building on Park Avenue when it was erected, this slim, 43-story tower
opened in 2000
and was developed by the Zeckendorf General Partnership and the
Whitehall Real Estate Fund. has only 38 apartments.
Most of the apartments above the 15th
have stunning vistas in many directions.
Park Avenue is on the right
The building, whose quoins extend the
height of the tower, replaced a pre-war, Italian
building designed by Ernest Greene in 1910 as a cooperative with
18 apartments that were subsequently subdivided into 24. That
building was eventually acquired by the Jewish Agency that sought
state permission to evict tenants including the Syrian Consultate
and the Syrian Mission to the United Nations after which the agency,
an umbrella organization, occupied the building along with the
World Zionist Organization and the Weitzman Institute.
That building was designed by Frank
The limestone, cast stone and
is a Post-Modern design that seeks to carry on the avenue's
Italian Renaissance-palazzo tradition, albeit here exploded to
a huge scale.
Before World War II, only two towers
the avenue's traditional cornice line height of about 15 stories:
the Ritz Tower on the northeast
corner at 57th Street and the Delmonico
Hotel on the northwest corner at 59th Street.
When three other post-war high-rises of
inferior quality- 715, 900
and 1065 Park Avenue - in the 1970s
there was considerable controversy over them and their possible
deleterious impact on the famous boulevard. There was no similar
outcry, however, about this project, perhaps because it is so
close to the midtown business district and also because it is
close to the Ritz Tower that for years was the avenue's tallest
This handsome, spindly tower, which
than 43 stories because it has 10-foot-high ceilings, joins the Four Seasons Hotel nearby on 57th
Street between Park and Madison Avenues in giving the district
north of 57th Street a new skyline.
It is set back only on the north and
at the 15th, 33rd and 43rd floors resulting in what Robert A.
M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove described in their excellent
book, "New York 2000, Architecture
and Urbanism Between The
Bicentennial And The Millennium" (The Monacelli Press, 2006),
as an "awkward silhouette."
"The detailing was heavy-handed, with
cast-stone corners, double-height pilasters below each setback,
and two cast-stone-clad mechanical equipment enclosures set atop
the building. In terms of sheer space, however," the authors
continued, "the interior left little to be desired....The
second floor provided ten suites for use as servants' quarters,
and the basement held fifteen private climate-controlled wine
cellars and thirty-eight storage rooms....But for all the luxury
(and sales success), the building was deemed a poor addition to
Park Avenue. Paul Goldberger found 515 Park to be 'particularly
ungainly'" and he found its facade "a pretentious muddle."
A full-service building with many
this building came onto the market with excellent timing as the
demand for large luxury apartments in prime locations pushed prices
to record highs in the late 1990s. Many of the apartments sold
for $15 million and up.
Apartments have entrance foyers and
of the 38 apartments are duplexes. The building has a fitness
center, wine cellars, and a dining room entered from the lobby
that is available for catered affairs, and a residents' only library.
February 11, 2016 article in The New
York Post by Zachart Kussin
room for a large dining table and seating arrangement,” says Arthur
Zeckendorf, co-chairman of Zeckendorf Development, which is developing
the project with partners Park Sixty LLC and Global Holdings.
also be separated by 26 feet at each level, so another balcony’s base
won’t obstruct the view from below. “You’re not going to see it,”
outdoor spaces, which Stern designed in concert with Zeckendorf
Development, will be accessed from the units’ kitchen and dining spaces
through double doors. They’ll also come floored with limestone and
surrounded by railings made of glass and metal....The duplexes alone —
beyond their balconies — measure an expansive 9,138 square feet,
featuring grand entry foyers with 27-foot-high ceilings."
developers purchased 70,000 square feet of air rights from Christ
Church, a United Methodist church, on the northwest corner of Park
Avenue and 60th Street for $40 million and the right to cantilever
over much of the Grolier Club on 60th Street between Park and Madison
The June 12, 1910 edition of The New York Times published
a rendering of a very handsome, 12-story apartment building at 520 Park
Avenue on the northwest corner at 60th Street designed by W. A.
A March 26, 1929 article in The New York Times reported
that Anthony Campagna purchased from Frederick Brown the westerly block
front between 60th and 61st streets on Park Avenue consisted
of the12-story apartment building and the adjoining 9-story building on
the southwest corner of 61st Street that housed the Brearley
School that was then about to move to a new location near Carl Schurz
Park on the Upper East Side.