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50 Central Park South At The Southeast corner of Sixth Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The Residences at the Ritz Carlton at 50 Central Park South are on the top 12 floors of the 33-story Ritz-Carlton Hotel building on the southeast corner at the Avenue of the Americas.
There are 11 very large condominium apartments on those floors and 259 hotel rooms beneath them in the building that was originally the St. Moritz Hotel designed by Emery Roth in 1930.
The 2002 conversion of the St. Moritz into the Ritz Carlton and the creation of the Residences were by Millennium Partners, of which Christopher Jeffries was a partner.
In 2008, Mr. Jeffries sold one of his apartments in the building for $28 million and in March, 2012 he put a duplex apartment on the 30th and 31st floors, that he had purchased in 2002 for $20 million, on the market for $77.5 million. Part of the apartment was the hotel’s former ballroom, which boasts 15-foot-high ceilings and spectacular views of Central Park.
80 Columbus Circle, between West 58th Street & West 60th Street | Central Park West View on Map
Designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and completed in 2004, the Time Warner Center is located at 80 Columbus Circle in the Upper West Side.
Much of what has drawn eager buyers is the Time Warner Center’s premier location. It offers more than geography, though, as residents enjoy elegantly designed spaces with first-rate finishes and premium appliances.
Time Warner Center amenities include a screening room, party rooms, a children's playroom, an in-house garage with valet parking, a chauffeur's lounge and access to such Mandarin Hotel conveniences as a spa, a pool, a fitness center, room service, valet service and maid's service. In addition to 198 apartments, the twin 750-foot towers house the headquarters of Time Warner, the studios of CNN, the 250-room, five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance space.
The Time Warner Center is also occupied by a multi-story galleria with many restaurants and retailers, including Masa, Per Se, L’Occitane, Pink, Armani, Hugo Boss and Whole Foods.
Robert A.M. Stern designed 15 Central Park West between 61st and 62nd Streets.
15 Central Park West is comprised of two limestone towers and features 202, one- to four-bedroom residences. Units offer multi-directional views and full-floor, duplex penthouses are extremely spacious, with some ranging between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet. Kitchens have top-of-the-line appliances and bathrooms are equipped with deluxe fixtures and finishes.
Amenities at 15 Central Park West include a 24-hour doorman, a private dining room and library, a screening room and a health club and pool. Many units also have individual wine cellars.
It is near the restaurants and shops of Columbus Circle as well as Central Park and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
This 24-story building tower known as Walker Tower at 212 West 18th Street betweeb Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Chelsea was converted to 50 condominium apartments in 2012.
It is named after Ralph Thomas Walker, the Art Deco-style architect whose other buildings include One Wall Street and the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building at 140 West Street, two of Lower Manhattan’s masterpieces, and The Western Union Building at 60 Hudson Street.
The lower 8 floors in the 1929 building house a Verizon switching station with an entrance on 17th Street. The residential entrance is through a small, two-story high wing on 18th Street.
JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group undertook the conversion that was designed by Cetra/Ruddy and added four stories to the building and four thin spires atop the western end of the building, which was not an official city landmark.
JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group's recent developments include 50 North 1st Street and 202 8th Street. Other Property Markets Group projects include 823 Park Avenue, 500 West End Avenue and 171 MacDougal Street.
With reports of billionaires jockeying to pay record-setting prices for its trophy penthouse apartments, One57 from Extell Development is set to open this year. The 90-story building both a hotel and private residences, is currently the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the tower rises more than 1,000 feet above 57th Street just south of Central Park. The top portion of the building, which has a private entrance on 58th Street, contains 92 condominium apartments that feature interiors designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. In the tower's lower floors is the Park Hyatt’s new U.S. flagship, a 210-room hotel slated to open sometime in 2014.
The building offers such luxury amenities as 24-hour doorman and concierge service, an indoor pool, a private fitness center, a performance room, a private dining room, a library and lounge area, a full-catering kitchen and on-site parking. Residents will also have full access to the hotel’s amenities including room, catering, and housekeeping services.
200 Eleventh Avenue is best known for a singular amenity: residents do not park their cars in a garage, but rather, within their units. It opened in 2010.
Situated just south of 24th Street, the 19-story 200 Eleventh Avenue contains 16 expansive residences that boast views of the Hudson River and the skyline. It has simplexes with terraces, duplexes and penthouses ranging in size from 1,300 to 3,500 square feet. Minimum ceiling heights of 11 feet – along with some double-height ceilings measuring between 16 and 24 feet – enhance open layouts.
Fourteen of the apartments have access to the innovative parking system. Amenities also include a full-time attended lobby, a fitness center with a terrace and central air conditioning.
200 Eleventh Avenue is located a block from the Hudson River and is close to the Chelsea Piers entertainment complex, as well as many restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
151 East 58th Street, between Lexington Avenue & Third Avenue | Midtown East View on Map
One Beacon Court at 151 East 58th Street is located at the nexus of Midtown and the Upper East Side.
Its 105 condominiums are located on the 30th to 55th floors and are equipped with white, double-stacked cabinetry, modern, premium appliances and washers and dryers.
One Beacon Court amenities are run by London-based Quintessentially and include a 24-hour doorman, concierge service, a garage and valet parking. What’s more, residents have access to the Beacon Club, which is located on the 29th floor and includes a children’s playroom, a business center and a fitness and health spa. The lower floors of the tower contain offices for Bloomberg L.P.
151 East 58th Street occupies an entire city block and is bounded by Lexington and Third Avenues, and 58th and 59th Streets. Residents have easy access to Le Cirque restaurant, which is located in the tower’s lower floors, as well as public transportation. Shops and restaurants are also nearby.
Sporting one of the most famous names in the city, the Plaza has two addresses, 768 Fifth Avenue and 1 Central Park South.
The Plaza features 181 apartments facing to the north and east and hotel rooms facing south. Residences are equipped with high ceilings, period moldings and mantelpieces. Kitchens contain stone countertops and mosaic marble-tiled backsplashes.
Residents have access to the hotel’s notable restaurants – including the famous Palm Court – as well as its Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, the Warren-Tricomi Salon and a La Palestra fitness center. Additionally, the Plaza offers such amenities as a 24-hour concierge and doorman, nanny service, limousine service, turn-down service and a private butler.
The Plaza is located close to some of the best shopping and nightlife in New York City, as well as public transportation.
23 East 22nd Street, between Broadway & Park Avenue South | Flatiron/Union Square View on Map
One Madison at 23 East 22nd Street is located at the crossroads of Chelsea, Madison Square Park, Gramercy and the Flatiron District.
It is situated at the start of Madison Avenue. Its prior owners sold the building and it is now managed by the Related Companies. Residences are spacious and feature floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the surrounding cityscape. Kitchens and bathrooms have modern appliances and fixtures and many offer views of the Empire State Building and Midtown.
The building's One Club features amenities such as a private dining room with a gourmet catering kitchen, a lounge, a parlor with a billiards table, a lap pool, a spa with a glass-enclosed steam room overlooking Madison Square Park, a fitness center with yoga room and a children's playroom.
Designed by world-renowned starchitect Richard Meier, the 16-story 165 Charles Street overlooks the Hudson River and opened in 2005.
165 Charles Street offers two river-facing apartments per floor that feature large terraces. The 30 apartments and one penthouse were delivered fully finished, with everything from the floor plans to minor details designed by Meier himself. The floors are organized freely about an island kitchen unit. Floor-to-ceiling glass wraps each apartment and all units come with wide-plank Wenge wood floors, double-glazed windows and central air conditioning and heating.
Amenities are impressive and include a top-of-the-line fitness center with a 50-foot infinity-edge pool and a private wine cellar. Its West Village location is within close proximity to the restaurants and shops in the neighborhood.
One of the city's most handsome Romanesque-Revival-style buildings, this structure was erected in 1887 and designed by Albert Wagner, who was also the architect of the famous Puck Building on Lafayette Street at Houston Street.
It is distinguished by its very lively façades that feature balustraded rooflines, large arched windows on the fifth floor and small arched windows on the third and fifth floors, and strong rustication on the first floor that has very wide windows in contrast with the very narrow windows on the top floor. Windows are inset on the richly modulated façades and the corner is highlighted by a protruding element on the top floor that is a particularly nice and interesting design touch.
Sanba International Inc., of which Aldo Andreoli, an architect, is the principal, renovated the building and converted it into 14 condominium apartments.
The street is cobblestoned and there is a subway station at the corner.
The cream-colored-brick building has a doorman and a superintendent. It was originally erected for the Walton Company, a manufacturer of wrapping papers.
This building is not far from several of TriBeCa's most important landmarks such as the former New York Mercantile Exchange Building of 1884 at 6 Harrison Street that was converted to condominiums in 1987, the great Art-Deco-style Western Union Building at 60 Hudson Street between Thomas and Worth Streets, and the fine Art-Deco-style A. T. & T. Long Lines Building of 1918 at 32 Sixth Avenue between Walker and Lispenard Streets.
This building is also very convenient to City Hall and Battery Park City as well as many restaurants and shops.
40 Mercer Street was designed by “starchitect” Jean Nouvel.
Located in SoHo, it stretches from Mercer to Broadway along Grand Street and contains apartments that feature high ceilings – ranging between 11 and 12 feet – premium appliances, expansive spaces and well-appointed bathrooms.
40 Mercer Street’s glass exterior and deep blue top distinguish it from nearby buildings. Residents have access to such amenities as a 24-hour doorman and concierge, a garage with valet parking, private storage, a landscaped rooftop and an M40 club whose use is restricted to residents.
It is near restaurants and boutiques in the surrounding neighborhood and is also convenient to public transportation.
The second best pre-war apartment building in the city in the post-war period is this limestone-clad, 19-story, mid-block building at 135 East 79th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
The building was erected in 2013 and has 32 condominium apartments. It was built by The Brodsky Organization and designed by William Sofield, a designer whose clients have included Gucci and Tom Ford.
173 Perry Street was the first of three mid-rise residential condominium buildings facing the Hudson River designed by Richard Meier.
It and 176 Perry Street were completed in 2002 and were developed by Richard Born, Ira Drukier and Charles Blaichman.
The third tower, 165 Charles Street, just to the south of the first two, was completed in 2005 and developed by Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias.
176 Perry Street is wider than 173 Perry Street and the two very similar towers set a new design standard for mid-rise residential buildings in Manhattan.
Mr. Meier was one of the "New York Five" architects who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970's and were influenced by the clean and bright lines of Le Corbusier. (The other four were Michael Grave, Peter Eisenman, the late Charles Gwathmey, and the late John Hedjuk.)
500 Park Avenue, between East 58th Street & East 59th Street | Midtown East View on Map
This 1984 condominium apartment tower is one of the finest post-war designs in the city and the winner of a national award for its architect, James Stewart Polshek, from the American Institute of Architects.
Its clean-cut, modern lines, incised windows and asymmetrical massing have been highly influential, and the building is a rare example of a contextual design that complements a modern landmark, the short office building at 500 Park Avenue on the southeast corner at 59th Street.
The small, elegant, aluminum-and-glass building was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as the headquarters in 1960 for Pepsico that subsequently became known as the Olivetti Building, and then the Amro Bank Building.
The 16 lower floors of the 40-story tower contain office space, an advantage to the residents in this multi-use building, as it removes them further from the heavy traffic on 59th Street.
The architectural firm of Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron also worked on the design for Charles and Randall Atkins, who had offices in the small office building, and eventually sold their interest in the planned tower to Tishman Speyer Properties and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.
In an August 16, 1984 New York Times column, Paul Goldberger observed that "The brooding, dark-gray granite of the office floors at the base is handsome in a cold and official sort of way, but this strongly undomestic imagery is the building's only major failing."
"And," he continued, "perhaps it is justified by the larger purpose it serves - for the granite, used in tandem with a glass and aluminum skin, creates a dignified backdrop to Skidmore's delicate modern box. At the same time, the glass and aluminum sections of the new tower act as a counterpoint to the older structure, making the overall design a subtle balancing act of foreground and background, of solid and void, of texture and flatness. Indeed, this is among midtown's best new towers, residential or commercial. And the apartments within are generally excellent, with nine-foot, two-inch ceilings, handsome windowed kitchens complete with Sub-Zero refrigerators and windowed baths. With its sprawling entrance gallery, an expansive A unit high in the tower could almost be a 1920's apartment sleekly renovated - until you see the wraparound windows of the living room."
The subtlety of Polshek's design is in his brilliant massing and façade treatment and overall proportions.
The tower's façade has a distinctly split personality with a silvery aluminum bay that runs up its east side to complement the low-rise office building, and the strongly delineated "matte" façade with incised windows on the other façades. The building, which is a masterpiece, has a stunning lobby.
Polshek maintained in "James Stewart Polshek Context and Responsibility," (Rizzoli International Publications, 1988), that the "tower was conceived as a singular piece of architecture in its own right but also as a building that would be a backdrop for the elegant integrity of the existing building. The tower also had the urban design function of clearly indicating the east-west boundary between commercial Park Avenue to the south and residential Park Avenue to the north. The parti involved the creating of a granite shaft perforated by deeply set windows. From this stone tower unfolded an aluminum and glass envelope whose twenty-four stories of residences cantilevered twenty-five feet over the existing building."
The new metal skin was derived from the existing building, but energy laws and technical constraints regarding the sizes of glass and available aluminum alloys required a reinterpretation of the original envelope, the objective being to retain the proportional subtleties and flush surface characteristics that had always distinguished the building.
In their book, "New York 2000, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Bicentennial And The Millennium," Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove said that "Polshek's building could be seen as one of the city's architectural success stories of the 1980s, involving historic preservation - of a Modernist building ten years too young for designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission - and new construction of a mixed-use skyscraper of exceptional suavity."
"Described rather improbably by Ada Louise Huxtable as a 'kind of Pazzi Chapel of corporate design,' Pepsi-Cola was designed by Gordon Bunshaft," the authors continued, adding that "When it was completed, Pepsi joined Lever House lower down on Park Avenue, Manufacturers Trust Company on Fifth Avenue and Forty-third Street, the Chase Bank in the financial district - all designed by Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - and Mies van der Rohe's Seagram Building to form the greatest concentration in one city of artistically exceptional commercial Modernism."
When Olivetti decided to leave the building, studies were made to redevelop the site along with the adjacent Nassau Hotel at 56-60 East 59th Street that was built in 1897 as the Hotel Roland and designed by F. W. Fisher. The Kalikow real estate organization acquired the combined site but soon resold it to the Securities Groups, which was headed by Charles and Randall Atkins. Securities Group commissioned Polshek to design new offices for it on the 10th and 11th floors of the Pepsi building and then Polshek was commissioned by the Amsterdam Rotterdam Bank (AMRO) to redesign the retail spaces in the building.
The Atkinses then commissioned Polshek to design the adjacent tower that would cantilever 25 feet over the rear of the Pepsi building. "If a specific source for the design were to be identified, it would be that of the PSFC Building (1932) in Philadelphia, designed by George Howe and William Lescaze," noted Stern, Mellins and Fishman, who added that "approval of the plan was held up by the City Planning Commission's study of midtown zoning, and by 1981, when the Atkinses found themselves in deep financial trouble, the Securities Groups sold the property to the Equitable Life Assurance Society, which entered into a joint partnership with Tishman Speyer Properties to develop the project according to Polshek's plans."
"When Ada Louise Huxtable reviewed models and drawings for the scheme in May 1981, she called it 'one of the most skillful 'shoehorning' jobs, involving an unusual and uncommon, sensibility to considerations of style and scale," the authors continued.