Construction Update: 35 XV

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Alchemy Properties’ 35 XV is beginning to take its place as a ‘skymark,’ with the residential portion of the building now poking above adjacent structures. The base, which will be occupied by Xavier High School, acts as a podium, allowing the upper portion of the tower – the part that will contain residential units – to take full advantage of panoramic views.

Now passing the halfway point, 35 XV will eventually rise 25 floors and 355 feet, definitely earning the title of a ‘skymark.’ The development is especially remarkable given its location, at the cross-hairs of Flatiron, Chelsea, and the Village; NIMBYism is especially potent, and until the rise of 35 XV, nothing substantial had been built in the neighborhood for decades. More remarkable than its height is 35 XV’s mid-block location, as large towers typically rise along avenues, especially in NIMBY-dominated areas.

Indeed, 35 XV’s closest rival for prominence will be Walker Tower, though the two buildings will contrast starkly against one another; post-renovation, Walker Tower epitomizes the best of authentic, pre-war architecture, while 35 XV is decidedly contemporary.

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