Two Towers Poised to Transform UWS Skyline
The Upper West Side skyline is posed for a re-imaging as two different mega-towers are set to rise high above the surrounding landscape.
200 Amsterdam Avenue by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America and 50 West 66th Street by Extell are slated to rise 668 feet and 775 feet respectively above New York. This would make these, by far, the two tallest buildings to rise above the landscape of the Upper West Side. The record is currently held by the San Remo at a mere 400 feet. (If Columbus Circle/Lincoln Center are included, The Time Warner Center is the current record holder at 749 feet).
Both buildings have faced fierce opposition from community leaders and activists' groups claiming these buildings to be unwanted "eye-sores" to the mostly low-laying, often pre-war landscape of the Upper West Side.
On July 26th, the Board of Standards and Appeals officially green-lit the 200 Amsterdam project by SJP Properties. With this "okay" the developer release further details on the tower, including sales will begin as soon as this fall. The 51-story residential building will have 112 condo units ranging from 1 to 5 bedrooms. The buildings architect is Elkus Manfredi and the interiors are by CetraRuddy. The building will have a full set of ultra-luxury, hotel-style amenities encompassing three full floors. Among the amenities you will find- a dedicated spa, 75 foot heated, saltwater pool, golf simulator, private club, and a children's playroom with complete a "Little Composer's Room" (A sound-proof studio, an obvious nod to the building's location near Lincoln Center.).
In March demolition began on 15 West 65th Street, the last piece of the puzzle for the footprint of the 775 foot-tall 50 West 66th Street. The original filings by Extell were for a 25-story building on the site. After the initial fillings, Extell continued to amass air rights, leading many to believe a much bigger tower was in the minds of Extell execs. The new, 69-story building id being designed by architectural firm, Snøhetta, with interiors by Ab Concept and Shamir Shah Design. The building permits have yet to be filed to include this "growth-spurt," but Extell continues progress towards the completion of the building's foundation.
When complete, 50 West 66th Street is set to be nearly double the height of any building north along the UWS, and will just edge out Time Warner in height (The Time Warner Center currently sits at 749'). The building will feature 127 luxury condominium units across 69 floors, centered on the 16th floor by a truly beautiful, landscaped terrace, featuring an outdoor pool, spa, and fire-pit. Additional amenities in this full-service building include: a second, indoor pool, full basketball court, squash court, and bowling alley.