430 East 58th Street Begins to Rise Above Sutton Place, in Midtown East

Former rendering of 430 East 58th Street (3 Sutton Place), photo by Foster + Partners. New design by Thomas Juul-Hansen yet to be fully revealed.

After several years of legal battles between developers involved with the project, and NIMBYs who were not, construction on 430 East 58th Street, aka 3 Sutton Place, is finally now rising above street level. The first set of reinforced concrete floors have already been poured, and formwork is now above the adjacent buildings. A slight cantilever on the eastern elevation is beginning to form and protrude outwards. The future residential skyscraper was formerly being designed by Foster + Partners, but is now being overseen by Thomas Juul-Hansen, and is set to rise 800 feet over the Midtown East neighborhood of Sutton Place. Gamma Real Estate is the developer, and the lot is located between Sutton Place South and First Avenue.

The construction crane and site looking east towards the East River. Photo by Michael Young

Looking at the first batch of floors already formed and completed. Photo by Michael Young

The construction crane sits on the main northern elevation, and work has progressed to the seventh floor. There will be views of the top of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, Roosevelt Island, Cornell’s newly built campus, and much of the rest of the Midtown and Lower Manhattan skylines.

The vistas can be seen in this earlier YIMBY article here. The images were taken almost four years ago, but still offer a striking and unique vantage point once work reaches the roof parapet.

430 East 58th, photo from tipster

430 East 58th Street, photo from tipster

Previous design iterations from December 2015 called for the structure to rise nearly 80 stories high and 1,000 feet tall, but it was eventually reduced to 800 feet. Since then, continued backlash from NIMBYs and their demand to stop construction had considerably slowed the project down. However, the developers were able to avoid inclusion within a ten-block rezoning with new height restrictions, as foundations for 430 East 58th street were already substantially completed by the time the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) took the owners to court in early December 2017.

A completion date for 430 East 58th Street has not been announced yet. The skyscraper should most likely top out next year, and could be finished around 2021.

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6 Comments on "430 East 58th Street Begins to Rise Above Sutton Place, in Midtown East"

  1. Jack Liberman | May 27, 2019 at 10:23 am | Reply

    Means NIMBY loss, YIMBY big victory, over horizon of Herr Der Bill Blasio “green deal” fitted projects.

  2. Jack Liberman | May 27, 2019 at 10:25 am | Reply

    For Comrade AOC sad day, “green bill Blasio deal”, is becomd a “deal” nobody cares!!!

  3. I was under the impression that the YIMBY manifesto advocated trashing most zoning and land use regulation because their argument was that this would speed the construction of more housing and that this would help solve the so-called housing crisis. In this instance, it seems like YIMBY can celebrate a victory, yet I fail to see how building this particular tower at 430 East 58th will do anything to provide affordable housing (and please, let’s not fall back on the old “trickle down” canard). Once you start upselling river, bridge, and skyline views, it becomes abundantly clear that this new “adornment” to the skyline is destined to be just another warehouse for the super wealthy – and quite likely (given the location) wealthy oligarchs who will avoid paying most NYC or NYS tax because these apartments will likely will only be used as pieds-a-terre.

    • David in Bushwick | May 28, 2019 at 9:12 am | Reply

      First and foremost, YIMBY likes TALL buildings, the taller the better. Billionaire’s Row seems to be the culmination of proclaimed obscene wealth, something like San Gimignano where getting distance from poor people was the point.
      It’s really just a problem of tax law, which can always be changed. Money laundering is also a big part, but the US government clearly has no interest in enforcing banking laws that provides dirty money to the already wealthy. There’s always an electronic trail with these corrupt big banks, so this situation could also change.
      But our culture truly reveres wealth, strangely, even with people who will never have any.

  4. Sutton Place Resident | June 1, 2019 at 8:38 am | Reply

    My understanding is the land was purchased with the air rights. The Sutton area residents could have and should have anticipated this issue in advance and worked with the city to rezone before this happened. But instead they complained after the fact and are went whining to the government to change the rules. These people have no respect for private property and freedom. How about I go to the government and complain that these people live in ugly, old buildings and ask a judge to force them to do a major facelift or rebuild their property? Of course that sounds crazy doesn’t it? But it’s the same thing. People lobby the government for laws and regulation to push their prejudice on others. The Sutton residents need to grow up and accept it. If they don’t like it, then they could have raised money (after all, the Sutton residents are very wealthy and have the connections) and purchased the property themselves and then done whatever they want with it. Oh, but that would be too hard. Instead, they go whining to the city government and ask judge to change the rules so they can FORCE the developer to change his plans. Govt is force. If you don’t agree then you’re incredibly naive. This debate was nothing but a bunch of whining Sutton residents who want to push their prejudice on others. And by the way, I live across the street from this new building, and it will likely block some of my light, but I still support the project because I respect freedom and property rights over other people’s prejudice. And the new building may actually bring new restaurants and other business to our neighborhood. The residents need to be less emotional and consider all points. The NYC skyline is always changing. It’s great to see new investment being made in NYC.

  5. Miguel Rodriguez | June 1, 2019 at 11:07 am | Reply

    Please stop mixing architecture with leftwing politics. It’s about New York’s role as capital of the world, and capital of architecture… And yes, there are billionaires in the world… And they have just the same right to live in Manhattan as any homeless person. Thanks…

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