One of New York's Last Remaining Skybridges Is Falling Down

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JAD Realty Group, LLC.

West 24th Street Skybridge.jpg
[Photo via Scouting NY.]

The rumors were true: the skybridge connecting the two parts of theMadison Square Park-facing Toy Building is almost surely set fordemolition. Scouting NY has photos of the traverse, which spans 24th Street just west of Fifth Avenue, showing that it is now shrouded in telltale scaffolding. The Witkoff Group is turning the Toy Building's southern half into luxury condos, and that pretty much means there's no need to go back and forth between the two buildings aboveground. Scout, a.k.a. film-location guru Nick Carr, uses the premature eulogy as a chance to dive into a photo tour of the city's few extant skybridges, which include the one at the old Metropolitan Life insurance building across Madison Square Park, the one at the old Gimbel's location near Herald Square, and the picturesque one that crosses Staple Street in Tribeca. Most are unused today.

West 24th Street Skybridge 2.jpg

West 24th Street Skybridge Before Scaffolding.png
[A shot of the skybridge in 2012, via Google Street View.]

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Jeffrey Ditri 



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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Interesting.  I have never even walked across a sky bridge (small town girl).

Aug 11, 2014 07:31 AM #1
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I enjoy walking the "sky bridges" when I am in a large city.  Sorry to see this one come down.

Aug 11, 2014 07:37 AM #2
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Hi Jeffrey - as a former New Yorker who is familair with Macys Gimbels herald Square, one can opine the impact of development causes unexpected have no need for the sky bridge and mostly likely have demolition as part of their contract.  gotta love "premature eulogy as a chance to dive into a photo tour of the city's few extant skybridges"

thanks for sharing

Aug 11, 2014 08:28 AM #3
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