NJ/NY Skyscrapers of the Future

For residents of Manhattan and it’s surrounding areas, one thing that defines the overall experience is the skyline. Made of many distinctive skyscrapers all different sizes and uses, they create a wall of sorts seen from miles away. From the first New York skyscraper boom in the early 1900s with the Flatiron Building, to the development of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building in the 1930s, to the massive construction of the World Trade Center in 1973, and to the creative structures being built today, skyscraper development is always changing and growing. While these aren’t the complete list of skyscrapers being built in the New York Metro area, the following are a few of the incredible structures being built that will surely change our skyline in the next 5 years.

99 Hudson Street 

(950ft / 79 floors / Opening: 2018)
17437-66233Credit: Perkins Eastman

99 Hudson Street once completed will vastly change the Jersey City skyline. At 950ft, it will stand 169ft taller than the current tallest building in New Jersey, the Goldman Sachs Tower (30 Hudson Street) which was completed in 2004. The building is being developed by China Overseas America Inc. and was designed Perkins Eastman. 99 Hudson Street has already broken ground this spring and will be completed by 2018. It will be completely residential, including up to 760 condos.

Journal Squared

Journal Squared 1 (563ft / 52 floors / Opening: 2017)
Journal-Squared-Jersey-City-NJCredit: Hollwich Kushner

Journal Squared will feature 3 luxury residential buildings, all located near the Journal Square transportation hub. To go along with the 3 towers over 1,800 total rental units, it will house over 30,000 sq.ft. of retail and restaurant space as well. The first tower, Journal Squared 1, standing at 563ft and 52 stories high, has already been completed and will begin housing residents later this year. The two other remaining towers will stand at 60 and 70 stories. The project is being developed by Hollwich Kushner.

Urby Harborside

Urby Tower I (713ft / 69 floors / Opening: 2016)
URL_03Credit: Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Similar to the other trio of Jersey City buildings, the first of the 3 Urby Harborside buildings has been completed. Formerly known as URL (Urban Ready Life) Harborside, the three towers will stand at 713ft and reach 69 floors. Phase I will include Urby Tower I, opening later on this year. The towers will feature over 2,300 residential units. It is being developed by Ironstate Development and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation.

Central Park Tower

(1,550ft / 95 floors /  Opening: 2019)
217-West-57th-Street-South.0Credit: Extell Development Company

The Central Park Tower is aptly named, as it dominates the cluster of tall towers in the Central Park area. The tower will stand at an incredible 1,550 ft, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere from it’s base to roof height. After a few architectural changes, the tower lost its spire, reducing it’s height from it’s original 1.775 ft to what it currently is now. The tower was formerly known as the Nordstrom Tower, after the fashion retailer. The building is developed by the Extell Development Company and its partner Shanghai Municipal Investment, the company behind the second tallest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower. It will feature residential, retail, and office space. While it is estimated that it be completed by at least 2019, condo sales will already begin at the end of this year.

111 West 57th Street

(1,438ft / 82 floors / Opening: 2018)
111-e1425314728229Credit: JDS Development Group

This tower, once complete, seems to belong in Gotham City. While not the tallest, the uniqueness of this art-deco style tower will leave its mark on the Manhattan skyline, especially in the dense southern Central Park area.  The tower will stand at 1,438 ft, making it one of the tallest residential structures in New York, above 1,396 ft 432 Park Avenue and below 1,550 ft Central Park Tower. The building is being developed by JDS Development Group and Property Market Group, and is set to be completed in early 2018

125 Greenwich Street

(841ft / 71 floors / Opening: 2018)
rsz_img_125greenwich_01-777x777 Credit:Bizzi & Parners Development

125 Greenwich St, has undergone many different design variations throughout the years.  It was originally scheduled to feature a spire, however, it has been decided that the tower will feature a flat roof that illuminates at night. The towers height is being disputed by many publications. Although it is schedule to rise up to 841ft, many state that the new renderings released by the developers show a taller structure, one that towers above 4 World Trade Center across the street. The building will be developed by Bizzi & Partners Development, SHVO, and New Valley.

2 World Trade Center

(1,340ft / 81 floors / Opening: Estimated 2021)
rsz_150612124959-2-world-trade-center-21-new-super-43Credit: Silverstein Properties

Aside from the beginning stages of the rebuilding of 1 World Trade Center, 2 World Trade Center (2WTC) has been the most controversial. The first design was completed in 2007 by Fosters and Partners. It featured what many call the “diamond design” as the roof was on a slant, showcasing 4 bright diamonds facing the Hudson. After many disagreements with then developer Larry Silverstein, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced a plan to reduce the building from it’s original planned height of 1,270ft to a small 10-story building. Silverstein filed a notice of dispute and the construction of 2WTC continued several months later. Once construction reached street level the decision was made to changed designs, choosing to go with Bjarke Ingels Group design, citing difficulty to attract tenants to the tower based on the design. The architecture for the new tower will have what appears to be stacked glass boxes and will stand at 1,340ft. Each “box” will contain an outdoor terrace and views of the Brooklyn side of New York. The tower’s neighbor to the right, 3WTC was topped out this year and will look to open in 2018. 2WTC will be completed by 2020 and aim to open by the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2021.

Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards (878ft / 52 floors / Opening: 2016) 15 Hudson Yards (917ft / 71 floors / Opening: 2018)
30 Hudson Yards (1,296ft / 92 floors / Opening: 2018) 35 Hudson Yards (1,000ft / 79 floors / Opening: 2018)
50 Hudson Yards (1,068ft / 62 floors / Opening: 2019) 55 Hudson Yards (780ft / 51 floors / Opening: 2018)
8-hudson-yards_6501 Credit: Kohn Pedersen Fox

The Hudson Yards redevelopment project is one of the largest construction sites in the world. According to architect firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the project, once completed, will feature 16 skyscrapers. Some label it as a city within a city, as it will also feature up to 750,000 sq.ft. of retail space. The first of the group to be completed, the Coach Tower, better known as 10 Hudson Yards, was finished this year. The tallest of the group, 30 Hudson Yards, will stand at 1,296 ft and will consist of 2.6 million sq.ft. of office space. It will also feature the highest outdoor observation deck. All the structures are being built atop the West Side Yard train tracks. Once all the structures are completed, it will house 5.87 million sq. ft. of residential space.


(1,050ft / 82 floors / Opening: Estimated 2018)
1Credit: Pontiac Land Group

53W53, formerly known the MoMA Tower and the Torre Verre, will be recognized for it’s architectural design. The tower features an exoskeleton with multiple hard edges around the tower. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel (Torre Agbar), the tower will be built neighboring the Museum of Modern Art. The tower was originally set to rise 1,250ft, but after a setback caused by the New York City Planning Commission the tower lost 200 ft. 53W53 will be designed by Pontiac Land Group, Goldman Sachs, and Hines and will be use for residential purposes.

220 Central Park South 

(950ft / 66 floors / Opening: 2017)
Credit: Vornado Realty Trust

220 Central Park South will be developed by Vornado Realty Trust and was designed by architect Robert Stern. Stern is known for the New Classical style, which uses classical designs styles in a new modern way. If one takes a peak across the Hudson, you can see 22 Central Park South slowly growing past it’s neighboring buildings, halfway complete. The tower once complete, will be home to the most expensive condo in the city and second most expensive in the world at $250 million. The condo will have four floors beginning at floor 50. It is set to open in 2017.

One Vanderbilt 

(1,514ft / 67 floors / Opening: 2020)
Credit: Kohn Pedersen Fox

What makes One Vanderbilt so unique is its location. While most new high rises are being built near Central Park, Lower Manhattan, and the Hudson Yards this particular skyscraper will be built in the heart of midtown Manhattan, adjacent to Grand Central Station. Designed by firm Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by SL Green Realty Corporation The massive tower will stand at 60ft taller than the neighboring Empire State Building, arguably the most recognizable skyscraper in the world and over 460ft taller than the Chrysler Building. While many large towers are being built around Manhattan, the fact that a tower taller than the Empire State Building will be built less than half a mile away is intriguing. The building will feature retail and office space once its completed in 2020.

Manhattan West

(1,216ft / 66 floors / Opening: 2020) (994ft / 60 floors / Opening: 2020) (702ft / 62 floors / Opening: 2017)
MW-HOME-LANDING-2xRESCredit: Brookfield Properties

Developed by Brookfield Properties, the Manhattan West development project will include 3 buildings. Two of the buildings, Manhattan West 1 and Manhattan West 2, will be completed by 2020 and will be occupied by office space. The smaller of the three, Manhattan West 3, will be an all residential tower. Tower 3 has already been completed and will look to open in July of 2017. The three buildings will continue the vast growth of towers on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan, with the Hudson Yards structures being built as well. All three buildings were designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

9 DeKalb Avenue 

(1,066ft / 73 floors / Opening: 2019)
340-Flatbush-Ave-ExtCredit: JDS Development Group

9 DeKalb Avenue will be Brooklyn’s first supertall structure. Supertalls are structures that rise above 1000ft to 1,999 ft. The copper and glass tower will include 500 residential units (at least 20% will go to affordable housing) and over 140,000 sq.ft. of commercial space and retail. The tower is expected to promote more growth of tall structures in the area. 9 DeKalb Avenue is being designed by SHoP Architects and developed by the JDS Development Group and Joseph Chetrit’s Chetrit Group.

External Links:

Hudson Yards Master Plan (HudsonYardsNewYork.com)

Tallest Buildings in New York City (Wikipedia.org)

Tallest Buildings in Jersey City (Wikipedia.org)

Featured Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons User: Bruce Emmerling

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