NYC Supertalls: Where Size Does Matter!

By | February 1, 2017

Driving into Manhattan from Long Island one can’t help but notice that dotting the skyline are buildings that dwarf those around them! These, are the supertalls!

Defined as a building that is greater than 984-feet tall, these buildings include the famous such as One World Trade Center as well as the infamous like 432 Park Avenue.

Currently NYC has 24 of these marvels of engineering that include buildings that have been completed, those currently under construction and those in the proposal or development phases.

Courtesy of an article at Curbed New York, NYC Supertalls…

1 One World Trade Center: 1,776 feet

Status: Completed

Upon completion in 2014, this Lower Manhattan tower took the title of New York City’s tallest building. With its spire, the structure reaches a symbolic (ugh) height of 1,776 feet; without, it’s a mere 1,368 feet.

Max Touhey
1 World Trade Ctr
New York, NY 10007

2 Central Park Tower: 1,550 feet

Status: Under construction

One WTC will still technically be taller than Extell’s Central Park Tower (formerly known as the Nordstrom Tower), but if you’re looking at parapet height alone, this 57th Street building will come out on top: after losing its own spire, it will now stand at 1,550 feet tall.

217 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

3 80 South Street: 1,436 feet

Status: Proposed
There has been speculation about a supertall tower planned for 80 South Street, and last summer, the site sold to China Oceanwide Holdings. The sale was contingent upon the original owner, the Howard Hughes Corporation, transferring over 300,000 square feet of air rights after initially getting over 100,000 square feet of air rights for the site. The development potential for the site now stands at 817,784 square feet, and a proposed building could rise to 1,436 feet. Of that, just over half will be residential and the rest will be for office, retail or a hotel.

80 South St
New York, NY 10038

4 111 West 57th Street: 1,428 feet

Status: Under construction
SHoP’s supertall 57th Street tower may not be New York City’s tallest, but it will be the skinniest, which is its own sort of engineering marvel. The residential structure will reach a height of 1,438 feet once it’s completed.

Hayes Davidson and SHoP Architects
111 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

5 One Vanderbilt: 1,401 feet

Status: Under construction

SL Green’s 1,401-foot-tall tower is currently under construction, and will tower over the rest of Midtown East upon completion. It’ll bring new subway entrances, public plazas, and an observation deck soaring 1,020 feet in the air with it upon completion in 2020.

Image courtesy SL Green
1 Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017

6 432 Park Avenue: 1,396 feet

Status: Completed

New York City’s tallest residential building topped out at its full 1,396-foot height in October 2014. The Rafael Viñoly-designed structure has been controversial from the start, thanks to its height and, um, distinctive facade, which was inspired by a trash can (no, really).

DBOX for CIM Group/Macklowe Properties
New York
NY 10022

7 2 World Trade Center: 1,340 feet

Status: Proposed

In 2015, Bjarke Ingels Group signed on to design this 1,340-foot tower, replacing original architects Foster + Partners. But in an unexpected twist, the assumed anchor tenant, News Corp., decided not to move downtown, leaving the fate of the tower—and Ingels’s design—up in the air. If and when it moves forward, it could rise to 1,340 feet.

2 World Trade Center
New York, NY 10006

8 30 Hudson Yards: 1,287 feet

Status: Under Construction

Hudson Yards’s tallest building will rise 1,287 feet over Midtown. It will also be home to the city’s tallest—and most mind-bogglingly terrifying—observation deck, located on the building’s 75th floor and jutting out more than 1,000 feet above the city.

30 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001

9 Empire State Building: 1,250 feet

Status: Completed

When this iconic building was completed in 1931, it snagged the title of the tallest building in the world—at least until the Twin Towers topped out in the 1970s. At 1,250 feet high, the Art Deco structure may be dwarfed by newer construction, but it remains more beloved than the towers along Billionaire’s Row.

Max Touhey
350 5th Ave
New York, NY 10118
(212) 736-3100

10 Bank of America Tower: 1,200 feet

Status: Completed

Also known as One Bryant Park, this 1,200-foot tower overlooks Bryant Park and Times Square. It has the distinction of being the first building to achieve Platinum LEED certification.

Chris Goldberg/Curbed Flickr Pool
1 Bryant Park
New York, NY 10036
See NYC Supertalls #11-#24 at Curbed New York here
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