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175 Park Avenue via RXR Realty and SOM 175 Park Avenue via RXR Realty and SOM
According to a new report, the influx of people coming to New York is expected to outpace those who have left the city. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on New York's offices and tourism industries, but designers and developers are not waiting around to find out. We take a look at newly revealed renderings.

258-278 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea
258-Eighth-Avenue-01 Rendering via JJ Operating
258-Eighth-Avenue-02 Previous renderings via Loopnet
The southwest corner of West 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue is currently occupied by a nondescript commercial building, but its replacement is guaranteed to attract further attention: Hot on the heels of demolition permits, renderings have been revealed for a full-block, 12-story tower with light and dark materials and a variety of window sizes. As new construction permits have not yet been filed, it is unclear what this building will house on the upper levels, but The Real Deal reports that Target has signed a lease for 28,000 square feet of space in the base level. Previous commercial tenants New York Sports Club and Gap have long since vacated the premises.
258-278-Eighth-Avenue-04 258-278 Eighth Avenue circa April 2021 via CityRealty

176 Washington Park, Fort Greene
176-Washington-Park-01 Image via KANE-AUD for Landmarks Preservation Commission
Update: Approved with modifications.

The Italianate townhouse at 176 Washington Park has fallen into deep disrepair over the years, but its address across the street from Fort Greene Park makes it an appealing prospect. (Just ask the man who stole the deed to the property in 2015.) To that end, KANE AUD has filed permits to convert the circa-1865 townhouse to a five-unit condominium and embark on an extensive series of repairs. These include restoring the cornice and brownstone facade, replacing the aluminum windows with wood windows to match historic precedent, and adding a roof terrace, guardrail, bulkhead, and mechanical units.

While there may be hope for the house, a garage on the property has been deemed too damaged to repair. Architect Thom Mayne has proposed tearing it down and replacing it with a 2,000-square-foot brick house that ArchPaper has described as resembling “a mashup of Louis Kahn’s First Unitarian Church of Rochester and Grafton Architects’ University of Limerick Medical School.” The plan is for Mr. Mayne’s son, Sam Alison-Mayne, to live in the new house when it is complete.

Because the property is in the Fort Greene Historic District, the project cannot proceed without Landmarks’ blessing. Landmarks ruled “no action” in March 2021, and the next hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 20.

175 Park Avenue, Midtown East
175-Park-Avenue-01 Renderings of 175 Park Avenue via RXR Realty and SOM
In the heart of the Midtown East rezoning, RXR Realty and Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) have teamed up on a joint venture that aims to demolish the existing Grand Hyatt (an early Donald Trump development) and replace it with a state-of-the-art, sustainable tower with 2.1 million square feet of office space, a new Hyatt-operated hotel, and 10,000 square feet of retail space. Renderings show a soaring edifice with an elegant structural lattice.

In addition to transforming the local skyline - renderings show the Chrysler Building cast in shadow - 175 Park Avenue is set to enhance the streetscape with 24,000 square feet of elevated, publicly accessible space in the form of interconnected terraces wrapped around the new building. The team has enlisted James Corner Field Operations (of High Line and Domino Park fame) to lead the design and programming.

Moreover, 175 Park Avenue promises to improve the local infrastructure. As the current Grand Hyatt sits directly above the Grand Central-42nd Street subway station, the joint venture plans to take advantage of this opportunity to build a new transit hall and dedicated subway entrance, remove girders that impede passenger flow, and embark on additional improvements that will reduce congestion and expand capacity and ADA accessibility. The project will also deliver a “short loop” connection from Metro-North platforms and the nearly completed Long Island Rail Road East Side Access Terminal.

500-West-22nd-Street-01 Rendering of Park House via Visualhouse
A teaser site has been unveiled for Park House, an Annabelle Selldorf-designed condominium on the corner of Tenth Avenue and West 22nd Street. Renderings show a modernist-inspired red brick building, and an offering plan accepted in December 2020 lists a $30.54 million sellout.

While not one of the most amenity-rich new condos to rise in the area, its West Chelsea address more than makes up for that. It is adjacent to the High Line, across the street from Clement Clark Moore Park, and in the heart of the world-famous gallery district that put its neighborhood on the map. Hudson Yards, Chelsea Piers, and popular restaurants and nightlife are a short walk from the building.
500-West-22nd-Street-02 Park House circa April 2021 via CityRealty

251-West-91st-Street-01 Rendering of Era via Reuveni Real Estate
As per a teaser website, the new condo in the works at 251 West 91st Street has been dubbed Era in honor of what architect ODA hopes it is ushering in for the Upper West Side. Some locals aren’t so enthusiastic about the possibility, describing the new building as “a big, ugly cantilever,” but the Department of Buildings found it in compliance with building codes and zoning regulations.

Era will house 57 one- to five-bedroom units with no more than four apartments per floor. The crowning glory is a rooftop pool, and additional amenities are set to include a children’s playroom, teen lounge, pet washing station, music practice room, fitness center, and lounge. A sellout price was not listed on the offering plan submitted in March 2020, but CityRealty data shows that the average price of a condo in the neighborhood is $1,502 per square foot.

540-West-21st-Street-01 Rendering of 540 West 21st Street via Desimone
While work has stalled at the foundation level of 540 West 21st Street, grand plans are in store for the building that will rise: Art dealer David Zwirner has announced that he will run a five-story flagship designed by Pritzker Prize laureate Renzo Piano. The building will be the architect’s first commercial gallery, but Mr. Piano still seeks to establish “a visual psychological connection between the building and the street,” much as he did for the nearby Whitney Museum.

According to permits, there will be 34 condos on top of the gallery. Amenities are set to include a bike room, storage, fitness center, pool, and spa area with sauna, steam room, and cold plunge pool. It is taking shape in an area that has seen an influx of new luxury condo development: 551W21 is across the street, and other neighbors include 100 Eleventh Avenue and The Cortland, a Robert A.M. Stern-designed tower finishing up facade work.

685-Fifth-Avenue-01 All renderings of Mandarin Oriental via Hamide Rihtim
685 Fifth Avenue has long been known as the Gucci Building for the fashion brand’s longtime presence in the retail and office floors. That luxury brand has moved on, but the building is about to embrace another: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group signed on to manage the residential component of the mixed-use building, which will make it the group’s first standalone residences in America.

The 19-story building is set to expand to 25 stories high, and the existing stories will be renovated with the same high-end interiors and finishes as the apartments in the new floors. Amenities will include a library, rooftop pool, and lounge with views over Central Park.
Mandarin Oriental rising on the lower right

Cooper Park Commons, 288 Jackson Street, Greenpoint
288-Jackson-Street-01 Rendering via Architecture Outfit
In September 2018, The Hudson Companies, St. Nick's Alliance, Architecture Outfit, and Magnusson Architecture & Planning were selected to transform the former Greenpoint Hospital into an affordable housing development. This will include two converted buildings, two new Passive House buildings, and extensive green space around all buildings.

One building will house a 200-bed homeless shelter, and there will be a total of 557 affordable units (109 reserved for seniors) spread across the other three buildings set at 30 to 80 percent of the area median income. Amenities are set to include lounges, children's playrooms, laundry rooms, fitness centers, bike rooms, roof terraces, courtyards, and playgrounds. In addition to the housing units, the development will feature a walk-in health clinic, a business/workforce development center, and a cafe.

The development team plans to kick off ULURP by June 21, and construction would start in spring 2022 if all goes according to plan. Given locals' enthusiastic response, it is off to a good start.
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