News from the Manhattan East Community Association

Saturday, March 26, 2016

By: Fred Arcaro, MECA President

News from the Manhattan East Community Association

JDS Development Group’s two-building construction project, located at 625 First Avenue has been topped off. The first building (a 47-story residential building) is being connected to the second building (a 37-story residential building) by a building structure between the 25th and 28th floors. This structure will contain a swimming pool and recreation room. As of this writing, JDS has started removing its crane on the 47-story building.

The parking lot on First Avenue between 38th and 41st Street is presently vacant. Sheldon Solow filed building plans with the Department of Buildings for a 65-story residential building on the vacant parking lot. It is expected that Solow will start construction within a year.

Major construction is completed at the Waterside pier (old Con Edison pier 38th-41st Streets). The plan includes waterfront amenities which, as of this writing, have not been started. The new pier will also have a bike path that will connect the future north and south directional bike paths. The final phase of construction has been delayed about six months. The estimated completion time is mid-year of 2016.

The East Midtown Steering Committee has issued its final report. The report contains recommendations to rezone the East Midtown area. Grand Central Terminal is a major component of the plan, and the plan includes areas east and west of Grand Central, to Third and Second Avenue and to just west of Madison Avenue. The proposed rezoning would also cover the area north to 57th Street and south to 39th Street. The recommendations are designed to encourage as-of-right, higher density and modernized office development and to upgrade old buildings. However, all developments in the Midtown area must include improvements that would benefit the City as follows:

  • Upgrading transportation networks (underground and above-ground MTA transit systems)
  • Create or improve public open spaces (the “public ream”) 
  • Preservation of important local historic resources
  • Developers must provide assurances that all public improvements will be completed before they complete their projects in Midtown.

The East Midtown Steering Committee is working on the details of its recommendations before they are presented to the New York City Department of Planning.

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels Authority is still working on the Queens Midtown Tunnel repair on the north tunnel. The south tunnel repair will start approximately June 2017. If you have complaints resulting from the construction or to get updates, you can visit the MTA website at

Photo: JDS Development Group’s two-building construction project, located at 625 First Avenue on the left.


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