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Hudson Yards from 53 West 53rd Street, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

YIMBY’s 2018 Mid-Year Pipeline Report Shows Surge In New Development Filings With YTD Unit Count Increasing 67.5% Over 2017

While YIMBY normally covers aggregate new building applications on an annual basis, this year, we have released our first mid-year pipeline report, and the results are surprisingly positive. After two years of declining applications following the frenzies of 2014 and 2015, the preliminary numbers for 2018 appear to be signaling a major uptick in activity. Year-over-year filings of new residential units have grown substantially, rising from 9,134 in the first six months of 2017, to 15,305 in 2018 — an increase of 67.5%.

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53W53 from 5th Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

YIMBY Scopes 53 West 53rd Street’s Perspectives Above the Midtown Plateau

For the second day of 2018’s Skyline Week, YIMBY has photos from the top of 53 West 53rd Street, aka 53W53, which has been talked about for longer than any other skyscraper currently under construction in New York City. The supertall has been eleven years and a controversial 200-foot height reduction in the making. The tower will yield condominiums, galleries, and a restaurant, and its kinetic dark façade matches the vibrant energy of the Midtown streets below, with crisscrossing diagrid lines careening from the base up toward the spearheaded peak. The structure is on its way to a 1,050-foot pinnacle, which will handily pierce the surrounding plateau of 700 to 800-foot rooftops.

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From left to right, 111 West 57, One57, Central Park Tower, and 220 Central Park South, image by Michael Young

Central Park Tower, Country’s Tallest Building Under Construction, Officially Reaches Supertall Territory

Central Park Tower is finally starting to stick out in Manhattan’s skyline. The building, located at 217 West 57th Street, has been obscured up until now by its immediate neighbor and the near-supertall tower, 220 Central Park South. Most significant to this update is CPT is finally reaching supertall status, i.e. 984 feet (300m) above ground. Extell Development Company and the Shanghai Municipal Investment Group are behind the project.

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