Extell’s Central Park Tower Approaches Topping Out, in Midtown

Central Park Tower looking at the southwest corner from Broadway. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, image via Extell

New photographs of Central Park Tower, aka 217 West 57th Street, show the glass climbing even closer to the top of the tallest residential building in New York and the Western Hemisphere. The reinforced concrete structure will soon top out at 1,550 feet. The project is being designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell, which is expecting a project sellout of $4 billion. The Nordstrom retail component in the podium will open on October 24, 2019.

Looking up from Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

The main southern elevation with the Nordstrom retail podium covered in wavy glass. Photo by Michael Young

The northern elevation. Photo by Michael Young

Looking up at Central Park Tower and the other tall residential skyscrapers along Billionaires’ Row. Photo by Michael Young

The scaffolding on 57th Street appears to be coming down.

The scaffolding on 57th Street being disassembled. Photo by Michael Young

The curtain wall of glass being installed at the very top shows the true color of the panels, a much lighter shade of blue than the protective film that covers most of the installed glass on the tower.

The glass on the upper floors with the protective film peeled off. Photo by Michael Young

Looking north at the top of the skyscraper by Times Square. Photo by Michael Young

A large section of the envelope on the lower floors has also had the protective film removed.

The western extension of the lower floors of Central Park Tower. Photo by Michael Young

The tower can also be clearly seen above the billboards and LED screens of Times Square.

Looking from Broadway and West 48th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Perhaps the most dramatic vantage point to see the structure is from Columbus Circle.

Central Park Tower dominates the skyline when seen from Columbus Circle. Photo by Michael Young

The Nordstrom retail space is racing to the finish line. At the same time, the exterior on the lower floors of 1790 Broadway, aka Five Columbus circle, is being refurbished.

A section of the second-floor corner piece for 1790 Broadway, aka 5 Columbus Circle. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower should be finished sometime next year.

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