Future Look: The Lower Manhattan Skyline

Future Lower Manhattan skylineFuture Lower Manhattan skyline, image originally by Silverstein Properties, photoshop by Rey73

The Financial District’s skyline is set to undergo major changes in the coming years, with several prominent projects in the works, including 125 Greenwich Street, which will approach One World Trade Center’s height. A reader created a rendering of what Downtown will look like after four of the largest developments are finished, and the changes are impressive (larger version at link).

30 Park Place is hidden in this perspective by One World Trade Center, and 56 Leonard would appear to the left of the frame, but beginning with 101 Murray — protruding above Goldman Sachs — upwards momentum is once again significant. Two World Trade Center (200 Greenwich) remains unlikely to resume construction in the near future, but activity is already starting back up at Three World Trade Center, which will make a significant dent in the skyline’s current gap.

125 Greenwich is the most significant newcomer, though per Shvo, the skyscraper will see additional changes before work begins, as the design is still progressing. Whether the height is increased further remains to be seen, but deference to One World Trade Center will hopefully not be an issue when it comes to the future of the skyline, especially as One WTC’s most prominent and supposedly symbolic feature — the spire, depicted as it was supposed to look above — was value-engineered into a spindly antenna.

Moving south, the last new tower is 50 West Street, which is already under construction. Initially, the development was supposed to be one of the tallest Downtown, but 125 Greenwich and 101 Murray will both be substantially larger, with 30 Park Place and 56 Leonard also ranking ahead. Still, at 783 feet, it is approximately the same height as the tallest buildings in Miami, Boston, and Minneapolis, which shows the sheer scale of Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan’s impending boom will transform the overall skyline, and while Midtown will always reign in terms of sheer density, the quantity of supertalls Downtown — and their dense configuration — will be visible from both near and far, with the infill set to improve both the streetscape, and the city’s vertical profile.

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1 Comment on "Future Look: The Lower Manhattan Skyline"

  1. Being a full-fledged Native New Yorker I am awfully thrilled to see the development or Redevelopment of lower Manhattan the financial district area. It has been a long time coming ever since 9/11 September 11th 2001. That we who endured such a horrible face. Now to see Ari and improved new development of the financial district Center. As pleased than thrilled that I am to have survived that horrific tragic time. It gives my heart pleasure to see new growth. I must speak my personal opinionated mind. I am most disappointed to see the proposed designed future has in store. I feel since to magnificent powerful towers and represented unity and might of New York City has been torn down through destruction. Is that too even greater more powerful if not three, buildings go up to show overcome my strength Unity. The New York City Financial District center of the future & Beyond. I love the message to be sent even louder and clearer too many we will not circum and always prevail. Again this is one out of many New Yorker Americans period that feel this way and if my hunch is correct I can speak for many of the masses out there. Thank you for looking and allowing me to have a verbal opinionated say.

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