Permits Filed for 1622-1632 York Avenue, Yorkville, Manhattan

1622-1632 York Avenue, via Google Maps1622-1632 York Avenue, via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a fourteen-story assisted living facility at 1622-1632 York Avenue in Yorkville, Manhattan. The site is just one block from Carl Schurz Park, home to the Gracie Mansion, the official home of the Mayor of New York City. Two avenues away is the 86th Street subway station, serviced by the N and Q trains. The Engel Burman Group is behind the applications.

The 170-foot tall structure will yield 101,690 square feet, with 79,280 square feet dedicated to community facility use. The facility will produce 132 total rooms for residents. Common spaces and offices will be included on each floor. The rooftop will be topped with a treatment center, fitness room, beauty salon, and dining space. Accessory recreational space will be included on site.

H2M Architects + Engineers will be responsible for the design.

Engel Burman Group acquired the six sites for $46.5 million just last week, according to The Real Deal. The group also purchased the Upper West side senior housing building at 305 West End Avenue for $150 million with Northwind Group and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.

Demolition permits have not been filed yet for any of the structures. The estimated completion date has not been announced.

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9 Comments on "Permits Filed for 1622-1632 York Avenue, Yorkville, Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Influenced its development with predate details, before the site starts.

  2. …and a fine row of classic New York buildings bites the dust. Shortsighted.

  3. I wonder what FAR was available to them. Seems like a waste of good zoning. Should be 14 stories assisted living, with another 20 stories of apartments on top. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  4. I lived in Yorkville for three years. Those little brownstones were probably one of the few places in the area that had a sense of scale and place. Most of the area is overcrowded and an eyesore…although, its probably has been that way for awhile. I guess the developers can have it as long as the West Side can retain its architectural beauty and integrity.

    If you’re looking to live in city that still values a sense of history, place and scale, move to Philly. They freak out if a few nineteenth century warehouses get knocked down – there’s a sense of civic pride and involvement there. I dunno, maybe it has to do with its Quaker roots… No one seems to care anymore in NYC.

    • Nikolai Fedak | August 3, 2018 at 7:41 pm | Reply

      There’s a brand new subway line a few blocks away. The entire neighborhood should be razed and upzoned tremendously to accommodate mass production of new housing, for both young and old alike. Give developers an FAR incentive to keep the old facades, the structures themselves are outdated and useless.

  5. There should be some sense of responsibility, pride, decency, caring, whatever you want to call it for a developer to at least look at the neighborhood he/she is intent on building in and want to retain, even the facades or 20 feet of the existing brownstone fronts and their human scale and proportion before erasing them to construct another bland souless glass box. where is the sense of improving the location one touches. It was once the case when builders actually had pride in the structures they built, that is why entire neighborhoods of 19th and early 20th century structures are landmarked, the quality of construction and pride of ownership was notable. Nobody should have their arms twisted or their wallets fatten in order to have an incentive to keep the city in which they live beautiful, pedestrian friendly and to give back to the city by erecting a building that respects the neighborhood or street on which it is built. Today any one of the countless glass slabs that spring up can be moved and built anywhere. They are cheap to erect and forgettable. It is entirely about making the most profit and maximizing the allowable zoning, damn the neighborhood and damn this beautiful row of pedestrian friendly brownstones. Sickening

    • You think all those JM buildings that are getting replaced weren’t cheap to erect and forgettable. I live in a building just like these in Yorkville. They can all go to hell.

  6. I used to live a few blocks from that corner in the early 00’s, and I remember how much I liked passing by that little row of left-over brownstones – so much so that I would sometimes take a dog leg to specifically pass them by. While they are nothing special individually (and obviously weren’t wort landmarking having been hopelessly remuddled over time), I especially liked how they respected their setting on a sloping street with zigzagginh rooflines stepping down toward the intersection. Of course it was also nice that they were human scale in a neighborhood that is otherwise not especially attractive. Whatever the developer builds in this space — and let’s see if it actually ends up being assisted living and whether it benefits elderly of modest means — it will be graceless. It will look generically modern like it could be in Shanghai or Dubai or Houston, whereas these old brownstones are “of this place.” I realize that sort of thing doesn’t matter to YIMBY’s. I’ve lived my entire life in this city, and never have I felt so strongly that it is failing its citizens on so many levels and even falling apart amidst the constant shiny new construction. I feel much less attached to NYC these days, and I think it’s because increasingly it feels as if there is no “there” there.

    • Well spoken, there is no consideration for “place” anymore. Everything doesn’t nor shouldn’t be a landmark, but this row was built specifically for this sloping site and it respects its location and it’s neighbors. What could have been as colorful as Manhattan’s Restaurant Row or Brooklyn’s Montague Street will be a long blank wall. Soon the heart of Manhattan will be as interchangeable and forgettable as downtown’s like Houston, Atlanta or Dallas, endless upended glass blocks of condos, hotels and offices, no neighborhood standing out nor apart from the other.

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