262 Fifth Avenue Soars Higher Above NoMad, Manhattan

The fifth-tallest building under construction in New York is 262 Fifth Avenue, an 860-foot-tall residential skyscraper in NoMad, Manhattan. Designed by Meganom with SLCE Architects as the executive architect and developed by Boris Kuzinez of Five Points Development under the Five Points 262 Project LLC, the 56-story structure will yield 26 condominiums with an average scope of 3,200 square feet, including at least one quadruplex unit. GEA Consulting Engineers is the MEP engineer and CM & Associates Construction Management is the general contractor for the project, which located on a 5,000-square-foot plot on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 29th Street.

The slender reinforced concrete superstructure has doubled in height since our last update in late June, when the tower stood roughly even with the parapets of the taller prewar commercial buildings to the south on Fifth Avenue. Crews have surpassed two of the mechanical levels and are now in the process of forming the series of double-height floors on the upper half of the skyscraper. Based on the pace of progress, topping out could occur sometime this winter.

The skyscraper is particularly prominent from the pedestrian plaza at the base of the Flatiron Building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

Workers are also in the process of applying a black waterproof later on the mostly blank eastern wall, and are installing metal clips for the forthcoming façade paneling from a hanging scaffolding rig on the northern elevation. It’s possible that installation of the façade and floor-to-ceiling windows could begin later this winter.

The below rendering shows the skyscraper’s former 1,000-foot supertall design, which has been scaled back. However, it appears that much of the original style will be preserved in the updated scheme, including the porthole windows on the eastern face. The tower is also still planned to retain the rectangular canopy at the crown, which would cover a roof terrace.

YIMBY anticipates 262 Fifth Avenue will be completed near the end of 2024 or in early 2025.