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Trump Parc, 106 Central Park South

At The Southwest corner of Avenue of the Americas

Key Details

  • Year Built 1988
    Building Type Condominium
    Neighborhood Midtown West
  • Total Apartments 340
    Total Floors 38
    Doorman FT Doorman
$2,177
Avg. Price / ft2
$72
Avg. Price / ft2
$1,480
Avg. Price / ft2

Rating

27
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 27 / 44

+
33
Out of 36

Location Rating: 33 / 36

+
15
Out of 39

Features Rating: 15 / 39

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8
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83

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
  • #46 Rated condo - Midtown
  • #23 Rated condo - Midtown West
 

Description

When it was erected in 1930 as the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, this structure was noted for its flamboyant and unusual top.

In describing the emergence of a luxury hotel district around the southeast corner of Central Park in their excellent book, "New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The World Wars" (Rizzoli, 1987), Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins wrote that while "the Central Park South hotels were less resolved architecturally and more troubled economically," "the best of the group was the Barbizon Plaza designed in a Modern Classical vacoulary by Lawrence Emmons, architect and decorator working with Lloyd Morgan and Murgatroyd & Ogden, as general architects."

"The building rose from a bulky street-defining mass to a comparatively slender tower crowned by a hipped roof covered with small glass tiles set on their edges in narrow ribs of reinforced concrete. By day the tiles shimmered in the sunlight;' at night, the Barbizon Plaza's all-glass pinnacle transformed the tower into a prism of light. According to the Architect tests proved that a 'mellow phosphorescent glow duplicating the texture of moonlight' could be achieved by the lighting system, which consisted of a 'series of flood lights placed inside the glass walls of the tower playing their rays inward to an arrangement of seried windows,'" they continued.

Their book includes two photographs of the Barbizon Plaza with the described roof and they indicate that it curved in from its side pillars and culminated in a flat, albeit colorful and light-emanating roof.

That roof no longer exists. At some point, the roof was redesigned, probably during World War II when the city discouraged night illumination of buildings. The present design, which most likely never would have been approved by city's landmarks agency if it had jurisdiction and had designated the building as a landmark, is one of the most spectacular in the city, indeed its only rivals in audacity are the Chrysler Building and the former RCA/GE tower at 570 Lexington Avenue. The side top pillars of the building have been extended upwards to create an uneven, but very impressive, row of teeth around the top and the entire top has been gilded.

In an age of satellite dishes, rooftop protuberances are not rare, but this roof is not some haphazard, Deconstructivist relic, but an extremely powerful form. The exposed top pillars propel the building skyward. The new design is much better than the original, sort-of-shallow-domed roof, although it might be nice if it could once again be light-show enabled.

The top of the tower, furthermore, bulges. Its pillars extend outwards much like those on the Helmsley Building straddling Park Avenue at 46th Street and reminiscent of the bulging top of the Singer Building on Lower Broadway, which was one of the city's most important skyscraper landmarks that was lamentably demolished.

The tower was acquired by Donald Trump who had the foresight to recognize its architectural merits, long overlooked by most critics, and he applied his normal dosage of glitz to its entrance and converted it into a 340-unit condominium in 1988. The 38-story building extends through to 58th Street and wraps around a smaller building on the southwest corner at the Avenue of the Americas that is now known as Trump Parc East at 100 Central Park South, a building that has its own entrance.

The entrance to Trump Parc is full of polished granite and landscaping and is not inelegant. The 38-story building has a doorman and a garage but no health club. Its tower is setback from Central Park South. After a fairly controversial conversion of the adjoining building, Mr. Trump unified the retail frontage of both along the Avenue of the Americas.

The building, which is also known as 101 East 58th Street, has spectacular views and is convenient to public transportation, restaurants and shopping as well as the Wollman Memorial Skating Rink nearby in Central Park that Mr. Trump triumphantly restored quickly after long delays by the city.

Trump Parc is fairly conventional except for its tower which is remarkable and one of the city's joys.

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Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Pre War
  • Basement Storage
  • Full Service Garage
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • On-Site Parking
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent
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Apartments for Sale at 106 Central Park South (14)

14
Available Apts
$575K - $9.5M
Price Range
$2,177
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Apartments for Rent at 106 Central Park South (11)

11
Available Apts
$3,400
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"When it was erected in 1930 as the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, this structure was noted for its flamboyant and unusual top.
In describing the emergence of a luxury hotel district around the southeast corner of Central Park in their excellent book, "New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The World Wars" (Rizzoli, 1987), Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins wrote that while "the Central Park South hotels were less resolved architecturally and more troubled economically," "the best of the group was the Barbizon Plaza designed in a Modern Classical vacoulary by Lawrence Emmons, architect and decorator working with Lloyd Morgan and Murgatroyd & Ogden, as general architects."" Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Many apartments have spectacular views of Central Park
  • Garage
  • Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Excellent midtown location
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No health club
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Subways

  1. F
at 6th Ave 0.12 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
at 5th Ave and 60th 0.19 miles
  1. 1
  2. B
  3. D
  4. A
  5. C
at Central Park West and 60th 0.31 miles
  1. E
at Broadway and 53rd 0.32 miles
  1. M
at 5th Ave and 53rd 0.39 miles
 
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$1,480
Avg. Price / ft2
Based on 8 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$620K - $2.1M
Price Range
$1,451
Avg. Price / ft2

Pricing Comparison of Similar Buildings

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In The Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 804 Available for Sale
  • $2,061 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $3,572,374 Avg. Price
  • $1,525,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Atelier Apt 45FL | $85,000,000
    Price / ft2 $5,667
  2. Least Expensive Carnegie House Apt 4B | $284,000
    Price / ft2 $437
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  • 459 Available for Rent
  • $80 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $7,642 Avg. Price
  • $5,175 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive One57 Apt 80 | $125,000
    Price / ft2 $240
  2. Least Expensive The Summersoy Apt 4E | $2,100
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  • 589 Total Sales
  • $1,799 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,664,906 Avg. Price
  • $1,125,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 220 Central Park South Apt 50 | $239,958,219
    Price / ft2 $10,420
  2. Least Expensive The Whitby Apt 301 | $155,000

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