If you’ve gone up the West Side Highway in Manhattan or up Port Imperial Boulevard in New Jersey, you’ve probably noticed the Durst Organization-developed Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Via tetrahedron. Not only is it visually striking, there has been a fair amount of press coverage. Additionally, its next-door neighbor, the high-rise Helena has been there for a decade now. But they are not the only Durst developments on the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, West 57th Street, Twelfth Avenue, and West 58th Street.
Gan on Greene, a Jewish preschool organization, is currently converting the four-story building at 54 Greene Avenue, in Fort Greene, into a 45-seat school. According to Brownstoner, construction of the school is underway on the structure’s interior. The project will also include cleaning of the exterior. The program will include three classes and opening is scheduled for September of 2016.
Five environmentally-minded projects in Greenpoint received a total $4.25 million in funding last week, according to DNAinfo. One of those projects include the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s planned USS Monitor Park, which was specifically awarded $599,200. To be located at 56 Quay Street on the Bushwick Inlet, the vacant property would be transformed into public green space. The shoreline would be restored and designed to protect against future floods, and a boardwalk would be installed. The Greenpoint Monitor Museum building will eventually be constructed on the same property, adjacent to a neighboring warehouse. AECOM is designing and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is partnered in the project.
The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 135th and 136th Streets) in Harlem, is getting a $22 million renovation, according to Curbed. Not only will parts of the building’s exterior be replaced, many of the interior spaces will be expanded and reconfigured, allowing for improved public access and assembly. Westerman Construction Company, the Department of Design and Construction, and Marble Fairbanks Architects are leading the renovation. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.
Over the summer, news broke of Oxford Nursing Home’s planned eight-story, 200-bed nursing home at 141 Conover Street, in Red Hook. Now, DNAinfo has a rendering of the project, which will measure 157,500 square feet in total. The new building will include an urgent care center available to the community. The project must first pass ULURP, and with public meetings now kicking off, construction is expected to begin in late 2016. A number of small warehouse structures will have to be demolished.