New Developments

adaptive reuse, Architecture, Chelsea, Landscape Architecture, Major Developments, Meatpacking District

Construction update: Google’s Pier 57 expansion gets glassed

By Michelle Cohen, Today, January 24, 2017

pier 57, google, google expansion, anthony bourdain, !MELK LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN, GOOGLE, HANDEL ARCHITECTS, HUDSON RIVER PARK, HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST, PIER 57, RXR REALTY, YOUNG WOO & ASSOCIATES

Pier 57 now showing some skin; Photo: CityRealty

Work is moving along at the waterfront development that is rehabilitating and revitalizing Pier 57, Manhattan’s new “SuperPier;” newly-installed, canted glass panels can be seen along the pier’s rows of exterior columns, CityRealty reports. The $350 million transformation of the former freight terminal, a joint venture by Young Woo & Associates and RXR will include 250,000 square feet of offices for Google, a 170,000-square-foot food market curated by Anthony Bourdain and provide an elevated two-acre park with a rooftop movie and performance amphitheater. The project’s design is being handled by Handel Architects and !Melk Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.

Check out new construction photos

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, January 20, 2017

No Fee rentals, Rental Concessions, NYC apartments, NYC rental offers

See full list of rental concessions and special offers here >>

Images (L to R): The Lara, EOS, The Grand Tier and Prism

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, January 13, 2017

NYC rentals, No fee apartments, rental concessions
  • Renovated Apartments on West 30th Street Near Hudson Yards Offering One Month Free [link]
  • Free Rent & Special Offers at Spencer Street Apartments in Bed-Stuy [link]
  • Name Revealed for New Clinton Hill Rental, Leasing Site Launched for 5-Story ‘Myrtle & Steuben‘ [link]
  • Stonehenge 57, Midtown East High-Rise in Sutton Place, Offering One Month Free [link]
  • Soaring 507 West Chelsea Opens, Launches No-Fee Leasing with Two Months Free [link]
  • Grand Opening of Sleek Bushwick Rental at 1513 Gates Ave; Two-Bedrooms Priced from $2,530/Mo. [link]
  • One Month of Free Rent at the James Marquis on West 90th Street [link]
  • Two Months Free + $1000 Security Deposits at The Olivia on West 33rd Street [link]
  • Lincoln Center’s 48-Story Rental, The Encore, Offering Up to Three Months Free [link]
  • Timeless 365 West End Avenue with Massive 4+ Bedroom Apartments Leasing with One Month Free [link]

Images (L to R): The Olivia, The Encore, 507 West Chelsea, 1513 Gates Avenue

affordable housing, Bronx, New Developments

Bronx Commons, WHEDco, WXY Architecture, Danois Architects, Bronx Music Hall, South Bronx affordable housing, BFC Partners

Not only did the Times recently name the South Bronx one of this year’s hottest travel destinations, but the up-and-coming ‘hood has become a hotbed for new development. Many of these include affordable housing, which is the case at Bronx Commons, a mixed-use development in the Melrose Commons neighborhood that broke ground this morning. The $160 million project includes 305 all-affordable apartments, retail, and a landscaped public plaza, all of which will be anchored by the Bronx Music Hall, a new 300-seat venue that will serve as an “arts-centered community hub focused on the deeply rooted history of cutting edge Bronx music,” according to a press release from developers WHEDco and BFC Partners.

Find out more about the project

affordable housing, housing lotteries, New Developments, Prospect Heights, Rentals

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Last spring, the first housing lottery opened at Pacific Park Brooklyn when 181 affordable units at SHoP’s 461 Dean Street (the world’s tallest modular tower) came online. It was followed a few months later by 298 openings at 535 Carlton Avenue, COOKFOX‘s entirely affordable building, and now the third set of apartments for low- to middle-income New Yorkers is open. SHoP Architects also designed an all-affordable building at 38 Sixth Avenue, adjacent to the Barclays Center, and as of today these 303 residences are up for grabs, ranging from $532/month studios to $3,695/month three-bedrooms. Households earning between 101 and 165 percent of the area media income (or up to $173,415 annually) are eligible for 198 of the units, while 105 units are set aside for those earning between 30 and 100 percent (as low as $20,126 a year).

More details and the whole qualification breakdown

Art, Major Developments, Midtown West, Urban Design

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Back in September, Related Companies chairman Stephen Ross finally unveiled the large-scale artwork that would anchor the central public space within Hudson Yards. As Ross revealed, Thomas Heatherwick was chosen to design the piece, and it would cost an incredible $150 million to build. Dubbed “The Vessel,” the climbable sculpture would rise 16-stories—150 feet tall, 50 feet wide at its base and 150 feet wide at the top—and consist of a web of 154 concrete and steel staircases with 2,500 steps, 80 landings and an elevator; the piece, in fact, so massive that it could comfortably accommodate 1,000 visitors at a time. The sculpture was to be constructed in Monfalcone, Italy before being shipped to its home on the Hudson River. And now CityRealty reports that parts of what Ross once called “New York’s Eiffel Tower” have officially arrived at the site and await assembly.

More photos this way

New Developments, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

American Museum of Natural History, Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang, Richard Gilder Center for Science Education and Innovation

After the architects at Studio Gang tweaked their proposal for the American Museum of Natural History expansion to preserve more public parkland out front, the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved the plans in October. And now that things are moving ahead, and the price has jumped from $325 to $340 million, the institution shared new details about how the 235,000-square-foot Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will operate. The update comes with a fresh set of interior renderings, which include views of the Butterfly Vivarium, Insectarium, and other educational spaces.

All the renderings and details this way

Major Developments, Policy

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Related Cos. founder Stephen Ross and his Hudson Yards project.

New York-based mega-developer Related Cos. has been instrumental in recent efforts to keep the door open on a controversial program that provides green cards to wealthy investors, reports the Wall Street Journal. Related, the developer behind the $20 billion Hudson Yards project and many other luxury developments, has been instrumental in blocking bipartisan efforts to overhaul a green card program, known as EB-5, that allows permanent legal U.S. residency to immigrants who invest $500,000 or more in certain U.S. businesses.

Hoping for a supportive Trump White House

condos, Cool Listings, New Developments, Starchitecture, Tribeca

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The top-floor units at Robert A.M. Stern’s 930-foot 30 Park Place have a way of making headlines. The 82nd floor penthouse, for instance, boasts the highest private outdoor space in the city, and the building’s own developer, Larry Silverstein, recently snatched up the massive 80th floor spread for $34 million. But below these units are two duplex penthouses that span the 78th and 79th floors, notable for their double-height loggias that, as Curbed notes, have become a fixture in classic Stern buildings like 15 Central Park West and 520 Park Avenue. Curbed also got their hands on new photos of penthouse 78B, on the market for $29.5 million, which not only showcase the incredible views from the terrace, but new looks at the interiors.

More looks ahead

Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

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When completed, Related Companies‘ and Oxford Properties Group’s 50 Hudson Yards will be the city’s most expensive office building, coming in at $3.94 billion. To make starchitect Norman Foster‘s pricey vision a reality, the developers had filed an application with the New York City Industrial Development Agency to take advantage of financial incentives that were enacted in 2006 to encourage development in Hudson Yards. And according to a new report in Crain’s, the agency has approved $195 million in such tax breaks, which include making fixed payments towards the 985-foot tower’s development costs instead of paying property taxes that vary from year to year, as well as receiving a discount on the mortgage recording taxes.

Find out more right here

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Wed, January 11, 2017

Rental concessions, special offers, no fee apartments, NYC rentals
  • The Eugene, Midtown’s Tallest Rental Skyscraper, Gears Up for Early 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins at 681 Franklin in Crown Heights [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Begins on No Fee Bed-Stuy Apartments at 766 Lafayette Avenue [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at Brodsky’s Midtown West High-Rise, One Columbus Place [link]
  • One Month Free on Select Units at East Harlem’s Eco-Friendly Rental, Tapestry [link]
  • Two Months Free on Newly Renovated Apartments in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Hallet’s Cove, Boutique Astoria Rental, Offers No-Fee Apartments with One Month Free [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals Launch with One Month Free at New Bed-Stuy Rental ‘The Dekalb‘ [link]
  • Stately Prewar Tower in Morningside Heights Leasing with Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Have Stunning City & Waterfront Views from 200 Water Street, Now Leasing with One Month Free [link]
  • At Epicenter of Upper East Side, High-Rise Rental ‘The Colorado‘ Offering Up to Three Months Free [link]
  • LIC’s Tower 28 to Begin Leasing in March with Units Priced from $1,900/Mo., See new Renderings and Model Interior Photos [link]
  • Grand Opening: Leasing Launches with One Month Free at Historic Townhouse Conversion in Bed-Stuy [link]

Images (L to R): One Columbus Place, 200 Water Street, Stonehenge NYC, The Colorado

Architecture, condos, Construction Update, Harlem, New Developments

Harlem Condos, Manhattan apartments, NYC luxury, FXFowle

Last we heard from Circa Central Park, the circle-hugging Central Park north condo from architects FXFOWLE and developers Artimus, the lottery had launched for 10 affordable units in the building. Seven months later, with occupancy slated for this year and nearly all apartments sold, CityRealty stopped by the Harlem site to check on construction. They’ve shared some great views of the nearly-completed glass, metal, and brick facade, which utilizes “a brise soleil system of horizontal louvers and vertical fins” to reduce solar gain and add depth to the structure by highlighting them in bright colors.

More details ahead

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

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When it’s completed in March, Long Island City‘s Tower 28 (formerly 28 on 28th) will be the tallest residential building in Queens at 647 feet and 57 stories–that is, until it’s taken over by the 66-story Court Square City View Tower nearby (this will also overtake the 673-foot 1 Court Square as the tallest overall building in the borough). Though its superlative will be short-lived, Heatherwood Communities‘ rental at 42-12 28th Street will still offer panoramic views, which new renderings from architects Hill West tell us will be taken in from a top-floor observatory, as well as a host of swanky amenities to “rival any vacation destination.” According to CityRealty, the new exterior and interior views also come with news that leasing will begin in March, ranging from $1,900/month studios to $7,500/month three-bedrooms.

More renderings and details ahead

Architecture, Hotels, Lower East Side, New Developments, Williamsburg

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The 20-story, 300-room project at 185 Bowery was constructed in Poland and shipped to New York in 210 pieces. Owned by Dutch hotel developer/operator Citizen M with Brack Capital Real Estate, the high-rise hotel at 185 Bowery is more than half done, reports the Wall Street Journal. It will be the largest permanent modular hotel project ever in NYC. Modular construction is more common in Europe; the developer already has nine hotels up and running and 14 in the works. They’ve used the technique of stacking sealed, factory-made units containing finished hotel rooms on the majority of those projects.

Check out photos of the sealed hotel pods arriving

Architecture, condos, lincoln square, New Developments, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

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The former American Bible Society building (L); SOM’s new design for 1865 Broadway (R)

In the fall of 2015, the American Bible Society moved from their long-time home at Broadway and 61st Street to Philadelphia. Their Columbus Circle/Lincoln Center headquarters was built in 1965 by architects Roy O. Allen Jr. and Donald C. Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, who created a 12-story Brutalist structure that was the first in the city constructed with load-bearing, pre-cast concrete exterior walls. But with the institution’s recent departure came the sale of the building at 1865 Broadway for $300 million to AvalonBay Communities. The developer returned to the original architectural firm to create a new condo-rental tower at the site, and CityRealty has now uncovered SOM‘s first official rendering of what will replace their former work, which, interestingly enough, harkens back to the Brutalist aesthetic.

Find out more this way

Architecture, condos, Long Island City, New Developments

23-15 44th Drive, Court Square City View Tower, Hill West, Long Island City condos, tallest building in Queens

When plans were originally filed in February 2016, the Long Island City skyscraper since dubbed Court Square City View Tower was set to reach 964 feet. In April, it got bumped up to supertall status at 984 feet, making it Queens’ future tallest building. It’s since been dropped to 66 stories, but according to a new project page from architects Hill West (formerly Goldstein Hill & West), it will still be Long Island City’s tallest tower, and therefore the tallest in the borough. CityRealty first noticed the updated details, which come with the first true renderings of the 800-unit condominium at 23-15 44th Drive. In addition to 360-degree views of Manhattan, the tower will offer an all-glass curtainwall facade, a retail base, and a slew of corner-apartment balconies.

More details ahead

Coney Island, Major Developments, New Developments

John Catsimatidis, Ocean Dreams, Coney Island, Major developments, new developments, condos, Brooklyn

Developer John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group has filed plans for a 21-story tower on a Surf Avenue parcel that he purchased last summer according to Brooklyn Daily; the tower is part of a three-building Coney Island project that will likely include 415 apartments and retail. In the billionaire grocery mogul’s typically patient fashion, he has slowly been acquiring the Boardwalk-adjacent lots between West 35th and West 37th streets for the project, called Ocean Dreams, since 2005.

Find out more

Apartment Deals, Rentals

Rental Concessions, NYC rentals, No Fee Apartments, Apartment Deals, New York City Special Offers
  • Midtown West’s Mercedes House with 80,000+ Square Feet of Amenities Now Offering Two Months Free on Select Leases [link]
  • Up to Two Months of Free Rent at Murray Hill’s The Frontier [link]
  • Two Months Free with 18-Month Leases at Battery Park City’s Gateway Rentals [link]
  • Brodsky Offering Up to Three Months Free at City Tower in Downtown Brooklyn [link]
  • First Month Free at Yorkville Rental, 85 East End Avenue [link]
  • Williamsburg’s 50 North 5th Street: 15,000 Square Feet of Amenities + One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Charming Cobble Hill Rental Offering One Month Free on 12-Month Leases [link]
  • Two Months Free at Stonehenge 86, Prewar Rental Near Museum Mile [link]

Images (L to R): City Tower, Gateway Battery Park City, Mercedes House, The Frontier

 

Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments, Starchitecture

50-hudson-yards-norman-foster

It’s been less than a month since it was revealed that starchitect Norman Foster would be designing the Related Companies‘ and Oxford Properties Group’s 50 Hudson Yards commercial tower, but the developers have already pegged the cost of the project at $3.94 billion, which will make it the city’s most expensive office building, reports The Real Deal. The 985-foot tower, where BlackRock has already signed a 20-year lease for 15 floors, will surpass One Vanderbilt‘s projected $3.14 billion price tag and Bjarke Ingels’ planned $3 billion+ High Line tower known as The Spiral, as well as One World Trade Center‘s current record of $3.8 billion.

Find out more

Architecture, condos, Construction Update, Financial District, New Developments, Starchitecture

Rafael Viñoly Architects, 125 Greenwich Street, Financial District towers, Michael Shvo

Construction at Rafael Viñoly’s slender skyscraper 125 Greenwich Street has reached street level, but as CityRealty uncovered, the tower that was slated to be taller than 1,000 feet over the summer (and previously 1,400 feet), is back down to 898 feet. Though this now makes it shorter than Fumihiko Maki’s 977-foot 4 World Trade Center one block north, fresh renderings show that the 88-story condo will still offer sweeping views of the city and harbor, which are shown for the first time from interior shots.

More views and details ahead

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