232 East 54th Street’s Curtain Wall Takes Shape, in Midtown East

232 East 54th Street. Photo by Tectonic

Exterior work is progressing on 232 East 54th Street, a topped-out 420-foot-tall residential tower in Midtown East. Designed by Ismael Leyva Architects, the 40-story structure is located between Second and Third Avenues near a number of notable buildings such as the Lipstick Building at 885 Third Avenue and the 915-foot-tall Citigroup Center, aka 610 Lexington Avenue. YIMBY last reported that Elk Investors was listed as the exclusive developer of the building, though ownership may have fully transferred to Mossanen Group and an LLC known as East 54th St. Properties.

Recent photos from Tectonic show nearly all of the windows installed, with the exception of those behind the mechanical hoist on the southern elevation. Preparations for the assembly of the curtain wall have also begun, as the metal clips and frames that will hold up the exterior panels are now in place on the podium levels of the northern elevation. These can be seen above the sidewalk scaffolding.

232 East 54th Street. Photo by Tectonic

232 East 54th Street. Photo by Tectonic

232 East 54th Street. Photo by Tectonic

The nighttime depiction shows the edifice with an illuminated crown and an orthodox grid of square windows.

232 East 54th Street. Rendering by Ismael Leyva Architects

A daytime rendering reveals a light-colored curtain wall.

232 East 54th Street. Rendering by Ismael Leyva Architects

The development will contain a total of 130 rental units atop ground-floor retail space along East 54th Street. Residential amenities include a fitness center, a shared rooftop terrace, an outdoor entertainment space, a laundry room, and a bicycle storage room. The nearest subways are the E and M trains at the Lexington Avenue-53rd Street station underneath the Citigroup Center, and the 4, 5, 6, N, R, and W trains at the Lexington Avenue-59th Street station.

232 East 54th Street is on track to be finished sometime in 2021.

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