Central Park Tower, 225 West 57th Street
New York City’s tallest building without a spire, this mixed-use tower at 220 West 57th Street has been built by Extell Development, which started the city’s explosion of SuperTall buildings with One57 at 157 West 57th Street, one block to the east. That building was a mere 1,004 feet high. This building is 1,550 feet high.
The tower – which contain 233 luxury condo units – is under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019. It will be home to the city’s first Nordstrom Department store.
This 99-story tower achieved its great height by using air rights from some adjoining buildings and getting the Art Students League at 215 West 57th Street to agree to have it extend its cantilever 28 feet to the east over it but at a height of about 200 feet over the roof of the league, or about 300 feet off the ground. Extell paid $23.1 million in 2005 to the league for 136,000 square feet of air rights and several years later paid an additional $31.8 million for 6,000 more square feet of air rights from the league.
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