NYC has some iconic buildings coloring its skyline, but something new may soon join the roster…and it’s not entirely what we’re used to.
A mixed-use tower is making its way to 740 Eighth Avenue, according to The Real Deal, and the 56-story building will bring together a hotel, fine dining, and a thrill ride?!
The proposed project is from estate developer Extell Development, suggests that adding a vertical-drop ride to the building not only explores a whole new realm of hotel hospitality, but also attract tourists alongside “a few jaded New Yorkers,” reports Curbed.
Designed by ODA Architecture, 825 hotel rooms along with retail shopping will make up the base of the building, while a restaurant and VIP space will be housed in the upper section.
And, right smack dab in the middle, connecting the upper and lower sections, will be a 26-foot freefall drop between the two sections.
Observation decks may also occupy three floors worth of space in the upper section of the highrise as well.
The plan for the building was first conceptualized ten years ago after Extell Development firm acquired the property from Boston Properties and Stephen Ross’ Related Companies.
If the plans for the proposed freefall drop do get approved, we’re left to wonder if thrill seekers will start flocking here, rather than Hudson Yards’ Edge, where you can now skate at NYC’s highest roller rink, or Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock.