The East River Master Plan Project will develop a four-parcel site stretching along the FDR Drive in New York City, from East 41st Street just south of the United Nations, to East 35th Street. The project will comprise three residential towers designed by Richard Meier & Partners, an additional Richard Meier-designed residential tower will be located along the west side of First Avenue, and one mixed-use commercial tower designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, all between 38th and 41st Streets east of First Avenue.
A considerable amount of space is allocated to a magnificent public park with plantings, seating areas, and other amenities. A boulevard arrangement of trees is envisioned along First Avenue, as are pedestrian walkways from First Avenue to the East River on both 39th and 40th Streets. These walkways, along with carefully planned park vistas, will connect the entire neighborhood to a promenade overlooking the water’s edge.
The overall project site allows for a maximum floor area ratio of 10, resulting in the planned buildings ranging in height from 487 feet to 607 feet. The intention is to build approximately 4.75 million square feet with an estimated 2,500 new residences. Public and accessory parking will be provided underground. New prime retail space will be created to face First Avenue, and a restaurant pavilion will be sited adjacent to the promenade with views to the East River.