220 Central Park South has been years in the making, and after legal battles and additional acquisitions, renderings of the tower are finally here. Curbed has the reveal, and the images do not disappoint; while the release did not come from Vornado, the stills from a (now removed) video on Sunlabs’ website depict the 920-foot skyscraper in all its slender limestone glory.
As YIMBY had speculated, the site will see a two-towered configuration, similar to Stern’s 15 Central Park West; the smaller, 14-story building will be located on Central Park South, while the 60-story skyscraper will front 58th Street. The two components will share a private driveway — again, similar to 15 Central Park West.
Large lower levels that would typically use a significant portion of a project’s development rights are non-existent, which is a prudent move on Vornado’s part; instead, the skyscraper soars significantly higher than an ordinary tower, allowing upper floors to take advantage of sweeping and permanently unobstructed Central Park views. In order to do this, the development will also be extraordinarily slender — though the proportions don’t look quite as thin as the nearby 111 West 57th Street.
The implications of Stern’s involvement with the project have been clear for some time, as the architect has a pedigree for selling the most expensive units in New York City; it appears the ante has been upped yet again, as the views offered at 220 Central Park South will best ‘Limestone Jesus‘ around the corner, as well as Stern’s other Central Park-facing tower in the works, at 45 East 60th Street.
Given the benefit of a Central Park South address — and vistas that will be among the best in the entire world — the assumption that 220 Central Park South will become the city’s most expensive address is not unreasonable, and as Curbed notes, it appears that many of the floors will be single units. The penthouse will likely be several levels, and when figures are released, a $100 million + asking price seems inevitable.
Completion of Vornado’s soaring, slender, and stellar addition to the skyline is expected by 2016-2017.
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