The rise of the supertalls has been several years in the making, and One57, 432 Park Avenue, and One World Trade Center have offered a preview of the increasingly gargantuan changes taking place across New York City. But 2016 will mark the start of a new era for the city’s skyline. With six supertalls of 300 meters (984 feet) or greater now rising, the city’s total number of such buildings will nearly double, from seven to thirteen. Yesterday, the New York Post featured YIMBY’s compilation of the towers, and today we wanted to give our own rundown on the image and its implications for our continually-changing city.
111 West 57th Street
The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.
The past few months have seen construction kick into high gear at several sites along and adjacent to the 57th Street corridor, and now 111 West 57th Street will join the pack. Interior demolition and excavation began last year, and now the tower’s crane has arrived on-site, signaling its impending verticality.
JDS and PMG’s 82-story, 60-unit condominium tower at 111 West 57th Street, in Midtown, has received a $725 million construction loan, thanks to AIG and Apollo Global Management. SHoP Architects is designing, and the supertall is now expected to stand 1,438 feet to its pinnacle. The existing Steinway building is being partially demolished, and foundation work is currently underway, with completion slated for 2018, according to Crain’s Business. In April, YIMBY brought you new renderings of the project.
Visualhouse sent along a rendering of the Manhattan skyline circa 2030, and the vista will be far more impressive than today’s, with supertalls set to line both 57th Street and the Far West Side. The image leaves out the new World Trade Center as well as several major projects in Midtown and on the Far West Side (and Nordstrom is also missing its cantilever), but the picture gives a good idea of the changes New Yorkers can expect over the next few years, even though the approximation is likely closer to 2020 than 2030, given that all depicted additions (besides 15 Penn) should be complete by 2018/2019.