Excavation Update: 53 West 53rd Street, aka the MoMA Tower/Torre Verre

53 West 53rd Street, image by ILNY

While New York City’s most noteworthy residential supertalls are about to begin rising along 57th Street, another project that has been in the works for far longer is also pushing forward, at 53 West 53rd Street. There, excavation is finally beginning in earnest for the new MoMA residential tower, which Hines is developing and Jean Nouvel is designing.

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Equipment on a snow-speckled 53 West 53rd Street, image by ILNY

The latest photos (sent along by YIMBY reader ILNY) show the pit getting somewhat deeper since YIMBY last checked on the site, in October. Besides that, not much else has changed, and excavation appears to be moving at about the same pace as 111 West 57th Street, a few blocks to the northwest.

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53 West 53rd Street, rendering by Hayes Davidson

Evidently most of the hype-worthy action surrounding the MoMA tower is not on-site, but at a warehouse out in Brooklyn, which the New York Times covered two weeks ago. The interiors of the buildings 140 units are already on display, though it will be several years before their real-life counterparts are realized. Prices start at $3 million and spiral into the stratosphere from there.

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53 West 53rd Street, image by ILNY

53 West 53rd Street will stand 1,050 feet and 82 floors tall, with completion currently expected in 2017.

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