111 West 57th Street

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111 West 57th Street
111 West 57th Street New York NY 2015 06 09 01.jpg
Construction site of 111 West 57th Street on June 9, 2015.
General information
Status Under construction
Type Residential
Architectural style American Art Deco
Location Manhattan, New York City, United States
Coordinates 40°45′52″N 73°58′40″W / 40.764574°N 73.9776454°W / 40.764574; -73.9776454
Construction started 2014-15
Completed early 2018[1]
Opening 2018
Antenna spire 1,438 ft (438 m)
Roof 1,438 ft (438 m)
Technical details
Floor count 82
Design and construction
Architect SHoP Architects
Developer JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group
Structural engineer WSP

111 West 57th Street is a supertall residential project by developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in midtown Manhattan in New York City. 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] The building will rise to be 1,438 ft (438 m).[2] The tower will become the most slender building in the world with a width-to-height ratio of about 1:23.[3]

Construction and history[edit]

111 West 57th Street was originally known as 107 West 57th Street.[4] The building was approved in January 2015. Excavation began in 2014, as did internal demolition within Steinway Hall. The tallest freestanding crane in NYC history, at 220 feet, is being used in the construction of the building.[5] The building will include an 800-ton tuned mass damper to provide stability in the event of high winds or a seismic event.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8] 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."[9][10][11] The building's interiors were designed by Studio Sofield.[12] Writing for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger referred to the plans for 111 as "quite possibly the most elegant" of the new structures planned for 57th Street and around Central Park, which include One57, 432 Park Avenue, 220 Central Park South, and the as of yet unbuilt 225 West 57th Street.[9]


The building will have a porte-cochere, and a recital hall will be constructed as an homage to the fact that the building is being constructed on top of Steinway Hall.[6][13]


  1. ^ a b "111 West 57th Street - JDS Development Group". JDS Development Group. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "111 West 57th Street". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tall And Slender: The World's Skinniest Skyscraper". Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fendak, Nikolai (8 August 2013). "111 West 57th Street to Soar 1,200 Feet". YIMBY. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Mashayekhi, Rey (14 July 2014). "Tallest freestanding crane in NYC history arrives in Midtown at 111 W. 57th Street". The Real Deal. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Higgins, Michelle (7 August 2015). "Keeping Skyscrapers From Blowing in the Wind". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Moses, Claire (12 May 2015). "JDS' Michael Stern goes on the defense". The Real Deal. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ New York Yimby: "Interview: Michael Stern Of JDS Development" BY: NikolaiI Fedak January 24, 2014
  9. ^ a b "Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "111 West 57th Street NYC - JDS PMG - Steinway Hall NYC". The Real Deal New York. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Curbed New York: "57th Street Tower Ignores the Existence of Taller Neighbors" by Hana R. Alberts March 30, 2015
  12. ^ Hana R. Alberts (April 6, 2015). "SHoP's Slender 57th Street Tower Finally Reveals Its Interiors". New York Curbed. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ Russell, James (31 October 2013). "With $90 Million Condos, Needle Towers Jostle for Views". Bloomberg. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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