For decades, the New York City skyline was dominated by one building: the 1,250-foot-tall Empire State Building. However, now the city is seeing an unprecedented construction boom, so I decided to make a list of the twelve tallest NYC towers opening soon and making one of the best skylines in the world even better.
Located at the northwest corner of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue, and spanning an entire city block, 50 Hudson Yards will be New York City’s fourth largest commercial office tower when completed in 2022. The tower is designed to offer a working environment flooded with natural light and will reinvent the workplace in a way that inspires collaboration and interaction.
The tower will offer large floorplates throughout, private sky lobbies, outdoor terraces, staggering views of the Hudson River and executive valet parking.
With 67 floors and 2.1 million square feet of office space it's the tallest building in the complex of 6 towers called "Manhattan West". The project consists of two large office towers and two smaller residential towers, as well as a 1.5-acre (0.6-hectare) public park.
The structural system of the tower is composed of a central reinforced concrete core and a perimeter steel moment frame. Part of the tower overhangs the below-ground train tracks leading into Penn Station. In order to avoid the tracks, the perimeter columns on the south, north, and east sides do not come down to ground level but are transferred to the core above the building's lobby.
35 Hudson Yards will be home to 143 exclusive for-sale residences, 22,000 square feet of private amenities, a world-class Equinox club and spa, an Equinox Hotel with more than 200 rooms, and ground floor retail space. This exceptional limestone tower will rise 92 stories—the tallest residential building at Hudson Yards—and thus will offer sweeping panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.
Residents living at 35 Hudson Yards will benefit from hotel-style amenities with superior services and on-site concierge staff. Residents will also have access to parks, exciting shopping, dining experiences, and cultural events.
Building amenities will include a gym with a yoga studio and meditation room, a lounge with billiard tables, and a golf-simulator game. Residents can also use the larger gym in the hotel, a 222-room facility in the middle of the tower, which is set to open in June and will be the first hotel from Equinox Fitness. The lower floors of 35 Hudson Yards will mostly contain the offices of Equinox, which will relocate from the Flatiron district, as well as a small hospital focused on physical therapy.
One of my favorites in this list, The Spiral is the first-class retail building with a unique design: cascading series of landscaped terraces and hanging gardens wrap all around the exterior of the building. Located on Hudson Boulevard at the northern tip of the High Line elevated park, The Spiral will occupy an entire city block between 34th and 35th Streets at the heart of Hudson Yards.
It’s unique design features classic Manhattan step-backs that twist and taper towards the sky, allowing light and air to reach the streets below, and provides lush outdoor terrace space to tenants on every tower floor.
The tower is in close proximity to the city’s most convenient transportation hubs, including the Port Authority, Penn Station, the Lincoln Tunnel and the West Side Highway, allowing for easy access to all five boroughs and the tri-state area.
53W53, also known as the MoMA Expansion Tower – is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction, located in Midtown Manhattan, adjacent to The Museum of Modern Art. The building will be mixed-use, with gallery space, condominiums, and a private restaurant. There will be 145 residences, from one to five bedroom options. One bedroom residences will begin at $3 million and the top floor duplex penthouse is priced at over $80 million.
Residents will be given special privileges at MoMA, including unlimited free admission to the museum, exhibition previews, discounts in MoMA stores, and access to film screenings.
It’s such a prominent building, so I decided to include it to this list, even though it’s already completed late 2018.
Joining the historic landmarked Brooklyn Dime Savings Bank, a new residential tower at 9 DeKalb will rise 325m in height and when completed it will become the tallest structure in New York City outside Manhattan, as well as the first supertall building in Brooklyn.
The 73-story-tower will be clad in glass and bronze and is being designed to house over 500 residential units with retail in its base. With its interlocking hexagonal design and rich materiality of bronze and glass, the tower repeats features and patterns of the historic site into a cinematic expression of the rich past and future of Brooklyn. The building will include approximately 550 condominiums and apartments, and the residences will encompass roughly 466,000 square feet.
I think this skyscraper will become the most beautiful of all modern NYC towers. Just look at the pictures!
45 Broad Street is a skyscraper under construction in the Financial District of Manhattan. The building will become Downtown's tallest residential tower.
The building's bronze aluminum cladding and its distinctive crown will make it one of the first so-called Neo Art Deco skyscrapers being built in New York City. 45 Broad Street will be mixed-use with 245 residences and a five-story retail base with 62,000 square feet dedicated to commercial-retail use and 93,900 square feet dedicated to a school. Amenities in the building will include a fitness center with a pool, an outdoor garden, and several lounges. Windbreak levels will puncture the façade on the 27th and 43rd floors. The two floors will have 32-foot tall ceilings made open for terrace space.
Apart from that, the developers have also planned two new subway elevators to the Broad Street J/Z station, that will be publicly accessible
Located at of 33rd Street and 10th Avenue the 2.6-million-square-foot 30 Hudson Yards tower will be the second-tallest office tower in New York, taller than the Empire State Building. 30 Hudson Yards rises to over 100 stories, and at 1,296 feet.
It features river-to-river panoramic views, outdoor terraces, direct access to premier restaurants and retailers, and a direct underground connection to the new No. 7 subway station.
It will also be home to the city’s tallest—and most mind-bogglingly terrifying — observation deck “Edge”, located on the building’s 75th floor and jutting out more than 305 m (1,000 ft) above the city.
One Vanderbilt is under construction at the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in midtown Manhattan, next to Grand Central Terminal. When completed in 2020, the 67-floor, 1,600,000-square-foot (150,000 m2) skyscraper's roof will be 1,301 feet (397 m) high and its spire will be 1,401 feet (427 m), making it the city's fourth-tallest building after the completion of Central Park Tower and 111 West 57th Street.
One Vanderbilt would contain a rooftop observation deck that would be among the city's highest; it was expected to cost approximately $35 million to $39 million. The facade and design are intended to integrate with Grand Central, across the street. Its glass facade was described as having terra-cotta in the design, which "would counter the existing office buildings on Madison Avenue”.
In my humble opinion, this tower looks brutally ugly, heavy, and doesn’t belong to this historical location, obscuring the iconic Grand Central. However the architect on the project, Kohn Pedersen Fox, wanted to ensure that some views remain, and hence the buildings’ lobbies and atriums will rise to 105 feet, and be clad in glass for additional views of the terminal, according to the New York Times. Additionally, the building will have a 10-foot setback from the corner of 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, for unobstructed views.
111 West 57th Street will become the skinniest building in the world, thanks to the incredible width/height ratio – 1/24. For the unfamiliar, a 1:10 ratio is considered “slender.” As “The Guardian” named it “Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive pencil tower”.
The tower will have an 800-ton-mass damper to keep it stable in the face of high winds or a seismic event. It also utilizes terra cotta panels and bronze latticework (pictured) on its east and west façades. The north side of the tower will be flat and vertical, while the south side will have a series of stepped setbacks that eventually thin out, creating the impression that the tower is disappearing into the sky. That’s the origin of the tower’s nickname, “The Stairway to Heaven.”
Upon completion, Central Park Tower will become the tallest residential building in the world, the second-tallest skyscraper in the United States and the Western Hemisphere and the tallest by roof height of a building outside of Asia, surpassing the Willis Tower in Chicago by around 29 m (95 ft).
It’s a supertall mixed-use commercial/residential project with the first seven floors of the tower being anchored by New York City's first Nordstrom department store. Floors eight to twelve will house amenity spaces for residents. On the 14th floor, the building will feature the “Central Park Club” with a lounge, theater, conference room, play area and a tween lounge. A landscaped terrace will feature a 60-foot outdoor pool with pergolas and trellises, central lawn and two gardens. On the 16th floor, there will be a 63-foot indoor pool, exercise room, spa, gym, basketball court and children’s playroom. There will also be a 126-person ballroom on the 100th floor with a cigar bar and private dining room.
This project is still in the planning stage, and If approved Tower Fifth soaring 1,551 feet above the ground would hover 216 feet above the roofline of One World Trade Center and becomes the tallest (by the roof) bypassing the Central Park Tower by only 12 inches (0.3 m).
The proposed building will require billions of dollars to build and includes an expensive and energy-efficient facade rarely seen in the United States, a public concourse, luxurious tenant amenities — a lap pool, yoga room and multilevel running track. At the top, the skyscraper would segment into three volumes. The lower block would cantilever out to host "the city's tallest observatory", where visitors would be able to dive down a transparent, 60-foot corkscrew slide.
The project is likely to cause contention for its proximity to several landmarks and important buildings, such as St Patrick's, Rockefeller Center and John Peirce Mansion. So it will require approval by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It is also outside the size limits of Midtown zoning.