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Jean Nouvel's MoMA Tower Finally Rises Above Street Level

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53W53 is en route to its superlative height of 1,050 feet

En route to its superlative height of 1,050 feet, Jean Nouvel's supertall tower 53W53 has finally peeked above street level. Construction site chronicler Tectonic swung by to photograph the site. As it stands now, the Midtown supertall looks small next to the adjacent building, but when it's complete in 2017 the tower will stand a whopping 82 stories. That may sound like a lot, but it will merely be about the 15th tallest building in New York City.

It's been a big few months for the tower. It has, after all, been in development for nearly a decade, but November brought it its long-awaited (and over-the-top) sales office, barely preceded by public listings, which appeared in September. The building's listing agents are keeping tight-lipped about the status of sales in the building, but StreetEasy shows 15 public listings, none of which are in contract.

53 W 53rd St

53 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, NY 10019