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Coordinates: 40°46′02″N 73°58′49″W / 40.7671°N 73.9802°W / 40.7671; -73.9802

220 Central Park South is a residential skyscraper currently under construction, being developed by Vornado Realty Trust. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, in the U.S. state of New York, and is being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

220 Central Park South
220 Central Park South under construction on May 24, 2019.
General information
StatusStructurally Topped Out
Address220 Central Park South
Town or cityNew York City
CountryUnited States
Completedend 2017
Cost$1.4 billion[1]
OwnerVornado Realty Trust
Architectural953 feet (290 m)
Technical details
Floor count69
Floor area414,346 sq ft (38,494.0 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectRobert A.M. Stern Architects
Structural engineerDeSimone Consulting Engineers [2]

The tower is located along Central Park South; when complete the building will have 70 floors, and will include 116 units. Completion is expected in 2018. The tower will be the tenth tallest building in New York City upon completion, and will neighbor the Central Park Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the city upon completion.[3][4][5]



The building that previously occupied the site was a 20-story building built in 1954. It contained 124 apartments, and was purchased in 2005 by Vornado for $131.5 million.[6][7] After the purchase, Vornado entered a legal battle with its rent-stabilized tenants concerning their eviction.[7] A court sided with Vornado in 2009, and the developer ultimately settled with tenants in 2010, paying between $1.3 million and $1.56 million to those remaining in the building.[8] Vornado has reported the total land cost for the building to be over $515.4 million.[1]

Demolition of the existing structure began in 2012 after the settling of a dispute between Vornado and Extell. Extell, another developer, owned the parking garage under the previous building, and was unwilling to close it. Demolition was completed in early 2013.[9] Robert A. M. Stern's designs were released in early 2014.[10] The plans were approved in March 2014.[11]

The building is one of several major developments on or around 57th Street and Central Park, dubbed “Billionaires Row” by the media, including One57, 432 Park Avenue, 111 West 57th Street, and Central Park Tower.


Designs originally called for a "glass" tower.[7] Contrary to the early plans, Robert A. M. Stern's designs call for a limestone-clad building, similar to other buildings by Stern such as 15 Central Park West. The building is one of three skyscrapers designed by Stern in Manhattan, joining 30 Park Place in the Financial District, and 520 Park Avenue, east of Central Park.


The building is currently under construction.[12] In November 2016 Justin Casquejo, a thrill-seeking teenage free solo climber and stunt performer, hung from the not-yet-completed tower.[13][14][15][16]

The building received a temporary certificate of occupancy for the bottom section of the building, allowing closings to begin.[1]


The building will have a porte-cochere, as well as a wine cellar, a swimming pool, private dining rooms, an athletic club, a juice bar, a library, a basketball court, a golf simulator and a children’s play area .[17]


As of September 30, 2018, approximately 83% of the condominium units were under sales contracts, with closings scheduled through 2020.[1] On January 23, 2019, it was reported that billionaire hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin purchased a penthouse for $238 million, the most expensive home ever sold in the United States.[18] Other reported buyers include billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Och, financial services executive Andrew Zaro, New York real estate investor Ofer Yardeni, and musician Sting along with his wife actress and producer Trudie Styler.[19]


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  1. ^ a b c d Vornado Realty Trust Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018 (PDF), September 30, 2018
  2. ^ "How tall can NYC's skyscrapers go? You won't believe the answer". Crain's New York Business. 7 July 2015.
  3. ^ "220 Central Park South Begins Losing Prominence As Exterior Work Nears Completion - New York YIMBY". New York YIMBY. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  4. ^ "220 Central Park South Goes Supertall". Yimby. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  5. ^ "220 Central Park South - The Skyscraper Center". Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  6. ^ Arak, Joey (7 March 2006). "220 Central Park South: Another Condo Casualty?". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Cuozzo, Steve (7 April 2009). "Tower Power on Central Park". The New York Post. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  8. ^ Polsky, Sara (22 December 2010). "Central Park South Holdouts Get Million-Dollar Buyouts". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  9. ^ YIMBY, New York (7 January 2013). "Demolition Update: 220 Central Park South Nearly Gone". YIMBY. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  10. ^ Dailey, Jessica (15 January 2014). "Robert A.M. Stern's 220 Central Park South Tower, Revealed!". Curbed. Retrieved 17 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Approved: 220 Central Park South". YIMBY. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Construction Update: 220 Central Park South Nears Double Digits - New York YIMBY". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  13. ^ Lubin, Byrhian (December 3, 2016). "Teenage daredevil cheats death climbing one of the world's tallest skyscrapers in stomach-churning footage". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  14. ^ Kenneth Garger, Chad Rachman and Natalie O'Neill (November 27, 2016). "Airhead teen busted for climbing World Trade Center rises again". New York Post. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  15. ^ Goldman, Jeff (November 28, 2016). "Daredevil N.J. teen charged in WTC stunt dangles from Central Park tower". NJ Advance Media for Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  16. ^ Wyrich, Andrew (November 28, 2016). "Weehawken teenager who scaled WTC continues to climb". The Record. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  17. ^ Solomont, E.B. (4 March 2015). "Revealed: Prices, floorplans at Vornado's 220 CPS". The Real Deal. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  18. ^ Clarke, Katherine (January 23, 2019). "Billionaire Ken Griffin Buys America's Most Expensive Home for $238 Million". The Wall Street Journal.
  19. ^ Clarke, Katherine (November 2, 2018). "As Manhattan's Most Secretive Skyscraper Rises, a Super-Elite Clientele Emerges". Wall Street Journal.