West Side residents protest TF Cornerstone project

Group decries overdevelopment as City Council vote looms; 57th Street is "under siege"

From top left: Thomas and Fred Elghanayan and a rendering of 606 West 57th Street
From top left: Thomas and Fred Elghanayan and a rendering of 606 West 57th Street

Midtown residents have formed a neighborhood coalition to protest the construction of TF Cornerstone’s 1.9-acre residential complex at 606 West 57th Street, near 11th Avenue.

About 150 people, as well as City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Corey Johnson, gathered last week for a community-run forum on overdevelopment in the area. They called on the Council to reduce the caliber of TF Cornerstone’s plans. The project, composed of two 28-story towers and a 14-story cube above them, is slated for a vote by the City Council on April 23.

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The City Planning Commission, Community Board 4 and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office have already signed off on the project. The neighborhood coalition Citizens for Responsible Organized West Side Development With Environmental Deference began its push late in the process.

“Fifty-Seventh Street is under siege,” resident Jessica Bondy told DNAinfo. “All of us are concerned about the unsustainability of projects this size. It’s a giant, giant project.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for TF Cornerstone said: “Every level of the public review process has supported the project thus far, with the participants finding that the development will invigorate a new up and coming neighborhood without any major unmitigated  impacts to the current environment. TF Cornerstone is particularly proud to be making such a significant contribution toward the Mayor’s goal for more affordable housing.” [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer