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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From the swarms of tourists, long lines at stores, and increased prices on everything from theater tickets to cocktails, the holidays in New York can be more of a headache than anything. But fear not–there are plenty more ways to get festive other than battling the crowds at Rockefeller Center or paying an arm and a leg to see the Rockettes. 6sqft has rounded up a dozen alternative events, including a sexy rendition of the Nutcracker, an exhibit of Santa’s history in NYC, a latke festival, and a special Kwanzaa dance performance.
The perfect event for history lovers, this reenactment of “A Christmas Carol” takes place at the Merchant’s House, the city’s only preserved and intact 19th century family home. It’s set in the elegant Greek Revival parlor of the 1832 house, surrounded by holiday decorations from the 1800s, period furnishings, and flickering candles.
Hand-drawn Christmas card by Victor Perard, 1945; via Museum of the City of New York
Santa and the City ↑ Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue Daily through January 8th, 10:00am-6:00pm $14 for adult entry
Here’s one more for history buffs. The Museum of the City of New York has put together a seasonal exhibit that looks back at how four 19th century New Yorkers “shaped the image of Santa Claus as we know him today:” Clement Clark Moore wrote “The Night Before Christmas” while living in Chelsea; John Pintard made St. Nicholas the patron saint of the city; Washington Irving popularized this character of St. Nick in his “Knickerbocker’s History of New York,” where he first climbs down chimneys; and Thomas Nast drew what’s considered the modern-day depiction of Santa in Harper’s Weekly. As DNAinfo notes, on view will be items such as an original Christmas poem by Moore from the mid 1800s, a 1904 Christmas dinner menu from The New Cadillac Hotel, and various historic images of Santa.
Nutcracker Rouge ↑ Irondale Theater, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn Mondays through Saturdays, 8:00pm $90-$165
If you’re looking to spice up your holiday, this may be the performance for you. Put on by Company XIV–a cross-genre company that blends dance, theater, circus, opera, burlesque, and decadent design–Nutcracker Rouge is a “sexy and romantic take on the classical ballet” that combines classical music with Madonna, trapeze acts with traditional dance, and opulent lighting with baroque costumes.
Another event that falls into the adults-only category is taking place this weekend at Midtown East steakhouse Davio’s. A gingerbread house workshop may sound innocent enough, but Metro let’s us in on the little secret that pastry chef Luis Rojas will also include instruction on making “scandalous cookies.” Ticket prices include all the cookie construction materials, as well as two alcoholic beverages.
For the third year in a row, food and entertainment company Taste of Home brings a life-size gingerbread village to Madison Square Park, complete with cookie bricks, frosting roofs, and gum drop details. And you can even go inside one of the houses, where you’ll be able to decorate an interactive Christmas tree and receive a greeting from a virtual marshmallow snowman. While you’re there, check out the park’s 40-foot Christmas tree.
Mano a Mano is a nonprofit that celebrates and promotes Mexican culture through arts programming. For Christmas, they’re putting on Posadas, Mexican celebrations that date back to the colonial period and commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Traditionally they take place in private homes over nine nights, but for this public, family-friendly event you’ll be treated to traditional music workshops, a Mexican craft and food fair, and a culminating party that includes the breaking of candy-filled piñatas.
Unsilent Night ↑ Sunday, December 18th, 5:45pm Washington Square Arch Free
Composer Phil Kline has been taking New Yorkers on an offbeat caroling jaunt since 1992, the first year that he gathered a group to walk down lower Fifth Avenue carrying boomboxes playing his twinkling, holiday-themed music pieces. Today, the event has become smart phone-friendly, and the crowd can now reach nearly 2,000, but it still embodies the same “luminous soundscape” and magical holiday spirit.
Waverly Consort’s The Christmas Story ↑ The Met Cloisters, The Fuentidueña Chapel, 1000 Fifth Avenue Saturday, December 10th, 1:00pm; Saturday, December 10th, 3:00pm; Sunday, December 11th, 1:00 and 3:00pm $40, including museum admission
For a more traditional music experience, head up to the Cloisters, the Met’s branch in Fort Tryon Park that’s dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. The Waverly Consort’s 13 vocal and instrumental musicians will perform “a sonic pageantry evoking the liturgical calendar and a deeply immersive experience of Christmastide,” complete with hymns, processionals, and antiphons.
The city has no shortage of holiday markets, but if you’re looking for a more traditional seasonal store, head on over to Ozone Park. House of Holiday is located in a former artificial tree factory from the 1800s, and, fittingly, claims to have the largest selection of live and artificial Christmas trees in the country. It’s the biggest Christmas store in New York City, and you’ll also find everything from ornaments and lights to elf and angel costumes to nativity scenes and winter villages.
Latke Festival ↑ Monday, December 19th, 6:00-9:00pm Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway $55-$120
Pig out on traditional and modern takes on the potato pancake at the eighth annual Latke Festival. Eat the tasty treats, enjoy a drink, and vote for the best latke in the city. Among the 21 participating restaurants are Veselka, Jacob’s Pickles, the Bedford, and Orwasher’s, and among the 12 celebrity judges are Jake Dell of Kat’s Deli, Food Network’s Angela Moore, founder of New York Fashion Week Fern Mallis, and Deputy Mayor of New York Alicia Glen. Proceeds will benefit the Sylvia Center, a nonprofit that addresses childhood obesity and food-related diseases through programs in the kitchen and on the farm.
Matzoball ↑ Saturday, December 24th, 9:00am-4:00pm Capitale, 130 Bowery $50-$75
Now in its 30th year, Matzoball is the nation’s leading Jewish single’s event. The giant party will take place at Capitale, the former Bowery Savings Bank building, so you can dance the night away under the art glass skylight and elaborate coffered ceiling.
Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater is hosting two performances to celebrate Kwanzaa. Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will take to the stage with joyful dance and music “honoring the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community, and culture.” The energetic company fuses contemporary modern dance, traditional West African dance, ballet, hip-hop, live and recorded music, and martial arts. Radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd will host both events.
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Since being released last month, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has grossed over $635 million worldwide, centering on the alternate dimension of an egotistical surgeon turned wizard, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A few key scenes are filmed in Dr. Stephen Strange’s spectacular Flatiron loft; the fictional abode would lie just west of Broadway and directly south of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. Coincidentally, a palatial and similarly-situated residence has just been released at Gale International‘s boutique condominium development 21W20. The full-floor unit, known as Penthouse One, boasts 4,841 square feet of interior space and 541 square feet of outdoor terraces and is just one of two remaining homes at the 13-unit project comprised of four penthouses designed by Beyer Blinder Belle.
Screenshot from Marvel’s Dr. Strange. Doctor Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, inside his fictional New York loft
The full-floor penthouses at 21W20 stretch 100-feet in length.
While Strange’s home is accented by fluted cast-iron columns, hinting that the unit is within a pre-war building, 21W20 is a new build, combining its Ladies Mile Historic District location with modern interiors designed by David Mann of MR Architecture and Design. Upon entering the home, residents are greeted by grand living and dining spaces that can host two separate seating areas. Like Strange’s perch, the penthouse provides a high-ceilinged open layout, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows and solid oak hardwood floors. Folding glass terrace doors allow the neighborhood’s timeless atmosphere to flow inside, and a dramatic bio-fuel fireplace anchors the living area.
One of two seating areas of the living room
Open kitchen area
The kitchen is outfitted with premium appliances, a custom 10.5-foot-long marble island, and a concealed butler’s pantry. The spread host four bedrooms, each with their own en-suite baths. The master suite is located in the west wing of the apartment and provides dual walk-in closets, a five-fixture master bath with a freestanding LaCava tub and radiant heated floors. The apartment is entered through private key-in access.
Amenities at 21W20 include a 24-hour doorman, private lobby lounge with kitchenette, an outdoor garden, refrigerated storage for grocery deliveries and private storage spaces available for purchase. Also provided is a secure elevator-accessed bicycle storage, large capacity washer and dryer and a pet wash room.
The unit is priced at $13.5 million, slightly less than the $13.965 million asking price of the similarly-sized Penthouse Two which fell into contract earlier this month at $2,994 per square foot. The Flatiron-Union Square area has evolved into one of the most sought-after Manhattan neighborhoods for buyers, with closing condo prices escalating 53 percent, from $1,360 per square foot in 2012 to $2,077 today, according to data from CityRealty. 21W20’s Penthouse One is ready for immediate occupancy and its purchaser will benefit from 421-A tax abatement.
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Back in March, 6sqft reported that a new hotel/rental tower at 500 Metropolitan Avenue had risen above ground, but there was still a bit ambiguity surroundings its final design. Now, just as the Williamsburg building has topped out, CityRealty uncovered the final renderings from KBA Architects. The firm created a 14-story, ziggurat-like structure that will slope down from the adjacent site of longtime local haunt Kellogg’s Diner and offer a slew of trendy amenities.
A 189-room hotel will operate on floors one through seven, and there will be 58 residences above. They’ll have access to an underground parking garage, restaurant and bar, a second-floor terrace with basketball and tennis courts, spa, two swimming pools, and whatever retail businesses set up shop on the ground floor.
The 200,000-square-foot building is being developed by the Chetrit Group, who acquired the lot in November 2007 for $1.4 million. It’s rising across from the Metropolitan Avenue-Lorimer Street station of the G and L subway trains and overlooks the BQE. Its 172-foot heights makes it among the tallest in East Williamsburg.
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Google Maps introduced a street-view look at NYC’s holiday windows a couple years ago, but their Shopping app has now completely revamped the feature, launching this year as Window Wonderland. The interactive tool lets users take a high-resolution digital tour of 18 stores, including audio tours from their creative directors and real-life background street noise. See the 34 hand-sculpted animals in Lord & Taylor’s “Enchanted Forest,” explore the candy and couture at Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Land of 1000 Delights,” or see the gang from South Park at Barney’s.
In order to create the interface, Google stitched together hundreds of high-res images from each store, allowing users to pan through as if they were walking next to the location. You can also zoom in to see details or use a virtual reality headset for a stereoscopic panoramic experience.
Explore Window Wonderland here. And see stills from the site in our gallery below.
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Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum, the black corner building at Seventh Street and Third Avenue dedicated to the beauty of death, is having a hard time staying alive. The museum opened two years ago with a full-bodied program of salon discussions, film and lecture series and quaint exhibitions such as “The Kittens’ Wedding” featuring Victorian-costumed taxidermied cats from the 1890s, as well as the permanent exhibits of artifacts and preserved specimens. Despite critical acclaim, the non-profit institute needs at least $75,000 to keeps its doors open through 2017.
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An opulent duplex penthouse that’s been on the market since last year is trying its hand as a rental. Located at the Powell Building, a prewar Tribeca condo at 105 Hudson Street, the apartment is up for grabs at $25,000 a month. It first hit the market in 2015 asking $9 million, and has been slowly price chopped down to its current ask of $7.995 million. That sales or rental price will get you four bedrooms over 3,000 square feet, 3,300 more square feet of outdoor space and stunning views from the top of the building.
You enter the corner apartment from a keyed elevator entrance. It’s got a wide-open, lofty floor plan with exposures to the south, north and east, offering views of the skyline and the waterfront. The open living and dining room, on the lower level, is anchored by the open kitchen.
The kitchen is decked out with a huge center island, wine cooler and fancy stainless steel appliances.
The apartment is currently configured with three bedrooms and an office space. The master, lined with wood, has its own dressing area and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.
A spiral staircase from the living room leads you to the massive roofdeck above. Besides that 3,300 square feet of glorious outdoor space, the deck is wired for sound and provides 360 degree views of the Hudson River, World Trade Center and Empire State Building. Not bad for a penthouse apartment!
The Powell Building was built in 1892 and now holds 16 condo apartments. It’s located on the west side of Tribeca, just about a block away from the waterfront.
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When the West Farms Redevelopment Plan came to fruition in 2011, it was the largest private rezoning ever in the Bronx. The 17-acre, 11-block site in Crotona Park East was a former industrial area that’s being transformed according to a master plan by Dattner Architects that calls for a total of 1,325 units of affordable housing and 46,000 square feet of retail space and community facilities. The first two buildings in the complex, also designed by Dattner, are called the Compass Residences and offer 237 units organized around a series of “gracious courtyards.” As of today, 114 of these apartments are available through the city’s affordable housing lottery. They’re open to individuals earning 60 percent less than the area media income and range from $822/month studios to $1,224/month three-bedrooms.
The complex varies in height between three to 15 stories and, according to the architects, “a variety of colors and patterns distinguish the buildings as separate structures and emphasize the dynamic massing of the project.” Inside, apartments have wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the borough.
Qualifying New Yorkers can apply for the affordable units at Compass Residences until February 7, 2017. Residents of Bronx Community Board 3 will be given preference for 50 percent of the units. Complete details on how to apply are available here (pdf). Questions regarding this offer must be referred to NYC’s Housing Connect department by dialing 311.
Use 6sqft’s map below to find even more ongoing housing lotteries.
If you don’t qualify for the housing lotteries mentioned, visit CityRealty.com’s no-fee rentals pagefor other apartment deals in the city.
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6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment Brooklyn resident Harlan Erskine highlights the Midtown lobbies and streets past midnight, during the Great Recession. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].
Though Midtown is now booming with larger-than-life skyscrapers and blockbuster condos along the likes of Billionaires’ Row, 9 years ago at the peak of the Great Recession, it was a much different story. In 2008, Brooklyn photographer Harlan Erskine took to the city after dark and documented the ghost town that was Midtown. While New Yorkers are today used to seeing bustling crowds spilling into the streets at all hours, Harlan’s photographs depict the polar opposite: empty office lobbies, streets, and sidewalks.
How long have you lived in New York?
I grew up on the Upper West Side and moved south to Miami, FL for university. In 2007, I moved back for grad school and lived Williamsburg while I attended SVA. Now I live in Ditmas Park and have been there for over five years.
Tell us about this series? What makes it special?
“Midtown Past Midnight” is a series that explores thresholds of power. I began working on the images as the economy slowly descended into the economic collapse. Many of these entrances were gateways to the offices and trading floors of financial titans. Some skyscrapers were filled with innocent workers unprepared for what was underway. Other buildings were packed with Bear Sterns and other investors who helped create the catastrophe. In each case, the entrance became a symbol of architectural communication.
What about some of your other projects? What are some of the other subjects you like to photograph?
I’ve always been taken by the built environment and the architecture of space. My grandfather was an architect and I think there is a little of his sensibility in me. I love the history of cities; walking around New York there is a profound sense of the people and culture. The choices made by a community—what to keep and what is destroyed—tell a story.
What else are you working on?
I have a few ongoing projects I’m working on, including a meditation on play violence I made as my thesis project at SVA that I have continued to work on. I have a few projects that I’m not ready to share. Some because they are still in their infant stages, and one project I can’t wait to share later, which has to do with the architecture and history of New York.
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A month ago, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, City Councilman Stephen Levin, and State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol drafted a letter to the Mayor, urging him to advocate for the East River Skyway as a solution for the impending L train shutdown. Building on this momentum, a digital petition addressed to de Blasio has launched on Change.org where the public can show their support for the plan, as well.
As the petition notes, the Skyway would be a zero-emission alternative to increasing bus service and ferries, and it could be easily constructed prior to the L train’s closure in 2019. It would then be able to transport 5,000 riders per hour, or 100,000 people per day, with an average trip time in each direction of just six minutes. After conducting several preliminary studies, East River Skyway founder Dan Levy* estimates the project would cost $134 million build, but he and local officials feel confident that this can be funded privately. He also says that an unlimited monthly pass would cost only $25.
So far, de Blasio hasn’t made a public statement on the project, though the aforementioned elected officials have requested a meeting with him. “If the mayor takes on the Skyway as he has the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), we will see major strides forward,” as 6sqft previously noted.