Extell’s 80-Story Behemoth on South Street Ascends Past Plywood Threshold

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 at 9:28 am by
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​Down at the Extell waterfront site – aka One Manhattan Square – the first real sign of doom is now visible. Supports have just crossed the plywood threshold. Indeed, the pile-driving ceased and superstructure construction is no longer relegated to the depths of the pit. We now see the beginning of the end. The building currently boasts a height of roughly two stories above grade, a pittance compared to the eventual finished product (forty times higher). A new sidewalk bridge also lines Cherry Street, while the tower crane still hogs the skyline.

Remember that this Extell phallus will rise eighty stories and all but eclipse the Manhattan Bridge. Domestic sales for the 815 market-rate condos will begin any day now; it’s already underway abroad. Completion and opening of One Manhattan Square is scheduled for 2019. Amenities for homeowners (aka transients) are bonkers; it’s called a “vertical village” with access to basketball courts, turkish baths, bowling alley, golf simulator room, squash court, sauna, sunken tranquility garden (Lowline?), 75-foot swimming pool, billiards room, cigar room, and private theater.

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Meanwhile, construction on “Poor Door” tower at 229 Cherry Street is further behind. It will commence soon and wrap sometime in 2018. Confirmed plans for the low-income tower include 205 total units, 50% of which are earmarked for locals (i.e. lottery process). There are 49 studios, 51 one-bedrooms, 104 two-bedrooms, and an apartment for the super.

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