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Interview with James E. Linsley, President, GID Development Group

With 28 years of real estate experience, James Linsley also serves on the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee of GID. Prior to GID, he worked with several of the nation’s most high-profile real estate organizations. He was previously a Senior Vice President with Related for 10 years. Earlier, he worked for Trump/New World Project Management (The Trump Organization and New World Development). He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute, the Urban Development Mixed-Use Council of the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism. Linsley holds a B.A. in architecture and a B.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh University as well as an M.S. in Real Estate Development and an M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Leaders Mag

Practice Tennis Like Roger Federer At These Haute Developments

Taking the lead in the new trend is the three-tower mega-development, Waterline Square, designed by starchitects Rafael Vinoly, KPF, and Richard Meier. Apart from its waterfront location and sky-high luxury condominiums, the development has its own 2.6-acre park and over 100,000 square feet of fitness and wellness amenities, also dubbed, The Waterline Club. Inside the club is an indoor tennis court, complete with scoreboard and has ample room for spectators to watch you practice like a tennis pro.

Haute Residence

Game, set, match! NYC buildings with tennis courts

Developed by GID Development Group, Waterline Square is home to the first and only indoor regulation-size tennis court in a residential development in New York City. Complete with bleachers for spectators and plenty of room for movement on the sidelines, the court is perfect for playing and/or cheering. After tennis, residents can enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of other best-in-class sports, leisure, and lifestyle amenities.

CITY REALTY

Home court advantage: Listings in NYC apartment buildings with tennis courts as amenities

North-facing apartment in a spectacular new development offers floor-to-ceiling windows, partial Hudson River views, luxe master suite with walk-in closet and five-fixture bath, and a 20-year tax abatement. The custom Italian kitchen is outfitted with Gaggenau appliances and high-end fixtures. Residents have access to the 100,000-square-foot Waterline Club, where amenities include a gym, rock-climbing wall, lap pool, tennis court, screening room, art studio, and bowling alley...to name just a few!

CITY REALTY

Saltwater pools: The new luxury amenity in NYC

Developed by GID Development Group, Waterline Square is an iconic collection of three residential buildings on one of the last remaining waterfront development sites on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It surrounds a three-acre park and all three buildings share a massive amenities package spanning 100,000 square feet. One striking amenity of the residents’ Waterline Club is their 25-meter, three-lane saltwater lap pool brightly lit with a unique skylight and inset ambiance lighting.

Saltwater pools: The new luxury amenity in NYC

Ritzy NYC buildings lure buyers with healthy perks for their kids

Kids and teens are key players in their families’ decisions to buy property. And local builders are rolling out the Astroturf to lure these pint-sized athletes — and their wellness-obsessed athletes — to new developments like Quay Tower at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 30 Warren St. in Tribeca and Waterline Square on the Upper West Side.

NEW YORK POST

Try Selling Three Towers of Condos in NYC's Jammed Luxury Market

It’s tough to stand out in Manhattan’s overbuilt luxury-condo market, but James Linsley is working on it. Instead of building a single, skyscraping tower designed by a world-famous architect, he’s putting up three -- on the same site.

BLOOMBERG

Interior Design, Front and Center

For Waterline Square, a five-acre condo and rental development on the western edge of Manhattan between West 59th to West 61st Streets, GID development group paired a different architecture firm with a different interior design firm for each of the project’s three towers. One Waterline Square is by Richard Meier & Partners and Champalimaud Design; Two is by Kohn Pedersen Fox and Yabu Pushelberg; and Three is by Rafael Viñoly and Groves & Co. In addition, Rockwell Group is designing an extensive amenities space and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects is creating a 2.6-acre park that connects the towers.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Waterline Square: New York's Riverside Trifecta

Waterline Square, a 1.8-million-square-foot, three-tower residential project along the Hudson River, is redefining a five-acre spit of New York City from West 59th to 61st Streets. “We’re the final waterfront opportunity and last piece of the Riverside South master plan,” says James Linsley, president of GID Development Group, which entrusted the architecture firms Richard Meier & Partners, Viñoly, and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to each create a building and matched them with top interior designers. Alexandra Champalimaud warms the precision of Meier’s exterior with her signature curved lines; Yabu Pushelberg provides a dramatic lobby for KPF’s cascading terraces; and Groves & Co. brings its mix of modern and classic inside Viñoly’s faceted, angular facade. With a 2019 move-in date, the property encompasses 263 condos along with retail, restaurant, and green spaces. For Linsley, the $2.3 billion plan is like a bespoke suit: “It comes down to every stitch and thread.”

DEPARTURES

11 billion-dollar mega-projects that will transform New York City by 2035

Designed by starchitects including Rafael Viñoly, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Richard Meier, Waterline Square is a five-acre, $2.3 billion plan for Manhattan's west side.

The project is set to be complete by 2019, and will include three residential towers, three acres of public outdoor space, and 100,000-square-feet of amenity spaces.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Perfect Your Serve at These Luxury Homes

The roughly 100,000-square-foot amenity space at the under-construction Waterline Square—a three-tower, 263-condominium complex (model shown in rendering) developed by GID Development Group—includes a regulation-size hard court with spectator seating. A 30th-floor unit, priced above, is 1,497 square feet.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Rafael Viñoly designs jewel-like residential tower for NY's waterline square

‘it looks like a sculpture, but this diamond form has a very important purpose, which is to deliver clear, optimal views from each residence,’ explains architect rafael viñoly. designing the third tower, which will be situated in the southeast corner of the plot, his design appears as a clear glass jewel amongst the ‘waterline square‘ condominiums. like the exterior itself, the residences are characterized by expressed corners and gently sloping exterior walls.

DESIGNBOOM

A First Look at the Interiors of Waterline Square

As Glenn Pushelberg likes to say, “luxury is a bogus term.” The interior designer—principal of Yabu Pushelberg with partner George Yabu—explains that the word no longer carries meaning amid the slew of glitzy properties expanding on the New York City skyline. What should buyers care about? An attention to quality.

In the case of Waterline Square—a community comprised of three glassy residential towers, a public park, and an extensive amenity program slated to be completed in early 2019—a considered attention to detail is central to the vision of the project. Located on the Hudson riverfront where midtown Manhattan meets the Upper West Side, Waterline Square boasts an impressive lineup of architects and designers assembled by developer GID.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

These fancy buildings have brought in celebrity chefs

Over on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Waterline Square — a three-building complex where condos start at $1.9 million and top out at $17.25 million — will debut a 28,000-square-foot food hall by Cipriani with a market, restaurants and fast-casual options. It’ll be the first concept of its kind for the Cipriani brand, which traces its roots back to 1930s Venice and is known for its swanky 42nd Street and Wall Street locations that tend to attract suited-up power brokers.

NEW YORK POST

The starchitect-led projects that will transform NYC’s skyline, mapped

Waterline Square picks up where Riverside Center left off, and Viñoly’s 3 Waterline Square will stand near the intersection of West 59th Street and Freedom Place South, the small pedestrian throughway that snakes through Christian Portzamparc’s master plan, at Riverside Center site 4. Each of Waterline Square’s buildings (the other two are designed by KPF and Richard Meier) will host condominiums up top with rentals in their bases, with one- through five-bedrooms sprinkled throughout.

CURBED NY

New York's Waterline Square skyscrapers climb in time-lapse movie

Watch towers by Rafael Viñoly, Richard Meier and KPF rise in this time-lapse video, which shows that the Waterline Square development on Manhattan's Upper West Side is almost complete.

The new movie – given exclusively to Dezeen – condenses the project's three-year construction process into just 45 seconds of footage, so the cluster of residential skyscrapers beside the Hudson River appear to shoot out of the ground.

DEZEEN

Grand Openings: 10 Major Real Estate Projects Coming To NYC This Year

Residents will start moving into this three-tower, 5-acre, 263-unit luxury megaproject this spring. The complex is owned by GID Development Group and designed by a combination of starchitects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Rafael Viñoly Architects and Kohn Pederson Fox Associates. The development is aiming for a $1.5B sellout. The project has a penthouse asking $17.3M, according to StreetEasy, and amenities include an indoor tennis court, an indoor basketball court, an indoor soccer field, an indoor gardening studio and a 25-meter lap pool.

BISNOW

This luxury condo features a first-of-its-kind skate park

Skater boys and girls better save your pennies, because here’s a condo for you.

The West Side’s 263-unit Waterline Square development will include an indoor skate park for freestyling punks — billed as the first for a multifamily residential property in New York City.

The Post got an exclusive first look at the gnarly space.

NY POST

New York City’s latest crop of luxury residential developments

Located in Manhattan’s Far West Side, Waterline Square is a large scale scheme comprising three high rises, each designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates or Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Respectively, exclusive interiors in each of the towers’ striking penthouses have been designed by acclaimed firms Groves & Co, Yabu Pushhelberg and Champalimaud Design. These beautiful interior spaces have just been revealed.

WALLPAPER*

From an Indoor Skatepark to a Private Golf Course, 8 Extravagant Home Features That We Love

At the upper end of the real estate market, top finishes, gyms, and five-car garages are now so common as to be something of a yawn. Many developers and builders are setting themselves apart by getting creative, however. They’re adding impressive features that would be special on their own, but become something even more as part of a residential building or standalone home. We’ve put together eight of our favorite over-the-top amenities that showcase how far imagination and unlimited budget can go toward elements that define the essence of luxury living.

ROBB REPORT

Empellón Taqueria Ventures to Glitzy Upper West Side Development

Hit Mexican restaurant Empellón Taqueria is headed to the Upper West Side. The popular West Village spot from chef Alex Stupak will open this fall in new development Waterline Square, located at 655 West 59th St., between West End Avenue and the West Side Highway.

EATER NEW YORK

$18 Million Penthouse at Manhattan’s Waterline Square is Building’s Priciest Sale

An $18 million penthouse at Waterline Square—the new Upper West Side development comprised of a trio of luxury buildings, each designed by a different starchitect—has found a buyer, Mansion Global has learned.
A contract for the penthouse was signed Monday, marking the most expensive sale to date at the project.

MANSION GLOBAL

A Blueprint for Seduction

One of the Upper West Side's last parcels of undeveloped land, at the southern end of Riverside Park, will soon be the location of sleek towers designed by top firms: Richard Meier & Partners, Rafael Viñoly Architects and Kohn Pederson Fox Associates. The dream-team project comprises 263 luxury residences, starting around $2 million.

DUJOUR MAGAZINE

Condo Sales Begin for All Three New Towers at Waterline Square in New York City

Sales have officially launched for all 263 residences at Waterline Square, a New York City residential development with three high-rise towers, each designed by one of three celebrated architecture firms: Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, or Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Located on the Upper West Side near the Hudson River, the 2.2-million-square-foot project features a 2.6-acre park and more than 100,000 square feet of amenities, including a 30-foot rock climbing wall, indoor half-pipe skate park, and indoor tennis court. All the condominiums are located on or above the 20th floor of each building, offering soaring river and city views in an upscale urban environment.

ROBB REPORT

Starchitect-designed UWS complex will offer residents an indoor soccer field, gardening studio, and more

With a powerhouse trio of architecture firms on board, it’s no surprise then that GID Development Group’s massive Waterline Square project will also come with an enviable list of amenities. Along with unveiling a full website on Monday, GID has also released details on the amenity package on this Upper West Side mini-megaproject.

CURBED NY

The Last Piece of a Far West Side Project Gets Built

The effort to convert the old Penn Central rail yard on the Far West Side of Manhattan into high-rises has bumped along since being proposed in the mid-1970s by a developer named Donald J. Trump.

NY TIMES

New York's Waterline Square Reveals Extensive Range of Resident Amenities

A residential complex located on manhattan’s upper west side — has unveiled its resident amenities package, which is believed to be one of the most comprehensive in the entire city. the development features three condominium towers designed by richard meier, rafael viñoly, and KPF. connecting the structures will be the recently revealed ‘waterline club’, which includes three levels of indoor amenities designed by rockwell group.

DESIGN BOOM

10 Reasons Why Waterline Square Will Redefine Upper West Side Living

GID Development’s Waterline Square mega project is destined for West Side success. Rising from a plot of decades-long undeveloped doldrums, this waterfront residential complex is a neighborhood game changer. Architecturally stunning, conveniently located and luxurious, Waterline Square is poised to become the West Side’s premiere urban living community, when completed in 2018. The property is already planting the seed for a new upscale neighborhood which could eventually be called the Waterline District. Who knows? Here are 10 reasons why it should be a smash hit.

FORBES

"Three leading starchitecture firms – Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates – have joined forces to collaborate on Waterline Square, a new residential development occupying five acres of land on one of the Upper West Side's last remaining waterfront development sites along the Hudson River."

Construction Update: Waterline Square

Construction is underway at Waterline Square, the three-tower development on the Upper West Side from GID Development Group. The development's three sites are the last sites available of the original 5-tower Riverside Center masterplan. Each of the three towers will be designed by a different high profile architecture firm. Tower One, located at the southwest corner, will be designed by Richard Meier Architects. Tower Two, at the northwest corner, will be designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Tower Three, adjacent to nearly completed One West End tower, will be designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects.

Field Condition

Starchitects Set To Invade Manhattan's Upper West Side

Named Waterline Square, the masterplan encompasses nearly five acres and will be located in Manhattan along the Hudson River from West 59th Street to West 61st Street, where Midtown meets the Upper West Side. The three buildings are One Waterline Square, which is designed by Richard Meier and Partners Architects, Two Waterline Square by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Three Waterline Square by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Forbes

A First Look Inside Waterline Square on Manhattan’s West Side

A triptych of luxury high rises in Manhattan, each designed by a different famous architect, will take the same approach inside—where three designers will create interiors to fit each building’s distinct facade.

Mansion Global

The partners behind a gargantuan apartment complex being built on Manhattan’s far West Side have nailed down $2.3 billion in construction financing at a time when money from traditional lenders is hard to come by.