Neil Denari’s HL23


Another addition to the burgeoning architectural wonderland that is West Chelsea.

This one is HL23, designed by Neil Denari, a new residential condo building for developer Alf Naman. It’s right next door to another far-out new condo, Lindy Roy’s High Line 519. Site work on the project began a few months ago, but construction is officially beginning this month.

The 14-story building bends and folds in response to the High Line, widening as it rises. Although now based in LA, Denari used to live in the neighborhood, and first became interested in the High Line after seeing Stephen Holl’s “Bridge of Houses” proposal back in the ’80s for houses on the High Line.

It’s also raising the bar for green buildings in the area, with LEED Gold certification and 100 percent green energy use planned.

The building will also be the subject of a special exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. It’s called “New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line,” and it’s running from June 10 to September 14. More news on that later.


The building has also gotten a lot of press, both bloggy and papery.

Gentlemen, Start Your Spaceships: HL23 Listings Hit Web [Curbed]

HL23 – Condos at 515 West 23rd Street [Triplemint]

Eye-catching building highlights High Line rebirth [AM New York]

Neil Denari Architects, HL23 [Arcspace]

Seminary Demo Begins: Beginning of the End for Controversial High Line Neighbor

Demolition has started on Sherrill Hall, the Seminary building that sparked a bitter neighborhood battle in Chelsea last year, when Seminary leaders proposed replacing it with a 17-story building. Scaffolding is up. Signs have been posted about asbestos removal and rat-baiting.  The building will be replaced by a seven-story building, which will help fund the Seminary’s efforts to restore its landmarked Gothic Revival campus



Seminary’s Renovation Juggles the Old, the New, and the Financial [NY Times]

CB4 to Seminary [Chelsea Now]

Chelsea Seminary Caves Again, Prays Seven Stories Will Fly [Curbed]

Christine Quinn’s Fighting Words on Javits High Line Block


[Photo: William Alatriste]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn delivered a rousing State of the City address (PDF) yesterday.  It included a promise to “fight any shortsighted effort” by the State to sell two sites adjacent to the Jacob Javits Convention Center until a compelling plan for Javits expansion or replacement is made.  One of the sites: the northermost High Line block, from 33rd to 34th Street. 

 The State previously said it intended to sell this site, as well as the 39th – 40th Street block, to fund housing and transportation initiatives.  Friends of the High Line’s views this site as an integral part of the larger discussion of the development of the rail yards.  And if the 33-34 site is sold for development, accommodation must be made for the existing High Line structure and/or its easement.

The State immediately issued a statement supporting its position, as reported by the New York Observer. Speaker Quinn has been a leading supporter of the High Line project since 1999, and she is an outspoken supporter of our efforts to preserve the High Line at the rail yards.

Florent Goes to Court!


[Photos: Getty; Laura Miller]

We bumped into Florent Morellet Wednesday night outside the Community Board 4 meeting and he was bubbling about his recent day in court. The Meatpacking District pioneer and devoted High Line supporter has filed suit against his landlord in an effort to extend the lease on the famed Restaurant Florent — and he was pleased because the judge was familiar with him and his fabulous eatery.

“I know this restaurant–Florent is a great place,” remarked Judge Matthew Cooper, according to Chris Shott in this week’s Observer. The judge is still deliberating, Florent told us outside the CB4 meeting. If he is forced to close the restaurant, Florent intends to make the final month at 69 Gansevoort Street one big party.

We will be there.

High Line Video on Open House NYC

The NBC real estate show Open House NYC covered the High Line’s transformation in a segment on its Sunday morning broadcast. It features co-Founder Robert Hammond and City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden. (A 15-second ad plays before the video.)

Crain’s Video: Rail Yards Developers at REBNY Gala


Crain’s caught up with four of the five Rail Yards developers at the 112th annual Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) gala.

Ric Clark from Brookfield, Stephen Ross from Related, Douglas Durst from Durst/Vornado, and Jerry Speyer from Tishman Speyer all make the case for why their development plan was the best.

Into the Box video

Interesting video primer on the rail yards site from

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