Narrow Tower, Higher than Empire State Building, Wins City Approval
Ever want to look down on the Empire State Building? How about from your apartment?
In three years, well-heeled buyers will be able to do that from the top floors of a 1,350-foot tower that won approval Tuesday.
The building’s roofline is 100 feet higher than New York’s famous skyscraper — minus its iconic antenna — and will rise like a serrated knife next to Steinway Hall on W. 57th St.
The new-old tandem, due for completion in 2016, will contain about 100 apartments. Construction should start next spring, and the famed piano company will move out of its 1925 home.
The designers said they got their inspiration for the sleek structure from early cloud-busters such as the Empire State and Woolworth buildings.
“It really comes from … these slender, tapering towers (but) rethinks them in a totally modern way,” said Gregg Pasquarelli, principal at SHoP Architects.
The approval was a no brainer, members said.
“It represents the best of both worlds of new construction and design and historic preservation,” Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said Tuesday.
Fellow commissioner Fred Bland called the combo “daring and smart.”
At only 60 feet wide, the JDS Development and Property Markets Group tower appears to defy gravity.
“It may be the skinniest building ever,” Pasquarelli said. “The ratio is something like 25-to-1.”
But it won’t be alone, as a parade of supertalls now march down W. 57th St.
Developer Gary Barnett is finishing up his 1,005-foot One57 on the other end of the block, and he also has plans for a 1,432-footer across from Carnegie Hall. And Harry Macklowe is currently building his 1,397-foot 432 Park Ave. on the eastern end of the stretch.
But Pasquarelli insisted his will be the best.
“It’s not something that could be been plucked off the skyline of Singapore or Hong Kong,” he said. “We’re all New York.”
By Matt Chaban, The Daily News
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