The Real Deal New York

Failure to launch: Luxury developers holding back units

Marquee projects such as 111 West 57th Street have seen marketing delays
By E.B. Solomont | May 11, 2016 03:35PM

A rendering of 111 West 57th Street

A rendering of 111 West 57th Street

From the May issue: In one of the strongest signs yet that developers sense headwinds in the luxury condo market, the sales office at 111 West 57th Street is quiet these days. In March, developers Property Markets Group and JDS Development Group confirmed that the once-imminent sales launch at the 60-unit tower would be pushed back for at least a year.

The development, located at the landmarked Steinway Building, is not alone. Despite off-the-charts construction activity in New York City’s residential sector, new development inventory plummeted a whopping 44 percent during the first quarter of 2016, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and appraisal firm Miller Samuel. [more]