225 West 57th Street

condos, Midtown, New Developments, real estate trends

Rendering courtesy of Wordsearch

“Some people wonder if Mr. Barnett will become a victim of the condo explosion he helped create,” wrote the Wall Street Journal today in a rare expose of Extell’s Gary Barnett, referring to the success he had with One57, considered the catalyst for the supertall, ultra-luxury condo boom, and the more challenging climate he’s facing with the Central Park Tower. The latter, which will be the world’s tallest residential building at 1,550 feet, launched sales in October, but in a soft luxury market, it’s not a sure bet that the mega-developer will be able to achieve his projected $4 billion sellout and the title of the nation’s most expensive condominium ever. In a likely noncoincidental move timed with the Journal story, Extell today launched the tower’s new website (h/t Curbed), and it gives us mere mortals some of the first views inside the billionaire bunker.

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condos, Major Developments, Midtown

Via Extell

Sales have launched for Central Park Tower, the tallest residential tower in the world, Extell Development announced Monday. Located at 225 West 57th Street, the 1,550-foot tower is rising on Billionaires’ Row, a strip of ultra-luxury residences at the southern end of Central Park in Midtown. While Extell hasn’t officially released pricing for its 179 condos, the Real Deal reported last year that 20 of the units have a price tag of $60 million and higher, with a $95 million penthouse being the most expensive. If the building achieves its projected $4 billion sellout, the tower would become the most expensive condo project in New York City.

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condos, Green Design, Landscape Architecture, Midtown, New Developments

central park tower, extell development, hmwhite

Central Park Tower, New York City’s future tallest residential skyscraper, is getting a more down-to-earth design. As CityRealty learned, the supertall at 225 West 57th Street on Billionaires’ Row will feature a sprawling landscaped space designed by HMWhite. The firm’s terrace design includes both passive and active recreational areas, like a central open lawn and a sequence of complimentary garden rooms. Renderings of the projected 1,550-foot tall tower reveal a lap pool overlooking West 57th Street and a sun deck among pergolas and trellises.

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Architecture, condos, Major Developments, Midtown

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Rendering of Central Park Tower via Extell Development

A new rendering of Central Park Tower, slated to be the tallest residential tower on Earth, shows the most sparkling image of the residential building yet. Construction for Extell Development’s supertall, located at 225 West 57th Street on Billionaires’ Row, is underway and when completed, the tower is projected to be 1,550-feet tall. As CityRealty reported, the all-glass rendering appears to be taken about 900-feet above Central Park and leaves out rivaling towers, 432 Park Avenue and 111 West 57th Street. The $2.98 billion project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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Architecture, condos, Midtown, New Developments

nordstrom tower

Back in May it was reported that the official rendering for Extell’s Nordstrom Tower—a.k.a. Central Park Tower, a.k.a. NYC and the country’s future tallest tower (by roof height)—had finally been released by the developer, showing a glassy construction rising 1,523 feet from its 217 West 57th Street address. But now comes news from The Post’s Steve Cuozzo that the tower’s final design is actually “still up in the air.”

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Architecture, condos, Midtown, New Developments

nordstrom tower official rendering, 217 west 57th street

The Nordstrom Tower may not become the overall tallest building to ever rise NYC, besting One World Trade Center as previously reported and then rebuffed, but new filings unearthed by NY Yimby show that the supertall will still carry a very worthy, head-craning title. Documents show that the 95-story building will become not only the tallest building by roof height in NYC, but also in the country at 1,522.83 feet.

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condos, Midtown, New Developments

Image: the Nordstrom Tower penthouse

Extell has plenty to brag about, from claiming fame to the city’s top two most expensive sales to being credited with starting the whole superluxury supertall tower boom. But according to the Wall Street Journal, the development company’s head honcho and mastermind Gary Barnett is vying for another record, aiming to make his next skyscraping creation, the Nordstrom Tower, the most expensive building ever sold at $4.4 billion.

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Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

nordstrom tower official rendering, 217 west 57th street

Image of Nordstrom Tower/217 West 57th Street, via YIMBY

Recent reports revealing a potential pinnacle bump for Extell’s supertall planned for 217 West 57th Street, followed by a statement by Extell’s Gary Barnett denying the new height report–which would have the tower outstreching One World Trade Center–have discussion once again focused on the world’s tallest residential tower-in-waiting.

Today NY Yimby reports that an official Extell rendering of the project confirms it will match earlier versions of the plans as well as previously-revealed in-house images.

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Architecture, Midtown, New Developments

Nordstrom Tower

Rendering of the tower NY Yimby

Yesterday, new details on Extell’s Nordstrom Tower were leaked, stating that the tower’s height had been stretched 20 feet to trump the One World Trade Center. But it looks like the news was all fodder as Extell Development boss Gary Barnett has stepped out denying that his supertall slated for 217 West 57th Street will reach such heights. The NY Post spoke with Barnett late yesterday and the developer told the paper that the tower “will categorically not be taller than One World Trade Center.” Barnett clarified that the building will reach 1,775 feet (with its spire) as planned, which is just one foot shorter than the One World Trade Center.

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Midtown, New Developments, Starchitecture

217 w 57th nordstrom tower

Rendering of the tower at its new height by NY Yimby

One World Trade Center‘s claim to the title as the city’s tallest building could soon be nil. NY Yimby reports that the ultra-super-tall Nordstrom Tower at 217 West 57th Street has experienced a growth spurt that’s pushed its already jaw-dropping height from 1,775 to 1,795-feet. Though the addition of 20 feet seems insignificant for a skyscraper of such size, the consequences are not: The tower will now not only be the tallest building in the city (19 feet higher than 1 WTC) when completed, but also the tallest in the U.S. and the western hemisphere.

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