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January 24, 2019

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The New York Times got the scoop on what would be New York City's (NYC) tallest building by roof height at 1,556 ft. and 96 floors, New York YIMBY reports. Being developed by Harry Macklowe, the man behind 432 Park Avenue, Tower Fifth along East 51st and 52nd streets in Midtown East features a design by Gensler, Adamson Associates and Dan Shannon of Moed de Armas & Shannon Architects blending several contemporary styles and boasting what would be the city's highest observation deck, a multifloor affair. Renderings unveiled by the Times show a diagrid of crossbeams at the top and an overall bulk similar to 432 Park Avenue, with cutouts for mechanicals and a skinny profile. A lobby clad in white marble looks directly onto St. Patrick's Cathedral. The development must win "several layers" of City Planning Department approvals befores it become reality.


Several sources, including CURBED New York, reported on a construction elevator breaking free from the 111 West 57th Street site in Midtown Manhattan on the night of January 21. It hit and shattered a nearby window as it dangled, sending glass shards onto the streets below. No injuries were reported, but officials from the Department of Buildings were investigating the site. The tower is expected to top out this month at 1,428 ft. as the city’s skinniest supertall.


Authorities are trying to determine what caused an elevator with 14 passengers to fall six floors at University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen, Netherlands, on January 17, NL Times reports. One person was taken to the emergency room with unknown injuries. The elevator became stuck on the sixth floor of the faculty building, and fell during work to service it. All elevators in the building were shut down while the accident was investigated.

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