At 14 Stories, Extell’s LES Tower is Taller than the Manhattan Bridge Roadbed

Posted on: September 6th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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It finally happened, alas. Extell’s behemoth tower on the Lower East Side waterfront – One Manhattan Square – just reached its first major milestone. Despite the apparent financial woes.

As of this week, the superstructure currently sits at approximately fourteen stories, handily surpassing the Manhattan Bridge roadbed. We took a trip mid-span to verify. What’s clear is that the building clearly overwhelms the block, an indelible change to the skyline. Standing anywhere near the corner of Pike Slip and South Street is a lesson in intimidation; kneel before Zod.

(Clearance beneath the roadway is roughly 135 feet.)

When all is said and done – completion is set for third quarter of 2019 – One Manhattan Square will top out at 80 stories (850 feet) and offer 815 “entry level” condo units starting at $1 million apiece. Residents here will have access to bonkers amenities such as 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.

Even as other developments nearby are in the works, they’re out front.

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As for the affordable sibling to its backside – the so-called “poor door” construction at 229 Cherry Street – it too is taking shape. The steel skeleton has begun its ascent on the northeast corner of the lot. It’s reached roughly four stories at this point. Late to start, this part of the development, designed by Dattner Architects, will reportedly be first to completion with an expected date of June 2017. It’ll boast 205 affordable apartments.

Other developments currently in play along this stretch of coastline include: the JDS/SHoP Architects 1,000-foot tower straddling the Two Bridges Senior Center, the 66-story parking lot protrusion planned for Lands End II by owner-developer L+M, and the 60-story proposal by Starrett for Clinton Street and South Streets.

So, yeah, the gold rush is unstoppable. And the city is complicit.

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