Last week, YIMBY featured a look at some of the highest and most expensive real estate in the Western Hemisphere, scattered across the uppermost reaches of the Manhattan skyline. Today, we have an interview with a developer whose condominiums often attain similar price-points, even though they’re normally located much closer to street level. YIMBY sat down with DDG’s CEO Joe McMillan to discuss the firm’s current slate of work, their in-house design and development process, and the finer details on major sites like 180 East 88th Street on the Upper East Side, and challenging ones, like 100 Franklin in Tribeca.
180 East 88th Street
The upper blocks of the Upper East Side are only just starting to sprout legitimately Manhattan-scaled skyscrapers, and what will soon become the tallest in the neighborhood, at 180 East 88th Street, is now rapidly rising. The tower is being developed by DDG, which also does their design in-house, though HTO Architect is listed as the architect of record on the permits.
It was in September of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you news of the 32-story, 48-unit mixed-use tower under development at 180 East 88th Street, on the Upper East Side. At the time, we showed you what the view would be like from one of the upper-floor residential units. Since March, foundation work has been underway at the site, but the New York City Buildings Department recently issued a stop-work-order for the project due to a zoning controversy that allegedly allowed the developers to build a taller tower than normal, the New York Times reported. The Buildings Department says a four-foot-wide lot was created on East 88th Street to avoid streetwall and setback requirements, which allowed for the creation of a taller building. As a result, the department revoked the previously approved building permits and is requiring that DDG Partners submit new plans. The condominium tower was expected to be the tallest building above 72nd Street, at 521 feet in height. HTO Architect was the architect of record, although DDG designs their projects in-house.
Over the summer, Tribeca-based DDG broke ground on a 32-story tower at 180 East 88th Street, which will one day by the tallest building above 72nd Street, standing 521 feet to its pinnacle. Now, YIMBY has the first look at what the view from the upper reaches of the tower will entail. The building’s 48 condominiums will feature two-, three- and four-bedroom configurations, and a penthouse duplex will be located on the top two floors. Commercial space will also span 52,000 square feet in the base. HTO Architect is the architect of record, while DDG is designing in-house, and sales are expected to launch this fall.
Tribeca-based developer DDG has just started construction on 180 East 88th Street, set to become the tallest tower above 72nd Street, when it tops out at 521 feet.