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Rendering of The Avenir (Silverstein Properties) Rendering of The Avenir (Silverstein Properties)
The bus terminal on Eighth Avenue and West 40th-42nd Streets has been described as “a commuter’s nightmare” (Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole), “the worst infrastructure eyesore in the nation” (Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton), and “the single worst place on planet Earth” (comedian John Oliver), but that is set to change. In early February 2024, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey revealed a new design for a glittering, high-tech new terminal where construction could begin as soon as this year.
Days after the Port Authority announcement, there were signs of life at “the DEP site,” as the vacant lot on western side of Tenth Avenue between West 48th and 49th Streets has become known. Neighborhood magazine W42ST announced that work had begun on Rialto West, an eight-story building to include permanently affordable housing, performance space, and a new public plaza along the side of the building.

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The Avenir, 520 West 41st Street
The Avenir, 520 West 41st Street Midtown West
The 505, 505 West 47th Street
The 505, 505 West 47th Street Midtown West
McGraw-Hill Building, 330 West 42nd Street
McGraw-Hill Building, 330 West 42nd Street Midtown West
611 West 56th Street
611 West 56th Street Midtown West
Manhattan View at MiMa, 460 West 42nd Street
Manhattan View at MiMa, 460 West 42nd Street Midtown West
Port Authority bus terminal Rendering of new Port Authority bus terminal (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
705 Tenth Avenue Rendering of Rialto West (Douglaston Development)
The projects are taking shape in a recently resurgent Hell’s Kitchen, which has come a long way from the unruly tenements and fetid industries that once dominated the area. Its boundaries are loosely defined as being from Eighth Avenue to the Hudson River, and from West 34th to 59th Streets; while the southernmost section has begun to bill itself as Hudson Yards, one consensus is that a rebranding as “Clinton” was a bust and locals past and present, including Hell’s Kitchen composer/lyricist Alicia Keys, embrace the neighborhood’s notorious name.
Whatever one chooses to call it, there is no question that the 7 train’s extension to Hudson Yards has improved access to this part of New York, which in turn enjoys close proximity to the Theater District, Columbus Circle, and Hudson River Park. New bike lanes on Tenth and Eleventh Avenues have also improved accessibility as well as local quality of life. The area is still rich in independent restaurants, nightlife, and boutiques, but has attracted big-box retailers like Target, CVS, and Bond Vet. (Sadly, no luck with Trader Joe’s despite a campaign in February 2022.)
NYC skyline at sunset Hell's Kitchen boundaries span from 34th to 59th Streets (Skyline views from Sheffield 57 - The Corcoran Group)
The residential scene has also changed over the years. At the beginning of the 21st century, a crop of towering, amenity-rich rentals rose along Tenth and Eleventh Avenues and 40th through 42nd Streets. However, a new batch of lower-rise boutique condominiums has breathed more new life into the area and spoken to its desirability.

Below, we look at forthcoming projects that are poised to further shape the area. And for those who don’t want to wait that long to live in Hell’s Kitchen, we present a selection of listings for immediate availability.

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441 West 54th Street
Developed by Yaus Special Clinton District LLC | Design by ODA New York
28 units | 7 stories
Completion estimated for mid-2024

The Gild (ODA New York) The Gild (ODA New York)
The Gild is gearing up to launch sales in a busy section of Manhattan near the Theater District and Columbus Circle. But with no more than four units per floor, Japanese-inspired materials, and a courtyard with green wall, this new building is cultivating a serene atmosphere.

The project stands out at street level with its radiant facade, brass-colored louvers, and intriguingly patterned floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately half the units will have private outdoor space, and all residents will have access to amenities like a common roof terrace, bike room, gym, and an outdoor terrace with meditation room and children's play area. An offering plan with a $64.48 million sellout was accepted in November 2022, and prices are expected to start at $1.395 million for one-bedrooms, $2.15 million for two-bedrooms, and $3.695 million for three-bedrooms.

330 West 42nd Street
Developed by Resolution Real Estate Partners | Design by SLCE Architecture
224 units | 35 stories
Completion estimated for mid-2024

In addition to the publisher that gave it its name, the office building at 330 West 42nd Street has housed Marvel Comics and Group Health Insurance. More recently, it stands out as one of the early office-to-residential conversions that came out of the pandemic: Work is underway to turn floors 12 to 32 of the McGraw Hill building to residential apartments in a central location.

The residents will arrive to a separate entrance from the office workers, and there will be two floors of exclusive amenities on top. The project also includes a makeover for the office space, a redesign of the lobby space (to the chagrin of preservationists), and the restoration of McGraw-Hill name above the entrance.
McGraw Hill Building entrance Rendering of new McGraw Hill Building entrance (MdeAS Architects)

Developed by Sparksangel USA Inc. | Design by SBLM Architects
2 units | 7 stories
Completion estimated for mid-2024

410 West 49th Street Rendering of 410 West 49th Street (Opa)
Boutique condominiums have played a part in the revitalization of Hell’s Kitchen, but 410 West 49th Street takes that to a new level: Only two units – one measuring 2,180 square feet, the other measuring 3,223 square feet – will be housed in the building. Construction has recently topped out, and next to go up are the light-colored facade, floor-to-ceiling windows, and gold-colored window trims seen in the rendering.

With only on-site storage and a cellar-level lounge listed, 410 West 49th Street is not the most amenity-rich new building to come along. However, residents will benefit from convenient access to multiple subway lines and easy access to popular restaurants, nightlife, and retail.

Developed by Taconic Partners | Design by Handel Architects
321 units | 32 stories
Completion estimated for late 2024

312 West 42nd Street Rendering of 42nd Street view of 312 West 42nd Street (Taconic Partners)
The new Port Authority terminal will not be complete for years to come, but another project promises to raise the tone of the area in the nearer future. The block-through building calls for retail frontage on West 42nd Street, a residential lobby on West 43rd Street, and the entire project is distinguished by its soaring height, bronze-hued paneling, and West 42nd Street podium with narrow vertical fins.
312 West 43rd Street residential Rendering outdoor pool deck
Upon completion, the project will feature over 40,000 square feet of retail space and 330 residential units on floors 5-30. Fourth-floor amenities are set to include private gardens, a fitness center, a spa and sauna, and coworking areas; there will also be a rooftop pool.

According to a website keeping the community updated on construction progress, lobby work is underway, and kitchen and floor installation is in progress in the apartments. The apartments are reported to be both market-rate and affordable, but further details are not yet available.

366 West 58th Street
Developed by CSC Coliving | Design by Tang Studio Architect
438 units | 26 stories
Completion estimated for 2024

336 West 58th Street Facade detail (Tang Studio Architect)
In its heyday as a hotel by Ian Schraeger and Phillippe Starck, the Hudson Hotel attracted the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Debbie Harry, and Paul McCartney. However, that wasn’t enough to keep it from becoming a pandemic casualty. Developer CSC Coliving bought the building for $207 million in July 2022, and its conversion from an 878-key hotel to a 438-unit residential building is well underway. The co-living concept will offer private living quarters with an emphasis on community living, and the studio through three-beds will reportedly be priced 20% below market rate.
The residential conversion represents the latest chapter in the building’s rich history, which dates back to the late 1920s. Ann Morgan, a daughter of banker J.P., built it as the American Women’s Association to provide residences and a social club for young female professionals. In 1941, it became the Henry Hudson Hotel and offered coed living space. After World War II, it housed WNET-TV’s offices and studios. Messrs. Schraeger and Starck converted it to a luxury hotel in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
366 West 58th Street Construction work at 366 West 58th Street, February 2024 (CityRealty)

Developed by ZHL Group | Design by Z Architecture
29 units | 7 stories
Completion estimated for 2025

350 West 44th Street Rendering of 350 West 44th Street
At the nexus of the Theater District and Hell’s Kitchen, work is underway on a new boutique condominium rising on the former site of two non-descript commercial buildings. Few details are available on the interiors and amenities as of yet.

Construction topped out in January 2024, and many of the floor-to-ceiling windows have been installed. Next to go up are the light brick facade and black metal frames depicted in the rendering.

Developed by Gotham Organization | Design by Handel Architects
435 units | 45 stories
Completion estimated for 2025

550-Tenth-Avenue-01 Rendering of 550 Tenth Avenue (Handel Architects)
In 2018, developer Gotham Organization bought a portion of the site housing the former headquarters of nonprofit Covenant House. Years later, it started construction on a new apartment building at 550 Tenth Avenue after its work on new Covenant House headquarters was complete. When it was still in the works, Community Board 4 specifically requested that it “avoid looking like a dystopian glass box”; to that end, a facade was designed by Handel Architects to feature rust-red panels.

The project attracted attention all over the city in summer 2023, when a construction crane at the site caught fire and partially collapsed, but it does not appear to have significantly slowed progress. Construction topped out at the end of 2023, and the panels are almost all the way up.

Details are not yet available about the interiors, but 137 units will be set aside for affordable housing. Fitness and social amenities are expected to include an upper-level lounge and adjacent outdoor sky deck.

Developed by Cadence Property Group | Design by Architecture Outfit
32 units | 7 stories
Completion estimated for early 2025

Axonometric diagram (NYC Department of Buildings)
In May 2023, developer Cadence Property Group announced plans for a new building to rise on an empty lot and parking lot on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 52nd Street, up the street from The Sorting House, another of the developer's projects and a testament to the rise of Hell’s Kitchen. Official permits were filed in August 2023, and a February 2024 site visit saw work well underway. Details about the interiors and amenities are not yet available, but prices are expected to start at $1.4 million.

The site was vacant when permits were filed, but The Real Deal notes that it once housed the Hotalings News Agency, which carried daily newspapers and magazines from all over the world. It was indispensable for media outlets in its heyday, but went bust in the wake of the internet and closed in 1999.
354-West-52nd-Street-01 Rendering of 354 West 52nd Street (Cadence Property Group)

The Lirio
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806 Ninth Avenue
Developed by Hudson and Housing Works | Design by CetraRuddy
112 units | 9 stories
Completion estimated for 2025

The Lirio 806 Ninth Avenue Rendering of The Lirio (CetraRuddy)
The site on the corner of West 54th Street and Ninth Avenue sits vacant now, but a more noble future lies ahead: New development The Lirio is set to house 112 permanently affordable housing units, of which 44 will be affordable housing for families and 67 units will be for formerly homeless individuals – among these, 59 will be supportive housing units targeted for long-term HIV/AIDS survivors. The building’s name comes from the oldest living tree in New York City, a tulip tree also known as Liriodendron, as a symbol of surviving and thriving in a radically changed landscape.

In addition to the housing units, the building will house new MTA offices and over 9,000 square feet of retail space. The masonry-inspired design pays tribute to historic Hell's Kitchen architecture, but it will be constructed to Passive House standards with features like green roofs, solar panels (both of which can be seen in the newest rendering), a high-performance building envelope, and VRF HVAC.
The Lirio aerial view

Sunset Pier 94 Studios

Developed by Vornado Realty Trust, Hudson Pacific Properties, and NYCEDC | Design by Gensler
Completion estimated for late 2025

Pier 94 waterfront improvements
At a time when a Robert De Niro-backed, Bjarke Ingels-designed studio is in the works in Astoria, and a new Steiner Studios campus has been announced for Sunset Park, Manhattan is not about to be left out: The forthcoming Sunset Pier 94 Studios is set to be the borough’s first purpose-built studio campus.
The 266,000-square-foot project is set to include six purpose-built soundstages with production control room facilities and 145,000 square feet of production support space and offices. It will also include improvements for the surrounding area that include new public restrooms for Hudson River Park, 25,000 square feet of waterfront open space and pier access, bikeway safety improvements, and a 1,850-square-foot community amenity space. Moreover, the project is aiming for LEED Gold and Fitwel certifications and 100% renewable energy, not to mention planning a program to support workforce training and development programs to connect local residents to jobs in film, television, and other media production.
Pier 94 film studio Renderings of Sunset Pier 94 Studio (Vornado Realty Trust)
Variety notes that the project comes at a time when generous tax incentives have made New York a popular filming destination, and this location will prove especially beneficial: In an August 2023 interview, Mackenzie Berman of Blackstone (a backer of Sunset Studios) cited the pier’s proximity to popular filming locations like Times Square, Central Park, and the New York Public Library; he also mentioned easy access to office hubs for content creators like HBO, Disney, and CBS.
Sunset Pier 94 Studios rendering

New Port Authority terminal

Developed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey | Design by Foster & Partners
Completion estimated for 2032

New and improved Port Authority Rendering of new Port Authority bus terminal (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
Renderings of the new Port Authority terminal stand in stark contrast to the structure currently on the site: They depict a multi-story glass atrium to provide an airy atmosphere, and it will be underpinned by a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly infrastructure that includes onsite renewable energy, zoned heating and cooling, and a sensor-based monitoring system that will allow for smoother movement of buses in and out of the terminal. It will also give three acres of green space back to the neighborhood.
Port Authority construction map Map of proposed project (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
The three-phase plan calls for a new storage and staging facility to be built first, so as to serve as a temporary terminal while the existing terminal is razed and rebuilt; other parts include a new main terminal and new ramps into the Lincoln Tunnel. In a move similar to the construction of Moynihan Train Hall down the street, the Port Authority wants to allow the private development of two high-rise office towers on Eighth Avenue on the corner of 40th and 42nd Streets to help pay for the construction of the new terminal, via payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

A public comment period is currently underway, and a final environmental impact statement by the Federal Transit Authority is expected by the end of the year. The temporary terminal and new ramps are estimated to be completed in 2028, and completion of the new main terminal is estimated for 2032.
New bus terminal interiors

Rialto Plaza

705 Tenth Avenue
Developed by Douglaston Development and Entertainment Community Fund | Design by S9 Architecture
158 units | 8 stories
Completion TBD

Rialto West rendering Rendering of Rialto West (Douglaston Development)
For many years, the DEP has used the lot on the western side of Tenth Avenue between West 48th and 49th Streets for the maintenance of water infrastructure. But construction has begun on an eight-story, mixed-use development that has been in the works since 2019. Upon completion, the studio to three-bedroom units will include 15% of units for formerly homeless households, 25% for households earning 50% of the AMI, 20% for households earning 80% of the AMI, 30% for households earning 120% of the AMI, and 10% for households earning 130% of the AMI. Amenities are set to include a fitness room, on-site laundry room, and bike room.
The site will also be home to Lorraine Hansberry Plaza – a public plaza along the side of the new building – and a 6,000-square-foot rehearsal and co-working space for artists operated by IndieSpace. Douglaston Development is at the helm with the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly the Actors Fund), and did not provide a timeline on the project.
Rialto West 705 Tenth Avenue

Developed by Radson Development and Kingspoint Heights | Design by FXCollaborative and Gene Kaufman Architects
49 units | 350 stories
Completion TBD

495 Eleventh Avenue Renderings of 495 Eleventh Avenue (FXCollaborative)
In December 2021, shortly after the first renderings were revealed, the Manhattan Borough Board approved a project that would utterly transform the former site of a slaughterhouse just south of the Javits Center: Two towers measuring 56 and 57 stories are set to bring 350 affordable housing units (with 75 units as supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals and families), a hotel, office space, and supermarket to the Hell's Kitchen/Hudson Yards nexus. The project is aiming for LEED Gold certification.

As per The Real Deal, the headquarters of the New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company once stood on the site and stayed operational until the late 1950s. Decades later, in the 1980s, Community Board 4 sought to have it designated a New York City Landmark, but the building was demolished after being discovered to be structurally unsound.

539 West 54th Street

Developed by Excel Development Group | Design by GF55 Architects
71 units | 21 stories
Completion TBD

539-West-54th-Street-01 Rendering of 539 West 54th Street (GF55 Architects)
In summer 2023, the first renderings were revealed for a new condominium for the site of a four-story brick building that first housed the Church of St. Ambrose and later Centro Maria, an all-women's apartment building that offered dorm-style living and meals cooked by the nuns who staffed the residence. According to The City, the Catholic Church put the building on the market to pay for sexual abuse lawsuits; the developer bought the site for $25 million in 2022. Demolition permits have been approved, but a project timeline is not yet available.

520 West 41st Street
Developed by Silverstein Group | Design by CetraRuddy
57 units | 499 stories
Completion TBD

520 West 41st Street Rendering of The Avenir (Silverstein Properties)
The bid for a casino license in New York City has attracted some of the biggest names in real estate, and The Avenir represents Silverstein Group’s bid. In June 2023, the developer revealed a proposal for a two-building, 46-story, 1.8 million-square-foot project to take shape on an undeveloped site the developer already owns at Eleventh Avenue and West 41st Street. Renderings show a 45th-story sky bridge, and the project is to feature an eight-story casino by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment in the base, a luxury hotel, a top-floor performance venue, and a 100% affordable residential component. Moreover, it is set to feature an all-electrical power system and renewable construction materials.

This would represent the developer’s latest project in the area – it was at the helm of River Place and Silver Towers, two entries in Hell’s Kitchen’s earlier residential renaissance. The project is said to be “shovel-ready upon approval,” but it is not clear on how much of this plan is contingent on Silverstein Group getting the casino license.

Hell's Kitchen listings under $5 million

345 West 55th Street, #6D (Sothebys International Realty)

The Armory, #1B (Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales LLC)

The Adelaide, #5C (Compass)

The 505, #4DN (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

547 West 47th Street, #1001 (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

The Lumiere, #5H (McDonagh Real Estate)

The Strand, #PHA (Corcoran Group)

Stella Tower, #14D (Compass)

Bloom on Forty Fifth, #327 (Keller Williams NYC)

NINE52, #712 (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Manhattan View at MiMa, #54G (Nest Seekers - 55)

505 W 43, #14H (Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)

611 West 56th Street, #28B (Corcoran Group)

The Parc Vendome, #PHA (Corcoran Group)
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