News from Manhattan East Community Association

Friday, August 18, 2017

By: Fred Arcaro, MECA President

News from Manhattan East Community Association

Construction for Sheldon Solow’s building, 685 First Avenue, at East 39th Street, is on schedule. As of this writing, the construction has reached 37 stories of the planned 42 stories.

There is no starting date yet for Mr. Solow’s other big project planned for the space on the east side of First Avenue at 39th Street, where there is a large empty lot. Nothing is expected for two or three years.

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels Authority has accelerated the repair work of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, and as a result, the project is ahead of schedule. The accelerated schedule is expected to reduce the time to complete the first phase of the project (the Manhattan-bound north tube and the exit plazas) by six months. The second phase of the project, repair of the Queens-bound south tube, will begin when the north tube is completed. Ongoing weeknight and weekend tube closures will continue for the duration of the project. During these closures one tube will remain open with two-way traffic. Signage and New York Police Department traffic enforcement agents will help direct motorists.

There will be two MECA Street Fairs this year. The first street fair will take place on August 25 on 41st Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, and the second will be held on October 27 on 43rd Street, also between 3rd and Lexington.

Ever since Hurricane Sandy, NYU Langone Medical Center has had a trailer containing two MRI units at the south-east corner of East 38th Street near the river. These MRI units replaced units from the main medical building that were damaged due to the flooding that occurred as a result of the storm. NYU Medical Center has informed us that the MRI trailer will be removed by May 2018, allowing restoration of the original two-direction traffic pattern.

The New York City Planning Commission has approved the long awaited East Midtown Rezoning plan and has sent it on to the City Council. It was approved on August 9. The new zoning, which primarily affects areas north of 39th Street and west of 3rd Avenue, would have little effect on the Manhattan East area, from 3rd Avenue to the river and from 40th Street to 34th Street.  

Photo: Construction at 685 First Avenue


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