In the beginning of 2014, YIMBY brought you news of the imminent demolition of the 12-story residential buildings at 445 East 68th Street (a.k.a. 1283-1299 York Avenue), on the Upper East Side, to make-way for New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s expansion. The initial filings for the new building have since been amended and detail a 17-story, 733,500 square-foot building, 551,691 square feet of which will be considered active medical space. Thanks to photos by Tectonic, we can see the structure is now 11 stories above the street level and rising. Dubbed the David H. Koch Center, HOK (Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum) is behind the design of the building. Completion is expected in 2017 or 2018.
Back in 2014, a row of five four-story, four-unit residential buildings were built from 1038-1052 42nd Street, in northern Borough Park, and now five more buildings have been granted permits on the same block. Adjacent to the completed buildings, there will be three four-story, four-unit residential structures at 1054-1058 42nd Street. The residential square footage of each building varies, but will total between 5,500 and 6,000 square feet. Closer to Fort Hamilton Parkway, two seven-story mixed-use buildings are planned at 1060-1066 42nd Street. Both structures will have retail and community facility space, but one will contain nine residential units and the other will have 10 units.
A synagogue whose structure served varied purposes before becoming a house of worship will be getting a somewhat unusual expansion and facelift. On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal from the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue, located at 11 East 11th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place in Greenwich Village.
Daniel Brodsky is planning to build a 180,000 square-foot addition to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between East 80th and 84th streets on the Upper East Side. According to the New York Post, the expansion would include a Southwest Wing to showcase modern and contemporary art, and possibly additional galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas exhibits. The expansion will be designed by David Chipperfield Architects and won’t rise taller than the existing two-million-square-foot art museum. Plans will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because the structure is an individual landmark (with additional interior landmarked spaces; it’s also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places). Brodsky recently completed the museum’s $65 million David H. Koch Plaza, which runs along Fifth Avenue in front of the building.
The Ronald McDonald House located at 405 East 73rd Street, on the Upper East Side, is proposing to expand their 11-story, 84-unit pediatric oncology residential facility. According to DNAinfo, the expansion would add 11 additional family suites, six of which would be isolation rooms for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients. The Boards of Standards and Appeals must first approve the project because the expansion would flow over the allowable square-footage. If approved, the building would be reconfigured and parts of it pulled closer to the street, adding 7,000 square feet of additional space. Construction would last about a year.