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

Posted on: February 11th, 2016 at 9:28 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

​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.

This image has been archived or removed.

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.

This gallery has been removed.

Recent Stories

Today in News About Trying Out for the Local Quidditch Squad

Yes, you read it right. There are tryouts this weekend for the local Quidditch team. The Tri-State team and its second string squad, respectively The Warriors and Rogues, are holding a recruiting session in East River Park tomorrow morning at 10:30am. The group is part of the official US Quidditch league. For the uninitiated, the […]

Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure

Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years. The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an […]

Street Vendor on the Bowery Caught with Hands Down His Pants

Caught red-handed. A street cart vendor on the Bowery was seen this week with his hands down his pants. Al Bundy style during lunchtime. Lower East Side local Snapped this photo of the food cart parked outside the TD Bank at Bowery and Canal Street. The image has already gone viral on a local level, […]

‘Parkour Expo’ this Weekend Atop Seward Park High School

Parkour enthusiasts take note: Move NYC is headed to the Lower East Side this weekend. Nomadic outfit The Movement Creative is setting up a temporary rooftop playground, composed of of 8,000lbs of metal pipe, joints, and wooden beams atop the New Design High School (nee Seward Park High School at 350 Grand Street). Movement Creative […]

66 Clinton Street Sees New Life as 8-Story Luxury Development

Two months ago, New Life of New York City sold its flagship building at 66 Clinton Street and relocated to Alphabet City. Next up, luxury living. Just last month, the nascent landowners – Vault Development and TLM Equities – filed paperwork with Department of Buildings for the new development. Set to rise eight stories, the […]