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Midtown Tower Supersizes Apartments and Grows to 75 Stories

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There are new design details (albeit still no renderings) for the now 75-story Park Hyatt hotel/condo tower designed by French starchitect Christian de Portzamparc for Extell at 157 West 57th Street. Fresh plans were recently submitted to the Buildings Department by project architects and local boys SLCE, and the Post's Lois Weiss?who accidentally confuses the tower for part of Riverside Center, another Extell/C-deP collabo nearby?relays the highlights. There will be a garage for 63 cars, retail on the ground floor and 20 stories of hotel action with meeting rooms and a ballroom. Then the real fun starts:

Starting at the 21st floor the building turns residential, with a lounge, screening room, fitness center and other amenities. In the new version, set-back roofs are enclosed and some single-story apartments have been changed to duplexes. The highest residential floor, 72, only will have half an apartment, with the entire 71st floor hosting the rest of the apartment. [Extell CEO Gary Barnett] said it definitely won't be his next abode. "I can't afford it," he laughed. The mechanics and elevator will take the building to a 75th-floor roof.A new 75-story tower in this climate? Ha! But laugh not, he who doubts the Barnett, because this baby is bankrolled and very much active. We're dying to see a rendering. C'mon, tipsters, hit us up.
· Extell eyes Oman loan for Riverside Center [NYP]
· 157 West 57th Street coverage [Curbed]