Long-Awaited Waterline Square Towers Top Out On The Upper West Side

Waterline SquareWaterline Square. Three Waterline Square at left, One Waterline Square at center, and Two Waterline Square at right. Rendering by Noë Associates with The Boundary.

Back in early September, YIMBY reported on progress at Waterline Square, on the southern edge of the Upper West Side. Now, the trio of residential high-rises has officially topped-out, and the latest photos show that the former chasm of urbanity is rapidly transforming into an attractive component of the neighborhood at large.

Waterline Square, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The site’s history is extensive, and Donald Trump was actually supposed to be the original developer, with plans for what would have become the tallest skyscraper in the Five Boroughs. While Trump did end up building or assisting in the construction of Riverside South, the parcels that came to be known as Riverside Center would remain fallow for another three decades.

Television City

Television City, as planned way back when by Donald Trump

YIMBY revealed renderings for the first two towers of “Riverside Center” back in 2012 and 2014, and construction has already wrapped at 21 West End Avenue, a rental, and 1 West End Avenue, which contains both rentals and condos. But since the completion of those two components, the rest of the site has been re-named “Waterline Square,” and the aesthetic of the newer buildings is definitely several notches above the first additions to the site.

The new towers are officially dubbed One, Two, and Three Waterline Square, and Hill West Architects is the executive architect for all three buildings, though each features a different design architect.

One Waterline Square, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

One Waterline Square has an address at 10 Riverside Boulevard, and permits were originally filed by Extell in 2015, before GID Development Group took over the site. It measures just shy of 530,000 square feet, and includes 288 units, and 1,370 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. At 36 floors and 429 feet to its rooftop, the building is the tallest of the bunch, and was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

Two Waterline Square, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Two Waterline Square is at 30 Riverside Boulevard, and features a two-towered development designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, with over 1.12 million square feet of space between the pair. The bulk of the area will be occupied by 656 units, though ground-floor retail will also be included. The pair rise 38 and 25 floors, and 397 and 245 feet each, respectively.

Three Waterline Square, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The last of the group is Three Waterline Square, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which stands 34 floors and 391 feet to its parapet. With about 443,000 square feet of space, it is the smallest of the bunch, with only 244 units. There will also be 1,844 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as 2,119 square feet of community facility space. Its official address is 639 West 59th Street.

Completion is anticipated for next year.

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5 Comments on "Long-Awaited Waterline Square Towers Top Out On The Upper West Side"

  1. Obviously Two Waterline Square hasn’t really topped out yet.

  2. Topped out only #3 and #1, plus 25 story component of #2 Waterline Square, not yet its 38 story tower, what’s looks like still on middle of her 20th floors. Yeah, Waterline Square is most unusual architecture development in NYC, where most of recent new development are dull and have straight lined. Plus it was built as a whole complex, what’s also unusual to NYC, except only LIC and of course Hudson Yards, where towers are built simultaneously, as a whole complex. For NYC it’s usually built one tower, then they start for second, third, taking whole development took for years to be complete, like fabled Atlantic Yards, many new highrise projects in Downtown Brooklyn, and even nearby Trump Place/Lincoln Square neighborhood, often took decades to be complete! But for Waterline, as long it was took over by new developer, only 2 years later is become almost completed, and content over 2 million sq feet, or for European scale over 200,000 sq meters! And her overall impact and appearance, like scaled down “Hudson Yards” on Upper West Side, especially with new 2 towers of almost completed Riverside Center, and new huge towers of West 57 street! Sorry for long comment.

  3. This is how to ruin a neighborhood

  4. This is how to ruin a neighborhood, OR how to build a new neighborhood from nothing.

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