The old Subway Inn site on East 60th Street will eventually give way to a shiny new development, but what that will be, exactly, is still unclear. Kuafu Properties closed on the land for $300 million in October, and since then, one possible design for the site—which could include a 1,000-foot supertall—has already surfaced. Now, YIMBY reports that a design competition for the site has yielded another possible design, this time from Kohn Pederson Fox.
The site is being referred to as 151 East 60th Street—or at least, it was when Cushman and Wakefield launched a website for the project; it now leads to a seemingly dead link. The parcel of land includes six buildings, including the beloved old Subway Inn, which closed its doors in 2014 (and reopened around the corner last March). The total square footage is around 280,000, meaning it could potentially accommodate the Upper East Side's first supertall tower.
And the KPF design, while speculative, certainly points to a skyscraper as all but inevitable: the renderings show a larger base (with ground-floor retail) giving way to a slender tower that could rival the supertalls on 57th Street in size.
But it remains to be seen when this will actually come to pass: The buildings on the block have yet to be demolished, and no plans have been filed for the project as yet. So consider this all conjecture…for now, anyway.