Construction Update: 220 Central Park South Rising Quickly, 217 West 57th Almost Above Street Level

220 Central Park South220 Central Park South, photo by Andrew McKeon

Earlier this week, we posted photos of work at 217 West 57th Street as viewed from the street level, and now we have a fresh set of overhead shots from reader Andrew McKeon, featuring both 220 Central Park South and 217 West 57th Street. And when comparing with the last set of similar shots from February, progress has been very significant.

220 Central Park South is now climbing steadily, and the base of the tower component on 58th Street is now almost fully-formed. The structure to hold the “villas” will be located directly on Central Park South, and while it’s not visible at this moment, the development’s private driveway appears to be taking shape.

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the tower will eventually stand 950 feet and 65 stories to its roof, and will likely contain the most expensive real estate in New York City. One combination has already sold for a rumored $200 million, easily besting all previous records, and while other developments may stretch far taller, none have a Central Park South address.

217 West 57th Street and 220 Central Park South

217 West 57th Street and 220 Central Park South, photo by Andrew McKeon

Immediately to the south, progress at 217 West 57th Street is also moving steadily, and the superstructure’s formwork appears to be climbing above street level. The first few floors of the development will be rather complicated, given the irregular floorplates for both Nordstrom, the office, and the amenity levels, and then after those, workers will have to contend with what may be the most dramatic cantilever in Manhattan to date.

217 West 57th Street

217 West 57th Street, photo by Andrew McKeon

But past that point, it should be relatively smooth sailing for the future 1,550-foot tall tower, which will take the title of New York’s tallest roof (and possibly its tallest tower should Gary Barnett have any last minute tricks up his sleeve).

220 Central Park South is expected to open its doors in late 2016, while 217 West 57th is set for a 2019 opening date.

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