Reshaping an Iconic Skyline, Construction of NYC’s SupertallsObelisk Home
It’s no question that New York City has the most iconic skyline of any city on the planet. But with construction of the many planned skyscrapers (now dubbed, “supertalls”), in just a few years the skyline will be completely transformed.
Can you imagine a midtown Manhattan skyline where the Empire State Building doesn’t dominate? Or one where you can’t even see the iconic structure? With construction projects that are underway, slated to begin, and in early planning stages this will soon be a reality.
Supertalls are sprouting up all over Manhattan, and soon we will have to do away with the classic version of the cityscape.
Some of the planned structures set to open in the next three years will even snatch tallest building titles out of the hands of other recently completed buildings.
With the skyscraper wars in full swing, we took a look at some of the buildings that will change the city’s skyline.
With the groundbreaking held last October, One Vanderbilt tower is scheduled to open in 2020. Once it is finished the first new skyscraper in midtown east will stand at 1,401 feet. The building will feature a public skydeck that can be accessed via Grand Central Station. The planning stages were met with some opposition because of air rights held by Grand Central Station, but further negotiations have allowed construction to begin. After it is completed, the building will house a transit hub for Grand Central as well as a shared 14,000 square foot pedestrian only area. These new changes will allow an estimated 65,000 more commuters a day into the Grand Central transit hub.
30 Hudson Yards
The location is the desolate site of the former Hudson Rail Yards. This massive project is expected to turn the disused area into a vibrant commercial and residential hub. The centerpiece of the project is a 90 story office building that is already under construction and will be completed in 2019. The building will stand 1,296 feet tall and feature the highest outdoor observation deck in the city. Once the series of new skyscrapers are completed, Hudson Yards can function as its own city within a city.
217 W. 57th St.
Only a building this tall would be shrouded in so much secrecy. The developers of the soon to be world’s tallest residential building have been pretty tight lipped about the details. Construction is underway and the building has begun to take shape. The tower will stand at 1,550 feet, making it the second tallest skyscraper in New York City. It will be a mix of commercial and residential space. Plans to start selling condo units will begin this year. The tower will also hold Nordstrom’s new seven floor flagship store.
111 W. 57th St.
Once completed this will be the “world’s skinniest skyscraper” as it is set to rise 1,428 feet into the air, but only be 60 feet wide. Crazy right? As a result, the building will house only 60 apartments when fisnished in 2018. Sales of the apartment units haven’t yet begun, but they will reportedly sell for $14 million apiece and could go as expensive as $100 million.