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The High Line's transformative real estate boom, mapped

In less than a decade, the elevated park has become NYC's most desirable stretch of land for developers

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The arrival of the High Line and a coinciding neighborhood rezoning has spurred a high-end real estate boom that’s still playing out across West Chelsea. Some of the city’s most prolific developers, and the world’s leading architects—including Rafael Viñoly, Isay Weinfeld, and the late Zaha Hadid—have all left their mark on the area.

The neighborhood has been transformed both physically and economically: an August 2016 dive by StreetEasy into apartment pricing near the High Line shows that condos along the linear park’s southern end are twice as expensive as those just one block away. The area’s cachet is undeniable, and as construction continues to boom that will become even more true.

From recently launched condo projects to sites snatched by developers that are laying in wait, here’s what’s going on along the city’s most desirable stretch of real estate.

Editor’s Note: This map was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for accuracy. Developments are listed geographically from the south end of the High Line to the north.

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40 10th Avenue

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After running into trouble with an earlier proposal, developers William Gottlieb Real Estate and Aurora Capital Associates got the approval to construct a futuristic wedge-shaped office tower, also known as the Solar Carve, designed by Chicago's Studio Gang. The 139,000-square-foot building topped out in April at 10 stories tall and will feature 40,000 square feet of retail a 10,000-square-foot shared roof deck, an 8,000-square-foot second floor terrace located right next to the High Line, and private outdoor space on eight floors. Completion is slated for March 2019.

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61 Ninth Avenue

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Rafael Viñoly, the architect behind 432 Park Avenue, has designed a boutique office building for the erstwhile site of Prince Lumber. The nine-story building will cover 115,000 square feet, 20,000 of which will become a massive roastery for Starbucks, marking the Seattle-based brand’s largest outpost in the world. Construction on the building is supposed to wrap up this year, with the Starbucks soon to follow in 2018. Aurora Capital Associates and Vornado are the developers behind the project.

The Eleventh

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Bjarke Ingels Group and HFZ Capital’s twisty development at 76 Eleventh Avenue, dubbed The Eleventh, is making progress. The project will feature two towers that rise 300 and 400 feet. In addition to 240 condos that will go from $2.8 million up to a whopping $25 million, the development will have a 137-key luxury hotel and spa. HFZ will also team up with Friends of the High Line to collaborate on an open-air pedestrian promenade for the development, which will run adjacent to the elevated park, and a “Bridge Lounge” that will connect the two towers. The project is slated to open in 2019.

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Fulton Houses

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As part of 2006 rezoning of West Chelsea, the city agreed to create more affordable apartments within the neighborhood. Making good on their promise, the New York City Housing Authority is constructing an 18-story building at 425 West 18th Street, where a parking lot once stood. The building has now launched the lottery for 159 of its affordable apartments. The apartments come in studios, one-, and two-bedroom variants and cater to individuals and families earning 50, 100, 160, and 165 percent of the area median income.

515 West 18th Street

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Related Companies is in the midst of creating Hudson Residences—a new condo project spread out between multiple sites along and near the High Line. Details are being kept under wraps, but Thomas Heatherwick has been confirmed as the architect of a dual-tower building within the project. Robert A.M. Stern is rumored as the architect on the building that will rise at 555 West 22nd Street.

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501 West 18th Street

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The block of West 18th Street between the High Line and the IAC building is due to be transformed by Related Companies, which has more than a few neighborhood-altering buildings in the works in West Chelsea. This particular site will eventually be home to a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail, as well as two residential towers: one that will rise 22 stories, and another that will rise 10 stories.

455 West 19th Street

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A building that once belonged to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is going the condo route: plans have been filed for an 11-story building with nine residential units, and a little bit of commercial space. The site came with 27,692 buildable square feet, and the developer will be using all but 212 square feet of that, according to the permits. The architect of record is Cary Paik of Paik Architecture.

Bayview Correctional Facility

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In late 2015, a design competition was launched to determine who would undertake the redesign of Chelsea’s Bayview Correctional Facility. The former YMCA-turned-women’s-prison on West 20th Street was vacated before Hurricane Sandy and shuttered soon after. And in July 2016, a winner was announced: the project will be helmed by Deborah Berke Partners, who will re-envision the 100,000-square-foot building into a place for activism, partnership, and solution-building. The actual transformation is to be spearheaded by NoVo Foundation and Goren Group.

532 West 20th Street

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A single-story building that was formerly home to Anton Kern Gallery will give way to an 11-story, nine-condo building developed by DDG, the folks behind offbeat projects like the bluestone-clad 12 Warren and West Broadway’s chocolate factory-to-condo conversion Xoco 325. In keeping with the developer’s other projects, it wouldn’t be out of line to guess that the building’s design—yet to be unveiled—will be far from boring.

541 West 21st Street

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There isn’t much information around what’s to become of the eight story building at 541 West 21st Street but rumor has it that the property is being marketed for a luxury office conversion and was purchased by real estate investor Norman Rappaport in 2016.

510 West 22nd Street

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The Albanese Organization originally planned to convert a five-story warehouse into a 10-story office building but has now decided to go with an 11-story tower, designed by COOKFOX Architects, at the corner of West 22nd Street and the High Line. The latest renderings revealed for the project show that the completed building will have plenty of outdoor space that overlooks the elevated park.

Chelsea U-Haul Site

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Related Companies is planning to build a 22-story, mixed-use building at the corner of West 23rd Street and Eleventh Avenue at 536 West 23rd Street. Little is known about the project so far except that this new building will rise 22 stories and have 145 apartments.

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After purchasing the lot at 188 Eleventh Avenue for $10 million in 2012, developer Jonathan Leitersdorf submitted plans for a 19-story tower with ten full-floor apartments, along with one five-floor penthouse (!!!) that will be occupied by Leitersdorf himself. The plan also calls for the rehabilitation of the adjacent, four-story Chelsea Highline Hotel, which will be converted into 19 permanently affordable apartments.

The Fitzroy

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It’s been nearly three years since The Fitzroy, the green terracotta and copper condo of Hollywood set designers-turned-architects and interiors gurus Roman & Williams, hit the market from $5.2 million. Last June, the ten-story condo building topped out and facade installation is nearing completion. There will be just 14 condos ranging in size from two- to five-bedrooms and sales for some of the residences and the building is expected to debut sometime this year. CORE is handling sales and marketing.

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The Getty

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The gas station-replacing condo at 239 Tenth Avenue, known as The Getty, from developer Victor Group has been in the works for a few years now. The 12-story condo building, which is located at at the corner of West 24th Street and Tenth Avenue, has just six apartments, with prices reportedly starting at $16 million. One of those, a three-story penthouse, recently sold for $59 million. The Modlin Group and Douglas Elliman are jointly handling sales and marketing at the development.

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500 West 25th Street

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Once home to an auto shop best known for artist Eduardo Kobra’s iconic mural of a sailor kissing a nurse, the site at 500 West 25th Street, is now being transformed into a mixed-use development with eight full-floor apartments, seven three-bedroom units (all of which will have private terraces overlooking the elevated park), and one duplex penthouse. The GDS Development project will also have 2,650 square feet of ground-floor retail space. No launch date has been announced yet, but Compass is slated to handle sales.

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220 Eleventh Avenue

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The condo coming to 220 Eleventh Avenue was one of the last designs that Zaha Hadid personally worked on before her untimely death in 2016. Although the design has yet to be revealed, it will take cues from Hadid’s other work and have “signature loft-like condominium residences” as well as space for a yet-to-be-determined cultural institution that developer Moinian Group hopes will become a “hub” for neighborhood activity. A teaser site was revealed in 2017 though other details remain under wraps.

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Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld makes his New York City debut with Jardim, a two-building condo that quietly launched sales in 2016. Both of the 11-story buildings that make up the High Line-adjacent development topped out toward the latter part of 2017 and there is a shared central courtyard that connects the two towers. There are 36 condos start at just under $2 million and are asking up to $7.55 million and construction on the Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group-developed condo is expected to wrap sometime this year.

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Soori High Line

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Soo K. Chan's second High Line-hugging building, dubbed Soori High Line, has been in the works for quite some time: Sales originally launched back in 2014, but a full roll-out of its 31 units (including a gorgeous $22.5 million penthouse) was held until the building was closer to being completed. Nearly half of the Japanese-inspired apartments come with private pools and some of the units have already reappeared on the market.

550 West 29th Street

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Developer and architect Cary Tamarkin’s seventh lower Manhattan condo launched sales in 2017, with 19 apartments priced from $4.6 million to $13.5 million. The building at 550 West 29th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, borrows elements of Tamarkin’s 10 Sullivan, with large casement windows and a stark, organic facade. The “beautifully minimalist” building takes cues from “turn-of-the-century utilitarian and industrial architecture,” a press release reads. Building amenities will include an attended lobby, a gym and sauna, a laundry room (in addition to washers and dryers in each apartment), private storage for each apartment, and a bike storage room. CORE is handling sales and marketing.

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515 West 29th Street

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The lesser-known sister project to Soori High Line, rising at 515 West 29th Street, is also designed by architect Soo K. Chan and, as the Times put it in a 2014 profile, “will be rippled like the surface of a sea.” Sales for this project launched in March 2018, with prices starting at $4.3 million. There are just 15 apartments—five of which are penthouses—and building amenities will include a roof deck with a kitchen, a 24-hour attended lobby, a gym, and extra storage. The condo, which is now being stylized as Five One Five, is being developed by Forum Absolute Capital Partners, while CORE is handling sales and marketing.

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40 10th Avenue

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After running into trouble with an earlier proposal, developers William Gottlieb Real Estate and Aurora Capital Associates got the approval to construct a futuristic wedge-shaped office tower, also known as the Solar Carve, designed by Chicago's Studio Gang. The 139,000-square-foot building topped out in April at 10 stories tall and will feature 40,000 square feet of retail a 10,000-square-foot shared roof deck, an 8,000-square-foot second floor terrace located right next to the High Line, and private outdoor space on eight floors. Completion is slated for March 2019.

Courtesy of Studio Gang by Neoscape

61 Ninth Avenue

Rafael Viñoly, the architect behind 432 Park Avenue, has designed a boutique office building for the erstwhile site of Prince Lumber. The nine-story building will cover 115,000 square feet, 20,000 of which will become a massive roastery for Starbucks, marking the Seattle-based brand’s largest outpost in the world. Construction on the building is supposed to wrap up this year, with the Starbucks soon to follow in 2018. Aurora Capital Associates and Vornado are the developers behind the project.

The Eleventh

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Bjarke Ingels Group and HFZ Capital’s twisty development at 76 Eleventh Avenue, dubbed The Eleventh, is making progress. The project will feature two towers that rise 300 and 400 feet. In addition to 240 condos that will go from $2.8 million up to a whopping $25 million, the development will have a 137-key luxury hotel and spa. HFZ will also team up with Friends of the High Line to collaborate on an open-air pedestrian promenade for the development, which will run adjacent to the elevated park, and a “Bridge Lounge” that will connect the two towers. The project is slated to open in 2019.

Dbox for HFZ Capital Group

Fulton Houses

As part of 2006 rezoning of West Chelsea, the city agreed to create more affordable apartments within the neighborhood. Making good on their promise, the New York City Housing Authority is constructing an 18-story building at 425 West 18th Street, where a parking lot once stood. The building has now launched the lottery for 159 of its affordable apartments. The apartments come in studios, one-, and two-bedroom variants and cater to individuals and families earning 50, 100, 160, and 165 percent of the area median income.

515 West 18th Street

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Related Companies is in the midst of creating Hudson Residences—a new condo project spread out between multiple sites along and near the High Line. Details are being kept under wraps, but Thomas Heatherwick has been confirmed as the architect of a dual-tower building within the project. Robert A.M. Stern is rumored as the architect on the building that will rise at 555 West 22nd Street.

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501 West 18th Street

The block of West 18th Street between the High Line and the IAC building is due to be transformed by Related Companies, which has more than a few neighborhood-altering buildings in the works in West Chelsea. This particular site will eventually be home to a mixed-use building with ground-floor retail, as well as two residential towers: one that will rise 22 stories, and another that will rise 10 stories.

455 West 19th Street

A building that once belonged to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is going the condo route: plans have been filed for an 11-story building with nine residential units, and a little bit of commercial space. The site came with 27,692 buildable square feet, and the developer will be using all but 212 square feet of that, according to the permits. The architect of record is Cary Paik of Paik Architecture.

Bayview Correctional Facility

In late 2015, a design competition was launched to determine who would undertake the redesign of Chelsea’s Bayview Correctional Facility. The former YMCA-turned-women’s-prison on West 20th Street was vacated before Hurricane Sandy and shuttered soon after. And in July 2016, a winner was announced: the project will be helmed by Deborah Berke Partners, who will re-envision the 100,000-square-foot building into a place for activism, partnership, and solution-building. The actual transformation is to be spearheaded by NoVo Foundation and Goren Group.

532 West 20th Street

A single-story building that was formerly home to Anton Kern Gallery will give way to an 11-story, nine-condo building developed by DDG, the folks behind offbeat projects like the bluestone-clad 12 Warren and West Broadway’s chocolate factory-to-condo conversion Xoco 325. In keeping with the developer’s other projects, it wouldn’t be out of line to guess that the building’s design—yet to be unveiled—will be far from boring.

541 West 21st Street

There isn’t much information around what’s to become of the eight story building at 541 West 21st Street but rumor has it that the property is being marketed for a luxury office conversion and was purchased by real estate investor Norman Rappaport in 2016.

510 West 22nd Street

The Albanese Organization originally planned to convert a five-story warehouse into a 10-story office building but has now decided to go with an 11-story tower, designed by COOKFOX Architects, at the corner of West 22nd Street and the High Line. The latest renderings revealed for the project show that the completed building will have plenty of outdoor space that overlooks the elevated park.

Chelsea U-Haul Site

Related Companies is planning to build a 22-story, mixed-use building at the corner of West 23rd Street and Eleventh Avenue at 536 West 23rd Street. Little is known about the project so far except that this new building will rise 22 stories and have 145 apartments.