Visualhouse sent along a rendering of the Manhattan skyline circa 2030, and the vista will be far more impressive than today’s, with supertalls set to line both 57th Street and the Far West Side. The image leaves out the new World Trade Center as well as several major projects in Midtown and on the Far West Side (and Nordstrom is also missing its cantilever), but the picture gives a good idea of the changes New Yorkers can expect over the next few years, even though the approximation is likely closer to 2020 than 2030, given that all depicted additions (besides 15 Penn) should be complete by 2018/2019.
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between today and the future will be 57th Street, which will host the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, the pinnacles of 432 Park Avenue, 111 West 57th Street, and 217 West 57th Street will all stand higher than the rooftop of One World Trade Center.
Still, barring the insane ravings of a committed group of NIMBYs, the Central Park skyline should be even more impressive than what’s depicted above. Additional prominent towers are in the works or tentatively planned at 36 Central Park South, 31 West 57th Street, and 123 West 57th Street, and while all are currently very preliminary, each member of the trio could be completed well before 2030. The MoMA Tower at 53 West 53rd Street is also depicted, and foundation work for that building is currently underway.
The rendering also omits 220 Central Park South and 1710 Broadway. The former is already under construction, and the latter is in preliminary planning stages, though renderings obtained by YIMBY show the potential for a supertall.
Besides the sheer verticality of the 57th Street towers, the buildings comprising the new Hudson Yards will be the largest change to the skyline in terms of bulk, as the surrounds are still nearly empty. By 2030, both the Eastern and Western Yards should be complete (though only the Eastern Yards are in the rendering), and a line of supertalls could also extend north, including projects like 3 Hudson Boulevard (also missing). To the east, Brookfield’s Manhattan West is depicted.
Last not but least, the rendering includes One Vanderbilt and 15 Penn Plaza, though the design for the latter project could change substantially when it is finally built, which probably won’t be anytime soon.