Demolition is in full swing at 45 East 60th Street, which will soon give rise to a 780-foot residential tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The tower recently received approval to begin construction, which explains the swift action on-site; the former 45 East 60th Street is already down to its second floor, and will soon be reduced to a pile of rubble.
The new 45 East 60th Street will be the tallest tower on the Upper East Side, though the ‘tallest’ designation is semi-moot given the building’s proximity to Midtown. Though prominent by Upper East standards, the tower will be dwarfed by the giants along 57th Street, which will double the skyscraper’s height. The difference between 57th Street and 60th will become increasingly pronounced as the new development boom gets underway, especially south of 45 East 60th Street.
In particular, the nearby 650 Madison Avenue has the potential to loom over everything, if it is indeed redeveloped. The Midtown East re-zoning will also alter the nearby skyline, opening the potential for massive towers to line the East Side avenues; 45 East 60th’s prominence will be entirely relative, but its unique combination of ample FAR and location will make the tower a standout. Stern’s distinguished architecture is also sure to leave a pleasant impression, with the future tower set to employ classic aesthetics as well as a minor cantilever over its eastern neighbor.
Although the colossi of 57th Street will dominate 45 East 60th Street in terms of height, the tower’s views will be sweeping, given the relatively low-rise buildings that surround the development, especially to the north. Unlike One57, 432 Park, 225 West 57th, and 111 West 57th, 45 East 60th exists at the periphery of Midtown, a major plus for open exposures.
45 East 60th is being developed by the Zeckendorfs, and will have a total of 40 units.