Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One Big Hole For Whole Foods At 250 East 57th Street




It seems like just yesterday that a ground-breaking was being held for the enormous project at 250 East 57th Street. The project is a public/private partnership (with World-Wide Group) which will eventually total a mind blowing 1,000,000 square feet. Phase 1, which will house 2100 students in two brand news schools and a much awaited Whole Foods Market, is well underway. In just a few short months the massive foundation spanning the block between 57th and 56th Streets and hundred of feet wide is nearly finished. Eventually, when complete (estimated 2012), the adjoining high school will be demolished to make way for a 59 story tower that will house 350 residential units as well as an abundance of additional retail/commercial space.
250 East 57th Street (World-Wide Group)
All Things 250 East 57th Street (Curbed)

15 comments:

  1. before was a private project with only Word Wild Group, but I so Happy that the new construction , because before they want to close Art and Design and Ps59 for ever , and In one of the school they make a child sexual crime,and put score in math and science down , so the good new is public sector have art and design in better condition and ps59 finaly back to the origin , I say thank you for World Wild Group they recognized the community need our childs need this two schools.and the same time they observe the community need realstated and supermarked, for more years like the old 75 years.

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  2. omg please blow up "select" bus service, and whoever thought it would be a good idea.

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  3. was speaking tongue-in-cheek of course.. take it easy.

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  4. owners whoo reside in 220 east 57thstreet are totally ignored by the builders; morality would dictate that we are treeted in some respectful fashion. No warning was given to us when the site was "blasted" aka, dynamite, we felt like we were living in a true war zone for 3 monthes. Now we live with 2 cranes and constant new surprises.
    Shame on you Mayor Bloomberg for selling out to the developer and demolishing 2 perfectly good schools. Who in the community is benefiting??? as the sign says? The laocal children do not attend these schools. We who live here should be considered, but we are being "built into and surrounded by metal.

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  5. "We who live here should be considered...."

    You're a whiny asshole. c

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  6. Morality? I'm sure your building was a noisy nuisance for the neighbors when it was being built. It's called progress and real estate development, and if you want peace and quiet move to Connecticut.

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  7. Moreover, those schools were completely outdated, inefficient, and overcrowded. You don't care because your children don't attend them -- if they did I'm sure you'd have another post about how it's shame on Mayor Bloomberg that he let buildings become so decrepit. How dare you comment on something that you have no idea about.

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  8. Anonymous is right.

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  9. It's awesome blog post here.... really very interesting for reading..... I enjoyed it. Thanks for the share.... just keep posting such an informative articles, I want to know more about this topic.

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  10. i have lived in the immediate area for over 7 years and it is about time that the 57St/2Av sector be redeveloped. bravo for getting this amazing project off the ground!

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  11. Nice article, thanks for sharing this information.
    Good to know that this topic is being covered also in this web site.

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  12. This is a nice article, I will definitely be back to read more, thanks for sharing.


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  13. This area desperately needs some life other than the bridge and tunnel crowd on 2nd ave in the lower 50;s and the incessant traffic (especially from trucks) to and from the "ED KOCH FREE BRIDGE" other wise know as the Queensboro.

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  14. To those who think the area needs "development"
    wasen't it fabulous for the neighborhood to remain safe and not gentrified with trendy boutiques restaurants, etc... rather the hardworking middle class residents who stayed here and kept the neighborhood constant. It is an aging neighboorhood as well, of stable men and women. Who will live in these million and over apartments??? Howe will art and design students develop thier talents in a building that requires high speed elevators to take them to thier classrooms? How is a PROMISSED 12 story building as high as a 21 story building? Not honest, I guess on the part of the builders and developers... I guess this neightborhood would like to be left alone... is this progress for the neighborhood or the rich folk???
    Time will tell...

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  15. To those who believe this area doesn't need "development", take a look at most other areas in Manhattan like the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Flatiron, Gramercy and so forth.
    Granted, high rise towers aren't my idea of great development but that is what city and community boards have deemed appropriate here unfortunately. However, the same moribund retail and lack of decent supermarkets, reasonably priced restaurants and parks/recreational options make almost any development welcome. Yes this project may be too tall, but at least it provides a new and larger elementary school and a new supermarket. I'm not really all that concerned about keeping the high school here, but so be it. The old elementary school was inadequate and anyone complaining about this should make an appointment with a psychologist right away. What we should focus on is reducing traffic into this area as a result of free crossings like the Queensboro and especially the nonstop parade on long-haul 18-wheel tractor trailer trucks. That is an issue that this area needs to address and get people motivated to take action.

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