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Revealed: 514 Eleventh Avenue


514 Eleventh Avenue – image from VisualHouse

New renderings by the consistently amazing team at Visualhouse depict the twin-towered development at 514 Eleventh Avenue, which is replacing the old Mercedes dealership. While the architect has not been revealed, Silverstein is developing the site.

Previous images had depicted the base of the towers; the latest look is significantly more comprehensive, and also includes a glimpse of what the view atop the towers will be like. The two buildings appear to be slightly taller than Silver Towers — which were also developed by Silverstein — and will also stand above MiMA, placing their height at approximately 800 feet.

View atop 514 Eleventh Avenue — image from VisualHouse

Silverstein used Costas Kondylis for both the Silver Towers and One River Place; while the architect of 514 Eleventh has not yet been announced, they would seem to be the logical candidate.

The rendered design is fairly typical for projects on the West Side — very large, and very glassy — and 514 Eleventh Avenue will eventually be surrounded by towers of a similar scale. The blocks surrounding West 42nd Street are finally seeing a major resurgence in activity, and the level of construction in the neighborhood is verging on ‘boom’ status.

Besides 514 Eleventh Avenue, Moinian’s 605 West 42nd Street has resumed construction; Extell also has a 52-story tower in the works at 547 Tenth Avenue. Related’s Hudson Yards is likely responsible for the surge in activity, as developers race to provide housing for the tens of thousands of office workers who will ultimately occupy the towers lining the nascent Hudson Boulevard.

514 Eleventh Avenue — image from VisualHouse

While the residential component at 514 Eleventh Avenue will be significant — likely totaling nearly 1,000 units — the retail base will also be a game-changer. A PDF via RKF reveals that the podium will have 180,000 leasable square feet, which will translate into a significant boon for pedestrians and neighborhood residents, revitalizing a street that has long been dominated by access roads for the Lincoln Tunnel.

No completion date has been announced.

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Revealed: 520 West 41st Street


520 West 41st Street, via the draft EIS

Preliminary renderings are up for Silverstein’s 520 West 41st Street via the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement, which affirm the building’s status as one of the largest in Manhattan, given it will stand 1,100 feet tall. More impressive is the actual floor-count of approximately 106, which will surpass all other skyscrapers on the island.

Massing diagram, via the draft EIS

The development’s scope is going to be a game-changer for the far West Side, and the massive injection of new retail space — totaling 300,000 square feet, if current plans are approved — would be a catalyst for walkability. The EIS notes that 520 West 41st Street will also include 175,000 square feet for corporate apartments, as well as 1.14 million square feet of residential space — split between 1,400 apartments — for a gross of 1.685 million square feet.

520 West 41st Street, via the draft EIS

While the height of 520 West 41st Street will be impressive, the most notable aspect of the tower is its sheer size, which also presents a turning point New York development has long needed: as ‘supertall’ technology continues to advance, buildings of 1,000′+ will no longer be restricted to the uber-rich. This means that mass-market towers that cater to all demographics are on the near-horizon, yielding new opportunities for satiating demand, and constructing supply where it is most needed.

Indeed, 520 West 41st Street will have more units than the combined total of every other residential supertall either proposed or under construction in New York City. Even the project’s affordable component — which will total approximately 280 apartments — will have more units than projects like 432 Park Avenue and 217 West 57th Street.

While all-super-luxe skyscrapers are not a bad thing, the scope of Silverstein’s tower proves that 1,000′+ buildings can help solve the affordability crisis.

With approximately 106 levels, the ‘floor-count’ at 520 West 41st Street will be unprecedented amongst residential towers in the United States. The development will also have the most apartments of any building in New York City. Alternate visions for the site presented attractive and forward-thinking possibilities, but the EIS scoping documents push the kind of density and verticality that Manhattan sorely needs.

520 West 41st Street, via the draft EIS

The site is just a short walk from 10th Avenue and 41st Street, which was supposed to hold a station for the 7-line extension, begging the question of that improvement’s ultimate completion. Funding was apparently lacking, and while the full build-out of the platform was cancelled, awarding nearby developers additional FAR in exchange for cash to complete the project should be considered; as-is, the far West Side is two long blocks removed from subway access.

Construction on 520 West 41st Street is tentatively slated for 2017, and completion is expected by 2020. The building will open its doors to a West Side that is significantly more attractive than today, and the view to the site’s south will be unrecognizable, as the entire first phase of Related’s Hudson Yards will be complete — in addition to projects like 3 Hudson Boulevard, and developments that have not yet been announced.

Buildings like Silverstein’s proposal at 520 West 41st Street are precisely what New York City needs, and by building taller, denser, and to 21st-Century standards, developers will ultimately be able to meet the needs of city residents.

Silverstein Will Roll Out Case for Hudson Yards Mega-High Rise

Attorneys for Silverstein Properties will present their case for turning a two-acre Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street into a 1,100-foot-tall residential and commercial tower in the proposal’s first public hearing at the Department of City Planning tomorrow morning.

The plan would turn “Projected Development Site 46” of the 2005 rezoning from a potential office tower to a mega-high rise with 1,400 residential units, 175 units of corporate housing, 300,000 square feet of retail space and a 10,000-square-foot covered public open space; and the Silverstein team will argue with Chairman Larry Silverstein‘s signature vehemence on Thursday that only residential development would unlock the potential of the site that’s adjacent to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and approaches to the Lincoln Tunnel.

“The applicant believes that the proposed zoning text changes to facilitate the residential development at the site are appropriate and necessary as the project site has unique qualities and characteristics that make it more suitable for residential development while at the same time unsuitable for large-scale office development,” reads a draft environmental study document that rolls out a litany of reasons for the shift to residential in advance of the proposed rezoning plan’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.


A 100-story tower would be so kick-ass. Let’s hope everything goes according to plan so we can watch this baby rise. :smiley:

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Silverstein Seeks Demo Permit for Hudson Yards Tower [Updated]


Larry Silverstein‘s Silverstein Properties is seeking a permit to demolish a Hudson Yards building, according to a Department of Buildings document. That would pave the way for the developer’s planned mixed-use tower, which would soar 1,100 feet into the sky.

Attorneys for Silverstein Properties presented their case for changing the zoning of the Hudson Yards site at 520 West 41st Street in the proposal’s first public hearing at the Department of City Planning at the end of last month, as Commercial Observer previously reported.


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Silverstein pays $100M for site of future 1K-foot tower

JANUARY 29, 2015 1:15 P.M.

Silverstein Properties has closed on its purchase of 514 11th Ave., a former Mercedes-Benz dealership on the far West Side, where the development firm is planning to build an ultra-tall residential tower.

According to sources familiar with the deal, the company, best known for its work building office skyscrapers at the World Trade Center site, is paying more than $100 million for the site.

Silverstein Properties first entered into a contract for the parcel with the luxury automaker back in 2011. Mercedes then relocated its dealership to the base of developer Two Trees’ new luxury rental building Mercedes House, between West 53rd and West 54th streets.

Silverstein Properties is currently in the process of a land-use review with the city to try to change the commercial zoning on 514 11th Ave. to allow for residential development.


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I am so relieved to see the revised design that no longer includes the hideous “bridge between two towers” concept that could have “wrecked” the world’s most distinguished skyline! Today, the plan has changed and is now the better plan with 2 individual towers who will truly distinguish themselves as the tallest of their kind in the World! Thank goodness for the changes!

Where did you saw that?

Ongoing demolition of the Mercedes-Benz dealership


SIlverstein Scraps Plans for 1,100-Foot-Tall Midtown West Tower

World Trade Center developer Silverstein Properties has dropped plans for a supertall residential tower near the burgeoning Hudson Yards development, the New York Daily News reports. The tower at 514 Eleventh Avenue (the site of a now demolished Mercedes-Benz dealership), would have been 1,100 feet tall and housed 1,400 units. Reportedly, the decision to drop the plan centered on an affordable housing requirement.

Silverstein, which bought the site for $100 million earlier this year, wanted to make most of the units in the 106-story-tower luxury housing. Allegedly, the city wanted more of them to be market rate, but a city source disputed that fact, so who knows for sure? The site was zoned for commercial use, so would have needed to be rezoned for a residential tower (though 300,000 square feet of commercial space was planned).

That sux, but hopefully another developer will purchase this site and we will see something even better.

This would be huge!!!

The MTA has begun preliminary design work for a subway station at 41st Street and 10th Avenue on the 7 line that was abandoned amid funding worries when the route was extended from Times Square to the Hudson Yards.

Construction of the 41st Street station has taken on new urgency as the Port Authority moves forward with plans for a new bus terminal to replace its decrepit bus station two blocks east, at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, and residents and commercial tenants fill the Hudson Yards redevelopment west of 10th Avenue.

Planning for the subway stop is described in bid documents viewed by Crain’s for a partially city-owned block on Tenth Avenue between 40th and 41st streets that includes the Covenant House youth shelter. The document says, “The MTA is in the process of preparing the conceptual design study of the 10th Avenue station for
the No. 7 train extension.”

The MTA’s study will tell bidders how much space they’ll need to leave, and where, for an eventual subway station. The stop was canceled six years ago over concerns it would add $500 million to the $2.4 billion 7-line extension. According to several people familiar with the plans, the cost of building the new subway station has now doubled to as much as $1 billion. The MTA has no plans to open the station at this point, said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. The study “looks at easement volumes so as not to preclude the construction of a new station in the future,” he wrote in an email.

“I don’t see how you can possibly do the [bus] terminal without the [subway] station,” said Tom Wright, the president of the Regional Plan Association. “Everyone has come to that same conclusion. It’s something we’re pushing for and that there’s going to be huge consensus for.”

The bus terminal could include underground pedestrian corridors equipped with moving sidewalks to reach Times Square subways. Integrating the new 7 line station with a future bus terminal would offer a more direct link to the subway.


Great news!!!

Too prominent a site for nothing to be happening.


Something will eventually happen, but I really liked Silverstein’s proposal and hopefully something as big or even bigger gets built there.

Given Larry’s inability to lease space, together with the millions of unleased square feet of new space rising, I don’t see the 1m sf office tower ever coming to fruition.

I’d be pleased with two residential towers with a lot of retail between them. Having Cetra Ruddy on board sounds promising too!


it seems nonsensical. I doubt any two-towered plan will move forward with such a format. Larry wouldn’t live to see the office tower built. I hope if Silverstein wants to do 2 towers, they’ll resurrect the vision with the skybridge. I’d gladly lose a supertall for such a potential icon. If it’s done in phases it’s unlikely though.


I think two residential towers would work. He was thinking, per the article, 600k sq ft of residential and 1 mil sqft of office but why would he do that when he was WTC2 to lease. Its going to be cheaper to lease here most likely.

He should just build to what the market wants. Granted he can fill 1 mil sq ft of office and jump start it with a fraction of the total lease space, but he should stick to just purely residential IMO. Even if he does the commercial later on as the market picks up, either he’s confident about WTC2 or there’s more to it on this decision. Could be good or bad…

Kinda seems like he’s giving up on WTC2. Office on the West Side would compete with his downtown parcel.

In the end though, as long as something rises here. I’d rather settle for something stellar architecturally.

I agree on all counts, VG