Midtown West

Celebrities, Midtown West, Recent Sales

353 West 56th Street, Parc Vendome, Christina Hendricks

We don’t think the uber-chic, ever-polished Joan Harris would approve of this pretty basic, slightly cluttered midtown apartment that her real-life counterpart Christina Hendricks just picked up, but seeing that the actress is so well known for her timeless fashion sense, we think she’ll turn it into her very own glam pad in no time.

The Daily News reports that Hendricks and her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, bought the one-bedroom unit at the Parc Vendome at 353 West 56th Street for $1.16 million. The timing makes sense, as “Mad Men,” which films in Los Angeles, is airing its series finale in just a couple weeks.

Take a look around the home here

Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture, Video

625 west 57th street pyramid big

Photo by Field Condition

Even though big dreamer and BIG architect Bjarke Ingels’s 57th Street pyramid was recently christened a less-than-desirable “Via” by its developer, Ingels and his team have given the building a moniker of their own, nicknaming it “courtscraper.” In this video produced by Bloomberg, the architect takes us inside his 625 West 57th Street project, which he describes as “the lovechild of a courtyard building and a skyscraper.”

Watch the video here

Art, Midtown West

Warhol Screen Test, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol,

From a 1965 screen test of Edie Sedgwick, via Andy Warhol Museum

Plans for a New York City branch of the Andy Warhol Museum may have been scrapped, but starting Friday the pop artist will take over Times Square for three minutes every night of the month. As Gothamist reports, Times Square Arts will show Warhol’s rarely-seen 1960s Screen Tests on the electronic billboards every night at 11:57 p.m. as part of their monthly Midnight Moment series. Warhol’s 500 Screen Tests are “revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals,” both famous and not, frequent visitors to the Factory and newcomers. Those on the Times Square roster include Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Twist Jim Rosenquist, Harry Smith, and Edie Sedgwick.

More info here

Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments

Renderings via ODA

Just last month, Perkins + Will announced a new 65-story, 700-foot, pencil-thin tower coming to 37th Street. But it wasn’t the height or slender design that got our attention; it was the sky-high gardens, five clusters of shared amenity and park spaces located at specific intervals on the building. Now, this project will be joined by another urban garden wonder near the United Nations.

The Daily News reveals today renderings from ODA Architects of a super-skinny, 41-story, 600-foot skyscraper at 303 East 44th Street that will feature “six 16-foot-high gaps in the façade — each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower.” These floating gardens will occupy the 2,600-square-foot floor plates, which are far smaller than the 4,800-square-foot floor plates at 111 West 57th Street, which has therefore lost its title of will-be world’s skinniest tower.

More details ahead

Architecture, Central Park South, condos, Midtown West, New Developments

Nordstrom Tower, NYC supertalls, 217 West 57th Street, tallest residential building in the world

Rendering via NY Yimby

It’s been relatively quiet on the Nordstrom Tower front since we saw some skyline renderings in September. But now YIMBY has uncovered the official renderings for Extell‘s 217 West 57th Street, the 92-story, 1,775-foot supertall that will take the title of tallest residential building in the world when completed, surpassing Mumbai’s World One Tower by 29 feet. The images continue to show how the tower will dominate the skyline, but they also give us a detailed look at the façade and a peek into one of the penthouses.

See all the renderings here

Architecture, Construction Update, Midtown West, New Developments

719 Seventh Avenue, Times Square, Midtown West, SL Greene, LED Screen 2

Image courtesy of Akueous Design

Here’s our first look at what commercial heavyweights SL Green have in mind for a small Times Square corner at 719 Seventh Avenue and West 48th Street. Building permits filed earlier this month call for a four-story, 9,000 square-foot retail building designed by TPG Architecture. Demolition permits were filed back in December and the doomed three-story structure is already shrouded in construction netting and scaffolding. The site also shares its Seventh Avenue block-front with Witkoff’s upcoming 40-story Marriott Edition Hotel that will flash one of the largest LED displays in the city.

Find out more on the project here

Major Developments, Midtown West

Penn Station, MTA, Amtrak

Most New Yorkers only venture to the area around Penn Station when it’s absolutely necessary–traveling to New Jersey or Long Island, going to a business meeting at Penn Plaza, or seeing a Rangers game. Otherwise, we avoid it like the plague. But Vornado Realty Trust, one of the country’s largest office landlords–they own roughly nine million square feet around Penn Station worth $5.5 billion–is hoping to do a complete 180 on the area by “investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new retail space, public plazas and other infrastructure, according to real-estate executives briefed on the plans,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

More details ahead

condos, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

111 West 57th Street, SHoP Architects, world's skinniest tower, talleset residential building, NYC supertalls

Rendering via Hayes Davidson and SHoP Architects

111 West 57th Street defines the idea of a modern classic: a residence whose timeless design evokes the prewar Golden Age of Manhattan skyscrapers, while also delivering high-technology performance, 21st century engineering, and contemporary comfort without compromise.” This is the text from 111 West 57th Street‘s new teaser site. The webpage for the will-be world’s skinniest tower is accompanied by a new rendering, which makes the SHoP-designed supertall appear even more dominant in the skyline than previously envisioned and tacks an additional seven feet onto its height, bringing it to 1,428 feet.

More details and a new height comparison ahead

Midtown West, Recent Sales

361 West 36th Street, live/work, artists’ loft

Remember this amazing loft we featured on 6sqft back in September? Well it looks like it’s found a new owner to fill its cavernous spaces. According to city records, the two-loft combo at 361 West 36th Street sold today for $4.83 million. While when we last wrote about this cool apartment we were going gaga over its beautiful 4,800 square feet of sun-soaked spaces, it turns out the story of the two women–both artists–who once dwelled within its walls is far better anything else found inside.

Find out more here

Architecture, Construction Update, Midtown West, New Developments, Rentals

Durst Organization, Fetner Properties, Herald Square, Flower District, Skyscrapers, NYC Rentals, Nike, Tessler, Chetrit, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Cook + Fox, SLCE, Ian Schrager

In the shadow of the Empire State Building, the concrete frame of 855 Sixth Avenue has quietly risen to its full 500-foot height. Spanning the full western blockfront of Sixth Avenue between West 30th and 31st Streets, the 41-story mixed-use tower, designed by COOKFOX Architects and co-developed by the Durst Organization and Fetner Properties, is poised to bring 190,000 square feet of commercial space and 375 rentals to the southern fringe of Herald Square later this year.

While unremarkable in design and imperceptible in the city’s skyline, the building’s small claim to fame may be that its 152-meter (slightly under 500 feet) height is sometimes regarded as the benchmark figure for defining a skyscraper. Therefore, statistically, 855 Sixth could be considered the shortest skyscraper in New York. Huzzah!

More details ahead


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