Even More Skyscrapers Set for NYC: Living in the Sky Part III

November 13, 2014

We recently brought you parts one and two of our tallest residential skyscrapers series, which totaled 63 projects poised to scrape the sky. But this list doesn’t even take into consideration the development boom occurring in Jersey City, unreleased plans on the drawing board, and the numerous office and hotel projects also rising throughout the city. So here you have it, part three of the series to complete our look at NYC skyscrapers.

To provide you with some perspective on just how much is going up, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat there are currently 228 skyscrapers (500+ feet) in New York City. Thus, the 63 residential projects will account for a 27% increase in the total number of towers. In fact, there are more residential towers planned for the city than the total existing skyscraper counts in all but ten cities on Earth. Booming London for instance only has 14 buildings more than 500 feet and just five under construction.

World's Tallest Buildings, CTBUH, Most Skyscrapers
New York and Hong Kong account for almost one-fifth of the world’s skyscrapers. Data compiled by The Center on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH), Skyscraper Center

And without further ado, here’s an encore of development sites you’ll likely be hearing about in the near future:

10 West 29th Street

1,000+ feet

NoMad, Chelsea, Mystery Skyscraper, NYC supertalls

80 South Street

South Street Seaport
Howard Hughes Corporation
50+ floors (Earlier design by Cord Meyer Development / Morali Architects 1,018 feet, 70 stories)

Morali Architects, SOuth Street Seaport tower, East River Tower, Manhattan views, Downtown Skyline
Earlier design by Morali Architects

1710 Broadway

Goldstein Hill & West
Approximately 80 stories | 1,000+ feet

Goldstein Hill & West, Broadway, Times Square, Midtown West,

One Madison Avenue

Elad Group | Studio Daniel Libeskind
75 stories | 899 feet
470,000 square feet

Elad, eataly, madison square park, credt suisee, libeskind

360 Tenth Avenue

460-462 West 31st Street | Far West Side / Hudson Yards
McCourt Global | SHoP Architects
61 stories | 774 feet (former Extell proposal)
Mixed use with Residential | 733,406 square feet

Steven Holl, Extell Development, High Line, Chelsea, Penn Station
Earlier design by Steven Holl proposed by Extell Development

45 Broad Street

(former NoBu Hotel site by Swig Equities)
Financial District
Swig Equities (former developer)
53 stories | 708 feet
264,200 square feet

Sqig Equities, Wall Street skyscraper

516-520 Fifth Avenue

Thor Equities
55 Stories | 678 feet
Mixed use | 350,000 square feet

Pelli Clarke Pelli, Thor, Fifth Avenue retail, Fifth Avenue shopping, Fifth Avenue tower, Midtown skyscraper
Earlier design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects for RFR Holding

111 Washington Street

Pink Stone Capital Group
Approximately 54 stories
Mixed use with residential | 362,000 square feet

Greenwich South, Syrian, WTC, World Trade Center development,
2008 design by Costas Kondylis & Partners

200 Amsterdam Avenue

West 69th Street & Amsterdam | Lincoln Square
American Continental Property
50-60 stories

Lincoln Square Synagogue, Upper West Side Development, lincoln center development, central park views
Image shown for location purposes only

550-552 West 38th Street

Far West Side / Hudson Yards
BlackHouse Development
46 stories | 500+ feet
Mixed-use tower with 15 units | 106,812 square feet

Sean Ludwick, BlackHouse Development, Ludwick China LLC

Long Island College Hospital Tower I

LICH Site | Cobble Hill
Fortis Property Group
50 stories

Long Island College Hospital, 50-story towers, Brooklyn towers, Brooklyn Heights overdevelopment, nimby, yiby, affordable housing, nurses
Image shown for location purposes only

Long Island College Hospital Tower II

LICH Site | Cobble Hill
Fortis Property Group
50 stories

Long Island College Hospital, 50-story towers, Brooklyn towers, Brooklyn Heights overdevelopment, nimby, yiby, affordable housing, nurses
Image shown for location purposes only

55 Broad Street

Financial District
Rudin Management | FXFOWLE Architects
53 stories | 742 feet

Rudin, FiDi, Downtown development
(Conceptual study by FXFOWLE Architects )

1865 Broadway

American Bible Society Building | Lincoln Square
Approximately 40 stories | 700 feet
Goldstein Hill & West
Residential condo | 300,000 square feet

American Bible Society, Broadway, Central Park West, Lincoln Square

3-11 West 29th Street

Site of Bancroft Building, 29th-30th Street between Fifth & Broadway | NoMad
HFZ Capital Group
Mixed use | 350,000 square feet
Site demolition

Marble Collegiate Church, nomad, madsion square park
Massing Study by Helpern Architects

511 West 35th Street

450 Hudson Boulevard | Far West Side / Hudson Yards
Spitzer Enterprises
Mixed use with residential | 415,000 square feet

Spitzer Enterprises, Far West Sde, Hudson Yards, Hudson Boulevard,
Earlier Design by Alloy Development

145 East 60th Street Tower

143-155 East 60th Street | Upper East Side
World-Wide Group
Approximately 300,000 square feet

World Wide Group, Bloomingdales, Subway Inn, forgotten New York, bars of NYC

36-44 West 66th Street

Between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue | Central Park WestX
Extell Development | Megalith Capital
180,000-400,000 square feet
Site Demolition

Extell, Upper West Side, Disney

985 Third Avenue

985-989 Third Avenue | Upper East Side
Macklowe Properties
Approximately 90,000 square feet

Macklowe Properties, Third Avenue shopping, luxury supertowers
Schematic Design

So will the high-rise boom continue? If Mayor DeBlasio’s plan to construct 80,000 affordable units over the next ten years succeeds, it will have to. Many of the affordable units envisioned by the plan are to be built by private developers and subsidized by market-rate construction.

It’s also likely that new housing will continue to be high density. This past September, 70 new building permits for buildings nine stories (95 feet) and above were filed with the NYC Department of Buildings. This smashes the previous one-month record of 38 new high-rise filings set back in June of 2007. If all built, the residential portion of those 70 filings will provide a staggering 9,500 dwelling units. In contrast, the remaining 270 new building permits for structures lower than nine floors accounted for just 3,000 additional units.

All this building will continue to raise serious concerns about maintaining neighborhood context and further overtaxing our infrastructure. This past September, the MTA recorded the highest daily subway ridership since the 1940s with more than 6.1 million swipes. Something tells us the future residents of those 9,500 units will need a better way to get to work. Gondolas anyone?



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  1. N

    Very impressive buildings, but I prefer to live in a less concrete jungle. It even amazes me more that construction workers can go up there and put up the steel frames of the buildings.