Developer Michael Stern wants to build a stairway to heaven in Midtown Manhattan.
The managing partner of JDS Development Group and his partners at Property Markets Group are planning a skinny, ultra-luxury condo tower on West 57th Street, which will be about 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building. The venture's plans for the tower submitted last month to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission call for an approximately 1,350-foot skyscraper that sets back from the street numerous times as it reaches higher—resembling tall, thin steps.
Vishaan Chakrabarti (a partner at SHoP):
It's really going to enhance the skyline. […] The planned tower would be covered with bronze-and-white terra-cotta stripes.
It is still unclear if the building will be constructed but JDS submitted plans last month to the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.