Foundation Work Begins on Future Manhattan Supertall Building


Rendering of Supertall 53 West 53rd Street Building. Credit:

Foundation work has finally begun on 53 West 53rd Street almost a year after excavation began for the future supertall. Controversially, the old American Folk Art Museum, designed by Todd Williams and Billy Tsien, was demolished to make room for the “Torre Verre” which supporters say will improve a chunk of Midtown Manhattan.

53 West 53rd Street will eventually stretch 82 stories to its roof, which was cut 200 feet by City Planning back when the ornament atop the original proposal was “deemed unworthy” to share the same airspace as the Empire State Building.

Completion is slated for 2017. [H/t to]

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