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The two towers of the condominium apartment complex planned for the former site of the Mayflower Hotel at 15 Central Park West between 61st and 62nd Street will be 20 and 43 stories high, not 19 and 35 stories as reported yesterday by The New York Times and

A spokesperson, Laurie Bodor of Rubenstein Associates, for the developers, Arthur W. and William Lie Zeckendorf of Zeckendorf Development, LLC, explained that David W. Dunlap, who wrote the article in The Times, apparently decided to count duplex apartment floors as one. reported the correct figures yesterday, but's calls to the office of Robert A. M. Stern, one of the architects for the project, were not returned until today and then referred to the developers' publicist. SLCE is the architect of record.

According to a press release for the project received today, the new development will contain 202 apartments plus 29 "suites" that "may be purchased by residents for their guests or personal staff, or for use as home offices."

The two towers will connect at their base. The Central Park West wing will be known as "The House" and the higher mid-block structure will be known as "The Tower."

The press release provided the following commentary:

"In the tradition of the city's most prestigious apartment houses, Fifteen Central Park West has two distinct lobbies. The magnificent Central Park West lobby will be a sweeping 35 feet by 45 feet, with two fireplaces, some of te world's most handsome stone, and custom hardwood paneling. The other lobby will be off of the cobblestone motor court, featuring a grand copper-clad and glass entrance pavilion."

Apartments, it continued, "will range from full-floor penthouses (6,617 square feet), to terraced duplex penthouses (6,139 square feet), to oversized one-bedroom apartments (1,026 square feet)." According to a fact sheet for the project, "Ninety percent of the units have direct park views," ceiling heights will be 10 to 14 feet, and the building will have more than 40 full-time staff members. The apartments will have wood-burning fireplaces, and residents will have a private dining room which can accommodate up to 60 guests with room service and a private chef, a private screening room designed by Theo Kalomirakis, a business center, a game room with a billiard table, full-time maid and maintenance services, individual wine cellars, bicycle storage rooms, private storage units and a 13,500-square-foot fitness center with a 75-foot swimming pool with skylights illumiunated by the reflecting pool in the garden above.

The site was formerly occupied by the recently demolished Mayflower Hotel, the United States Motor Company and Dorland's Riding Academy.

The project is a joint venture of Zeckendorf Development, LLC, Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds and an affiliate of Global Holdings. A sales center is expected to open next month.
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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.
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