Construction is set to resume at 50 West 66th Street, the soon-to-be tallest skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Progress had been stalled on the 775-foot-tall residential tower until recently, when a joint venture was formed between Extell Development Company and global investment entity Tennor Holding B.V. to complete the project. Snøhetta is the designer of the 69-story structure, which will eventually eclipse the parapet of the neighborhood’s current title-holding skyscraper, 200 Amsterdam Avenue.
Photographs from last week show the site awaiting the return of activity, as YIMBY has noted in our last two articles. A constitutions crane is fully assembled on the northern end of the property. Building materials are neatly stacked around the site, and an array of steel rebar stands protruding where the ground-floor columns and walls will rise. For the time, the Billionaires’ Row skyline is visible through the massive void, providing clear views of Extell’s two 57th Street projects, Central Park Tower and One57.
50 West 66th Street will yield a total of 127 condominiums and a host of recreational amenities including an indoor swimming pool, a full basketball court, a squash court, and a bowling alley. Additional amenity spaces will be located on the 20th floor and include a manicured lounge, a business center, a landscaped terrace with fire pits, and a spa.
The architecture and curtain wall call for a mix of limestone, bronze cladding, and a glass façade. The massing slims down from an angled setback around the building’s midpoint and culminates in a sloped pinnacle. A cutout in the northwestern corner appears to make room for open-air terraces, which would provide clear views of the Upper West Side and the Hudson River.
A resumed construction timeline and completion date have not been publicly disclosed.