Technology and urbanity have a long and tempestuous relationship, with the former’s advancement over the past century having had an occasionally deleterious effect on the latter. This has been most evident when periods of previously unimaginable progress have yielded inventions like the automobile, which in turn led to the temporary collapse of many inner cities. Now, as online retail continues to outpace brick and mortar shopping, technology has once again laid siege to the fabric of New York City, threatening the time-honored local bodega, and potentially undermining a segment of local retail that has value far beyond its shelves.
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.
Back in January of 2016, YIMBY reported on new building applications for 848 Lorimer Street, in Greenpoint. Now, the first renderings of the project are out, thanks to its architects, Meshberg Group. The site is located between Nassau and Driggs avenues, and the latest building applications also show some revisions compared to the original figures.
The first few components of Cornell’s new tech campus on Roosevelt Island are finally complete, and Tectonic has sent along photos documenting the progress. The development consists of 700,000 total square feet sprawling across an academic building, an incubator dubbed “The Bridge,” and a high-rise residential tower, which had topped-out as of YIMBY’s last update on the site, from June of 2016. Handel Architects is responsible for the design of the first phase of the project, but Skidmore Owings & Merrill is taking charge of the master plan, which will result in a new “Executive Education Center and Hotel” rising by 2019, as well.
229 Hawthorne Street, between Rogers and Nostrand avenues in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens, is set for a new development. Applications filed with the DOB show that the new 16-story structure will have 13,510 square feet of residential space, to be divided amongst nine units, translating into an average size of 1,500 square feet. That means condominiums are exceedingly likely, and several of the residences will take up multiple floors. Victor Suben of Royal Engineering, P.C. is the architect of record, and Allen Shahipour, of Amona Realty Group, is listed as the developer. Demolition permits for the existing two-story home were filed back in March.