Sales Publicly Launch For Extell’s Central Park Tower As Its Superstructure Approaches 1,550-Foot Pinnacle, at 217 West 57th Street

Looking up the southern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

The future 1,550-foot-tall Central Park Tower, aka 217 West 57th Street, is making rounds again in the real estate world with the first seven publicly listed units now arriving on the market. Extell is one step closer to a projected $4 billion sellout for what is now the tallest building in New York City by roof height, as the supertall closes in on Chicago’s Willis Tower for the title of tallest in the Western Hemisphere, by roof. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill are the architects of the glass tower. Interiors for the 179 residences are being designed by Rottet Studio.

The Nordstrom flagship store will open on October 24, 2019 with the main entrance on 57th Street and a second entrance on Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The reinforced concrete structure is set to top out this summer, and the first anticipated closings are most likely going to happen in the first quarter of 2020. Condominiums will begin on the 32nd floor, and range from two- to eight-bedrooms apiece. The cheapest public listing is a two-bedroom and two-bath spread on the 33rd floor for $6.9 million, while the most expensive of the seven listed is a $63 million, five-bedroom and five-bathroom home with 360-degree views on the 112th floor. 20 residences will be priced over $60 million, capped by a $95 million penthouse.

New renderings have also been revealed, and can be seen below.

The main lobby

The 16th floor indoor pool

The private fitness center

The lower duplex great room in one of the upper units with double-height ceilings

A master bedroom facing south from the upper floors

The subtle but design-effective strategies for the interior spaces include discreetly located structural elements between each unit, soaring floor-to-ceiling windows, and living spaces purposely placed in the corners, for maximum views of the park and optimal daylight. Bedrooms will be away from the main gathering areas, and will have views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, the Chrysler Building, One Vanderbilt, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Hudson Yards, Downtown Brooklyn, downtown Jersey City, and the rising and setting sun. A very small handful of residences will have their own private outdoor terraces scattered across the height of the tower on the setbacks.

One of the main selling points, aside from the tremendous views above Central Park and the entire city, is a private and exclusive residential club, Central Park Club. It will contain 50,000 square feet of amenities spread across three floors, and curated with five-star service.

The 179 condominium residences will sit atop the upcoming 320,000-square-foot, seven-story Nordstrom flagship department store. The retailer will live behind the completed wavy glass wall of the main podium.This will be the largest flagship store for the Seattle-based company, and is also going to be their largest single-project investment. Nordstrom recently announced that the retail space will open to shoppers on October 24, 2019.

Looking up the southern elevation in the late afternoon. Photo by Michael Young

The wavy glass facade for Nordstrom. Photo by Michael Young

Completion of the entire project is expected in 2020.

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13 Comments on "Sales Publicly Launch For Extell’s Central Park Tower As Its Superstructure Approaches 1,550-Foot Pinnacle, at 217 West 57th Street"

  1. Am I the only one who thinks this building is ugly? Does anyone else agree? I would really like to know.

    • I’m kinda with you on that. Somewhat like One57, it just has verticality.

      • Norm Phaneuf | May 25, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Reply

        I agree. I love tall buildings, but if you’re going to be the tallest residential tower in the world, it should be iconic. This is boring, boxy, glass tower. Been there, done that.

    • My boyfriend just said the same thing, so you’re not alone. I’m going to wait to decide when it’s finished.

    • I think it is nice, and could be much, much worse. As I am not an architect nor an informed critic, unless I can do better myself I am usually not too harsh.

    • I like everything about the design except the extremely awkward cantilever, which makes the whole building look unstable.

  2. I don’t think I’d want to be toward the top of that thing in a big blow. I don’t care what they’ve done to it, that’s going to get moving.

    • The building is equipped with multiple liquid-tuned mass damper systems throughout the various mechanical transfer floors that pump/distribute liquid in ballast tanks on each side of the building in order to stabilize the structure against high winds from all sides. These are the same architects that designed Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the future Kingdom tower in Saudi Arabia. They have accounted for the supertall height and have engineered these features specifically for that purpose.

  3. With the construction of so many supertall structures forever changing the Manhattan skyline, for better or for worse, it becomes even more important to preserve the history of the Manhattan skyline of yesteryear.

  4. I was born in Midtown East and raised in Midtown west (on West 56th Street, 500 yards west of Carnegie Hall). Although the views from this new tower are splendid, I treasure my own 1960s color photos (that I photographed myself way back then!!!) of Manhattan in particular. and of the City in general, when the vast majority (in fact, when the overwhelming majority) of current high-rise towers were not yet constructed.

  5. To building looks too delicate to me. I’d much prefer Robert A.M.Stern’s 220 CPW.

  6. I would like to live in one of the condos there with the extra high ceilings.

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