Carter B. Horsley
This attractive, midblock,
17-story, apartment building was erected in 1962 and converted
to a condominium in 1988. It has 79 units.
The gray-brick building
is distinguished by a very handsome modern lobby and one-step-up
entrance that is set back several feet from the building line.
The lobby is quite deep and has vaulted ceilings. The building's
façade is rather unusual in that it has inset balconies
on alternate floors.
It is just to the west of
the Intercontinental Hotel.
This block, between the
Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, is the most elegant
on Central Park South as it boasts the great Art Deco rooftops
of the Trump Parc building on the east end and the Essex House
midblock as well as the spectacular, green mansard roof of Hampshire
House midblock and the imposing Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style
New York Athletic Club on the west end.
Like all Central Park South
buildings, this building has great vistas of Central Park and
the skylines of Upper Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. The
building has a doorman and a garage, but no sidewalk landscaping.
Good public transportation is nearby as well as excellent shopping
and numerous restaurants.
Historically, Central Park
South was for many decades an surprisingly unattractive location
despite its great location because of its narrow sidewalks, high
traffic, a proliferation of street people who patronized guests
at its many hotels and a lack of normal residential neighborhood
amenities. At the end of the 20th Century, however, its ambiance
improved significantly with the erection of several new luxury
towers nearby and the opening of new restaurants and a supermarket
not too far away and the long-delayed redevelopment of the New
York Coliseum site at its western terminus where the Time Warner
Center opened in early 2004.
With the elegant stores
of Fifth Avenue and the boutiques of Madison Avenue nearby to
the east and the varied attractions of the Lincoln Center district
a few blocks away to the west, this location is very prime.