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Construction Completes on Beckford House and Tower on the Upper East Side, Manhattan

Construction is now complete on Beckford House and Beckford Tower, a pair of completed residential buildings in the Yorkville section of Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The 21-story, 215-foot-tall Beckford House at 301 East 81st Street (also addressed as 1562 Second Avenue) and the 31-story Beckford Tower at 301 East 80th Street are designed by Studio Sofield and SLCE Architects and developed by Icon Realty Management, with CM & Associates in charge of construction. The site is located along Second Avenue between East 80th and 81st Streets.

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Exterior View of Construction at 425 Park Avenue - Photo by Alan Schindler

Norman Foster’s 425 Park Avenue Issued Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, in Midtown East, Manhattan

The Department of Buildings has awarded Norman Foster’s 425 Park Avenue a temporary certificate of occupancy, or TCO, signaling imminent completion of the commercial skyscraper in Midtown East. From developers L&L Holding Company, Tokyu Land Corporation, and co-managing partner BentallGreenOak, the 47-story office tower comprises around 667,000 square feet.

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Twin Supertalls Revealed as Part of Garden City, Possible Relocation of Madison Square Garden, in Midtown Manhattan

Community Board Five’s Land Use, Housing & Zoning Committee voted in a meeting on Wednesday to advance plans for a massive undertaking in Midtown involving the conversion of Madison Square Garden into a new concourse for Penn Station, and the creation of a new home for the sports facility between two supertall skyscrapers near Herald Square. Initially proposed in 2016 by Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), new renderings give visual context to the plan, to which the city council agreed with the consideration of The Madison Square Garden Company’s acquisition of a shorter extension of its current lease.

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Rendering of 250 Water Street by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Howard Hughes Corporation Announces Plans for Two-Tower Development at 250 Water Street in South Street Seaport

New renderings and details of 250 Water Street were revealed yesterday, depicting a mixed-use development significantly smaller in size and scope than the supertall previously speculated. Developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation and designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, the two-tower high rise is a bit underwhelming in contrast to the 1,000-foot-tall design that would have become the tallest structure in lower Manhattan.

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Empire State Building. Courtesy of Empire State Realty Trust

Empire State Building Spire Restoration Nears Completion in Midtown

The Empire State Building has been undergoing a restoration project since June 2019 to return the iconic landmark to its original silhouette. Now in its final stages, photos reveal the restoration of the 1930s Art Deco luster on the Midtown edifice. Empire State Realty Trust, along with project managers JLL, master riggers from ColeNYC, and CANY Architecture and Engineering have joined forces to return the structure to its original architectural design.

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