1059 Third Avenue

Building Name

1059 Third Avenue


Manuel Glas



Year(s) Built

Building Height (to roof)

417 ft (466 ft to mechanicals)

Stories #


Units #


1059 Third Avenue
Project Information:

The nearly completed Manuel Glas design at 1059 Third Avenue first received its zoning approval in 2015. Despite its plans being amended and approved by DOB multiple times, including the most recent zoning diagrams filed in November 2019, they still have serious errors and present odd solutions to make up for the extra square footage.

The DOB approved March 2019 zoning diagrams show errors that allow 1059 Third Avenue more floor area than permitted by zoning and allow the building to skirt the requirements of the tower-on-base form, which requires the tower portion to comply with specific tower coverage and floor area requirements that are not met here.

Most troubling, the building is nearly 10,000 square feet too large for its zoning district. It accomplishes this through a combination of improper floor area deductions taken systematically in the most valuable tower floors, incorrect measurements of gross floor area on every floor over 18, and deductions to which this building is not entitled. The size, pattern, and pervasiveness of the errors are of grave concern to FRIENDS, so much so, in April 2019 FRIENDS filed a zoning challenge against 1059 Third Avenue.

The most recent filed zoning diagrams show odd solutions to address the extra 10,000 square feet, such as the removal of exterior walls in order to create larger balconies, suggesting even the removal of – already constructed – structural beams. FRIENDS is working with urban planner George Janes to file a second Zoning Challenge with the Department of Buildings. We also question the feasibility of such alterations in an already built structure.

Relevant Documents:
  • FRIENDS’ DOB Challenge, April 20, 2019
  • DOB Response, July 30, 2019
  • DOB information
  • “Developers Built a 30-Story High-Rise. They Might Have to Chop Off 5 Floors.” by Matthew Haag, The New York Times, June 5, 2019.
  • “Checking in on 1059 Third Avenue; See New Rendering of Soaring Upper East Side Condo.” by Michelle Mazzarella, CityRealty, July 6, 2018.
  • “1059 Third Avenue’s Cantilevering Figure Nearing 481-Foot Pinnacle on Upper East Side.” by Michael Young. New York YIMBY, October 23, 2018.
  • “1059 Third Avenue Almost Halfway to Pinnacle on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.” by Andrew Nelson. New York Yimby, July 9, 2018.
  • “Demolition Begins on 500-Foot UES Condo Replacing the Art & Design Building,” by Ondel Hylton, 6sqft, December 11, 2015.
  • “30-Story Tower Coming To East 63rd Street: Permits Filed At 1059 Third Avenue,” by Stephen Smith, New York YIMBY, September 30, 2014.

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