The Midtown Plateau’s block-to-block coverage of behemoth skyscrapers knows no rivals in terms of sheer density, which is why it is increasingly difficult for towers to penetrate above the still-rapidly-growing thicket. But at an imminent height of 1,050 feet, and after ten years of watching and waiting, the Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street is about to do exactly that.
The Midtown supertall boom may be focused on 57th Street, but a few blocks to the south, the tower that started the frenzy is finally reaching into the skyline. 53 West 53rd Street, formerly known as Torre Verre and rising adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art, is now well over halfway to its eventual 1,050-foot pinnacle. The photos were posted by Streetscaper to the YIMBY Forums.
After a decade of waiting, Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street, formerly known as the Torre Verre and now known as 53W53, is finally climbing into the New York City skyline. And while the tower only stands about a dozen floors at the moment — up from only a handful when YIMBY last checked in on the site this past June — installation of its iconic cladding and glass has already begun, with the latest update thanks to YIMBY Forumer streetscaper.
Construction is wrapping up on the 60-story, 145-unit residential tower at 56 Leonard Street, located on the corner of Church Street in TriBeCa. Tectonic’s latest photo, posted to the YIMBY Forums, shows that the exterior is practically complete, with the exception of the construction elevator and the façade that will go in its place. The 821-foot-tall building’s Jenga-like pattern of overhanging floors is now clearly visible. The upper floors were still sheathed in netting when YIMBY last brought you an update a year ago. The bold design is the work of Herzog & de Meuron. Alexico Group and Hines are the developers. All of 56 Leonard’s condominiums sold by late last year and occupancy is now underway.