responsible for the industrial-style facade, it’s actually Extell’s team of in-house architects who got the ball rolling, as they do with all projects, from Billionaires’ Row blockbusters like One57 and the Central Park Tower to downtown game changers like 555Ten and One Manhattan Square.
For the past three years, Brooks McDaniel has worked as Extell’s Vice President of Architecture. After experiencing first-hand their “level of design, quality of construction, and attention to detail,” he decided to live in an Extell building. Wanting to move back to Manhattan from Brooklyn, he chose 70 Charlton for its clean, modern aesthetic and easy access to so many great areas. He recently gave us a tour of his custom-designed pad and filled us in on what it’s like working for one of NYC’s biggest developers.
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Joining in on Hudson Square’s residential rebirth is 570 Broome, a debonair new condo development to bring 54 one- to three-bedroom residences to the insatiable downtown market. Priced from $1.35M, the spreads are refined by the legendary firm of Skidmore Owings and Merrill and will offer open views of the surrounding neighborhood, with high-floor spreads showcasing panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. Per the attorney general’s office, the team anticipates a sellout of $149.2 million.
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If living right near the Holland Tunnel doesn’t bother you, here are 41 low-income apartments on the border of Tribeca and Soho in a brand-new rental building from the Related Companies. 261 Hudson Street is in the up-and-coming Hudson Square neighborhood and was constructed as an 80-20 building through the city’s Robert A.M. Stern Architects, it has 12 stories and 201 units total. The affordable apartments include $788/month studios, $847 one-bedrooms, and $1,025 two-bedrooms.
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It’s not too often that affordable housing opportunities arise in prime downtown areas like West Soho, but starting tomorrow, 70 Charlton Street will begin accepting applications for 29 of its below-market-rate apartments. The Beyer Blinder Belle-designed building is of the luxury persuasion, developed by none other than Extell. In total there are 116 residences; 92 are high-end co-ops (currently priced between $1.6M and $7.1M) with interiors crafted by Workshop/APD in one building, and the rest affordable units situated in a connected building. According to the Housing Connect website, studios will start at $833/month, one-bedrooms will go for $895/month and two-bedrooms for $1,082/month.
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Who would have thought the hottest new address downtown would be along the approach to the Holland Tunnel? Recently, we published a new set of images showing a Renzo Piano-designed condo tower to rise at 565 Broome Street, last week we unveiled S9 Architects’ renderings of a 30-story residential building to rise at 111 Varick Street, and now here’s our first look at another stack of condos slated for 570 Broome Street.
The rendering posted on the project site’s construction fence shows a smart design of staggered setbacks and window groupings that offer an interesting solution to the area’s tightly prescribed building envelopes. Designed by Tahir Demircioglu, builtd‘s facade is composed of a warm stone that clads both the lot-line walls and frames three-story high expanses of glass.
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At the edge of the Holland Tunnel’s Jersey-bound vortex, Madigan Development is planning to build a 15-story, 49-unit residential building at 111 Varick Street. Anchoring the southwest corner of Broome and Varick Streets in West Soho (aka Hudson Square), the tower is replacing a multi-story parking garage and will sit adjacent to another planned 19-story residential tower at 568 Broome Street.
Renderings of 111 Varick show a blocky building clad in a drunken checkerboard pattern of glass and stone. While it has yet to be confirmed if the building will be a condo or rental, large layouts and its prime location between Soho and Tribeca allude to condos.
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