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New Needle Towers Coming to Manhattan

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A computer rendering of a super-slender tower planned for 111 W. 57th Street (JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group/SHoP Architects)

The Manhattan skyline is getting thinner. There are about a dozen new, needle-thin towers planned for New York City.

And they come with a fat price tag — two duplex apartments at the One57 condo tower at 157 West 57th Street have sold for more than $90 million each.

James Russell, architecture critic for Bloomberg News, said the towers will be the equivalent of 80 to 90 stories high, and much more slender than a normal building.

"The skinniest of the new towers is about 5,000 square feet and a big, beefy office building of 50 or 60 stories would probably be around 25- or 30-thousand square feet," he said.

To hear an interview with Russell about the trend, click on the audio link.

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