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New Renderings: Manhattan West


Manhattan West – image via Brookfield

Brookfield has posted a slew of new renderings to the Manhattan West website, and the images reveal additional details about the development’s ground-level components. The site’s architect is SOM.

The residential skyscraper will stand 60 stories, and will apparently have 800 units; that number is significant, and in terms of scope, the structure will approach the city’s largest apartment buildings on 42nd Street. The glimpse into the base reveals the lobby’s soaring ceilings, which are atypically enormous; the tower’s full design was unveiled in January.

Manhattan West — the residential tower’s base, via Brookfield

A plaza will be located adjacent to the residential tower, and while mid-block open spaces are traditionally hallmarks of anti-urban design, the overall density of Manhattan West should ensure that the space is well-used; indeed, creating open pedestrian areas along the development’s ground-level will be key to activating the neighborhood, and ample retail will further enhance the site’s appeal.

Manhattan West — image via Brookfield

Additional renderings depict the base of the office towers, as well as the rooftop of the site’s hotel component, which had previously gone unseen. While the actual hotel is still invisible, the glimpse of the outdoor space is promising, even though it looks to be a mid-rise building.

Manhattan West — the hotel rooftop, image via Brookfield

While the site’s new buildings will be the most important aspect of the development, the transformation of 450 West 33rd Street will also be significant, as the building occupies a crucial intersection between Manhattan West and Related’s Hudson Yards. Demolishing the structure — or turning it into the base of a mega-tower — would probably be better options, but the planned re-clad will give the structure some element of pedestrian-friendliness, as the street-level will open up to retail.

The renovated 450 West 33rd Street, image via Brookfield

Construction on the decking that will cover the open pit currently on-site is underway, though no completion date for the overall plan has been announced.

Excavation for Railyard Project Reveals a Hidden Piece of New York City

JULY 2, 2014

From a builder’s point of view, schist and pegmatite are a blessing as well as a curse. The presence of so much rock permits Brookfield to proceed with its unusual plan for Manhattan West, a $5 billion project that is to be finished in 2019.

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PHOTOS: Developer Builds Land Over Train Tracks on Manhattan’s West Side

By Mathew Katz on July 22, 2014 2:33pm

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz

Photo credit: DNAinfo/Mathew Katz

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July 29 2014
Manhattan West

They’re getting there

9th Span placed – over half way!

August 8 2014
Manhattan West

Nice! I’d like to see 50 HY and Tishman rise first so that the corridor along Hudson Blvd is built.


Yup and along with Girasol!

I agree, VG. 20 character min

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Developer scores major tenant for $4.5 billion mega-project on far west side of Manhattan

Law firm Skadden has inked a letter of intent to move to Brookfield Properties’ Manhattan West

Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:58 PM

Brookfield Properties, a development company building a $4.5 billion office and residential mega-project on five acres between Ninth and Tenth avenues in the West 30s, has secured a major tenant for the project, sources told the Daily News.

Law giant Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, has committed to relocating its global headquarters to the project, known as Manhattan West, once its lease expires at 4 Times Sq. in 2020. Sources say the firm has stated its intention to lease more than 500,000 square feet, making the deal one of the biggest of the year so far.

The deal is a major coup for Brookfield, which has been competing with a string of other developers for large-scale tenants such as Skadden. Big tenants are also being wooed for the World Trade Center, for instance, and for the nearby Hudson Yards megaproject, a $20 billion residential and commercial development comprising 16 skyscrapers at the site of the West Side rail yard.

Developer the Moinian Group also needs to sign an anchor tenant for a tower its planning at 3 Hudson Blvd., at 34th Street and Eleventh Ave., before it can go ahead with construction.

Sources said it was oddly early for Skadden to commit to a new building, since its lease does not expire for another six years, but it’s possible that Brookfield might buy Skadden out of its remaining lease in Times Sq. once it’s ready for the firm to move in.

Rents at Manhattan West range from about $75 to $80 per square foot, brokers said.

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I doubt this is happening, as Lois Weiss’ tweet indicated. There is no reason a tenant would choose MW over HY or the WTC at this point, and it seems unlikely that anything would get off the ground until the 2020s.

On a related note, the design is already mostly finalized, and the large boxy towers are apparently not placeholders, and will be built. Oh well… but with all the huge towers about to rise to the west, the filler will still be positive.

…And the fact that 1,000’ towers will be relative ‘filler’ speaks to the imminent scale of the Far West Side. :slight_smile:


New Look: Brookfield’s Manhattan West


Manhattan West, image from Brookfield

A new video has surfaced for Brookfield’s Manhattan West, which illustrates apparent changes to several portions of the site. Last week, conflicting stories emerged regarding Skadden’s potential move to the complex, and while it would appear a deal is not in the works, other companies may soon fill the void, allowing construction to begin on the office towers.

[…(See 3 Manhattan West)]

Manhattan West, image from Brookfield

Visual changes aside, the prospect of connecting Manhattan West to the High Line is also mentioned, and extending the park would better integrate Brookfield’s project into the Far West Side. While this may complicate any potential ‘bowl’ element, which would have otherwise capped the High Line at the intersection of 30th Street and 10th Avenue, the benefits will still be enormous.

Pedestrians would be able to walk to Manhattan West without needing to wait for stoplights, and besides easier access to Hudson Yards, the extension would further activate 433 West 33rd Street, aka 5 Manhattan West, as the park would pass inside the structure’s former envelope. That part of the site has also been in the news recently, as tech companies — including Google — have apparently expressed interest in the space, which is undergoing a complete transformation.

Manhattan West, image from Brookfield

The office towers themselves are mostly overlooked in the latest video, but their appearance remains consistent with previous depictions, and the buildings will be characterized by simple massing. Heights have not been revealed, but the structures should approach or slightly surpass the 1,000′ mark, further adding to the emerging skyline of the Far West Side.

Manhattan West

Construction of the site’s platform has continued at a rapid pace, and when that’s completed later this year, work can proceed on the residential component; progress on the office towers will begin once anchor tenants are secured.

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These towers look so cold and uninviting.

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Permits Filed: 1 Manhattan West Will Stand 995 Feet Tall


Manhattan West, image from Brookfield

While specifics surrounding the platform covering the former pit under Brookfield’s Manhattan West are exquisitely explained in various informational videos, details regarding the actual office towers have been harder to come by. Now, per a new building permit filed at the DOB, YIMBY can bring the latest word on 401 Ninth Avenue, which — at just a hair over 300 meters — will officially rank as a supertall.

The 69-story building will stand 995 feet to its pinnacle, with interiors spanning 1,644,660 square feet. While the total size is not surprising, the floor-count is roughly the same as the shorter residential tower that will rise around the corner. The height discrepancy comes from the larger ceilings for the office tower, which will house Class-A space.

SOM is designing all of the site’s buildings, and Brookfield has chosen a restrained aesthetic for its mega-development, apparently ignoring the more daring designs coming to Related’s Hudson Yards, which will feature several architects working in sync. While the streamlined appearance of Manhattan West will not be bad, the site’s basic massing will keep its profile on the skyline relatively low.

At 995 feet, 1 Manhattan West will still rank as one of the tallest buildings in New York City, standing just ten feet shy of One57, or roughly two dozen feet above 150 Greenwich Street. If it weren’t for the multiple projects of over 1,000 feet rising just to the west, Brookfield’s site would become the visual anchor for the Far West Side, but instead, its towers will be reduced to relative filler.

While construction on Manhattan West’s residential tower is imminent, anchor tenants must be secured before the office components can rise, and so far, none have been confirmed.

A soaring new skyscraper is poised to rise on Manhattan’s West Side, as legal giant Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has signed a letter of intent with Brookfield Property Partners to move to the planned 1 Manhattan West tower, according to a Skadden spokeswoman.

Brookfield has been planning a tower at the site for years, going back all the way to the 1980s when its predecessor company, Olympia & York, bought the site on Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street, west of Pennsylvania Station. Last year, it began construction on a deck over below-ground rail tracks—a foundation, of sorts—and began seeking tenants.

With the deal, Skadden would become the latest corporate giant to leave central Midtown for the far West Side, an emerging area that was long filled with warehouses and parking lots. The area was rezoned in 2005 to allow for a host of tall towers, but for years the neighborhood drew skepticism about whether it was too remote to attract employers.

It’s unclear exactly how much space Skadden is taking in the tower, but the company currently occupies about 800,000 square feet at 4 Times Square, where its lease runs until 2020, according to loan documents. The company made an internal announcement about the letter of intent earlier this week, which was reported by the blog Above the Law.

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PHOTOS: Developer Ready to Build Towers on New Land Over Train Tracks

By Lisha Arino on November 18, 2014 2:50pm

HUDSON YARDS — A developer has created new real estate to build on, using thousands of tons of concrete.

Brookfield Properties recently completed a 2.6-acre, 120,000-square-foot platform over railroad tracks leading into Penn Station. The new platform will serve as the foundation for the $4.5 billion Manhattan West project on West 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue.

“We celebrate today the creation of land in Manhattan — new land, which doesn’t happen very often and which will serve as the support and platform for new buildings to go up in the upcoming years,” said Brookfield CEO Dennis Friedrich during a press conference Tuesday.

…Using a $7 million horizontal crane Brookfield called “The Launcher,” workers placed the platform’s 16 bridge spans above the tracks, Brookfield said. Each span measured 240 feet in length and weighed about 400 tons, the equivalent of six subway cars.

“It was flawless. Everything was thought through,” said Al Fazio, an Amtrak deputy chief engineer, who praised the crews who worked on the project.

…The developer plans to begin building the residential tower early next year, and it is scheduled to open in 2017. The first office tower is expected to finish in 2018. No commercial tenants have been confirmed yet, according to a spokesman.

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Developer to pay ‘living wage’ for project near Penn Station

By Matthew Chayes on April 17, 2015

A $2.2 billion, 2.1-million-square-foot tower rising near Penn Station will be the first to fall under a mayoral order setting worker pay at more than 50 percent above the current minimum wage at city-subsidized projects, the de Blasio administration said Friday.

Brookfield Properties’ One Manhattan West building and its commercial tenants, which are expected to generate 4,500 construction jobs and more than 6,000 permanent ones, must pay a so-called living wage, now $13.30 an hour for jobs without benefits and $11.90 for those with them.

The wage floors are tied to the consumer price index and could surpass $15 by 2019. New York State’s minimum wage now is $8.75.

The vast majority of construction jobs are unionized and already pay well above $13.30, but the order is expected to make a difference for at least several hundred of the jobs, according to the mayor’s office.

The city is subsidizing the project with $257 million in tax breaks. It’s expected to open by 2020 and be anchored by the giant law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

The wage applies to construction workers erecting the building and tenants who rent space and hire such employees as fast-food workers, janitors and valet parking attendants.

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