New York-based Gene Kaufman’s design studio is responsible for more than 50 hotels and dozens of commercial properties across New York City. Together with Onboard Hospitality, LLC, Kaufman’s latest project is currently under construction at 36 West 38th Street in Midtown, Manhattan, and will debut as Jade Hotel.
The scaffolding that had obscured 400 West 57th Street for years has finally been removed, exposing its ornamental masonry walls and arched windows. Once called the Windermere, the property has had a long and complex history, standing both as an architectural gem for the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen and as a crumbling and almost-abandoned relic. The eight-story structure, which is located at the corner of West 57th Street and Ninth Avenue, suffered decades of neglect, deterioration, and attracted a large number of homeless squatters in the past. The façade was covered up with blue scaffolding and netting, and the building’s fate was unknown for some time after the disappearance of its owners, who reportedly left the country for Japan. The redevelopment was an arduous process, due to political drama and the task of getting the handful of remaining tenants to vacate the structure.
Permits have been filed for an 11-story mixed-use building at 355 West 39th Street in Midtown West, Manhattan. Located between 8th Avenue and 9th Avenue, the interior lot is three city blocks south of the 42 Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station, serviced by the A, C, and E trains. Man Hei Li under the 355 39th Street LLC is listed as the owner behind the applications.
The Rockwell Group is set to appear before the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission in defense of its proposed alterations to The Town Hall theater. Located in the heart of Midtown at 123 West 43rd Street, the structure first opened in 1921 and has retained its original exterior massing and design for nearly a century.
New renderings have been released for the upcoming 37-story condominium tower 611 West 56th Street, aka 823 Eleventh Avenue. The first project in the United States for Portuguese architect Alvaro Size, the white limestone-clad structure will rise 440 feet tall and contain 80 units. The rectangular site is located at the corner of West 56th Street and Eleventh Avenue and is being developed by Sumaida + Khurana and LENY.