The Post has an interesting look at the development boom north of 57th Street on the Far West Side, where residential buildings with silly names (Adagio, Sessanta, etc.) are popping up despite their distance from civilization. A second article takes an even more up-close look at the most fascinating chunk of that boom: Extell's wacky Riverside South community, a half dozen buildings planned for the new extension of Riverside Boulevard from 64th Street down to 59th Street. We already know about the first two buildings, the Rushmore and the Avery (L-R, respectively), and Katherine Dykstra offers up some interesting sales figures on both, as well as what's to come for the village that will one day have parks, bowling, ice skating and spas right along the majestic West Side Highway.
1.) The Avery was the first Extell tower constructed in Riverside South. The building is already occupied and 88 percent of its 274 units have sold; closings began last month. The remaining 10 percent are selling for just over $1,400 a square foot. 2.) The Rushmore, currently under construction, has sold 55 percent of its 289 units for an average of just over $1,600 a square foot.
3.) THE ALDYN is Extell's latest project; ground has just been broken on this 279-unit condo designed by Costas Kondylis with Roman and Williams interiors. And its as-yet-unnamed sister rental tower will be built between the Aldyn and West End Avenue.
There's some more, including a potential hotel for the 59th-61st Streets superblock, but we're intrigued by this ALDYN thing (the caps emphasize its awesomeness, right?). No renderings have been snared in our traps, but we're on the hunt.
· Living on the Edge [NYP]
· The Next West Thing [NYP]