Work is continuing on the demolition of 10-20 West 57th Street to make way for a 52-story mixed-use skyscraper designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill. So far one four-story building has been fully razed, and 20 West 57th Street is currently in the midst of coming down. Scaffolding and black netting shroud the northern elevation with the top floors already torn apart and dismantled. Two other structures in the parcel remain and have been vacated. James Patterson of Ancora Engineering is the applicant of record and Solow Realty & Development Group is the developer of the 672-foot-tall, 383,000-square-foot skyscraper, which will contain 80 residential units spread across 202,738 square feet of space.
Photos below show the progress of the demolition and the two existing edifices that stand next to the Crown Building, which is undergoing a partial hotel conversion under the name Aman New York.
It’s interesting to see closeups of the exterior details scattered across each of the structures such as the deep stone cornices, protruding window frames, railings, faux balconies, Corinthian pilasters, Greek meanders, and roof balustrades.
A glimpse of 53 West 53rd Street can temporarily be seen with the teardown of the first property.
YIMBY last reported that the project will dedicate the first four stories to retail space, followed by a hotel on the next five levels. Residential units will average 2,534 square feet and will occupy floors 11 through 50. Though the future skyscraper won’t attain supertall status, its relative isolation from the skinny towers of Billionaires’ Row will still allow it to make a notable mark on the skyline below Central Park. It is also noteworthy that Solow Realty & Development Group hired Skidmore Owings & Merrill to lead the design of the project, as the two also partnered on 9 West 57th Street, aka the Solow Building, which sits directly across the street from the site.
No renderings or a start and completion date for 10-20 West 57th Street has been announced yet.