Central Park Tower Reaches Final Stages of Construction in Midtown, Manhattan

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower‘s exterior work has reached the finishing stages as construction nears completion on the 1,550-foot Billionaires’ Row supertall in Midtown, Manhattan. Addressed as 217 West 57th Street, the soaring 131-story skyscraper is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell and holds the crown as the tallest structure by roof height in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest residential building in the world. Corcoran Sunshine and Extell Marketing Group are leading sales for its 179 units and are anticipating a $4 billion sellout. The property rises between West 57th and West 58th Streets and includes Nordstrom retail frontage along Broadway.

Since our last update in May, the final glass panels have filled in the gap in the crown and more of the remaining blue protective film has been peeled away from the tower. All that remains to be completed now is a small section of the podium.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

A small section of the podium’s northern elevation remains exposed from where the mechanical hoist was once attached. This is the last time we will see the bare superstructure and wavy outline of the perimeter, which is repeated on both the northern and southern sides of the massive Nordstrom retail space. The sidewalk scaffolding along 57th Street that bears the Nordstrom logo in large black capital letters should also be removed soon.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY last reported on the project when the eastern side of the crown was illuminated for the first time. Since then, the other three sides remain dark, but could soon follow suit as the project gets closer to completion. When it does, it will stand as a bright beacon over Billionaires’ Row, Midtown, and New York City as a whole.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower’s residents will enter the building either through the private lobby on West 57th Street or through a secondary, more discreet access point along West 58th Street through a gated valet entrance. On the 100th floor will be The Central Park Club, the highest private residential club in the world and one part of the building’s 50,000 square feet of amenities that are also spread across the 14th and 16th floors. Other features include an outdoor terrace with a swimming pool and cabanas for entertaining, a private screening room, a residents’ lounge, a tween game lounge on the 14th floor, a full-floor fitness and wellness center with a gym, a training room, a squash/basketball court, and spa treatment rooms on the 16th floor.

The highly anticipated homes come in two- to eight-bedroom layouts beginning high above the streets on the 32nd floor, and range from 1,435 square feet to over 17,500 square feet. Resident-only services include in-home and in-club dining experiences, complemented by an exclusive Nordstrom partnership offering beauty and spa services, clinical skin care, personal stylists for wardrobes in the home, and a variety of in-store perks, including advance access to new brands and collections, and priority access to invite-only events.

Central Park Tower is expected to be completed sometime before the end of 2021.

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17 Comments on "Central Park Tower Reaches Final Stages of Construction in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. What’s the point? It in no way makes NYC interesting at all . Seems like the new new is to watch children build sand castles on the beach in hopes of selling their castles to money launderers and dictators.

    • As the tallest roof in the city, and with a significant cantilever down low, it has both from a distance and up close made the city more interesting. So you’re wrong there. But is it beautifully rendered? Has it made the city more attractive? Nope.

  2. It’s sad to see that Central Park Tower is coming to a close. I have found it so entertaining to watch this building get built, from its triumphant rise to the sky, to the ever creeping-up curtain wall. I also loved watching the construction elevator going up and down–so scary. There has been something just so fascinating about seeing this incredibly tall yet such handsome-looking building come to fruition, and I’m so happy I got to see it, including the years of updates from New York YIMBY.

  3. Disregarding spires (and one prominent antenna) the CTBUH unfortunately includes in its calculations, it took nearly half a century for a US building to exceed the height of the Sears/Willis Tower. Who would have thought.

  4. David : Sent From Heaven. | August 9, 2021 at 9:24 am | Reply

    Your photos show progress make me appreciate its supertall, one way was I looked with so much force on the floors: Thanks to Michael Young.

  5. David in Bushwick | August 9, 2021 at 9:28 am | Reply

    So tall, so very dull.

  6. Andrew Porter | August 9, 2021 at 9:32 am | Reply

    The Nordstrom store frontage is obviously on West 57th Street, not on Broadway, as your article erroneously states.

    I used to work at 1776 Broadway, the masonry building on the corner, a million years ago. Well, 53 years ago, anyway…

    The new tower is next to the Art Student’s League, which once touted the northern light, which artists appreciate. But now…

  7. Not all that intrusive, considering it’s size. Will enjoy watching it light up.

  8. WHAT A DISGUSTING OUT OF CONTEXT GLASS BOX FOR THE RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS AND MIDDLE EASTERN BASED BILLIONAIRES TO PARK THEIR ILLICIT MONEY IN .
    THIS RANKS AS ONE OF THE UGLIEST BUILDINGS FROM ANOTHER BILLIONAIRE FROM EXTELL

  9. The stark contrast between RAMSA’s 220 CPS and the CPT all accrues to 220 CPS’s advantage. The smart billionaire $$$ is choosing 220 CPS.

  10. Can someone help me understand why Extell’s supertalls (CPT and One57) are so unattractive compared to the others (such as 53W53, 220CPS, 111 57th and even 432 Park)? Has it just assumed that people will be so wowed by the heights that they won’t even notice or care about the aesthetics? Does it have a reputation for mediocre exterior design?

  11. Beautiful! The tallest residential tower in the world and at 1551 feet, much taller than the World Trade Center without the fake mast.

  12. Now that CPT is almost complete, it’s time to develop a true
    “MEGA-GIGA-SUPERTALL”!

    Call it “BladeRunner Plaza”!,
    something like 3,000-4,000 feet high, with views of the curvature of the Earth!!

    The projected $4 BILLION the CPT developers hope to make in sales for only 179 condo is pure GREED, as thousands at street level struggle to make rent payments on modest housing!

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