At the beginning of the year, we finally learned that the long-planned tapering tower would rise at 250 East 57th Street, and a tipster sent along some recent photos of the site. There's no new construction yet, as the old High School of Art and Design is still being dismantled. Demolition of the seven-story building began last summer. One day, a 715-foot-tall tower developed by World Wide Group will rise on the site, but this project has moved slower than molasses from the start, so who knows when the 270-unit building will materialize.
The development also has a Whole Foods, which opened last summer, and two schools, both of which are complete. The residential tower is the last piece of the puzzle. No new renderings have been released by architecture firm SOM, but DOB permits indicate 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.
· 250 East 57th Street coverage [Curbed]