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One Manhattan Square, 252 South Street

Between Pike Slip & Rutgers Slip   |    Lower East Side

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 2019
  • 811 Apartments
  • 80 Floors
  • Size From # avail
  • 1 Bed $1,173,000 64
  • 2 Beds $2,091,000 29
  • 3 Beds $3,537,000 8
  • Last updated Jan 30, 2018
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$2,208 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

93

One Manhattan Square, 252 South Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 93, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

34
Out of 44
+
29
Out of 36
+
21
Out of 39
+
9
=
93
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
High-End 5 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
No Canopy 1 out of 3 points
Alterations:
None 2 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Not Allowed 2 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Free Standing 2 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
Attractive 2 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unrelated Base 0 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Attractive / Pleasant 3 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 10 blocks 5 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Considerable 1 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Spacious 4 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
10-15 1 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes, with Swimming Pool 2 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
Substantial 2 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Driveway:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Garage:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
No 0 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • #27 Rated condo in Manhattan
  • #9 Rated condo - Downtown
  • #1 Rated condo - Lower East Side
How was this building rated?

The Lower East Side has been a vast and wide, low- and mid-rise, residential swath hugging the East River for decades until Extell Development decided to erect this 811-foot-high condominium apartment tower in 2015 just to the north of the lovely, 330-foot-high, Manhattan Bridge.  

The elegant tower, whose address is 252 South Street one block north of the bridge, is known as One Manhattan Square. 

Confucius Plaza, a curved, brown-brick, 44-story, apartment tower designed by Horowitz & Chan on the south side of the bridge several blocks inland, has been the tallest structure on the Lower East Side since it was erected in 1976. 

Extell’s new tower will be about twice as high with about 80 stories.  While it falls short of the arbitrary, 1,000-foot-plus minimum height for a “SuperTall,” its undeniable “stand-aloneness” when announced and very high visibility certainly make it “Super.”  

Extell is no stranger to “SuperTalls” as its 1,004-foot-tall mixed use tower, One57, designed by Christian de Portzamparc, at 157 West 57th Street, was the first of the very tall skyscrapers to sprout along 57th Street on what has become known as “Billionaire’s Row.” 

With 811 rental apartments, this tower is certainly not a minor player in the city’s residential sweepstakes and since its announcement it has been joined by several other, nearby very high-rise projects that promise to make this area one of the city’s most dramatic, and most isolated, very-high-rise clusters.  They are in the Two Bridges neighborhood between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. 

One Manhattan Square is due for completion in the third quarter of 2018 and its “poor door” smaller “affordable,” 205-unit building at 229 Cherry Street is due for completion in 2018. 

The other new very tall towers include the very handsome, 1,000-foot-high, 639-unit, green-terracotta building at 247 Cherry Street planned by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP Architects, the same team that is developing the 1,427-foot-high, very skinny tower at 111 West 57th Street.  JDS bought about 500,000 square feet of air rights for its project for more than $50 million from the Settlement Housing Fund and the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council.  The 77-story JDS rental tower, which will have three skydecks similar in massing to the indendations at 432 Park Avenue and the MetLife building straddling Park Avenue, will be one block north of One Manhattan Square.  The five-sided JDS tower will be partially cantilevered over the 10-story residential building at 80 Rutgers Slip. 

A block closer to the East River, L and M Development and the CIM Group plan two taller towers with a total of 1,350 apartments of which 25 percent will be “affordable” on a site at 260 South Street two blocks further north.  The taller of the two towers, both designed by Gary Handel, will be about 800 feet tall. 

In December, 2016, the Starrett Corporation plan another a 62-story tower at 259 Clinton Street on a two-story podium between Piers 42 and 35 with ground floor retail one foot above the flood plain in front on the FDR Drive.  This project, which will also have 25 percent of its apartments “affordable,” is being designed by Perkins-Eastman very tall tower at 272-283 South Street. 

The Chinatown Working Group plan proposed a 350-foot height limitation on new development along the East River but the city’s Department of City Planning rejected the plan in February, 2015 and a spokesman for the department was quoted at the gothamist.com as stating that it was “too vast an undertaking” and would interfere with the goals of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York program to erect 80,000 “below market-rate apartments in the next 10 years.” 

In June, City Council member Margaret Chin and others asked the city to create a master plan for the neighborhood in view of the radical increase in building heights of these proposals in comparison with the mid-rise towers of the area’s many housing projects. 

In August, 2016, the Department of City Planning, however, rejected a request to require JDS, L and M and the CIM Group and Starrett to have their towers go through the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) that would have required approval from the community board, the borough president and the City Council.  City Planning Commissioner Carl Weisbrod maintained in an August 11 letter that while the changes might be significant for the neighborhood, an astounding understatement, they did not require any new zoning actions or waivers. 

All of these towers are “as-of-right,” which means that they do not require public review. 

That fact is astounding.  These developers have, effectively, “outsmarted” the city and community groups.  In a city that has become famous in recent decades for the power of its NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) groups opposed to new development in their neighborhoods, such an oversight in such a political alert neighborhood.             

Indeed, although the Lower East Side had not flashed super-luxury credentials, One Manhattan Square tower does have some exclusivity despite its vast number of small units: it was initially only being marketed, reportedly, to buyers in Asia with exhibitions in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Adamson Associates Architects (AAI) has designed the glass-clad tower.  

Interiors are designed by Meyer Davis.  West 8 is the landscape architect.

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Carter Horsley's Review

One Manhattan Square, 252 South Street Carter Horsley's Building Review
"The Lower East Side has been a vast and wide, low- and mid-rise, residential swath hugging the East River for decades until Extell Development decided to erect this 811-foot-high condominium apartment tower in 2015 just to the north of the lovely, 330-foot-high, Manhattan Bridge.  " Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Concierge
  • Fire pits
  • Doorman
  • 70-seat screening and performance room Tea pavilion
  • Covered dog run
  • Triple-height lobby with very wide fireplace
  • Squash court
  • Great views
  • Adjacent to great Manhattan Bridge
  • Close to Subway
  • Very close to the FDR Drive
  • Tranquility garden
  • Cellar bar
  • Large swimming pool
  • 70-seat screening and performance room
  • Fire pits
  • Putting green
  • Windowed basketball court
  • Putting greenConciergePutting green
Cons
  • Many apartments
  • Not much local shopping
  • Not much local dining
  • No balconies
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  • 266 Available for Sale
  • $2,105 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,276,070 Avg. Price
  • $1,737,000 Median Price
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