List: Tallest Buildings in New York City in 2018

Skyline of Manhattan
Skyline of Manhattan

New York City has been one of the most renowned skyscraper cities since early 20th Century. Recent years the city is witnessing a new construction boom, more and more skyscrapers are getting built in New York City, the average height of these new buildings is much higher than that of those built in last century.

This page lists the tallest buildings that have been built, topped out, under construction or proposed in New York City, the minimum height of the buildings in the list is 300 meters or 1000 feet.

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

NOTE: Because of the fast 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 on October 20, 2018, please note the content below is all based on that time.

Buildings built or Topped out (11)

1. One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center
One World Trade Center

     Standard height: 541 meters (1776 ft)

    Total height: 546 meters (1792 ft)

    Roof height: 417 meters (1368 ft)

    Height of Observation deck: 382 meters (1254 ft)

    Year built: 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 that of Willis Tower, its roof height is designed to be same as the original tower, the only increase is on the spire, by which makes it 20 meters taller than former North Tower by total height.

2. 432 Park Avenue

Standard Height: 426 meters (1,396 ft)

Architect: Rafael Viñoly and SLCE Architects   Developer: CIM Group; Macklowe Properties

Year built: 2016

Aerial view of 432 Park Avenue
Aerial view of 432 Park Avenue

432 Park Avenue is the tallest building in New York City by roof height. Since the World One in Mumbai is still under construction, 432 Park Ave is currently titled as the world's tallest residential building.

3. 30 Hudson Yards

Standard height & Roof height: 387 meters (1268 ft)

Height of Observation deck: 342 meters (1121 ft)

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox   Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Year topped out: 2018

30 Hudson Yards
Looking up at 30 Hudson Yards

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

4. Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

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

     Total height: 443 meters (1,454 ft)

     Heights of Observation decks: 320 meters, 369 meters, 373 meters

     Year built: 1931

     Architect: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon

     Developer: John J. Raskob

Empire State Building has been the landmark of New York City for nearly a century, almost everybody in this world is able to recognize it, as 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.

5. 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 the antenna of One World Trade Center was once intended to be a spire enclosed with ornamental radom but later be changed to a plain antenna? It was the decision made by Durst Organization, which was a key investor of 1 WTC.

6. Three World Trade Center

Standard height: 329 meters (1079 ft)  Roof height: 329 meters

Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners   Developer: Silverstein Properties

Year built: 2018

Three World Trade Center
Aerial view of Three World Trade Center

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

7. 53W53

Standard height & Roof height: 320 meters (1050 ft)

Architect: Jean Nouvel   Developer: Hines

Year topped out: 2018

Tower Verre
Tower Verre

Also known as Tower Verre and MoMA Expansion Tower, the building features a unique design in which the exoskeleton is staggered on the façade of the building, it eliminates the need of columns inside the building.

8. Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building
Chrysler Building

    Standard height: 319 meters (1046 ft)

     Spire-removed height: 282 meters (925 ft)

    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. With its unique crown it is seen as the most beautiful skyscraper by many skyscraper enthusiasts.

 

 

9. New York Times Tower

New York Times Tower
New York Times Tower

       Standard height: 319 meters (1046 ft)

     Roof height: 227 meters (748 ft)

     Year built: 2007

     Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

     Developer: Forest City Ratner Companies

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

 

 

10. 35 Hudson Yards

Standard height & Roof height: 308 meters (1009 ft)

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP   Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Year topped out: 2018

Another skyscraper in Hudson Yards, the tower is also known as Equinox Tower and briefly called E Tower.

11. 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, One57 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 the 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 or topped out towers, New York City has 6 towers above 300 meters or 1000-foot under construction (not topped out) that are listed below.

Buildings Under Construction (6)

1. Central Park Tower

New York Central Park Tower
Central Park Tower

Standard height: 472 meters

Roof height: 472 meters

Estimated top out year: 2019

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 feet tall with 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. 111 West 57th Street

Standard height & Roof height: 435 meters

Architect: SHoP Architects   Developer: JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group

Estimated top out year: 2018

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

The tower will become the skinniest skyscraper in the world with 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: 2020

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, the original building on its site had being demolished by earlier 2017, now the building is under construction. The planned height was reduced from 462 meters to 427 meters.

4. 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, the tower will become the first supertall skyscraper in Brooklyn and first supertall outside of Manhattan in the city once completed. The tower is being 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.

5. 3 Hudson Boulevard

Standard height: 315 meters

Roof height: 315 meters

Estimated top out year: 2019

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

6. One Manhattan West 

Manhattan West
Manhattan West

Standard height: 303 meters

Roof height: 303 meters

Estimated top 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 is located right besides the Hudson Yards. The tower was initially set to be 371 meters tall, but decreased to 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.

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

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: unknown

Architect: unknown

Developer: unknown

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

4. Two World Trade Center

Standard height: 408 meters

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 as 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 top 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.

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 contain 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. 270 Park Avenue

Height: 366 meters (1200 ft)   Estimated year built: 2023

JPMorgan announced in early 2018 that they will demolish the current existing building for their headquarters on 270 Park Avenue, and rebuilt a supertall tower on the site. Currently no rendering has been released.

10. 50 Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards
Rendering of 50 Hudson Yards

Standard height: 338 meters

Estimated top out year: 2021

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. 45 Broad Street

45 Broad Street
45 Broad Street

Standard height: 335 meters

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.

 

12. Hudson Yards Phase II Supertall

Standard height: 300 to 400 meters

Estimated top out year: no earlier than 2020

Architect: unknown

Developer: Related Companies and Oxford Properties

Hudon Yards Phase 2
Render of Hudson Yards Phase 2

13. The Spiral

Standard height: 306 meters

Roof height: 306 meters

Estimated top out year: 2020

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

14. 262 Fifth Avenue

Standard height: 305 meters

Architect: Meganom

The building will become the southernmost supertall tower in Midtown New York.

15. Courte Squre City View Tower

Standard height: 305 meters

Roof height: 305 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

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 project of Queens.

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

16. 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

17. 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 2016 it was designed to be merely a 900-foot building, then the height got bumped to 1000 feet in the end of June 2016, making it a new supertall proposal for New York City.

New York 247 Cherry Street
247 Cherry Street render (the green one on the right)

18. 1710 Broadway

1710 Broadway
Rendering of 1710 Broadway

Standard height: 305 meters

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.

19. 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 mentioned above.

20. 80 Flatbush

Standard height & Roof height: 301 meters (986 ft)

80 Flatbush is the second supertall tower proposed to be built in Brooklyn.

Render of 80 Flatbush
Render of 80 Flatbush

21. 989-993 Sixth Ave

Height: Above 300 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

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.

22. Cetra Ruddy UES Tower

Standard height: more than 300 meters

Estimated top out year: unknown

Architect: CetraRuddy

Conclusion: As shown above, we can safely predict that by 2020, there will be almost 20 supertall skyscrapers built or topped out in New York City, and close to 50 as of 2030, that will be extremely amazing, we know that many years ago a single 1000-foot tall building in a city could be incredible.
With their impressive heights these special buildings can efficiently beautify the city and make New York City more futuristic than ever. The views seen in Blade Runner or Star Trek is becoming the reality, but much better, as those skyscrapers in films look weird and have little aesthetic appeal.

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