2. 217 West 57th Street, Central Park Tower (1550 feet)
There’s been a lot of secrecy around the actual plans for the Central Park Tower (previously known as the Nordstrom Tower) at 217 West 57th Street, and its proposed height. The Central Park Tower was generally planned to be 1775 feet, one foot below One World Trade Center which holds the record for tallest building in New York City (also in the United States and the Western Hemisphere) with its symbolic 1776 feet. But in May, New York Yimby reported that the height of Central Park Tower would be 1,795 feet. This claim was denied by Extell, the developers, despite the fact that the firm Smith + Gill, who built the Burj Kalifa and the Kingdom Tower (when completed will be 1 kilometer tall), is involved in the project.
Then in September 2015 it was discovered by New York YIMBY that the building had lost its spire, to top out at 1,550 feet which still puts it taller than 432 Park Avenue, the Chicago Willis Tower, and the Empire State Building. Situated next to the Arts Students League of New York, the Central Park Tower will be anchored by a Nordstrom department store with $4.4 billion worth of condos up top. In addition, a controversial cantilever will go over the historic Arts Students League building.