Taking the top spot in our construction countdown for the third year is the Central Park Tower, the tallest building by roof height in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest residential skyscraper in the world. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell, the 1,550-foot supertall stands nearly complete at 217 West 57th Street on Billionaires’ Row in Midtown. Developers are expecting a $4 billion sellout for its 179 residences, which are being marketed by Corcoran Sunshine.
Recent photos show the reflective glass curtain wall substantially finished, with only some minor work remaining around the crown and on the northern elevation, where the exterior hoist stands attached. The construction crane has been fully disassembled since our last update in mid-September, and it will only be a matter of time until the hoist follows suit.
The multi-story Nordstrom flagship at West 57th Street and Broadway has been open to the public while construction continues above. The tall, white sidewalk scaffolding below the store’s wavy floor-to-ceiling glass façade remains standing and bears the retail tenant’s name in bold capital letters. Next door, metal scaffolding still temporarily covers the southern elevation of the 128-year-old Art Students League Building, which sits beneath Central Park Tower’s cantilever. This will likely remain until work on the tower is fully complete.
The residential entrance is found on West 58th Street by the base of the exterior hoist. Besides the void in the curtain wall that the elevator’s disassembly will leave, the only remaining section of glass to be installed is on the eastern elevation of the crown, above the three-story penthouse that spans floors 129 to 131. A final price tag for this lofty home has yet to be disclosed.
Perhaps the most prominent outstanding step toward the exterior’s completion is the removal of the remaining protective blue film from the windows and façade. Some of this has been peeled away over the past several months, though large sections still remain, concealing the skyscraper’s final appearance.
YIMBY expects Central Park Tower’s long-awaited completion to occur sometime in 2021.