The West Side Line travels from New York’s Penn Station, north to points such as Albany and beyond. Of course, this rail system is mostly beneath the surface, although bits and pieces are visible from the street level. Or at least they used to be. Slowly but surely the West Side Line’s visibility is slowly being erased as the real estate boom gobbles up every last piece of available space in New York; hole in the ground be damned. The image below, from Google Maps, shows the construction site approximately 2-3 years ago. A remnant from the past, the exposed West Side Line was still visible from the ground level. That kind of thing just doesn’t fly any more in New York.
In three short years, and that includes from the initial DOB filings, 505 West 43rd is making substantial headway towards its summer 2019 completion date. We caught a fleeting glimpse of the construction, so we’ll circle back with total stories completed. DOB filings indicate the structure will top off at 15 stories. Filings with the Attorney General Finance Bureau tell us this will be a 123 unit condominium.
Of course, 505 West 43rd isn’t the only platform building in New York. Situated in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen, the West Side Line isn’t so far from the booming areas adjacent to the High Line, and of course, the massive Hudson Yards project. Real estate pressures in the area are profound. In the last 10 years, large swaths of the West Side have been torn down and rebuilt. Platform construction has taken on an important and more frequent method of construction when space is otherwise non-existent. The Hudson Yards and Manhattan West are a perfect examples of platform construction. Just across the street, the developers of 510 West 45th street turned their hole a ground into a 14 story, 100 unit residential building. Check out the 2009 versus 2017 Google street view images below: