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

Project by: New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:

Emily Lloyd
Commissioner
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11373
718-595-6565

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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.

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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.

15 West 63 Street (Park Laurel)

Address: 15 West 63 Street

Landmark Status: No

Block: 1116

Lot: 7502

Contact;

Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, Executive Director
West Side YMCA
5 West 63 Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-4137

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Summary of the Site Plans and Status

Sales began for the Park Laurel in May 1999. This 40-story building was concieved 20 years earlier. It replaced the five-story McBurney school building when it was built in July 1999. It was developed by Vornado Realty Trust, based in Saddle Brook, N.J. The Y.M.C.A. has ownership of the lower 10 stories, which it uses for its programs as well as 65 units of low and moderate income tenants, the proceeds of which are being used to enhance the other Y.M.C.A. building. Floors 14-40 are luxury condominiums. The spaces have been occupied since 2000.

Amsterdam Houses/Amsterdam Addition

Amsterdam Houses
40 – 94, Amsterdam Avenue
205, 249 West 61 Street
216, 217, 241, 242, 248, 249, 250 West 62 Street
216, 217, 228, 242, 250 West 63 Street
210-218, 243 West 64 Street
247, 250 West 61 Street Drive
Amsterdam Addition

240 West 65 Street
Block: 1154
Lot: Many
Landmark Status: No

Contact:

Margarita Curet, President
Amsterdam Houses Tenant Association
216 West 62 Street, Apt 4C
New York, NY 10023
(T) 212-262-2381

Patricia Ryan, President
Amsterdam Addition Tenant Association
545 Eigth Ave., Suite 401
New York, NY 10018
(T) 212-592-3208

Kathy Howe
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau
Peebles Island
P.O. Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188
(T) 518-237-8643 x 3266

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Summary of site plans and status

According to the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office, as of August 2007 the Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Addition complex are National Register Eligible. According to to the New York State Historic Preservation Office, if put on the State or National Register of Historic Places Amsterdam Houses and Addition would result in:

1. Registered properties and properties determined eligible for the Registers receive a measure of protection from the effects of federal and/or state agency sponsored, licensed or assisted projects through a notice, review, and consultation process.

2. Owners of depreciable, certified historic properties may take a 20 percent federal income tax credit for the costs of substantial rehabilitation as provided for under the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

3. Municipal and not-for-profit owners of listed historic properties may apply for matching state historic preservation grants.

The single block between 61 and 64 Streets consists of 13 apartment houses. Community Works is currently working with Council Member Brewer on a program to tell the untold stories of Amsterdam Houses, involving public school students. The project will culminate in a public art exhibition which will include contemporary photographic portraits by renowned documentary photographer Ruth Morgan; archival photographs; commentary by contributing writers; and poetry and prose by local youth. the exhibition will also feature a visual art component created by youth and elders of the community, and will open in 2008 and tour city-wide.

In July 2007, Council Member Gale A. Brewer addressed the Amsterdam Houses community at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, alongside other elected officials, at the 60th Annual Amsterdam Reunion Tribute Program and Brunch. Read the Press Release for more information about the event and the Amsterdam Houses and Amsterdam Addition complex.

The Resource Evaluation report of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, regarding the Amsterdam Houses property, between Amsterdam and West End Avenues, and between West 61-64 Streets, dated January 4, 2007, provides a Statement of Significance.

The following is an excerpt from this statement:

Amsterdam Houses represent the response by the state and local government to provide affordable housing for low-income families and returning World War II veterans. The complex was financed by a $7.7 million loan from the New York State Division of Housing though a subsidy agreement with the city. New York State was progressive at the time in that it was one of the few states with its own public housing construction programs. While the New York State Housing Law passed in 1926 encouraging the formation of local housing authorities, it had little impact locally until 1934 when NYCHA was established.

The racial and ethnic diversity of the original residents of Amsterdam Houses reflects the thinking of key planners, architects, housing reformers, and laws of post- World War II New York. NYCHA’s selection of original residents was a response to the state mandate that state-aided public housing projects bar discrimination based on race, color, creed, or religion, as well as to both state and federal laws that were passed giving returning veterans preference in public housing.

The plan and design of Amsterdam Houses reflect the progressive thinking of its prominent design team: architects Grosvenor Atterbury, Arthur C. Holden, and Harvey Wiley Corbett, and landscape architects gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano. Amsterdam Houses is notable for its open, classically-inspired plan with a central landscaped axis oriented toward the Hudson River and for the warmth and subtle articulation of its brickwork. The complex stands as one of the last publicly-funded housing developments of the post-World War II era to align with the city grid as opposed to the slightly later “tower in the park” schemes that relied on larger-scale super blocks.

The complex has undergone minor alterations including the slight widening of paths and the replacement of original windows. Despite these changes,the complex is remarkably intact to its 1948 completion date. Amsterdam Houses retain integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.

The following is quoted from a LANDMARK WEST! lecture invitation about the Amsterdam Houses in September 2006:

In 2005, LANDMARK WEST! added Amsterdam Houses to their landmark designation “wish list” as a noteworthy example of early, well-designed, racially and ethnically integrated public housing.

Built in 1947 and designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, Harvey Wiley Corbett, and Arthur C. Holden, the Amsterdam Houses on Amsterdam Avenue between 61 and 64 Streets is an example of the design that characterized New York City Public Housing projects constructed after World War II. Originally the home to many returning veterans, this complex is a reminder of the vision that guided public housing development in the first half of the twentieth century.

44 West 63 Street

Address: 44 West 63 Street

Block: 1115

Lot: 57

Landmark Status: No

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Summary of site plans and status

This property, erected in 1892 was recently renovated and turned into a hotel in the mid-1990s. This building was sold in 2004, and plans were announced in 2005 to convert the hotel into luxury condominiums. This conversion reflects a new trend in New York City, where attractive hotels are being converted into luxury apartments.

80 West End Avenue (Transit Workers Union)

Address: 80 West End Avenue
Block No: 1154
Lot No: 7501
Landmark status: No

Contact:

Roger Toussaint, President
Transit Workers Union, Local 100
80 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10023
(212) 873-6000

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Summary of site plans and status

The Transit Workers Union (Local 100) has sold their block-long West Side headquarters for $60 million. The buyer is R & R Associates, LLC. Under the deal, which closed on Thursday, June15, 2006, the union has a five-year lease to remain at their current headquarters until they locate a building in a midtown location.

Riverside South (Trump)

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

Contact

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

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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

44 West 63 Street (Empire Hotel)

Address: 44 West 63rd Street (40-50 West 63 Street, 1889-1895 Broadway, 69-75 Columbus Avenue)
Block No: 1115
Lot No: 57
Landmark status: No

Contact

Joseph Chetrit or William Yagoda
The Chetrit Group, LLC
404 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10018
(646) 230-9360

David Gilchrist, Executive Director
Project FIND
160 West 71st Street, 2F
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-0300

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Summary of site plans and status

This site was formerly the Empire Hotel, and housed permanent tenants. The hotel was closed in 2004 and has been converted into a hotel. All of the permanent tenants, who are seniors, have been relocated to a special section of the building (a 3,000 square foot, 10-unit wing was built for this purpose).

In addition to providing permanent homes for existing tenants in the building, the owner is building ten permanent rooms on top of the Woodstock Hotel on West 43rd Street, which is affordable housing managed by Project FIND. The Empire Hotel’s owner is also providing funding to Project FIND to maintain these rooms.

The Chetrit Group, LLC has signed a certificate of non-harassment and a finalization of plans with Project FIND.

The following is quoted from CityRealty.com. The information is out-of-date, but has some interesting historic facts.

This handsome, brown-brick building commands an extremely prime site in the Lincoln Center district at the south end of Dante Park, across Columbus Avenue from the performing arts center, and looking north up Broadway.

With a two-story limestone base, this attractive 13-story hotel building was attractively upgraded in the 1990s as a hotel with a renovated lobby and it was distinguished by the…unusual retail frontage of the Iridium jazz club at the corner of Columbus Avenue.

The property was erected in 1892 and had 375 hotel rooms. It was acquired in 1999, when it was known as the Radisson Empire Hotel, by Ian Schrager in a deal that also included the Barbizon Hotel on Lexington Avenue and 63 Street. Schrager, one of the city’s more active hotel developers, eventually sold the property to the Chetrit Group that announced plans in 2005 to convert the building to 125 condominium apartments.

In 2004, Trevor Davis became a partner with the Chetrit Group on this project and also on a luxury residential tower at 400 Fifth Avenue, which was somewhat similar to one he created with Aby Rosen and and Michael Fuchs of RFR Holdings at 425 Fifth Avenue.

This building is topped by a red “Empire Hotel” neon sign that can be “read” from both the north and the south and while some signs are rare it will presumably be removed for the residential conversion. The building has an exposed rooftop watertank.

The building has a large lobby, but no balconies, no garage, and no sidewalk landscaping.

The decision to convert this hotel property to condominium apartments reflected the very, very strong condo market that resulted in numerous other hotels being similarly converted at about the same time such as the former Stanhope Hotel on Fifth Avenue at 81 Street; the former Intercontinental hotels on Central Park South and on Lexington Avenue at 48 Street; as well as parts of the famous Plaza and St. Regis Hotels on Fifth Avenue.

As of August of 2007, the hotel is open for business, and the restaurant P.J. Clarke’s at Lincoln Square is located on the first floor.