On a plot of land along 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, excavation has begun for a 445-key Hard Rock Hotel, designed by Berg+ Moss Architects. The hotel’s Times Square outpost will be developed by Extell in a partnership with Hard Rock International, with an address at 159 West 48th Street. Extell purchased the site back in 2011 for $26 million, along with air rights that bring the project up to a potential scope of 225,000 square feet.
Construction at Extell’s 138 Willoughby, aka Brooklyn Point, is moving along quickly, with concrete now at the tenth floor. Once opened, the skyscraper will complete the City Point mega-development in Downtown Brooklyn. The mixed-use multi-building expansion has already produced two residential towers and a 600,000 square foot retail space with a food market, grocery store, event space, and movie theater.
Few towers have as much separation from the rest of the Manhattan skyline as the Lower East Side’s One Manhattan Square. The building is without competition for views, rising 72 stories above one of New York’s most well-known neighborhoods. The next highest structure in its immediate vicinity is the Manhattan Bridge, which spans the East River into Brooklyn. Extell Development Company is responsible for the development, and Lendlease is responsible for construction.
Central Park Tower is finally starting to stick out in Manhattan’s skyline. The building, located at 217 West 57th Street, has been obscured up until now by its immediate neighbor and the near-supertall tower, 220 Central Park South. Most significant to this update is CPT is finally reaching supertall status, i.e. 984 feet (300m) above ground. Extell Development Company and the Shanghai Municipal Investment Group are behind the project.
The fate of 1710 Broadway in Midtown has been a point of anticipation for a long time, with YIMBY’s coverage of the saga beginning in 2014. Now, there has been a major update to tentative plans for the site, situated prominently on the northeast corner of Broadway and 54th Street.