YIMBY Scopes Views From Foster + Partners’ 425 Park Avenue in Midtown East, Manhattan

YIMBY tour 425 Park Avenuea 47-story commercial skyscraper completed in east center and the first new full-block building constructed along Park Avenue’s Plaza District in nearly half a century. Designed by Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners and developed by L&L Holding CompanyTokyu Land Corporation, and co-managing partner BentallGreenOak, the 897-foot-tall tower produces 667,000 square feet of Class A flexible office space with panoramic views up and down Park Avenue and more City centerManhattan. Adamson Associates Architects was the architect of record, WSP was the structural engineer and MEP, R&R Scaffolding provided the BMU, and Tishman Construction was the construction manager for the property, which is located between East 55th and East 56th streets.

425 Park Ave. Photo by Michael Young

Our visit to the skyscraper was greeted with clear skies, which made for fantastic 360-degree views of many famous New York landmarks. To the west is the row of billionaires that begins with Rafael Vinoly432 Park Avenue at 1,396 feet, followed by SHOP Architects‘ 1,428 feet high 111 West 57th StreetChristian de Portzamparc’s One57, 300 meters high, adrian smith + gordon gillit’s 1,550 feet high central park towerand a sliver of Robert AM Stern Architect‘s 220 Central Park South.

Photo by Michael Young

Central Park Tower, One57, 220 Central Park South and 111 West 57th Street. Photo by Michael Young

side profile of jean novelit’s 1,050 feet high 53 West 53rd Street it is clearly visible from 425 Park Avenue.

West 53rd Street. Photo by Michael Young

To the south are notable Art Deco landmarks like Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building, as well as the Citigroup Center, MetLife Building, Lever House, and the Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The Chrysler Building.Photo by Michael Young

885 Third Avenue, also known as the Lipstick Building. Photo by Michael Young

Among these 20th century icons are new additions such as Kohn Pedersen’s Foxit’s 1,401 feet high a vanderbilt and the 1,388-foot-tall steel-framed superstructure of JPMorgan Chase’s new headquarters in 270 park avenue, which Lord Norman Foster also designed for Tishman Speyer. It is expected to be completed by 2025. Construction will likely approach the halfway point sometime this winter.

270 Park Ave. Photo by Michael Young

270 Park Ave. Photo by Michael Young

To the east are the emerging skylines of downtown Long Island City, Hunters Point and Greenpoint, as well as the Queensboro Bridge, MOS‘s 252 East 57th Streetand the recently completed 850-foot-tall Sutton Tower by Thomas Juul Hansen a 430 East 58th Street.

Photo by Michael Young

Views from the north show Central Park, the Upper East Side, and the rest of Park Avenue.

Photo by Michael Young

The Upper East Side. Photo by Michael Young

Central Park and the Upper West Side. Photo by Michael Young

Below are photos taken from the exterior terraces of the 26th floor and the interior of Club Diagrid. Outdoor spaces flank the north and south ends of the floor plate and are furnished with seating, tables, and gardens.

Diagrid Club. Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

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