Much has been made of New York’s 57th Street. It’s most luxurious street in the world; more houses were bought for north of $25 million in the last five years on Billionaire’s Row than on any other road globally. It’s also rife with super-tall skyscrapers: Central Park Tower, 432 Park Avenue, and 111 West 57th Street are each taller than 1,300 feet, or about a quarter of a mile high.
Critics have bemoaned the mega-sized shadows these towers cast on Central Park, and others have noted that many owners in the buildings’ multi-million dollar residences may pay little-to-no property tax. Still others have highlighted the fact that the buildings continue to top out even as sales have slumped.
Few, though, have mentioned the exhilaration (and occasional terror) of actually being in an apartment at helicopter-height—these buildings are so tall that residents have reported occasionally being above the clouds.
So as the SHoP Architects-designed 111 West 57th Street nears completion, we strapped on a hard hat, steeled our nerves, and took a 91-story ride on an exterior hoist to film some see-it-to-believe it footage from 1,420 feet in the air with state-of-the-art virtual reality cameras loaned from Google. Watch the embedded video to learn more about the building’s history and gravity-defying engineering—its base is only 60 feet wide—and what life’s like at the very literal top of Manhattan real estate.
This VR180 video is viewable in full 3D with a VR headset (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive) or with Google Cardboard. If viewing on desktop or mobile, click and drag your mouse or rotate your phone to explore a wider field of vision.
This video was produced as part of a YouTube VR Creator grant. Learn more about the VR180 format: https://arvr.google.com/vr180/
VR Producer: Henry Baker
Hosted By: James Tarmy, Bloomberg Pursuits
Additional Production: Brian Schildhorn
Series Producer: Raymond Schillinger
Graphics: Christian Capestany
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