The steel superstructure for JP Morgan Chase‘s new 1,425-foot supertall headquarters continues to rise on the western half of 270 Park Avenue‘s full-block parcel as work progresses on the demolition of the company’s 52-story former home on the opposite end of the Midtown East lot. Construction workers are busily lifting and welding new steelwork along Madison Avenue between East 47th and 48th Street, where the low-rise podium of the original 707-foot-tall skyscraper formerly known as the Union Carbide Building once stood.
A new set of renderings has been released for Vornado Realty Trust‘s 7.4-million-square-foot Penn District redevelopment in Midtown. Created by DBOX, the images highlight Penn 15, a 1,270-foot supertall designed by Foster + Partners at 15 Penn Plaza. The overall plan aims to transform and revitalize the cityscape between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and West 32nd and West 34th Streets with a total of eight new skyscrapers surrounding the 109-year-old James A. Farley Building and Skidmore Owings & Merrill‘s newly opened Moynihan Train Hall, as well as One and Two Penn Plaza and Madison Square Garden.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Project Commodore, a proposed 1,646-foot supertall skyscraper in Midtown East, at a public hearing and vote on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. New renderings further illustrate the 83-story project, which would replace the Grand Hyatt at 175 Park Avenue and rise between the 108-year-old Beaux Arts Grand Central Terminal and the 91-year-old Art Deco Chrysler Building at the corner of East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Skidmore Owings & Merrill is designing and RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone are developing the project, which is set to yield 500 Hyatt hotel rooms on the upper floors spanning 453,000 square feet; 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground, cellar, and second levels; new elevated, publicly accessible plaza space overlooking the surrounding Midtown neighborhood; and 2.1 million square feet of Class A office space.
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the board of directors of Empire State Development (ESD) had adopted the general project plan for the Empire Station Complex. The drafted plan, supported by a draft Environmental Impact Statement, would foster high-density redevelopment on eight sites surrounding the Penn Station transit hub. The plan is expected to create about 20 million square feet of mixed-use space including Class A commercial office, retail, hotel, and residential, and calls for five supertalls ranging from 1,018 to 1,300 feet in height, in addition to four other major skyscrapers. The area is bounded by Sixth and Ninth Avenues to the east and west, and by West 30th and West 34th Streets to the south and north in Midtown, Manhattan. Moynihan Station, the first step in the revitalization, opened at the end of 2020.
Last Friday the final steel beam of Foster + Partners‘ 50 Hudson Yards was lifted into place, marking the topping out of the 1,011-foot supertall skyscraper. The dedication ceremony took place in the large public plaza with attendees including Related Companies‘ chairman and founder Stephen Ross, CEO Jeff Blau, and president Bruce Beal, Jr. The 58-story commercial building, which is also being developed by Oxford Properties, is the final structure in the first phase of Hudson Yards and the largest by volume, yielding 2.9 million square feet.