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Aerial render of Queens Plaza Park looking west towards Manhattan, from The Durst Organization

Sven Completes Construction at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island City, Queens

Construction is now complete on Sven, a 762-foot-tall skyscraper at 29-37 41st Avenue in Long Island CityQueens. Also known as Queens Plaza Park, the 67-story tower is designed by Handel Architects for The Durst Organization and will yield a total of 958 rental units with interiors designed by Selldorf Architects. Three hundred units are set aside as affordable housing. Hunter Roberts is the general contractor and Jaros, Baum & Bolles Engineering administered the mechanical systems for the project, which is bound by Northern Boulevard to the east, Queens Plaza North and Dutch Kills Green to the south, and 41st Avenue to the west.

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125 West End Avenue’s New Façade Begins Installation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Work is progressing on 125 West End Avenue, a conversion of an eight-story building into a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art life sciences and research laboratory on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by Taconic Partners and Perkins+Will, the project involves interior renovations and the installation of a glass curtain wall. 125 West End Avenue was home to the Walt Disney/ABC broadcasting company since 1985, but had sat vacant since January. The structure was originally built as an automotive facility by Chrysler Motor Company and at one point was owned by the New York Times. Taconic and Nuveen Real Estate paid $230 million for the property in late 2019. CBRE is in charge of marketing and leasing the commercial office space, and JRM Construction Management, LLC is the general contractor for the project, which sits at the corner of West 66th Street and West End Avenue, a very short walk to Riverside Park South to the west.

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The Benson Nears Completion at 1045 Madison Avenue in Carnegie Hill, Manhattan

Construction is wrapping up on The Benson, an 18-story condominium building at 1045 Madison Avenue in the Carnegie Hill section of the Upper East Side. Designed by Peter Pennoyer and developed by The Naftali Group, the 210-foot-tall reinforced concrete structure will yield 16 residential units spread across 59,032 square feet, for an average of 3,700 square feet apiece, as well as 3,993 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The inventory of homes includes three penthouses, and the majority of the units feature full-floor layouts. Leeding Builders Group is the general contractor of the project, which is located between East 79th and East 80th Streets, a short walk from Central Park.

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150 East 78th Street’s Brick and Limestone Exterior Wraps Up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

Exterior work is getting closer to completion on 150 East 78th Street, a 16-story residential building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects and developed by Midwood Investment & Development and EJS Group, the 205-foot-tall structure will yield 25 units in three- to five-bedroom layouts spread across 68,293 square feet as well as 3,739 square feet of ground-floor retail. Ismael Leyva Architects is the executive architect and residential layout designer for the project, which is located at the corner of East 78th Street and Lexington Avenue. Sales are underway and are being handled by Compass Development Marketing Group.

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Governor Kathy Hochul Reveals Updated Plans And Renderings For Penn Station Overhaul in Midtown, Manhattan

Yesterday afternoon Governor Kathy Hochul revealed numerous new renderings of what the outdated 53-year-old Penn Station and the surrounding Midtown, Manhattan district could soon become. Despite being slightly downsized by 7 percent from former Governor Cuomo’s ten-building master plan, the new proposal still encompasses an incredible 18.3 million square feet of construction and redevelopment. Vornado Realty Trust is the developer of the master plan, which is expected to take four to five years to complete and cost between $6-7 billion.

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