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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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.

200 West End Avenue

Address: 200 West End Avenue (196-214 West End Ave., 286-288 West 70 St.)

Block No: 1158
Lot No: 65

Landmark status: No


Guy Morton
The Clarett Group
(212) 399-2400

Great Ink Communications
Press Office
(212) 741-2977


Summary of site plans and status

Originally, American Continental Properties wanted to build a 70-story condo at this site, but they sold the property before construction. Before the sale, they bought air conditioning for all the classrooms at PS 199 and the Center School, and they provided some funding for school programs. The School Construction Authority completed the electrical work for the air conditioners over the summer of 2005, and the schools now have A/C. The original plan was a structure of light blue glass with floors decreasing in size as the tower got taller until there were two apartments on the top floor. The first story was to be retail and amenity stores such as a supermarket.

American Continental Properties’ plans were disapproved by the NYC Department of Buildings (8/17/05), and as of November 7, 2005, the site was for sale.

On May 19, 2006, The Clarrett Group announced its acquisition of 200 West End Avenue. Also announced was the capital partnership of its affiliate, Clarrett Capital with ING Clarion to finance the development of 200 West End Avenue. Clarett Capital is developing a 27-story, 191 unit luxury condominium property with 27,000 sq. ft. of retail space and a 76-car as-of-right parking garage. The curb cut has already been permitted and they have a permit for the playstreet. There will not be any affordable housing in the building.

Construction on this project began on May 22, 2006 and Bovis is the contractor.

Guy Morton, the Vice President of the Clarett Group, sent a letter to area elected officials and representatives of PS 199 on November 30, 2006 assuring that site construction would not be burdensome to students or staff at the school. Extra efforts to limit disruption included: halting construction during certain weekdays for student testing, investing in overtime work during the summer, revising construction methods, meeting with the PTA to inform parents of the construction process, erecting a sound wall on the east side of the site, supporting the school with financial resources, and monitoring seismic vibrations.

As of January 2008, a 29-story condominium is mostly completed, in a block that formerly held a grocery store, an Italian restaurant, and other local buisnesses. There will be 13,000 square feet of retail space in the building, says Stu Morden, the manager of Newmark Knight Frank Retail.

6-10 West 70 Street (Congregation Shearith Israel)

Address: 6-10 West 70 Street
Block No: 1122
Lot No: 40
Landmark status: Yes


Shelly Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Gotbaum, LLP
568 Broadway, Suite 505
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-4545


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 4/15/08
At this afternoon’s public hearing, the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) gave Congregation Shearith Israel another opportunity to get its act together. It’s been over a year since Shearith Israel filed its
original application for 7 zoning waivers to construct 5 floors of luxury condos on top of a new community house on the midblock of West 70th Street. Now a fourth public hearing has been scheduled for June 24, 2008.
UPDATE: 12/4/2007
Community Board 7/Manhattan disapproved the proposal by Congregation Shearith Israel for variances, including; Building height and base height, front set back, rear set back, and rear yard incursion in R8B and R10A and lot coverage.
UPDATE: 11/27/2007
The Board of Standards and Appeals will continue the public hearings again on 2/12/2008 at 10 AM at 40 Rector Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY.
UPDATE: 10/30/2007
Attorneys for Landmark West submitted a letter to attorneys of Congregation of Shearith Israel (CSI) stating that CSI applied for a variance with the Board of Standards and Appeals and are requesting a response to objections and a request for documents.
The Congregation wants to demolish the existing 4-story community house and construct a new 4-story community center and condominium units on top of the building, totaling 10-stories that will include two penthouse stories. The plans need the approval of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission because the site is within an historic district. On March 14, 2006, the Landmark Preservation Commission approved the application to demolish the existing community house and construct the new building.

The initial application was denied by DOB because the DOB felt that there was no preservation purpose in the project, thus not justifying special waivers for the zoning ordinances that the new building would violate.

Hearings at the Board of Standards and Appeals for the required variances (to allow zoning floor are to transfer from R10A to R8B) are on-going.

The following is quoted from the September 21, 2005 Land Use Committee meeting of CB7 Manhattan:

Parks & Preservation Committee, Lenore Norman, Chairperson,
Joint with
Land Use Committee, Richard Asche, Chairperson
8 West 70th Street, Congregation Shearith Israel, (Central Park West-Columbus Avenue.) Application to the Landmarks Preservation Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness for construction of an 8-story building with 2 additional penthouse floors, with 4 floors above grade for school/community house purposes and four full floors plus two penthouses for residential uses.

Introduction: Shelly Friedman of Friedman & Gotbaum, LLP

Application filed with the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) for a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A) for a commercial and mixed used building. This is a new application, having had a substantial amount of discussion with the LPC. Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) is eager to begin the public process and dialogue with the community.

The major changes in the application that was presented previously include:

· Significantly reduced in size in bulk and height.

· Last time 15 stories and 3 penthouse and set back.

· Now the building 10 stories – 8 floors at the street wall with 3 levels of setback penthouses.

· In height, the building is between R10A and R8B:

R10A limit is 185 feet; this proposal is lower at 124 feet.

R8B limit is 75 feet; this proposal is higher at 124 feet.

· Need to transfer floor area from R10A to R8B (i.e. across a zoning boundary, as well as from the landmark to another parcel).

· Previously a 74-7-11; no longer the case.
Right now the application before the LPC is for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Later the project will be submitted to the Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA) for transfer of bulk; variances to increase street wall, height and setback; rear-yard requirements; lot coverage. These zoning and land use issues will come before the Community Board in later months. The new scheme is now 10 stories (8 street wall + 2-story penthouse set back from the street).

Sam White of Platt Byard Dovell White LLP

The architectural presentation began with a general “tour” of the building

· To codify the different spaces, green represents spaces to be used solely for the synagogue and the blue represents the spaces allocated for the residence. A comparison with previous scheme showed the changes in the massing on the site.

· Ground floor is built over the full lot of 60 x 100 feet. It is planned to assist rational use and access to the landmark portion of the site.

· Floors 2,3,4 are allocated for synagogue operation and uses that include: classrooms, school lobby and toilets. There is an opportunity for a day school tenant during the week when space is not used by Congregation Shearith Israel (CSI) itself.

· Floors 5-8 are for residential apartments. Synagogue staff may occupy one floor.

· Penthouse floors are 4,500 sq ft and include a single and a duplex apartment.

· The upper penthouse is at a height of 116 feet.

· The bulkhead at the roof and mechanical equipment are at a height of 124 feet.

· There is a smaller elevator bulkhead. HVAC condensers and fans use dry coolers; therefore HVAC bulkhead reduced.

· Basement level is slightly deeper in the new proposal.

· The basic allocation of space (in percentages) is as follows:

– 42% Residential

– 58% Synagogue use

– 11 Synagogue administrative offices

– 11.8 Archives storage

– 9.9 Archives administration

– 13.1 Educational

– 12.2 Sanctuary needs.

There followed a description of the street context of West 70th Street:

· A drawing of the building on West 70th Street shows the alignment of the new building with the adjacent apartment house to the West.

· The principal entrance to the synagogue will be via a split-level lobby in the new building on West 70th Street, where there is already an existing entrance into the landmark that is not ADA compliant.

· The Central Park West (CPW) façade, in true elevation, shows the new building can be seen from above the 5th floor. There was a comment that only the upper portion of the new building can be seen from the street level of CPW, owing to the size and shape of the existing roof.

· Regarding the placement of the new building, Mr. White explained that there is also “shift” in scale between the existing building and the new building. This is what inspired the façade treatment.

· The synagogue is of limestone, there is a slight set back moving westward to the new building and a vertical transition of material in layers to terracotta to the adjacent apartment house, which is faced with limestone and brick.

Ray Dovell, of Platt Byard Dovell & White presented the presented the detail of the new façade:

· Described entrances locations – the synagogue, service and residential entrances on West 70th Street.

· Explained the context of townhouses and the lower apartment house with classical composition at CPW, which requires a “different response”.

· PBDW felt that the new design should speak to physical context and the proposed uses. Therefore, the material and scale should also address the landmark.

· Previous scheme had a 10-foot set back; this has changed. This issue is felt to be the resolution of the two scales. The façade moves left to right from small scale to larger scale of the classical building.

· Materials are Indiana limestone but with different jointing.

· Detail of entry – grillage at the base is an oiled bronze with a shallow canopy also of bronze making a direct connection to the screening of the adjacent synagogue door.

· The residence will also have a bronze entrance door.

· A terracotta masonry screen, level with the adjacent building face, provides both layering and transition between the classical and the apartment buildings.

· An approximately 2-foot set back from the terracotta is the location of the glass and limestone façade.

Mr. Dovell explained the LPC was interested in continuing a limestone band at the top of the building and was also promoting limestone to ‘separate” the two uses. Regarding other materials and colors:

· Penthouses have painted aluminum panels in a light grey with glass.

· HVAC and bulkhead above are also screened with aluminum panels and railings.

· Painted metal and glass will also be light grey in color.

· A metal pergola exists at the south elevation will have limestone returning around the corner with brick along the south side in buff brick with “punched” windows.

· Materials – terracotta used as a rain screen made of 8″ x 24″ sized units that are clipped onto the façade Indiana buff limestone.

· The windows will have grey metal aluminum for panels and window frames.
Mr. Dovell showed an animated diagram to illustrate how the various layers and components of the West 70th Street façade fit together. In terms of the views of the building from the street, Mr. Dovell explained that the view from CPW straight on view will never actually be seen. Only the corners at the north and south will be seen. The Indiana limestone will follow the “architecture of the synagogue”.

Shelly Friedman briefly explained the complex zoning and the necessity for a two-part approval process with the LPC approval process preceding the zoning.

Mr. Friedman explained that tonight was about the view of the CPW façade – the issue is one of appropriateness; that there may be a difference of opinion about the application and that this building was an “Avenue Site” [CPW] and should respond to an “Avenue [type] Building” on CPW; that the other view is that this is a “Mid-block Site” and that it should not be so high. He reported that the staff of the LPC is evenly divided on this issue – and that it is neither avenue nor midblock, but rather a “Transition Site” and both view points need to be considered. The LPC thinking is that the height of 18 West 70th Street is a benchmark of the height for this transition. The issue for the design team was to be responsive to this and reflect the transition height identified by the LPC.
With regard to the zoning:

· The site is a split lot site – R10A and R8B. Transfer of bulk across a zoning district and boundary is “as of right” in this case.

· The community building will be torn down, and

· A zoning bulk diagram was shown that described what is allowable, but not be built, because of the landmark.

· This application does not exceed certain maximums due to averaging under provisions of the zoning resolution.
With regard to variances, Mr. Friedman offered the following:

· As to the street wall regulations in R8B, this is 75 feet and will require a variance to permit 124 feet as designed and proposed. R10 allows 185 feet so the project is nowhere near the maximum height.

· The project will require a height and set back waivers.

· Community main floor use typically a 30-ft rear yard, they will request a rear yard waiver solely on the institutional needs for 2nd ,3rd and 4th floors for 20-ft rear yard.

The process will be to go to Board of Standards & Appeals for approvals if the LPC grants the C of A.

Regarding uses, Mr. Friedman stated there are two schools:

· Jewish Day School rents the space during school hours on the weekdays.

· CSI’s Hebrew School operates after regular school hours and on weekends. The space to be built is to serve the educational in institutional use of CSI’s own school, and only coincidentally of the tenant school.

As of August 2007, the Board of Standards and Appeals has not set a date for a hearing regarding Congregation Shearith Israel.

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


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


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.