The Steinway Tower

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The Steinway Tower
Construction of The Steinway Tower on January 26, 2018
The Steinway Tower is located in Manhattan
The Steinway Tower
Location within Manhattan
The Steinway Tower is located in New York City
The Steinway Tower
The Steinway Tower (New York City)
The Steinway Tower is located in New York
The Steinway Tower
The Steinway Tower (New York)
The Steinway Tower is located in the US
The Steinway Tower
The Steinway Tower (the US)
General information
Status Under construction
Type Residential
Location 111 West 57th Street New York City, United States
Coordinates 40°45′52″N 73°58′40″W / 40.764574°N 73.9776454°W / 40.764574; -73.9776454Coordinates: 40°45′52″N 73°58′40″W / 40.764574°N 73.9776454°W / 40.764574; -73.9776454
Construction started 2014–15
Completed early 2018[1]
Opening mid 2018
Antenna spire 1,428 ft (435 m)
Roof 1,428 ft (435 m)
Technical details
Floor count 82
Floor area 315,996 sq ft (29,357.0 m2)
Lifts/elevators 2
Design and construction
Architect SHoP Architects
Developer JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group
Structural engineer WSP

111 West 57th Street, also referred to as The Steinway Tower, is a supertall residential project by developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Located at 111 West 57th Street, the development will be a combination of the original landmarked Steinway Building designed in 1925 by Warren & Wetmore, and a new tower addition on the adjacent site.[1] The building will rise to be 1,428 ft (435 m).[2] The tower will become the thinnest skyscraper in the world with a width-to-height ratio of about 1:23.[3]

Construction and history[edit]

The Steinway Tower was originally known as 107 West 57th Street.[4] The building was approved in January 2015. Excavation began in 2014, as did internal demolition within Steinway Hall. The tallest freestanding crane in New York City history, at 220 feet (67 m), is being used in the construction of the building.[5] The building will include an 800-ton tuned mass damper to provide stability in the event of high winds or a seismic event.[6]

The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has criticized the building's developer, JDS, for not giving their workers adequate safety training, and for not using union labor.[7]

In the summer of 2017, after rising 20 stories, the status on construction of the tower stalled.[8] The project was over budget, and speculation arose that it could be headed for foreclosure.[8] According to lawsuits that were filed by major investors in the building, the developers neglected to account for cost overruns reaching $50 million in relation to renting construction cranes necessary for completing the skyscraper. It wasn't known whether the building will be completed as planned.[9] However, despite the building's monetary issues, a number of apartments in the tower have already gone to contract. In addition, some legal analysts believed the disputes will eventually be settled and the tower will still rise.[10][11]

During August 2017, all work at 111 West 57th Street had resumed and is expected for completion in 2018.[12] As of November 2017, the tower has reached a height of roughly 500 feet. Initial glass façade installation has already begun.[13]


The skyscraper was designed by SHoP Architects and is being developed by Michael Stern's JDS Development Group and Kevin P. Maloney's Property Markets Group.[14] The north side of the tower rises directly up to the pinnacle of the building. On the south side of the tower, a series of setbacks appear as the tower rises. As the height of the building increases, the setbacks eventually thin out, with the tower "disappearing into the sky."[15][16][17] The building's interiors were designed by Studio Sofield.[18] Writing for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger referred to the plans for the tower as "quite possibly the most elegant" of the new structures planned for 57th Street and around Central Park, which include One57, 432 Park Avenue, 220 Central Park South, and the as of yet unfinished 225 West 57th Street.[15]


The building will have a porte-cochère, and a recital hall will be constructed as an homage to the fact that the building is being constructed on top of Steinway Hall.[6][19]


  1. ^ a b "111 West 57th Street – JDS Development Group". JDS Development Group. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "111 West 57th Street". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tall And Slender: The World's Skinniest Skyscraper". Yahoo! News. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Fendak, Nikolai (8 August 2013). "111 West 57th Street to Soar 1,200 Feet". YIMBY. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Mashayekhi, Rey (14 July 2014). "Tallest freestanding crane in NYC history arrives in Midtown at 111 W. 57th Street". The Real Deal. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Higgins, Michelle (7 August 2015). "Keeping Skyscrapers From Blowing in the Wind". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Moses, Claire (12 May 2015). "JDS' Michael Stern goes on the defense". The Real Deal. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Cohen, Michelle (27 July 2017). "World's skinniest skyscraper at 111 West 57th Street stalled at 20 stories by soaring costs". Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Marsh, Julia (27 July 2017). "The world's skinniest skyscraper might never get finished". New York Post. Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Gannon, Devin (3 August 2017). "Despite legal troubles, the first units at 111 West 57th Street go into contract". Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Putzier, Konrad (2 August 2017). "First 111 West 57th Street units go into contract". Retrieved 7 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "NEW YORK | 111 West 57th St | 1,428 FT | 91 FLOORS". YIMBY Forums. Retrieved 2017-08-15. 
  13. ^ Putzier, Konrad (1 November 2017). "The obscure investor who could sabotage NYC's tallest planned condo tower". Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  14. ^ New York Yimby: "Interview: Michael Stern Of JDS Development" January 24, 2014
  15. ^ a b "Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ "111 West 57th Street NYC – JDS PMG – Steinway Hall NYC". The Real Deal New York. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Curbed New York: "57th Street Tower Ignores the Existence of Taller Neighbors" by Hana R. Alberts March 30, 2015
  18. ^ Hana R. Alberts (April 6, 2015). "SHoP's Slender 57th Street Tower Finally Reveals Its Interiors". New York Curbed. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ Russell, James (31 October 2013). "With $90 Million Condos, Needle Towers Jostle for Views". Bloomberg. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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