Excavation is nearing completion at both 220 Central Park South and 217 West 57th Street (hi-res of above photo at link), where earth has been moving very quickly since the last update. Both towers will soon make significant marks on the Midtown skyline, with 217 West 57th set to rival the top of One World Trade Center’s antenna.
Continued signs of foundation work are evident at 220 Central Park South, where sheeting has been laid over the middle of the site. Vornado is developing, and the lot will be split between a low-rise — dubbed “The Villas” — and a high-rise, standing 950 feet tall.
Robert A.M. Stern is designing, and excavators are now removing the last chunks of schist from the pit, which will likely form the bedrock for New York’s most expensive condominiums on record.
Across 58th Street, the pit for 217 West 57th Street also continues to grow, though the scale of the future Nordstrom Tower demands additional work, compared to its slimmer neighbor to the north. The southern portion of the site looks to have bottomed-out, and machinery is dancing along a newly-formed cliff that divides the depths from the earth that must still be extracted.
Continued subterranean progress has also been met with activity above ground, and the first scaffolding is now rising over the roofs of neighboring structures; 217 West 57th’s cantilever will rise above these buildings, allowing east-facing units to dodge Vornado’s tower, which will partially block Central Park views.
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