Work Reaches Street Level for Extell’s 50 West 66th Street, the Upper West Side’s Future Tallest Building

Rendering of 50 West 66th Street - SnøhettaRendering of 50 West 66th Street by Snøhetta

Construction on 50 West 66th Street is moving along, and work has reached street level for the Upper West Side‘s future tallest building. Recent photos show a dense network of rebar laid out for the ground-floor slab, and bundled vertically for the construction of reinforced columns. The 775-foot-tall residential tower is being designed by Snohetta and developed by Extell.

The superstructure should start to rise this summer and form the building’s podium.

Looking south at 50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Extell’s Central Park Tower can be seen from the site. Photo by Michael Young

The residential section will rise above the podium’s geometrically sculpted and chamfered setbacks and landscaped outdoor terraces. Construction cranes for 50 West 66th Street have yet to arrive and be installed.

The skyscraper will feature a distinctive landscaped outdoor terrace.

The property is located between West 65th Street and West 66th Street, and is situated in the middle of the block between Central Park West and the crossroads of Broadway and Columbus Avenue. This new tower will further add to the skyline beyond Robert A. M. Stern’s popular 15 Central Park West, and will overtake 200 Amsterdam Avenue by 95 feet. This nearby project is also on the rise and will briefly hold the title as the tallest Upper West Side structure. The nearest subway is the 1 train to the west at the 66th Street-Lincoln Center station. Columbus Circle is only a ten-minute walk to the south along Central Park West.

50 West 66th Street rising north of 15 Central Park West and Columbus Circle. Photo by Binyan Studios

Work on 50 West 66th Street will likely finish sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.

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6 Comments on "Work Reaches Street Level for Extell’s 50 West 66th Street, the Upper West Side’s Future Tallest Building"

  1. Zero mention of the mechanical void controversy that has delayed the project? Seems kind of strange to leave that out.

  2. There is a crane already installed at the site – You can see it up and down 66th Street

    Also, 200 Amsterdam is 107 feet shorter, at 668 feet, not 95 feet

    Also also, how could you miss the lawsuit and BSA challenge currently filed against the project, not to mention the huge mechanical void controversy, resulting in the revocation of permits for 3 months?

    Also-also-also, There’s no way that this building can be complete by late 2020 or early 2021 (even the building site says March 2022 if I’m not mistaken.)

  3. It seems a roof like that would create an issue when it rains as it creates a channel for a waterfall.

  4. I have no problem with the height/size but this is the wrong building for this site. Would have been much more successful if it were a traditional masonry tower like 220 CPS, which is taking all the billionaire’s row buyers away from Extell’s two other glass towers.

  5. Gil Shiva is right. ^ That is all.

  6. best looking building in NYC in the past decade.

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