New renderings show a 666-foot-tall tower (51 floors) in a neighborhood whose abundance of historic districts and individual landmarks typically precludes development of this size. New York–based Elkus Manfredi is designing the exterior, while CetraRuddy is doing the interiors. The latter firm is currently working on a number of projects in the tristate area, including a woven basket–inspired luxury tower on the Upper East Side, and the renovation of the art deco New Jersey Bell Headquarters Building in Newark, New Jersey.
The 400,000 square feet of space will be divided into 112 units, each averaging over 3,000 square feet, YIMBY reports. Originally the site hosted a synagogue, but the property, on Amsterdam Avenue at West 70th Street, was acquired by SJP Properties in 2015 for a cool $275 million. The tower’s stepped setbacks are reminiscent of the skyscrapers built during the early days of New York City’s zoning code, whose light and air mandates prompted skyscrapers to step demurely back from the street. Like those 1920s towers, this one tapers at the top and sports a multi-pronged crown.
200 Amsterdam Avenue is by no means the too-tall kid in the neighborhood. Just down the block, 150 Amsterdam Avenue stands a solid 470 feet, while the old-New-York San Remo, on Central Park West between West 74th and 75th streets, stands 400 feet tall, and newly-built 160 West 62nd Street rises to 598 feet.
The construction timeline for 200 Amsterdam has yet to be revealed, but demolition of the synagogue is already underway.