A massive and futuristic apartment complex with 1,189 units is coming to West 57th Street
Check out a rendering of the project, which is already garnering opposition from neighborhood residents
Mon Apr 14 2014
Rendering courtesy the Marino Organization
A few weeks ago we showed you renderings for what looks to be a large-scale Tetris game, but is actually an eight-story apartment building to be constructed in East Harlem. Well, it seems the trend has been set—an even bigger building is about to pop up at 606 West 57th Street, and it also resembles the old-school video game. Located between Eleventh Avenue and the West Side Highway, its address is not to be confused with "Billionaires' Row," the area several blocks down on 57th Street that will soon be home to a bunch of skinny towers reserved for Manhattan’s wealthiest.
This high-rise, a project by developer TF Cornerstone, looks like something from the future: There are two 28-story towers connected by a glass bridge, another 17-story tower to the west and a giant, 14-story cube on top, all adding up to an astounding 999,636 square feet.
Though the glassy maze looks totally luxurious and over-the-top, the proposal for the building includes affordable housing—220 units, that is, out of 1,189 in total. Those apartments will be "permanently affordable" and will range from studios to one-, two- and three-bedrooms. The first two floors will contain retail shops and public parking.
Nearby residents are understandably worried about the strain a massive influx of people will put on the area's schools, hospitals and public transit. They've come together as Citizens for Responsible Organized West Side Development with Environmental Deference—that's CROWDED for short—to oppose the development…even though Community Board 4, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and the City Planning Commission have already approved TF Cornerstone’s application.
The plans will be presented to the City Council on April 23. Until then, can we just take another look at these crazy-cool blueprints?
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