Construction on VU, aka 368 Third Avenue, continues to move forward as the new condominium development gets ready to launch sales in the coming months. It is the tallest new residential building in the vicinity at 410-feet-tall and features a 36-story reinforced concrete structure. VU is located in the Manhattan neighborhood of Kips Bay and provides unobstructed views of Midtown, Lower Manhattan, and the East River. The interiors and amenities are designed by Paris Forino and SLCE is the architect. Developed by Minrav Development, the 145,000-square-foot superstructure will yield 100 apartments which will include studios to three-bedrooms. YIMBY recently got to check out the building.
Photos from the 33rd floor show 360-degree views of the entire island. To the west is the skyline of NoMad and Hudson Yards, while to the north is the Empire State Building, One Vanderbilt, and the Chrysler Building. One World Trade Center is clearly seen with the Financial District to the south, and the emerging skyline of Downtown Brooklyn and Jersey City flank both ends of the southern tip of Manhattan. To the east, VU provides panoramic views up and down the river.
The curtain wall is continuing to rise and workers were spotted along the edges of the floor plates painting the ceiling perimeters with a black paint. This goes on before the actual window panels are hoisted and assembled in place.
VU will have 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and will also feature a full floor of carefully curated amenities including a fitness center, lounge, media room, roof terrace and more. The closest subway is the local 6 train at the 28th Street station two streets to the west along Park Avenue South.
Sales will officially launch in the coming months, with select previews currently taking place. Prices start at $829,000 for studios. Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing is exclusively handling sales and marketing. Minrav Development estimates VU will be completed in 2021.