Here’s How Extell’s 800-Foot ‘One Manhattan Square’ Will Ruin the Lower East Side Skyline [PHOTOS]

Posted on: July 14th, 2015 at 5:17 am by

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The continued sinking of Cherry Street on the Lower East Side is not enough to stand in the way of waterfront “progress.” Not with Gary Barnett and Extell Development Company calling the shots down here.

One Manhattan Square, the glamorous upper-crust designation bestowed upon 250 South Street, is slowly rising toward its 800-foot apex. Pile driving and earth-moving activities are a daily occurrence, including on the weekends. Even the foundation was partially poured.

The completed 1.3 million square-foot development will eventually ruin the downtown skyline and obstruct the view of the Manhattan Bridge. In fact, the tower of Sauron is nearly three times the height of the East River span. Below are some mockups courtesy of CityRealty which perfectly illustrate what everyone can expect with Extell in the neighborhood.

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So, about the height…

Despite assurances and permits to the contrary, 250 South Street is feared to rise nearly 80 stories (831 feet!). As previously noted, there had been some hope that the skyscraper would be reduced to a still-unwieldy 56 stories. But for whatever reason, those plans are apparently kaput. Our recent discovery of zoning documents illustrates the new heights.

Of course, in typical “poor door” fashion, as is Extell’s MO, we find little to no mention of the “affordable” 14-story building to its eastern flank. No glitzy renderings or fanfare. As if it doesn’t exist.

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