Riverside South

The 56-acre 60th Street Railyard represented one of the last large tracts of undeveloped land on Manhattan and, as such, attracted numerous proposals for redevelopment over the years:

  • In 1962 the New York Central Railroad proposed Penn Yards, a a mixed-use development on a platform over the yard.
  • In 1974 Donald Trump's involvement began when he purchased a $10 million option on the property for an apartment complex in one of his first major transactions. That project collapsed when the proposed public financing fell through.
  • In 1981 an Argentinian developer purchased the property and proposed Lincoln West. That project fell through when the developer went bankrupt.
  • In 1985 Trump purchased the site for $100 million in a partnership with Abe Hirshfeld. In 1987 he proposed Television City, which would include a new headquarters for NBC along with residential buildings and a massive 152-story tower. That steroidal proposal was shot down by community opposition and a decision by NBC to stay in Rockefeller Center. A subsequent downsizing also failed to satisfy critics.
  • In 1989, a group of civic organizations proposed Riverside South, a residential community that would reserve half of the site for a public park. Since he couldn't beat 'em, Trump decided to join 'em and the project was approved in 1992, despite continuing community opposition. Trump's financial troubles in the early 1990's forced him to sell to a group of investors, delaying start of the project until 1997. Although the project ultimately ended up in the hands of the Carlyle Group and Trump was no longer directly involved, his name remains on the development under the moniker "Trump Place".
Riverside South viewed from New Jersey at sundown
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Riverside South viewed from New Jersey at sundown

Riverside Park South

A long, inclined path and a stairway lead from Riverside Boulevard down to the old pier area that became Riverside Park South.

Riverside Park South entrance
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Riverside Park South entrance
Path from park up to Riverside Boulevard
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Path from park up to Riverside Boulevard
Riverside Park South, Miller Highway
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Riverside Park South, Miller Highway

West 70th Street, Freedom Place

Lincoln Towers was a massive "Tower in the Park" urban renewal project completed in 1964. Freedom Place ran along the hill above the railyard between West 70th and West 66th Streets. With the building of Riverside South on fill on the east side of the railyard, Freedom Place became a pleasant retail thoroughfare, although the eastern Lincoln Towers side still presents a forbidding wall to the street typical of that era's construction.

Lincoln Towers along West End Avenue
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Lincoln Towers along West End Avenue
West 70th Street
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West 70th Street
West 70th Street - 220 and 200 Riverside Boulevard
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West 70th Street - 220 and 200 Riverside Boulevard
315 West 70th Street
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315 West 70th Street
315 West 70th Street
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315 West 70th Street
315 West 70th Street
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315 West 70th Street
160 Riverside Boulevard / Freedom Place
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160 Riverside Boulevard / Freedom Place
Freedom Place looking north from West 66th Street
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Freedom Place looking north from West 66th Street
140 - 240 Riverside Boulevard along Freedom Place
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140 - 240 Riverside Boulevard along Freedom Place
200 Riverside Boulevard retail along Freedom Place
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200 Riverside Boulevard retail along Freedom Place
Freedom Place at 66th Street
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Freedom Place at 66th Street

240 Riverside Boulevard - The Heritage

240 Riverside Boulevard
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240 Riverside Boulevard
240 Riverside Boulevard
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240 Riverside Boulevard
Riverside Boulevard, Sidewalk, Miller Highway
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Riverside Boulevard, Sidewalk, Miller Highway

West 71st Street

West 71st Street used to be a quiet residential street of older walkups and apartment buildings that dead ended at the Miller Highway. The road was extended west to Riverside Boulevard when 240 RSB was built, although movable barrier poles prevent it from becoming a noisy through street into Riverside South.

West 71st Street dead end
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West 71st Street dead end
Thru vehicle barrier on West 71st Street
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Thru vehicle barrier on West 71st Street
353 West 71st Street
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353 West 71st Street
353 West 71st Street
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353 West 71st Street
Older buildings on West 71st Street
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Older buildings on West 71st Street

220 Riverside Boulevard

220 Riverside Boulevard
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220 Riverside Boulevard
220 Riverside Boulevard
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220 Riverside Boulevard

200 Riverside Boulevard

200 Riverside Boulevard
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200 Riverside Boulevard
200 Riverside Boulevard
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200 Riverside Boulevard

180 Riverside Boulevard

180 Riverside Boulevard
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180 Riverside Boulevard
180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard along Freedom Place
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180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard along Freedom Place
180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard
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180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard
220, 200 and 180 Riverside Boulevard over the old railyard float bridge gantry
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220, 200 and 180 Riverside Boulevard over the old railyard float bridge gantry

160 Riverside Boulevard

160 Riverside Boulevard
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160 Riverside Boulevard
160, 180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard
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160, 180 and 200 Riverside Boulevard

140 Riverside Boulevard

140 Riverside Boulevard
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140 Riverside Boulevard
140 Riverside Boulevard
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140 Riverside Boulevard
140 - 240 Riverside Boulevard
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140 - 240 Riverside Boulevard

120 Riverside Boulevard

ABC-TV has a studio on West 66th Street that predates Riverside South and that used to have a nice view of the railyard. 120 Riverside Boulevard took care of that.

120 Riverside Boulevard
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120 Riverside Boulevard
West 66th Street between 140 and 120 Riverside Boulevard
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West 66th Street between 140 and 120 Riverside Boulevard
ABC Studio - now behind 120 Riverside Boulevard
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ABC Studio - now behind 120 Riverside Boulevard
Railyard Preparation for 120 Riverside Boulevard
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Railyard Preparation for 120 Riverside Boulevard
Railyard preparation for 120 Riverside Boulevard
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Railyard preparation for 120 Riverside Boulevard

100 Riverside Boulevard - The Avery

100 Riverside Boulevard under construction
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100 Riverside Boulevard under construction
100 Riverside Boulevard
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100 Riverside Boulevard
100 Riverside Boulevard
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100 Riverside Boulevard
100 Riverside Boulevard
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100 Riverside Boulevard
No Trespassing on the embankment
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No Trespassing on the embankment

80 Riverside Boulevard - The Rushmore

80 Riverside Boulevard under construction
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80 Riverside Boulevard under construction
80 Riverside Boulevard
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80 Riverside Boulevard
80 Riverside Boulevard
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80 Riverside Boulevard
80 Riverside Boulevard
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80 Riverside Boulevard
80 Riverside Boulevard
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80 Riverside Boulevard
80 Riverside Boulevard
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80 Riverside Boulevard
No Tresspassing
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No Tresspassing

West End Avenue

The west side of West End Avenue between 70th and 66th Streets is occupied by Lincoln Towers. Although new buildings between 66th and 59th Streets and between West End Avenue and the railyard cropped up around the same time as the Riverside South behind them to the west, I'm not sure they are technically part of the Riverside South Development.

64th Street Playground
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64th Street Playground
Newton and Darwin (Nobi Shioya - 1995)
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Newton and Darwin (Nobi Shioya - 1995)
Archstone - 101 West End Avenue
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Archstone - 101 West End Avenue
101 West End Avenue
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101 West End Avenue
101 West End Avenue
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101 West End Avenue
101 West End Avenue
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101 West End Avenue
75 West End Avenue
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75 West End Avenue
75 West End Avenue
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75 West End Avenue
55 West End Avenue
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55 West End Avenue
33 West End Avenue / 315/317 West 61st Street
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33 West End Avenue / 315/317 West 61st Street
33 West End Avenue / 315/317 West 61st Street
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33 West End Avenue / 315/317 West 61st Street