Nordstrom will open its first New York department store in the bottom seven floors of a future Midtown skyscraper.

The Seattle-based retailer has spent US$102.5 million to purchase a plot of land that could become home to a 1,550-foot skyscraper, a height that would rank it among Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers.

The site, located at 225 West 57th Street just south of Central Park, has been planned by real estate mogul Gary Barnett’s Extell Development company wit the design commissioned by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects.

Nordstorm’s new flagship store will consist of approximately 175,000 square feet of retail space with the ability to span up to 285,000 square feet over seven dedicated floors of the 88-storey skyscraper.

The mixed use tower will also include a hotel from floors eight to 12 with the remainder of the floors dedicated to luxury condominiums and mechanical equipment.

Gary Barnett Extell

Gary Barnett, Extell

The company already has a presence in Manhattan through its off-price division, Nordstrom Rack, but this site will house Nordstrom’s first full-line store in Manhattan.

The original deal was announced last June and has now been finalised with Extell buying the last part of the site, the 20.2-foot wide Beethoven piano building at 223 West 58th Street for US$25 million, which will allow construction to begin.

“This has been a long time coming for us, as Nordstrom has sought a NYC location for many years,” Nordstrom’s president of stores, Erik Nordstrom said when the plans were first unveiled.

It is reported that Nordstrom executives spent over a decade sourcing the right location in midtown Manhattan.



If it weren’t for the city’s One World Trade’s Centre tower’s spire which takes the building’s height to 1,776 feet, the Nordstrom skyscraper would the tallest in Manhattan.

New York’s Buildings Department has not yet approved plans for the new building.

“We are simply going through the natural evolution of the design of the building, and we are still developing the necessary plans for approval,” a spokesman for Barnett emailed to the NY Post.

If the skyscraper gets the green light, it will overtake the 1,398-foot 432 Park Avenue building by architect Raphael Vinoly, currently under construction, as well as Extell’s neighbouring project, One 57, a 1004-foot residential skyscraper.

New York skyscraper boom

New York skyscraper boom

Super-tall skyscrapers are rapidly altering Manhattan’s skyline with 33 currently under construction and a further 32 proposed according to data from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.