By Carter B.
This handsome, mid-block,
16-story, apartment building was erected in 1924 and converted
to a cooperative in 1984. It has 56 units.
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
mid-block as well as the spectacular, green mansard roof of Hampshire
House mid-block and the imposing Italian-Renaissance-palazzo-style
New York Athletic Club on the west end.
building has good-size apartments and great vistas of Central
Park and the skylines of Upper Fifth Avenue and Central Park West.
Although it has inconsistent fenestration, its facade is quite
attractive with large picture windows clustered in the center
of its facade. It has a canopied entrance with a doorman, flanking
lanterns, sidewalk landscaping and a nice two-story decorative
surround. There are balustraded balconies on the fourth floor
and a few on the 12th floor. Its limestone facade has handsome
quoins at its sides and the building has a modern lobby and permits
protruding air-conditioners. It has no garage, and no health club.
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 twin-towered
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.