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Milestones reached, plans announced in NYC and New Jersey.

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Central Park Tower, also known as 217 West 57th Street in Manhattan, topped out in September; photo by Michael Young for New York YIMBY.

Central Park Tower Tops Out

Construction on Central Park Tower (ELEVATOR WORLD, March 2016, December 2018), the tallest residential building in NYC, has topped out at 1,550 ft, giving the supertall the highest roof in the Western Hemisphere, the source reported in September. The slim, reinforced concrete structure also known as 217 West 57th Street will join other posh addresses along what has come to be known as Billionaires’ Row and will include a Nordstrom department store at its lower levels. Residents will have spectacular views of NYC’s most-notable landmarks, including the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Hudson Yards and more, with sightlines extending to New Jersey, Brooklyn and beyond the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The three-story penthouse will be the highest residential space in the city and will feature a private outdoor terrace, a spiraling staircase and a ballroom overlooking Central Park.

The building’s glass curtain wall was continuing to make good progress and was only a few floors below the top. The building is expected to be complete next year, but the Nordstrom store was scheduled to open last month. Central Park Tower is being developed by Extell and was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Jersey City Tower Races Toward Completion

Installation of the glass curtain wall at 99 Hudson Street (EW, December 2017) in Jersey City was nearly finished in August as the 900-ft-tall, 79-story residential tower — the tallest in New Jersey — raced toward anticipated completion by the end of the year. The building, towering over the Jersey City skyline, was designed by Perkins Eastman and developed by China Overseas America. The topped-out tower lacks only the assembly of its glass crown and installation of the Jura limestone curtain wall at the lower levels for the exterior work to be done.

The building will offer 781 condominium units, including some with private balconies, and there will be outdoor terraces on the upper setbacks below the crown. East-facing units will have clear views of Lower Manhattan and Midtown, and access to light rail and Port Authority Trans-Hudson trains is conveniently located across the street. Ferries to NYC and along the New Jersey waterfront are also nearby.

Façade of Turkevi Center in Midtown East Taking Shape

The reflective glass façade of the 35-story Turkevi Center (EW, December 2016) at 821 First Avenue in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown East is taking shape, the source reported in September. Designed by Perkins Eastman, the 563-ft-tall reinforced concrete structure has topped out and will serve as the consulate of the Republic of Turkey. With curved corners and a sloped crown, the building will include 102,000 ft2 of commercial space on the first 15 floors, a cellar-level auditorium, offices and 20 apartments for staff and visitors. Outdoor terraces will be on the seventh, 11th and 16th floors. Completion is anticipated in 2020.

23-Story Residential Development Planned in NoMad

Castellan Real Estate Partners plans a 23-story, 227-ft-tall residential tower at 7-9 East 30th Street in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan. The design, with SWA Architecture as the architect of record, features an akimbo curtain wall with a mix of glass and gray metal cladding towering over 30th Street. A series of balconies and irregular windows start above an eighth-floor setback. On the drawing boards are 54 residential units, amenities that include a rooftop terrace and 2,142 ft2 of ground- level retail. In September, a construction timeline had not yet been announced.

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