50 West 66th Street Rises on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
The 13th-tallest building on our year-end construction countdown is 50 West 66th Street, a 69-story residential skyscraper on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Designed by Snøhetta and developed by Extell and Tennor Holding B.V., the 775-foot-tall structure will yield 127 condominium units and secure the distinction of the tallest building in Manhattan north of 59th Street. Lendlease is the general contractor for the property, which is located between West 66th Street to the north, West 65th Street to the south, Central Park West to the east, and the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue to the west.
Recent photos show the reinforced concrete superstructure of the multi-story podium ascending above the neighborhood, with about a dozen floors added since our last update in July. The rate of construction has slowed over the last few weeks, likely due to the shift from the stack of repetitive floor plates to the more complex design at the top of the podium, which appears in the renderings to require some diagonal columns. Work should ramp up again after passing this threshold, and the formation of the first residential floors could begin this winter.
Recent photographs show the massive multi-story podium steadily taking shape. The reinforced concrete superstructure began to ascend above the sidewalk scaffolding back in the summer months after being temporarily on hold for the past few years. The rate of ascension has currently slowed down a little bit, but this could likely be the result of crews shifting from the repetitive stack of floor plates to the more geometrically intricate and unorthodox shape of the podium.
Below are aerial photographs of the development in early autumn.
The following renderings depict 50 West 66th Street’s scale in relation to the surrounding neighborhood and the architectural contrast it will provide.
The cutout in the ground floor for the main entrance will match the skyscraper’s jagged edges and asymmetrical form.
The below rendering shows the details in the top of the podium with its sloped and chamfered corners and mixture of flat and angled flooring. The terrace will include landscaping, staircases, garden beds, outdoor seating, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Additional amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a full basketball court, a squash court, and a bowling alley. The 20th floor will house a residential lounge, a business center, a landscaped terrace with fire pits, and a spa.
50 West 66th Street is anticipated to be finished sometime in 2024 or 2025.
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