220 Central Park South

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Coordinates: 40°46′02″N 73°58′49″W / 40.7671°N 73.9802°W / 40.7671; -73.9802

220 Central Park South
220 Central Park South April 2018.jpg
The building under construction in April 2018
General information
Status Structurally Topped Out
Address 220 Central Park South
Town or city New York City
Country United States
Groundbreaking 2013-14
Completed end 2017
Opened 2018
Owner Vornado Realty Trust
Architectural 953 feet (290 m)
Technical details
Floor count 69
Floor area 414,346 sq ft (38,494.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Structural engineer

DeSimone Consulting Engineers


220 Central Park South is a residential skyscraper currently under construction, being developed by Vornado Realty Trust. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, in the U.S. state of New York, and is being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The tower is located along Central Park South; when complete the building will have 70 floors, and will include 116 units. Completion is expected in 2018, adding another building which many local residents find an eyesore.[2] When completed, the tower will be the tenth-tallest building in New York City, slightly shorter than Four World Trade Center.[3][4]


The building that previously occupied the site was a 20-story building built in 1954. It contained 124 apartments, and was purchased in 2005 by Vornado for $131.5 million.[5][6] After the purchase, Vornado entered a legal battle with its rent-stabilized tenants concerning their eviction.[6] A court sided with Vornado in 2009, and the developer ultimately settled with tenants in 2010, paying between $1.3 million and $1.56 million to those remaining in the building.[7]

Demolition of the existing structure began in 2012 after the settling of a dispute between Vornado and Extell. Extell, another developer, owned the parking garage under the previous building, and was unwilling to close it. Demolition was completed in early 2013.[8] Robert A. M. Stern's designs were released in early 2014.[9] The plans were approved in March 2014.[10]

The building is one of several major developments on or around 57th Street and Central Park, including 432 Park Avenue, 111 West 57th Street, The Steinway Tower, and the Central Park Tower.


Designs originally called for a "glass" tower.[6] Contrary to the early plans, Robert A. M. Stern's designs call for a limestone-clad building, similar to other buildings by Stern such as 15 Central Park West. The building is one of three skyscrapers designed by Stern in Manhattan, joining 30 Park Place in the Financial District, and 520 Park Avenue, east of Central Park.


The building is currently under construction.[11] In November 2016 Justin Casquejo, a thrill-seeking teenage free solo climber and stunt performer, hung from the not-yet-completed tower.[12][13][14][15]


The building will have a porte-cochere, as well as a wine cellar, a swimming pool, a dining room, and a fitness room.[16]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How tall can NYC's skyscrapers go? You won't believe the answer". Crain's New York Business. 7 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "220 Central Park South Begins Losing Prominence As Exterior Work Nears Completion - New York YIMBY". New York YIMBY. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  3. ^ "220 Central Park South Goes Supertall". Yimby. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "220 Central Park South - The Skyscraper Center". skyscrapercenter.com. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Arak, Joey (7 March 2006). "220 Central Park South: Another Condo Casualty?". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Cuozzo, Steve (7 April 2009). "Tower Power on Central Park". The New York Post. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Polsky, Sara (22 December 2010). "Central Park South Holdouts Get Million-Dollar Buyouts". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  8. ^ YIMBY, New York (7 January 2013). "Demolition Update: 220 Central Park South Nearly Gone". YIMBY. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Dailey, Jessica (15 January 2014). "Robert A.M. Stern's 220 Central Park South Tower, Revealed!". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Approved: 220 Central Park South". YIMBY. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  11. ^ "Construction Update: 220 Central Park South Nears Double Digits - New York YIMBY". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  12. ^ Lubin, Byrhian (December 3, 2016). "Teenage daredevil cheats death climbing one of the world's tallest skyscrapers in stomach-churning footage". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  13. ^ Kenneth Garger, Chad Rachman and Natalie O'Neill (November 27, 2016). "Airhead teen busted for climbing World Trade Center rises again". New York Post. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  14. ^ Goldman, Jeff (November 28, 2016). "Daredevil N.J. teen charged in WTC stunt dangles from Central Park tower". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Wyrich, Andrew (November 28, 2016). "Weehawken teenager who scaled WTC continues to climb". The Record. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  16. ^ Solomont, E.B. (4 March 2015). "Revealed: Prices, floorplans at Vornado's 220 CPS". The Real Deal. Retrieved 24 December 2015.