Construction Resumes on Extell’s 50 West 66th Street Skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

50 West 66th Street site, image by Extell50 West 66th Street, rendering by Snohetta

Construction has resumed on 50 West 66th Street, a 69-story, 775-foot-tall residential skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by Snøhetta and developed by Extell Development Company, the tower will yield 127 condominium units and claim the title of the tallest building north of 59th Street. YIMBY last reported that global investment entity Tennor Holding B.V. will help complete the edifice, which is being built on a plot located between Central Park West to the east, the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue to the west, West 65th Street to the south, and West 66th Street to the north.

No recent news indicates any change in design, so we can expect the sleek exterior to maintain its composition of floor-to-ceiling glass, limestone panels, and bronze cladding. Below is a rendering by Binyan Studios that depicts 50 West 66th Street and its visual impact over the southern stretch of Central Park and notable nearby buildings such as Robert A. M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West and the two-tower Deustche Bank Center, formerly known as the Time Warner Center.

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

Here we see work well underway with crews creating the start of the second floor.

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Below is an aerial photograph showing the construction crane hovering over the site this past spring. The skyscraper would rise close to the top of the image.

50 West 66th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Below are previous renderings of the project that illustrate the prominent presence of the skyscraper and the views of Central Park and the Billionaires’ Row skyline that occupants will enjoy. The image also shows the look of the podium, which features an abstract geometric massing with sloped corners.

50 West 66th Street site, image by Extell

50 West 66th Street, rendering by Snohetta

50 West 66th Street

Rendering of the ground floor at 50 West 66th Street by Snøhetta

Here we see the top of the multi-story podium with a sculptural setback made with chamfered corners, sloped edges lined with glass railings, a staircase surrounded by landscaped garden beds and trees at varying elevations, and floor-to-ceiling glass wrapping around the indoor amenity spaces.

50 West 66th Street

50 West 66th Street. Rendering by Snohetta

Amenities will include an indoor swimming pool, a full basketball court, a squash court, and a bowling alley. Further amenities on the 20th floor include a residential lounge, a business center, a landscaped terrace with fire pits, and a spa.

A revised completion date for 50 West 66th Street remains unclear, though YIMBY estimates sometime in 2024 or 2025.

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15 Comments on "Construction Resumes on Extell’s 50 West 66th Street Skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper West Side"

  1. Finally.

    • you have nothing better to do in life for the past five years than wait for this building to be built?
      Get a life

      • You have nothing better to do than troll people who have a passion for NYC, architecture and development?

        Get a life

  2. Finally! I’ve been really looking forward to this building.

  3. David : Sent From Heaven. | July 15, 2022 at 9:22 am | Reply

    Flood lights should be added on top of the skyscraper to illuminate, so that the beautiful structure can be seen from distance at night. No have the energy crisis on work in progress, I just suggested that light as bright as colored: Thanks to Michael Young.

  4. Looks nice. It this building taller than the one on Amsterdam?

  5. And the ‘never tall enough’ crowd approves.

  6. Yes, it’s great that a miserable break in the urban landscape – closed sidewalk and construction fences disrupting the streetscape might finally come to a close with the rise of the building. There is a bigger question at stake on this one: The tower is like the beautiful rich girl that moves into the neighborhood: she cheated to get into the AP classes in school, she stole your best friends boyfriend, but she’s so well dressed and cool that you want to like her. But do we really need to like her?
    So, do we like the building that uses fake floors to go higher as a precedent to putting a neighborhood that the humane scale that has existed for generations, do we want towers that steal the sunlight? Unlike putting up with the rich girl until she graduates and goes away, this tower stays and stays and stays. Do we want an 80 story building popping up mid-block everywhere on the Upper West Side? Hence the debate. Landmarks West made the strong case to keep these towers out of the neighborhood.

    • There are ridged height limits for buildings north of 59th Street, especially on the west side. There are only a handful of buildings taller than thirty stories on the upper west side.

  7. Some insane commentary over this building lol…whats going on in the uws

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