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507 West 27th Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Update on 507 West 27th Street’s Rise Beneath the High Line, Chelsea

Yet another new development by Related Companies is nearing completion. Construction is underway at 507 West 27th Street, a snug single-story structure in Chelsea that is literally built under the High Line Park. While it’s not as glitzy or city-altering as what Related is building nearby, the 14-foot tall commercial structure is of interest because it showcases the possibility for small-scale development filling in underutilized plots of land.

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From left to right, 111 West 57, One57, Central Park Tower, and 220 Central Park South, image by Michael Young

Central Park Tower, Country’s Tallest Building Under Construction, Officially Reaches Supertall Territory

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.

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80 Flatbush Avenue, rendering courtesy Alloy Development

New Petition As Public Support Broadens for 80 Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn

The debate regarding 80 Flatbush Avenue continues. While the project would rise across the street from what had long been Brooklyn’s tallest tower at One Hanson Place, its opponents’ attacks have escalated following YIMBY’s report on a poll showing a 3:1 margin of support, with the NIMBY group behind its creation and deletion accusing “foreign bots” of meddling in the outcome. Today, however, comes another marker of broad community support, as we have word that the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC) has officially endorsed the mixed-use development.

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Victoria Theater Redevelopment, 233 West 125th Street, via Aufgang Architects

Verticality Imminent for Victoria Theater Redevelopment at 233 West 125th Street, Harlem

The gradual redevelopment of Harlem’s 125th Street corridor isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Construction is starting to rise above ground level for a 26-story hotel and 25-story residential tower at 233 West 125th Street. The project is best known for its connection with the Victoria Theater, which will be restored and integrated with the Marriott. The Lam Group is the developer.

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Revised design for 827-831 Broadway, rendering by DXA Studio

Redesigned 827-831 Broadway Blocked Again By LPC, Union Square

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has refused a proposed addition to 827-831 Broadway for the second time, obliging its designers DXA Studio to reimagine their approach once more. The plan would add offices, retail, and community space inside and above two Italianate structures built between 1866 and 1867. The source of the controversy is the addition of four floors on top of the historic buildings. Samson Klugman of Quality Capital and Leo Tsimmer of Caerus Group purchased the pair in 2015 for $60 million. They initially filed permits for a 300-foot-tall commercial tower, but that was stopped when the LPC granted the extant structures landmark status.

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