111 West 57th Street

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111 West 57th Street
111 West 57th Street under construction, on January 12, 2019
General information
StatusUnder construction
Location111 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
United States
Coordinates40°45′52″N 73°58′40″W / 40.76455°N 73.97765°W / 40.76455; -73.97765Coordinates: 40°45′52″N 73°58′40″W / 40.76455°N 73.97765°W / 40.76455; -73.97765
Construction started2014
Completedearly 2019[1]
Antenna spire1,428 ft (435 m)
Roof1,428 ft (435 m)
Technical details
Floor count82
Floor area315,996 sq ft (29,357.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectSHoP Architects
DeveloperJDS Development Group and Property Markets Group
Structural engineerWSP

111 West 57th Street, also known as the Steinway Tower,[3] is a supertall residential project by developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in West Midtown in Manhattan, New York City. Located at 111 West 57th Street near Sixth Avenue, the development will be a combination of the original landmarked Steinway Building designed in 1925 by Warren & Wetmore, and a new tower addition on the adjacent site.[1] Parkside Construction Builders is the general contractor. Parkside is currently under indictment for fraud, withholding wages and using undocumented immigrant labor on this site.[4]

When completed, the tower will be one of the tallest buildings in the United States, as well as the thinnest skyscraper in the world with a width-to-height ratio of about 1:23.[5] (some reported 1:24[6][7])

Construction and history[edit]

The building is registered at the address 107 West 57th Street[8] and was approved in January 2015. Excavation began in 2014, as did internal demolition within Steinway Hall. The tallest freestanding crane in New York City history, which measures 220 feet (67 m), is being used to construct the building.[9] The building will include an 800-ton tuned mass damper to provide stability in the event of high winds or a seismic event.[10]

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has criticized the building's developer, JDS, for not giving their workers adequate safety training, and for not using union labor.[11]

In the summer of 2017, after the tower had been built to 20 stories, construction stalled.[12] The project was over budget, and speculation arose that it could be headed for foreclosure.[12] According to lawsuits that were filed by major investors in the building, the developers neglected to account for cost overruns reaching $50 million in relation to renting construction cranes necessary for completing the skyscraper. It was not known whether the building would be completed as planned.[13] However, despite the building's monetary issues, a number of apartments in the tower have already gone to contract. In addition, some legal analysts believed the disputes will eventually be settled and the tower will still rise.[14][15]

As of August 2017, all work at 111 West 57th Street had resumed, with the tower then expected for completion in 2018.[16] By November 2017, the tower had reached a height of roughly 500 feet (150 m), and initial glass façade installation had begun.[17] In March 2018, the tower's height officially surpassed the halfway point at over 700 feet (210 m).[18]

On January 21, 2019, a suspended scaffold attached to the building, broke free from the exterior of the 55th floor and showered pieces of broken glass from cracked windows over nearby sidewalks due to high winds. The New York City Buildings Department issued a partial stop work order and gave the site a violation for failure to safeguard construction equipment.[19] However, even with the mishap, the building is still expected to top out in the comings weeks.


Midtown Manhattan looking north from the Empire State Building's 102nd floor, 1,224 feet (373 m) above ground level, November 2018.

The skyscraper was designed by SHoP Architects and is being developed by Michael Stern's JDS Development Group and Kevin P. Maloney's Property Markets Group.[20] The north side of the tower rises directly up to the pinnacle of the building. On the south side of the tower, a series of setbacks appear as the tower rises. As the height of the building increases, the setbacks eventually thin out, with the tower "disappearing into the sky."[21][22][23] The building's interiors were designed by Studio Sofield.[24] The building will have a porte-cochère for residents, and a recital hall will be constructed as an architectural reference to the fact that the building is being constructed on top of Steinway Hall.[25]

Writing for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger referred to the plans for the tower as "quite possibly the most elegant" of the new structures planned for 57th Street and around Central Park, which include One57, 432 Park Avenue, and the as yet unfinished 220 Central Park South and 225 West 57th Street (Central Park Tower).[21]


  1. ^ a b "111 West 57th Street – JDS Development Group". JDS Development Group. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "111 West 57th Street". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Laborers on a 'Billionaires' Row' Tower Cheated of Wages, D.A. Says". The New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "working on some of NYC's biggest projects accused of stealing wages, cheating state out of $8M". The Real Deal. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Tall And Slender: The World's Skinniest Skyscraper". Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ https://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/111-west-57th-street-manhattan-new-york-city/
  7. ^ https://www.wsp.com/en-GL/projects/111-west-57th-street-new-york#Sectors
  8. ^ Fendak, Nikolai (August 8, 2013). "111 West 57th Street to Soar 1,200 Feet". YIMBY. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Mashayekhi, Rey (July 14, 2014). "Tallest freestanding crane in NYC history arrives in Midtown at 111 W. 57th Street". The Real Deal. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Higgins, Michelle (August 7, 2015). "Keeping Skyscrapers From Blowing in the Wind". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Moses, Claire (May 12, 2015). "JDS' Michael Stern goes on the defense". The Real Deal. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Cohen, Michelle (July 27, 2017). "World's skinniest skyscraper at 111 West 57th Street stalled at 20 stories by soaring costs". 6sqft.com. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  13. ^ Marsh, Julia (July 27, 2017). "The world's skinniest skyscraper might never get finished". New York Post. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Gannon, Devin (August 3, 2017). "Despite legal troubles, the first units at 111 West 57th Street go into contract". 6sqft.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Putzier, Konrad (August 2, 2017). "First 111 West 57th Street units go into contract". TheRealDeal.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "New York | 111 West 57th St | 1,428 ft | 91 Floors". YIMBY Forums. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Putzier, Konrad (November 1, 2017). "The obscure investor who could sabotage NYC's tallest planned condo tower". TheRealDeal.com. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  18. ^ Nelson, Andrew (March 13, 2018). "111 West 57th Street Officially Surpasses Halfway Point in Rise to 1,428′ Pinnacle". NewYorkYimby.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Spivack, Caroline (January 22, 2019). "Scaffold breaks free, damages windows at Midtown supertall". NewYorkYimby.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  20. ^ New York Yimby: "Interview: Michael Stern Of JDS Development" January 24, 2014
  21. ^ a b "Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  22. ^ "111 West 57th Street NYC – JDS PMG – Steinway Hall NYC". The Real Deal New York. April 7, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  23. ^ Curbed New York: "57th Street Tower Ignores the Existence of Taller Neighbors" by Hana R. Alberts March 30, 2015
  24. ^ Hana R. Alberts (April 6, 2015). "SHoP's Slender 57th Street Tower Finally Reveals Its Interiors". New York Curbed. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  25. ^ "Inside the Supertalls: 111 West 57th Street". JDS Development Group. December 7, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2018.

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