New York is officially home to the skinniest skyscraper in the world: the Steinway Tower at 111 West 57th Street.

Joining its equally flashy counterparts on Billionaire’s Row, the Steinway Tower stands 1,428 feet tall, including a decorative steel crown 300 feet tall. This height makes it one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere (in New York, One World Trade Center and Central Park Tower beat it at 1,776 feet and 1,550 feet, respectively).

But it’s the tower’s 24:1 height-to-width ratio that makes it the tallest skyscraper in the world.

New York-based architectural firm SHoP Architects designed the 84-story building, which was built by JDS Development, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners.

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With a total of 60 apartments residents can move into starting this week, the residential property also boasts a wealth of incredible amenities, including a chef’s catering kitchen, dedicated concierge service, a two lanes 82 feet long surrounded by a private garden. cabanas, a sauna, a steam room, a double-height fitness center with a mezzanine terrace, and a residents’ lounge with a huge adjoining terrace.

Impressive as it sounds, the average New Yorker will probably be more concerned with how the Steinway Tower has affected the city’s skyline. Also known as the Pencil Tower due to its slenderness, the skyscraper style the architects invested in is reminiscent of the Hong Kong skyline of the 1970s, when similar buildings were popping up everywhere. Although other major cities have followed, the appearance of visually stunning pieces of architecture is most noticeable across New York, considered by many to be the skyscraper capital of the world.

As usual, many New Yorkers lamented the new presence in the sky, calling the super-tall building eye-sore and “strange to look at given how thin it is.” While we understand the complaints, we have to be honest: we’d be happy to live there for a few years…or the rest of our lives.

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