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As renderings show, an overlooked section of Chelsea could look very different As renderings show, an overlooked section of Chelsea could look very different
Love it or hate it, there is no disputing that the glistening towers of Hudson Yards have utterly transformed a stretch of Manhattan that was once occupied by a desolate railyard. A short walk south takes one past the architecturally adventurous towers that have taken shape alongside the High Line. By comparison, the nearest stretch of Eighth Avenue looks dreadfully neglected. Zoning restrictions don’t allow for the kind of skyscrapers that have distinguished other parts of New York, and the much-reviled Penn Station does not make for great inspiration.
However, it is not likely to stay that way for long. Not only has Facebook leased 1.5 million square feet of office space throughout Hudson Yards, but it will become the anchor office tenant in the Farley Building, the conversion of the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office (designed by McKim Meade and White) into an extension of Penn Station with the new Moynihan Train Hall, a skylit atrium, and new retail and office space. Construction is well underway with the train hall to open in the coming months.

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341 West 29th Street
341 West 29th Street Chelsea
250 West 27th Street
250 West 27th Street Chelsea
395 Eighth Avenue
395 Eighth Avenue Chelsea
300 West 30th Street
300 West 30th Street Chelsea
Onyx Chelsea, 261 West 28th Street
Onyx Chelsea, 261 West 28th Street Chelsea
Eighth-Avenue-3 We're all waiting on this block to up its game. (Image via CityRealty)
Farley-Building-01 Rendering of the Farley Building via Vornado Realty Trust
Many developers appear to be biding their time until Penn Station’s renovation is complete, but some aren’t in the mood to wait until late 2020/early 2021, the estimated completion date that will more than likely be set back in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We take a look at new developments set to transform this stretch where Chelsea meets Midtown, not to mention listings that could look especially appealing in years to come.
View from Eighth Avenue and 34th Street of JDS' Empire Crossing proposal

Design by Studio C Architecture
Developed by Eastern Star Development
16 stories | 80 units

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300-West-30th-Street-2 Construction circa October 2020 via CityRealty
300-West-30th-Street-3 Construction circa March 2020 via CityRealty
In May 2018, Salt Equities sold the site of the Riff Hotel to an investment group led by Eastern Star Development for $27.5 million. Demolition permits were filed shortly after (for a hotel that was decidedly not part of the NoMad hospitality boom), and renderings show a glassy, modern building towering over its neighbors and featuring several private terraces. Permits call for no more than seven residential units per floor, and offerings will include a common roof deck and indoor/outdoor amenities on the second floor. A recent site visit saw construction about four stories up.

Design by Robert W. Scarpa Jr. Architect
Developed by Daniel and Efrain Aller
10 stories | 9 units

393-Eighth-Avenue-1 Rendering of 393 Eighth Avenue via Robert W. Scarpa Jr.
The four-story building previously on-site has been demolished, and work is underway on a new 99-foot-tall building to rise in its place. Permits call for nearly 2,300 square feet of commercial space spread over the ground floor and cellar. The floor-through rentals will be housed on top.
393 Eighth Avenue Next to the construction site of 300 West 30th Street, 393 Eighth Avenue will take shape

415 Eighth Avenue

Designer TBS
Developer TBD

415-Eighth-Avenue-1 All renderings of 415 Eighth Avenue via Savanna Partners
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In spring 2014, Savanna Partners signed a deal to sell this development site (currently a parking facility) to an undisclosed buyer for $65 million. It is just west of the block the governor wants to acquire and has a buildable square footage of 87,644 square feet. However, The Real Deal notes that it could be combined with adjacent lots to form a larger lot, which would support a retail/residential development. Whatever ultimately rises, we hope this does not come at the expense of NY Pizza Suprema, which regularly saw lines around the block in pre-pandemic times and continues to offer takeout and delivery.
Eighth-Avenue-02 415 Eighth Avenue, development site next door to NY Pizza Suprema, via CityRealty

Local Listings
261-West-28th-Street-1 All images of Onyx Chelsea via Nest Seekers
From the listing:
A stylish designer penthouse boasting chic finishes and a trio of private outdoor spaces, this 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo is a paradigm of contemporary Chelsea luxury. Features of the home include gorgeous hardwood floors, central A/C, floor-to-ceiling windows with quadruple exposure and beautiful city views, a floating steel staircase, a convenient in-unit washer/dryer, a private storage unit, a deeded parking space available for purchase, and three terraces including an 820-square-foot rooftop terrace with lush planters and panoramic neighborhood views. See floor plan and full details here.

308-West-30th-Street-1 All images of The Irvin House via Maz Group NY
From the listing:
No detail has been overlooked in this brand-new apartment. The open kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, and opens to the living room with dining area. There is an extra room with elegant frosted glass sliding doors that can be used as a second bedroom or home office. One flight upstairs, there is a beautiful roof deck with 360-degree city views in addition to a laundry room in the building. See floor plan and full details here.

341-West-29th-Street-1 All images of 341 West 29th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
From the listing:
The upper triplex of 341 West 29th Street, a Greek Revival townhouse in Chelsea's quaint Lamartine Place Historic District. This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom apartment comprises the second, third, and fourth floors of the townhouse, including a rooftop terrace. A private entrance up the stoop leads to the third floor where there is a large entrance gallery and three bedrooms, as well two full bathrooms and a walk-in coat closet. See floor plan and full details here.

250-West-27th-Street-01 All images of 250 West 27th Street via Douglas Elliman
From the listing:
At 1,250 square feet, this historic residence is among the largest one-bedroom apartments available priced under $2 million within the Chelsea neighborhood. Complete with original reclaimed-wood columns and beams, 9'5" ceilings, a suburban-scaled kitchen, a luxurious 5-piece marble bathroom, recessed lighting, ample storage, built-in soundproofing, and extremely low monthlies, this apartment is move-in ready and offers its future homeowner enough space for flexible layouts, enjoyment, and entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

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