December 3, 2023

1. One World Trade Center

Height: 1,776 ft.

Info: Located in the Financial District, this 104-story ‘Freedom Tower’ is deemed not only the tallest building in New York City, but in the entire western hemisphere.

The additional height is owed to its 408-foot spire which holds important communications equipment and projects a beacon of light at night.

Fun Fact: The height (1,776 ft.) is symbolic for the year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.


2. Central Park Tower

Height: 1,550 ft.

Info: In March of 2019, this colossal luxury residential skyscraper surpassed 432 Park tower making it the tallest residential building in the western hemisphere.

Central Park Tower or 225 West 57th Street has not completely topped out yet, but the plan remains to reach 1,550 ft. Central Park Tower is the other Billionaire’s Row project under Extell’s belt; their first being One57.

Fun Fact: Condos here go for anywhere from 1.5 million for a 569-square foot studio to a whopping $95 million for a four-bedroom 8,000 square foot pad.


3. 111 West 57th Street

Height: 1,428 ft.

Info: Located on ‘Billionaires Row,’ this 86-story, slender building is the skinniest in the world with a ratio of 1:24.

The tower topped out to its full height in April of this year and designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development.

Fun Fact: Also known as the Steinway Tower, 14 of the buildings units was designed in the 1920s by the same designer that designed Grand Central Terminal.


4. One Vanderbilt

Height: 1,401 ft.

Info: This newcomer to the tallest list topped out only in late 2019. One Vanderbilt is now officially the tallest office building in New York City.

Designed by the renowned architects Kohn Pederson Fox, the building sits right by Grand Central Terminal and provide and underground connection to the transportation hub.

Fun Fact: Unlike, the waif-like pencil tower, One Vanderbilt has not just height but also mass. This building takes up an entire city block.

5. 432 Park Avenue

Height: 1,396 ft.

Info: This Midtown gem that overlooks Central Park, is 84-stories high and sways up to four to five feet has received much criticism from New Yorkers for the fact that it overshadows Central Park.

432 Park Avenue was the first of its kind–an ultra skinny mega skyscraper.

Fun Fact: In 2015, 90% of the apartments has been sold with 50% or more being foreign citizens.


6. 30 Hudson Yards

Height: 1,268 ft.

Info: Located on the west side of Manhattan, 30 Hudson Yards is the a portion of the largest private real estate development in United States history.

In the residential portion of Hudson Yards ‘city within a city’, 30 Hudson Yards is devoted primarily to office space and is the second tallest office tower in New York.

Fun Fact: It has the fifth-tallest observation deck in the world, and the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere.


7. Empire State Building

Height: 1,250 ft.

Info: Finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was built in just 14 months during The Great Depression.

Fun Fact: After the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the empire regained the title of the tallest building in the city.


8. Bank of America Tower

Height: 1,200 ft.

Info: The Bank of America Tower or (BOAT) stands 58-stories high opposite Bryant Park between 42nd and 43rs Streets. Bank of America occupies 75% of its interior while the rest is left to other corporate entities.

Fun Fact: It is considered a worldwide model for green architecture in skyscrapers. Complete with waterless urinals, two honeybee hives on the building, and made mainly of recyclable materials, it is the first skyscraper designed to attain a Platinum LEED Certification.

9. 3 World Trade Center

Height: 1,079 ft.

Info: Located on the eastern side of the World Trade Center, this eighty- story skyscraper began being constructed in 2010, was delayed until 2014 due to no anchor tenant and finished in 2018.

Fun Fact: One big perk is the complex’s commercial core which includes five indoor floors of retail – two below ground, one ground floor and two above ground.


10. 53W53

Height: 1,050 ft.

Info: Though this skyscraper, also known as the MoMA Tower, faced much opposition due to its shadow casting over Central Park, this 82-story mid-block luxury condo building was finished in December of 2018.

Fun Fact: In addition to building amenities, residents enjoy special privileges at MoMA including unlimited free admission, exhibition previews, store discounts and access to film screenings


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