New York City Skyscrapers

  • Skyscrapers are defined as buildings over 150m/492ft tall
  • Supertall” skyscrapers are over 300m/984 ft
  • Slender skyscraper is a building with a minimum width-to-height ratio of 1:10
  • Currently New York City has 297 skyscrapers (2nd to Hong Kong)
  • Currently New York City has 17supertall” skyscrapers
  • New York has a few slender skyscrapers and one slenderest skyscraper in the world with a width-to-height ratio of 1:24
1One World Trade Center1,776 ft (541 m)104 floors2014
2Central Park Tower 1,550 ft ​(472 m)95 floors2020
3111 W 57th Street 1,428 ft (453 m)84 floors2021
4One Vanderbilt 1,401 ft (427 m)59 floors2020
5432 Park Avenue1,397 ft ​(426 m)85 floors2015
630 Hudson Yards1,270 ft (387 m)73 floors2019
7Empire State Building1250 ft (381 m)102 floors1931
8Bank of America Tower1,200 ft (366 m)54 floors2009
93 World Trade Center 1,079 ft (329 m)71 floors2018
1053W531,050 ft (320 m)77 floors2019
11Chrysler Building1046 ft (319 m)77 floors1930
Tallest Buildings in New York, Sept 2021

#1 One World Trade Center

  • At cost of $4 billion it’s one of the most expensive buildings in the world
  • It took eight years to build
  • Elevator ride takes 47 seconds, while traveling 23 miles (37 kilometers) per hour
  • WTC complex consists of 5 skyscrapers, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Oculus and the Center for Performing Arts
  • The tallest in NYC and the tallest building in North America.
  • In 2021 #6 tallest in the world
  • It stands 1,776 ft – a reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • The base is concrete, clad in over 2,000 pieces of prismatic glass.
  • The tower’s structure allows for interior spans which are column-free.
  • Freedom Tower’s cornerstone was placed during a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 4, 2004.
  • The height of the observation decks match the heights of the original World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.
  • The building has an emergency stairway dedicated to firefighters.
  • The tower’s footprint is equal to that of the original Twin Towers.
  • Each floor has a refuge area whilst enhanced elevators are housed in a protected central building core which serves all of the tower’s floors.
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (David M. Childs)


#2 Central Park Tower

  • “Supertall” residential skyscraper, #2 tallest in New York City
  • The tallest residential building in the world.
  • ​The highest roofline in the US (higher roof level than One World Trade Center)
  • Although the actual floor count is 95, it is being marketed with a floor count of 131, which takes into account the higher ceiling heights of the retail and mechanical levels.
  • Central Park Tower is also known as the Nordstrom Tower: a flagship 7-story Nordstrom store sits at the base of the tower, with a hotel above and the condos occupying the higher levels.
  • The tower will house 179 of the most exclusive homes in the world.
  • The least expensive unit is a 569-square-foot studio that is listed at just over $1.5 million.
  • A duplex at over 1,300 feet in the sky is available for $150 million. (14 rooms, 11,535 ft², $13,003 per ft²)
  • 179 apartments have a combined value of more than 4 billion, making it the most expensive condo project in the US history
  • Architecture firm: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

#3 111 W 57th Street

  • Alternative names: The Steinway Tower or Stairway to Heaven
  •  It has 60 luxury condominiums: 14 in Steinway Hall and 46 in the tower. 
  • 84-story, 1,428-foot tower designed by SHoP Architects
  • The 16-story Steinway Hall, designed in the 1920s by Warren and Wetmore, is preserved at the base of the skyscraper.
  • The skinniest in the world with a width to height ratio of 1:24.
  • The tower units are mostly three-bedroom apartments each occupying one full floor except for seven duplex units.
  • The 8 rooms duplex is on sale for $66 million.

#4 One Vanderbilt

  • The Tallest Office Tower in Midtown
  • It dwarfs the Chrysler Building by almost 400 ft 
  • One Vanderbilt will have an indoor/outdoor observation deck, The Summit, at over 1,000-feet in elevation
  • Famous chef-restaurateur Daniel Boulud opened restaurant, Le Pavillon, on the southeast corner of the second floor. The restaurant has 60-foot ceiling heights, giving the diners a view of the Chrysler building.
  • In addition to the two newly built street-level and subway entrances, it will feature a new 4,000-square-foot public transit hall and adjacent 14,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza.
  • Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, KPF is one of the largest architecture firms in New York City

#5 432 Park Avenue

  • In 2014 it was the tallest residential building in New York City and the Western Hemisphere.
  • It was the first of its kind: an skinny residential skyscraper
  • The building features double-height windowless mechanical ‘blow-through’ floors that are brilliantly illuminated at night.
  • Architect Rafael Viñoly

#6 30 Hudson Yards

  • It is the a part of the largest private real estate development in US history with the price tag of $25 billion
  • Observation deck on the building’s 75th floor juts out more than 1,000 feet (305 m) above the city
  • The Edge is highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

#7 Empire State Building

  • Height: 1,250′ (381 m) 
  • Total Height: 1,454 feet or 443.2m to top of lightning rod
  • Floors: 102/103
  • Steps: 1,872 from street level to the 103rd floor
  • Windows: 6,514
  • Elevators: 73, including six freight elevators
  • The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build (410 days)
  • The Empire State Building Run-Up is an annual race up the stairs to the 86th floor (1,576 steps)
  • There are observatories on both the 86th and 102nd floors. They attract around 4 million visitors annually.

#10 53W53

  •  A “supertall” skyscraper at 53 West 53rd Street adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
  • The building is mixed-use, with MoMA gallery space and a private restaurant at the base. 
  • The residential portion of the tower contains 145 condominiums ranging from one to five bedrooms.
  • As a result of the building’s shape, each floor has a different shape and higher floors are incrementally smaller.
  • Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel

One57

  •  75-story “supertall” residential skyscraper
  • The building has 92 condominium units on top of a new Park Hyatt Hotel
  • It was the first ultra-luxury condominium tower along a stretch of 57th Street called Billionaires’ Row.
  • Designed by Christian de Portzamparc. 

Madison Square Park Tower

  • The base is built from granite in order to resemble other buildings in the Flatiron District.
  • Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox

The Time Warner Center (Deutsche Bank Center)

  • It was the most expensive single building planted in American soil at time of construction in 2003.
  • The cost of construction was $1.8 billion
  • The property had the highest-listed market value in New York City, $1.1 billion in 2006.
  • It encircles the western side of Columbus Circle and straddles the border between Midtown and the UWS.
  • Multipurpose building with offices, condominiums, upscale retail shops
  • It houses Mandarin Oriental, Dizzy’s Club, Whole Foods
  • Upper floors include the restaurants Masa, Per Se and Porter House New York.
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (David M. Childs)

Twin Towers

  • The North Tower stood over a quarter-mile tall at 1,368 ft (417 m).
  • The South Tower stood over a quarter-mile tall at 1,362 ft (415 m).
  • Each of the Twin Towers had 110 floors.
  • Each tower’s footprint and floors were approximately an acre in size.
  • On windy days, each tower could sway up to almost 12 inches side to side.
  • There were 43,600 windows in the Twin Towers, equating to more than 600,000 square feet of glass. It took 20 days to wash them all.
  • There were 198 elevators in the Twin Towers and 15 miles of elevator shafts.

Sources: https://www.emporis.com/, skyscrapercenter.com, untappedcities.com, wikipedia.org, streeteasy.com

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