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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Southeast Corner of East 60th Street | Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St. View on Map
Completed in 2000, 515 Park Avenue has only 30 apartments on 43 floors and is the tallest building on Park Avenue in the Upper East Side.
Residences at 515 Park Avenue are designed on a grand scale: some apartments have large terraces and its designers took care to employ expert craftsmanship in such details as mahogany paneled libraries, coffered ceilings, marble and herringbone wood floors and cherry wood cabinetry. Other features include fireplaces, billiard rooms, high ceilings, granite and marble countertops, marble bathrooms and butler’s pantries.
The amenities are equally impressive: there are 15 private, climate-controlled wine cellars, 38 storage rooms, a private gym with state-of-the-art equipment, a full-time doorman, concierge, valet services, a dining room and individual staff suites on the second floor for residents’ use. There’s also a kitchen for Chef Daniel Boulud, the exclusive caterer for 515 Park Avenue.
The Trump Tower at 721 Fifth Avenue is a glass tower located between 56th and 57th Streets.
Developed by Donald Trump, 721 Fifth Avenue sports a distinctive design that creates many corner windows with breathtaking views. Residential condominiums are located on the highest 38 floors of this 58-story tower and include nine duplex and triplex penthouses on the top nine floors. Many of the Trump Tower apartments have been renovated and feature marble bathrooms, Jacuzzi bathtubs, wood and stone floors, custom kitchen cabinets, state-of-the-art appliances, numerous walk-in closets and washer and dryers. The building’s spacious condos also offer panoramic views of the New York City skyline, Central Park and the rivers.
Amenities include a full-time doorman, valet, a fitness room, maid service and a common storage room.
Such retailers as Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany's are nearby, as are well-known restaurants. Central Park and the Plaza Hotel are two blocks away and the area is convenient to most public transportation.
230 West 56th Street At The Southwest Corner of Broadway | Midtown West View on Map
Located at 230 West 56th Street, the Park Imperial contains the headquarters of the publishing company Random House on its lower floors and 101 apartments beginning on the 48th floor.
Residences are distinguished by their large windows that offer exceptional views of Manhattan, the Hudson River and Central Park. Apartments also feature ebony-stained mahogany floors, 10-foot-high ceilings and marble bathrooms, among other modern touches.
Amenities in the pet-friendly Park Imperial include a 24-hour doorman, a full-service garage, a health club and a private residents’ lounge. Residents also have access to the Imperial Club on the 47th floor, which boasts state-of-the-art fitness and business centers. The Park Imperial is close to Central Park, Columbus Circle and the Theater District.
500 Park Avenue, between 58th Street & 59th Street | Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St. 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.
160 Central Park South, between Sixth Avenue & Seventh Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The J.W. Marriott Essex House at 160 Central Park South, which includes both a hotel and apartments, is situated in a premier location overlooking Central Park.
It first opened more than 80 years ago and has undergone a series of renovations over its storied history. Apartments are spacious and feature unique layouts; most residences also have beautiful views of Central Park and the city skyline.
Residents have access to all of the luxury amenities offered to guests of the hotel, which is now operated by Marriott International. Moreover, it has a full-time doorman, concierge service and a spa and fitness center. Unit owners can also order from the hotel’s 24-hour room service and request housekeeping.
The J.W. Marriott Essex House is close to excellent public transportation, high-caliber restaurants and world-class shopping.
60 East 55th Street, between Park Avenue & Madison Avenue | Midtown East View on Map
Some blocks in Manhattan just knock your socks off.
This short block between Madison and Park Avenues has four distinctive towers and this is the most exquisite of the lot.
It is a mixed-use tower that was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the world’s leading architects of commercial buildings. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill handled the interiors.
The building combines five stories of private club facilities, known as The Core Club, and has 76 condominium apartments including a duplex penthouse on the 44th and 45th floors with terraces.
It was one of the first residential designs to be undertaken by Kohn Pedersen Fox, which would follow it up in 2006 with its undulated glass façade design by William Pedersen for an 11-story apartment building at 122 Greenwich Avenue.
Park Avenue Place, as 60 East 55th Street is known, was developed by Davis/RFR of which Aby Rosen was a principal. Mr. Rosen, who owns Lever House and the Seagram Building, both nearby Park Avenue Place, is a partner with Hines Interests in the residential project at 122 Greenwich Avenue.
Park Avenue Place looks a little like a high-tech, stainless-steel aircraft carrier, minus its superstructure, standing on one end, which is to say that it is very elegant and has a precision feel.
As such, it is a good neighbor to Heron Tower, the slightly smaller tower just to its east that is a pleasant, conservative, pin-strip office building that lends a calming effect to an otherwise "wild" block.
Across the street from the Heron Tower is Helmut Jahn’s obelisk office building, known as Park Avenue Tower, that has four slanted towers, an open pyramid roof ornament, bulbous stringcourses, and a very large plaza across from the Heron Tower.
While Jahn s design is flamboyant and colorful, it is quite tame compared with the building on the southeast corner at Madison Avenue where shards of glass façades shimmy and shake their angled way from the top down to the second floor, as if scurrying to get out of the way of the avalanche of polished red granite on the angle base of the skyscraper across the avenue at 520 Madison Avenue.
In the midst then of such slanting mayhem, Park Avenue Place introduces the stability of its traditional, set-backs, that are too shallow to diminish its quite imposing mid-block height.
The Core Club is an expensive new private club with a Tom Colicchio restaurant, a fitness center, private dining rooms and meeting spaces.
The tower occupies all of its 86 by 100 feet lot and it has a built floor-to-area-ratio (F.A.R.) of 17.38.
The offering plan of November 24, 2003 was $141,175,000.
The building has a 24-hour attended lobby with doorman and concierge, a garage, an on-premises valet, private storage lockers.
This building was initially named "de Resident" when ground was broken for it in early 2000 by Trevor Davis because of a recent trip he had made to the Netherlands.
Apartment layouts were designed by H. Thomas O’Hara and range in size from abut 446 to 2,950 square feet. Prices started at $675,000 and ascend to $9,000,000.
The kitchens have stainless steel Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, wine coolers and espresso coffee makers, with black granite counters and white-lacquer wood cabinetry. Each apartment has its own Bosch washer/dryer.
1 Central Park West, between West 60th Street & West 61st Street | Central Park West View on Map
Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1 Central Park West is one of the most successful developments in Donald Trump’s portfolio.
After securing its acquisition, Trump oversaw a comprehensive renovation, staging a reopening in 1997. A world-class hotel occupies the lower 22 floors of the 44-story Trump International, while private residences in the upper floors feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, hardwood floors, marble baths and modern kitchens.
In addition, residents of the Trump International’s 166 apartments enjoy access to all of the hotel’s room, concierge and valet services, as well as its gym, spa and pool; they can also order food from the world-renowned, Michelin Guide 3-star Jean-Georges restaurant located just off the hotel lobby.
Its convenient location is in Central Park West across from Columbus Circle and a number of public transportation options. It is also close to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The 52-story Olympic Tower at 641 Fifth Avenue in Midtown is situated between 51st and 52nd Streets and was developed by Aristotle Onasis. Its 226 apartments are located in the top 29 floors and have large windows that offer expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Residences also feature varied layouts, 9-foot-high ceilings, enclosed kitchens and elegant bathrooms.
Olympic Tower amenities include elevator attendants, 24-hour concierge service, a gym, a barber, a hair salon, a bicycle room, a fitness center, and – in the event of a power outage – emergency electric power. It also is close to the shops and restaurants along Fifth Avenue and such cultural attractions as the Museum of Modern Art.
123 Washington Street, between Albany Street & Carlisle Street | Financial District View on Map
The Residences at the W New York Downtown span the 23rd to 56th floors at 123 Washington Street, which also houses a W Hotel.
Situated in Lower Manhattan, the W New York Downtown contains 223 units that range from 400 to 1,175 square feet. Residences are spacious and modern, with oversized windows that allow for expansive views of the city skyline. Open kitchens have Italian white lacquer cabinetry and premium appliances.
W Downtown residents have access to 24-hour concierge service, housekeeping, a SWEAT fitness center, a media room and a private, residents-only rooftop terrace. Owners also have preferred dining reservations at the hotel’s Living Lounge and the BLT Bar & Grill Restaurant.
Public transportation and Wall Street are nearby.
This soaring, 50-story residential condominium tower at 200 East 65th Street on the southeast corner at Third Avenue is known as Bristol Plaza.
It was formerly known as Milro Tower using the first three letters of the last name of two of the developers, the Milstein brothers, Paul and Seymour, and the initials of the third developer, Robert Olnick.
The building was completed in 1987 and has 308 apartments.
It was designed by Ulrich Franzen & Associates and Philip Birnbaum & Associates.