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.
In May of 2015, YIMBY reported on applications for a four-story, seven-unit residential project at 797 Sterling Place, in eastern Crown Heights. The developer, Ari Kirschrnbaum, however, has since filed permits for a larger building. The new filings call for a six-story, eight-unit mixed-use structure measuring 13,292 square feet in total. A 1,706 square-foot children’s day care is now planned on the ground and cellar levels. The residential units will begin on the second floor and should average 1,034 square feet apiece, which means small condos may be in the works. Suresh Manchanda’s Flushing-based L&C Associates is the applicant of record. The site is located within a five-block radius of the 2, 3, 4, 5, and Franklin Avenue Shuttle (S) trains.
In mid-2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 13-story, 24-unit mixed-use building at 32-06 Astoria Boulevard, in central Astoria, located a stone’s throw away from the N/Q trains’ stop on the same street. Lambros Houliaras, head of Astoria-based Double T Corp., recently scaled down the project and is now planning a six-story, 27-unit building. The 26,016 square-foot structure would include 4,273 and 743 square feet of retail and medical offices, respectively, on the ground floor. Beginning on the second floor, residential units would average a rental-sized 778 square feet apiece. The building will feature a rooftop terrace, and Long Island-based Constantine Efstathiou is the architect of record.