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Whether you're a native New Yorker or envisioning a move from another state or country, the iconic Manhattan skyline, with its romantic pre-war towers and supertall engineering marvels, never fails to evoke wonder and optimism, even in the darkest times. The most fortunate residents can draw inspiration from ever-evolving skyline vistas visible from their apartments, as showcased in the listings below.

The NYC skyline undergoes constant transformation, with new skyscrapers enhancing and often obstructing prized views. A significant initiative coming to the forefront that will likely greatly alter the Midtown skyline is the the Midtown South Neighborhood Plan, spearheaded by city and state governments. This plan aims to rezone substantial portions of the Garment District, North Chelsea, and NoMad that are currently designated for manufacturing uses. Given the continued weak demand for office space, the plan seeks to diversify land use, potentially allowing for new residential construction and conversions. The outcome of these rezonings may position the Garment District as a pivotal area for Manhattan's continued skyward growth.

Some Major New Developments Planned for the Garment District

Society House
Condominium Conversion
12 Stories | 71 Condominium Units
Developer: Chen Foundation
Architect: Issac and Stern Architects
Completion: TBD

In 2016, the Chen Foundation, linked to the nonprofit T.F. Chen Cultural Center acquired a 12-story, 95,000-square-foot commercial loft building at 335 West 35th Street for $50 million. Dubbed Society House, construction begn to convert the property into a residential condominium designed by Isaac and Stern Architects. As the Garment District's first significant residential condo conversion in over a decade, the venture would offer 71 studio to two-bedroom residences with starting prices around $800,000.

Despite debuting a registration site in 2019 and garnering interest for its investment potential, central location, and proximity to various transit options as well as Hudson Yards, the project faced significant delays due to the pandemic. As reported by The Real Deal last week, the owning entity has filed for bankruptcy but is seeking $15 million to $18 million to complete the development.

515 Seventh Avenue
36/38 stories | 512/642 feet tall
Developer: Blenheim Realty
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Completion: TBD

Kohn Pedersen Fox (Credit: Kohn Pedersen Fox)
Earlier this week, Crain's first reported that developer Hillel Shohet filed an application with the Department of City Planning to redevelop a significantly underbuilt commercial and parking structure at 515 Seventh Avenue at the corner of West 38th Street. The developer is seeking special permits from the city to allow for a floor area bonus for a covered pedestrian plaza, increasing maximum tower lot coverage, and permitting a transient hotel use. The proposed actions will facilitate the development within a maximum building envelope that can accommodate alternative uses comprising 355,500 square feet of commercial floor area (18 FAR), including a 5,542-square-foot covered pedestrian space.

It appears the market will finalize what will be built, and the developer seeks the option to build either a 38-story office tower or a 36-story mixed-use tower with offices and a hotel. Unlike many of the new projects planned for the Garment District, this project seeks to build a variety of types of spaces to cater to the diversity of businesses that service the Garment Center and the city.

The site is located in the heart of the Garment Center, directly across from The Garment Capitol Centre Building, 17- and 24-story buildings that opened in 1921 to consolidate the design, production, and showroom activities of the garment industry. According to the Skyscraper Museum, by 1932 over 22,000 people worked in the buildings, producing $200 million in apparel goods.

100 West 37th Street
69 stories / 732 feet tall
Developer: 989 Sixth Realty LLC (Sioni Group in partnership with Eli and Isaac Chetrit)
Architect: C3D Architecture
Completion: TBD

C3D Architecture
At 100 West 37th Street, at the corner of Sixth Avenue, construction is ramping up for a soaring 69-story, 732-foot-tall residential tower that will stand as the tallest in the Garment District. The 300-unit tower is being developed by Eli and Isaac Chetrit, cousins of developer Joseph Chetrit, in partnership with Sioni Group.

C3D Architecture, headed by Damir Sehic, is behind the design, which renderings show will be divided into four volumes suspended from a core positioned towards the west side of the block. The apartments will be framed in glass walls, providing most mid- and upper-floor units with breathtaking views of the Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline. A recent visit to the site reveals that the attractive pre-war loft building has been fully demolished, and excavation equipment is on-site, preparing for the tower's foundations.
100 West 37th Street Groundwork beginning at the site (January 2024)

Xadia Hotel
58 West 39th Street
42 stories | 475 feet
173 hotel rooms
Architect: Marin Architects
Developer: Wei Hong Hu (H Hotel LLC)
Completion: 2025

(Marin Architects)
Begun before the pandemic and stalled midway through construction for several years, a soaring 42-story hotel is once again making progress, this time with a fresh design by the growing firm of Marin Architects. Recently, YIMBY unveiled new renderings of the mid-block project, which boldly cantilevers over its western neighbor. Poised to become one of the tallest hotels in the area, its rooms will offer stunning views of Bryant Park, the Empire State Building, and the Midtown skyline. The new design is more tame compared to the previous design by Peter Poon Architects, which featured a curving facade at the crown. Aside from hotel rooms, the building will have a rooftop bar, as well as an arcade and restaurant.
(January 2024)

Encompassing about one square mile and 25 blocks, the present-day Garment District stretches from 35th to 41st Streets between Sixth and Ninth Avenues on the west side of Midtown. Once a global hub for clothing manufacturers, the district has gradually shifted away from apparel production as mass production allowed companies to shift operations to regions with lower costs. Presently, the Garment District hosts fewer than 5,000 such jobs, a sharp contrast to the hundreds of thousands reported in the early 1960s.
Most of the existing loft buildings were rapidly built in the early 1920s and mainly perform as class B and C office buildings today. Due to diminished demand and tenants seeking higher-quality spaces, these buildings suffer from the highest office vacancy rates in the city.
The Garment District at night
With the Garment District better poised for redevelopment than in years past, the city proposes a comprehensive set of initiatives to promote the conversion of these buildings from office and manufacturing uses to residential use. A thorough study of the Garment District is underway to identify necessary measures for conversions, complemented by the launch of an interagency accelerator program that is said will function as a "concierge service" to streamline conversion applications.
As New Yorkers anticipate the outcome of various housing ideas aimed at boosting housing construction, we provide a glimpse below of apartments showcasing open, breathtaking views of the ephemeral skyline of today.
The Garment District from 34th Street

Active Listings with Open NYC Views

The Langham Fifth Avenue, #31F (Compass)

Gracie Plaza, #19E (Elegran LLC)

The Orion, #50E (Compass)

The Brooklyn Tower, #56A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Promenade, #27CD (Compass)

One Manhattan Square, #10D (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties)

Oro, #40F (Corcoran Group)

Vandewater, #28B (Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing LLC)

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The Vermeer, #PHAB (Keller Williams NYC)

3 Lincoln Center, #57C (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

1 Fifth Avenue, #19G (Ann Weintraub Ltd)

Sutton Tower, #32C (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

The Esquire Building, #6J (Serhant LLC)

The Empire, #19A (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

2 Fifth Avenue, #PHDF (Compass)

Tower 270, #26A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

111 Murray Street, #38A (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

The Lucida, #18J (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

J.W. Marriott Essex House, #3401 (CitiSuites International Realty LLC)

River & Warren, #18F (Compass)

165 Charles Street, #18 (Compass)

551W21, #15B (The Agency Brokerage)

Cassa, #PH1 (Corcoran Group)

The Plaza, #1509 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

15 Central Park West, #PH1617B (The Agency Brokerage)
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