Vision: New York 2020

Skyscraperpage user sbarn has produced another gorgeous rendering of the future New York City, containing a multitude of projects and set in 2020. Some of the rendered projects–like 225 West 57th Street–are guesstimations, but most are firm proposals.

The angle of the photo diminishes the impact of the skyline as a whole to some degree, but the changes between now and 2020 are going to be dramatic. Both 57th Street and the Hudson Yards will play host to clusters of ‘supertall’ buildings in excess of 1,000 feet, and there’s even a chance the entire new World Trade Center will be complete.

Also of note is the Empire State Building’s status on the skyline, which actually doesn’t look like it will change that much. Though many taller buildings are either under construction or about to be, the Empire State Building’s neighborhood is actually devoid of any planned supertall activity. The closest potential rival would be 15 Penn Plaza, but recent news would indicate the prospects of that rising anytime soon are almost zero.

Future New York City
New York 2010: Original photo from Grandcanyons
Future NYC
New York 2020: Rendering by sbarn on Skyscraperpage
Future NYC
New York 2020: New Buildings, by sbarn on Skyscraperpage

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3 Comments on "Vision: New York 2020"

  1. According to CTBUH, Manhattan West should appear taller in this rendering. Also, is there recent news about 15 Penn Plaza? Comparatively speaking, I wish not to sound like the student in the classroom who corrects the teacher on spelling. Rather, I’m simply very much interested on the subject if anyone can post a link of recent news. Thanks.


  2. No worries! Sbarn has commented that Manhattan West is indeed taller than the depiction in the rendering, although per Brookfield’s most recent statements the difference is quite trivial. Whether the project resembles the preliminary renderings at all remains to be seen, as they were released prior to Related’s unveiling of its Hudson Yards project.

    I’ve updated the post with a link to the latest in the 15 Penn saga, by the way. They decided to renovate the Hotel Pennsylvania rather than tear it down, so I can’t imagine demolition occurring within the next decade. There are so many proposed office towers that demolishing an existing hotel that’s making money makes no sense, especially if they don’t have any tenants committing to the project.

  3. Shouldn’t 56 Leonard be a part of this picture?

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