Second Avenue Subway Creates New Construction Haven

One of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, the Upper East Side is a top destination for some of the city’s finest dining and retail options, museums, and of course, proximity to Central Park.

Frankly, it’s good for anything... other than subway service.

And yes, the Upper East Side is not the only area in Manhattan marked by an obvious lack of valid public transportation, it is the sole area that has been promised, for years — circa 1930 to be exact— something would be done about it.

But years of doubt, by way of plans that never seemed to progress beyond paper, are in the past as the much desired Second Avenue Subway line is currently underway. Within the neighborhood, subway stops only run along Lexington Avenue with sizable gaps in between. The line is intended to reduce that congestion, which includes extending Q train service in Manhattan.

Undoubtedly, the addition is welcomed but residents and those who frequent Manhattan’s east side but with the progress of the city’s largest subway expansion in the last 50 years moving forward, developers have found ample reason to churn out new residential construction.

Earlier this month, The Real Deal mapped out some of the new developments popping up along and near the subway lines intended route. What is tallied as being nearly 900 new condos between 19 projects, 12 will be located in Yorkville, one of the enclaves in the Upper East Side most in need of the subway expansion. One of the developments in the area once referred to as Germantown, is 360 East 89th Street. The building, Citizen360, has already progressed six stories from street level of its total 34. Designed by SHoP Architects, the building will consist of one- to four-bedroom apartments and possess 3,265 sqft of retail space at street level.

Just outside of Yorkville, 180 East 88th Street‘s Kolumba brick façade and bronze etchings bring an entirely new perspective of new construction design to the Upper East Side. Renderings of the building, developed and designed by the Tribeca-based DDG portray a prominence and grandeur in a style that’s a breath of fresh air among its new construction counterparts.

But 360 East 89th Street and 180 East 88th Street aren’t the only new developments to hit the Upper East Side. Developer Ben Shaoul and starchitect Robert A.M. Stern are also making appearances with new developments at 389 East 89th Street and 20 East End Avenue, respectively, and the influx of new projects surely won’t be the only ones to pop up by the time the expansion is finite.

While current residents of the area look forward to that day, neighborhood newcomers will be following the yellow brick road that is the Second Avenue Subway and the starchitects that are building along it.