Just before New Year’s, Foster Equities filed applications for a six-story, 28-unit residential building at 322 Gates Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, located six blocks south of the Bedford – Nostrand Avs. stop on the G train. According to DNAinfo, the building will measure 22,272 square feet in total and will include a 991 square-foot retail portion on the ground floor. The residential units, which will be rentals, will begin on the second floor and average 760 square feet apiece. Z Architecture is designing the project. The single-story Bedford Beer & Soda Dist. building, acquired for $4.5 million last March, was approved for demolition in the fall.
It has been about three months since we checked in on the coming Robert A.M. Stern creation at 220 Central Park South. Progress has been made since then. Photos taken by our friend Tectonic show the tower portion of the building, which rests on West 58th Street, is several stories taller, approaching the 10-story mark on its way to 66 stories.
Yesterday, we told you about the progress on a rather modest Durst Organization development on the southwest corner of Eleventh Avenue and West 58th Street. Today, we’re bringing you and update on a significantly bigger project around the corner on the south side of West 57th Street between Eleventh Avenue and Twelfth Avenue.
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.