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Aerial photograph via Evan Joseph Aerial photograph via Evan Joseph
With over 100,000 square feet of amenities ranging from a two-lane bowling alley to a hammam with cold plunge pool, from an outdoor tea pavilion to a wine storage and tasting room, it might be easier to ask what One Manhattan Square does not have to offer under its roof. A grocery store could have come to mind, but that is about to change as Brooklyn Fare Kitchen & Market ("Brooklyn Fare") has signed a 30-year, 25,500-square-foot lease for its largest location yet at the base of the Lower East Side skyscraper.
One may faintly recall that Extell Development's all-inclusive tower replaced a humble Pathmark supermarket with a sizeable parking lot and drug store. Shuttered in December 2012, the grocer was a great convenience for people in the Two Bridges neighborhood as there were few alternatives in the area with a comparable variety of fresh food. With pressure from elected officials and the community group Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, local residents urged Extell to return their pre-existing access to fresh and affordable food options. Extell agreed and made a commitment to open a full-service supermarket as part of the project.
One Manhattan Square pathmark The pre-existing Pathmark supermarket that was on the site of One Manhattan Square
One-Manhattan-Square-03 One Manhattan Square model inside its waterfront sales office (CityRealty)

"The addition of Brooklyn Fare to the neighborhood signifies the continued transformation of the Lower East Side Waterfront into a dynamic neighborhood" - Alan Oppenheimer, Vice President of Development, Extell Development Company

The new Brooklyn Fare supermarket is scheduled to open in mid-2022. Established in 2009, the brand has already made its mark as one of New York's premier grocery stores and its reputation has been further burnished by Chef's Table, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant located in its Hudson Yards outpost. Brooklyn Fare's Lincoln Square location is set to open on October 15, and it also has locations in Downtown Brooklyn and the West Village. While whether its prices are affordable to low- and middle-income locals remain to be seen, the One Manhattan Square location will span two floors and offer groceries, prepared foods, sushi, a deli, a coffee bar, and more. The space will feature an all-glass storefront and 20-foot ceilings.
252-South-Street-03 The perfect setting for a dinner party (Apartment images via Extell)
With more than 800 apartments and an unparalleled resident amenity package, One Manhattan Square is one of the most ambitious condominium developments ever conceived in New York City. Designed by Adamson Associates, its striking sheer profile is most prominent from the East River and the Brooklyn waterfront. The 800-foot tall tower has begun to shift the lower Manhattan skyline to the east, and several high-flying residential towers are planned in the vicinity (see below).
Remaining availabilities at One Manhattan Square range from $1.215 million for a one-bedroom to $3.835 million for a two-bedroom penthouse. With premium Miele appliance packages and imported stone finishes, the integrated kitchens are ideal for cooking up the fresh offerings of Brooklyn Fare. Residents also benefit from astounding views, top-notch finishes, in-unit washer/dryers, and low carrying costs partly fostered by Extell seizing one of the last 20-year tax abatements in the city.
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As New York's center of gravity shifts eastward towards Brooklyn and Queens, a troupe of controversial new skyscrapers is planned along lower Manhattan's East River waterfront, just north of One Manhattan Square. The four new towers will add more than 2,750 units of much-need rental apartments to an overlooked section of Lower Manhattan, and each of the developers has agreed to finance a plethora of neighborhood improvements that include a quarter of all units earmarked as affordable housing.

This past May, Crain's New York reported that the New York Court of Appeals has rejected attempts by community groups to prevent developers from building four sizeable towers that will redefine this corner of the skyline dominated by mid-century, tower-in-the-park developments. With the ruling effectively putting an end to a years-long legal challenge against the towers, several of the developers have filed/refreshed construction permits in recent weeks.

Two Bridges Towers 247 Cherry Street (L) and One Manhattan Square (R) (SHoP Architects)
The tallest of the proposed buildings will be 247 Cherry Street, a 77-story, 1,008-foot tower to bring more than 600 units of mixed-income rental housing. The tower is being developed by Michael Stern's JDS Development Group and will be the tallest building in Manhattan outside of the Financial District and Midtown.

The novel design by SHoP Architects cantilevers over an existing senior center, and rises sheer with a striated skin of green terracotta and floor-to-ceiling windows. Twenty-five percent of the apartments will be designated as affordable housing, and the units will be interspersed throughout. The development will also provide a publicly accessible landscaped plaza, an expanded community room, and new retail to benefit the senior facility next door.

260 South Street are the pair of massed towers sharing a sing base in the center of this image
One block east of 247 Cherry, L+M Development and CIM Group are readying to build a pair of 798- and 728-foot towers at 260 South Street. To rise from the parking lot behind the housing complex Lands End II, plans filed last month show the Handel Architects-designed project will comprise 1,313 residential apartments across 1.3 million square feet of floor area. Twenty-five percent of units will also be classified as affordable housing. It remains to be seen whether these towers will obstruct an iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge framing the Empire State Building as seen from DUMBO.

259 Clinton Street
Furthest east, the Starrett Corporation submitted plans in late July to construct a 62-story, 724-foot-tall tower at 259 Clinton Street. The nearly 850,000 square foot building will have a whopping 1,021 units and amenities that will include a fitness center, health club, and library. Perkins Eastman is the architect of record for the glass-clad, slab-shaped tower.
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