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Bryant Park Tower nears completion
By Carter Horsley   |   From Archives Friday, July 8, 2005
The Bryant Park Tower on the west blockfront on the Avenue of the Americas between 38th and 39th Streets is nearing completion.

The 43-story tower contains a Marriott Residence Inn on its lower 32 floors and 93 condominium apartments on its top 11 floors.

The orange-beige brick building is built around the Millinery Center Synagogue on the avenue where the new structure has three four-story dark-reddish-brown polished granite bases. The entrance to the Residence Inn will be on the avenue and the condo apartment entrance will be at 101 West 39th Street. The apartment portion of the building will have a doorman, a concierge, and a health club.

The new tower, designed by Nobutaka Ashihara & Associates, is catty-corner to the Atlas apartment tower at 66 West 38th Street.

A stringcourse at the 33rd floor marks the split in the building's functions and the upper portion, which is slightly cantilevered on its western facade, has a different fenestration pattern from the bottom.

The tower, which has been developed by G. Holdings Corporation, has a set-back roof with a patterned masonry decoration mostly hiding the rooftop watertank.

Initial pricing ranges from about $425,000 to $700,000 for the 60 studio units, from about $500,000 to $950,000 for 29 one-bedroom units, and start at about $1.5 million for the four two-bedroom units with gardens.

The original plans for the project called for rental rather than condominium apartments and the tower was a glass slab parallel to the avenue.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.