As of last week, the Flatiron District's tallest tower is one step closer to completion: the 777-foot structure at 45 East 22nd Street, developed by Ian Bruce Eichner's Continuum Company, has reached its full height. Curbed was on-site for a topping-out ceremony last week, held on the 42nd floor of the building; from that height, we were also able to get some pretty spectacular views of Midtown, Brooklyn, and beyond.
When completed, 45 East 22nd Street will have 83 condos, the priciest of which is a 6,032-square-foot duplex penthouse. From the top of the building, we were able to get a glimpse of what residents in that apartment may see: The vantage point is quite unique, affording views of Midtown's rising skyscrapers in one direction (including iconic structures like the Empire State Building), and the Lower Manhattan skyline in the other. You're also eye-to-eye with landmarks like the Met Life Tower, with its gilded clocktower, and can look down onto the normally über-exclusive Gramercy Park. (Granted, this view in and of itself is über-exclusive, because who has $38 million to spend on a penthouse?)
The project has been in the works for several years now, and it's already 60 percent sold, according to a spokesperson. Now that it's at its full height, the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed building will take its place as the Flatiron District's tallest tower. It's also one of the most unusual, with a narrow, cantilevered base that rises to a wider, slightly to-heavy pinnacle. Plaza Construction is the firm responsible for that aspect of the project.