We all know how a wave of hot new skyscrapers—most soaring over 1,000 feet—is altering the look of New York City, from Brooklyn to the far West Side. The latest part of town slated for such behemoths is the juncture between the Lower East Side and Chinatown, both historically low-rise neighborhoods made up primarily of tenements and small shops.
The first building, the 850-foot One Manhattan Square located on South Street, is already underway, but as many as four new buildings may soon join it, including one measuring 900–1,000 feet in height. Real estate blog 6sqft has renderings of what the nabe will look like in the near future, when these buildings, which will add thousands of new apartment and condos, take over the Lower East Side skyline. In the meantime, community leaders are rushing to obtain landmark status for an area whose character is being threatened by the city’s real estate gold rush.