Here's some news to spice up your Monday afternoon: JDS Development Group is developing a luxury skyscraper just down the block from One57. Matt Chaban over at the Observer got his hands on some renderings of the new 51-story tower destined for 107 West 57th Street, and he's already aptly nicknamed it "The Shard." Cetra/Ruddy architects (archicritic Nicolai Ouroussoff is cursing somewhere) designed the super-skinny tower, which will reach 697 feet high on a 43-foot wide lot. The angular, swooping structure departs greatly from Cetra/Ruddy's other well-known skinny tower, the boxy One Madison Park.
Building permits show 28 units, with no more than one apartment per floor. There are 14 duplexes located on floors 20 to 46, and 13 full-floor units on floors 7 through 19. A quadraplex will occupy the top of the building, but the tippy-top 51st floor is reserved for "recreational space." The first, second, and third floors will have 10,000-square-feet of retail, and the other floors will host amenities for residents. The rear of the building faces Central Park, and terraces jut from the building as it slopes upward.
JDS Development Group purchased a majority stake in the currently empty site from Starwood Capital in May, and the permits for the 51-story tower were filed back in March. JDS declined to talk to NYO about the building, so who knows when it could come to fruition. But when it does, will we see yet another $95 million listing?