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220 Central Park South, as seen from West 58th Street. Photo by Tectonic for YIMBY

Construction Update: 220 Central Park South

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the Robert A.M. Stern Architects-designed 116-unit residential project going up at 220 Central Park South. Back in February, the tower portion had risen to about 15 stories. Now, as seen in photos supplied to YIMBY by photographer Tectonic, the tower has risen past 25 stories, on its way to 70, with more of the Alabama Silver Shadow limestone cladding in place.

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685 First Avenue

Reveal for 42-Story, 556-Unit Rental/Condo Tower Planned at 685 First Avenue, Murray Hill

In August of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a 42-story, 550-unit mixed-use building at 685 First Avenue, located between East 39th and 40th streets in Murray Hill. Now, new details and renderings of the building have been revealed by the Wall Street Journal. The 459-foot-tall tower will actually contain 556 residential units and measure a whopping 828,000 square feet in its entirety. Two-thirds of the units will be rental apartments while the remaining one-third will be condominiums. Amenities include an underground 110-car garage, storage for 282 bikes, laundry facilities, a pool, a fitness center, a library, and recreational and assembly rooms. There will also be 10,088 square feet of ground-floor retail. Richard Meier & Partners Architects is behind the design, and Sheldon Solow is the developer. Excavation is reportedly underway, and completion is expected in 2018.

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27-Story Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive Rises One-Third of the Way to Its Final Height

Watermark Court Square, the 27-story luxury rental building at 27-19 44th Drive in Long Island City, has risen past its tenth floor, about a third of the way to its final 282-foot height. The LEED-certified building is developed by Twining Properties, with The Ashforth Company as an investment partner. TG Nickel & Associates is the general contractor for the project, which Handel Architects designed as a slender stack of floor-to-ceiling windows set within a grid of grey and dark brown brick. Completion is expected in 2017.

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Rendering of 242 West 53rd Street. Via CetraRuddy.

Foundation Work Complete for 62-Story, 426-Unit Mixed-Use Tower at 242 West 53rd Street, Midtown

YIMBY last brought you a construction update in December, when foundation work was underway, on the 62-story, 426-unit mixed-use tower planned at 242 West 53rd Street (a.k.a. 239 West 52nd Street), in Midtown between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. Since then, foundation work has largely wrapped up, as seen in photos by Vertical Gotham via the YIMBY Forums, which means construction can now proceed skyward. Residential units in the 542,276-square-foot, 675-foot-tall tower should average 1,024 square feet apiece. There will also be 16,514 square feet of ground floor retail space. Amenities will include a 90-car parking garage, storage space for 247 bikes, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a golf simulator, and a private entertainment area. There will also be outdoor terraces on the second, third, and 61st floors. Algin Management is the developer, while CetraRuddy is behind the design of the exteriors and interiors.


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