NEW YORK | 110 University Place | 308 FT | 23 FLOORS

University Place and Broadway in the crosshairs

Imagine a young developer from a big New York real estate family wants to make a name for himself. He decides to do so by developing a luxury high-rise tower in the heart of Greenwich Village that will be one of the tallest, if not the tallest, structures ever erected in the historically low-rise neighborhood.

Now imagine that there were no landmark protections to prevent him from building this tower, and that the zoning actually encouraged this kind of development: There were no height limits, which made it easy to build a tall, narrow tower on a large plot of land, requiring no public approvals or review whatsoever.

Unfortunately, this awful scenario is no fantasy; this is exactly what is set to happen at 110 University Place at 12th St., where the Bowlmor Lanes has stood for decades. Billy Macklowe, scion of Harry Macklowe, is demolishing the existing structure and plans to erect a 23-story, 308-foot-tall residential tower in its place — about the height of the concrete-sheathed 30-story N.Y.U. Silver Towers.

Unlike most of Greenwich Village, this site has no landmark protections — much like almost all of University Place and the blocks extending east to Broadway, and west to Fifth Ave. along 12th St. and to the north. And the current zoning, which dates from 1961, encourages tall towers on large development sites, and grants zoning bonuses for including things like plazas and university facilities.



I’m so glad this eyesore is gone! It marred this beautiful area.

April 28th

From down the street.

Nice little buildings across the street

I walked over to Fifth

I then walked up Fifth


Quite frankly I’m amazed at the lack of comments on the subject, considering the initial outcry when the project was proposed. Materials aside and the height allowed, I feel the design structure which appears to incorporate significant setbacks on all 4 sides provides for more open sky and introduces a sense of space as opposed to bulk and honors the concept of infill as opposed to invasion. They could have easily gone the way of 35 West 15th which brings 6 stories right against the sidewalk line and then you would feel the enormity of the space it occupies.

Hi! You found a duplicate thread on this. Cheers!

Here’s the other thread: