Design firm Snohetta has proposed a 39-story residential development of 775 feet-the equivalent of a 77-story midtown office tower on the Central Park block of West 66th Street. If built according to plan, the through-block site will feature a shorter construction on the 65th Street side which will replace the former Jewish Guild for the Blind and house the relocated Congregation Habonim.
This site is a combination of several different parcels:
- 36, 38 and 40 West 66th Street: former residences turned office buildings in 1962, these were previously used for set props and storage by ABC. In 1982, a feasibility study was done for a previously proposed 38-story residential tower designed by Arthur May under A. Eugene Kohn of KPF for the Reliance Development Company. (Demolished 2017)
- 44 West 66th Street: the former Congregation Habonim Synagogue, by Stanley Prowler and Frank Faillance (1956-57, demolished 2017).
- 15 West 65th Street: Jewish Guild Healthcare Building aka Lighthouse Guild aka Estelle R. Newman City Center, by Matthew J. Warshauer (1971, demolished 2018).
plus the air rights from 56 West 66th Street, the individually landmarked, former First Battery Armory, by Horgan & Slattery (1900-03).
When The Real Deal first reported a sale on August 28, 2014, LW! began studies of what could be feasible on that site. Once reports of the acquisition of the synagogue site were confirmed, the available Floor Area Ratio (FAR) significantly increased. It was surprising, then, that permits filed in late November 2015 featured only a relatively modest 25-story residential development of approximately 250 feet. The developer’s current proposal is now more than three times as tall with 14 additional floors. In all, it will reportedly house 127 apartments.
The site straddles two zoning districts: the south side of the block falls within the R-8 zoning district, while the northern portion of the site is C4-7 which has an R-10 equivalent. This site is completely within the Lincoln Square Special Purpose District. There are no contextual zoning height limitations, and this development is being filed as-of-right, which means there are no requirements for community board input.
Manhattan Community Board 7 has issued a resolution pertaining to this development along with the proposed tower at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Read the CB7 Resolution for Amending the Zoning Regulations to address oversight of tall buildings.
Read an additional statement on Central Dark
Read through our blog updates below for more history on this critical zoning matter.
UPDATE! EXTELL ARCHITECT SUBMITS ZD1 ZONING DIAGRAM FOR 775-FOOT TOWER TO NYC BUILDINGS 7/26/18!! VIEW HERE More to come as we review and analyze the submission! Previous: View Architect's Renderings of the proposed SKYLINE, the 65th Street Synagogue Entrance, and the...read more
Clear Skies or Long Shadows overhead? LANDMARK WEST! and Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, along with many elected officials, have questioned the development proposal for the former Lincoln Square Synagogue site at 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Slated to rise...read more
Big things are happening in NYC--and they are not all good. LANDMARK WEST! has teamed with various community groups across the city to curb the creep of the supertalls into our residential districts. One of our partners is ERFA, the East River Fifties Alliance who...read more
Snohetta's intention for the revamped CPW skyline viewed from south east. Image from Snohetta website. Design Intent for 50 West 66th Street Revealed UPDATE: Read further coverage in WEST SIDE RAG, ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER, DEZEEN This afternoon, news hit confirming...read more
LANDMARK WEST! presents newly available footage from the night of our Save New York Summit! On June 22nd, LANDMARK WEST!, along with Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Save Harlem Now!, and Save Central Park NYC, hosted an evening's summit on the...read more
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