Major Developments

Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Williamsburg

All renderings: James Corner Field Operations and BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group

Two massive high-rise towers with over 1,000 apartments and a resilient waterfront public park are officially coming to Williamsburg. The New York City Council last week voted to approve River Ring, a development planned for River Street between North 1st and North 3rd Streets on the Brooklyn waterfront. Developed by Two Trees Management, the project includes two mixed-use buildings designed by Bjarke Ingels Group that will hold 1,050 units of housing, with 263 of them priced below market rate, as well as a new YMCA and public park. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

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Far Rockaway, Green Design, Major Developments

Image courtesy of Local Office Landscape/Bernheimer Architecture

After more than 40 years of planning, the construction of  New York City’s first net-zero community is moving forward. L+M Development Partners, the Bluestone Organization, and Triangle Equities have agreed on $30.3 million in financing, signaling the beginning of phase one of Arverne East, a sustainability-focused, mixed-use development project in Far Rockaway. The project will bring 1,650 new units of housing, with 80 percent of them affordable, to a 116-acre oceanfront site that has been vacant for more than four decades.

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Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown East, Urban Design

Rendering by Ekoomedia, Inc. / Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to allow the proposed development at the site currently occupied by the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 175 Park Avenue. New Greater East Midtown zoning rules permit developers to construct supersized towers if they are accompanied by hefty contributions to transit and public amenities. In addition to the construction of a 2.1-million-square-foot, 1,575-foot-high building with retail and office space, a new 500-room hotel, a sky lobby, a lounge, and a restaurant, the site will include 25,000 square feet of elevated, publicly accessible terraces that will host cultural and arts events. The project also promises to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in transit improvements.

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Architecture, Design, Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments, New Developments

Get a first look inside the tallest tower in Brooklyn

By Devin Gannon, Mon, December 13, 2021

All renderings courtesy of Gabriel Saunders unless otherwise noted.

After officially becoming Brooklyn’s tallest building in October, the Brooklyn Tower is now showing off its sumptuous interiors. When the 1,066-foot-tall tower, the first and only supertall in the borough, opens at 9 DeKalb Avenue next year, there will be 550 total residences, with 150 condos for sales and 400 rentals. New images provide a sneak peek of the interiors designed by Gachot Studio, which was able to manipulate the tower’s unique hexagonal shape for sweeping incomparable city views.

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Architecture, condos, Construction Update, Design, Downtown Brooklyn, Major Developments, Rentals

Photo by Selvon Ramsawak

The tallest tower in Brooklyn officially topped out this week. Located at 9 DeKalb Avenue, newly christened The Brooklyn Tower reached its summit of 1,066 feet, the first and only supertall building (300 meters in height or taller) to rise in the borough. Developed by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP Architects, the mixed-use tower incorporates the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn into both the skyscraper’s design and use; the iconic bank building will hold new retail space and an entry to the residential tower through its colonnade. With occupancy expected next year, the 93-story Brooklyn Tower offers 550 residences, with 150 condos for sale and 400 rentals.

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Major Developments, New Jersey, Rentals

Rendering: KRE Group

The final tower of a massive three-building luxury complex in Journal Square broke ground this week, which will eventually add hundreds of apartments to Jersey City’s burgeoning residential neighborhood. Dubbed Journal Squared, the development at the intersection of Pavonia and Summit Avenues includes three high-rise rentals, two of which have already opened. This week local officials joined Kushner Real Estate (KRE) Group and National Real Estate Advisors to celebrate the completed leasing of the 704-unit second phase tower and break ground on the third and last tower, a 60-story structure with 600 residences.

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Architecture, Major Developments, Midtown West, New Developments

Photo Credit: Jakob Dahlin

Following more than 30 years of planning, Brookfield Properties’ eight-acre mixed-use development Manhattan West officially opens today. Located on the blocks between 32nd and 33rd Streets and Ninth and Tenth Avenues, the $4.5 billion project serves as a much-needed link on the far west side, bordered by the new Moynihan Train Hall to the east, Hudson Yards to the West, and the High Line to the south. Manhattan West’s master plan was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and consists of six buildings–four office, one residential, and one boutique hotel. There’s also a 2.5-acre public plaza designed by James Corner Field Operations, as well as a Whole Foods, immersive retail, and tons of restaurants including two from Danny Meyer.

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affordable housing, Bronx, Major Developments, mott haven, New Developments

Rendering: LCP360

As the first phase nears completion, a fresh set of renderings has been released of one of the most expensive private development in Bronx history. Developed by Brookfield Properties, Bankside is a $950 million seven-tower complex that stretches across two Harlem River-facing parcels in Mott Haven. New images of the massive development show off the project’s 450-unit rental set to open this year, as well as the new public waterfront park and esplanade.

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Long Island City, Major Developments, New Developments

All renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

A massive development with over 1,000 units of housing is coming to Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South neighborhood. Developed by the Gotham Organization and RiseBoro Community Partnership, Gotham Point includes two towers and a total of 1,132 residences, 75 percent of which are affordable. The project is part of a broader plan first announced in 2013 by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to redevelop nine parcels of land in Hunter’s Point South and bring 5,000 new apartments to the neighborhood. As the first tower nears completion, 6sqft got an exclusive look at Gotham Point, the latest residential project to rise on the Queens waterfront.

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Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

Photo by Phil Dolby on Flickr

Twenty years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan’s World Trade Center complex is nearly complete. But one tower still hasn’t got off the ground. After architecture firm changes and financing problems, developer Silverstein Properties said construction is set to begin in the coming months on 2 World Trade Center with a new design from Norman Foster’s Foster + Partners. As first reported by Commercial Observer, the developer is close to securing an anchor tenant, which would lead to a construction loan and the start of work within “the next six to 12 months.”

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