Construction Update


Long Island City: Finally, an Emerging Skyline

Satellite skylines across the water from Manhattan are a curious phenomenon: they appear to stay frozen in time for decades until they hit sudden, and typically large, growth spurts. As Lower Manhattan was still reeling from the tragedy of 9/11, Jersey City sprouted a forest of cranes. East of the Financial District, the current decade has ushered Downtown Brooklyn’s skyscraper renaissance, as its solitary peaks are now morphing into manmade canyons. Yet as 2015 draws to a close, Long Island City is set to command development watchers’ attention, and the region’s perpetual skyline underdog is about to undergo a complete overhaul.

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45 East 22nd Street

45 East 22nd Street Quickly Climbing Into Midtown South Skyline

Out of all the towers currently under construction in Manhattan, the most significantly relative to its surrounding neighborhood is likely 45 East 22nd Street. The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed building will eventually stand 777 feet tall, but it’s already poking above the local concrete jungle, and its sloped cantilever is also now obvious, per the latest from Tectonic.

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50 Bowery

20-Story, 229-Key Joie de Vivre Hotel Tops Out At 50 Bowery, Chinatown

This past July, the 20-story, 229-key Joie de Vivre hotel under construction at 50 Bowery, in Chinatown, was at the 17th floor and receiving its first glass panels. Now, the building is topped out, and glass is nearing the top of the structure, per Bowery Boogie. Commune Hotel & Resorts is developing, and Peter Poon Architects is designing. The building is expected to open in the spring of 2016.


53 West 53rd Street

Foundation Work Begins at 53 West 53rd Street, Formerly Torre Verre, Midtown

The saga behind the rise of 53 West 53rd Street is finally drawing to a close, and after excavation began approximately one year ago, foundation work is finally beginning for the future supertall. When we last checked on the project, digging had made some progress, but the latest photo set from ILNY shows the base of a crane has now been installed, rebar is arriving, and that excavation work has seemingly wrapped up.

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