The Bank Of America Tower at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street is coming along nicely since I first mentioned it last August. When completed, it will be the second tallest building in NYC, due to its spire, but will have only 55 floors.
Being constructed with tax-free Liberty Bonds, intended to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, the BOA Tower is not without controversy. However, the public’s imagination (and mine!) has been captured by some unique aspects to the tower, which include a giant wind turbine at its top, which is claimed will be able to provide 70% of the building’s electricity needs. Builders also claim that the building’s air purification system will exhaust cleaner air than enters the building, rendering the tower as one giant air filtration system for the city.