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502 Main Street

New 5,500 Square-Foot New York Public Library Branch Planned At 502 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

The New York Public Library plans to build a new Roosevelt Island branch at the site of the existing building at 502 Main Street. Located in the East River between Queens and Manhattan island, Roosevelt Island is politically part of Manhattan. According to Curbed NY, the new library will measure 5,465 square feet and will feature a 670 square-foot community room, a children’s room and teen space, as well as many more computers. The old 2,200 square-foot facility at 524 Main Street is reportedly struggling to keep up with public demand. Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects is designing the new library, which is scheduled to open in late 2017 or early 2018.


2700 Jerome Avenue, rendering by MHG Architects

13 Stories of Affordable, Supportive Housing Planned for 2700 Jerome Avenue, Kingsbridge Heights

Funding issues have stalled the redevelopment of the massive Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, but a sizable affordable housing project is in the works across the street at 2700 Jerome Avenue. Yesterday, developer Alan Bell of B&B Urban filed applications for a 13-story building with a mix of affordable units, supportive housing and retail on a lot next to the Kingsbridge Road stop on the elevated 4 train.

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Historical image of 346 Broadway

Loan Secured For 13-Story, 151-Unit Condo Conversion At 346 Broadway, TriBeCa

YIMBY detailed in November of 2014 the initial Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) hearing on the residential conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Company building at 346 Broadway (a.k.a. 108 Leonard Street), in Tribeca. The 13-story, 427,000 square-foot building is an individual and interior landmark, and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. A month after the hearing, the LPC approved the changes that would including making the structure’s clock tower part of a penthouse and for the clock to run electronically, the WSJ reported. Last week, according to Commercial Observer, the Peebles Organization and Elad Group landed a $334 million construction loan for the project, which would convert the former office building into 151 condominium units. Additionally, a community facility and retail space will measure 7,210 and 2,200 square feet, respectively. Beyer Blinder Belle is designing the conversion.


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