Vertical progress on Extell’s 50 West 66th Street appears to be stalled, and it is unclear at the moment what is causing the delay in construction. Snohetta is the design team behind the 775-foot-tall residential skyscraper, which would become the tallest structure on the Upper West Side.
YIMBY last checked in on the upper Manhattan property earlier this summer when work had just reached street level. A recent check-in through the construction fence showed the site bereft of activity, and it appears that no work has occurred in some time. The exposed steel rebar for the walls and columns of the ground floor is now covered, while the rest of the unused equipment is neatly arranged and stacked across the site. 50 West 66th Street is located between West 65th street and West 66th Street, adjacent to the ABC News studio and the current headquarters of the Walt Disney Company.
The tower’s plot sits close to the west side of Central Park and will provide views of Frederick Law Olmsted’s sprawling landscape, the Hudson River, the slender supertalls of Billionaires’ Row, and the rest of the Midtown skyline. Should 50 West 66th Street be completed, it would surpass the 668-foot-tall roof parapet of 200 Amsterdam Avenue.
The 66th Street-Lincoln Center subway station is half a block away from the site and serves the local 1 train. A host of shops and dining are found nearby at Columbus Circle while access to Central Park can be found at the entrance on West 65th Street by Tavern on the Green.
It’s unsure when construction on 50 West 66th Street will resume, but YIMBY will keep a close eye on the site.