Manhattan Is Getting A Few More Very Tall Skyscrapers

When the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest skyscraper in New York City, at 1250 feet. When it was completed, in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world, but it lost that honor to the Twin Towers (1368 ft) in 1973, which was surpassed the same year by the Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago (1450 ft). In 1998, the Petronas Towers (1483 ft) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia became the tallest, then Taipei 101 in Taiwan (1670 ft) in 2004, and finally the enormous Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which in 2010 shattered all of the records at 2717 ft — more than twice the height of the Empire State Building.

Burj Khalifa on the right, compared to other tall structures


In 2013, the venerable art deco building lost the reigns as the tallest one in New York to One World Trade Center, a.k.a. Freedom Tower, which surpassed Willis Tower to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, with a patriotic 1776 ft. It is also the third tallest building in the world, after the Burj Khalifa and The Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower (1972 ft) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Besides Freedom Tower, a few more skyscrapers are in various stages of completion, and they will also surpass the Empire State Building’s 1250 ft:

  • 1398 ft: 432 Park Avenue, at 56th St, scheduled for 2016; on the site of the former Drake Hotel (yes, like the one in 666 Park Avenue), its roof will actually be higher than One World Trade Center’s (though not its tip)
  • 1350 ft: Two World Trade Center, scheduled for 2015
  • 1337 ft: Hudson Place North Tower, scheduled for 2017

That last one is part of the new Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, taking place on a six-block former railroad site on the West side of Manhattan. The site covers 26 acres and ranges from 30th to 33rd Street and from 10th to 12th Avenue. It will be called Hudson Place, will contain 16 buildings, and is the largest private development effort in the world, since the 22 acre, 14 building Rockefeller Center was completed in 1939. Mayor Bloomberg broke ground on the construction site on December 4th, 2012. It was previously the largest single undeveloped piece of land in Manhattan.

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