740 8th Avenue Update 04/04/24

Foundation Work Underway for Midtown's Wildest Skyscraper

Foundation work is well underway at 740 8th Avenue in Midtown, Manhattan, marking the early stages of construction for a 52-story tower project and one of the wackiest skyscrapers that New York City has ever seen.

Developed by , this standout addition to the dense Manhattan skyline will be known as "The Torch". The lower half of the building will prominently contain an room hotel and ground-floor retail space. The top half, on the other hand, is where things get crazy. The upper portion will feature two floors of restaurants, a VIP lounge, a pool deck for the hotel, a public outdoor observation deck, and most importantly, a 90-second long, 300-foot tall, drop-ride attraction, designed by rollercoaster manufacturer, Intamin.

Designed by ODA Architecture, with SLCE Architects serving as the architect of record, the tower has been designed to mimic the Statue of Liberty's torch. It will feature intricate cutouts and cantilevers, shrouded in glass, to create a look that truly resembles no other building in New York's massive highrise portfolio.

The Torch will ultimately stand feet tall and total square feet upon completion. Lendlease is serving as the project's general contractor and work is expected to finish by mid-2027.

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