Developers Sense the Time Is Right to Play Off the Aura of West Chelsea

(The New York Times) Frank Gehry’s IAC building was a shot of glamour for West Chelsea when it was built in 2007, an almost ethereal assemblage of white, sail-like forms at 18th Street and the West Side Highway. At 130,000 square feet, it is one of the largest commercial buildings in the neighborhood.

Now, it may have a rival, at least in size. The Albanese Organization just closed on a deal for a nondescript warehouse abutting the High Line elevated park that was once intended to be a hotel built by the musician Jay-Z. Albanese plans to replace it with a nine-story 175,000-square-foot office building.

A rendering of 510 West 22nd Street in Manhattan, alongside the High Line elevated park. Credit:

Cook + Fox Architects

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/realesta...