As we look back today in remembrance of September 11, 2001, it’s affirming to appreciate the progress that has been made on the new World Trade Center Complex, especially over the last handful of years. The development has restored a vertical prowess to the Financial District and the Lower Manhattan skyline, given rise to a stunning new transit center topped by by Santiago Calatrava‘s Oculus, and will soon become a cultural destination as well. Construction has resumed for the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, tenants are steadily filling the 2.5 million square feet of office space at Three World Trade Center, and tourists and locals are experiencing Memorial Glade, the newest section of the 9/11 Memorial. YIMBY also checks in on the current state of Two World Trade Center and Five World Trade Center.
Last week, media-focused investment firm Great Point Capital Management signed on entertainment company Lionsgate as its anchor tenant for a new $100 million production-studio development in Yonkers. Lionsgate will also be an investor in the project that includes five studios and a back lot near the Yonkers downtown Metro-North train station. Also a partner in the joint venture is developer National Resources.
The Museum of Ice Cream has returned to New York City, but this time in a 25,000-square-foot permanent outpost in Downtown Manhattan. Known simply as MOIC, the brand’s flagship location will occupy three floors of 558 Broadway in SoHo.
A new 13-story, 200-foot-tall office building with retail and for-profit exposition space has been proposed with zoning changes for 215 Moore Street, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to an Environmental Assessment Statement for the through-site, the development would contain 375,824 square feet of office space, 16,026 square feet of retail, 79,592 square feet of exposition space, and 249 parking spaces.
The large concrete pots that form the foundation of Thomas Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park over the Hudson River are close to completion. These massive, funnel-shaped components are anchored to a number of individual concrete piers and create a striking appearance from the shore. They serve to support the pier’s undulating, rolling terrain and varying topographical elevations, which will eventually be covered in a lush landscape of vegetation and greenery. The construction site is located along the Chelsea waterfront and rises where Cunard’s Pier 54 once stood. The 2.7-acre park features a total of 425 piles and is being managed by the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT). Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C. is designing the landscaping.