Riverside South

Architecture, condos, Major Developments, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

As 6sqft reported in November, a trio of glassy residential towers is rising on the five-acre waterfront site between West 59th and 61st Streets that comprises part of Riverside Center. Known as Waterline Square, the megaproject will offer a combination of condos and rentals, a Mathews Nielsen-designed park, and an impressive roster of starchitects–Richard Meier and Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. CityRealty now reports that the development team has announced the trio of designers who will shape the interiors–Champalimaud, Yabu Pushelberg and Groves & Co.–which comes with a fresh set of renderings.

Check on the progress of this megaproject

Architecture, condos, Landscape Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Rentals, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

Towers L to R: Rafael Viñoly, Richard Meier, Kohn Pedersen Fox

Forty-two years after Donald Trump first proposed a mixed-use development on the Upper West Side waterfront, one of the final pieces of the puzzle is coming together. Curbed got their hands on sparkling new renderings of what’s now being called Waterline Square, a trio of residential towers on the five-acre site between West 59th and 61st Streets that’s part of Riverside Center. In addition to views of the glassy structures, which will offer a combination of condos and rentals, and a Mathews Nielsen-designed park, what makes the reveal so exciting is the roster of starchitects behind the towers–Richard Meier and Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

More details and renderings

Celebrities, Policy

1290 Avenue of the Americas and 555 California Street, Vornado, Donald Trump

1290 Avenue of the Americas in NYC (L); 555 California Street, formerly Bank of America Center, in San Francisco (R); Images courtesy of Vornado

When Donald Trump made an attempt to own the Empire State Building, he partnered with a foreign real estate investor, in this case from Japan. But it ended in a lawsuit and a public smear campaign before he ultimately sold back his stake. A similar turn of events surrounded his dealings with another high-profile Midtown building and related San Francisco tower; you may recall this quote from the day he announced his candidacy: “I beat China all the time. I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building and 1290 Avenue of the Americas that I got from China in a war. Very valuable.” As the Times explains, the battle may not have gone down quite like the Donald says, with him schmoozing his way to the top and eventually waging a losing legal battle.

The full story ahead

Real Estate Wire

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  • The QueensWay gets a major endorsement. [NYT]
  • Trinity Church has filed demolition permits for 68-74 Trinity Place, where they plan to erect a 46-story residential building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. [CO]
  • The Port Authority is considering selling off its real estate, including One World Trade Center, to fund the agency’s overhaul. [WSJ]
  • Collegiate School, the country’s oldest independent school, will build a new ten-story building as part of Extell’s Riverside South site. [TRD]

Images: QueensWay rendering (L); One World Trade Center (R)

Architecture, Major Developments, New Developments, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

Extell, Riverside Center, Trump, Riverside Center, Elad, Silverstein, Upper West Side, Christian de Portzamparc

On the website of Extell Development’s latest residential tower, One Riverside Park, we uncovered some newer, more realistic renderings of their massive Riverside Center project. The 8-acre superblock between West 59th and 61st Streets lies at the southern end of a string of 11 Riverside South buildings that have been underway since the mid-1990s. Developer Donald Trump had struggled since 1974 to redevelop the 77-acre rail yard, and he developed the first eight buildings as Trump Place before selling a substantial portion of the site to Extell Development in 2005.

See more images of this mega-development here