Progress Report: The New Builds, Part 2

Time for more of that new-build action. (Part 1 is here.)

The south side of Vestry, between Hudson and Greenwich. What we know about it: Designed by Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics, the nine-floor 33 Vestry has 30,000 square feet of residential space divided among seven apartments (two triplexes, four full-floor apartments, one duplex penthouse). All apartments have outdoor space. The building recently made the news when Lady Gaga stopped by on her apartment quest, no doubt drawn by the private parking via car elevator. “We are looking at March as a projected TCO [temporary certificate of occupancy] time frame,” says Wendy Maitland at Brown Harris Stevens, and there’s a sales office on the fifth floor of 401 Greenwich (212-343-1015). Renderings courtesy 33 Vestry (ignore the yellow dots):


Location: The north side of Laight, between Hudson and Greenwich (and directly south of 33 Vestry). What we know about it: “Developer Kengo Watanabe is the man with the money* and his cohort is architect German Longoria of Suellen Defrancis Architecture,” wrote Curbed last year. “When it’s complete there will be five full-floor condos and two duplex penthouses up top.” (*In July, the Architect’s Newspaper said Laurel Capital was the dveleoper; for all I know, they’re the same entity.) Before, garages were there. Rendering courtesy Downtown Express:


Liberty Luxe as seen from North End

Liberty Green as seen from North End

In Battery Park City, between Warren and Murray and directly west of the ballfields. What we know about them: Milstein Properties has developed the last two building sites (knock on wood) in Battery Park City with a pair of LEED Gold buildings, Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green. Liberty Luxe (200 North End) is 33 stories; Liberty Green (300 North End) is 23 stories. There will be 471 units total, and no one seems to know how many will be in each building (by the way, the Downtowny blog thinks at least one might go rental). Architects Costas Kondylis & Partners and Goldstein Hill & West have configured apartments from studios to four-bedrooms. Both buildings has roof terraces. The sales office is at 4 World Financial Center (212-945-4200). As you can see from the above photos, progress is being made quickly, but we’re still waiting on an estimated completion date from the PR rep. At the base of the buildings will be the 52,000-square-foot Asphalt Green Battery Park City Community Center. Renderings courtesy Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green:

Liberty Luxe is the one on the left

Liberty Green's lobby

Liberty Luxe's lobby

Liberty Luxe's rooftop pool


The block bordered by W. Broadway, Park Place, Barclay, and Greenwich. What we know about it: The old 15-story Fiterman Hall, part of Borough of Manhattan Community College, was damaged by debris falling from 7 World Trade on 9/11 (and it had just undergone a $62 million renovation). Decontamination and demolition took a long time, but the new $325 million Fiterman Hall is well underway. The 14-story building will have 96 classrooms, offices, a ground floor gallery, and a small conference center. It’s projected to open in fall of 2012. Renderings courtesy BMCC:


Between Spruce and Beekman, northwest of New York Downtown Hospital. What we know about it: Better known as Beekman Tower (developer Forest City Ratner prefers 8 Spruce Street), Frank Gehry’s crinkled skyscraper has topped out at 76 stories—the tallest residential building in New York City. Last month, rental details were released: Of the 900 apartments, there are 600 different layouts, thanks to the rippling façade (the south side, by the way, is flat, which Gehry insists was how he always wanted it even though everyone think it was to cut costs). While the top floors were supposed to be condos, they were reconfigured as rentals. Leasing will start in the first quarter of 2011. According to Forest City Ratner’s website, “It will include market-rate rental apartments, a pre-K through 8th grade public school [Spruce Street School, currently in the Tweed Courthouse], an ambulatory care facility for New York Downtown Hospital, ground-floor retail space and one level of below-grade hospital parking. Two public plazas will border the site.”


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  1. 33 Vestry is a disaster. Every project Winka Dubbeldam works on is a fiasco. Stop work orders. Failed inspections. Uninhabitable. No wonder she is no licensed in the US. Stay away!