111 West 57th Street’s Exterior Hoist Disassembled in Midtown, Manhattan

111 West 57th Street. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Exterior work is taking another step toward completion on 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot residential supertall on Midtown, Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row, as the construction elevator has been disassembled from the northern elevation. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS DevelopmentProperty Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, 111 West 57th Street is the world’s most slender building with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1, and features 60 units designed by Studio Sofield and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Nearly all of the skyscraper’s signature terracotta and bronze trimmings and floor-to-ceiling glass panels have been installed. Only portions of the southern elevation and the northern profile facing Central Park are left to finish, while the construction crane has yet to be disassembled.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The podium and restoration of the ornamental touches to the adjacent Steinway Building looks thoroughly executed.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The Steinway Building next to 111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The Steinway Building next to 111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

One of many delicate ornamental touches on the Steinway Building. Photo by Michael Young

The crane has remained in relatively the same position since our last update in December during YIMBY’s construction countdown. A small segment of the mast was taken off in the final months of 2020, but it’s unclear when disassembly operations will resume.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

The hoist has been swiftly disassembled, leaving a strip of temporarily exposed floor plates on the northern side facing Central Park.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

SHoP’s design concept is a play off the “wedding cake” style of buildings from New York in the early half of the 20th century. Deriving from the 1916 Zoning Law, the profusion of setbacks resulted in some of New York City’s most famous landmarks like the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Now nearly 100 years later, 111 West 57th Street borrows the same principle but with a contemporary approach, mixed with unprecedented 21st century engineering feats, and the use of terracotta and bronze to evoke the Art Deco styling from the city’s Roaring Twenties.

111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

111 West 57th Street is expected to be finished sometime later this year.

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22 Comments on "111 West 57th Street’s Exterior Hoist Disassembled in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. Everytime I see 111 West 57th Street, I am awestruck by its breathtaking craftsmanship and elegance. The way Art Déco and modernism have been mashed together so nicely is just unbelievable. I also love the west and east facade with their beautiful terrocata pattern and the lovely stepped profile. I have to admit, 111 West 57th Street is probably the closest any New York skyscraper has gotten to the beauty of the famed Empire State Building.
    But as for the now, I’m glad to finally see the exterior hoist come down. 111 West 57th Street is sure getting closer and closer to completion!

  2. David in Bushwick | March 30, 2021 at 9:12 am | Reply

    The occupants on the upper floors will be flapping in the wind.

  3. Thomas is right
    111West 57th Street is the best of all the new super tall buildings……for sure!

  4. This is one of the ugliest buildings I have ever seen recently built in NYC. It sticks out like a big middle finger to the rest of the city. Whether one sees it from Central Park or uptown, the view towards downtown is now permanently ruined. This is the latest eyesore along the new Billionaire Row in the W. 57 Street area. The architects and builders have no consideration for aesthetics, neighborhood context, environmental concerns, the experience for park goers. This current NYC architecture with the super falls and super slims is a negative addition to the city. I would like to know who is purchasing in these buildings. There was a series of articles and reports. not in Yimby of course, about money laundering via apartment purchases in these super talls. I’d like to see more reporting on that issue. We are losing the artistry and soul of NYC with these monstrosities not being built for every day New Yorkers, and marring our skyline.

  5. …michael youngs photos are spectacular; for new york architecture that is awe inspiring;attention new york city developers; send your buitifull creative tallents too dallas, texas; thier is are no supertalls here in the fourth largest metropalitain(msa),and sooner than later, we will pass chicago; please build these “111 west 57th” towers here; and flood are trinity river, making it a huge waterfront lake!; if i see another 28 story tower built in dallas, texas, i am going too leave; thier must be fifty under construction!we need WATER forsupertall skyscapers!that inspire a new york city architecturaul character as this buitifull “111 west 57”; i would of created a multilevel,bell tower on the very top, with a hundred too a thousand bells of every size,and a pyrimid made of spires on the top, too create a lazer becone, that would shine 360° degree’s high atop; that could be seen on the breathe of the earth(event horizon); please send some of these developers too dallas, texas with “high hopes”, very sincerely…
    love Brother brent!
    p.s. maybe a 2,000 meter(david fisher architecturual)wind turbine, 360° rotateting supertall, that “dances in the wind”;… “artistical prowess”, with a “lakefront” and “lazer spire/lighthouse”; please bring the wrecking ball too demolish all these 28 story box towers,that inspire “houston”, not a “fabulous wimsickle new york city” … … …like the great movie “wonderstruck”!

  6. what a disgusting looking glass box.
    What a shame that they demolished a Steinway building to build this piece of junk
    that will remain half empty

    • confused in st louis | March 31, 2021 at 2:13 pm | Reply

      “Demolished a Steinway building”….I see at least four pictures of an old Steinway Building with captions of “adjacent Steinway Building” “The Steinway Building next to 111 West 57th Street” and “ornamental touches on the Steinway Building”. Was there another old Steinway Building? Is what we’re seeing just the shell of a demolished building?

  7. My favorite new skyscraper in NYC! A true engineering marvel.

  8. What a disgustingly out of context glass box.
    To think they destroyed a beautiful Steinway building to build this for all the foreign billionaires who will leave their apartments empty most of the time.
    What a disgrace

  9. Central Park Tower is 130 feet taller.

  10. Buenad tardes uo estoy interesada en los apt de loteria

  11. Wait till the facade paneling starts falling and all the problems with the unskilled starts to manifest itself.

  12. No question about it the billionaire occupants in the upper condominium apartment units will definitely feel the lateral sway of the tower from the wind. No amount of structural engineering or money can correct this! Just like 423 Park Ave. the tower elevators will most likely jam, plumbing risers will burst causing massive flooding and strange building noises (creaking) will occur in a heavy wind storm. Why anyone, especially anyone who can afford to live anywhere they choose, would put up with these very real inconveniences is totally beyond me. A disaster to occupy but interesting to look at.

  13. Sorry, but all these so called “slender” buildings have ruined our once iconic skyline. Glass towers can’t hold a candle to the beautiful brick and mortar buildings of years past. I know it’s cheaper to do glass, but the architecture of today pales when compared to the stunning early 20th buildings. Just my opinion.

  14. Just looking at all these new buildings must be very tempting for the next disaster movie to be filmed? Imagine them falling into Central Park!

    Talk about SHADOWS!! ?

  15. Beautiful, now that we’re getting to see the final look. Where is the tuned damper?

  16. David : Sent From Heaven. | March 31, 2021 at 12:13 am | Reply

    It is so tall that it looks like, and it goes beyond the other buildings around. Facade of the building so stunning design: Thanks to Michael Young.

  17. Giselle Montague | April 3, 2021 at 1:41 pm | Reply


  18. Love these new supertalls!! The future of iconic NYC!! Keep building taller!

  19. The fact that these buildings are being built is monstrously disappointing.An incredible waste of construction costs to achieve almost useless living space, with no gardens, no access to fresh air, phenomenal inefficiency in heating, cooling and water supply, failing lifts and a feeling of wobbling when the wind blows. Man has gone mad(der).

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