The World Trade Center’s Liberty Park is now receiving its finishing touches for its grand opening today. The Financial District’s new, one-acre public park is 25 feet above street level and measures 336 feet along Liberty Street between West and Greenwich streets. It will feature 19 planters, a half-dozen species of plants, seating made out of recycled teak, and a 300-foot-long “Living Wall” of greenery along its northern base. Pictures of it ahead of its opening can be seen in a New York Times report. It will be open to all from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Aecom’s Joseph E. Brown is the landscape architect, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is behind the project. The Santiago Calatrava-designed St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church can also be seen taking shape on the site’s eastern end. That portion of the project is expected to be complete in 2017. YIMBY last brought you an update on Liberty Park when construction was in its final phases in May.
With the exception to window installation, exterior construction is nearly done on the nine-story, 22-unit mixed-use building under development at 89-14 150th Street, in Downtown Jamaica. A tipster sent along a photo to YIMBY of the construction site. The building measures 30,466 square feet. The cellar level will contain 2,884 square feet of medical offices, while the residential units, beginning on the second floor, should average 1,031 square feet apiece. The apartments will be condominiums, coming in two- and three-bedroom configurations. Amenities include bicycle storage, laundry facilities, a recreational area on the ground floor, an 11-car parking garage on the ground floor, and a terrace on the eighth floor. Kingston Property is the developer, while Maspeth-based Angelo Ng & Anthony Ng Architects Studio is the architect of record. Completion is expected in 2017, although work appears to be ahead of schedule. The project was two stories above street level in September of 2015.
Construction has recently topped out on the 12-story, 186-unit mixed-use building under development at 411 West 35th Street, located on the corner of Dyer Avenue in the Hudson Yards District. Photos of the progress have been posted to the YIMBY Forums by ILNY. The latest building permits indicate the structure encompasses 191,702 square feet. There will be 14,586 square feet of retail space and a 981-square-foot doctor’s office on the ground floor. The residential units, beginning on the second floor, should average 875 square feet apiece, although it’s not known if they will be rentals or condos. Amenities include an 80-car underground parking garage, storage for 94 bikes, laundry facilities, an outdoor recreational area on the ground floor, a rooftop terrace, and many other “recreation” and “parcel” rooms (probably consisting of lounges, a fitness center, etc.). YYY Development & Construction is the developer. Gowanus-based Workshop Design + Architecture is the design architect, while Aufgang Architects is serving as executive architect. Completion is expected in early 2017.
The United States Tennis Association’s 125,000-square-foot, 8,125-seat Grandstand Stadium is scheduled to debut for the 2016 US Open. The new stadium is a significant element of the $550 million overhaul of the 46-acre USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. The seating capacity is 2,125 people more than before. The design comes from Detroit-based ROSSETTI, which is also behind the design of the renovated Arthur Ashe Stadium. As part of the overhaul, Ashe is getting a new, retractable roof. Other additions and upgrades to the include a retractable roof for Louis Armstrong Stadium and a two-tiered observation deck that overlooks the practice courts. Completion of the entire project is expected by 2018 and this year’s tournament runs from August 29 to September 11.
Earlier this week, the City Council voted to approve a rezoning proposal that would allow landlords of the commercial properties with public pedestrian arcades along Water Street, between Fulton and Whitehall streets in the Financial District, to convert the arcades into retail space in exchange for renovating adjacent public plazas. The total amount of space that could be converted spans 110,000 square feet across 20 buildings, DNAinfo reported. The rezoning requires retail conversions of greater than 7,500 square feet to be approved through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). It also limits the amount of street frontage chain banks and drugstores can take up, and requires the entire height of the arcade to be built out. Future renovations to the existing public plazas in the area could include new seating and planters, among other upgrades.