It’s skinny, it’s taller than the Empire State Building and it’s coming to Midtown. SHoP Architects’ super-slim, 1,350-foot-tall tower just got the “ok, you can build it” from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and construction on the luxury apartment building will begin to move forward. While it’s extremely tall, the new high rise at 111 West 57th Street will only measure a mere 60-feet-wide. Even more strikingly, the building’s silhouette will become thinner as it gets higher and will feature a stepped façade that will make it look like a glass stairway to the sky.

Last month, building’s developers JDS Development and Property Markets Group, submitted their final plans to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Without its approval or the developers buying out the neighboring Steinway Hall, the building would have only been 697-feet-tall. But now they have permission to create a new structure 100 feet taller than the Empire State Building.

The project is slated to begin later next spring with an expected completion date sometime in 2016. When completed, the building developers say it will add about 100 new, albeit slightly cramped apartments with 4,000 to 5,000-square-feet of space to work with.

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