New Building to Rise at 88th and 2nd Ave

Another turn of the century building is about to be turned into a distant memory, according to New York YIMBY.

1695 Second Avenue will soon be a 270-foot-tall residential tower offering 51 residences in what YIMBY believes will be a condominium building. The average unit size is expected to be 1,842 square feet. The total space will be 96,543 square feet, including a cellar and 93,945 square feet “designated for residential space and 2,507 square feet for ground-floor commercial space.”

Demolition applications were filed in 2019 and designs for the 22-story tower were filed shortly after, according to Patch. The former tenants of the five-story brick structure built in 1900 have all vacated the premises but there is no set schedule for demolition or the start of construction.

1695 Second Avenue

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The Yorkville corner of Second Avenue and East 88th Street was once home to Cafe d’Alsace, a French restaurant which first moved into the neighborhood in 1996. But when landlord Aimco notified executive chef Philippe Roussel of plans to demolish the building, the Alsatian cuisine moved a block north to the former home of the legendary restaurant Elaine’s at 1703 Second Avenue, between 88th and 89th streets.

Colorado based Aimco and its subsidiary AIR New York City have a substantial Upper East Side presence including rentals at 322 East 61st Street, 234 and 236 East 88th Street, 514 East 88th Street, and 165-173 East 90th Street.

Hill West Architects, the firm that is expected to oversee the construction, is also responsible for the 22-story condo at 1399 Park Avenue at East 104th Street and several Upper West Side properties including One West End Avenue, Waterline Square and One Riverside Park.
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