Construction at 51 Astor Place is underway, with a planned 2013 completion. Designed in glass and granite, the 13-story tower – which was once referred to as a “jewel box” by developer Edward Minskoff – should fit right in with other recent architectural additions to the Astor Place community: from Thom Mayne’s new LEED Platinum academic building for Cooper Union to the Gwathmey Siegel-designed condos just a few blocks south.
Cooper Union – which sold the development site to Mr. Minskoff in 2007 – required that any subsequent commercial project include a lease with an educational institution of at least 50,000 square feet. Hult International Business School will fill that condition, taking 55,000 square feeet across the tower’s entire second floor.
When complete, 51 Astor Place will bring 440,000 square feet of boutique, trophy office space to the eastern edge of Greenwich Village. In addition to its anticipated LEED Gold certification, 51 Astor Place will offer a low-e, glazed glass and aluminum curtain wall, a private green roof on the fifth floor, a tenant-only green roof on the 13th floor, and include an urban plaza at the corner of Third Avenue and Astor Place.
- 51 Astor Pl, New York, New York
- Greenwich Village
- LEED–NC V3.0 Gold (Registered)
- Edward Minskoff
- Fumihiko Maki
- Year Built
- Under Construction
- Square Footage
- 440,000 square feet
- Low-e glass and aluminum curtain wall
- Tenant-only green roof
- Urban plaza