If you’ve got Eichler dreams and Fallingwater fantasies, but don’t live in state that’s abundant with mid-century modern architectural gems, it helps to be on the lookout for homes like this one. The Rockland County house on over an acre of woods in Wesley Hills, NY, now on the market for $488,000, was built in 1965 by Versland Rhodes, a popular builder of contemporary upstate homes of the day. The four-bedroom home is beautifully preserved, with details like a sunken living room, cherry wood cabinetry and hardwood and stone floors joining conveniences like central A/C. Like many modern homes, every effort was made to minimalize the border between inside and outdoors, so you get to enjoy a wraparound deck, tons of windows and scenic views.
Throughout the interior of the home’s main level you’ll find vaulted ceilings, classic post-and-beam construction and stone and hardwood floors. Each room offers a scenic view of the property, connecting indoors and out.
Cherry wood cabinetry defines the look of the home’s large eat-in kitchen, and dining space is plentiful.
You’re never far from the outdoors: three sets of sliding doors lead to the home’s wrap-around deck.
The home’s master bedroom has a private balcony, and, like the other rooms, is wrapped with windows.
An oversized circular staircase to the walk-out lower level leads to a spacious media/family room with/built-in shelving, a generously sized den with a wood-burning fireplace and a sliding door for walking right out to the patio. Also on this level is a laundry room and a half-bath.
The property also has a two-car garage and lots of driveway parking.
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For new developments, 2015 was the year of reveals, but 2016 was all about watching these buildings reshape our city. Ahead we’ve narrowed a list of 12 news-making residential structures, each noted for their distinctive design, blockbuster prices, or their game-changing potential on the skyline or NYC neighborhoods.
Which of these you think deserves 6sqft’s title of 2016 Building of the Year? Have your say below. Polls for our third annual competition will be open up until 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 11th, and we will announce the winner on Tuesday, December 13th!
76 11th Avenue
Bjarke Ingels joins the architectural creme de la creme of the High Line with his design of a pair of twisting travertine-and-bronze towers, recently christened “The Eleventh.” HFZ Capital Group tapped the architectural wunderkind in 2015, but it wasn’t until 2016 that details really started to materialize. The project is being planned as a “self contained kind of city” and is expected to include a 137-key luxury Six Senses hotel and spa, retail space, 260 luxury condos and two amenity-filled podium bridges that will connect the towers. Condos are expected to go for $3,800-$4,000 a square foot, while hotel rooms will average $900/night. Groundwork has already begun and completion is expected in 2018.
520 West 28th Street
Sadly, the late Zaha Hadid will not see her first and only New York City project come to fruition, but her unique High Line building will ensure that her creative genius lives on in the city. Related Cos. tapped the starchitect in 2012 for design, skipping over names like Norman Foster for the work. Hadid delivered a design that incorporated her signature curves and a layout where each residence has been designed to reflect the limited edition nature of the units. In May, the triplex penthouse was listed for $50 million.
One West End
The 42-story design by Pelli Clarke Pelli is the first to rise at Christian de Portzamparc’s masterfully planned Riverside Center, a project that has been in the works for decades. The tower topped off in February and notably added one million square feet to the neighborhood. In August, the affordable housing lottery launched for 116 below-market units, all of which are located in the building’s limestone podium, separate from the luxury units. Ultimately, One West End will be joined by four other glass towers, including those designed and recently unveiled by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Richard Meier, and Rafael Vinoly. The cluster will go by the name of Waterline Center.
Soori High Line
This new luxury addition designed by SDCA Architects and developed by Siras and Oriel is sited along the last leg of the High Line and is one of the most unique structures on the rise in the city—although the Soori High Line‘s “wow” factor comes not from its height or even its covetable location just steps from the elevated park, but rather the private indoor swimming pools 16 of its residents will be afforded— a number that will reportedly double the number of private swimming pools in all of Manhattan. The four-foot-deep, heated pools range in size from 23 to 26 feet long, and seven to nine feet wide. Ceiling heights are also nothing to scoff at, as 10-20 feet is the norm in the spaces. Such luxuries, however, never come cheap, as seen with the penthouse that just hit the market for $22.5 million.
30 Park Place
Robert A.M. Stern’s Lower Manhattan limestone/cast-stone beauty commenced closings this year, proving that Stern is the architect to seek out if one wants to sell eight-figure units. The Silverstein Properties-developed tower rises 937 feet and is currently downtown’s tallest residential tower. 30 Park Place is also reportedly home to the highest outdoor living space in the city, a nice airy spread connected to a $30 million three-bedroom occupying the entire 82nd floor. As of August, more than 75 percent of the homes were in contract or had closed, and residents also started moving in during the summer. Still not on the market are the 11 half- and full-floor penthouses, but open is the Four Seasons Hotel on the lower 22 floors.
53 West 53rd Street
Jean Nouvel beautifully bucks the all-glass trend with 53W53, an out-of-the-box, and quite artistic rendition, of the modern skyscraper. Units in the MoMA-adjacent supertall hit the market in 2015, but the 1,050-foot-tall tower has really only started to take shape this year. When we last checked in on its progress in October, the building was getting the first application of its intricate, diagrid skin. Nouvel once said that the exterior treatment will resemble blood running through veins when the structure is lit up at night. Hines is the developer on this project.
Tribeca’s “Jenga tower” is certainly more than just a set of renderings these days. The building topped out in 2015, but 2016 gave way to the first handful of closings in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed, Alexico/Hines-developed luxury tower. As such, the stacked skyscraper found a place on the city’s list of 100 most expensive buildings with a $2,657 price per square foot average.
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Your holiday shopping companion has arrived! For the second year in a row, 6sqft has asked a handful of New York City designers, architects and artists to share five things they plan of gifting this season (and maybe one they hope to receive). Ahead find 85 truly unique and unexpected items curated by the city’s most talented creatives. We promise that there is something for every budget and taste—and plenty of ideas to choose from if you happen to find yourself scrambling for a present at the last minute.
4. Personal Body Unit Index($30)
I got these handy (no pun intended) and meticulously designed posters for a ton of people and got this (meta) shout out for my friends who made them.
5. AxiDraw Personal Writing and Drawing Machine($450)
If aforementioned ton of people chipped in on this personal writing robot for me, I’ll make a donation in Mike Pence’s name to Planned Parenthood on their behalf and send him thank you notes written in his own handwriting… because design applies to any human system and irony makes a perfect stocking stuffer.
Logan Hicks, Independent Painter, Artist, and Photographer
1. “The Art of Spray Paint” by Lori Zimmer($24.99)
Vanity aside (I’m in it) why wouldn’t you want this book? An incredibly talented author, Lori Zimmer, has done a great job assembling a list of artists using spray paint, from beginners to museum quality artists. The book is comes complete with how-to sections and informative windows into the working process of others.
2. Skull planter($189-$379)
I love the handmade pots and sculptures that Jack of the Dust makes. Plus skulls are always a hit for the inner, angsty goth in us all.
3. A few rolls of original Beverly Hills Martinique wallpaper(Varies)
This is the ultimate in chic decor. The original Martinique Banana Leaf Wall paper has graced the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Indochine in New York, and the bedroom of Blanche Deveraux from the Golden Girls. Okay, so maybe the golden girls reference is more of a novelty fact than a selling point, but it’s a timeless wallpaper and talking point for any home.
4. Gift certificate to Cafe Reggio
My all-time favorite cafe. Go hang out among a Caravaggio painting and Di Medici furniture while drinking a cappuccino at the cafe that brought the cappuccino to America.
5. Tristan Eaton x Hublot Concrete watch ($20K)
My good and talented friend recently did a collaboration with the watch company Hublot for their new Concrete watch. Eaton’s art graces the dials and back of the watch and looks spectacular. The $20K price tag will be a hinderance to most, but thats no reason to leave it off of YOUR wish list.
1. Blue Crow Maps($10)
Why waste time with all of that neoclassical Washington D.C. architecture? This map lets you cut straight to the good stuff in each city. My favorite is Brutalist D.C.!
2. Hay Whale Stapler ($25)
I love a good anthropomorphized desk accessory. This stapler is such a cute little guy.
3. Goods For Good(Choose your contribution)
Let’s make sure everyone has enough to eat this holiday season. My sister’s charity builds chicken farms in orphanages in Malawi. I make sure to donate every year at this time.
Because everyone wants to smell awesome.
1. Leica T Camera($1,095)
I was recently gifted this camera from my friends at Surface Magazine, and find myself taking it everywhere. It’s a seductively simple object that functions beautifully and freezes the important moments in life. I’d love to share that gift with somebody.
3. Blue Origin Spaceflight Experience (price per seat not yet announced)
I’m currently fascinated by space. The more I research and learn, the more I realize there is to discover. I’d love to experience the freedom of weightlessness that this program claims to offer, not to mention the opportunity to look back at our planet.
5. Pentel Stylo Sketch Pen + Moleskine($20)
The easiest form of expression of my imagination comes to me through sketching. I also love the saying, “If you’re stuck without an idea, change your pen.” A new instrument and blank page can be a new beginning.
1. The NASA Graphics Standard Manual($79)
A meticulous facsimile of Richard Danne’s 1974 re-branding of the agency. This work is published by Standards Manual, a New York-based publishing company that strives to archive and preserve lost artifacts of design history and make them available to future generations.
2. A snowball painting from Stephen Antonson ($500)
Summon the infinite with a snowball painting from artist and furniture maker Stephen Antonson. I saw these in person last April, and have not been able to get them out of my head. Stephen is known for furniture and decorative accessories made of plaster. Fittingly, these are made from plaster dust.
3. Tokyobike Classic Sport Limited ($950)
When my beloved 1980 Fuji bit the dust, I decided to splurge. This Tokyobike Classic Sport Limited has a matte charcoal finish and Brooks cambium (cotton canvas fused to natural rubber) grips and saddle. The single shift lever makes it perfect for a city commute.
4. Frits Henningsen Wingback Armchair($40-60K)
Designed in 1935, this Frits Henningsen wingback armchair still looks absolutely contemporary. At auction on December 8th by Wright in Chicago. It’s estimated to between $40-60K, and needless to say, you won’t be bidding against me.
1. Filson Mackinaw Wool Vest ($160)
I love vests as they hold tools, phones and other pocketed items in a much more flattering way than pants or jackets. Plus they’re great to layer.
2. Sparq Home Mortar and Pestle ($34.95)
Crushing, grinding, muddling… this thing will do it all and still look great sitting on your countertop.
3. Dinner for 2 at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Varies)
I ate here last year and it was the best meal I’ve ever had, hands down. Each course is delivered and described by a different chef. Show up early to tour the grounds, and definitely splurge for the wine pairing!
4. CityMeals on Wheels(Choose your contribution)
In addition to being a great charity, they usually give a placemat or card that you can leave a customized message or drawing on to be delivered with one of the meals.
5. Cut at Badlands Salon($89)
What better way to deal with that early February drear than getting a new haircut?! Ask for Berto, and tell ’em Michael sent ya.
1. Leather-covered speakers from Vifa ($449)
I love both the performance of the speakers and their elegant design; they look like a man or woman’s purse while carried, and are just elegant in the corner of a room.
2. Lobmeyr “Serie B” champagne cups($248 – $1,544)
These have been my #1 gift idea since I came across the set some years ago. Cool design, hand-painted on hand-blown muslin crystal by Lobmeyr (designed by Josef Hoffmann). I am gifting myself one glass every year until I complete my set.
3. Questlove’s Strobe Lazy Susan($900)
Because it’s playful and practical. I like design that doesn’t take itself seriously. I also love the graphics/design and what they refer to. But most importantly, the lazy susans come in an extra large pizza box for packaging.
4. Gijs Bakker Rose Hook ($520)
I love the secretive function of this scent diffuser/wall hanger; the object is both simple and elegant. A scarf or coat hung on the hook will capture the scent of amber stones, rose petals or lavender hidden inside.
5. A Red Rothco($32.99)
The classic Christmas Union Onsie. Perfect for X-mas morning.
1. Shutterfly Woven Photo Blanket ($119.98)
Ignore the cheesy example above! The secret to these woven photo blankets is that you don’t have to give them family photos. You can submit any high-res jpeg, which means you can make a custom design and their machines will weave it into a very comfy blanket.
2. ‘Compliments Of’ cards ($16)
These beautifully designed cards, each presenting a specific complimentary phrase, are fun to give out to loved ones or to peruse while reminding yourself how great you are. Some examples: “Your effects are immediate.” and “Your schemes are foolproof.”
3. Peter Mendelsund’s “Cover” and Michael Bierut’s “How To” ($43 and $33)
These are rare things: graphic design monographs actually worth reading all the way through. In both cases the prose is as engaging and vital as the work on display.
4. Jeffrey Toobin’s “The Nine” and “The Oath”($14 and $13)
Now that the Supreme Court is probably about to go through an immense change, the reverberations of which we won’t fully grasp for decades, it’s a good time to bone up on what’s been going on there for the past few decades. Nobody writes about the Court like Toobin writes about the Court.
5. Loans from Kiva ($25 and up)
Last year my girlfriend gave me $50 to spend on Kiva. I gave it to Arpenik, a 27-year-old cattle farmer in Armenia to go toward the purchase of two calves for her farm. Now I get monthly updates about her progress as she slowly repays me and her other lenders. When I have all my money back, I get to re-lend it to someone else!
1. Kravet Kari Hand-Blown Vase from Viyet ($105)
On Viyet you’ll find quality design for less, like this handblown vase from Kravet. It’s dramatic and bold—add just a stem or two of your favorite flower for the perfect hostess gift.
2. Compartés Chocolate Bars ($89.95)
This gorgeous collection fuses chocolate with art, style, design and fashion! What’s not to love?!
1. Ace Hotel Stool from Philippe Malouin
I’ve been obsessed with this stacking stool since I saw it last year during London Design Week. It’s simple, slightly Memphis and comes in fantastic new colors.
1. Micheal Aram candles($60)
No matter what time of the year it is, who doesn’t love walking into a room with an aroma that will take your senses into a paradise. Hint, one of my favorite scents is Orange Blossom.
1. Jo Malone perfume($130)
Deep, dark and mysterious, this scent is profoundly relaxing. Interesting and different. Drift into natures aromas.
2. Salinity Salts ($13)
We always have a full selection of these delicious salts available in the design studio. Sustainably harvested ingredients make a for satisfying lively flavors—and they wake up your taste buds in unusual ways.
3. John Brookes Garden Books($19.95)
Few things brighten my day like a John Brookes garden book. He covers all things garden in a timeless and classic way. These books are beautiful and his writing will make you smile.
4. Featherweight Coil Hose ($49.95)
A curly hose that is sturdy and well made—what more can you ask for? Hoses never look good in the garden but this one has style and form and you can leave it out where you need it.
5. Bionic Rose Gardening Gloves($49.99)
We work hard, but garden with style! These incredible gloves are luxurious, practical and offer very real support and protection.
1. Sun Pours Down Like Honey scarf by Avalanche Looms($165)
The Wisconsin workshop of Susan Johnson, who has an amazing sense of color and weaves gorgeous scarves out of linen, hemp, wool, silk, etc. Keep an eye on her Etsy store, because her scarves get snapped up quickly as she adds them.
2. Felted bags by Cecilie Telle ($245.00 largest size)
I met Cecilie in graduate school in Chicago, when she was visiting for a semester and was working on knitting sweaters for logs and sheep. She now makes all sorts of felted things–bags, ponchos, scarfs, etc. in gorgeous colors.
3. Vases by Cecile Daladier
I am enthralled and obsessed by these quirky vessels, made in the South of France. They are interesting both as sculpture and as an alternative way to display cut flowers and plants.
4. Heaven’s Elevator, by Kristin Andreassen and Jefferson Hamer ($1.29)
In my other life, I host the House of Love concert series in Red Hook (with an Americana-y focus). This recent collaboration by two amazing musicians and songwriters who have both performed at the House of Love is a gem—gift it to everyone on your list as a little something extra!
5. “The Shepherd’s Life” by James Rebanks ($17.99)
I (and multitudes of others) connected with James Rebanks on Twitter, where he masterfully tweets about life farming Herdwick and Swaledale sheep in the English Lake District. I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out.
For more gift ideas, check out the 2015 6sqft Designer Gift Guide—or skip spending altogether and offer some of your time to charity:
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Mansion Global reports that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who made national headlines and became a campaign topic when he chose not to stand during the National Anthem, dropped $3.21 million on a luxury condo at One York in Tribeca. The 29-year-old NFL player recently listed his San Jose mansion for $2.895 million, igniting rumors that he’ll leave the team after this season. The sale in New York may add further fuel to the fire, but it actually closed in July through a family trust, prior to his August sit-ins.
The 1,733-square-foot, two-bedroom pad has 9.5-foot ceilings, large windows, wide-plank oak floors, 8-foot solid wood doors, and views facing south, east, and west. The open entertaining space has living and dining areas, as well as an uber-contemporary kitchen with full glass cabinetry and high-end appliances.
In addition to the two bedrooms–the master has an en-suite bath–the apartment also has a home office space and entry gallery with adjacent powder room. the bathrooms have whirlpool tubs and Calcutta Gold marble flooring.
Perhaps the biggest perk of living at One York is the Swiss-engineered, automated parking garage, the first of its kind in the city, that gives residents private parking spaces.
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English drummer Simon Kirke, of Free and Bad Company and father to “Girls” actress Jemima Kirke, sold his Hamptons beach cottage for almost $1.4 million over the summer, and it looks like he’s used those earnings to buy a Manhattan home. Though he allegedly toured a $1.7 million spread at the famed Dakota in August, the Observer reports that Kirke spent of $1.3 million on a corner co-op at 201 East 17th Street in Gramercy.
The very standard looking apartment is quite underwhelming compared to the hip, quirky East Hampton cottage, as well as to the uber-Bohemian and vintage Greenwich Village townhouse he shared with his ex-wife Lorraine. It does come with two bedrooms, a private balcony, and a modern kitchen, as well as pretty nice views from the 20th floor.
Daughter Jemima lives with her husband and two children in a Carroll Gardens brownstone that she bought in 2013 for $3 million. Her former home was filled with “boudoir-like antiques and trinkets,” as 6sqft previously noted, so perhaps she can add a little rockstar edge to dad’s new digs.
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Smoking anywhere inside New York City Housing Authority buildings, and in public housing across the country, will be illegal at some point during the next 18 months. The new rule, designed to to minimize health and fire risks, will impact 400,000 NYCHA residents, according to the advocacy group NYC Smoke-Free. Smoking causes 100,000 fires across the country every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. “Living free from the dangers of secondhand smoke will no longer be a luxury out of reach for New Yorkers who depend on NYCHA public housing,” said NYC Smoke-Free Director Patrick Kwan in a news release.
The petition stresses that “The provision of security services for presidents-elect must be the obligation of the federal government”; something that would happen if the family would agree to wholly relocate to Washington D.C.
It also speaks to Trump directly, stating that “While NYPD is both equipped and able to participate in ensuring your and your family’s protection, we must not allow this cost to blow a massive hole in New York City’s budget.” In continues, “Let’s end the suspense: We ask you to commit the necessary federal funds to reimburse New York for all costs of protecting you and your family— both before and after your inauguration as President of the United States of America.”
Mark-Viverito wrote quite scathingly in a separate statement: “Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the values that represent New York City, while simultaneously drawing upon its resources without appreciation or acknowledgement. His refusal to base transition operations out of the nation’s capital has placed an unprecedented financial and logistical strain on our city and its first responders, and it is simply unsustainable.”
Beyond fortifying Trump Tower, some of the other security to-dos will include protecting neighboring high-rises, providing Barron with an armored vehicle as he moves to and from school, and making sure that Trump’s adult children and grandchildren who live in the city are safe—i.e. they would need 24/7 protection, too.
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L to R: One Manhattan Square, 247 Cherry Street, 260 South Street, and 271-283 South Street. The image above, created by CityRealty, depicts the possible massing of the new towers; No official design has been released
When L+M Partners and CIM Group announced plans last May for two 50-story towers at 260 South Street, their project joined a growing list of controversial towers sprouting up along the Two Bridges waterfront, including Extell’s 823-foot condo One Manhattan Square, JDS and SHoP Architects’ possible 1,000+ foot rental at 247 Cherry Street, and Starret Group’s shorter rental at 275 South Street. Now, in what’s becoming a trend for the Lower East Side-meets-Chinatown ‘hood, L+M and CIM have revealed plans for their project that actually show increased heights of 69 and 62 stories, or 798 and 728 feet. As first reported by The Lo-Down, the developers plan to include up to 1,350 apartments, 338 of which will be reserved as affordable, senior housing, ground-floor retail, landscaped outdoor spaces by Mathews Nielsen, and an upgraded flood-protection system.
The site is currently a parking lot (these 103 spots will be moved to an underground lot) that’s adjacent to Lands End II, a Section 8 project with nearly 500 rentals that L+M and CIM bought in 2013 (they bought 260 South Street the following year). Amenities in the new towers will be available to residents of both properties. Katherine Kelman, L+M associate director, explained to The Lo-Down: “We own the Cherry Street buildings, we own the development site. We want both properties to be successful. We are using the new building as an opportunity to make improvements to the Cherry Street properties, as well, and to improve the quality of life on the block for existing residents and new residents.”
View of Rutgers Park via Handel Architects
View of retail along Cherry Street via Handel Architects
Handel Architects are designing the towers, but are still working on drawings of the skinny structures. For now, they’ve released two renderings that show the outdoor space, the retail component along Cherry Street, and how the two towers will be joined by a central glassy lobby.
The landscape architects at Mathews Nielsen will add seating areas, ADA-compliant play areas, passive and active recreation areas, and special spaces for seniors. These outdoor amenities will be developed further through two design workshops next year.
The developers will present their proposal for 260 South Street at a public meeting on December 15th at 6:30pm at Gouverneur Health, 227 Madison Street. They hope to commence construction in 2018.
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Richard Meier’s 685 First Avenue–the starchitect’s largest and tallest building in the city to date–has begun its above-ground ascent, reports CityRealty. The 42-story, 460-foot-tall slab tower is located along the East River at 40th Street, just south of the United Nations, and has gained attention for its dark glass facade, a noticeable shift from Meier’s signature beige aesthetic. Its 408 rentals and 148 condominiums are expected to be completed by early 2019, and now that construction is “craned and above street level,” the project is well on its way.
Developer Sheldon Solow bought the 30,000-square-foot site 16 years ago as part of his nine-acre Turtle Bay South master plan to include affordable housing, an office tower, five acres of public parks, and a public school. As 6sqft previously explained:
The city approved the plan and a rezoning from manufacturing to residential/commercial, but the recession stalled the project, and two years later Solow sold the northeast corner of First and 35th to the School Construction Authority and an acre between 35th and 36th Streets to JDS Development Group, who is already nearing completion on the American Copper Buildings. Solow said he still plans to develop the rest of the site, but has declined to provide details.
Nevertheless, just last month a new set of renderings for 685 First Avenue were revealed, showcasing the Meier-designed interiors as well as close-ups of the monolithic glass facade with its vertical balcony columns on the western side and horizontal cutout on the eastern side. This recessed portion on the 27th/28th floors marks where the rentals end and condos begin, and at night it will light up. Amenities will include on-site parking, a fitness center and yoga room, 70-foot lap pool, children’s playroom, game room, private dining room, and a lounge.
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As the city’s land costs rise, interest has been focused on the South Bronx, including the potential for a huge waterfront development above the MTA’s Concourse Yards, as 6sqft previously reported. Now, Crains reports that Empire State Development (ESD) has invited developers to present offers for leasing or purchasing a 13-acre South Bronx rail yard along the Harlem River just north of the Willis Avenue Bridge and decking it over to build a residential or mixed-use project.
A train being towed at the Harlem River Yards northeast of the Willis Avenue Bridge.
The land is part of the 96-acre Harlem River Yards, owned by the state’s Department of Transportation and leased to a private company and a variety of industrial tenants. Only a state approval process is required to change the area’s zoning from manufacturing to residential or retail due to the current zoning structure which involves something called a general project plan.
The 12.8 acre site is just under half the size of the massive Hudson Yards development in progress above Manhattan’s west side rail yards and equal in size to last year’s proposal by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. which called for a similar decking of a 13-acre rail yard between Bedford Park and Kingsbridge Heights near Lehman College farther north in the Bronx, which Diaz saw as an opportunity to create over 1,000 apartments. Of this recent Harlem River Yards request for proposals, Diaz said, “I look forward to examining the level of interest this brings to the Harlem River Yards and how that interest could inform future opportunities for platform projects.”
The rail yard is currently in use for transferring goods between cross-country trains and trucks, a use the state plans to continue and would like that use to be reflected in proposals it receives. Proposals should also cover providing access to the waterfront, aiding the local economy and creating affordable housing.
As mentioned, the area has been the subject of interest recently as a prime spot for development. Controversial South Bronx Developer Keith Rubenstein of Somerset Partners in partnership with the Chetrit Group received approvals last year for a two-site, six-tower, mixed-use master plan on the Mott Haven banks of the Harlem River.
ESD head Howard Zemsky said, “It’s exciting, and very rare to offer the opportunity to develop more than a dozen acres of prime waterfront land in New York City.” The state will be conducting an on-site tour December 14 with proposals due by February 2.