Excavation Begins for 200 Amsterdam Avenue, Soon to Become the Upper West Side’s Tallest Tower

200 Amsterdam Avenue200 Amsterdam Avenue

Back in June of 2016, YIMBY revealed the first renderings of 200 Amsterdam Avenue, which is set to become the tallest skyscraper on the Upper West Side, at 669 feet to parapet. Permits were filed a few months later, and now, despite protests by NIMBYs, excavation work has officially begun.

200 Amsterdam Avenue Excavation October

200 Amsterdam Avenue excavation progress, photo by Chused

SJP Properties is the site’s developer, having acquired the property for $275 million. Elkus Manfredi is the design architect, while CetraRuddy is doing the project’s interiors.

The latest photos come from Chused, and show that the site’s former synagogue is now completely dismantled. Local NIMBYs filed an audit with the Department of Buildings in an attempt to reduce the size of the new project, however their objections were found to be nonsensical, which is why the building is again moving forward.

200 Amsterdam Avenue equipment, photo by Chused

200 Amsterdam Avenue equipment, photo by Chused

While the developers may have to deal with an appeal, momentum appears to be on SJP Properties’ side (as well as the city’s zoning code). The tower will eventually stand 55 floors to its rooftop, with 283,000 square feet of residential space within, to be divided amongst 112 condominiums.

200 Amsterdam Avenue

200 Amsterdam Avenue

No formal completion date has been announced just yet, but a 2020 estimate would not be unreasonable.

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13 Comments on "Excavation Begins for 200 Amsterdam Avenue, Soon to Become the Upper West Side’s Tallest Tower"

  1. Welcome Home (David) | October 24, 2017 at 8:13 am | Reply

    Dad told me before you see comfortable you have to meet hard problems. (American’s teaching)

  2. 200 Amsterdam is an example of how the City ignores its own rules and statutes to give developers what they want. Citizens and their concerns are give no voice. The Mayor should be ashamed of this monument to mammon.

  3. No planned improvements to infrastructure. That neighborhood is already congested. Ugh!

  4. I live on Amsterdam ave at 493 and I encourage the the business and the tall buildings.

  5. I feel that this is a very handsome tower which will be a real asset to the neighborhood and to the Manhattan skyline. The design of the skyscraper’s summit recalls Mayan architecture, a truly unique architectural phrase.

  6. Aracelis Ramirez | October 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm | Reply

    New development ANY AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

  7. Lincoln Sq Resident | October 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    200 Amsterdam Ave is the result of greedy developers and local representatives who ignored the project before it was approved and only stood up when the community spoke up!

  8. Its a beautiul design and will enchance the UWS. Amazing all the complainers. There are so many awful buildings on UWS built in the 60’s and 70’s so to complain about a building just because its tall without appreciating its nice design is folly.

  9. So-called NIMBYs have a pretty strong argument against this project. It won’t offer anything but multimillion-dollar units, and it will seriously block afternoon sunlight in/around neighboring Verdi Square and literally hundreds of nearby apartments. It’s the epitome of private gain at public expense, and the height should be reduced.

  10. Looks like a building inspired by the shape of a Gillette razor blade. Did a summer intern design this ?
    If so, I predict he or she will disclaim it 10 years from now.

  11. Sometimes greedy developers design good looking buildings. This is one of them.

  12. Bringing midtown to further up north. I’m not surprised at all. What is next more tall buildings.

  13. Filling the dire need for more super luxury housing in Manhattan!! Park your new cash right here. Those dusty pre war Park Avenue co-ops are already filled with old cash.

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