It’s been a while since we checked in at 111 West 57th Street, the super-skinny supertall rising atop the old Steinway Hall in Midtown. The tower—a collaborative effort between JDS, Property Markets Group, and SHoP Architects—began its skyward ascent a couple of years ago, with the help of the city’s tallest freestanding crane.
Now, it seems it’s hit a milestone: PMG tweeted earlier today that construction on 111 West 57th has now cleared the 16-story Steinway building, which means the skyscraper is just about one-fifth of the way toward its final, 82-story height. When it’s finished, it’ll rise 1,438 feet—but it’ll span just 60 feet at its widest point, making it among the skinniest skyscrapers in the world.
The landmarked Steinway Hall, meanwhile, will be absorbed into the rising tower. Neither the building’s exterior nor its magnificent rotunda, which became an interior landmark in 2013, can be altered, but the building will serve as an entry point for residents (who also get the benefit of a private porte cochère).
Alas, there’s still no update on when sales for the building’s 60 apartments will publicly launch. A sales gallery exists and is welcoming prospective buyers, but presumably, you have to prove you’re rich enough to afford one of the tower’s überpricey units—which will start at the princely sum of $16 million. According to the last update to the building’s offering plan, closings are due to begin sometime next year.
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