I first reported on One Vanderbilt last September, when developers revealed that it will be 200 feet taller than the Empire State, 400 feet taller than the one-block-away Chrysler, and 600 feet taller than its almost-abutting Met Life neighbor. Today we get a new promo video for the tower, which upon completion will briefly become Gotham’s third-tallest building behind One World Trade and 432 Park.
Set to be demolished to make room for One Vanderbilt is the Yale Club, the Roosevelt Hotel, and the Vanderbilt Avenue Building, the last of which is a 16-story tower built in 1912 where I was officed from 2001-2007. Last year the Landmarks Preservation Commission shot down complaints that my old office building was historically and aesthetically “matched” with next door neighbor Grand Central Terminal, the current incarnation of which was finished at about the same time.
RELATED: I sent this image to my mom sometime around 2002.