Press for NSCC + Landing Road

We’re always happy to see our projects get recognition, so we were excited recently to see both the New Settlement Community Campus (a collaboration between Dattner Architects and Edelman Sultan Knox Wood / Architects) and Landing Road (currently under construction) submitted to the New York Housing Conference Community Impact Competition Gallery, where they are in very good company with 49 other inspiring projects by non-profits in NY state.


Per NYHC’s website, the organization is ‘a nonprofit affordable housing policy and advocacy organization.’

Halloween 2015

Slasher-A-ESKWA  Happy Halloween from ESKW/A!

ESKW Fridge Fright


We’re really getting into the gory spirit this year.

The office fridge is fully stocked with spooky delicacies (see left), and we’re planning a Great Pumpkin carving and pumpkin ale tasting for this afternoon.

Afterwards will be a scary silent film streaming, for which we’ll sample a few different early cinema classics such as Nosferatu (1922), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), and The Golem (1915).

Check back next week to see the fruits of our labor, or better yet, stop in and give us a hand – or just a couple of fingers.

More Groundbreaking Work

‘Tis the season for breaking ground! Two weeks ago we lauded the official beginning of 233 Landing Road.  Last week, both 1561 Walton Avenue and 1066-1070 Myrtle Avenue celebrated their commencements.

1561 Walton Avenue is a 60-unit affordable housing project in the Mt. Eden neighborhood of the Bronx for Settlement Housing Fund, a long-time client of ESKW/A. Architects Kerry Zucker and Daughtry Carstarphen attended the ground breaking last Monday, which was covered in detail here: $20 Million Affordable Housing Development in the Bronx.

1066-1070 Myrtle is a supportive housing project in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.  The 6-story, 32,000SF building developed by the Institute of Community Living (ICL) will provide housing for individuals with mental health issues, including young adults transferring out of the foster care system. Architects Fialka Semenuik and Annie Kountz were in attendance on Thursday, with Fialka pitching in a hand with the ceremonial first shovel dig.

Big Week at ESKW/A

It’s been a busy week here at ESKW/A, as two of our current projects celebrated important milestones in their construction.

Landing Road_from hill

On Tuesday, we broke ground on 233 Landing Road, an innovative project for the Bowery Residents’ Committee which will be the first of its kind to blend affordable housing and a shelter.  The hybrid model is being developed under Mayor de Blasio’s HomeStretch initiative to provide permanent housing for very low-income New Yorkers.  Team members Kimberly Murphy, Moses Ragasa, Melissa Rousse, and Martin Galindez are looking forward to this exciting next stage of the project.

You can read more about the ceremony and the upcoming project in this article covering the event from the Observer.

True Colors Opening ESKW

As Landing Road began, close by in the Bronx another new building was coming to completion.  The True Colors Bronx residence, a West End Residences project, celebrated its official opening with modest fanfare.

Cyndi Lauper, an outspoken advocate for homeless LGBT rights, was in exuberant attendance, as were representatives from the owner’s representative, Artemis Development, and the general contractor, DP Group.

Project Architect Kimberly Murphy and team architect Marcella Yee were happy to attend the celebration for a project of which ESKW/A is very proud.

Read more about the event as it was covered by Bronx News 12 here.

St. Lucy’s Housing

ESKW/A traveled up to 103rd Street recently to snap some photos of our work on St. Lucy’s Housing, a pair of apartment buildings in East Harlem that provides 100 units for seniors and families.  Our team renovated the shared backyard landscape, corridors, cellars, community rooms + kitchens, as well as providing upgrades to the elevators, heating, and roofing systems.  We were pleased to have the opportunity to spruce up the shared backyard space for the residents, especially with the warm weather in full swing.  With the organic curves to the paths in plan and a natural aesthetic of concrete and wood, we’re proud of the results.


Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Gets Topped Out

Two weeks ago, a number of us from ESKW/A took the opportunity to visit the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! construction site at the Wildlife Conservation Society‘s New York Aquarium to celebrate the official topping out of the new building.

We gathered alongside dozens of workers from various trades for words of gratitude and encouragement from Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium, and Sue Chin, WCS Vice President of Planning and Design and Chief Architect.  We then turned our attention to the highest point of the new building (over the sea of hard hats) for the raising of the American flag, symbolizing the ‘topping out’ of the project.  Everyone gladly dove in to the catered lunch, posed for press photos, mingled, and enjoyed the summer weather and astounding view.

The concrete structure is rapidly taking form both inside and out, and those of us who do not attend weekly meetings enjoyed a tour through the burgeoning exhibition space with Ildar Istarki, project engineer with Turner Construction Company. ESKW/A architectural team members Cary, Michael, Fialka, Carlos, and Martin are palpably excited to see their work become a reality – and next summer is sure to bring even more excitement to Ocean Wonders: Sharks! as the interior is fleshed out and the custom acrylic tanks that hold a combined 500,000 gallons of salt water become home to sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, and innumerable schools of fish.

The event was covered by the New York Daily News and noted in the Brooklyn Eagle.  A video of the ceremony can be seen on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s YouTube channel.