Google Streetview shows how much New York has changed in the last years

Google Streetview shows how much New York has changed in the last years

After being outranked in 2012 by Toronto, which became the city with the most high-rise construction projects in North America, New York City has been slowly making up the ground it lost. According to a survey run by construction data firm, Emporis, “since 2012, the city has recorded a growth in high-rise construction projects of 26 per cent.”

If you take Midtown Manhattan, for example, the NYC’s area with the biggest concentration of towers over 500 ft. tall, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see its skyline being redefined almost on a daily basis.

In order to show you how dramatically some NYC locations have been transformed in the past few years due to the high-rise construction, we created some before-and-after slideshows comparing the area a couple of years ago with its current look.

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#1 One57

One57, formerly known as Carnegie 57, is a 75-story skyscraper at 157 West 57th Street in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan. One57 is the tallest residential skyscraper in New York City and was designed by the French architect and urbanist Christian de Portzamparc. An interesting fact about One57 is that the building is being marketed as a 90-story skyscraper but are in fact only 75 stories, because the developer chose to have floors with higher ceilings.

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#2 250 West 55th Street

Completed in 2013, 250 West 55th Street is an office skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan. Developed by Boston Properties, 250 West 55th Street is LEED Gold certified. Some interesting facts about it are that the skyscraper has a 20,000 gallon rainwater storage for cleaning, and that 20% of the site has vegetation.

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#3 Courtyard and Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park

The Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park opened January 1, 2014 in Midtown Manhattan to become the tallest hotel property in North America, with a height of 750 feet.

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#4 International Gem Tower

The International Gem Tower is an office condominium skyscraper located in the historic Diamond District of Midtown Manhattan. Completed in 2013, it was developed by Extell Development and was designed specifically to meet the needs of the world’s evolving diamond, gem and jewelry trade. Some interesting features of the building are the biometric access control and the state-of-the-art closed-circuit monitoring.

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#5 Cassa Hotel & Residences New York

Cassa Hotel & Residences New York is a residential condominium & hotel skyscraper located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The building was completed in 2010, is 514 feet high and has 47 above-ground floors.

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#6 Silver Towers

The Silver Towers are twin skyscrapers located in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan. The towers were completed in 2009 and comprise rental apartments.

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#7 Times Square Plaza

Located in Midtown Manhattan, the Times Square Plaza is a 600-foot skyscraper containing office spaces and as retail areas. The building was completed in 2011, and has 40 above-ground floors.

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#8 Langham Place 400 5th Avenue-luxury suite hotel

Located in Midtown South, Manhattan, Langham Place is a luxury suite hotel and skyscraper known as one of the tallest buildings in New York. The skyscraper was completed in 2010 and has an architectural height of 632 feet.

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#9 New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street

Originally known as the Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, 8 Spruce Street is a 76-story (870ft) skyscraper designed by architect Frank Gehry in the Financial District of Manhattan. The tower contains only rental units (898 in total), something of a rarity in New York’s Financial.

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#10 One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Its spire allows the building to reach a symbolic height of 1,776 feet in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. The tower’s footprint and height of the observation decks match the footprint and the heights of the original World Trade Center’s Twin Towers.

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#11 Four World Trade Center

Part of the New World Trade Center complex in New York’s Financial District, 4 World Trade Center is a 978 feet high skyscraper, designed by Fumihiko Maki, a Japanese architect whose significant contributions to humanity and the built environment won him a Pritzker Prize.

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#12 W New York Downtown, Hotel and Residences

The W New York Downtown Hotel and Residences is the first globally branded luxury hotel and residential building of its size and scale in downtown New York. The skyscraper was completed in 2010, and has a height of 630 feet

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#13 432 Park Avenue

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