NYC’s Super-Tall, Super-Luxurious, Super-Expensive Towers Get Play in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair takes a look at the tall building boom in NYC, which includes some of the priciest and tallest residences ever conceived.

Vanity Fair takes a look at the tall-building boom in NYC, which includes some of the priciest and tallest residences ever conceived.

The May issue of Vanity Fair includes Scarlett Johansson on the cover, some beefcake photos of a ripped Neil Patrick Harris, and a feature on the tall-building boom going on right now in New York City, with each tower thinner, taller and more expensive than the last. Amazingly, a 96th-floor residence in one of them — 432 Park Avenue — sold for US$95 million. So, being a mere millionaire wouldn’t necessarily guarantee one a spot in one of these stylish high rises. Should all the towers be built, they promise to reshape the Manhattan skyline. Centered around Midtown  — 57th Street in particular — they include 225 West 57th Street, which would be the tallest residential building in the U.S. at 1,423 ft. tall.; the Robert M. Stern-designed 220 Central Park South at 920 ft. tall; the already complete and occupied 157 57th Street at 1,004 ft. tall; the 1,397-ft.-tall, 60-ft.-wide 111 West 57th Street; 432 Park Avenue, which at 1,396 ft. would be 150 ft. taller than the Empire State Building; the Jean Nouvel-designed 53 West 53rd Street that features a tapered, modern profile and would stand 1,050 ft. tall; and the “short” building, 520 Park Avenue, which would stand 700 ft. and 51 stories. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 157 57th Street has eight elevators that travel at maximum speeds of 8.13 mps.

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