Demolition is continuing at 12 West 57th Street in Midtown, the site of a 672-foot-tall skyscraper that comes in at number 21 on our countdown of the tallest projects underway in the city. The 52-story project is designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) and is being developed by Sheldon Solow of Solow Management Corp., who filed permits back in 2019. A preliminary rendering was revealed in early May, showing a slender black glass monolith rising behind a white glass and marbled stone podium. The development required the demolition of three low-rise structures spanning from 10 to 20 West 57th Street.
Recent photos show that the westernmost structure is fully razed, with the land leveled and mostly cleared of debris behind the green sidewalk construction boards. The other two buildings still remain standing next to the 99-year-old Crown Building at 730 Fifth Avenue, which is undergoing renovations and a conversion into the Aman New York hotel. Work appears to be progressing internally on the demolition of these structures, as indicated by the presence of sidewalk scaffolding and white plastic sheets covering the windows.
Permits filed in February 2019 indicate that 12 West 57th Street is slated to yield 202,738 feet spread across 80 units and 180,396 square feet for commercial use including the hotel and retail. The building massing features a 15:1 height-to-width ratio and a curtain wall of dark glass, much like Solow’s 9 West 57th Street just across the street also designed by SOM. The rear side of 12 West 57th Street’s podium is shown to feature a loading dock on the ground level and several setbacks above for outdoor terraces. Another rendering shows a large black sculpture in the middle of a water feature, and a long rectangular canopy above the main entrance along West 57th Street.
No construction timeline or completion date for 12 West 57th Street has been announced, but YIMBY will keep an eye out for future updates.