Extell’s 800-foot tower at 250 South Street has been controversial since day one. As we recounted on Friday, “The building was first reported to be 68 stories, then 71 stories, then 56 stories, and now the latest filing with the Department of Buildings has a revised height pinned again at 68 stories, or 800 feet at its highest floor. To put that in perspective, the neighboring Manhattan Bridge is only 330 feet tall, and just 170 feet at its roadway—meaning the building will be nearly five times the height of the bridge’s road deck.” And of course, there was the recent issue of the building’s construction causing a nearby street to sink. While many local residents feel this is far too out of context for the Lower East Side neighborhood, others are swooning over the development’s panoramic views and over-the-top amenities. Which side are you on?
Images: Aerial rendering based on zoning diagrams, via CityRealty (L); Entrance to the building via Extell (R)
Neighborhoods : Lower East Side