Updated Renderings for 301 East 81st Street Reveal Two-Story Addition

Updated Renderings for 301 East 81st Street (also known as 1562 Second Avenue)

After nearly a century of development, the MTA debuted phase one of its Second Avenue expansion in 2017. The surrounding Upper East Side community has since experienced a flurry of new residential, retail, and commercial developments that now have access to a dedicated subway line. Developed by Icon Realty Management, 301 East 81st Street, also known as 1562 Second Avenue, is one of many forthcoming projects in the area. Today, YIMBY has new renderings for the tower, and the updated plans now include a two-story addition compared to the original illustrations.

1562 Second Avenue

Original renderings of 301 81st Street (also known as 1562 Second Avenue) from Isaac & Stern

Designed by Studio Sofield with SLCE Architects, the structure will top out at 215 feet. Divided into 19 floors, the property is expected to include retail area spanning cellar and ground levels, with 28 condominiums and amenity areas positioned on the second floor and up. Residential amenities mentioned in original filings included a swimming pool, a basketball court, fitness and yoga center, several communal lounges, and a children’s playroom.

The project is expected to be finished this year.

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8 Comments on "Updated Renderings for 301 East 81st Street Reveal Two-Story Addition"

  1. Today, YIMBY has new renderings for the tower, and the updated plans now include a two-story addition compared to the original illustrations.

    I see only extra windows on the top floor of the new rendering. Where are the additional floors ?

    • What a Dope I am did not notice the big ass picture posted at the beginning of the Article marked updated rendering. I thought the pictures in the middle of the article was a before and after comparison.

  2. Please pardon me for using your space: Tell me what – when – where. Don’t be serious that I didn’t see a two-story addition. (Thank you)

    • Middle of article shows earlier version, new updated version is make this building looks more majestic and handsome looking. 19 story is almost a high rise cutback definition for Manhattan.

  3. 20 story cutback for Manhattan to classify this building as “high rise”, otherwise 12 story cutback or 135′ tall is official cutback for “high rise” everywhere. That’s why we are see a lot of building floor count at or near these two cutbacks everywhere in New York.
    Like structures of 11-13 floors, or 19-21 floors.

  4. Though it’s still a fine building, the original plan had a more gracious asymmetry.

  5. For some forty years I have collected antique postcards of American architecture with a decided emphasis on skyscrapers. The two final images clearly draw inspiration from antique postcards of the 1920s. Daytime and nighttime images were often used to promote the “new” skyscraper in town. The above representations recall the postcard art form and are refreshing views of these new buildings.

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