50 West Street

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50 West Street
50 West Street April 2017.jpg
Seen from a West Street pedestrian bridge in April 2017.
50 West Street is located in Lower Manhattan
50 West Street
Location within Lower Manhattan
50 West Street is located in Manhattan
50 West Street
50 West Street (Manhattan)
50 West Street is located in New York City
50 West Street
50 West Street (New York City)
50 West Street is located in New York
50 West Street
50 West Street (New York)
50 West Street is located in the US
50 West Street
50 West Street (the US)
General information
Status Complete
  • Residential
  • Retail
Location 50 West Street
Coordinates 40°42′29″N 74°00′54″W / 40.70801°N 74.01505°W / 40.70801; -74.01505Coordinates: 40°42′29″N 74°00′54″W / 40.70801°N 74.01505°W / 40.70801; -74.01505
Groundbreaking June 23, 2008
Construction started Fall 2013
Topped-out October 23, 2016[1]
Completed 2017
Cost $600 million
Architectural 778 ft (237 m)
Tip 778 ft (237 m)
Observatory 734 ft (224 m)
Technical details
Floor count 63
Floor area 53,883 m2 (580,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Murphy/Jahn Architects
Developer Time Equities Inc.
Structural engineer DeSimone Consulting Engineers
Main contractor Hunter Roberts Construction Group

50 West Street is a 64-story, 778 ft (237 m) tall mixed-use retail and residential condominium tower developed by Time Equities Inc. in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It contains 191 residential units.[4]


The building is located on 50 West Street, in the Financial District neighborhood located at the southern tip of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is located 0.5 mi (805 m) via West Street from One World Trade Center. The site borders a high-rise rental building called 90 Washington to the north while being surrounded by a privately owned parking garage to the south and east of the structure.


The building is designed by architect Helmut Jahn, known for works such as the Messeturm in Frankfurt, CitySpire, the Park Avenue Tower and 425 Lexington Avenue in New York City. The tower of curved glass is supposed to provide panoramic views of New York Harbor.[5] In order to achieve a possible Gold LEED rating, the building includes sustainable technologies, such as a green roof, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, automated blinds and energy control systems.[6]

A total of 3,000 panels of glass were to be installed, with each pane weighing up to 1,900 pounds (860 kg), framed by aluminum, and braced by stainless steel panels that are made in Italy. Five hundred of them are curved, and can cost 300 to 500 percent more than flat glass.[5] According to Jahn, no other building uses curved glass in such volume, from street level to penthouse level.[5]

50 West has been compared with nearby 17 State Street, highly appreciated by its "beautiful curved and reflective glass facade",[7] with one author writing that it is a "complementary form and a updated take".[1] Whereas 17 State’s facade finishes with a more traditional top, 50 West’s curves run in a single vertical gesture right to the edge of the parapet at the top, stopping only for a minor setback near the pinnacle.[1]

The base of the building is bowed outwards in a curved cantilever, adding a further sensation of verticality, with a view to open up space for the Ward’s Walk between the building and the Battery Garage immediately to the south.[1]

Within each condominium at 50 West Street, interior designer Thomas Juul-Hansen has crafted interiors with luxurious finishes and spacious layouts.[8]


On June 7, 2007, the skyscraper designs were presented by Time Equities' CEO Francis J. Greenburger to the Financial District, Battery Park City and Quality of Life committees of Community Board 1.[9] On October 5, 2007 they were approved by the City Planning Commission.[10] Initially the building plans fought opposition arising from the fact that the tower did not include money for affordable housing,[11] but latter a $5 million agreement settled this situation,[12][13] including $430,000 to local P.S./I.S. 89 for a computer science program.[6] The site was occupied by two buildings, one of them being a 1912 13-story building, known as the Crystal Building that has a 3-story-high mansard roof, which were demolished between the end of 2007 and the first months of 2008.[14][15]

Developer Time Equities broke ground in June 2008 on a 66-story hotel/condo tower at 50 West Street.[6] By the fall of 2008, construction work had stopped due to the financial crisis,[16] and, according to Mr. Greenberger, was saved for better times.[17] In 2011, the developer obtained new construction permits.[18] The hotel, which was planned to be located in the first fourteen floors, was discarded and substituted by multilevel retail space.[19] In addition, after damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the developers decided to make the building flood-resistant by rising the sill height on the ground floor and using floodgates at the entrances, as well as moving the mechanical room to higher floors.[19]

In August 2013, Time Equities' CEO Francis Greenburger secured a $400 million loan, and work was resumed after a five-year delay.[20][21] In December 2013, Time Equities launched a teaser website for 50 West Street which revealed new renderings and showcased the panoramic views of the tower. Facing south, landmarks like Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island can be seen.[4]

Sales started in spring 2014 and construction was scheduled to be completed in 2016.[22] The building topped out in September 2015.[4][1] [23]


The building contains 191 residential units, ranging from one to four bedrooms, including an array of duplexed and double height living rooms throughout all the tower. and two penthouses.[4] Sales for available units range in price from $1,960,000 to $22,645,000.[24] Four floors of the building are devoted to state-of-the-art amenities such as a water club including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, fitness room, a lounge with sofas, private screening room, children's playroom, game room, demonstration kitchen and dining room, library, as well as a dining terrace.

The building has an open air, private observation deck that sits in the 64th floor atop the building at 734 feet (224 m).[4][1] It is equipped with binocular tower viewers, barbecue stations and private dining areas.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ogorodnikov, Vitali (23 October 2015). "50 West Street is Topped Out And Nearing Exterior Completion". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  2. ^ "50 West Street". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  3. ^ 50 West Street at Emporis
  4. ^ a b c d e Plitt, Amy (11 September 2015). "Helmut Jahn's 780-Foot West Street Tower Has Topped Out". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  5. ^ a b c Finn, Robin (13 March 2015). "Behind the Curved Glass of New York's Residential Towers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b c Rubinstein, Dana (June 27, 2008). "Developer Breaks Ground On Green Hotel, Eats Organic Breakfast". The Observer. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  7. ^ Horsley, Carter B. "Plots & Plans: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum/Frank Gehry Plan for Lower Manhattan's waterfront". The City Review. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  8. ^ Backman, Melivin (2013-08-27). "Developer Locates Financing for Long-Delayed Manhattan Residential Project Time Equities raised a total of $398 million in financing for the project in 2013 to begin construction". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  9. ^ "63-story mixed-use tower planned for 50 West Street". CityRealty. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  10. ^ "City Planning approves plans for 50 West Street". CityRealty. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  11. ^ Rogers, Josh (August 3, 2007). "Beep says stop on West St. condos". Downtown Express. 20 (12). Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  12. ^ Rogers, Josh (November 23, 2007). "Developer pays $5m into housing fund to greenlight condo tower". Downtown Express. 20 (28). Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  13. ^ Editorial (December 7, 2007). "Affordable housing lessons at 50 West". Downtown Express. 20 (30). Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  14. ^ McFarlane, Skye H. (25 May 2007). "Developer plans to knock down West St. 'copper top' to build 63 stories". Downtown Express. Vol. 20 no. 2. Community Media. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  15. ^ Arak, Joey (March 11, 2008). "Destructoporn: Jahn Lowers the Helmet". Curbed NY. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  16. ^ Jones, David (December 3, 2008). "50 West Street completion date delayed". The Real Deal New York. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  17. ^ Weiss, Loiss (January 15, 2009). "CREDIT CRUNCH HAS LEFT MANY MAJOR PROJECTS IN THE LURCH". The New York Post. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  18. ^ Weiss, Lois. "50 West site story". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  19. ^ a b Satow, Julie (2013-01-11). "Post-Sandy the Generator Is Machine of the Moment". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  20. ^ Samtani, Hiten (28 August 2013). "Time Equities nabs $400M financing for LoMa tower". The Real Deal New York. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  21. ^ Backman, Melvin (August 27, 2013). "Developer Locates Financing for Long-Delayed Manhattan Residential Project". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  22. ^ Alberts, Hana (2013-12-10). "Resurrected 50 West Street Unveils New Renders". Curbed. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  23. ^ Baird-Remba, Rebecca (February 13, 2017). "New Aerial Photos Showcase Almost-Finished 50 West Street in Financial District". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "50 West St. in Financial District : Sales, Rentals, Floorplans". StreetEasy. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  25. ^ "The observatory of 50 West Street". 50 West official website. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 

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