Central Park Tower’s Glass Curtain Wall Approaches its 1,550-Foot Parapet, in Midtown

Central Park Tower, photo by Tectonic

Exterior work on Extell‘s Central Park Tower is nearing the finish line. The reflective glass curtain wall is approaching the parapet of the 1,550-foot-tall skyscraper, which is also addressed 217 West 57th Street. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the supertall has the highest roof level of any building in the Western Hemisphere and will yield 179 residences, with Extell projecting a $4 billion sellout.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

New photos from Tectonic give us a current look at the state of work. The safety cocoon netting structure has been fully removed, revealing the steel framework outline of the crown. The metal clips to which the glass will be attached are also visible.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

The midsection of the tower is still largely covered in protective blue film, which will likely be peeled off later this year.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

The temporary supports that were positioned beneath the cantilevering section of Central Park Tower have been shifted downward by four stories.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Some of the panels that cover mechanical floors and ventilation on the western elevation are in place.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

The exterior hoist is still affixed to the backside of the tower facing Central Park, and will remain standing until interior work is complete. The construction crane is also in place, but will likely finish operating before the end of the year.

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower. Photo by Tectonic

Central Park Tower is likely to be completed sometime around the end of the year.

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21 Comments on "Central Park Tower’s Glass Curtain Wall Approaches its 1,550-Foot Parapet, in Midtown"

  1. So when does the auction start?

  2. Hopefully when the remaining film is removed it will blend into the sky and disappear as this is still a truly ugly building.

  3. I’d rather live in the
    Robert AM Stern limestone clad 220 S Central Park tower, with a park facing mid-level apartment, then in this big blue glass “notice me, notice me” tower on the 85th floor, with no warmth at all. To each his own!

  4. I was under the impression that all construction in the city had been halted due to the pandemic. I am glad to see that there is a progress on this site.

  5. After almost half a cenutry it is great to see the US get a new roof hight record. I just hope that it does not take nearly that long for it to happen again.

  6. Pete gasbarro | April 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm | Reply

    Good for new york. And more supertalls on the way. Nice building. Tallest residential building in the world. Must have a awesome view from the top.

  7. HELP. Can anyone tell me which building that is of rusticated brown stone, ten stories tall, on the corner of the intersection – looks like 57th & 7th avenue. It’s photo’ed here twice – a beautiful structure. It appears very Chicago-esque.

  8. Oh, and why the sidewalk protection – is this bold structure being demolished?

    • That’s the Osborne Apartments, built in 1883. It’s a New York City landmark, so whatever maintenance they are doing has been reviewed by the Landmarks Commission.

  9. I wonder which aspect of this development is fairing worse – the condominium or the department store?

  10. Imagine a glass bottomed swimming pool in that cantilevered overhang.

  11. Still waiting for a last minute spire to appear here, as with the Chrysler Building.

    • David in Bushwick | April 29, 2020 at 8:32 am | Reply

      Yeah. It’s really what this building needs, otherwise it’s just another very stretched glass box.

  12. Why would anyone with the means want to live in NYC after Coronavirus.

  13. Awesome bldg. NYC shall rise once again

  14. The building looks unfinished with that boring flat spire less roof. Being in NYC it could’ve been more creative with the roof

  15. No spires, I hope. Enough toothpicks on the new buildings in the city. Spires on ESB and Chrysler are built into the design and look grand. To just stick a huge toothpick as a stand alone on the top of a structure, is hideous. I hope they stay without it.

    • Dylan Al-Angurli | May 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm | Reply

      agreed, and yes they will due with out it, it was scraped from the construction plans about 5 years ago.

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