Tallest Skyscrapers in New York City over 1000-foot

Manhattan Midtown skyline
Manhattan Midtown skyline

This page lists the tallest buildings that has been built, under construction or proposed in New York City, the minimum height in the list is 300 meters or 1000 foot. Before viewing the list you can read a brief introduction below first or directly jump to view the list.

With its globally recognized skyline, New York City has always been synonymous with City of Skyscrapers, its renowned skyline has been imitated by many other cities in the world, we call this phenomenon Manhattanization. The most notable one of these cities is Dubai, the idea of constructing the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa was inspired by Empire State Building, which has long been seen as the icon of New York.
The city has about 70 skyscrapers that exceeding 200 meters, with that the city is worthy the name of Concrete Jungle. Recent years the world has seen a skyscraper construction boom that occurring in a great number of cities across many countries, more and more cities have joined in to build more skyscrapers, NYC has already been densely packed, it's still not slowing down though, with 20 skyscrapers beyond 200 meters under construction as of 2016, it still plays a prominent role in the development of skyscrapers, the city is one of the busiest construction sites in the world that has more skyscraper projects ongoing than the majority of other cities around the world.
However the most remarkable thing is the rise of city's supertall skyscrapers, which are the skyscrapers that taller than 300 meters or 1000 ft. Recent years New York City keeps coming up with new supertall proposals every months or even weeks. As of 2016, there are 7 supertalls completed in New York City, 8 supertalls are under construction currently. 22 new supertalls have been proposed, the construction for some of them is about to start soon.
Today even Brooklyn and Queens have got their own supertalls. These towers will definitely make fantastic additions to the skyline of NYC once completed.

New York future skyscrapers
Conceptual render of New York City skyline in near future, when some of the proposed supertalls in midtown area get built. (credit: Visualhouse) Note: This picture looks nice, but many projects are not shown in this picture, and none of projects in downtown can be found in this picture.

Same with any other cities in United States, the maximum height of skyscrapers to be built in New York City is subject to the restriction set by Federal Aviation Administrator, in most cases structures cannot be built taller than 2000 feet (610 meters), due to this strict law New York may never again has a world's tallest building built since the completion of the old World Trade Center Towers,  there was a good opportunity to get a new tallest building of the world for New York in 2000s, that's the development of new One World Trade Center, if it was built before 2010, then it had taken the crown of world's tallest building from Taipei 101, but the incompetency of the developer Larry Silverstein caused the completion date delayed to 2014, and for this the city missed a best opportunity to get a world's tallest building, it's the first time that the newly built tallest building in New York doesn't become the tallest of the world, as it had always do before: Woolworth Building, 40 Wall Street, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, World Trade Center Twin Towers, they all held the title of the world's tallest building.

The supertalls listed below are belong to the entire New York Metropolitan area, including Jersey
City, which is only about 2 kilometers away from New York Downtown, and can always be clearly seen from Manhattan.
I'll show you these supertalls with their names, heights and some other facts.

NOTE: Because of the development of New York City, things are subject to change, the content below will get updated time to time, updates occur on an irregular basis, usually in response to the new proposals and the changes to the status of buildings.
The last updating was done by October 12, 2017, please note the content below is all based on that time.

Completed and Topped out(7)

1. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center

     Standard height: 541 meters (1776ft)

    Total height: 546 meters (1792ft)

    Roof height: 417 meters (1368ft)

    Observation deck: 382 meters (1254ft)

    Built year: 2014

    Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Developer: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

One World Trade Center shares the same name with former World Trade Center North Tower, it was built as part of the redevelopment of World Trade Center complex, the tower is regarded as New York City's tallest building by architectural height of 541 m or 1776 ft, representing the year of 1776 when United States Declaration of Independence was signed. However both its observation deck and roof height are lower than Willis Tower's, its roof height is designed to be same as the original tower, the only increase is of the spire, by which makes it 20 meters taller than former North Tower by total height.

2. 432 Park Avenue

Height: 426 meters (1,396ft)

Year built: 2016

Architect: Rafael Viñoly and SLCE Architects

Developer: CIM Group ; Macklowe Properties

The tower is the tallest building in the city by roof height, and since the World One in Mumbai is still under construction 432 Park Ave is also currently titled as the world's tallest residential building.

432 Park Ave
432 Park Avenue

3. Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

      Height & Roof height: 381 meters (1,250 ft)

     Total height: 443 meters (1,454 ft)

     Observation deck: 320meters,369meters,373 meters

     Year built: 1931

     Architect: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

     Developer: John J. Raskob

The building has always been regarded as the landmark of New York City, almost everybody in this world are able to recognize it since the building has been shown in numerous films like King Kong, Independence Day, etc.
There are three separated observation decks on Empire State Building, the one on the 86th floor is one of the most popular tourist spots in New York City, attracting 3.5 million people every year.

4. Bank of America Tower

Bank of American Tower
Bank of American Tower

Standard height: 366 meters (1200ft)

Roof height: 288 meters (945ft)

Year built: 2009

Architect: COOKFOX Architects
                    Adamson Associates Architects

Developer: Durst Organization

The building is basically a 945 feet tall tower, its long spire atop the roof brings its architectural height to 1200 feet, making it the second tallest building of the city when completed in 2009.

The developer of the building is the real estate group Durst Organization, remember that antenna of One World Trade Center was once intended to be a spire enclosed with ornamental radom and later be changed to a plain antenna? It was the decision made by Durst Organization, which was a key investor of 1 WTC.

5. Three World Trade Center

Standard height: 329meters  Roof height: 329 meters

Topped out year: 2017

Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Developer: Silverstein Properties

The spire was removed from the design, leaving the height reduced to 329 meters from 357 meters.

Three World Trade Center
The middle one is 3 WTC

6Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

    Standard height: 319 meters (1046ft)

     Spire-removed height: 288 meters (925ft)

    Year built: 1930

    Architect: William Van Alen

    Developer: Walter P. Chrysler

Built in 1930, Chrysler Building temporarily held the the title of world's tallest building before the completion of Empire State Building, it is the oldest supertall skyscraper built in New York City, and with its unique crown it is seen as the most beautiful skyscraper by numerous skyscraper enthusiasts.

 

7.  New York Times Tower

New York Times Tower
New York Times Tower

       Standard height: 319 meters (1046ft)

     Roof height: 227 meters (748ft)

     Year built: 2007

     Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

     Developer: Forest City Ratner Companies

As its name suggests, the building is the headquarters of the publisher of the notable New York Times.

 

 

8. One57

View on One 57 from Central Park.

     Standard height: 306 meters (1005ft)

    Roof height: 306 meters (1005ft)

    Year built: 2013

    Architect: Christian de Portzamparc

    Developer: Extell Development Company

Nicknamed as Billionaire Tower, One 57 is a mixed-use tower that contains luxury condominiums at its upper part and a Park Hyatt hotel below the residential floors, before the completion of 432 Park Ave, the penthouse on the top floor had been regarded as America's highest condominium in America for 3 years, with a price of 100 million it is still the most expensive condo in the city.

Aside from these completed towers, New York City has 9 towers above 300 meters or 1000-foot under construction that are listed below.

Projects Under Construction(10):

1. Central Park Tower

New York Central Park Tower
Central Park Tower

Standard height: 472 meters

Roof height: 472 meters

Estimated top out year: 2017

Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Developer: Extell Development Company

The building also known as Nordstrom Tower as the base floors will be anchored by a Nordstrom store, it was formerly proposed to be 1775 foot or 1795 foot tall by the spire added on the roof, but in the later the spire was removed in the design. However it will still become the tallest building in America by roof height.

2. 111West 57th Street

New York 111West 57th Street
111West 57th Street

Standard height: 438 meters

Roof height: 438 meters

Estimated top out year: 2017

Architect: SHoP Architects

Developer: JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group

The tower will become the skinniest skyscraper in the world by its width height ratio of 1:23, it's even much skinnier than 432 Park Ave, the width height ratio of which is 1:15.

 

3. One Vanderbilt

One Vanderbilt
One Vanderbilt render

Standard height: 427 meters

Roof height: 393 meters

Estimated top out year: 2021

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Developer: SL Green Realty

This building was proposed by Mayor Blasio as a part of the plan for Midtown East rezoning.
The building is being developed by SL Green Realty, and the original building on its site had being demolished by earlier 2017, now the building is under construction. The height was reduced from 462 meters to 427 meters.

4. 30 Hudson Yards

Standard height: 387 meters  Roof height: 387 meters

Estimated top out year: 2017

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

30 Hudson Yards is the tallest building among all the skyscraper projects planned to be built in of Hudson Yards. There will be a cantilevered observation deck built upon the east side of the building.

30 Hudson Yards
30 Hudson Yards, the tallest one in the distance.

5. 9 Dekalb Avenue

340 Flatbush Brooklyn
Render of 340 Flatbush

Standard height: 325 meters

Estimated top out year: 2019

Architect: SHoP Architects

Developer: JDS Development Group

Also known as 340 Flatbush, will become the first supertall skyscraper in Brooklyn and first supertall outside of Manhattan in the city once completed. The tower will be developed by JDS Development Group, which is the developer behinds the super-skinny 111 West 57th Street, this new tower also feature a very skinny shape even it's not to be built in dense Manhattan.

6. 53W53 

Tower Verre
Tower Verre and Central Park

Standard height: 320 meters

Roof height: 320 meters

Estimated top out year: 2017

Architect: Jean Nouvel 

Developer: Hines

Also known as Tower Verre and MoMA Expansion Tower, the building features a unique design by using the significant exoskeleton staggered on the cladding.

7. 3 Hudson Boulevard

Standard height: 315 meters

Roof height: 315 meters

Estimated top out year: 2017

Architect: FXFOWLE Architects

Developer: Joseph Moinian

Also known as Girasole, the tower is another project of Hudson Yards development.

Girasole Tower
Girasole, with the Midtown as background

8. 35 Hudson Yards

35 Hudson Yards
Render of 35 Hudson Yards

Standard height: 308 meters

Roof height: 308 meters

Estimated top out year: 2018

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Another project to be built in Hudson Yards, the tower also known as Equinox Tower and briefly called E Tower.

 

 

9. 125 Greenwich Street

22 Thames Street
Render of 22 Thames Street

Standard height: 305 meters

Roof height: 305 meters

Estimated topped out year: 2017

Architect: Rafael Viñoly

Developer: Michael Shvo ; Bizzi & Partners Development

Also known as 22 Thames Street, the tower is designed by Rafael Viñoly, who designed the notable 432 Park Ave. The height likely has reduced to 274 meters.

 

 

 

 

10. One Manhattan West 

Manhattan West
Manhattan West

Standard height: 303 meters

Roof height: 303 meters

Estimated topped out year: 2019

Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Developer: Brookfield Properties

The tower is the first tower to be built for the Manhattan West Complex, which located right besides the Hudson Yards. The tower was initially set to be 371 meters tall, but decreased to be 303 meters in the later, in the same time Two Manhattan West was increased from 280 meters to 303 meters as well, forming into twin towers with One Manhattan West. However the developer is facing the difficulty to find the anchor tenants for Two Manhattan West, it may still reduced to 280 meters again, while the same problem had been solved for the One Manhattan West and construction had began in 2016 and schedule to top out in 2019.

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The buildings listed below are proposed to be built in New York City and construction works on some of them will start soon.

Proposed Buildings (21):

1. 80 South Street

Roof height: 437 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: unknown, the former design has been cancelled

Developer: China Oceanwide Holdings

The original plan for 80 South Street had been cancelled, in 2016 Chinese developer Oceanwide Holdings bought the plot and plans to build a 1438 feet tall tower, much taller than the original design, if built it will become the tallest building in Lower Manhattan by roof height.

2. 666 5th Avenue

rendering of 666 5th Avenue
rendering of 666 5th Avenue

Standard height: 426 meters

Roof height: 426 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Zaha Hadid Achitects

Developer: Vornado Realty Trust; Kusher Companies

Star architect Zaha Hadid had finished the design of this tower before she died in March 2016, the first render of the tower had been unveiled on March 22nd 2017.

3. Liberty Rising

Roof height: about 420 meters

Estimated top out year: no earlier than 2020

Architect: unknown

Developer: unknown

Planned to be built in Jersey City, the tower will have a height that similar to One World Trade Center.

4. Two World Trade Center 

Standard height: 408meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

Developer: Silverstein Properties

The project got suspended many years ago due to the lack of tenants. Last year, tenants was once found, and the building got a redesign by Bjarke Ingels Group in response to the needs of tenants, who changed their mind soon, the contract was cancelled.

As of now, the developer is also not sure about which design to choose, the developer Larry Silverstein said BIG's design is more favored by the prospective tenants, and he himself is leaning to BIG's as well.

Two World Trade Center

Two World Trade Center
Former design of 2WTC by Norman Foster

5. 41 West 57 Street

41 West 57 Street
Rendering of 41 West 57 Street

Standard height: more than 400 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Mark Foster Gage Architects

The unique and complicated design of this building is unprecedented, we have never seen a skyscraper can be built like Sagrada Familia. The construction difficulties and cost will be quite high, hence many people doubt if it could really get built. But what can be certain is that something taller than 400 meters will be built on the plot.

6. 335 Madison Avenue

Standard height: more than 400 meters

Estimated top out year: no earlier than 2020

Architect: unknown

Developer: Howard Milstein

This is another supertall project set to be built as part of the planned East Midtown Rezoning development, it located just north of the One Vanderbilt, and west of the iconic Metlife Building.

The building will likely to be built even taller than One Vanderbilt.

7. 15 Penn Plaza

Standard height: 371 meters

Estimated topped out year: unknown

Architect: Cesar Pelli

Developer: Vornado Realty Trust

The site of the building shares the same block with Empire State Building, and with a height much taller than the observation deck of Empire State Building, if built it could make a considerable influence on this iconic skyscraper. For this reason the owner of Empire State Building had ever requested the city council to reject the proposal, but the request was denied and the project got approved, however due to the financial difficulties the construction hasn't begun yet today.

15 Penn Plaza
15 Penn Plaza

8. One Park Lane

One Park Lane
One Park Lane

Standard height: 369 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Handel Architects

Developer: Witkoff

Located at the south of Central Park on 59th street, the tower will feature 88 condominiums that overlooking the Central Park. The current Park Lane Hotel will be tear down to make space for the tower, at early 2016 the developer announced that the plan for the tower had been put on hold.

9. 50 Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards
Rendering of 50 Hudson Yards

Standard height: 338meters

Estimated topped out year: unknown

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Standing 338m tall, the tower will become the second tallest building in Hudson Yards.

10. 45 Broad Street

45 Broad Street
45 Broad Street

Standard height: 335meters

Estimated top out year: 2018

Architect: CetraRuddy

Developer: Madison Equities & Pizzarotti Group

This is a pure residential tower located in downtown, unlike those luxury condo towers in 57th street of Midtown, this tower is intended to provide affordable residences catering to entry and mid level buyers.

11. Hudson Yards Phase II Supertall

Standard height: more than 300 meters

Estimated topped out year: no earlier than 2020

Architect: unknown

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Hudon Yards Phase 2
Render of Hudson Yards Phase 2

12. The Spiral

Standard height: 306meters

Roof height: 306 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Bjarke Ingels Group

Developer: Tishman Speyer

Designed by BIG, the designer who redesigned the Two World Trade Center. The spiral design makes the building to have an outdoor platform on each floor.

Tishman Spire
Tishman Spire

13. Courte Squre City View Tower

Standard height: 329meters

Roof height: 329 meters

Estimated top out year: 2016

Architect: Goldstein, Hill & West Architects

Developer: United Construction and Development

The height was once designed to be 294 meters, the increase on height makes it become the first supertall of Queens.

Courte Squre City View Tower
Render of Courte Squre City View Tower

14. 145 East 60th Street

Standard height: 305 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Archilier Architecture

Developer: Kuafu Properties

The site of project is situated on 60th street, the building will be the northern most supertall skyscraper in Manhattan Island.

145 East 60th Street
Render of 145 East 60th Street

15. 247 Cherry Street

Standard height: Above 305 meters

Roof height: 305 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: SHoP Architects

Developer: JDS Development Group

Again, the developer behind this supertall project near lower Manhattan is JDS Development Group, the same developer develops skinny 111 West 57th Street, and again the SHoP Architects is chosen to design the tower, when first proposed in April it was designed to be merely a 900-foot building, then the height got bumped to 1000 feet in the end of June, making it a new supertall proposal for New York City.

New York 247 Cherry Street
247 Cherry Street render

16. 1710 Broadway

1710 Broadway
Rendering of 1710 Broadway

Standard height: 305meters

Roof height: 305 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Goldstein, Hill & West Architects

Developers: C&K Properties; Extell Development

The tower is being developed by Extell Development in cooperation with C&K Properties, the former developer is best known for developed the One 57, and is also currently developing the Central Park Tower, which will become the tallest building in the city by roof.

As its name suggests, the tower will be built on Broadway, between 54th and 55th street, the co-developer C&K Properties had purchased the site back in 2003, the site of the project is currently occupied by a 6-story building, this old building will be destructed to make room for the new supertall tower.

17. Sutton Place Tower

Standard height: Above 300 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Foster+Partners

Developer: Bauhouse Group

The developer has gone bankrupt, leaving the future of the project unclear, the project maybe picked by another developer and be redesigned.

Sutton Place Tower
Sutton Place Tower

18. Two Manhattan West

Height: 303 meters  height changed likely

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Developer: Brookfield Properties

With One Manhattan West to form into twin towers, but Two Manhattan West may get a cut on height as said above.

19. 55 Hudson Street

Standard height: 302 meters

Roof height: 302 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

The building will likely become the first supertall skyscraper of Jersey City if height gets no cut. The developer behinds this project has not been unveiled yet.

55 Hudson Street
55 Hudson Street

20. 989-993 Sixth Ave

height: Above 300 meters

Estimated top out year: no sooner than 2020

Architect: undecided

Developer: Isaac Chetrit and Ray Yadidi

After 15 Penn Plaza, this building is another new supertall proposal that located in close proximity to iconic Empire State Building, only a few hundred meters south of it.

21. Cetra Ruddy UES Tower

Standard height: more than 300 meters

Estimated top out year: no sooner than 2020

Architect: CetraRuddy

Conclusion: As shown above, we can safely predict that by 2020, there will be around 27 supertall skyscrapers built or topped out in New York City, and more than 50 as of 2030, that's extremely amazing and unbelievable, we know that many years ago a single 1000 foot tall building in a city could be incredible.
With their impressive appearance these special buildings can efficiently beautify the city or make New York City more futuristic than ever, the views in Blade Runner or Star Trek is becoming the reality, but more beautiful, as those skyscrapers in films looks weird and have no aesthetic feeling.

 

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