The Upper West Side’s New Tallest Tower Begins Gaining Prominence, at 200 Amsterdam Avenue

200 Amsterdam Avenue Crown, design by Elkus Manfredi

Construction at 200 Amsterdam Avenue is quickly rising above the surrounding rooftops. When topped out, the 668-foot-tall residential development will hold the title of tallest skyscraper on the Upper West Side until Extell‘s 775-foot tall tower at 50 West 66th Street tops out. The building is designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, which was responsible for The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson YardsSJP Properties is the developer while CetraRuddy is the lead interior designer. The 283,000-square-foot project, which sits at the southwestern corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 70th Street, will yield 112 residential units.

Work is presently reaching a couple of mechanical floors. This section of the building is where the first of seven setbacks on the eastern elevation begins.

200 Amsterdam Avenue looking north. Photo by Michael Young

Close-up of the facade going up. Photo by Michael Young

The eastern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking west from Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The curtain wall, which features a mix of glass, glazed aluminum panels, composite masonry, and stainless steel accents is also rising at a brisk pace. The podium will have double-height squared arches that are made with grey limestone, black granite, and stainless steel components.

The base of 200 Amsterdam Avenue. Designed by Elkus Manfredi

The height of the crown will be accentuated and visually integrated with the rest of the building by the number of thin panel strips between the glass windows. They will extend beyond the residential floors and continue up all sides of the tower’s stepped profile. Floodlights will shine upward on the indented crown panels and give off different plays of light, shadow, and depth. Two duplex penthouses will occupy the top four floors and provide the best views of Central Park, the Midtown skyline, the George Washington Bridge, and the Hudson River.

Each setback will feature a landscaped outdoor terrace, accessible by certain units. Other amenities will include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center with a yoga space, a sauna room, a conservatory, a virtual golf room, a children’s playroom, and a residential lounge.

The site sits among a number of old and new apartment buildings. These include Handel Architect’s 20-story, 236-unit diagrid tower at 170 Amsterdam Avenue, which is less than 200 feet away to the south. The closest subways are the 1, 2, and 3 train at the 72nd Street station at Broadway. The B and C trains are also not far away at the 72nd Street station on Central Park West. Riverside Park is about a ten-minute walk to the west.

200 Amsterdam Avenue is estimated to be completed sometime in 2020.

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