15 Central Park West

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15 Central Park West, New York City, NY

15 Central Park West
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15 CPW protruding into the NYC skyline
Building Information
Developer Zeckendorf Developments
Architect Robert A. M. Stern
Number of Units 202
Number of Floors 35
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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15 Central Park West, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R-8
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Known affectionately as "15 CPW", 15 Central Park West is a postmodern full-block development of 202 private residences built on the site of the dilapidated Mayflower Hotel and what was one of Central Park's last remaining vacant lots. It sold out shortly after opening for sales in September of 2007 for a total estimated at over two billion dollars. Select suites in 15 Central Park West have sold for over $10,000 per square foot, making this building not only one of Central Park's newest, but without a doubt, one of its most opulent and exclusive residential towers.

The building was built by brothers, Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf, at a location facing Central Park considered to be one of New York's most prestigious addresses. The Zeckendorf brothers are the grandsons of real estate developer, William Zeckendorf, responsible for developing much of the New York City urban landscape.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the designers of 15 CPW, devised a two building approach for this location. Rather than a twin tower design, the architects chose to present a shorter 19 storey building directly facing Central Park and backed by a 43 storey building that both faces Central Park and backs onto Broadway behind. The buildings are separated by a 60 foot courtyard and a cobblestone motor court that allows residents to come and go through a secure gate to control the paparazzi.

The shorter building on the Central Park side, referred to as "The House", was designed to reflect a similar massing to the former Mayflower Hotel. The taller structure, called simply, "The Tower", is an asymmetrical tower with numerous setbacks at the top for private terraces. There is also a low rise wing along Broadway. No zoning changes were required for the construction of 15 Central Park West. The Special Lincoln Square District, permits zoning bonuses in exchange for construction of off-site moderate-income housing at 210 West 102nd Street. A 20% zoning bonus under the city's "inclusionary housing" program was received by providing 41 such units at 33 West End Avenue.[1]

Location

Located in the borough of Manhattan, directly opposite Central Park, 15 Central Park is situated in the Upper West Side between 61st and 62nd Street in a neighborhood defined as Lincoln Square. South of Columbus Circle, Central Park West becomes Eighth Avenue. Across 61st Street is the Trump International Hotel & Tower and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, just a few blocks to the South.

The area also boasts numerous cultural institutions, cafes, specialty stores, and state of the art health care facilities. Apart from central Park, which may be considered one of the most famous urban parks in the world, several other public places are in the area. The fountain at Columbus Circle provides a perfect scenic meeting spot for concert and theater goers. Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street and Richard Tucker Park, also on Broadway between 65th and 66th Streets, offer shady havens for those who just like to watch the people.

High end gourmet restaurants or less extravagant fare are easily accessible from 15 CPW. Numerous bars and grills are also close at hand. Coffee bars and juice bars offer an alternative, if it's still too early for a glass of wine. The Whole Foods grocery store is right at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center, probable one of the most respected grocery outlets in New York. Families will be encouraged to know that many schools are in the vicinity. There are more than two dozen schools of varying disciplines all within a half a mile of 15 CPW.[2]

Construction

Cesar Pelli`s Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

At the site of 15 Central Park West, had sat at the Mayflower Hotel. The Mayflower never did manage to set itself apart from some of the more famous hotels on Central Park and finally closed its doors in 2004. The site was bought, along with an adjoining vacant lot, by brothers Arthur and William L. Zeckendorf for $401-million. The total lot size purchased amounted to 57,900 square feet.

Much excitement swirled around rumored plans for the development site, spurned on further with the Zeckendorfs' initial selection of Cesar Pelli as the project's architect. Pelli had already reached world renown as the architect of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur - which for the six years between 1998-2004 were the tallest buildings in the world and are still the tallest twin towers in the world.

However, Robert A.M. Stern was eventually selected as the architect. Stern`s resume includes two presidential libraries and his post as Dean of Architecture at Yale University. Stern has also written extensively on the history of architecture in New York and is a globally recognized authority on the subject. With the completion of 15 Central Park West, Stern now also has the unique distinction of being the only living architect who has designed more than one building on Central Park. Stern brought a vision of "traditionalist modernism" to the project which he envisioned as postmodern design featuring an expansive limestone facade, harkening back to "Old New York", mirroring some of the legendary prewar buildings surrounding Central Park. Stern has been quoted as saying: "No material takes the light as beautifully as limestone."

Work at the site began with the demolition of the existing Mayflower Hotel, which was taken down floor by floor.

Bovis Lend Lease, a worldwide construction firm based in New York, was hired as general contractor for the project. At great expense, all of the limestone used in the construction was shipped in from Empire Quarry in Bloomington, Indiana - the very same quarry which supplied all of the limestone for the construction of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Empire State Building. Altogether, more than 85,000 pieces of limestone were used.

Layout and Features

The cobblestone motor court and the reflecting pool

15 Central Park West features a total of some 886,000 square feet of space. 14,000 square feet of it is taken up by the fitness facility which includes a pool.

For the protection and privacy of the residents, the gated driveway helps to shield residents from the prying lenses of the paparazzi. The courtyard driveway allows residents to arrive at the "Tower" lobby, one of the two lobbies in the complex. The courtyard features a reflecting pool which also acts as the skylight for the 75 foot lap pool below.

Ceilings in the lobby soar to about 45 feet and it is attended full time. In addition to the lobbies, there is a through block pedestrian arcade. Residents have access to cold storage area, individual wine cellars, and a private dining room that can accommodate up to 60 guests, complete with a private chef.[3]

Ceiling heights in the apartments range from 10 to 14 feet and floor layouts offer one to four bedroom plans, as well as a few larger, combined suites on the higher floors. Suites are equipped with solid oak cabinetry and some of the apartments have private terraces.[4]

Floor Plans

There are over 83 different floor plans amongst only 202 suites at 15 Central Park West, making many of the residences truly unique.

Apartments range from one bedrooms starting at 1,026 square feet up to full-floor penthouses at 6,744 square feet. Here are a few examples:[5]

Amenities

Building amenities at 15 Central Park West include a 13,000 square foot fitness center featuring a 65 foot competition lap pool.

The first five stories at 15 Central Park West which form the base for the two towers are devoted to retail space.

Some of the features and amenities are listed here:

  • Concierge
  • Full time doorman
  • Central air conditioning
  • Full service garage
  • Garden
  • Pool
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Business center
  • Party room
  • Event room
  • Lounge
  • Across from Central Park
  • Excellent public transportation
  • Close to Columbus Circle
  • Close to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Fitness center with pool
  • Dining room[6]


Pool and Lobby images by DBOX for Zeckendorf Developments

Bylaws

15 Central Park West Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • 15 Central Park West accepts pets.
  • Rentals are available as are pied-a-terre.
  • No age restrictions are imposed for ownership.

Sustainability

15 Central Park West is currently defined on the United States Green Building Council website as having LEED "Certification in progress" status. Specifics are not yet available about the extent of the certification process. However, this suggests that 15 CPW has followed some of the necessary guidelines to obtain this coveted certification such as installing Energy Star appliances, using construction materials that are safer for the environment and the proper disposal of construction waste.

Trivia

Rodriguez, Sting, Weill, Costas, and Washington

Famous owners at 15 CPW have included:

  • New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
  • Musician Sting
  • Former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill
  • Sports broadcaster Bob Costas
  • Actor Denzel Washington
  • Writer and producer Norman Lear
  • Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

Russian fertilizer billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, purchased the penthouse apartment ostensibly, for his daughter. It was purchased from Citigroup CEO, Sandy Weill, for $88 million - the exact asking price. Later, Rybolovlev was slapped with a lawsuit from his estranged wife, alleging that Rybolovlev purchased the condominium using funds he attempted to conceal through layers of LLC companies. The former couple are in divorce proceedings from a court in Switzerland. Ironically, it is doubtful that Rybolovlev's daughter will even occupy the penthouse even though she may be attending school in New York.[7]

References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Walk Score
  3. 15 CPW Brochure
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. Street Easy
  6. City Realty
  7. The Observer - Fertilizer King Rybolovlev Sued By Wife


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