Jun 18, 2014

New Construction | Lincoln Square | Upper West Side

First came the Lincoln Towers complex built in the 1960's along with the development of Lincoln Center. The eight Lincoln Towers buildings are situated on a 20 acre campus in the middle of Manhattan's Upper West Side between West 66th and West 70th Streets conveniently located near Lincoln Center, Central Park and Riverside Park. The apartments facing west had spectacular Hudson river views.

Then came Riverside Boulevard the new west side neighborhood that extends along the Hudson River from West 59th Street to West 72nd Street on 92 waterfront acres, formerly occupied by the Pennsylvania Rail Road yards. Donald Trump bought the property back in the 1970's. The buildings range from 30 to 40 stories, and the waterfront park covers 23 acres. The first building was completed in 1998. Now the buildings along Riverside Boulevard feature spectacular Hudson River views.

The latest building 50 Riverside Boulevard is currently selling and 40 Riverside Boulevard, under construction  is to have 33 stories. There has been some controversy over the separate entrance slated for the 59 units designated "affordable" for low income households from the projects 219 apartments. The last building will be the five-tower complex designed by Christian de Portzamparc for the super block between 59th and 61st Streets. 

Now coming to the East of Lincoln Towers rising on Amsterdam Avenue at 170 Amsterdam Avenue between West 67th and West 68th Streets is an unusual looking building. It will have 20 floors with 239 units. Currently it has not been announced if the apartments will be rental or condo units.

Rendering 170 Amsterdam Avenue

The unusual architecture, a cross-hatched tower from Handel Architects is because the building's massing and design are driven by the site’s long, narrow shape. The solution moved the building’s structure to the exterior in the form of an exoskeleton, freeing up space on the interior previously occupied by columns.

Rendering 170 Amsterdam Avenue


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