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Manhattan West

Across West 31st Street from Kaufman Hall, Manhattan West, a major residential and commercial development stretching from 31st to 33rd streets, and from Ninth Avenue to Dyer Avenue, is currently under construction.

When completed in 2020, the complex will include a 62-story residential building, two commercial office buildings each over 60 stories tall, and a 30-story hotel with condominiums on the upper floors. An existing office building on the west side of the complex is being renovated and the first floor will house a Whole Foods grocery store and dining options. The complex will surround a large central landscaped plaza open to the public.

Construction at Manhattan West

The developer, Brookfield Properties, has informed FIT that some of the work, adjacent to the train tracks between West 31st and West 33rd streets, can only be done after hours when it will not disrupt train operations. The company has obtained after-hours work permits allowing construction from 10pm until 5am, Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends. 

College administrators meet regularly with Brookfield Properties to discuss conditions, plan for upcoming activities, and identify measures that can be taken to reduce noise and disruption. (See noise reduction progress to date.)

Please report disruptive noise immediately. FIT logs all student complaints and reports them to Brookfield Properties the same day. College administrators can address these issues much more effectively with your input. You are encouraged to:

  • File a complaint with New York City every time the noise is excessive. Either call 311 or use the “request” option on the 311 NYC app. Repeated complaints may result in fines.
  • Submit a noise report to the Dean of Students Office each time that disruptive noise is experienced. Please email reports to dean_of_students@fitnyc.edu and include the date, time, and duration of the noise, as well as the room number in which you hear it.
  • Contact Brookfield Properties: Henry Caso, vice president, Manhattan West Construction, (212) 560-0746 or email Manhattanwest.Development@brookfield.com.

Learn more about the Manhattan West project on the developer’s website.

Manhattan West, Ninth Avenue at West 33rd Street

Dates: Exterior work will continue through March 2019. Project completion is anticipated in summer 2019. 
Responsible Party: Brookfield Properties

The internal steel structure and concrete walls and floors of this 68-story office building are complete. Exterior construction will continue through March 2019.

Manhattan West, Ninth Avenue at West 31st Street

Dates: July 2017–December 2020 
Responsible Party: Brookfield Properties

Site preparation for this 62-story building began in July 2017 and will continue through June 2019. To install the deep footings for the building’s foundation, the project requires six months of rock chopping, which is loud and percussive work. Rock chopping will begin in late December 2018 and continue through June. This work will occur on weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm. Currently, no weekend or nighttime work is anticipated. 

Following completion of the foundation, construction of the building will continue for 18 months, through December 2020.

The Pendry Hotel, West 33rd Street between Ninth and Dyer Avenues 

Dates: March 2018–June 2021 
Responsible Party: Brookfield Properties

Site preparation for this 30-story hotel and condominium tower requires two to three months of rock chopping early in the construction process. This work will occur on weekdays, between 7 am and 6 pm.

Other Construction

Reconstruction of West 31st Street Roadbed Support Structure  

Dates: December 2018–December 2020 
Location: West 31st Street from Ninth Avenue to just east of the front door of Kaufman Hall 

Responsible Party: Brookfield Properties for the New York City Department of Transportation 

The bridge that supports the West 31st Street roadbed from Ninth Avenue to just before the entrance to Kaufman Hall must be replaced. This will involve closing this portion of the street to vehicles for the better part of two years. Pedestrian access on West 31st Street will be maintained and construction will not directly obstruct the entrance to Kaufman Hall.

Demolition of the roadbed is scheduled to begin in November 2018.  

AC Hudson Yards Hotel, West 31st Street at Dyer Avenue  

Dates: Scheduled to start in December 2018. 
Responsible Party: Arisa Realty

This 26-story hotel project is not part of the Manhattan West development.  The building will be located directly west of Kaufman Hall and will abut the residence hall’s loading dock.

While a project schedule is not yet available, similar construction projects take about two and a half years to complete. The first portion encompasses demolition, site preparation, foundation work, and construction of the building exterior, and the last year of work is primarily within the building.

FIT is in active negotiations with Arisa Realty, the project’s developer, to proactively address issues of safety, disruption, and privacy for Kaufman Hall residents.