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No danger of a masked ghost tampering with this chandelier! (The Alden - Compass) No danger of a masked ghost tampering with this chandelier! (The Alden - Compass)
Phantom of the Opera’s status as Broadway’s longest-running show ever is an impressive one, but one that might have consigned it to “theatrical wallpaper” (as producer Cameron Mackintosh put it) amidst fresh new shows and a slow return of audiences to live theater following lockdown. As a result of not selling well enough to defray the high running costs, in September 2022, it was announced that Phantom would close in February 2023, shortly after its 35th anniversary.

However, following the closing announcement, the production experienced such a sales spike - it is sold out for the rest of December and into January - that the end of its run got bumped to April 16, 2023. Whether for one last time or the first time, ever, longtime “Phans” and younger audiences alike have found themselves drawn to the iconic music as well as the dramatic staging – the first act ends with a giant chandelier plummeting to the stage.
Some New Yorkers don’t need to book a theater ticket to see a dramatic chandelier, not when one can be found in their building’s common space. Technically, a chandelier refers to any light fixture that dangles from the ceiling, but we take a look at the most spectacular ones hanging in New York City lobbies and amenity spaces.

Moreover, while it is possible to bring a unique chandelier with you when you move, packing it is an incredibly painstaking process, and there is always the question of where to hang it in a new home, if such a thing is even possible. As a result, some opt to leave them where they are, rather like in these listings.

In this article:

Claremont Hall, 100 Claremont Avenue
Claremont Hall, 100 Claremont Avenue Morningside Heights
Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street
Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street Midtown West
The Alden, 225 Central Park West
The Alden, 225 Central Park West Central Park West
40 East End Avenue
40 East End Avenue Yorkville
Baccarat Hotel & Residences, 20 West 53rd Street
Baccarat Hotel & Residences, 20 West 53rd Street Midtown West

Amidst the transformation of the original headquarters of J.P. Morgan to a residential condominium, many original elements were preserved and restored. Among them was a 1,900-piece Louis XV chandelier that originally hung in the banking hall. While it no longer hangs from the ceiling, it has been installed as a work of art in the residential lobby.

1-Wall-Street-01 One Wall Street lobby (Compass)
During the residential conversion of One Wall Street, the former headquarters of the Irving Trust Company, many Art Deco elements were restored, and the apartments and amenity space all incorporate prewar-inspired elements. Residents arrive to a fastidiously reconstructed entrance to see an attended lobby with a custom frosted glass chandelier that echoes the building's fluted facade.

425-East-58th-Street-01 The Sovereign lobby (CityRealty)
Sutton Tower has dethroned The Sovereign as the tallest building in Sutton Place, but the architectural elements of the Emery Roth and Sons-designed building have stayed constant. The elegant lobby features 1950s chandeliers designed by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.

425-West-50th-Street-01 Stella Tower lobby (Compass)
Stella Tower was originally constructed in 1927 for the New York Telephone Company, and many of the prewar details and Art Deco ornamentation were restored to their former glory during its conversion to residential. From the dramatic circular chandelier to the terrazzo floors, no detail was overlooked in the attended lobby.

100-Claremont-Avenue-01 Claremont Hall pool (Binyan Studios)
In many residential buildings, chandeliers serve as the focal point of the lobby. One notable exception may be found at Claremont Hall, the new mixed-use tower in the heart of the Union Theological Seminary's campus. A former dining hall has been transformed into Refectory Pool, a 48-foot indoor pool accented with Gothic ceilings and original chandeliers.

551-West-21st-Street-01 551W21 lobby (Compass)
The Foster + Partners-designed 551W21 is located in a stretch of West Chelsea known for its architecturally adventurous residences, and that mindset applies to the interiors as well as the exterior. A custom chandelier is the centerpiece of the double-height lobby, and a prismatic glass wall floods the space with light.

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Copley Plaza dates back to the prewar era, and retains much of its grandeur in the modern age. The attended, meticulously restored Art Deco lobby features luxurious materials, arched entryways, a stately chandelier, and beautifully detailed ceiling.

225-Central-Park-West-01 The Alden lobby (Compass)
Located between architectural icons The San Remo and The Beresford, The Alden is another Emery Roth-designed model of prewar elegance on Central Park West. It was originally constructed as a hotel, and elements like the attended lobby with crystal chandelier still offer a similar ambiance.

40-East-End-Avenue-01 40 East End Avenue lobby (The Corcoran Group)
40 East End Avenue is a fairly new addition to its Yorkville neighborhood, but pays respectful tribute to the surrounding architecture and offers a similarly luxurious atmosphere. Directly adjacent to the attended lobby, the double-height Parlor Lounge features a dramatic chandelier, custom upholstered seating, and a sculptural marble staircase.

205-West-57th-Street-01 The Osborne lobby (CityRealty)
Long before a new crop of supertalls would define West 57th Street as Billionaires' Row, The Osborne would redefine multifamily living in New York City as one of the oldest cooperatives. The dramatic architecture attends to the building's lobby with foil-back mosaics, coffered ceilings, mosaic-tiled floors, marble niches with benches, and Tiffany mosaics and stained glass on niche walls. It is all lit up by double sconces and four copper chandeliers.

1-Central-Park-South-01 The Plaza lobby (Compass)
It's coming on to the time of year when people enjoy watching Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, but the lobby of The Plaza is resplendent all year long. Hotel visitors and residents of the condo component alike can enjoy the dramatic chandeliers, soaring ceilings, marble finishes, mosaic floors, and gilded trimmings.

20-West-53rd-Street-01 Baccarat Hotel & Residences lobby (Douglas Elliman)
For its first-ever hotel in New York City, Baccarat brings the same level of craftmanship, luxury, and attention to detail that it brings to its iconic crystal pieces. Custom chandeliers hang in the amenity spaces, starting with a striking piece in the attended lobby.

Cannon Point North, #7R (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

55 Seventh Avenue, #3 (Corcoran Group)

The Ansonia, #108793 (Blu Realty Group)

16 Crosby Street, #3F (Compass)

40 Bond, #6A (Serhant LLC)

Olympic Tower, #48GH (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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