Yesterday, developer Sheldon Solow's ambitious plans to redefine the East River skyline were examined in the Sun, as he is presenting the plans to a Community Board today. Solow proposes to build six towers south of the United Nations along the East River, with over 5 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space.

So far, some residents and officials have met with Solow and his company, East River Realty, but one community board member says that Solow doesn't want to change the design or density of the project. The City Council, as well as City Planning Commission, needs to approve the project, and City Council member Daniel Garodnick tells the Sun, "I have serious concerns about the project. The buildings are too big, and too dense for the neighborhood."


We thought the rendering with the heights of the proposed buildings (middle) and the chart showing what the buildings would bring (below), both from the environmental impact statement, were interesting - they are big. Curbed says apparently Whole Foods is interested in space in one of the buildings.


Here's the environmental impact impact statement (PDF) for the project. Solow is described as litigious and interested in design. He is also a big presence on 57th Street - already owns 9 West 57th and 6 West 57th - but is looking at buying 12 West 57th.