One Manhattan Square

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252 South Street
A624, One Manhattan Square and Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan, July 2019.jpg
One Manhattan Square and Manhattan Bridge (July 2019)
General information
TypeResidential, retail
LocationManhattan, New York City, United States
Coordinates40°42′37″N 73°59′29″W / 40.710394°N 73.991388°W / 40.710394; -73.991388
Construction started2014
Topped-outSeptember 2017
Roof847 ft (258 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count72
Floor area939,850 sq ft (87,315 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectAdamson Associates, Dattner Architects
DeveloperExtell Development Company

One Manhattan Square (also known as 225 Cherry Street or 252 South Street) is a residential skyscraper project developed by Extell Development Company in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Built from 2014 to 2019, the project was built on the site of a former Pathmark grocery store, which was demolished in 2014.[2] The building topped out in 2017 and stands out significantly within the context of the neighborhood, the next highest structure being the Manhattan Bridge at roughly 30 stories (102 m) in height.[3] A 13-story affordable housing component will be located separately on-site from the main tower.[4] The building topped out in September 2017 and was complete by August 2019.[5][6]

One Manhattan Square (right, foreground) under construction in 2017


The neighborhood's residents immediately reacted to the closing of the old Pathmark supermarket, claiming that gentrification would prevent them from being able to buy affordable groceries. Once the Pathmark closed, other markets in the neighborhood became more expensive.[7]

Other residents of the area opposed the project because the tower would be out of context with the rest of the vicinity. In fact, Extell Development Company initially proposed a tower of 68 stories or 800 feet at the site in 2014,[8] but later reduced the scale of the tower structure to 56 stories or 700 feet. Concerns are over the transit infrastructure not being able to support such a development.[9] However, the building wound up topping out at 72 stories.

Additionally, several dozen area residents organized into a protest in April 2015 claiming the project made unequal the future residents of the affordable housing portion and those residing in the luxury tower. Some claimed the separation of the affordable portion, restricted to a 13-story structure, acted as a "poor door" for the overall development.[10]


  1. ^ "One Manhattan Square". Skyscraper Page. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  2. ^ Litvak, Ed. "Photos: Cherry Street Pathmark Demolition". The Lo-Down. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Extell Planning to Reduce Height of 250 South Street Tower to 56 Stories". Bowery Boogie. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ Litvak, Ed. "Extell Reveals Plans For 205-Unit Affordable Tower on Former Pathmark Site". The Lo-Down. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ Plitt, Amy (September 29, 2017). "Extell's One Manhattan Square tops out on the Lower East Side". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Report: 121 Closings at One Manhattan Square in 2019 So Far". The Lo-Down. August 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Conduah, Panyin (February 25, 2015). "Clash Over Tower in Two Bridges". Straus News. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  8. ^ YIMBY, New York. "Permits Filed: 250 South Street". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  9. ^ Conduah, Panyin (February 25, 2015). "Clash Over Tower in Two Bridges". Straus News. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  10. ^ McCarthy, Hannah. "Protesters Voice Outrage Over Extell's 'Building From Hell,' Coming to the LES". Bedford + Bowery. Retrieved 3 June 2015.

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