The developer of one high-profile project on the west side of Manhattan has realized that construction sites need not be ugly and has done something about it.
Two graffiti artists were recently commissioned to create works for 520 West 28th Street and its associated High Line Nine gallery space at 505-511 West 27th Street, both in West Chelsea. The condominium development spans a through-block site connected to West 27th Street, sitting between the High Line and 11th Avenue. The late architect Zaha Hadid designed the building and Ismael Leyva Architects is serving as architect of record. The gallery space will be beneath the High Line and designed by studioMDA, with Bronx-based architect Kevin Byrne serving as architect of record. Related Companies is the developer of both projects.
The new art can be seen on both 27th and 28th streets. The works were painted by hand last week by artists Jonathan “Meres One” Cohen and “See TF,” both known for their work at 5 Pointz, the former graffiti mecca in Long Island City. They collaborated on both works, though See TF is highlighted more on 28th Street and Meres One on 27th Street.
“I am honored to be working on this project in the heart of the new West Chelsea district, and to bring the spirit of 5 Pointz… to one of the most iconic new structures, the High Line Nine,” Cohen said in a statement.
The works will remain on site until the corrugated metal walls and gates they adorn are taken down.
520 West 28th Street will have 39 residential condominiums across its 11 floors. The units will average 3,533 square feet. Amenities will include a 75-foot-long pool, a private IMAX theater, a spa suite, an entertainment room, a fitness center, private residential storage space, a garden near the lobby, and an automated 11-car parking garage in the cellar.
High Line Nine will have 15 gallery spaces, nine of which will range from 1,200 to 5,000 square feet each in High Line Nine’s standalone buildings. The remaining six gallery spaces in 520 West 28th Street will range from 1,000 to 5,400 square feet. High Line Nine will also have a café and wine bar. Paul Kasmin Gallery, originally in SoHo, will anchor the new gallery space, consolidating what are currently three West Chelsea gallery spaces.
Initial move-ins at 520 West 28th Street should take place soon. The standalone High Line Nine gallery spaces should be ready later in 2017.