One Manhattan Square

One Manhattan Square rising on the East River waterfront.

Superstructure is rising and curtain wall installation is underway at Extell's One Manhattan Square, a residential condominium tower on the Lower East Side waterfront. Designed by Adamson Associates, the 800-foot-tall tower replaces a former Pathmark grocery store. As the tower surpasses the one-third mark of its final height, I took a tour inside to check out the progress and the views.

One Manhattan Square is part of the recent surge of waterfront development in Lower Manhattan. The city has undertaken a multi-year project to upgrade the East River Esplanade, Pier 17 is undergoing a major retail reconstruction, and construction of residential towers are following. One Manhattan Square is at the forefront of residential development in this neighborhood, with construction progress far ahead of nearby 1 Seaport.

East River waterfront skyline.

One Manhattan Square rising next to the Manhattan Bridge.

View from the East River Esplanade.

Design of the exterior curtain wall of the tower includes two different wall types. At the north and south facades, panels are floor to ceiling glass with a bronze metal spandrel at the floor slab. For the east and west facades, flat glass panels are alternated with panels that tilt outward from the floor or the ceiling, adding dimension to the façade and a more dynamic reflection to the glass.

Curtain wall installation ongoing at the west facade.

View of the north facade from Pike Street and Cherry Street.

Concrete columns at the ground floor entry.

The future residential lobby under construction.

The tower will offer 815 residential condo units designed by Meyer Davis with luxury finishes and top of the line appliances from Miele and Subzero. A choice between dark and light kitchen finish packages will be offered to residents for customization of the residence to their tastes. Views from the tower, even at its current height, are panoramic, affording views of New York's iconic architecture and waterfront from Lower Manhattan to Midtown to Brooklyn.

Looking west towards the Lower Manhattan skyline from the residential tower.

A view of Lower Manhattan's iconic towers from the residential tower.

Governors Island and East River waterfront views from the residential tower.

Views stretch from Lower Manhattan to Midtown.

Panoramic views encompass Hudson Yards (left), the Empire State Building (center), and 432 Park Avenue (right).

View of Manhattan Bridge from the residential tower.

Curtain wall at the east facade.

Curtain wall facade at the northeast corner.

Residents will have access to over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities such as a sports club, spa, entertainment and recreation facilities, and high-end services. Outdoor amenity spaces are designed by West 8, the team behind the ongoing redevelopment of Governors Island, which is visible from the waterfront views in the tower.

Completion is expected in the second half of 2018.

East facade from Cherry Street.

Looking south on Cherry Street.

Architect: Adamson Associates; Interiors: Meyer Davis; Landscape Architect: West 8; Developer: Extell Development Company; Program: Residential; Location: Lower East Side, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.