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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13 Comments on "Extell’s Central Park Tower Approaches Topping Out, in Midtown"

  1. Please pardon me for stinking up the place: Rendering a beautiful eyes architect. (You’re welcome David).

  2. Another amazing view is from the Whole Foods on the lower level of the Time Warner Center. The soaring verticality seems right on top of you.

  3. I’ve gotten so accustomed to the darker blue of the protective film that the lighter shade of the uncovered glass seems wrong.

  4. David in Bushwick | June 24, 2019 at 11:05 am | Reply

    Like with the 1890s, this exhibition of obscene wealth with the Skyprick is coming to an end. Tax laws and money laundering are the reasons these buildings exist. Even hardcore, poorer conservatives want to see an economy bought and regulated by the 0.1% change. These corrupt and boring owners might be safe up in their towers, for now.

  5. Wow it’s so tall! It gives me a petriotic feeling. The people in the new limestone one behind have really missed out by losing their downtown views!!! Yikes!!! Thank you.

  6. Jack Liberman | June 25, 2019 at 5:02 am | Reply

    This tower is really The Rise in the Sky!!! Especially is majestical view from Columbus Circle, TWC, with height well surpassed 67 story 220 Central Park West Condos. Really tall tower!!! 130 Marketing floors, and actually constructed floors well above 95. That’s is more stories than in any towers built in NYC and United States before!!! And tallest roof in Western Hemisphere!!!

    • I find it amusing that you’re literally having an orgasm over an ugly symbol of obscene inequality, wealth and corruption that is going to be mainly occupied by absentee foreign oligarchs. This is not something to be proud of, not for this city, not for this nation. Quite the contrary.

      • seething.

        this doesn’t hurt you, it’s just a building. Manhattan was once littered with avenues of mansions for the ultra-wealthy – it was actually NICER then, too, but I’m sure your history of NYC is only understood through lousy PBS productions.

  7. It’s too tall and out of proportion. It’s tall just for tall’s sake.

  8. evan schwartz | June 28, 2019 at 10:09 am | Reply

    No question about it – its much too tall – period! What the building is really all about is a vertical bank for people with a lot of money and fear of someone coming along and taking it away from them. I seriously doubt people who purchased condo units in this building will be there very often if at all.

  9. concerned american | June 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm | Reply

    they want to live in the towers and to be protected during fires and other emergencies like the lights going out or the electricity going off for whatever reason may a good wind will blow it over it is no more than a great long eye sore not impressive at all just a problem for those who are selfish don’t to pay their fair share of taxes the greed of the developers and the brokers telling them how much they can get per square foot all very embarrassing to anyone with a cnscience as they walk by the poor homeless person. Everyone buying an apartment and the developer in/of this building should be made to put up in a fund at least $100,000 towards helping that homeless person on the street find a place to live. shame on my fellow American

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