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A familiar sight for all pedestrians of Manhattan |  © Smart Scott Photography
A familiar sight for all pedestrians of Manhattan | © Smart Scott Photography
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A Photographic Spotlight On Manhattan's Construction Sites

Picture of Scott Griffin
Updated: 12 January 2017
These days, it’s hard to walk down a New York City street without scaffolding and cranes blanketing your horizon. As shovels hit the dirt and jackhammers tear the concrete, the cacophonous sounds of constant construction become the background noise of our daily commutes. Culture Trip took a moment to examine these construction sites and captured some rather artful developments that will soon change the city’s skyline.

A view from Central Park is a nice way to capture the city’s updated skyline. One of the most notable (and controversial) new buildings is 432 Park Avenue. Standing over 1,300 feet and featuring over 100 condominium apartments due to cost tens of millions of dollars, this building is already leaving an impact in Midtown.

A view of 432 Park from 58th street. | © Smart Scott Photography
A view of 432 Park from 58th street | © Smart Scott Photography

Not to be outdone, there are two other great structures that will vie for NYC resident’s attention. The first is The Central Park Tower (also known as the Nordstrom Tower since it will house a Nordstrom department store at its base). This building will tower over 1,500 feet, due to become the tallest residential building in the world. The second is 111 West 57th Street. At over 1,400 feet, this structure will become the narrowest residential building in the world.

Construction workers building the Nordstrom Tower | © Smart Scott Photography
Construction workers building the Nordstrom Tower | © Smart Scott Photography
The construction site of 111 West 57th | © Smart Scott Photography
The construction site of 111 West 57th | © Smart Scott Photography
Commuters walk under the scaffolding of the 220 central park south construction site. | © Smart Scott Photography
Commuters walk under the scaffolding of the 220 Central Park South construction site | © Smart Scott Photography

For NYC residents who are looking for something more ‘affordable’, or who simply enjoy taking the scenic route, a walk on the High Line is always a go-to. There is plenty of construction happening on the High Line these days; one of the most recently completed buildings in this area was the new Whitney Museum.

The construction site for 520 west 28th street | © Smart Scott Photography
The construction site for 520 West 28th Street | © Smart Scott Photography
People walk the High Line with a large construction project occurs in the background. | © Smart Scott Photography
People walk the High Line with a large construction project occurs in the background. | © Smart Scott Photography

Manhattan‘s newest developments are not all skyscrapers. What will become some of the most utilized new constructions by all residents of NYC are the new and soon-to-be MTA subway stations. In September 2015, the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station was completed, extending the 7 train’s reach.

Commuters exit the 34th street - Hudson Yards station | © Smart Scott Photography
Commuters exit the 34th Street-Hudson Yards station | © Smart Scott Photography

Another group of train stations will be a part of the MTA’s largest subway expansion in the past 50 years. The upcoming Second Avenue line will extend to 96th Street on Manhattan’s East Side.

commuters walk by a future Q train stop| © Smart Scott Photography
Commuters walk by a future Q train stop | © Smart Scott Photography

Downtown, plenty of new developments are underway. A unique attraction will be the Westfield World Trade Center Mall. Aside from the unique design of the structure, this mall will house well over 50 stores, including popular brands such as Banana Republic, Kate Spade, and Victoria’s Secret.

A view of the Westfield WTC Mall at night | © Smart Scott Photography
A view of the Westfield WTC Mall at night | © Smart Scott Photography

As the times change, so does Manhattan’s skyline. New York City will continue to change and evolve as it always has. While commuters walk, run, and ride around town on an average day, it is very captivating to look up every now and then to notice the changes the city is undergoing.