A stroll north through the heart of the Upper West Side, an area chock-full of handsome prewar properties, will eventually lead you to a largely landmark-free zone where newer buildings abound.
And this northernmost stretch of the neighborhood spanning 96th to 110th streets —let’s call it the “Upper Upper West Side” — now has a collection of new residential projects in the pipeline that will give it an even fresher look.
One of them is 15 W. 96th St., where plans were filed in December for the construction of a 22-story building with apartments and community space, with SLCE Architects serving as the architect of record.
The application is still pending and other information is scant, but project developer Sackman Enterprises — its reps declined to comment for this story — will reportedly put up 16 condos there.
Plans are also pending for the addresses spanning 59 to 63 W. 104th St., where property owner Harry Tawil aims to deliver a seven-story, 34-unit project that will likely house rentals, other reports say. Progress appears to be afoot, as demolition permits were approved in July for the existing structure on this lot, city records show.
Despite the Upper West Side’s years-ago rise to residential prominence, industry sources say this 15- by 7-block stretch has been long overlooked by developers, simply because it’s not within the prime south-of-86th Street zone. But following the 2007 arrival of Extell Development’s Ariel East and Ariel West condos — located at 2628 Broadway between 99th and 100th streets and 245 W. 99th St., respectively — the neighborhood began to change, bringing more residential and commercial options along the way.