2015 will go down in New York’s storied retail history as the year when the city lost two of its flagship toy stores. At 6:00 p.m. on December 30, Toys “R” Us will shut down its Times Square store at West 44th Street and Broadway. The retail giant decided not to renew the lease due to ever-rising rents in the pedestrian-heavy neighborhood. Earlier in July, the company closed the famous FAO Schwarz store on at 767 Fifth Avenue, which had served the city since 1986.
If you’ve gone up the West Side Highway in Manhattan or up Port Imperial Boulevard in New Jersey, you’ve probably noticed the Durst Organization-developed Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Via tetrahedron. Not only is it visually striking, there has been a fair amount of press coverage. Additionally, its next-door neighbor, the high-rise Helena has been there for a decade now. But they are not the only Durst developments on the block bounded by Eleventh Avenue, West 57th Street, Twelfth Avenue, and West 58th Street.
Back in 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 25-story, 368-unit mixed-use building at 210 Livingston Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and then this past October, developers Benenson Capital Partners and Rose Associates were working to land $158 million in construction loans. Real Estate Weekly reports the loan has closed, and in addition, has revealed the rendering for the project, which is being designed by Handel Architects. Seventy-four of the apartment units will be rented below market-rate, and nearly 20,000 square feet of retail space is planned on the ground and cellar levels. An 11-story office building was demolished back in 2014, and now that construction is imminent, completion is expected in late 2017.
Over the summer, Extell Development struck a deal to lease City Point’s phase three development site, located on the northern end of the block at 138 Willoughby Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. Yesterday, SLCE Architects pre-filed for Extell’s planned tower, which will rise 57 stories above street level. The documents are not complete, but the initial filing reveals that the project will include both residential and commercial space, as expected. The deal requires the developer to build a four-story, 65,000 square-foot retail base. The tower will rise 692 feet in height, although it’s not clear if that figure includes any structural rooftop elements. The planned residential units should number in the hundreds, and that will be among the details clarified when SLCE completes the new building applications.
An anonymous LLC affiliated to Brooklyn-based Marcel Group has purchased the relatively large block-thru development site at 129 Beach 116th Street, in Rockaway Park, located a block south of the Rockaway Park – Beach 116th Street stop on the A and Rockaway Park Shuttle trains. According to DNAinfo, the developer paid $5 million for the site, which is currently home to a vacant single-story structure. The property could accommodate an eight-story, 114,000 square-foot mixed-use building with up to 16,000 square feet of retail space.