YIMBY Scopes the Views From Central Park Tower at 217 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan

Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY took an exclusive tour of the top floors of Central Park Tower, a 131-story supertall at 217 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan and holder of the titles of tallest residential building in the world and tallest structure in New York by roof height. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell, the 1,550-foot Billionaires’ Row skyscraper yields 179 condominiums designed by Rottet Studio and marketed by Corcoran Sunshine, as well as a 320,000-square-foot, seven-story Nordstrom retail podium bound by West 57th and West 58th Streets and Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

The journey to the top begins by entering the main lobby along West 57th Street.

The main lobby at Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The main lobby at Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The main lobby at Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The main lobby at Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

Stepping off the elevator on the 100th floor, residents are welcomed by the final collection of amenities that make up the Central Park Club. These include a cigar room with a cognac lounge on the northern corner of the floor plate, a restaurant and bar, and the city’s highest ballroom that spans between the northern and southern ends of the tower. The floor-to-ceiling glass provides spectacular views of the city, the Hudson and East Rivers, Central Park, and more from over 1,000 feet above street level.

The cognac lounge. Photo by Michael Young

The cigar room. Photo by Michael Young

The cigar room. Photo by Michael Young

The cognac lounge. Photo by Michael Young

The restaurant and bar space. Photo by Michael Young

The restaurant and bar space. Photo by Michael Young

The bar space. Photo by Michael Young

The ballroom. Photo by Michael Young

The ballroom. Photo by Michael Young

The view of Central Park from the ballroom. Photo by Michael Young

An additional suite of amenities is located on floors 14 and 16 above the retail podium. These include an indoor swimming pool and hot tub with a double-height waterfall, an outdoor swimming pool with cabanas, a screening room, an indoor basketball court, a fitness center, a tween lounge, a conference room, a spa treatment room, a lounge with a billiards table, and a courtyard with a bar and additional seating. Central Park Club’s total square footage measures approximately 50,000 square feet.

The outdoor swimming pool. Photo by Michael Young

The outdoor bar. Photo by Michael Young

The indoor swimming pool. Photo by Michael Young

The indoor swimming pool. Photo by Michael Young

The indoor swimming pool. Photo by Michael Young

The indoor swimming pool. Photo by Michael Young

The residential lounge. Photo by Michael Young

The fitness center. Photo by Michael Young

The screening room. Photo by Michael Young

The basketball court. Photo by Michael Young

The following photographs were taken from the full-floor penthouse on level 113, which measures 7,074 square feet boasting five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms with interiors done by Bryan Brown, and unit 92E yielding 4,296 square feet with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with interiors by Rottet Studio.

Looking over the Manhattan skyline. Photo by Michael Young.

Lower Manhattan. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt, the East River, and Downtown Brooklyn skyline. Photo by Michael Young

The Empire State Building. Photo by Michael Young

The Chrysler Building. Photo by Michael Young

The top of One Times Square with the New Years Eve ball. Photo by Michael Young

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Upper East Side, Photo by Michael Young

The Upper East Side and East River waterways. Photo by Michael Young

The Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and Upper West Side. Photo by Michael Young

Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Manhattan at sunset. Photo by Michael Young

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34 Comments on "YIMBY Scopes the Views From Central Park Tower at 217 West 57th Street in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. What a treat it must be to live in the tallest residential building in the world.

  2. A ‘cigar room’..oy, almost funny. How about a parachute room?

    • In both private clubs and luxury residences, cigar rooms are ubiquitous in plush society. A parachute room, on the other hand, would be somewhat more exclusive…

  3. David : Sent From Heaven. | June 21, 2022 at 9:26 am | Reply

    Is there another tower taller than this? With this height I had to look at the scenery outside. I accept beautiful interior, which is so perfect that it can’t be blamed: Thanks to Michael Young.

  4. The interior of this building is the place to be. Exquisitely styled, generous amenities, killer views, and best of all, you don’t have to look at the exterior.

  5. Cheesemaster200 | June 21, 2022 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • Cheesemaster200 | June 21, 2022 at 9:50 am | Reply

      [obligatory indignation]

      … YIMBY should look into washing their text input on their comments, geez.

  6. wow! Beautifully designed

  7. Absolutely decadent! Spectacular views in all directions which is to be expected. However, the various interiors are another matter altogether – just awful. If this is what the super-wealthy expect and like then their is definitely something amiss in our society. Clearly there isn’t anything modest about these interiors or the people responsible for creating them. Palaces for the rich are a troubling sign for the rest of us mere mortals.

    • Proverbs 27:4
      “Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.

      • No anger. no wrath, no jealousy implied or intended, just the plain truth! The interior design is very ugly and over the top ostentatious!

  8. David in Bushwick | June 21, 2022 at 10:34 am | Reply

    I’m actually glad the exterior of this very prominently tall building is rather generic and the reflective glass fades into the sky. The corrupt privileged don’t deserve anymore attention than they already take.

    • Maybe, just MAYBE, these buyers EARNED it legitimately. Aren’t you being negatively judgmental, otherwise?

      • This man literally cannot help himself. It’s exhausting reading the same smug comments from him every single day.

        • give me a break all you uptight YIMBYS.
          Loosen your sphincter muscles a little. AHHHH doesn’t that feel good?

          David in Bushwhack keep up the great work and let’s wake up all these YIMBYS to the reality of us middle class folks.

        • James so exhausting isn’t it?
          I feel for youth read comments, wow.
          The internet lets all you trolls hide behind your computer. I would love to se you say that to someone’s face.
          give me a break all you uptight YIMBYS.
          Loosen your sphincter muscles a little. AHHHH doesn’t that feel good?

          David in Bushwhack keep up the great work and let’s wake up all these YIMBYS to the reality of us middle class folks.

      • Bushwick is a morally corrupt lowlife …. always whining

        • JJ do you really need to call people low lines because they have a different opinion than you?
          The internet lets all you trolls hide behind your computer. I would love to se you say that to someone’s face.
          give me a break all you uptight YIMBYS.
          Loosen your sphincter muscles a little. AHHHH doesn’t that feel good?

          David in Bushwhack keep up the great work and let’s wake up all these YIMBYS to the reality of us middle class folks.

          • “loosen your sphincter muscles ” …..
            Guesser , is that what you’re trying to do to my sphincter ?????

      • The majority of owners in this building are Russian Oligarchs and Middle eastern Sheiks who will never live there. They just need a place to park their billions somewhere under the guise of blind LLC’s.

        I would suspect that a small minority of anyone living in this building earned their money in ant legitimate way.

    • Way to go David

  9. What amazing views!
    I wonder when the next big one will go up? Maybe at that UWS site with the potential for a 1,600 ft and 1,200 ft building. Or maybe a megatall if you combined them?

  10. That is seriously ugly carpeting in the ballroom.

  11. Actually the sloppily selected colors and materials in the lobbies, lounges, and ballroom are in jarringly poor taste. I wonder is this tower fully sold?

  12. looks like a Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, nice but not what I expected

  13. Fantastic views…….gaudy interiors through-out this super-tall. From the lobby entrance to the posh bar and restaurant, what a disappointment.

  14. Great views but I’ve seen better interiors in other projects unfortunately.

  15. David of Flushing | June 22, 2022 at 8:13 pm | Reply

    I wonder with all the cigars and cognac if they have a throat cancer clinic on the premises.

  16. Michael John Grzelecki | June 25, 2022 at 4:11 pm | Reply

    Your pictures as always brilliant/beautiful Michael Young

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