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L to R: 200 Amsterdam Avenue, 36 West 66th Street, and 1865 Broadway L to R: 200 Amsterdam Avenue, 36 West 66th Street, and 1865 Broadway
Lincoln Square has long served as the middle ground between the skyscrapers of Midtown and the genteel streets of the Upper West Side. Over the past three decades, the district has seen a tremendous upscaling in both height and cache with towering buildings such as the Time Warner Center, 15 Central Park West and The Park Laurel coming online.

Now, three more upscale high-rises are underway in the district that has not seen such an influx of development since Millennium Partners’ finished their Lincoln Square master plan in the 90s. Coming soon will be a 51-story condo at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, a 33-story tower at 1865 Broadway and a 25-story tower at 36 West 66th Street. Coincidentally, each of the projects replaces buildings belonging to long-time religious institutions. Altogether, the projects will bring 430 new apartments to the neighborhood.
200-Amsterdam-Avenue-0234 200 Amsterdam Avenue drawings
200-Amsterdam-Avenue-042 Cleared site as of late June (CItyRealty)
200-Amsterdam-Avenue-0323 CityRealty
200 Amsterdam Avenue will become the tallest building on the Upper West Side. Expected to rise 51 floors and 668 feet high, it will top the neighborhood’s current title-holder, Trump International, by more than 80 feet. In 2014, developers SJP Properties with Mitsui Fudosan America purchased the former Lincoln Square Synagogue for $275 million and from its Lincoln Towers superblock, amassed a complex zoning lot 10 times that size of the zoning footprint, Crain’s reported.
The cobbled together air rights will produce a 400,000-square-foot tower of stone and glass designed by Elkus Manfredi and CetraRuddy. There will be 112 condominiums inside and upper tiers will feature fabulous views of the skyline and Central Park.
44-West-66th-Street-02 Rendering of 36-44 West 66th Street (Extell Development)
44-West-66th-Street-23 Excavation proceeding at 36-44 West 66th Street (CityRealty)
Closer to Central Park at 36 West 66th Street, Extell Development, and Megalith Capital are building a 25-story building to hold 160 residential units. Excavation work for a very deep foundation is ongoing, and the mid-block site formerly held three small buildings and the synagogue of Congregation Habonim. SLCE are the architects of the rather conventional tower covered in glass and set back upon a two-story base.
The project will top out at 292 feet, not high enough to eclipse The Europa next door and secure its residents with direct Central Park views. The floor schedule shows that the lower two levels will have space for a new synagogue and ground-floor retail. Amenities will include a pool and spa, bike storage and tenant storage.
1865-Broadway-02 1865 Broadway as of early July (CItyRealty)
Furthest south, near Columbus Circle, is the site of 1865 Broadway, a 33-story residential tower replacing the American Bible Society building. AvalonBay Communities purchased the property for $300 million in February of 2015 after the American Bible Society decided to decamp to Philadelphia. The concrete superstructure is its now two floors up and will culminate at 416 feet high. Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) are the architects and its structurally-robust exterior is reminiscent of the former building which they also designed.
There will be 160 residential units inside, a mix of condos and rentals and amenities will include a fitness center and swimming pool, a game room, several lounges, a communal pantry, a roof terrace, bicycle parking and tenant storage.
1865-Broadway-023 Rendering of AvalonBay's 1865 Broadway
google-earth-upper-west-side-new-construction Google Earth still of Upcoming UWS Developments; CityRealty
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New Developments Editor Ondel Hylton Ondel is a lifelong New Yorker and comprehensive assessor of the city's dynamic urban landscape.