626 First Avenue

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Images (L to R): American Copper Buildings, 555Ten, Jersey City Urby and 1 QPS Tower

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VOTE for 6sqft’s 2016 Building of the Year!

By 6sqft, Sat, December 10, 2016

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!

Learn more about each of the buildings in the running here

Architecture, Interiors, Murray Hill, Starchitecture

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, American Copper Buildings

The team behind the American Copper Buildings–JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects–teased a few interior renderings of the rental back in August, but now the project’s full site is live and there’s a slew of images of the SHoP-designed model apartments, as well as never-before-seen renderings of SCAPE Landscape Architecture’s courtyard plaza. Along with these new views comes news from Curbed that though listings for the 600 market-rate units aren’t available yet, (160 others became available through an affordable housing lottery) rents will start at $2,800/month for studios, $4,100/month for one-bedrooms, and $6,800/month for two-bedrooms.

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Architecture, Features, Murray Hill, Starchitecture

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After last week’s rush of news surrounding the American Copper Buildings–the launch of its affordable housing lottery for 160 units and the first reveal of its interior renderings–6sqft decided to take a tour inside the SHoP Architects-designed project.

JDS Development Group‘s dancing East River towers have become best known for their copper facade (made up of 5,000 metal panels) and its three-story, amenity-filled skybridge that hovers 300 feet above the site at 626 First Avenue. Not only did we walk through the bridge, but we also took a peek at the buildings’ already greening copper patina, had a first look at the lap pool on the 28th floor that will float between the towers, and also checked out the insane views from the roof.

See it all this way

Architecture, Polls

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, American Copper Buildings

When the SHoP Architects-designed American Copper Buildings were first revealed, it wasn’t as much their twisting silhouettes that made headlines as it was their diagonal, amenity-filled skybridge. The three-story bridge, boasting a lap pool and lounge and topped with private terraces, is located 300 feet above the street, the highest such structure in the city and a new concept in enticing residents to the luxury market. And just this week, Bjarke Ingels unveiled new views of his High Line towers, which will feature two skybridges. Though they’re much closer to the ground, they’re also planned as amenity spaces, which makes us wonder–is this architectural feature set to become a new trend in NYC?

Share your opinion here

Interiors, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture

American Copper Buildings, SHoP Architects, 626 First Avenue, NYC starchitecture, JDS Development

Today is the day for big reveals at the American Copper Buildings. Earlier, 6sqft broke the news that the affordable housing lottery for the project’s low-income units will begin Monday (with homes ranging from $833/month studios to $1,247/month three-bedrooms), and now Curbed has shared the first interior renderings of the 761 apartments, as well as some additional amenity details.

SHoP Architects, who designed the pair of dancing towers for JDS Development, are also responsible for the interiors, an unusual occurrence for the firm. They’ve outfitted the residences with 10-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, and custom-designed oak floors, kitchens, lighting, and shades.

Check out all the renderings

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, American Copper Buildings

One of the flashiest new residential projects on the horizon is the American Copper Buildings, the SHoP Architects-designed dancing towers along the East River that have become best known for their three-story, amenity-filled skybridge, the highest such structure in the city at 300 feet above street level. As 6sqft previously reported, when completed early next year, the shimmering buildings will offer 761 rental units, 20 percent of which will be earmarked for low-income households. This latter group of 160 apartments has now officially come online through the city’s affordable housing lottery, ranging from $833/month studios to $1,247/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify here

Architecture, Murray Hill, New Developments, Starchitecture, Video

Aside from their “dancing” silhouette, what makes the SHoP-designed American Copper Buildings (named for the 5,000 metal panels that make up the facade) so unique is the three-story diagonal skybridge that connects the 470- and 540-foot towers. Floating 300 feet over the street at 626 First Avenue, it’s the city’s first major new skybridge in over 80 years and will be the highest such structure in New York when completed.

Though the bridge is no small feat—its steel trusses weigh over 421,000 pounds, it has 24 connection points, and it will be close to one million square feet—it all started with a single piece of string. In a new video from their “Building Know-How” series, JDS Development takes us behind the construction of this architectural wonder, sharing their approach

Watch the full video here

Architecture, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture

626 First Avenue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, American Copper Buildings

We’ve been referring to SHoP Architects‘ pair of East River rental buildings at 626 First Avenue as the “dancing towers,” but now that they’ve shimmied up to their full 470- and 540-foot heights, they’ve been officially named with a more mature moniker, the American Copper Buildings. First reported by Curbed, the title is “a nod to the 5,000 metal panels that make up the facade,” which weigh in at a whopping 2,100 tons. In addition, developer JDS has released a teaser site and a fresh set of renderings that finally show the interior of the three-story, amenity-filled skybridge.

Get a look inside

Architecture, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture

626 First Avneue, JDS Development, SHoP Architects, East River development

Construction shots via R. Douglas/Tectonic

Three-and-a half years after Superstorm Sandy, New York developers are taking to the sea at a faster pace than ever. The most dramatic changes are in store for the East River shoreline, where more that two dozen developments are in construction or planned on both the Brooklyn and Manhattan sides. Ranging from the two million-square-foot Cornell Tech campus to the second largest condominium tower in the city going up at One Manhattan Square, the developments will usher in thousands of new residents and a sprinkling of workers to the flood-prone areas.

As of late, the tidal strait’s most striking addition has been a pair of asymmetrical, copper-clad towers at 626 First Avenue in Murray Hill. Last week, the team led by Michael Stern’s JDS Development topped off construction on the 470-foot-tall southeastern tower. The taller 49-story, 540-foot northwestern tower finished its vertical rise some time earlier this month.

How is the project protecting itself from another possible storm?

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SHoP Architects‘ copper-clad fraternal pair of towers is finally rising along the East River, and a handful of newly uncovered images and a fly-through video reassure us that this dancing couple will be the boldest addition to the East River skyline in decades.

Developed by Michael Stern’s JDS Development Group, the nearly one-million-square-foot project, now known by its address 626 First Avenue, will contain a whopping 800 rental units, placing it in the league of other recent mega-rental developments such as Two Trees’ Mercedes House (864 units), Silverstein’s River Place (921 rentals), and Moinian’s Sky (1,175 units). Like these others, JDS is promising to provide an extravagant amenity package that they claim “will set a new benchmark for rental developments.”

Watch the video and find out everything 626 First Avenue will offer

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Architecture, Features, Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Urban Design

NYC Construction, manhattan apartments, manhattan rentals, manhattan condos, skyscraper living

You’ve probably realized that New York is in the midst of a skyscraper boom, but if the ubiquitous scaffolding and sidewalk detours haven’t given it away, we bring you further proof — with part two of our series detailing the tallest residential towers set to rise high above the city, forever changing New York’s skyline.

Compared to the previous 26 projects — the tallest of the tall that included ultra-luxury and super-tall towers such as 432 Park Avenue and 125 Greenwich Street — this second batch is composed of smaller buildings ranging from 500 to 700 feet tall and features greater geographical diversity and lots more rentals. With developers scouring the city for less expensive areas to assemble properties, these often-controversial projects are slated to rise in some of our more human-scaled ‘hoods such as East Harlem, South Street Seaport, and Williamsburg.

Will they all get built? Unlikely, but in any case here’s our list

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