Top 10 InspiringManhattan Apartment BuildingsBy: Carter B. HorsleyJanuary 2012
“Some buildings are very important not so much for their architecture, orcelebrity, or history, but for pioneering others ...
10. Time Warner Center at    80 Columbus CircleThis huge, mixed-use, twin-towered,reflective-glass-clad project replaced t...
9. London Terrace,405 - 465 West 23rd StreetThis gargantuan, 1,670-unit, full-blockapartment project was completed in1930....
8. Zeckendorf Towers at       1 Irving PlaceOne of the city’s most importantdevelopment projects of the 1980’s, this full-...
7. Liberty Tower at        55 Liberty StreetOne of the great skyscrapers of LowerManhattan, this 33-story, Gothic Revival-...
6. Tudor City,         Tudor City PlaceThe Tudor City complex was created by FredFillmore French starting in 1925 when hea...
5. World Wide Plaza,     393 West 49th StreetThis full-block, mixed-use development in1989 by William Zeckendorf Jr. on th...
4. Manhattan House at     200 East 66th StreetOne of the most influential post-warbuildings in New York City, Manhattan Ho...
3. River House at      435 East 52nd StreetArguably the city’s, if not the world’s, finestapartment building, River House ...
2. The Dakota at       1 West 72nd StreetThe city’s most legendary apartmentbuilding, the Dakota is a massive, fortress-li...
1. 998 Fifth Avenue at         81st StreetOne of the world’s grandest apartmentbuildings, 998 Fifth Avenue was designed by...
About Carter B. HorsleyMr. Horsley, editor of CityRealty, writes ----“Carter’s View on Manhattan Real Estate”and his popul...
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  1. 1. Top 10 InspiringManhattan Apartment BuildingsBy: Carter B. HorsleyJanuary 2012
  2. 2. “Some buildings are very important not so much for their architecture, orcelebrity, or history, but for pioneering others to follow in their path, inspiringfaith in the well-being of their neighborhoods.”--Carter B. Horsley, CityRealty Editor www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  3. 3. 10. Time Warner Center at 80 Columbus CircleThis huge, mixed-use, twin-towered,reflective-glass-clad project replaced theformer New York Coliseum on ColumbusCircle and includes retail space, offices, hotel,TV studios, a jazz facility, and 225condominium apartments. It was designed byDavid Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrilland completed in 2004. The RelatedCompanies, Apollo Real Estate Advisors andthe Palladium Company took on the projectafter protests by numerous civic groups overthe previous developer’s plan that wouldhave cast huge shadows on Central Park. Therazzle-dazzle of this project made this alreadypopular area the city’s most desirable. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  4. 4. 9. London Terrace,405 - 465 West 23rd StreetThis gargantuan, 1,670-unit, full-blockapartment project was completed in1930.Rather than have 14 different designs for theindividual buildings, this complex presents avery handsome, unified design, a processfollowed soon thereafter at KnickerbockerVillage near the Brooklyn Bridge in LowerManhattan. Over the decades, LondonTerrace remained a mighty bulwark inChelsea, and remains as such as Chelsea hasbecome one of the city’s “hottest”neighborhoods. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  5. 5. 8. Zeckendorf Towers at 1 Irving PlaceOne of the city’s most importantdevelopment projects of the 1980’s, this full-block complex not only led to therenaissance of Union Square Park, but alsoanchored the phenomenal emergence ofPark Avenue South and the Flatiron Districtas a chic neighborhood. The four-toweredcondominium enclave, which was completedin 1987, replaced many run-down low-risebuildings. The importance of thisdevelopment is its demonstration of how onemajor project can turn a neighborhoodaround. It may well prove to be the mostimportant achievement of the developers:William Zeckendorf Jr., Abraham Hirschfeld,Irwin Ackerman and others. To go forwardwith such a mammoth project in the heart ofan unattractive, crime-ridden, heavilytrafficked area in a no-man’s land betweenthe established residential communities ofGreenwich Village to the south and GramercyPark to the north was a major act of courage. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  6. 6. 7. Liberty Tower at 55 Liberty StreetOne of the great skyscrapers of LowerManhattan, this 33-story, Gothic Revival-styletower was erected in 1910 and designed byHenry Ives Cobb. After World War II, manyoffice tenants were looking for large floorsand the older towers fell a bit out of favor. Inthe 1960s and 1970s, an exodus ofcommercial tenants from Lower Manhattanto midtown and to the suburbs threatenedthe viability of many downtown properties. In1979, architect Joseph Pell Lombardiconverted this office building to acooperative residential building with 87apartments, the first major such conversionin Lower Manhattan. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  7. 7. 6. Tudor City, Tudor City PlaceThe Tudor City complex was created by FredFillmore French starting in 1925 when heassembled six block fronts along ProspectPlace, a small north-south street west of FirstAvenue that was lined mostly withbrownstones. By 1932 he had completednine large apartment houses and a hotel, andtoday the project has 12 buildings that rangein height from 10 to 32 stories with about3,000 apartments and 600 hotel rooms. TheTudor City project made the area“respectable” for the United Nations to buildits headquarters across First Avenue afterWorld War II. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  8. 8. 5. World Wide Plaza, 393 West 49th StreetThis full-block, mixed-use development in1989 by William Zeckendorf Jr. on the former,second site of Madison Square Garden pavedthe way for the remarkable renaissance ofTimes Square and the Theater District andWest Midtown. This 38-story residentialcondominium tower was designed by FrankWilliams. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  9. 9. 4. Manhattan House at 200 East 66th StreetOne of the most influential post-warbuildings in New York City, Manhattan Housemarked the beginning of the age of "white-brick monstrosities" in the eyes of someobservers and the first big splash ofInternational Style modernity in the city toothers. The mammoth development, whichoccupies the full block between Third andSecond Avenues and 65th and 66th Streets,actually is clad in a light gray-brick, butniceties aside it presented a "clean," "neat,"almost Spartan appearance in distinctcontrast to the historical styles of earlierperiods and the Art Deco stylizations of the1920s and 1930s. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  10. 10. 3. River House at 435 East 52nd StreetArguably the city’s, if not the world’s, finestapartment building, River House is theepitome of "swell" living. Erected in 1931when its area still teemed with tenements,River House established the East Riverneighborhoods of Beekman Place and SuttonPlace as hugely desirable addresses. Thebuilding was mocked in the famous andpopular 1936 movie, "Dead End," whichstarred Humphrey Bogart. The movie focusedon the not-always-communal coexistence ofthe rich in their spectacular tower of luxuryand the poor swimming in the adjacent riveroff the dead end street. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  11. 11. 2. The Dakota at 1 West 72nd StreetThe city’s most legendary apartmentbuilding, the Dakota is a massive, fortress-likebuilding with a large center courtyard, verylarge apartments, and an impressive, archedentrance. When it was built in 1884, ittowered over the Upper West Side and wasan immediate success with all its apartmentsrented on opening day. The Dakota’s successopened up the Upper West Side for luxuryapartments. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  12. 12. 1. 998 Fifth Avenue at 81st StreetOne of the world’s grandest apartmentbuildings, 998 Fifth Avenue was designed byMcKim, Mead & White, the architectural firmthat designed the Pennsylvania Station thatwas demolished in 1964. An inflated ItalianRenaissance-style palazzo structure, thebuilding would delight the Medicis and iswidely credited with convincing New York’svery rich that apartments were acceptablehabitats. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships
  13. 13. About Carter B. HorsleyMr. Horsley, editor of CityRealty, writes ----“Carter’s View on Manhattan Real Estate”and his popular “CityRealty’s Top 10 Buildings” lists. Prior to joining the online realestate and apartment search site, he spent 26 years writing for The New York Times asa real estate and architecture news reporter. In addition, he produced the syndicatedradio program, “The Front Page of Tomorrow’s New York Times,” which was a WQXRstandard. He later served as real estate editor and architectural critic for The New YorkPost and International Herald Tribune.About CityRealtyCityRealty.com is a New York City apartment search and real estate site established in1994. CityRealty streamlines the apartment search process by matching buyers andrenters with qualified real estate agents who are screened for market knowledge,expertise, professionalism and client compatibility. Additional information aboutCityRealty is available at www.cityrealty.com or by calling (212) 755-5544. www.CityRealty.com | 212.755.5544 | Building Relationships

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