After decades of planning and three years of construction, Manhattan’s Moynihan Train Hall finally opened its doors today to commuters. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 255,000-square-foot redevelopment of the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building shines with a grand new hall for Penn Station’s Amtrak and Long Island Railroad service, replete with a 92-foot-high glass atrium that harkens back to the original terminal. The new space, which was unveiled on Wednesday by Governor Cuomo, will help relieve commuter congestion and improve train scheduling and capacity.
Construction is continuing to rise at 450 Eleventh Avenue, a 487-foot-tall, 531-room hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in Hudson Yards. Designed by DSM Design Group and developed by Marx Development Group, the 43-story tower is one of the newest additions to the booming Midtown West neighborhood surrounding Related Companies‘ first phase of Hudson Yards. The project site is located at the corner of West 37th Street, directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center.
Taking the top spot in our construction countdown for the third year is the Central Park Tower, the tallest building by roof height in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest residential skyscraper in the world. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell, the 1,550-foot supertall stands nearly complete at 217 West 57th Street on Billionaires’ Row in Midtown. Developers are expecting a $4 billion sellout for its 179 residences, which are being marketed by Corcoran Sunshine.
Exterior work is getting closer to completion on 111 West 57th Street, a 1,428-foot-tall residential supertall on Billionaires’ Row and number two on our countdown of the tallest projects under construction in the city. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development, Property Markets Group, and Spruce Capital Partners, the 60-unit Midtown skyscraper stands as the world’s most slender structure with a height-to-width ratio of 24:1.
Demolition is progressing rapidly at 270 Park Avenue, the site of JP Morgan Chase‘s new 1,425-foot-tall headquarters in Midtown East and number three on our end-of-year countdown. The firm is demolishing its former 707-foot-tall, 52-story tower to make way for the massive supertall, which will yield 2.5 million square feet of office space. The full-block parcel is located between Park and Madison Avenues and East 47th and 48th Streets.