131-141 East 47th Street Rises Above Street Level In Midtown East, Manhattan.

Construction is now above street level on 131-141 East 47th Street, a 500-foot-tall residential skyscraper in Midtown East. Designed by Ismael Leyva Architects and developed by Silverback Development, the 34-story structure will yield 200 apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom units as well as 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space with frontage along West 47th Street. Silverback was brought onto the project by Hopson Development Holdings, which purchased the parcel for $115 million in December 2019 from the original developers, New Empire Real Estate. Structure Tech New York and Cauldwell Wingate are constructing the building.

A good deal of progress has occurred since our last update in April, when excavation was still ongoing. Now, the reinforced concrete superstructure has begun to rise, with formwork and temporary supports holding up the recently poured floor slabs and perimeter columns. Photographs show workers busily moving about all parts of the site and cranes hoisting up rebar that will reinforce subsequent levels of the tower.

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

YIMBY highlighted the new dusk rendering of 131-141 East 47th Street in our previous article. The most noteworthy architectural element of the design is the Art Deco-inspired crown, which will be illuminated at nighttime. Below the multifaceted pinnacle, the curtain wall is composed of floor-to-ceiling glass and thin, dark-colored metal panels. A secondary lighting scheme on the ground level and first several stories will create a cohesive overall appearance with the crown.

The skyscraper will also incorporate several landscaping features and include a sky lounge. With its mostly symmetrical massing and repetitive floor plates for the majority of its height, vertical progress on 131-141 East 47th Street should be fairly swift.

131-141 East 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

It was last stated that construction on 141 East 47th Street is estimated to be completed sometime next year.

 

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