Construction Update: The Atelier II

The Atelier IIThe Atelier II

Work has definitely resumed on the Atelier II at 605 West 42nd Street, after taking a major pause due to the 2008 financial crisis. Progress on the foundation is evident – compare the above photos with the previous update on the project – and the forest of weeds that grew on-site has been removed. With concrete pouring again, the tower should be going vertical by the end of the year.

The Atelier II will eventually rise 656 feet, and contain 1,191 apartments; even by Manhattan standards the tower will be enormous. Measured by the number of units, 605 West 42nd Street will have no New York rivals once it is built, as mega-developments are typically split between many different buildings. Size-wise, the closest competitor will be 10 Court Square in Long Island City, which will have nearly 1,000 units.

Given the project’s bulk and height – depicted in a lone rendering – all northern views from the Silver Towers will soon be blocked. Whether 605 West 42nd is attractive or not remains to be seen, as no truly detailed plans have been released, but it will surely be prominent, and the tower will be a major addition to 42nd Street’s urban canyon.

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