Construction is rising above street level on 520 Fifth Avenue, a 76-story residential supertall in Midtown, Manhattan. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Rabina, which took over from Ceruzzi Properties and SMI USA in 2019, the 1,000-foot-tall structure will span 507,608 square feet yield 98 residential units, as well as commercial space on the lower floors and four cellar levels. WSP is the structural engineer, DeSimone Consulting Engineers is the facade consultant, and Suffolk Construction is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 43rd Street, one block north of Bryant Park.
Foundation work has concluded since our last update in December and the steel and reinforced concrete superstructure has begun to emerge above the sidewalk fence. Recent photos show numerous bundles of rebar protruding across the site awaiting the formation of interior columns. A tower crane has also been erected on the south side of the plot to assist in construction.
A tall steel column stands near the center of the building’s footprint surrounded by network of steel rebar.
The following rendering by DBOX provides a better picture of 520 Fifth Avenue’s numerous stepped setbacks, which are shown topped with terraces on the southern and eastern elevations. The design culminates in a stepped crown and mechanical bulkhead.
The site is located in close proximity to a number of transit options, including Grand Central Terminal with access to the 4, 5, 6, 7, Shuttle train to Times Square, and Metro-North, as well as the Long Island Rail Road at the newly opened Grand Central Madison concourse below Vanderbilt Avenue.
520 Fifth Avenue’s completion date is posted on the construction board for June 1, 2026.
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Beautiful. Love the attention to detail and art deco inspiration – Will be a stunning addition to the skyline
Great to see this finally on the rise. Looks like it’s going to be a stunning addition to the area.
Oooh I love all those lines and shadows popping up in the sunset shots of the mock-up and can’t wait to see it on the building!
Is there any breakdown of the commercial space by type and square footage?
I imagine when completed, and all those 98 part-time residents move in, those apartments will be DARK most of the time, similar to other towers? 🤔
So you’d rather continue to stare at an empty, rat-infested lot in a prime area for the next umpteen years? What’s your point, other than complaining about rich people as usual?
I don’t think that’s what he’s saying at all, but you can continue to be overly dramatic about it, if you like making assumptions about what other people want.
Nice building. But why not 5 more feet, to reach 1,000?
Because absolutely no one cares about that except height foaming skyscraper dorks. Who cares about making dome arbitrary list. Just tell yourself it’s 1000 feet if that’s what’s required.
It’s over 300 meters, which is the key height, making it a “Supertall”. I’ve never seen a list based on 1,000′, so that imperial measurment isn’t important.
I do however agree with you when a building is just a few meters shy of 300.
Well, there goes the beautiful view of 500 Fifth Avenue from atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Yep. I’m a big fan of 500 Fifth, too!
If like this I would be very fascinated to look at its height, and straight up into the sky on taller than wide taken to the top of many towers. Especially a stepped crown that is showing above the skyline view, when looking down it gives a thrill to see towering on the horizon: Thanks to Michael Young.
Okay SteveO, by all means continue building a utopian city for only the wealthy, and WHO will support them with basic services if the 99% can’t afford to live within commuting distance?
Yes, I understand your excitement of having dozens of “Bladrunner” towers over 1000 ft., for the 1%’ers, but if NYC is trying to outdo Dubai, then let them continue this non-stop construction frenzy!
To me that doesn’t make for a very interesting city. 😔
I hope no public money went into it but i dont see a problem. One thing is these building floors often are unnecessarily high but in general I really think the human species needs places like Manhattan to build tall dense buildings/housing. The more the population lives in cities, because they are made livable too hopefully, the less new development takes place in undisturbed rural and suburban areas. Not every city is like Manhattan so I really support going big when possible.