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One Vanderbilt, Midtown East’s supertall office tower, begins its vertical ascent

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The soon-to-be second tallest tower in New York City just hit a major milestone

Photos by Max Touhey.

One Vanderbilt, the 1,401-foot office tower that will soon loom over Midtown East and become New York City’s second tallest tower, has just marked another major milestone. After breaking ground in October 2016 and pouring the foundation in February of this year, developers SL Green announced that the first steel column for the structure has been erected.

For a bit of perspective, the first steel column weighs somewhere around 20 tons and is 35 feet long. The total amount of steel that will serve as the building’s bones will weigh a massive 26,000 tons so that tells you that there’s a lot more more to be done on the foundation work. Steel installation is expected to last over the next 2.5 years, close to the building’s 2020 completion date.

Once complete, the building will stand 58 stories high and span more than 1 million square feet with 30,000 square feet of amenities. There will also be a public observation deck, which will be one of the highest in the city, standing at a frightening 1,020 feet above ground.

The building will feature a new public plaza along with added connections to the subway and Metro-North.

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