YIMBY Scopes Rooftop Views From 425 Park Avenue in Midtown East

425 Park Avenue. Rendering by Dbox, courtesy of Foster + Partners

Exterior work is progressing on 425 Park Avenue, an 897-foot-tall commercial skyscraper in Midtown East and number 12 on YIMBY’s construction countdown. Designed by Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by L&L Holding Company LLC with Adamson Associates, the 47-story tower will yield 666,966 square feet of office space.

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

The curtain wall has continued to shape up since our last update back in early September. Since then, the yellow construction crane has been fully disassembled and removed, leaving behind a sliver of floor plates on the first tier to be completed and enclosed. Work is continuing on the steel diamond-shaped frames and triangular glass panels at the first setback, where one of the building’s amenity spaces will be located. Above, a number of scattered window openings are in the process of being installed. Finally, at the roof level, light strips have been installed on the slender western sides of the tower’s signature fins, and what appears to be large LED panels are in place on the northern and southern faces of the outer fins.

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY recently had the opportunity to tour the roof level to get a feel for the views that the building’s uppermost floors will offer. Tenants will have panoramic vistas of Billionaires’ Row, Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Citigroup Center, Jean Nouvel’s 53 West 53rd Street, the East River, Long Island City’s skyline, and even a unique head-on shot of the Chippendale atop Philip Johnson’s 550 Madison Avenue that’s a short walk to the west.

Billionaires’ Row. Photo by Michael Young

550 Madison Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

53 West 53rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

The Upper East Side. Photo by Michael Young

Midtown East and Long Island City. Photo by Michael Young

Long Island City. Photo by Michael Young

Citigroup Center. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt seen down Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

Below are photographs that offer a closer look at the diagonal steel frames on the first setback and around the interior space when the last assembly was about to go up.

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue. Photo by Michael Young

425 Park Avenue is expected to be completed sometime in 2021.

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25 Comments on "YIMBY Scopes Rooftop Views From 425 Park Avenue in Midtown East"

  1. David in Bushwick | December 20, 2020 at 8:40 am | Reply

    A very rare example where the actual building looks better than the renderings.
    53 West 53rd is still the best of the new lot.

    • I agree. Every angle of 53W53 is just stunning.

    • Confused in st louis | December 20, 2020 at 9:57 am | Reply

      I hate to keep harping on this, but 53w53 couid/should have been 200 feet taller. Would have been spectacular.

      • Get over it..it is still spectacular.

      • I agree! Its location requires a much taller building. I am not sure why the original height was changed and lowered, but the building is almost invisible in that location. I live in midtown east and I rarely see this beautiful building while walking around. What a lost opportunity.

        • So agreed. Wish SW53SW was 1,250 as proposed. But the commission had it chopped-down, and had done it before the nearby skinny supertalls were built. A 1,050′ tower typically shouldn’t be invisible. But SW is because its now dwarfed by those skinnies.

      • Agreed. A really dumb decision by CPC. Nevertheless, it is head and shoulders the best of the new crop.

  2. Gorgeous, but that back side… yikes.

  3. 425 Park Avenue is another one of my favorite new NYC buildings. The main facade is just spectacular. I love the metal panels and how they setback with the interesting triangle shapes. The glass is also very good. But, one of the best parts about 425 Park Avenue is that the rear is actually almost as equally good as the front, which really is a great feature and I believe many other NYC architects should really learn from what Norman Foster has done with that. As a whole, 425 Park Avenue is a VERY high quality building and is one of the best NYC office buildings there is. I love it.

  4. What a stunner. Now Sir Norman Foster has bookends in upper Midtown with Hurst Tower to the west and 425 Park Ave to the east.

  5. Man, that is one ugly building.

    • Be very very careful Chip, in announcing that the emperor has no architectural clothes.
      I hear that offended architects can be a mean, ornery and vindictful bunch.
      They might very well drop a building on you, like in the Wizard of Oz!

  6. Hi..The photo here that you caption ‘The Upper West Side’ is actually ‘The Upper East Side’…oy.

  7. Superb photos by Michael Young, as usual. Two minor problems: the photo labeled “Upper West Side” is of the Upper East Side. (The building is on Park Ave, on the East Side, and looking straight north, one is viewing the East Side.) Also, 550 Madison is not, as stated, “a few streets to the west”. Madison Avenue is exactly one street to the west of Park Avenue.

  8. Hopefully those lights won’t be on all night long as my apartment faces the back of 425’s western exposure

  9. Yes… thank you again for your brilliant photography, Mr. Young!

  10. Further confirmation that the construction crane remains in place on Steinway Tower. Month after month ticks by and it’s still in place. Something obviously not right on that project.

  11. Just had to check(!)…In Michael Young’s image he published on September 16th, 2020, the top horizontal strut of 111’s crane appeared to be attached to the building on the face of the 4th setback and is now at the 7th setback,according to Mr. Young’s latest article yesterday: ‘YIMBY Scopes Rooftop Views from…’
    She’s on her way down!

  12. 53 W53 looks absolutely stunning from that angle!

    425 is ok, but not great. The backside is absolutely atrocious and there is really no excuse for that in this prime location.

  13. Great pictures !! and love the building
    An awesome addition to the neighborhood

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