News from Manhattan East Community Association

Thursday, March 30, 2017

By: Fred Arcaro, President MECA

News from Manhattan East Community Association

New York City has completed the waterfront project that transformed the old Con Edison pier from 38th to 41st Street into a Waterfront Esplanade. Residents are now enjoying jogging and river views. The next waterfront project recently presented to Community Board Six is the East River Greenway upgrade which would include land and bike paths from 37th Street to Waterside Plaza. The NYC Department of Transportation is working on the bike path around the Water Club Restaurant to prevent any disruption to its operation. No date is set for the East River Greenway upgrade.

Sheldon Solow, the developer of the old Con Edison parking lot site at 685 First Avenue is progressing very quickly. As of this writing, the new residential building has reached 14 stories. The building will be a 710,901 sq. ft., 42 story (462 feet high) residential building. The building will have 148 condominiums, 408 rental units and below grade parking for 110 vehicles. Construction operations are from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm with DOB permit approval, on Saturdays. The construction crane will be installed on 40th Street. The project is estimated to be completed in early 2019.

There is currently no date set to start construction on the east side of First Avenue across from 685 First Avenue. The construction equipment on the site is being used for the construction of the 685 First Avenue building.

The East 33rd Street two-way conversion (between First and Second Avenues) is completed. The east-bound traffic is for emergency vehicles only. The center striping serves as a traffic calming measure in addition to a pedestrian refuge. The bike station will be relocated from the northwest side of 33rd Street, near Second Avenue, to the southeast side of the street, near First Avenue. The addition of the east-bound traffic lane is meant to improve emergency vehicles’ response time to the New York University Langone Medical Center Perelman Emergency Center.

MECA serves the neighborhood east of 3rd Avenue to the East River. If you have not renewed your MECA membership, please do so now. Please send your dues, payable to Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, to MECA at 415 East 37th Street, New York, NY 10016 or to The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association at P.O. Box 1897, New York, NY 100156-1897 and write MECA across the renewal form.

Thank you for your continuing support of MECA.



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