Center in gold, proposed tower 50 West 66th Street (775 feet). To the right, the tall grey building is the proposed 200 Amsterdam Avenue.
The Upper West Side skyline is posed for a re-imaging as two different mega-towers are set to rise high above the surrounding landscape.
200 Amsterdam Avenue by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America and 50 West 66th Street by Extell are slated to rise 668 feet and 775 feet respectively above New York. This would make these, by far, the two tallest buildings to rise above the landscape of the Upper West Side. The record is currently held by the San Remo at a mere 400 feet. (If Columbus Circle/Lincoln Center is included, The Time Warner Center is the current record holder at 749 feet).
Both buildings have faced fierce opposition from community leaders and activist groups claiming these buildings to be unwanted "eye-sores" to the mostly low-laying, often pre-war landscape of the Upper West Side.
On July 26th, the Board of Standards and Appeals officially green-lit the 200 Amsterdam project by SJP Properties. With this "okay" the developer released further details on the tower, including sales that will begin as soon as this fall. The 51-story residential building will have 112 condo units ranging from 1 to 5 bedrooms. The building's architect is Elkus Manfredi and the interiors are by CetraRuddy. The building will have a full set of ultra-luxury, hotel-style amenities encompassing three full floors. Among the amenities you will find- are a dedicated spa, 75-foot heated, saltwater pool, golf simulator, private club, and a children's playroom with complete a "Little Composer's Room" (A sound-proof studio, an obvious nod to the building's location near Lincoln Center.).
In March demolition began on 15 West 65th Street, the last piece of the puzzle for the footprint of the 775-foot-tall 50 West 66th Street. The original filings by Extell were for a 25-story building on the site. After the initial fillings, Extell continued to amass air rights, leading many to believe a much bigger tower was in the minds of Extell execs. The new, 69-story building is being designed by the architectural firm, Snøhetta, with interiors by Ab Concept and Shamir Shah Design. The building permits have yet to be filed to include this "growth spurt," but Extell continues to progress toward the completion of the building's foundation.
When complete, 50 West 66th Street is set to be nearly double the height of any building north along the UWS, and will just edge out Time Warner in height (The Time Warner Center currently sits at 749'). The building will feature 127 luxury condominium units across 69 floors, centered on the 16th floor by a truly beautiful, landscaped terrace, featuring an outdoor pool, spa, and fire pit. Additional amenities in this full-service building include a second, indoor pool, full basketball court, squash court, and bowling alley.