New York’s newest skyscraper is compared to a coffee stirrer

The Steinway Tower in Manhattan is the world’s skinniest skyscraper (Pictures: Getty Images)

New York City is known for its skyline, and the latest residential skyscraper definitely sticks out – some say, like a coffee stirrer.

Now open to residents, the Steinway Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the west. But its claim to fame is that it’s the world’s skinniest skyscraper.

The 1,428-foot tower that’s no more than 60 feet wide has a height-to-width ratio of 24:1. While that’s impressive to some, one critic said, ‘These are not the proportions of a classical column but of a coffee stirrer,’ according to the .

It’s located at 111 West 57th Street by the southern border of Central Park, among high-rise residential buildings that have earned the area the nickname Billionaire’s Row.

The 84-floor condominium has only 46 units, meaning that each one has at least one floor and offers panoramic views. To the south lies Manhattan and to the north stretches the famous park. It reportedly cost $2billion to build.

Units at the Steinway range from $7.75million for the lowest-costing studio flat to more than $66million for the penthouse. The 7,130-square-foot penthouse occupies three floors connected by an oval staircase. It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a private lift and 14-foot-high ceilings. An international buyer purchased it after taking a virtual tour.

The first five floors house luxury shops and recreation facilities including a swimming pool spanning 82 feet, a double-height exercise center and a private dining room.

Though the building is mostly glass, it has blocks of bronzed terracotta that reflect different colors depending on the angle and time of day. It was designed by New York-based architecture firm SHoP Architects to harken back to the Art Deco age and designers called it ‘a project of extraordinary proportions and epic grandeur’.

Construction ran from 2013 to 2021.

The Steinway was named after the Steinway & Sons piano company’s 1925 headquarters at its base.

Tall skyscrapers can bend up to three feet if battered by high winds. They can also face plumbing and wall issues.


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