Architecture

Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza Opens to the Public in Financial District, Manhattan

Work is complete on Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza in the Financial District, and the newly built park is now open to the public. Designed by landscape architect George Vellonakis, the project involved the reconfiguration of streets to create a more pedestrian-friendly plaza, and is named in honor of the late Downtown Alliance president Elizabeth Berger. The green space is bound by Greenwich Street to the west, Edgar Street to the north, and Trinity Place to the east.

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TSX Broadway’s New Superstructure Begins Assembly at 1568 Broadway in Times Square, Manhattan

Construction has begun on the new superstructure for 1568 Broadway, a 470-foot-tall hotel in Times Square. Designed by PBDW ArchitectsMancini Duffy, and Perkins Eastman and developed by L&L Holding CompanyMaefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group, the project involved the partial demolition of the former DoubleTree Suites by Hilton to make way for the new 550,000-square-foot tower, which will be dubbed TSX Broadway. The overhaul also includes the raising of Kirchoff & Rose’s 108-year-old Palace Theater by 30 feet to make room for ground-floor retail space. The site is located at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 47th Street to the east of the red TKTS stairs, and is slated to cost $2.5 billion.

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New Renderings Revealed for SOM’s 175 Park Avenue, aka Project Commodore, in Midtown East

YIMBY spotted a new batch of renderings and diagrams that depict Skidmore Owings & Merrill‘s upcoming ground-up mixed-use supertall at 175 Park Avenue, aka Project Commodore. The 83-story Midtown East, Manhattan behemoth is slated to rise on the site of the Grand Hyatt between the 108-year old Beaux Arts style Grand Central Terminal and the 91-year-old Art Deco style Chrysler Building at the corner of East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone are developing the massive structure, which also appears to have gotten a height reduction to 1,486 feet tall, as opposed to the 1,646-foot tall architectural height previously intended. Inside will be 500 Hyatt hotel rooms on the upper floors spanning 453,000 square feet; 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground, cellar, and second levels; new elevated, publicly accessible plaza space overlooking the surrounding Midtown neighborhood; and 2.1 million square feet of Class A office space.

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COOKFOX’s 378 West End Avenue Progressing, Sales Launch, On Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Sales recently launched for 378 West End Avenue, and the brick exterior for COOKFOX’s topped out 18-story project is quickly rising. Alchemy Properties is developing the Upper West Side residential complex, which incorporates the adjacent restoration of a 1915 Palazzo-style building located at the corner of West End Avenue and West 78th Street, and sits to the north of the abutting Collegiate Church. Inside 378 West End Avenue will be 58 one- to six- bedroom residences, including a collection of penthouses with pricing upon request, pre-war proportions, high ceiling heights, and oversized windows. Prices for one-bedrooms start at $1,795,000, two-bedrooms for $3,525,000, three-bedrooms for $5,550,000, four-bedrooms for $6,995,000, and five-bedrooms for $9,895,000. Alchemy Properties and Compass are working together to market the condominiums.

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