With a handful of luxury towers rising on West 57th Street, the Midtown thoroughfare was beginning to feel a bit lopsided. Not anymore. The Observer reports that the long-planned 57-story tower at 250 East 57th Street is ready to rise from the ground. First announced in 2006, the crazy tapering tower, designed by Roger Duffy of SOM, saw starts and stops over the last six years, but new construction permits have been filed, which means we will be on full construction watch in 2013. SOM is still the architect on the 715-foot-tall tower, developed by World Wide Group, but some design changes will be made. The exterior will be "more curvaceous" and less angular, and there will be 270 apartments instead of 320.
Permits indicate that the building will have a swimming pool, gym, and a seventh floor terrace, while the 25th floor will have a library, lounge, dining room, a music screening room, and a wine testing room. As for the planned schools?the project was originally a partnership with the DOE?they are already complete and in operation. There's also a new Whole Foods, and the building will have an additional 27,000-square-feet of retail on the first two floors. And now we will be anxiously awaiting the updated renderings.
· With Another Luxury Tower, 57th Street Becoming Manhattan's New Gold Coast [NYO]
· 250 East 57th Street [Curbed]