The American Museum of Natural History, located between West 77th and 81st streets on the Upper West Side, has filed plans with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for their expansion project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since the museum board approved the Studio Gang Architects-designed project late last year, the proposed expansion has grown from 218,000 square feet to 235,000 square feet. Also, the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation — a ground-up six-story structure near 79th Street — has been altered to cut into only a quarter of an acre of Theodore Roosevelt Park, down from half an acre. Changes to the 2015 plans include reducing the number of trees removed from nine to seven, and demolishing three existing structures. Extensive reconfiguration work and upgrades to park space remain key elements of the project. In addition to the LPC, the Parks Department must also approve the project. Completion is tentatively expected in 2020.
Last November, YIMBY reported that the 18-story, 288-unit mixed-use project at 7 West 21st Street, in the Flatiron District, topped out. Since then, much of the façade has been installed on both street fronts — the building spans the block between 21st and 22nd streets — as seen in photos taken by Tectonic. The latest building permits indicate the project encompasses 289,809 square feet. Both buildings will be connected up to the ground floor, where 13,076 square feet of retail is planned. The residential units above will be rentals, averaging 904 square feet apiece. Twenty percent (58 units) will rent at below-market rates through the affordable housing lottery. Friedland Properties is the developer. Morris Adjmi Architects is the design architect, with the Stephen B. Jacobs Group serving as the executive architect. Completion is expected in 2017. The new building sits within the Ladies’ Mile Historic District.
A pre-Civil War residential structure in Brooklyn will be getting the tender love and care it very much needs. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal to reconstruct the façade of 17 Fillmore Place, located in the small Fillmore Place Historic District.
A rowhouse in the city’s first historic district will be getting some welcome renovations, but it will also be losing a quirk it picked up sometime after its construction. The public is not nuts about that loss, and it led the Landmarks Preservation Commission to end up with a somewhat rare non-unanimous vote.
Back in October of 2015, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) approved plans to redevelop the multi-story Pavilion cinema, at 188 Prospect Park West, located on the corner of 14th Street in southern Park Slope, into a smaller movie theater and 24 condominium units. Those plans have now been scrapped entirely, in favor of a simpler renovation, the New York Times reported. The existing Pavilion structure, acquired by an anonymous LLC in August for $28 million, will be renovated to accommodate a Nitehawk Cinema, dubbed Nitehawk Prospect Park. The new theater will include seven screens for a total of 650 seats, two bars, dining services, and a restored interior atrium. Existing operations at the Pavilion will end in October, and the renovation is expected to take a year to complete. Hidrock Properties still owns the adjacent single-story property where an expansion would have occurred. Of course, any exterior alterations that go into the the cinema renovation will have to be approved by the LPC.