Renderings are out for a complete redesign of 609 Fifth Avenue, a large retail space on one of the busiest street corners in the country, in Midtown Manhattan. The modern façade will bring floor-to-ceiling windows to the base of the limestone structure.
YIMBY has covered One Vanderbilt’s evolution extensively, and several years after it was initially proposed, construction is now reaching well above street level. Today, we have a new look at what the uppermost portion of the tower will yield, in the form of its observation deck. The developer, SL Green, is considering several new options.
Two weeks ago, YIMBY reported on the rise of the first of two cranes that will be used to build One Vanderbilt, on the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, in Midtown East. Now, the second crane has been installed, and the first photos of the supertall’s facade have also been revealed. While glass won’t appear on the actual tower for another year or so, the initial images are very promising for what will become the tallest skyscraper in the neighborhood.
One Vanderbilt has been in the makings for quite some time, and while it took several years and a special pre-Midtown East rezoning approval for work to begin at the site, things are now chugging along with gusto. Steelwork for the soon-to-be 1,401-foot-tall tower breached street level about a month ago, and now, the future supertall’s crane has arrived on-site, heralding imminent verticality.
On Saturday, four concrete pumps descended on a web of rebar to conduct the first pour for the foundation of One Vanderbilt, a 58-story, 1.7-million-square-foot commercial tower under construction adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. The progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits have the 1,401-foot-tall tower measuring 1,755,814 square feet.