200 Riverside Boulevard

200 Riverside Boulevard in Lincoln Square has been developed. It takes up the entire 182 foot block front of Freedom Place.


Block: 1171

Landmark Status: None

Realty Service: Massey Knakal
Architect: Costas Kondylis & Partners

Important Information:

  • There have been 38 alleged violations, of which 16 were found to be in violation. Complaints were minor, mainly about things left in the street.
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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.

West 69 Street Transfer Bridge Ferry Landing (Hudson River)

Location: In the Hudson River, the tall structure at West 69 Street and adjacent to Riverside Park is the Transfer Bridge Ferry Landing.
Current Status:

Contact:

Paul Elston, President
Riverside South Planning Corp.
99 Park Avenue Suite 2200
New York, NY 10016

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Summary of site plans and status

The following quotes are from a January 12, 2005 memo from Mike Bradley of the Riverside South Planning Corporation regarding the West 69 Street Transfer Bridge Ferry Landing:

“The design contract cost of $250,000 was funded by the Riverside South developer, Hudson Waterfront Associates. There is currently $1.5 million in construction funding available to the Parks Department, $1 million from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program and $500,000 from the State Environmental Protection Fund. Other than $20,000 from the Port Authority for dredging studies, no local agency responsible for ferry service has committed any funding to date, nor has Parks.

… the project is perhaps $1.5 million short, although a smaller amount would allow the structure to be used as a ferry or water taxi landing without fully restoring the historic (National Register) pier. the cost might be still less if funding is allocated by Jerry Nadler in the federal highway reauthorization bill to be taken up soon in Congress (there was $4.6 million for various water taxi landing infrastructure, including at W. 69 Street, in the 2004 bill which was not passed into law). There is no current provision for architectural lighting (such as the Port Authority has recently installed at the Holland tunnel Vent Shaft and at the George Washington Bridge), which we estimate at $100,000 and would love to be able to include in the final scope of work.

The barge…in the plans is a typical railroad barge such as the one at West 23 Street, which has the advantage of requiring less dredging than a typical water taxi-type float; the permitting issues involved are more difficult, however, and it may be that Parks will end up proposing a small landing float.

New York Water Taxi and Parks have submitted a permit application to the Army Corps and DEC to install a water taxi landing at the end of Pier 1, 700′ from the short with no shelter. When the transfer bridge is ready for use as a water taxi/ferry landing, NY Water Taxi will move its float from Pier I to 69 Street. NY Waterway has also said that it would stop at 69 Street to and from a Yonkers-midtown commuter route.”

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.

211-217 Columbus Avenue

Address: 211-217 Columbus Ave. (at West 69 Street) Formerly Banana Republic
Block No: 1122
Lot No: 63
Landmark status: Yes

Contact

Owner: Vornado Realty Trust
888 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 894-7000

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Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 1/23/2008
The retail space is now occupied by Club Monaco and a small cosmetic shop. There are currently no known plans for alteration of the building.

This one-story building was bought in fall 2005 by Vornado Realty Trust for $24.2 million. The property is zoned for residential and retail use, and Vornado plans to “redevelop it into a mixed-use building,” according to Lansco Corporation, the firm representative of the seller.

The ground floor of 5,600 square feet, was home to Banana Republic, which moved to 1960 Broadway at West 67 Street in summer 2006.

Vornado’s plans are presently unknown; the building is a historic landmark, so any building changes must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.