2014 Year End Roundup: The 5 Biggest Stories for NYC's New Constructions

2014 has been a pretty solid year with a whole lot of brand new projects making headway.  With new constructions going at this pace, New York’s skyline is on track for a pretty neat transformation — and with projects in Brooklyn and Queens on thr rise, especially around the waterfront, the attention isn’t just focused on Manhattan anymore.


1. Silver Cup Studios West:

Naturally, we here at New Construction Manhattan are really into new developments.  But Manhattan isn’t the only borough we love.  This ambitious — $1 billion ambitious, to be exact — got approval from Queens Community Board 2, which means that LIC is going to have some business punch coming its way via Silvercup Studios West.


2. Bjarke Ingels Group Big U:

The Big U is crazy… so crazy that it just might work.  The Danish design firm’s ambitious plans to wrap Lower Manhattan in protective berms is sure to become an indelible facet of the city’s streets upon its completion.


3. Trinity Church Enters Residential Market:

While many of the city’s houses of worship have been closing down due to financial hardship, Trinity Church is doing exceptionally well thanks to their real estate arm and 1705 land grant from Queen Anne, which needless to say, has considerably appreciated in value over the past three centuries.


4. Lower Manhattan Rising Up:

One World Trade finally opened, which was pretty symbolic for Lower Manhattan’s renewal as a hub of commerce and innovation.


5. Megaprojects Abound: Essex Crossing Construction, Astoria Cove and Hallets Points:

The erstwhile Seward Park Urban Redevelopment Area has already made some headway towards Manhattan’s megaproject on the Lower East Side.  While the plan was already on the books in 2012, demolition commenced this year, setting stage for actual construction.  Meanwhile in the outerboroughs, Astoria Cove and Hallets Point are all set to go in Queens, which will introduce a whole lot of residential and commercial space to the area.