Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Sixth Ave From Flower District To Herald Square: Kondylis Row If All Goes To Plan

"The Remy", 28th +Sixth- Inactive

835 Sixth Ave, 53 story condo/hotel on the way

Sixth bet 29th and 30th, 30 story tower if all goes well

The Future Tower 111

The current lot for Tower 111 (32nd and Sixth)

There is an impressive stretch from 28th Street to 32nd Street on Sixth Avenue where plans are filed and huge empty lots await a skyscraping bunch of condos with plenty of retail at the bases. One, between 29th and 30th is well underway, but you have to wonder about the others. Interestingly, Costas Kondylis, has an opportunity to dominate the area, but will it all go according to plan?

NW Corner of 28th and Sixth- This was billed as The Remy, and has been for a couple of years. It was designed by Costas Kondylis and would be a 31 story condo. The site now sits inactive.

Entire West Side of Sixth Ave from 29th to 30th- 835 Sixth is well underway. The 625,000 sf building by JD Carlisle Group is expected to rise 53 stories and combine lower floor retail with a 302 unit condo-hotel. Perkins/Eastman, architect- huh- no Kondylis?

Entire West Side of Sixth Avenue from 30th to 31st- From secretive developer Joseph Cherit, a 30 story condo tower with ample retail at the base. Designed by Costas Kondylis.

SW Corner of 32nd and Sixth. Tower 111, it's working name, is expected to rise 48 stories and house 337 units and more retail at the base. This is also by architect, Costats Kondylis.

It will be a banner couple of years for Costas if this all goes off, however the only one above ground at this point isn't his.

1 comment:

  1. This is a sad story. Costas Kondylis is one of the absolute worst architects working in New York; any developer who isn't a two-bit cheapskate would avoid him, but we somehow end up with a prominent section of the city perhaps becoming "Costas-land." A great loss for New York.

    As I remember, the building at 32nd and 6th was especially nice. A solid, 1930s office building made of high-quality materials and similar to its stately neighbors in design, occupying that transition ground between Beaux-Arts and Art Deco.

    Now we get a faceless, cheaply built glass rectangle from a hackitect. Here's hoping some wealthy, philanthropic soul buys this building in 20 years, tears down the Costas, and rebuilds what was there to atone for the greedy, stingy sins of this generation.