How the New York City skyline will change in 2022

Photo: ArX Solutions, The Durst Organization / Giles Ashford, JDS Development Group / Crown, Diamond Schmitt Architects, OMA

Even as this stop-and-start year progressed – vaccines and reopens and a return to something that felt a bit like normal life, followed by variants, supply chain problems and a wave of cancellations – property plans collapsed. Developers and builders continued to push skyline, neighborhood and urban change projects forward. Some of the buildings listed below are being built, others are opening their doors, and all are somehow debuting in 2022. At least some of the success now feels a matter of course – the rich, it seems to. safe to say, still want to live in New York. But others, like JP Morgan’s super-tall office tower that rises at 270 Park Avenue, feel much less secure: Will commuters ever flood Midtown on weekday mornings again? Will business renters simply decide to take less space and pay less for it? Will East Side Access, a decades-long dream, be a few years too late for the commuters it was designed to help? Large development projects often feel like a prediction – to guess the needs and desires of a city in the future. But these projects, crafted in a pre-pandemic world, will emerge in an environment that their developers and designers never saw coming.

Photo: Selvon Ramsawak, JDS Development Group

9 DeKalb / Brooklyn Tower: At 1,066 feet, this is JDS and SHoP Architects collaboration now Brooklyn’s highest and an aesthetic rarity among the area’s indescribable glass skyscrapers. (Studio Gangs 11 Hoyt is lovely, but at 620 feet it is small for comparison.) The building, which was topped this fall, has the unusual distinction of containing both rental and apartment apartments. (Sales start in 2022.) The project also includes the Dime Savings Bank from 1908, landmark next to it, whose air rights it used to hover, and whose dome-shaped roof will house the project’s swimming pool. “Tallest tower” is a fleeting title in New York, especially in an area like Downtown Brooklyn, which is ripe for more skyscraper development, but the tower’s design elements will remain distinctive.

Art: ArX Solutions

Bankside, Mott Haven: Brookfield’s mixed-use mega-complex in the South Bronx is an unusual development for the borough, which does not see many large new market price complexes. Designed by Hill West Architects, New York’s workhorse firm, the nearly $ 1 billion project will have seven towers with 1,350 apartments, 30 percent of which will be affordable, as well as retail and local amenities. While not entirely market rate, it’s the biggest bet a developer has made on the South Bronx in decades. The project will also open access to Mott Haven’s waterfront for the first time in a century with a public park and esplanade.

Photo: The Durst Organization / Giles Ashford

Skyline Tower and Sven, LIC: Long Island City’s tallest and second tallest towers both completed construction in the second half of 2021. Skyline Tower, a condominium and the neighborhood’s tallest structure at 778 feet, is the more generic of the two, designed by Hill West Architects and developed by United Construction & Development, FSA Capital and Risland US. Sven, the second highest at 762 feet, developed by Durst, was designed by Handel Architects with interior by Annabelle Seldorf. A rental that is 30 percent affordable, the building has a curved exterior and is the first housing project in New York with View Glass, which allows residents to control the hue of their windows through an app. Long Island City’s skyline is one of the city’s most dynamic, though the predominantly residential character of the neighborhood’s new development – and the sheer amount of it – makes it easy to forget.

East Side Access: Billions of dollars over budget and decades late, East Side Access, one of the largest transportation infrastructure projects in the United States, may actually be completed this year. The project, first proposed in the 1960s, will expand the Long Island Railroad to a terminal under Grand Central. When the trains start running into the new terminal, about 162,000 people a day will have an easier and faster commute.

Photo: Diamond Schmitt Architects

David Geffen Hall: It is basically unheard of for a major construction project to be completed two years ahead of schedule. But in one of the pandemic’s few silver linings, the $ 550 million renovation of David Geffen Hall, home of the Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic, stands ready to open this fall, two years too early. Due to shutdowns, the project did not need to be phased (as originally planned). The music will – if all goes well – also sound better.

2551 Broadway, Upper West Side: Another menacing, completely unusual Extell tower in a sea of ​​menacing, completely unusual Extell towers. After building two controversial towers – the 38-story Ariel East and the 32-story Ariel West – on Broadway near 99th Street in the middle of the aughts, Gary Barnett continues to throw glass towers after glass towers on the Upper West Page. Barnett is a master of air law collections and has no doubt done more to reshape the neighborhood than anyone else in recent years, though the results are not discriminating and the neighbors are not particularly happy about it. He also appears to have cleared away almost all of the remaining lawsuits to continue with the 50 West 66th, which at 775 feet would be the Upper West Side’s tallest building to date.

Photo: Steve Freihon

Cornell Tech Campus, Roosevelt Island: The university has completed the construction of the Graduate Hotel and Verizon Tech Executive Education Center, the fourth and fifth buildings to open on the Cornell Tech Campus. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill master plan will not be implemented until 2043, but these two buildings, designed by Snøhetta, will mark the end of its first phase. Since opening in 2017, the campus has had a quiet energy fit for the sleepy Roosevelt Island, but things are likely to get a little more lively with its first hotel and the return of the trip.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, World Trade Center: The first development on the site, which is not a shopping mall, memorial or office towers, is the Orthodox Church, after many years of financial difficulties and delays that could literally be called “Byzantine”, almost finished. St. Nicholas, designed by Santiago Calatrava, has an exterior in white marble and is scheduled to open in the spring. Just behind, in early 2023, comes the Perelman Arts Center, a $ 500 million venue for dance, theater and music designed by Joshua Ramus’ company Rex. (Its transparent white marble panels are already up.)

William Street 130, Financial District: David Adjaye’s first residential tower in New York, although it is not his first building in the city (he designed a project for affordable housing in Harlem), 130 William is not unique in itself – an 800-foot condominium tower developed by Lightstone Group, it has two bedrooms priced in the middle of $ 3 million and a $ 20 million penthouse. But Adjaye’s design, a masonry building that feels fresh while at the same time referring to the old New York fabric. The city needs more alternatives to glass towers and Robert AM Stern neoclassicism. If Don Peebles’ Affirmation Tower ends up being built, Adjaye could soon work on another project that is twice 130 Williams high.

Photo: Lent by OMA

Greenpoint Landing: The last two of the four residential towers of Brookfield and Park Tower Group, designed by OMA, will open this spring along Greenpoint Harbor. They make up 2,000 of the 5,500 units on the 22-acre plot, all of which make up some affordable housing, more esplanade and a less old Greenpoint vibe, low-lying, relaxed and a bit cluttered around edges. Some rescued maritime pieces found at the site will be incorporated into the open space.

270 Park Avenue: JP Morgan Chase’s new super-high Midtown East headquarters, which involved the largest voluntary destruction of a building ever, is starting to go up. Although the opening is not expected until 2024, the rising framework of the structure is either a case of chasing unresolved costs or a sign of confidence in the upper end of the office market – and thus in the relevance of Midtown Manhattan.

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