Renderings Revealed for The Torch at 740 Eighth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan

Renderings have been revealed for The Torch, a 1,067-foot mixed-use supertall skyscraper at 740 Eighth Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by ODA with SLCE Architects as the architect of record and developed by Extell, the 52-story structure will span 875,372 square feet and yield an 825-room hotel on the lower half and a public outdoor observation deck with a drop ride attraction above. The property will also feature lower-level retail space, a restaurant on two of the upper floors, a VIP lounge, and a pool deck for hotel guests. Lendlease is the general contractor, WSP is the structural engineer, and Ancora Engineering is handling excavation and foundations for the project, which is located along Eighth Avenue between West 45th and 46th Streets on the border of Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen.

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Renderings Released For Resorts World Casino Expansion Proposal in Ozone Park, Queens

New renderings have been revealed for an extensive proposed expansion of the Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) casino complex at the Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park, Queens. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the estimated $5 billion project would add 350,000 square feet of gaming space, a 1,600-room Crockfords-branded hotel, a 7,000-seat arena, wellness amenities, restaurants, and more than 10 acres of parks, trails, and bike paths. The existing complex spans 1 million square feet with 400 guest rooms and around 6,500 slot machines, and is bound by Rockaway Boulevard to the north, the Belt Parkway to the south, 114th Street to the east, and Aqueduct Road to the west.

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538-542 West 29th Street Prepares For Demolition in West Chelsea, Manhattan

Demolition preparations are underway at 538-542 West 29th Street, the site of an art-inspired mixed-use hotel and condominium building in West Chelsea, Manhattan. Designed in collaboration between Jeffrey Cole Architects and AA Studio and developed by hospitality group PPHE Hotel Group and Largo Investments, which acquired the property for $42 million, the 74,000-square-foot structure is planned to yield 98 guest rooms and 55 residences. W29 Owner LLC is listed as the owner and Northeast Specialist Group LLC is the contractor for the project, which is located between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

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New Renderings Revealed for BIG’s Four-Skyscraper Freedom Plaza Master Plan in Murray Hill, Manhattan

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has unveiled a new set of renderings of its 4.1-million-square-foot proposal for Freedom Plaza, a potential mixed-use casino development on the border of Murray Hill and Tudor City. Developed by The Soloviev Group, which currently owns the property, in a joint collaboration with Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, plans call for two new residential skyscrapers rising 50 to 60 stories tall with 1,325 apartments, including 510 affordable housing units, as well as two 51-story hotel towers with 1,200 guest rooms split between Banyan Tree and Mohegan branding. A new landscaped waterfront park, a below-grade casino, and a museum would sit beneath the skyscrapers. The 6.5-acre property is the largest undeveloped plot in Manhattan, and is located along First Avenue between East 38th and East 41st Streets, directly south of the United Nations complex.

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New Rendering Revealed For Best Western Hotel at 319-321 West 38th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

A new rendering was posted for 319-321 West 38th Street, an upcoming 26-story Best Western Hotel in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and developed by 319 West 38th Steel, LP, the 250-foot-tall structure will span 44,200 square feet with an undisclosed number of hotel rooms and a collection of amenities. LK Design Bureau is the structural engineer and Omnibuild Construction is the general contractor for the project, which will rise from two adjoining interior plots between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

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