Midtown Manhattan will soon be teeming with luxury skyscrapers, thanks to all the development underway on 57th Street's so-called Billionaires' Row. But it appears that the rich people shopping for homes in these monsters might not know about all the other needle buildings that'll be their neighbors, since developers have been conveniently erasing fellow skyscrapers from their renderings. Oh no, your empty tax shelter's view is ruined!
The Times reported today that ads for supertall developments like One57, 520 Park Avenue, and 111 West 57th Street appear to have cropped out fellow skyscrapers like 432 Park Avenue, a 1,396-foot tower that is currently the city's tallest residential building. It's not entirely clear why some of these spindly towers have been omitted from advertisements, but we could speculate it might have something to do with competition. “It’s like the Who song,” Jonathan Miller, president of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, told the Times. “You can see for miles and miles and miles. Until you look into your neighbor’s building.”
Indeed, Midtown will soon look like a pincushion and each new tower will be just one among a series of repetitive spikes, instead of its own precious unique monument to flight capital. Here's a HOT GIF to illustrate:
— Matt Chaban (@MC_NYC) December 22, 2015
Meanwhile, even affordable housing initiatives are laughable in this town, and once-livable neighborhoods now boast $6K luxury lofts that are itching to burn you alive, so it's hard to feel sorry for wealthy Midtown tower residents waving at one another from their $95 million penthouses. Oh well, North Dakota is probably very nice this time of year.