|Plywood wall along First Avenue, in need of spell check.
Developed by real-estate billionaire Sheldon Solow, the 556-unit building will be a mix of rentals and condos, designed by noted architect Richard Meier. Made of aluminum and black glass, it will be Meier's tallest building in Manhattan. Completion is expected in 2019.
|Rendering of 685 First Avenue (arrow), Richard Meier's first black skyscraper.
|Close-up rendering of the building (right),
the view looking down First Ave. from 40th St.
Now it seems back on track with the arrival of 685 First Avenue. Given the city's current pro-development mood and the march of new buildings north of 34th Street along First Avenue, further construction seems inevitable.
We don't think that Fred French would object. After all, "New York cannot be overbuilt" was his motto.