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417 Park Avenue

Between East 55th Street & East 56th Street

Key Details

  • Year Built 1928
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Midtown East
  • Total Apartments 28
    Total Floors 13
    Doorman FT Doorman

Rating

26
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 26 / 44

+
25
Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

+
19
Out of 39

Features Rating: 19 / 39

+
10
=
80

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #27 Rated co-op - Midtown
  • #4 Rated co-op - Midtown East
 

Description

The completion of Grand Central Terminal and the covering of the railroad tracks north of it on Park Avenue led to its rapid redevelopment as a grand boulevard of luxury apartments.

The area between 46th Street, where the great New York Central Building, which is now the Helmsley Building, straddles the avenue, and 57th Street was filled with imposing and very harmonious office buildings, apartment buildings and hotels, most of which took their style from the brown-brick masonry designs of Warren & Wetmore, the main architects of Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding "Terminal City." The main exceptions, were the Episcopal Church of St. Bartholomew and the Art Deco-style Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Lever House, the sleek, green-glass small office building designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill at 53rd Street, however, changed everything, ushering in the corporate era for Park Avenue.

Most of the contextual buildings soon gave way to new office towers. In his excellent book, "Park Avenue, Street of Dreams," (Atheneum, New York, 1990), James Trager observed that 417 Park Avenue "is the last survivor of at least thirteen luxury apartment houses, most of them built before World War I," along this section of the avenue, that were the prototypes for the residential development on the avenue north of the commercial district.

"Bing & Bing put up this limestone-faced building and purchased the property just to its south, occupied by a two-story garage at the time, in order to prevent anyone from blocking essential windows with another tall building...and thus ruining its investment. Emery Roth designed an elaborate overhanging roof cornice of copper, now green with age....with few exceptions each apartment has an elevator foyer to itself, and each has wood burning fireplaces."

The 14-story building, which has a canopied, sidestreet entrance, was converted to a cooperative in 1946 and has included many socially prominent residents. It has four penthouse apartments, two of which are duplexes.

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Building Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • Pre War
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"The completion of Grand Central Terminal and the covering of the railroad tracks north of it on Park Avenue led to its rapid redevelopment as a grand boulevard of luxury apartments.
The area between 46th Street, where the great New York Central Building, which is now the Helmsley Building, straddles the avenue, and 57th Street was filled with imposing and very harmonious office buildings, apartment buildings and hotels, most of which took their style from the brown-brick masonry designs of Warren & Wetmore, the main architects of Grand Central Terminal and the surrounding "Terminal City." The main exceptions, were the Episcopal Church of St. Bartholomew and the Art Deco-style Waldorf-Astoria Hotel." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Very elegant and prestigious building
  • Some duplex penthouses
  • Fireplaces
  • Attractive- canopied- side street entrance
  • Doorman
  • Most apartments have their own elevator foyer
  • Few apartments
  • Convenient to major landmarks
  • Prime midtown location
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No sundeck
  • Considerable weekday traffic
  • No health club
  • No garage
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Subways

  1. E
  2. M
at 5th Ave and 53rd 0.20 miles
  1. 6
at Lexington Ave 0.20 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
  4. 4
  5. 5
at Lexington Ave and 60th 0.25 miles
  1. F
at 6th Ave 0.42 miles
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$900K - $7.3M
Price Range
$1,045
Avg. Price / ft2

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