Last week word came out that Jared Kushner, media-man developer and husband of Ivanka Trump, wants to build some mega-pricey penthouses atop the grand and landmarked Puck Building. Now the stack of bricks has some pipe-age up top, the mock-up needed to show the Landmarks Preservation Commission how the vertical enlargement would look from the streets below. So we took a long walk around the nearby streets of Soho, Noho and Nolita to see what Jared has in mind. One thing is clear: the proposed 6,000+-square foot penthouse addition will not only have views in every direction, it will be visible from nearly every point of the compass down below.
A DOB application for the penthouses is pending, filed by the architects at PKSB and showing they want to give Puck a vertical enlargement covering 6,458 square feet over two new floors. The Schedule A shows that the existing 8th and 9th floors will get three apartments on each level, and the new 10th and 11th floor will house one mega-luxe duplex covering 6,458 square feet.
Also planned for the Puck rooftop above Mulberry Street are some new cooling towers, part of the building-wide rehab for the REI uber-emporium going in down below. The Landmarks permit for those cooling towers declares that they're "mechanical equipment that will not be visible from any public thoroughfares." It'll be interesting to see if PKSB and the penthouse development team try to make that same claim of invisibility.
· 295 Lafayette Job Number 120771888 [NYC Department of Buildings]
· Puck Building's Penthouses Coming, Asking Up To $50M [Curbed]