The Steinway Tower

111 West 57th Street, also referred to as The Steinway Tower, is a supertall residential project by developers JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Located at 111 West 57th Street, the development will be a combination of the original landmarked Steinway Building designed in 1925 by Warren & Wetmore, and a new tower addition on the adjacent site. The building will rise to be 1,428 ft (435 m). The tower will become the thinnest skyscraper in the world with a width-to-height ratio of about 1:23. The Steinway Tower was originally known as 107 West 57th Street. The building was approved in January 2015. Excavation began in 2014, as did internal demolition within Steinway Hall. The tallest freestanding crane in New York City history, at 220 feet (67 m), is being used in the construction of the building. The building will include an 800-ton tuned mass damper to provide stability in the event of high winds or a seismic event. 'The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York has criticized the building's developer, JDS, for not giving their workers adequate safety training, and for not using union labor. 'In the summer of 2017, after rising 20 stories, the status on construction of the tower stalled. The project was over budget, and speculation arose that it could be headed for foreclosure. According to lawsuits that were filed by major investors in the building, the developers neglected to account for cost overruns reaching $50 million in relation to renting construction cranes necessary for completing the skyscraper. It wasn't known whether the building will be completed as planned. However, despite the building's monetary issues, a number of apartments in the tower have already gone to contract. In addition, some legal analysts believed the disputes will eventually be settled and the tower will still rise. 'During August 2017, all work at 111 West 57th Street had resumed and is expected for completion in 2018. As of November 2017, the tower has reached a height of roughly 500 feet. Initial glass façade installation has already begun. The skyscraper was designed by SHoP Architects and is being developed by Michael Stern's JDS Development Group and Kevin P. Maloney's Property Markets Group. The north side of the tower rises directly up to the pinnacle of the building. On the south side of the tower, a series of setbacks appear as the tower rises. As the height of the building increases, the setbacks eventually thin out, with the tower 'disappearing into the sky.' The building's interiors were designed by Studio Sofield. Writing for Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger referred to the plans for the tower as 'quite possibly the most elegant' of the new structures planned for 57th Street and around Central Park, which include One57, 432 Park Avenue, and the as of yet unfinished 220 Central Park South and 225 West 57th Street (Central Park Tower). The building will have a porte-cochère, and a recital hall will be constructed as an homage to the fact that the building is being constructed on top of Steinway Hall.

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