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Rendering of tower at 1 Central Park North; Image credit MV Architecture Rendering of tower at 1 Central Park North; Image credit MV Architecture
Unbelievably, a gravel parking lot sits at the prestigious corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park North (110th Street). The empty lot is owned by La Hermosa Christian Church who has a 3-story sanctuary next door at 3-5 West 110th Street. The lot’s days may be numbered however with the publication of the rendering above by Jersey-based MV Architecture

The rendering shows a roughly 30-story tower that seems to have lost its way from Dallas circa 1986. Glass volumes are slightly rotated from one another and they sit on an opaque base which we are presuming will be a new sanctuary space.

The circular intersection is also known as Dulke Ellington Circle and features a statue of the jazz musician with his grand piano at its center. Whatever rises from the lot will have remarkable views down Fifth Avenue and over Central Park. The site is near One Museum Mile and 111 Central Park North which have both held the record for the most expensive condo sold in Harlem.
1-Central-Park-North Google Earth aerial showing rendered tower rising 350 feet above Central Park North; CityRealty


Albo Liberis Pens Aggressive-Looking Hotel for Bushwick

27-Stewart 27 Stewart Avenue. Image Credit Albo Liberis / Riverside Developers
As a sequel to their William Vale Hotel and the Williamsburg Hotel, the designers at Albo Liberis have drafted up plans for a new hotel at 27 Stewart Street in Bushwick. Permits were filed back in May 2015 and remain unapproved. The site is located at the corner of Stewart and Flushing avenues and a pre-existing scrap metal recycling business that has since been cleared away.

Newly published renderings on Albo Liberis’ website align with permits and show a 9-floor building with broad commercial floorplates. There will be 140 hotel rooms from floors 3-9 and a community facility on the second floor. The design is not as playful as Albo Liberis’ other works but perhaps their counting on the area’s busy graffiti artists to lighten its look.
27-Stewart-Avenue Image Credit: Albo Liberis
27-Stewart-34 Streetview of 27 Stewart Ave.


Take a Spin around KPF’s 45 East 22nd Street

Bruce Eichner’s graceful glass tower overlooking Madison Square Park is nearly done. To help sell the building’s remaining units, the development team has released three new films showing off its sick views and model units.

Contracts have been signed for nearly two-thirds of its 83 condos and current availabilities start at $4.975M for a two-bedroom on the 27th floor. Just today, a three-bedroom on the 19th floor came online.

The 777-foot-tall building flares upward from a midblock site between Broadway and Park Avenue. When finished, the tower will be the tallest building between Hudson Yards and 56 Leonard in Tribeca. The architects are KPF, and there other NYC residential work includes One Jackson Square and 500 West 21st Street and 27 Wooster Street.
45-east-22-54 Exterior view of 45 East 22nd Street; Rendering credits Williams New York
45-east-22-45 Williams New York
45-east-22-589 Williams New York

First Look at New Residential Building Coming to Murray Hill/Kips Bay

339-345-East-33rd-Street 345 East 33rd Street. Image Credit: GF55 Architects
Four old-school walk-ups are hitting the chopping block on East 33rd Street to make way for a new residential building (surprise!). Excel Development Group (not to be confused with Extell) filed permits to demolish three of the buildings last fall and now we’ve uncovered an image from GF55 Architects showing a cantilevering mélange proposed for the site. Per GF55’s website, the mixed-use building is composed of 3 massing components sitting next to and atop each other and it will be clad in pre-cast stone, glass and metal.

According to DNAinfo, Michael Heletz of Excel Development Group began assembling the site from 339-345 East 33rd Street in September 2015. Combined, the four buildings contain 41 units. The site is at the crossroads of Kips Bay and Murray Hill with the Kips Bay Towers across the street and NYU Medical Center located across First Avenue. The development site is directly next to the Eastland and shares its block with the Toll Brothers-developed condo 303 East 33rd Street which has four units available with a one-bedroom priced at $1.69 million and two-bedrooms starting at $1.775 million.
345-East-33rd-23 Rendering via GF55 Architects
339-East-33 Buildings slated to be demolished; Google Street view


Condos Selling Fast at 421-A Tax-Abated Condos in Astoria

Lincoln-Astoria The Lincoln Astoria developed by the Danzig Organization
The Lincoln Astoria at 23-33 31st Road launched sales on its 16 condos earlier this month and already has half its units signed or in the process of being signed. The building touts itself as one of the few 421-A approved buildings in AstoriaY and monthly taxes on its units range from $103 to $174. The building is located along the N/W train line granting buyers a 15-minute commute into Manhattan.

Available homes are priced from $610k to $825k for one-bedroom units. Homes all feature 2olid White Oak flooring, a stackable washer dryer in each unit and generous closet space. Residents can also enjoy a rooftop lounge, bike storage and parking for purchase. Like most of Astoria’s new developments, the exterior leaves much to be desired.


Williamsburg’s Franken-Tenement Offering One-Month Free

68-Richardson-23 Exterior photo by Constantin Boca via Charles Diehl Architect
68 Richardson Street in East Williamsburg is a 25-unit rental building that sews together two tenement buildings and adds two floors above them. The mad-scientist at the helm of this stitch-job was none other than the shamed architect Robert Scarano. Here’s what Carter what had to say about it:

“After a lot of surgery, this mid-block building is alive and “kicking” with a wild mélange of building parts and colors… It’s not an unbalanced composition and it certainly is distinctive and energetic, all anchored by the bottom dark half-story base with its almost double-height glass entrance. One could say, perhaps, that this is a full-on, full-dress downplaying of the fire-escapes - If you can’t cover them up, blind them with bright pink, remembering the "Think Pink!" battle-cry of Kay Thompson in the Audrey Hepburn/Fred Astaire movie, “Funny Face,” which seems apropos given this building’s wild and crazy presentation.”

Carter has too much fun writing our reviews. Nevertheless, after an interior renovation by Charles Diehl Architect, the building features loft-style interiors, gorgeous hardwood flooring, high ceilings with exposed pipes, and large open living and dining areas. The leasing managers are currently offering a special one month of free rent on 13-month leases for all available apartments.
68-Richardson Entryway; Image via MNS
68-Richardson-34 Kitchen; MNS
68-Richardson-334 Roof Deck; MNS


Can we build more Chatsworths please?

The-Chatsworth-23 Exterior of the Chatsworth; Photo via HFZ Capital
The Chatsworth is a grand, Beaux-Arts-styled apartment house on the Upper West Side that we wish the city had more of. Built in 1904 and 1906 during the hey-day of the City Beautiful Movement, the Chatsworth consists of three buildings each exuberantly detailed in stone and red-brick. Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital picked up the building in 2012 and brought onboard Pembrooke & Ives to re-envision the interiors.

Homes offer fireplaces, classic detailing and wonderful views of Riverside Park and/or the Hudson River. Your chances to live in this National Historic Landmark are lessening with more than half of the reimagined homes now in contract. Current availabilities start at $2.265 million for a 1,080-square-foot two-bedroom.
The-Chatsworth-35 The rusticated stone base of the Chatsworth; HFZ Capital
The-Chatsworth-47 Great Room; Corcoran Group
The-Chatsworth-48 Bedroom; Image via Corcoran
The-Chatsworth-49 Bath; Corcoran Group


Timid Design Coming to Little Italy

185-189-Grand-Street Image credit: Oved Group
Oved Group and Nexus Building Development Group are planning to put up a 12-unit condominium building with a 6,000-square-foot space for the Italian American Museum on the ground floor. Three charming buildings from 181-185 Grand Street will be demolished to make way for the Morris Adjmi-designed project.

According to The New York Observer, the property once housed Banca Stabile, which lent Italian immigrants money to make the voyage to the United States. The bank’s vault will be preserved and integrated into the new building.

We will miss the two-story buildings that presently occupy the site. Also, for an area so colorful and rich in immigrant history is the forthcoming design really the best the budget could offer?…We still love you Adjmi.
181-185-Grand-34 Existing buildings at 181-185 Grand Street
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