A Luxury Tower Rises Next to … Honk! … the Lincoln Tunnel

Via Wall Street Journal

It is wider than the most famous Manhattan boulevards like Fifth Avenue or Central Park West. But the location, next to 10 lanes of ramps leading to the Lincoln Tunnel, is somewhat less glamorous.

Yet a developer believes that with some good soundproofing he can bring luxury living to one of the bleakest stretches of New York real estate.

The Lewis, a new 12-story rental building, is about to open amid the din of honking horns and the puffs of exhaust enveloping one of America’s busiest tunnels. A wide curved expanse of concrete lanes and underpasses along Dyer Avenue at West 35th Street provides dramatic backdrop for the new building, with the new glassy geometric towers from Hudson Yards rising in the background.

The brick-clad Lewis, with 186 apartments, along with a sister building with 125 units nearing completion across the entrance ramps at 445 W. 35th St., shows how runaway land costs are forcing developers to grab anything they can get.

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