Central Park Tower‘s crown lights began to illuminate for the first time this past weekend, an exciting harbinger of the imminent full completion of the 1,550-foot Midtown supertall. Located at 217 West 57th Street on Billionaires’ Row, the tower is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and developed by Extell and stands as the tallest structure by roof height in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest residential building in the world. Corcoran Sunshine and Extell Marketing Group are leading sales for its 179 units and are anticipating a $4 billion sellout.
Exterior work is shaping up on 21-16 44th Drive, an eight story mixed-use building in Long Island City, Queens. Alternately addressed as 21-18 44th Drive, the structure is designed by C3D Architecture and developed by Amsterdam Hospitality and will yield a mix of ground-floor retail space, 40 hotel rooms measuring around 250 square feet each, and 29 homes averaging just under 700 square feet apiece. The site is located along 44th Drive between 21st Street and 23rd Street.
Work is progressing on the white marble walls and dome framework of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Financial District. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and developed by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the structure stands by the intersection of Greenwich Street and Liberty Street on the elevated Liberty Park, and will serve as the new home for the long-established church that was formerly located to the west of the park’s footprint at 155 Cedar Street. Calatrava’s architectural concept for the church was inspired by Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and Church of the Holy Savior of Chora. A painting of Jesus Christ will adorn the underside of the dome’s highest point.
A lot has progressed at the site of 23-20 Jackson Avenue since YIMBY’s last update back in early August. The nine-story reinforced concrete superstructure quickly rose and topped out since the summer, and now the brick façade and window grid await to be revealed from behind the blue netting and metal scaffolding. Designed by KSQ Architects and developed by The Vorea Group, the property is located at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Pearson Street in Long Island City, Queens. The structure will yield 85,851 square feet with retail, offices, and a 72-room hotel operated by San Francisco-based hotelier Sonder Corp.
Demolition is complete at 45-03 23rd Street, the site of a 544-foot-tall mixed-use skyscraper in Hunters Point, Queens. Designed by Fogarty Finger and developed by Charney Companies and Tavros Capital under the Court Square 45th Avenue LLC, the 50-story structure will yield a mix of condominiums, commercial space, and communal space. The site is located along 23rd Street between Jackson Avenue and 45th Avenue, directly to the east of the elevated subway tracks of the 7 train.