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    I've had cars in Manhattan on and off for at least 15 years. I don't recall ever buying gas in Manhattan. This is likely because I usually use the car to get out of Manhattan, so I fill up when I'm am.

    My take is that the Manhattan gas station mostly serve the various types of cars for hire (taxis, black cars, limos, etc.). I have a feeling at some point, the taxi companies are going to have to build fueling facilities in their garages, or the drivers are going to have to go out of Manhattan to fill up. Gas stations just don't seem to be an economically worthwhile use of Manhattan land.

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    I can't wait for the BP on Houston to close. It's any eyesore. I also want the crappy one story building on the north side of Houston (opposite the BP) to get redeveloped. That huge billboard on it looks like crap.

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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    That huge billboard on the north side of Houston at Lafayette / Mulberry was recently stripped and was blank the last time I walked by a few days ago.

    The project for the BP Station site, 300 Lafayette, went before City Planning last week. So construction there should start in early 2014.

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    Thanks, Lofter. I actually was at B'Way and Houston today. I looked over at the BP site and the crappy lot just west of it, and I thought how nice it will be when they're replaced by the awesome buildings that were proposed. That lousy billboard must go! I hate it.

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    Default The end of the last gas station along Central Park

    Cross-posting from Central Park North thread

    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post

    Artimus Construction to Build Housing on 110th Street near Central Park

    By Jeff Mays on December 19, 2013 8:54am

    HARLEM — Artimus Construction was chosen by the Economic Development Corporation to build a 50-unit apartment building with space for a local dance group on 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
    The 13,500 square foot lot on the northwest corner of Central Park North at 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, which contained a gas station and was described by the city as thelast underutilized piece of property on Central Park, was bought by Artimus for $25 million.
    The company, which has built several projects in Harlem, plans an 80 percent market-rate, 20 percent affordable development.
    The building could be 12 stories tall without requiring any zoning changes. The ground floor will also contain a retail space.
    Millennium Dance Company, currently located in a 3,000 square foot space on Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 135th and 136th streets will occupy 8,000 square feet of space on the first floor. The dance company provides classes for children and adults with a pre-professional track for youth.
    "This planned mixed use space has a really nice balance of market rate and affordable housing, cultural space and community space," said a NYCEDC spokeswoman.
    The former BP gas station, one of the few in the area, closed down recently. It was believed to be the only gas station along Central Park.
    The former owner of the space Carmie Elmore Jr., vice president of 110th Street Service Station, Inc., owned the space but the city maintained the right to reacquire the property as part of the 1996 deed of sale.
    Elmore had filed suit against the city but came to a settlement, said city officials who declined to disclose the amount. Calls to Artimus were not immediately returned.
    Workers were seen dismantling the gas station Wednesday.
    NYCEDC issued a request for expressions of interest for the chance to redevelop the 13,500 square foot space on the northwest corner of Central Park North at Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 110th Street in June of 2012 and received "robust" interest in the project from developers. They then issued a request for proposals.
    Area groups such as the Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle say they want whatever is built there to fit in with the recently renovated circle.
    The circle is at the entrance to a revived Frederick Douglass Boulevard which has seen an explosion in the last several years of restaurants, bars, lounges, co-ops, condos and newly renovated apartment buildings.

    Workers were dismantling the gas station at 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard on Wednesday where a residential tower will rise.
    Photo credit: DNAinfo/Jeff Mays

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    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
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    Looks good.

    A New Condo Pushes SoHo’s Boundaries


    The tower rising at 10 Sullivan Street is one of several new residential developments on SoHo’s western edge.
    The tower will have 16 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings in the neighborhood. Designed with a boatlike
    shape, it also vaguely resembles the Flatiron Building, thanks to the triangular configuration of the lot.
    Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

    An unusual elliptical tower rising along the Avenue of the Americas on SoHo’s western edge has drawn many eyes as the most visible indication of a spate of development transforming the area’s primarily commercial streets into a residential neighborhood.

    The tower at 10 Sullivan Street, which will be 16 stories and one of the tallest buildings in SoHo, has a shape like a boat and also vaguely resembles the Flatiron Building, thanks to the configuration of its building lot: a long, thin triangle. The triangle is 360 feet long and 92 feet wide at its base and comes to a point at the southern end. The lot, which was for many years home to a gas station and carwash, was created when the Avenue of the Americas was extended at an angle across gridlike streets in the 1920s.

    The building will push the western edge of SoHo onto the avenue and into an area that has few of the high-end shops that SoHo is now known for. It also borders the Hudson Square neighborhood to the west, which has long been a successful commercial area but which is also getting a residential profile.

    The residential tower at 10 Sullivan Street is expected to be completed in late 2015.
    Rendering by ArX Solutions

    Other recent residential development in the area includes the 14-story One Vandam, a tower on the Avenue of the Americas with 25 units, and a 12-unit apartment building at 73-75 Sullivan Street, which has started to take shape in recent months.

    The developers of 10 Sullivan Street initially contemplated building a more conventional tall tower on the northern end of the lot, near the base of the triangle, and leaving the triangle’s tip at the southern end open for a large garden, said Robert Gladstone, the chief executive of Madison Equities, which is developing the tower along with the Property Markets Group. They also considered building a hotel instead of condominiums.

    “Because the site was zoned commercially, we had to do a lot of work on it,” Mr. Gladstone said. “We went to the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals to ask for a residential zoning change, and given the hardship of the site’s shape and remediation and some other factors, we worked on the design to help compel a positive decision.”

    Having initially proposed a 229-foot tower, the developers appeased neighborhood residents by shaving off two stories and making it 204 feet, he said. They also moved the tower farther south and gave the building its unusual shape. The building does not come to as sharp a point as the Flatiron Building near Madison Square Park, which is only a few feet across, but it has an elliptical end curved between two columns set 22 feet apart, giving it a sort of prow like that of a boat, Mr. Gladstone said.

    “It will be curved concrete, slightly curved brick, the glass will be curved, and the metal windows will be curved,” he said. “It will be a beautiful arch going up 16 floors.”

    With an exterior of hand-laid corbeled black and blond Norman bricks and a look reminiscent of SoHo’s industrial buildings, 10 Sullivan was designed by the architect Cary Tamarkin, the founder and president of the Tamarkin Company, working with the architectural firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco. The prow end of the building, which has unimpeded views down the Avenue of the Americas, has large expanses of glass.

    The tower, which is currently under construction, will have 21 condominium residences and should be completed in late 2015, Mr. Gladstone said. They will range in price from $2.45 million for one-bedrooms to $45 million for a 8,360-square-foot triplex penthouse with a private pool and rooftop, said Marie-Claire Gladstone, Mr. Gladstone’s wife and a sales agent marketing the apartments with the Corcoran Group. There will be a five-bedroom duplex of more than 5,200 square feet for $25 million, along with full-floor residences of 2,950 square feet ranging from $8.7 million to $10 million, she said. Three-bedroom residences on lower floors will range from $6.517 million to $7.315 million, and two-bedroom homes will range from $4.65 million to $4.75 million, Ms. Gladstone said.

    Building amenities will include a 24-hour concierge, keyed elevators, a fitness center and storage spaces. The apartments will have 11-foot ceilings, and finishes will include Danish oak floors, radiant heated flooring and motorized shades. Kitchens will have walnut cabinets with marble countertops and Miele, Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, while bathrooms will be marble with steam shower rooms and free-standing tubs.

    Since the condo tower is now on the southern portion of the site, the northern portion is being developed with four 25-foot-wide townhouses, which are not part of the condominium, Mr. Gladstone said. The four-story townhouses, located at 20, 30, 40 and 50 Sullivan Street, will each have four or more bedrooms, a finished basement, a rooftop terrace and a backyard garden, and will start at $20.795 million apiece, Ms. Gladstone said.

    There will be a 10-space parking garage — parking spaces will be available for purchase — and 2,600 square feet of retail on the condo tower’s lower floors. While the retail space has not been filled yet, Mr. Gladstone said the developers are looking for a business that wants to create some sort of high-end showroom.

    The entire project cost $112 million, and its estimated sellout value is $220 million, Mr. Gladstone said. He said he and his wife plan to live in the condo tower, as does a partner with Property Markets. After the start of a low-key sales effort last summer and a party on Oct. 20, eight of the 21 units have been sold, he said.

    “The building will be topped out in December, and we’ll start taking people through, so they can walk the floors and see the views, which are fantastic,” Mr. Gladstone said.

    To address a shortage of one- and two-bedroom apartments in Lower Manhattan, the developers converted two four-bedroom apartments into four smaller units, Ms. Gladstone said.

    Prospective buyers have been a mixture of “young, single guys in finance, some young families, some empty nesters, and we have some foreign buyers as well,” she said. To the west of the building site, Hudson Square has become increasingly residential in recent years.

    “The neighborhood, when we moved in, which was 2005, was very sleepy, and nobody knew where you were when you were over there,” said Jeremy V. Stein, an agent with Sotheby’s International Realty, who lives with his wife and business partner, Robin Stein, in Hudson Square. “Now, there’s just so much going on.”

    Trinity Real Estate, the property arm of the Episcopal Church that oversees about 5.5 million square feet of office space in Hudson Square, recently announced that, on the heels of a massive rezoning in 2013, it is exploring developing as many as four residential towers in the neighborhood. Trinity will likely move forward initially with a tower at Juan Pablo Duarte Square, in an area bounded by Avenue of the Americas, Canal Street, Varick Street and Grand Street and located just two blocks south of 10 Sullivan.

    Mr. Stein said his street, Renwick, which is only a block long and a couple of blocks west of Avenue of the Americas, has seen four large construction projects at one time, three of them residential. The sales office recently opened for 15 Renwick, which will have 31 condos, and the RenwickModern at 22 Renwick, with 17 units, was recently occupied, he said. The Related Companies is developing 261 Hudson, a 12-story building with about 200 apartments, which goes through the block to Renwick.

    The residential development continues even farther west, on both sides of Canal Street, where several buildings have been built and occupied recently or are in the works, Mr. Stein said. He said the new projects have gone a long way toward putting the Hudson Square neighborhood, which some also call West SoHo, on the map.

    “What it means in the short term is a lot of construction,” Mr. Stein said. “But what we’re looking forward to in the long term is the introduction of more services in the neighborhood: supermarkets and better delis. We already have great restaurants, but it would be nicer to have some more.”

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