World’s tallest residential tower unveils views for first time

Billionaires’ Row — as 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan is nicknamed — just crowned a new king.

The tallest tower on the stretch is officially 217 W. 57th St., called the Central Park Tower.

A ceremony held Tuesday morning in the concrete shell of a duplex on the 107th floor feted the topping out of the condo building, which is 131 stories and 1,550 feet high.

“It’s now the tallest residential building in the world,” says Gary Barnett, president of Extell, which co-developed the supertall with Shanghai Municipal Investment. “It’s going to be the best building in the city of New York.”

The building’s 179 two- to eight-bedroom apartments, which went on sale last fall and start on the 32nd floor, start at $6.9 million. The most expensive unit currently available is a five-bedroom on the 112th floor asking $63 million. The priciest condos — like a 15,898-square-foot three-floor penthouse, per New York magazine — may sell for more than $100 million, Mansion Global reported.

Central Park Tower is slated to be complete in 2020, when the first closings will take place.

“There are spectacular views of Central Park everyone covets and wants,” Barnett says. “Nobody is blocking our views. The views are truly epic.”

The vistas are truly panoramic — spanning the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and Hudson Yards to the south, the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge and New Jersey to the west, and LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports to the east.

The apartments, which range in size from 1,435 square feet to more than 17,500 square feet, are designed by Rottet Studio.

Residents will have access to what Extell calls “one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs.” Dubbed Central Park Club, it will be made up of 50,000 square feet of amenities for residents only, including an outdoor terrace with a pool, a wellness center with an indoor pool, and a ballroom and cigar bar on the 100th floor.

Barnett tapped Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill as architects, after seeing a photo of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building — which they also designed — in an in-flight magazine, Barnett said Tuesday. Central Park Tower’s glass-and-steel facade cantilevers 300 feet above the street, giving Central Park views to north-facing apartments.

Seven stories at the base of Central Park Tower will house New York City’s first Nordstrom store, set to open Oct. 24.

The current tallest residential building in New York City (and the world) is 432 Park Ave., which is 1,396 feet tall — 154 feet shy of Central Park Tower’s height.

World One in Mumbai, India, will trump 432 Park when complete, with a planned height of 1,450 feet. Central Park Tower will top that one, too.

“We started this project about 15 years ago with the assemblage” of land, Barnett says. “It’s been a long road.”

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