Riverside South Center

The last section of undeveloped land from the old Hudson Rail Yards has been approved for development by the City Council. The Extell Development corporation has worked closely with Gale Brewer and Community Board 7, making several concessions and allowing the development to enrich the area in several ways. This Riverside South Center will be a series of linked developments.

Important Information:

  • School: 100,000 square feet of “core and shell” will be provided by the developer at no cost, and 85,000 square feet of the 100,000 square feet will be fully fitted-out by the School Construction Authority. The remaining 15,000 square feet will be stored for 5 years for future use in expansion. This new school is critical to alleviating current overcrowding and meeting future needs in grades K-8 on the upper West Side.
  • Affordable Housing: The project has been included in the city’s inclusionary housing program, requiring 20% (nearly 500,00 square feet) of the residential floor area to be affordable housing. The developer agreed to put 135,000 (180-220 units) square feet of new affordable housing units on-site and to establish a housing task force comprised of members of Community Boards 7 and 4, as well as the Council Member and Borough President, to review all affordable housing applications prior to their submission to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development
  • Parks: The development will designate $20 million to the Parks Department to mitigate the impact of Riverside Center residents on Riverside Park South. These funds will contribute to both the completion of the renovation of the West 59 Street Recreation Center and to Riverside Park South.
  • Retail: The developer agreed to increase both the number and square footage of retail stores along West End Avenue. In addition, Council Member Brewer secured a promise by the developer to make best efforts to rent to neighborhood businesses as opposed to destination chain stores, and to involve neighborhood residents in the design of the streetscape of the auto sales office.
  • Sustainability: The developer is mandated to report back in writing to the Community Board and the Council Member on the energy efficiency standards for each building. Energy efficiency measures with respect to fuel consumption and energy use will be incorporated into the building design resulting in at least 10% less energy consumption in building systems than the required New York State energy code in effect at the time of the building design. In addition, necessary storm water management language is included in the Restrictive Declaration.
  • Parking: The Special Permit was amended to allow 1500 parking spaces (up from 1260 allocated by the City Planning Commission), but the additional 240 spaces are self-park, and not valet parking. The garage will include car share spaces, bike parking and electrical charging stations.
  • Jobs: Riverside Center will be a union construction project, and the developer is committed to awarding no less than 15% of the total dollar value of the construction trade contracts and of the
    soft costs to M/WBE (Minority and Women Owned Businesses) firms.

To find out more, go to http://www.riversidecenternyc.com/ where Extell advertises and explains the new development.

Extell Development Company
800 3rd Ave # 4
New York, NY 10022-7649
(212) 712-6000


DEP Water Tunnel No. 3 Construction (W. 60- W. 69 Streets on Amsterdam Avenue)

Project by: New York City Department of Environmental Protection


Emily Lloyd
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11373


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 2/7/08

The only visible, street level work with Water Tunnel No. 3 in District 6 is located at West 60 Street and Amsterdam Avenue.


There is drilling and placing concrete as part of the construction of the city water tunnel No. 3. The west side portion of the Manhattan Tunnel travels north under Central Park West. The work will take place on the east side of CPW, about 100 yards north of 68th Street, as well as along Amsterdam Avenue in the West 60’s.

Water Tunnel No. 3 is managed by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the work on it is being done by Tunnel Laborers of Local 147 Tunnel Workers.

Riverside South (Trump)

Address: Riverside Boulevard between 59 to 72 Streets
Block: See below
Lot: See below
Landmark status: No


Paul Elston, President
Riverside South Planning Corp.
99 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 370-3630

Peter Fine
Managing Principal
Atlantic Development Group, LLC
331 West 57 Street, Suite 007
New York, NY 10019
(212) 620-0500


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 2/27/08
The City Planning Commission is currently drafting the scoping document. There will be a public scoping session, a date for this scoping session has not yet been scheduled.
UPDATE: 2/15/08
The Hudson Waterfront Associates, L.P. (HWA) has signaled their intention to apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for 100 Riverside Boulevard (Building H). Prior to the issuance of a TCO, more than 50% (2,508 units) of the market rate units, 40% (273 units) of the total required affordable housing units (684 units) must be completed. This obligation has been satisfied, as there are currently 395 affordable units.
UPDATE: 11/19/2007
Road work on 62 Street and 64 Street extending into the Riverside South Development is underway.

Riverside South is 56-acre containing 16 residential buildings with 5,700 residential units, and a 23-acre public waterfront park. The Penn Yards was rezoned in 1992 to allow for residential development. Donald Trump was the developer. In June of 1994 Hudson Waterfront Associates purchased Trump’s $315 million defaulted mortgage on the site for a little under $89 million. In 2005, Hudson Waterfront sold most of the Riverside South site to the Extell Development Company/Carlyle Group. All of the obligations in the 1992 Restrictive Declaration transfer to the current owners. The Restrictive Declaration mandated that 12% of the total number of approved units must be affordable.

The southern end of the site, 59-61 Street must be rezoned and undergo a new ULURP. It was omitted from the zoning of Riverside South in 1992. It was in the area that Donald Trump had slated for television studios. However, the Borough President of Queens was concerned that such development would have a negative impact on the Silvercup Studios in Queens and so that part of Riverside South remained unzoned.

According to the Senior Vice President of Extell, Donna Gargano,

Parcels L M & N were rezoned by the Planning Commission to C4-7, high density commercial/residential zoning and this underlying zoning was upheld by the City Council. The Restrictive Declaration approved by the Planning Commission limited Parcel N to studio use. The Council modified the Restrictive Declaration to prohibit any studio use on Parcel N and to further require that any other proposed use for this Parcel must go through a new ULURP.

240 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel A) 71st and 72nd Streets, The Heritage, is 31 stories with 170 units, ranging from 1 to 6 bedrooms, and a 319-car garage. It is a luxury condominium building, and has its own management firm and board.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 7503

220 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel B) 70th and 71st Streets, is 49 stories with 441 units and a 298 car-garage. It has its own management firm and board, and contains luxury condominiums.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 7502

200 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel C) 69th and 70th Streets, is 46 stories with 377 units and a 280-car garage. It has its own management firm and board and contains luxury condominiums.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 7501

180, 160, and 140 Riverside Boulevard (Parcels D, E, and F), Trump Place, were purchased by Extell Development Corp./Carlyle who then sold these parcels to Equity Residential, a REIT (real estate investment trust) based in Chicago for $816 million. Each parcel is occupied by one rental building. The owners have an agreement with Donald Trump to keep his name on these sites.

Block No: 1171
Lot No:

180 Riverside Boulevard, 68th and 69th Streets, is 40 stories with 516-units and a 210 car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 129

160 Riverside Boulevard, 67th and 68th Streets, is 33 stories with 360 units and a 107-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No:132

140 Riverside Boulevard, 67th and 68th Streets, is 27 stories with 354 units and a 107-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 133

Parcels H, I, J, K, L, M, and N were purchased by the Extell Development Company/Carlyle. Extell Development Company received a loan from the Meridian Capital Group under the condition that the project be called Hudson Yards, in place of Trump/Riverside South.

Block No: 1171
Lot No:

120 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel G) 65th and 66th Streets, is 18 stories with 288 luxury condo units and a 130-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 7504 (parcel G)

100 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel H/The Avery) 64th and 65th Streets, The Avery, is in construction. It will be 31 stories with 345 luxury condominium units and a 49-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 135 (parcel H)

80 Riverside Boulevard, 63rd and 64th Streets, (Parcel I) The Rushmore, is under construction. The building is expected to open in winter 2008. The building will have two 43-story towers rising from a 16-story base. It will have 289 units ranging from 717 to 3,072 square feet, and a 326-car garage. The contact is (202) 496-1400 or http://www.therushmoreriverside.com.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: 140 (parcel I)

Construction has not begun on Parcels J through N

60 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel J-1) 62nd and 63rd Streets, is zoned for two buildings: 28 stories with 245 units and a 255-car garage and 38 stories with 409 units and a 225-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: Parcel J (145)

40 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel K-1) 61st and 62nd Streets, is zoned for two buildings: 28 stories with 241 units and a 225-car garage, and 33 stories with 373 units and a 258-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: Parcel K (150)

20 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel L) 60th and 61st Streets. Construction has not begun on this parcel.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: Parcel L (155)

10 Riverside Boulevard, (Parcel M) 59th and 60th Streets. The site is zoned for 18 stores with 175 units and a 150-car garage.

Block No: 1171
Lot No: Parcel M (155)

Parcel N does not yet have an assigned street address

The site, bounded by West 59th and 61st Streets, West End Avenue and Parcels L and M, is designated for 2,300,000 square feet of commercial development, assuming that 500,000 sq. ft. of excess development rights are added to it. The site must go through the City’s uniformed land use review procedure (ULURP) before any development can take place.

Block No: 1151
Lot No: 17 (parcel N)

33 West End Avenue. (Parcel O) (Which has its own entry, search for it under “33 West End Avenue”) For $10, Hudson Waterfront Associates sold the site to the Atlantic Development Group, which developed a building for senior citizens under the Inclusionary Housing Bonus Program. Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty manages the building.

West Side Highway Box (Between West 59 and West 72 Streets)

Location: Between West 59th and West 72nd Streets
Landmark status:
Summary of site plans and status

State and city officials have begun construction on a roadway box between West 59th and 72nd Streets that could replace the West Side Highway viaduct. Essentially, the highway would be routed through a box that would be constructed in the following manner. Between West 65th and West 67th Streets, the existing berm will be excavated to make room for a southbound tunnel, after which a park will be built on top. The northbound tunnel will be built in the future. Between West 61st and West 65th Streets, a concrete box will be built on the existing ground to create northbound and southbound roadways, then covered with land. Riverside Boulevard and the park will be built on top.

There are concerns about where the funding for the construction of the box is coming from. Additionally, the viaduct is young (less than 15 years old), so the box would not be necessary for another 10-15 years.


UPDATE: 8/04/09

Community Board 7 has held two pre-certification sessions  on the Riverside South Development on February 7th, 2008 and October 28th, 2008.  Pre-certification at the City Planning Commission is scheduled for fall 2009.

Fordham University (113, 155 West 60 Street, 140 West 62 Street, 160 West 62 Street)

Address: 113, 155 West 60th Street; 140 West 62nd Street
Block No (155 West 60th Street): 1132
Lot No (155 West 60th Street): 20
Landmark status: No


Deirdre Carson, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Edward Wallace, Esq.
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
(212) 801-6855

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President
Fordham University
33 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 636-6000

Douglaston Development
42-09 235 Street
Douglaston, NY 11363
(212) 400-9292

Michael Groll
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, MacRae LLP
125 West 55 Street
New York, NY
(212) 424-8616


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 2/28/08
On Sept. 10, 2007, the City Planning Commission held a scoping session for Fordham University’s proposed work. The City Planning Commission is finalizing the scoping document and will announce the publication of the final version. The next step is the certification of the Scope of Work document by the City Planning Commission. After the document is certified, work will begin on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Fr. Joseph McShane, President of Fordham University, disclosed that the project will cost $25,500,000.

Fordham University has proposed 2.5 million square feet of new development for the block bound by W 60th and 62nd Streets, and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The proposed development is divided into two phases. Phase One includes a 16-story Law School building and an 8-story addition to the library, as well as the construction of two residential buildings at 60-stories on West 62nd and Amsterdam, and at 50-stories on West 60th and Amsterdam. The school is requesting waivers for the following: 3 garages (allowing a total of 595 spaces verse the 35 spaces allowed by the Urban Renewal Agreement which expires in January 2006); adjustment of the height and setback requirements regarding the distance between nearby buildings and the buildings to be constructed.

Fordham University is requesting variances from the Lincoln Square Special District Zoning.

This entire project is being reviewed by all stakeholders (December 2005). Hearings re: Fordham University’s development: 4/5/05- Full Board Meeting (Land-use-Committee), some elements of proposal not as-of-right. 4/26/05- Steering Committee. 6/1/05- Full Board Meeting.

On December 29, 2005, Community Board 7 sent a letter to the Hon. Amanda Burden, Chairperson New York City Planning Commission, suggesting that this project is not ready for certification. They reasoned that since Fordham acquired its site following the city’s exercise of its powers of eminent domain, then Fordham should give back to its community by allowing the city to reacquire the site and dedicate it to educational use.

On April 24, 2006 Community Board 7 sent a letter to Chair Amanda Burden explaining their concerns with both Fordham’s three immutable conditions and the resulting progress toward an agreeable master plan. Fordham’s three conditions which they are unwilling to compromise on are as follows: first, they will not change the 15-20 foot high platform at the center of its block site; second, Fordham insists that the project must be built at or close to the maximum allowable FAR; and third, Fordham must sell its development rights for sites at Amsterdam Ave and 60th and 62nd Streets to raise capital, thereby making these sites off limits for Fordham’s educational functions. CB7 also mentions their disappointment that the City Planning Commission has been unwilling to meet with CB7 to discuss these concerns, and they again urge the City Planning Commission to meet with them to discuss these issues.

The Public Scoping Meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Fordham University Lincoln Center Master Plan is scheduled for September 10, 2007.

According to the Office of Government Relations of Fordham University, the proposed Amsterdam towers will be raised by about 50 feet farther than the previous estimates for height.

The first private building on the site is slated to be at 49 Amsterdam Avenue. Douglaston Development is in pre-development on a luxury condominium there, next door to Lincoln Center and Damrosch Park. The project is being developed in conjunction with Continental Properties. The design architect is Cesar Pelli & Associates.

This site is planned to have 250 luxury condominium homes in a 55-plus story glass tower, an outdoor garden for residents, and a high-end restaurant. The second floor of the building will be dedicated to an extensive amenity package, including a designer spa, fitness center, pool, screening room and business center.

Levine Builders will be providing construction management services.


UPDATE: 8/04/09

On June 30th, 2009 the City Council voted to approve the Fordham expansion plan with many caveats.


The restrictive declaration is currently being revised and will be posted in the future.

Block No (140 West 62nd Street): 1132
Lot No (140 West 62nd Street): 1

229-251 West 60 Street, 218-240 West 61 Street (Ginsberg)

Address: 229-251 West 60th Street (odd side); 218-240 West 61st Street (even side)
Landmark status: No

218-240 West 61st Street
Block No: 1154
Lot No: 108

229-251 West 60th Street
Block No: 1152
Lot No: 8


Paul Selver
Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP
1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212) 715-9199


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 2/28/2007

On 2/28/2007, the New York City Council approved Resolution No. 733, that would allow the developer to construct its proposed project.

On 1/10/2007, the New York City Planning Commission adopted a zoning resolution (N 060103 ZRY) that would amend the Zoning Map to change existing M1-6 District to C4-7/C6-2 Districts, and approve a Special Permit allowing special provisions for bulk modification and a public parking garage with a maximum of 200 spaces.

Laurence Ginsberg’s LHL Realty is the developer of this site. Ginsberg applied to the City Planning Commission for a variance (General Large Scale Development permit) to construct three connected buildings-a central tower with 27-stories and three buildings of 7-storties, 9-stories and 14-stories. The proposed project would include approximately 481,425 square feet containing 342 residential unites, 4,420 square feet of medical office space, 10,340 square feet of retail space and 200 parking spaces, of which 79 would be public parking spaces.

Demolition has been completed.

Ginsberg is considering contributing to community projects.

225 West 60 Street between West End & Amsterdam Avenue (Touro College, The Hudson)

Address: 225 West 60 Street (223-237 West 60 Street) – Touro College, The Hudson condominium
Block No: 1152
Lot No: 17
Landmark status: No


Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph. D., Dean
Lander College for Women
227 West 60 Street
(212) 287-3510

Howard Weiss Esq.
Davidoff & Malito, LLP
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10150
(212) 557-7200

West 60th Realty Partners, LLC
10 East 40th Street, 25th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Jill Sloane
408 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Tel: (212) 381-2206
Fax: (212) 381-2504

Sales Manager:
Samantha Behringer
Luxury Lofts
(917) 385-0565
(212) 689-6268


Summary of site plans and status

The Lander College for Women of Touro College, includes a 20-story tower, the first two floors of which include a gym, library, cafeteria, classrooms and offices. The remaining 15 floors feature 101 residential units, comprised of 59 one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom, and a mix of other size units. These 101 residential units are luxury condominiums, called Hudson Condominiums.

Community Board 7 opposed the change in zoning that resulted in the 20-story Hudson. At that time, the developer emphasized the need for Touro to expand the college. The Board of Standards and Appeals approved the project with minor modifications.

The school facilities were completed by August 2006, and the apartments by September 2006.

Touro College appeared before the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA) on 11/9/06 to discuss re-financing of all college buildings, which includes the site at 225 West 60 Street. According to publicly available information, financing for the site includes: “the financing and/or refinancing of the construction, renovation and equipping of an approximately 45,000 square foot commercial condominium unit owned by the College in an approximately 155,000 square foot building located on an approximately 12,600 square foot parcel of land at 225-227 West 60 Street, New York, New York, for use by the Lander College for Women in the approximate amount of $8,000,000.”

According to a September 2006 Residential Update from “The Real Deal” :

“The on-site sales center and two model apartments were unveiled early last month for the 80-unit condominium. Occupancy is slated for early 2007, with one- to three-bedrooms…The Developers Group and Halstead Property Development Marketing are the exclusive marketing and sales agents. Contact: 212-445-1001, http://www.thehudsoncondo.com.”