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View from Stella, #12F in Hell's Kitchen (via Douglas Elliman) View from Stella, #12F in Hell's Kitchen (via Douglas Elliman)
When out-of-towners think of New York City, they typically picture the Broadway theaters, neon lights, and supersized chain restaurants (ahem, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and McDonald's) seen in photos of Times Square. A building boom taking place on the side streets surrounding Times Square, the Theater District, and Hell's Kitchen is not readily apparent to tourists, but it comes as no surprise to New Yorkers on the way to work or looking out on the skyline. Construction recently topped out on TSX Broadway, a new hospitality and entertainment tower, and a construction financing package recently closed for 520 Fifth Avenue, which should allow the tower to rise at long last.

While this stretch of Midtown had previously been heavy on soaring, amenity-rich rentals, a new crop of sales units of all sizes has risen in recent years. A new group of supertalls is transforming the Manhattan skyline, and less assuming boutique condominiums offer an intimate atmosphere in what may be the most bustling part of the city.

Moreover, the area is becoming more livable as opposed to a tourists' playground. A flexible form Target is among the retail tenants of new condo Bloom on Forty Fifth, and City Council Member Erik Bottcher recently hosted a "Be Our Valentine, Trader Joe's" press conference in an effort to entice the grocer to Hell's Kitchen. While the Trader Joe's effect on real estate values has been documented, Midtown West hardly needs the help - CityRealty listings show that the median price of a Midtown West condo is $2 million ($1,995 per square foot).

We take a look at newly completed buildings, as well as the new residential and commercial development set to bring further transformation to the stretch of Midtown West between 42nd and 59th Streets, and from Fifth Avenue to the Hudson River. This excludes the Garment District and Hudson Yards; new developments coming to the Hudson Yards area may be found here.
View of Midtown West from Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street, #12H (Compass)




Midtown West Buildings Now Selling/Leasing

65 feet high | Developed by 344 West 45th Street Corp. | Design by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects | Completed in 2021
7 stories | 27 units | No current availabilities

350-West-45th-Street-01 The Nyles
In sharp contrast to the towering rentals that have sprouted on the Far West Side in recent years, The Nyles' height puts it well in line with its neighbors on a Hell’s Kitchen side street. There are no more than four units per floor, all of which feature modern floor plans, oversized windows, generous closet space, modern kitchens, sleek baths, and in-unit washer/dryers. Several units have private outdoor space, and all residents have access to a furnished courtyard and roof deck with BBQ grills. Indoor amenities include virtual doorman service and a bike room. See full details here.

66 feet high | Developed by New Empire Real Estate Development | Design by Building Consulting Engineering & Architecture | Completed in 2021
7 stories | 7 units | No current availabilities

424-West-52nd-Street-01 All images of 424 West 52nd Street via New Empire Group
Hell's Kitchen condos
Midtown West condos
Boutique condominium 424 West 52nd Street presents seven full-floor, two-bedroom units with direct elevator entry, high ceilings, and triple-glazed windows to bring in abundant light but none of the noise of its bustling neighborhood. Amenities include virtual doorman service, a package room, a bike room, and a landscaped roof deck with grills and dining areas. The building is sold out, and closings came to an average price of $1,670 per square foot. See full details here.

75 feet high | Developed by Abselet Contracting Corp. | Design by Pinner Architecture | Completed in 2021
6 stories | 5 units | 2 availabilities from $2.3M - $3.3M

805-Ninth-Avenue-01 All images of 805 Ninth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
Ninth Avenue condos
Hell's Kitchen condos
A short distance from Columbus Circle and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, 805 Ninth Avenue comprises five floor-through units in two- to three-bedroom layouts. All are reached via private keyed elevator entry, and all open up to some form of private outdoor space. Interiors feature high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end finishes, and Miele appliances. Amenities include virtual doorman service and private storage. See full details and availabilities here.

85 feet high | Developed by XIN Development Group | Design by Marvel Architects | Completed in 2020
7 stories | 82 units | 11 availabilities from $778K - $2.05M

500-West-45th-Street-01 (CityRealty)
Hell's Kitchen condos Interior images of Bloom on Forty Fifth via Compass
Midtown West condo construction
Closings have commenced at Bloom on Forty Fifth, a Modernist condo development that rose on the former site of a gas station. The heart of this development is an 8,000-square-foot elevated courtyard with skylights, full-sized trees, and seating areas for entertaining and relaxation; it also features two common rooftop terraces with seating areas and outdoor kitchens. Indoor amenities include an attended lobby with green wall, a fitness center, a lounge, and a bike room. See full details and availabilities here.

120 feet high | Developed by CBSK Ironstate | Design by Concrete | Completed in 2022
12 stories | 219 units | 14 availabilities from $765K - $2.66M

547-West-47th-Street-01 Images via VUW
Hell's Kitchen condos Model residence via The West
In a mark of Eleventh Avenue's transformation, The West rose on the former site of a Lexus showroom. The lower custom-brick-clad floors mimic the industrial aesthetic the neighborhood used to be known for, but the glass-enclosed upper levels bring a new, fresh look to the corner. A large-scale mural by Tony “Rubin” Sjöman may be found along its eastern elevation, and more than 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities include a fitness center curated by The Wright Fit, a free-standing glass pavilion library, a landscaped rooftop park, a pet spa and dog run manage by Throw Me a Bone, and rooftop pool club. See full details and availabilties here.

153 feet high | Developed by The Elad Group and Mi&Co | Design by ODA | Completed in 2019
16 stories | 123 units | 12 availabilities from $1.07 - $3.25M

505-West-43rd-Street-01 All images of 505 W 43 via ODA New York
Hell's Kitchen condos (VHT Studios)
Midtown West condos Photo credit: Donna Dotan
Between its facade by ODA New York and interiors by Lemay & Escobar, 505 W 43 brings downtown style to a previously industrial section of Midtown. When a penthouse in the building entered contract with a $5.225 million asking price, it was Hell's Kitchen's most expensive sale within a new construction condo of the past 10 years.

The two towers of the development are connected by a manicured private garden, and a furnished roof deck looks out on skyline and river views. Indoor amenities include an attended lobby with a library and fireplace, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor/outdoor pool, a children's playroom, and a bike room. See full details and availabilities here.

416 feet high | Developed by OKO Group | Design by Warren and Wetmore | Completed in 2020
26 stories | 22 units | No current availabilities

730-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of Aman New York Residences via Douglas Elliman
Fifth Avenue condos
Midtown condo conversions
For its first New York property, Aman Resorts looked to an unofficial landmark on one of the city's most desirable blocks. The building's facade and architectural details were restored to their original glory, and the interiors were converted to 83 hotel rooms and 20 residential units. The Crown Penthouse entered contract with an asking price of $180 million, and would have been the city's most expensive until 220 Central Park South dethroned it.

The residential units start on the 11th floor, so as to make the most of skyline and Central Park views, and feature interiors by Jean-Michel Gathy, open layouts, top-of-the-line finishes and appliances, kitchens by Minotti Cucine, and supremely luxurious bedroom suites. Residents will enjoy full, unlimited access to Aman New York’s unparalleled concierge service, 2,300-square-foot spa, wine room, subterranean Jazz Bar, wraparound Garden Terrace, Italian restaurant Arva, and Japanese restaurant Nama. See full details here.

420 feet high | Developed by Sumaida + Khurana and LENY | Design by Alvaro Siza | Completed in 2020
37 stories | 80 units | 9 availabilities from $1.03M - $3.3M

611-West-56th-Street-01 All images of 611 West 56th Street via Corcoran
Midtown West condos
Hell's Kitchen condos
611 West 56th Street is the first United States project for Pritzker Prize laureate Alvaro Siza, and brings a monolithic new tower to the edge of Midtown West and the Upper West Side. No more than two units per floor allow for incredible privacy, and interiors feature oversized windows, modern finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, and luxurious primary suites. An extensive amenity suite includes an outdoor garden, a fitness center with yoga studio, changing rooms, and steam rooms, a media room with billiards table, an entertaining lounge with a discreet catering kitchen, and parking and storage available for an additional fee. See full details and availabilities here.

952 feet high | Developed by Vornado Realty Trust | Design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects | Completed in 2020
70 stories | 118 units | No current availabilities

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220 Central Park South apartment
Billionaires Row condos
220 Central Park South burst onto many people's radar when billionaire Ken Griffin bought a home in the building for $238 million, the most expensive in the United States. However, some had already taken note of it for its classic limestone facade by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which came as a pleasing contrast to the glassy supertalls sprouting on either side of it.

Apartments in both the 70-story tower and 18-story "Villa" portion look out on gorgeous views of Central Park. Residents arrive to a gated porte-cochere and double-height lobby, and amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, squash court, pool, spa, screening room, game room, children's playroom, and private restaurant. (P.S. Between a $188 million penthouse and two additional units for a total of $57.5 million, Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai's purchases at 220 Central Park South now exceed Mr. Griffin's.) See full details here.

1,050 feet high | Developed by Hines | Design by Jean Nouvel | Completed in 2019
82 stories | 145 units | 17 availabilities from $2.9M - $63.8M

53-West-53rd-Street-01 53W53 via Giles Ashford
Midtown supertalls Interiors via Douglas Elliman
NYC supertalls
53W53 soars above the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the building is a dramatic sculpture in its own right with a design by Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel and interiors by Thierry Despont, which feature high-end finishes and materials. The building's Wellness Center hosts a full gym, spa, and naturally lit lap pool flanked by a hot tub and cold plunge pool; social amenities include a library with fireplace, a children's playroom, a double-height lounge with private dining room and Central Park views, a double-height wine tasting room, and a screening room with rich finishes and theater-inspired seats. See full details and availabilities here.
View south from high-floor home at 53 West 53

1,428 feet high | Developed by JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners | Design by SHoP Architects | Completed in 2020
84 stories | 60 units | 10 availabilities from $11.5M - $66M

111-West-57th-Street-01 All images of 111 West 57th Street via Corcoran
111 West 57th Street combines the landmarked Steinway Hall building with a super-skinny skyscraper to create a dramatic new addition to the Manhattan skyline. The towering height allows for dramatic views of Central Park and the city's most famous buildings, as experienced through floor-to-ceiling windows, and all interiors feature soaring ceilings, custom kitchens, and luxurious baths. Amenities include an opulent lobby, a gracious port cochere entrance, a double-height fitness center with mezzanine terrace, an 82-foot pool with private cabanas, saunas, and spa treatment rooms. See full details and availabilities here.

1,550 feet high | Developed by Extell | Design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill | Completed in 2021
98 stories | 179 units | 13 availabilities from $7.45M - $150M

217-West-57th-Street-01 Central Park Tower in center (via BHS)
Central-Park-Tower-002 100th floor ballroom (Extell Development Company)
Not only is Central Park Tower the tallest apartment building in New York City, but it is also the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. The first seven stories are home to New York's Nordstrom flagship, and the condos start on the 32nd floor to look out on panoramic views of Central Park, the Manhattan skyline, and both rivers.

All units enjoy spectacular proportions, custom-crafted kitchens from Smallbone of Devizes, and well-appointed bedroom suites. Central Park Club is the world's highest private residential club and ballroom, and offerings include a ballroom, cigar lounge, wine lounge, dining room, bar, and a full-service kitchen. The fitness and wellness amenities, which include a lap pool, steam room, sauna, and spa, were developed in collaboration with experts. See full details and availabilities here.


Coming Soon

Height TBA | Developed by Hudson Companies and Housing Works | Design by CetraRuddy | Mixed-use supportive housing | Completion estimated for 2023
Rental | 9 stories | 112 units

806-Ninth-Avenue-01 Rendering via Hudson Companies
While permits have not yet been filed for The Lirio, its intentions have been well publicized: The project is set to host a MTA office, retail space (rumored to be a Housing Works flagship, following the closing of its Hell’s Kitchen thrift store), and 112 units of supportive housing for New Yorkers living with HIV, the formerly homeless, and low-income families. Construction is expected to take two years, and projected to meet Passive House standards with features like green roofs, a high-performance building envelope, solar panels, and VRF HVAC.

For all its laudable goals, The Lirio has attracted controversy. Local advocacy group Neighbors for Hell’s Kitchen claims that with this project, the city is reneging on its promise of affordable housing units for middle-income households. They cite a 2009 deal from the Hudson Yards rezoning that required affordable housing to be built for households earning up to 165 percent of the area median income (which comes to $137,940 for a single person). In response, a spokesperson for the developer said this project was dedicated to helping the city’s most vulnerable.

Irish Arts Center, 726 Eleventh Avenue

59 feet high | 5 stories | Theater
Developed by Irish Arts Center | Design by Davis Brody Bond | Completed in 2021

726-Eleventh-Avenue-01 Irish Arts Center
Since its 1972 opening, the Irish Arts Center has become a mainstay of Irish theater, art, and dance. Fifty years later, it has outgrown its former tenement space and combined the old theater with a new building that rose on the site next door (formerly an auto shop). The new building has five new stories, yet incorporates the original brick facade. The L-shaped theater increases the space sevenfold, and the Irish Arts Center now features a lobby and cafe, a studio classroom, and new dressing rooms. Robust film, drama, dance, music, and art programming is underway, both in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the days after.

Times Square Theater, 215 West 42nd Street

138 feet high | 6 stories | Retail
Developed by Stillman Development International | Design by Beyer Blinder Belle | Completion estimated for 2022

215-West-42nd-Street-01 All images of Times Square Theater via Stillman Developmen INternational
In an interview with CityRealty that took place just before New York went on lockdown, Stillman Development International Executive Vice President Armmen Boyajian said of 215 West 42nd Street, “We wanted to turn the building into the greatest of all flagship locations.” It remains to be seen whether that will still come to pass; but between 105 feet of 42nd Street frontage and extensive LED signage, the branding potential is endless. In addition to restoring historic architectural elements like columns, a proscenium arch, and a limestone facade to their former glory, the firm is building a double-height glass box addition with an outdoor terrace.
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This represents the latest chapter for 215 West 42nd Street, which is also known as Times Square Theater for its history as a Broadway theater, burlesque/vaudeville theater, and movie theater. Mr. Boyajian said that they considered bringing back the stage, but retail was found to be the most viable option for the space.

The Glasshouse, 660 Twelfth Avenue

147 feet high | 7 stories | Event space
Developed by Glasshouse | Design by Kossar & Garry Architects | Completed in 2021

660-Twelfth-Avenue-01 All renderings of The Glasshouse via Glasshouses
While The Glasshouse's Twelfth Avenue buildout was completed in 2021, new coronavirus variants and accompanying safety restrictions prevented many from hosting or attending large group events. However, the 75,000-square-foot event space allows for plenty of room for social distancing and opens up to multiple outdoor terraces overlooking the Hudson River and the New York City skyline. Indoor features include 20’-40’ ceilings, two commercial kitchens, and soundproof partitions. Its Chelsea outpost has hosted multiple Fashion Week shows, Justin Bieber's New Year's Eve party, and Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lindsay Lohan.
Hell's Kitchen event space

223 West 46th Street

170 feet high | 20 stories | Hotel
Developed by McSam Holdings | Design by Gene Kaufman Architects | Completion estimated for spring 2022

223-West-46th-Street-01 Rendering of 223 West 46th Street via Gene Kaufman Architects
Work is winding down on a SpringHill Suites hotel at 223 West 46th Street, just up the street from Times Square pedestrian plazas, retail, restaurants, and theaters (and not to be confused with 150 West 48th Street, the other McSam Holdings-Gene Kaufman Architects collaboration in the area; see below). The 20-story finished product is shorter than the 34 stories seen in an early rendering, and the light-colored brick facade adds a touch of character.

All 200 suites will have dedicated work spaces in every room. Amenities are set to include a fitness center, a business center, and a ground-floor restaurant with outdoor seating.

176 feet high | Developer and designer TBA | Mixed-use residential | Completion TBA
Rental | 9 stories | Up to 21 units

19-West-55th-Street-01 19 West 55th Street via Corcoran
Between its former owner’s accusation of running an illegal hotel and the premature departure of luxury retailer Domenico Vacca, the past few years have been grim for 19 West 55th Street (also known as The Branson at Fifth). However, there is an opportunity for a fresh start: The property is on the market for $48 million, with seemingly no limit to its uses. Residential is among them - preliminary plans call for either 14 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom units, or 18 one-bedroom and three three-bedroom units.

The property has been fully vacated and gutted, with the exception of four rent-stabilized tenants. The facade is not protected, which would allow the new owner to give the space a new look. Its address above The Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue puts it close to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue shopping.

237 feet high | Developed by Solow Building Company | Design by Hill West | Residential | Completion estimated for 2022
Condo | 19 stories | 15 units

7-West-57th-Street-01 All images of 7 West 57th Street via Solow Building Company
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Directly next door to its namesake building at 9 West 57th Street and across the street from 10 West 57th Street (see below), Solow Building Company is at the helm of a slim new tower at 7 West 57th Street. Construction topped out in summer 2018, and renderings depicted a slim tower with a glass facade, mid-height setback, and subtle convex face on upper levels.

7 West 57th Street’s height is downright petite compared to the supertalls up the street, but the apartments inside will be anything but: The development will comprise 15 floor-through units. These will include two-bedroom units, some with private terraces, and a duplex penthouse. In a move reminiscent of another Solow building, One United Nations Park, all units will come outfitted with smart home technology; further interior and amenity details are not yet available. An offering plan was accepted in August 2019, but a sellout price was not listed.
(CityRealty)

289 feet high | Developed by Skyline Developers | Design by Morris Adjmi Architects | Mixed-use residential | Completion TBA
Rental | 25 stories | 97 units

10-West-55th-Street-01 Rendering via Skyline Developers
In the years since the demolition of the four-story building at 10 West 55th Street, the site has sat vacant. However, permits filed in May 2020 call for breathing new life into the space with 17,709 square feet of commercial space and 134,980 square feet of residential space. There will be no more than six apartments per floor, and amenities are set to include a bike room, pet spa, laundry room, package room, storage, squash court, fitness center, game room, golf simulator, and lounges. An early rendering depicted a glassy tower, but this is unlikely to be the final product - the historically respectful Morris Adjmi Architects is listed as the designer of record.

CIVILIAN Hotel, 305 West 48th Street

303 feet high | 27 stories | Hotel
Developed by Bright Management | Design by Gene Kaufman Architects | Completed in 2021

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At 305 West 48th Street, CIVILIAN Hotel is situated where the Theater District meets Hell's Kitchen, allowing for easy access to the world-renowned entertainment and dining in both neighborhoods. The building is distinguished by a red brick facade at street level, and a glass tower rises from this base. Rockwell Group's design of the rooms evokes the ambiance of theater dressing rooms, and amenities include a second-floor lounge and cocktail room. A gourmet restaurant, rooftop bar, and private garden are set to open later this year.

711 Seventh Avenue

343 feet high | 32 stories | Hotel
Developed by Atlas Hospitality | Design by Gene Kaufman Architects | Completion estimated for early 2025

711-Seventh-Avenue-01 711 Seventh Avenue via Gene Kaufman Architects
In July 2021, Crain’s New York Business announced that permits were filed for a new 401-key hotel on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 48th Street. The site is two blocks east of the recently opened CIVILIAN Hotel, another collaboration between Atlas Hospitality and Gene Kaufman, and up the street from TSX Broadway (see below).

The building previously on the site got its start as a burlesque theater, but was revamped into a movie theater following a purchase by Walter Reade and a major renovation by Thomas Lamb in the late 1920s. As the years passed, the marquee went down and the theater was divided into a triplex; it was eventually converted to a Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant before its ultimate demolition in 2015.

150 West 48th Street

330 feet high | 38 stories | Hotel
Developed by McSam Holdings | Design by Gene Kaufman Architects | Completion estimated for fall 2022

150-West-48th-Street-10 Rendering of 150 West 48th Street via Gene Kaufman Architects
The Hilton Times Square closed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but the hotelier is making an area comeback at 150 West 48th Street (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel New York; see below.) Developer McSam Holdings, which is led by the prolific Sam Chang, bought the site from Rockefeller Group in early 2019; the groundbreaking took place in 2020.

While other hotels may literally cast the building in shadow, this 1,046-key hotel is New York’s largest by room count in over 30 years. The rooms will be spread across an upper-midscale Hampton Inn, an extended-stay Home 2 Suites, and new micro-hotel concept Motto Hotel. There will be a five-part storefront on the first level, and hotel amenities will include two gyms, a restaurant/cafe, a lounge, and a rooftop bar.
Another murderous design by Gene Kaufman

125 West 57th Street

420 feet high | 26 stories | Commercial
Developed by Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners and Cain International | Design by FXCollaborative | Completion estimated for late 2024

125-West-57th-Street-01 Image via NYC DOB
Down the street from One57, the supertall that heralded West 57th Street's transformation into Billionaires' Row, a 26-story, 260,000-square-foot office tower is taking shape at 125 West 57th Street. Demolition permits for the 16-story building previously on-site were filed in November 2019, and permits for the new building were filed a short time later.

The property was previously occupied by Calvary Baptist Church, which owned both the building and the Hotel Salisbury that operated on the upper levels. As part of the deal, the church will occupy a new, modern space in the base of the building. The offices will start on the tenth floor and be accessed via a separate entrance from the church. The location will allow for postcard-perfect views of Central Park, and amenities will include a lounge, meeting rooms, and outdoor terraces on multiple floors.
125-West-57th-Street-02 125 West 57th Street prior to demolition via CityRealty

423 feet high | Developed by Taconic Partners | Design by Handel Architects | Mixed-use residential | Completion estimated for 2024
Rental | 32 stories | 321 units

Comedian John Oliver has described Port Authority Bus Terminal as “the single worst place on Planet Earth,” but a new development at 308 West 43rd Street aspires to raise the tone of the surrounding blocks. Renderings of the two-towered development depict a tasteful stone facade, and amenities are set to include a bike room, storage, courtyard, lounge, business center, fitness center, yoga studio, spa area with saunas and steam rooms, lounges, pool, and 31st-floor terrace (per permits). Construction is expected to be done in a single phase.

Hard Rock Hotel, 159 West 48th Street

442 feet high | 35 stories | Hotel
Developed by Extell | Design by Berg + Moss Architects | Completed in 2021

159-West-48th-Street-01 All images of Hard Rock Hotel New York via Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel New York is now accepting reservations ahead of its anticipated April 2022 opening. Extell bought the parking garage on “Music Row,” a block that was once home to musical instrument stores, for nearly $46 million in December 2014 and combined it with an empty lot it already owned. Unused air rights from local theaters allowed for the building’s height.
Times Square hotels
Hard Rock Hotel Times Square Venue on Music Row
All 446 rooms will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and interiors by Jeffrey Beers International. The 34th-story Rock Star Suite is a glass-enclosed penthouse with expansive views, original artwork, and one of the largest terraces in New York City. Displays throughout the hotel will include a leather jacket owned and worn by Joey Ramone, a pair of boots worn by Lady Gaga, and handwritten lyrics by John Lennon.
The hotel’s culinary offerings will include the RT 60 rooftop bar and the upscale NYY Steak, the latter of which is in partnership with the New York Yankees. (Notably absent is the Hard Rock Cafe, which will be its own separate entity five blocks away.) Sessions Restaurant & Bar will feature a three-story atrium and open-air terrace offering live, unplugged musical performances. The Venue on Music Row will be a flexible entertaining space that can accommodate up to 400 guests for events like performances, fashion shows, after-parties, and gala events.

32 West 48th Street

456 feet high | 33 stories | Hotel
Developed by Extell | Design by SLCE Architects | Completion TBA

32-West-48th-Street-01 Construction site rendering via CityRealty
Construction is underway on Extell’s new hotel at 32 West 48th Street, the former site of the Plaza Arcade in the Diamond District. The Real Deal notes that Extell founder Gary Barnett used to work in the diamond industry, and that the purchase of air rights from many adjacent properties allows for the new hotel’s height. Amenities are expected to include an attended lobby, a fitness center, restaurants, a lounge, and a rooftop restaurant.

460 feet high | Developed by Extell | Design by SLCE Architects | Mixed-use condo | Completion TBA
29 stories | 54 units

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Around the block from the hotel planned for 1710 Broadway (see below), Extell is working on a residential building at 201 West 54th Street. The six-story building previously on-site (home to a notorious brothel) was torn down over the summer, and the new project will include commercial space at the base and 400 housing units.

660 Fifth Avenue

483 feet high | 39 stories | Commercial
Developed by Brookfield Properties | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox | Completion estimated for 2022

660-Fifth-Avenue-01 All renderings of 660 Fifth Avenue via Brookfield Properties
666 Fifth Avenue was christened the Tishman Building after it was finished in 1958, but would later be known as Kushner Companies’ white whale: The firm purchased the building for $1.8 billion in 2007, but soon faced major debt during the recession. Vornado Realty Trust purchased a stake in the building and the assumption of half the property’s mortgage in 2011. Kushner Companies floated the idea of a new skyscraper for the site designed by Zaha Hadid, but the idea was ultimately rejected; additionally, during the Trump administration, Jared Kushner would face questions about whether the building’s bailout financing affected foreign policy. After Brookfield Properties bought the property for $1.3 billion in 2018, they changed the building’s name to 660 Fifth Avenue and embarked on a $400 million design overhaul.
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The building’s facade is being reclad with mullion-free floor-to-ceiling windows, which will allow for maximized daylight and views. The renovation is being undertaken with greater sustainability in mind, and will include new high-efficiency heating and cooling systems as well as a new air supply system. The office spaces will be enhanced with the removal of columns and raising of ceiling heights, and there will be exterior terraces on multiple levels.

The building’s repositioning allows a new tenant to put their name on the building, but none has been announced yet. The renovation also calls for new retail space; current tenants include fast fashion retailers Zara and Uniqlo.
October 2021
(January 2022)

RIU Plaza Manhattan Times Square, 145 West 47th Street

519 feet high | 48 stories | Hotel
Developed by Tribeach Holdings| Design by Berg + Moss Architects | Completed in 2022

145-West-47th-Street-01 All images via RIU Hotels
The Hotel RIU Plaza Manhattan Times Square was recently completed and is now accepting reservations. The RIU logo at the crown serves as a beacon for the hotel, and the facade is distinguished by its horizontal metal grilles and floor-to-ceiling windows. All 630 guest rooms have central air conditioning, satellite TV, WiFi, mini-fridges, and safes.
The new hotel is located up the street from the RIU hotel at 306 West 47th Street; it is also in excellent proximity to public transportation, but guests who drove in have access to a multi-story parking garage in the base of the building. They also have access to a fitness center, luggage storage on arrival, Grab & Go for drinks and snacks, and a restaurant offering a breakfast buffet.
RIU Plaza Manhattan

TSX Broadway, 1568 Broadway

580 feet high | 46 stories | Mixed-use commercial
Developed by L&L Holding Company and Fortress Investment Group | Design by Perkins Eastman | Completion estimated for 2023

1568-Broadway-01 Rendering via L&L Holdings
Earlier this month, construction topped out at TSX Broadway, a mixed-use tower on the corner of 47th Street and Seventh Avenue. This is located across the street from the TKTS booth that played a key part in the transformation of Times Square and was also designed by project architect Perkins Eastman. Upon completion, the massive corner project will include a 669-key hotel, an indoor/outdoor performance stage overlooking Times Square, 100,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, the largest outdoor food and beverage terrace in Times Square, and interactive LED signage at the top.

Additionally, the historic Palace Theater started to be raised 30 feet above street level at the beginning of 2022, so as to make way for ground-floor retail space. Once this is complete, the historic theater will undergo a $50 million renovation that includes refurbishing the landmarked interiors and upgrading and expanding the lobby, restrooms, dressing rooms, and backstage areas. It got its start in the vaudeville era, and more recent Broadway productions include Beauty and the Beast, Aida, Legally Blonde, An American in Paris, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.
(February 2022)

1710 Broadway

633 feet high | 54 stories | Hotel
Developed by Extell | Design by SLCE Architects | Completion TBA

1710-Broadway-01
Near the end of 2021, Extell filed plans for a new hotel on the corner of Broadway and West 54th Street. Wind tunnel images show a slender tower rising from a setback on the fifth floor as well as a subtle crease in the building’s facade.

In spring 2021, Patch reported that demolition permits were filed for the building previously on-site. It originally opened in 1917 as a showroom for the Ford Motor Company, and more recently served as the headquarters for Sean Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment.
Awaiting demolition (February 2022)

672 feet high | Developed by Solow Development Company | Design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill | Completion TBA
Condo | 52 stories | 80 units

10-West-57th-Street-01 Google Earth aerial rendering of 10 West 57th Street (bottom center)
In the years before his death in November 2020, mega-developer Sheldon Solow built a six-building assemblage across the street from his company’s namesake tower at 9 West 57th Street. His plans for it became clear in spring 2018, when he filed the first plans for a new building. They call for retail on floors 1-4, hotel rooms on floors 5-9, and residential units (most likely condos) on floors 11-50. The existing buildings, which included the former Henri Bendel building at 12 West 57th Street, have been demolished.
Stately buildings being demolished for the very underwhelming new tower

995 feet high | Developed by Rabina Properties, Ceruzzi Properties, and SMI USA | Design by Kohn Pedersen Fox | Completion estimated for late 2023
Condo | 71 stories | 145 units

520-Fifth-Avenue-01 Rendering via Kohn Pedersen Fox
For years, 520 Fifth Avenue has sat vacant on the corner of 43rd Street. However, following the approval of permits, construction may at last be on the horizon. The plans call for office space for floors 4-28, residential units on floors 31-68, and separate lobbies for each component.

By virtue of the towering height, workers and residents will enjoy gorgeous views of the local skyline, including the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. An axonometric drawing shows a number of terraces, and subtly arched windows add character to the tower. The majority of amenities - including the fitness center, pool, sports court, and spa - will be below street level, but there will also be a 69th-floor Sky Lounge, reading room, and solarium.
520-Fifth-Avenue-003 (February 2022)

1,100 feet high | Developed by Sedesco | Design by OMA | Completion estimated for 2026
Condo | 63 stories | 119 units

41-47-West-57th-Street-01 41-47 West 57th Street (OMA)
At one time, a whimsical design by Mark Foster Gage Architects featuring abstract swooping eagles and known as "the Khaleesi" was once proposed for 41-47 West 57th Street, a plot of land between Fifth and Sixth Avenues on Billionaires’ Row. However, OMA is the architect of record for the site, where excavation is underway. Upon completion, the new building will feature a 10,212-square-foot restaurant, frontage on West 57th and 58th Street, 158 hotel rooms on floors two through 20, and apartments the rest of the way up.

In addition to the new building, developer Sedesco plans to build two new elevators for the F train station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue in exchange for one acre of extra floor space. This deal comes about as part of Zoning for Accessibility, a change in zoning law that allows developers to obtain extra square footage in exchange for public contributions.
41-47-West-57th-Street-01 Rendering of The Khaleesi (Mark Foster Gage Architects)

740 Eighth Avenue

1,120 feet high | 51 stories | Hotel
Developed by Extell | Design by SLCE Architects | Completion TBA

740-Eighth-Avenue-01 Image via NYC Department of Buildings
In late 2021, plans were approved for a massive 1,350-key hotel just off Times Square. As Extell failed to acquire the entire blockfront, the massing shows the tower wrapping around low-rise holdouts. The rooms will start on the fifth floor, and amenities will include a health club, lounge, business center, gym and spa, children’s and teen lounges, third-floor terrace, 34th floor outdoor pool, and indoor pool bar. The crowning glory is set to be an observation deck on the 51st floor.

790 Seventh Avenue

208 feet high | 22 stories | Hotel
Developed by Al Rayyan Tourism and Investment Company | Designer TBA | Completion TBA

790-Seventh-Avenue-02 Concept design via Dror
Marketing materials for The Manhattan at Times Square state that the hotel was built during the Mad Men era, but Qatar’s Al Rayyan Tourism and Investment Company (ARTIC) aims to bring it into the future. At the time of ARTIC’s acquisition, CEO Rutger Smits said in a statement, “ARTIC does not seek to simply acquire trophy assets, we also look to buy assets that we can upgrade and to which we can add real value.” To that end, it was later announced that it would become a W Hotel. They later landed a $290 million loan in July 2018.

To become a W Hotel, the building would have to comply with exacting specifications for the W brand, whether by renovating or erecting a new building. A 2014 concept design by Dror depicts a building clad in a series of twisting digital fins, with multiple strips creating a single, seamless moving image. At the same time, the renderings show that this eye-catching design would come at the expense of the building’s Art Deco detailing.
790-Seventh-Avenue-01 Image via Times Square Hotels

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