From left, Viñoly’s Three Waterline Square, Richard Meier’s One Waterline Square, and KPF’s Two Waterline Square. Rendering by Noe Associates with The Boundary.

The luxury housing development on Riverside Boulevard between 59th and 61st Street has been years in the planning, and two of the five buildings are well underway. Now, development company GID has released new renderings of the other three buildings, designed by well-known architects. The buildings are being called “Waterline Square”.

waterline_square_crowns_credit_noe___associates_with_the_boundary-0The five-building development, known as Riverside Center, is the last parcel in the series of buildings stretching from 72nd Street to 59th along the Hudson. Extell took the buildings through the planning process and then sold the parcel. The two already under construction include 21 West End (where PS 191 will be located starting next year) and 1 West End Avenue.

Development on the three other buildings has been delayed, Curbed reports, but plans have now been jumpstarted. The three architecture firms working on Waterline Square are Richard Meier and Partners Architects, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

“Richard Meier’s One Waterline Square will stand along West 59th Street towards the Hudson River, and will rise on Riverside Center site 3. Raphael Viñoly’s Three Waterline Square will stand near the intersection of West 59th Street and Freedom Place South, the small pedestrian throughway that snakes through Portzamparc’s master plan, at Riverside Center site 4. Each of the buildings will host condominiums up top with rentals in their bases, with one- through five-bedrooms sprinkled throughout.”

The development has launched a teaser site (that auto-plays a video with music) showing the amenities and landscaped area around the buildings. Original plans called for substantial retail and even a movie theater at the site, though it’s not clear if all of that will be included in the final design. The first condos are expected to hit the market next year, according to Curbed.

The new buildings are expected to receive 421-a tax abatements and have affordable housing.

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    1. zeus says:

      I wonder how affordable is affordable?

    2. wombatnyc says:

      truly dislike this glass architecture . everything so generic. It just looks like everything else. Hudson Yards north !

    3. Maryjane says:

      Affordable housing!!!! always get a chuckle when I see or hear that term

    4. dannyboy says:

      “Residents will have a a life that transcends expectations” (from the video)

      i’ll comment later.

      • dannyboy says:

        ok, back now

        the “life that transcends expectations” is the life lived in God’s Grace.

        is that what’s on offer?

        for both the rentals and condos?

        but not for the “affordable housing” i’m guessing.

    5. Steen says:

      I do think the positives of this and Hudson Yards way outweigh the negatives. Both areas were not residential areas prior to these developments, so this is new net housing. That is good news in a city as in need of apartments as this one is. it is definitely preferable over displacing existing communities. The fact they they are also incorporating rentals into the development is a real positive–most people cannot afford to purchase new condos, but this does provide the opportunity to move into an amenity heavy area for families. I realize this is not going to offer a lot of affordable housing, but it does relieve pressure on housing stock in general and that is good news for Manhattan overall. We should encouraging this type of development over tearing down old residences for new shiny ones. Therefore, I will reserve judgement on this until it is complete.

    6. Sherman says:

      I’m glad this area is being developed and I’m sure it will benefit everyone in the community.

      However, there are no “affordable” apartments being built. They are subsidized. We are all paying for these so-called “affordable” housing units by giving these developers- many of whom are billionaires- monster tax breaks via 421-a.

      It is outrageous that people get to live in ultra-modern and uber-luxury buildings because of everyone else’s largesse. It should also be noted that many of the people who get these apartments are connected and pull strings.

      This is NYC liberalism at its best! It’s no wonder Trump won.

      • JMS says:

        Wouldn’t you agree that more development results in more traffic and congestion in an area that is now saturated?
        These buildings will generate building service and construction vehicles, Fresh Direct/UPS/Amazon etc deliveries to residents etc

        It also means more people using already crowded buses and subways.

        Unfettered development has consequences

        • Jerry says:

          More congestion ? At least we’re not living in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn for the next month, where homeowners cannot park anywhere near their properties in order to make room for tour bus passengers who wnat to view the Chirstmas decorations

      • Margaret says:

        Do you have to be such a jerk in Every Single Comment?

        As you know, there are a zillion things that Americans subsidize. Maybe middle class and workforce housing – homes that are affordable for cops, teachers, firefighters, sanitation workers, artists, composers, janitors, poets – in the wealthy communities where they work and serve, in a city where some schools have half their kids struggling with homelessness, maybe this is not the right thing to get huffy over.

    7. jsf says:

      I know and admire R. Meier’s work, but don’t kniow the other two. Still the design is remarkable and exciting! I want the opportunity to find “affordable housing” in any of the 3 buildings. I know how to apply for same under the aegis ofthe City. How does one find out about any of these? If they receive tax abatements one might assume that the “affordable” aspect must be visible. Do any of you know how to find out? Thanks.

    8. Anon3 says:

      Zoned for PS191 but not included in DOE projections even though pointed out multiple times! How can the CEC and DOE ignore this and pass the proposal last week?

    9. Phyllus says:

      This area of the city from 57-63st and Riverside to West End is totally devoid of services at this time ( not counting nail salons and dry cleaners )
      Those moving in to buildings now opening or soon to open are in for a big surprise. The walk to Columbus Circle subway is also challenging Probably the sharpest incline (up) of any city streets In addition the M57 bus , the only one servicing the area is probably the worst in the city and getting worse thanks to Trump and congestion on 57 St
      Can only hope drug store, bank , pizza parlor etc will open soon