Construction has reached above ground at the controversial rental towers next to the Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights. The two 15-story towers are located to the north of the cathedral on land leased from the church for about $2 million a year. Views of the north transept of the cathedral will be featured by the separation of the two towers.
The west tower, at the corner of 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, has reached the second floor with its concrete structure. Construction is further along at the east tower, where concrete has reached the fifth floor, revealing the angular concrete piers that mimic the flying buttresses of the cathedral.
When completed, the two towers will bring 428 rental units to the area. Given the lack of renderings revealing the entire project and its unfinished state we will reserve full judgement till its completion.