45 East 80th Street

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45 East 80th Street, New York City

45 East 80th Street

80th at Madison displaying limestone cladding and oversized windows
Building Information
Developer Alvin Dworman, Aaron Waxman, Shepard Forest
Architect Leibman Leibman Associates
Number of Units 49
Number of Floors 28
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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45 East 80th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-1
Title of Land Cooperative



Completed in 1987, the 80th at Madison is a striking and clean-looking luxury condominium in an area known as Carnegie Hill, or the Silk Stocking District of the Upper East Side. This area of New York has very few high rise condominiums and its proximity to Central Park makes this building very desirable.

The 28 floor tower sits atop the ground level retail spaces that are clad in limestone. The rest of the building is clad with granite and features oversized windows to allow lots of natural light.

The building displays several set backs providing some terrace space and a dramatically sloped roof facing Central Park that has been described as 'rakish'.[1]


Geographically speaking, the Upper East Side extends from 59th Street to 96th Street and further extends along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue up to 110th Street along Central Park. The museums of Fifth Avenue, the advertising and business world of Madison Avenue, the shopping mecca of Park Avenue all surround 80th at Madison.[2]

The Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue and the area nearby, holds perhaps the most museums in a very small area of anywhere. The Metropolitan Museum of New York, the National Academy of Design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, are but a few of the famous museums to visit.

Shopping, cafes, groceries, fashions, and boutiques are all but a short walk away. It's easy to see that the walk score this location earns is a perfect 100 for both walkability and access to public transit.[3] Central Park, arguably one of the most famous urban green spaces in the world, is a block away.


80th at Madison is considered by many to be one of the nicest modern style structures in Manhattan. It was completed in 1987 and quickly became defined by its angled roof top and terrace gardens on the two set backs. A few of the apartments have balconies and even fewer have terrace space.

Within its limestone and granite clad tower are 49 luxury apartments. Some of the units span two floors which is rarity for the Upper East Side, and face onto 80th Street, suggested by some to be one of the nicest streets in Manhattan. Designed by Leibman Leibman Associates and developed by Alvin Dworman, Aaron Waxman, Shepard Forest and others, the building features extra large windows and excellent retail space.

Layout and Features

One of the main features of 80th at Madison is that there are only 49 apartments spread throughout 28 floors. This provides some measure of privacy for the owners and tenents. There are a few balconies and terraces, but there are great views on the higher floors.

As with many residential structures in Manhattan, there is no garage. The location of this building is probably its greatest amenity.

Floor Plans

Sixteen floor plans have been provided. Four are displayed here:


A full time doorman and concierge services are provided.

However, there is no sundeck or health club in the building, but the building's prime location near services, amenities and Central Park should help overcome any lack of facilities.


45 East 80th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

80th at Madison is pet friendly and offers rentals.

Few terraces and balconies exist so having a barbecue would not be practical.


80th at Madison was constructed in the late 1980s and as a result of that, it did not follow what we today consider, a green or sustainable design.

However, residents are in control of their own environments and energy efficient appliances can always be added to any home improvement project. During construction, double glazed windows were installed to help diffuse the sunlight.


The Upper East Side of Manhattan has a long and storied history. From the 19th century farmland and market district to the luxury residential and business district of today, many changes have occured. Farmland had largely been subdivided by the mid-nineteenth century which gave rise to a narrow strip of mansions nestled between Central Park and the Harlem Railroad, along Fifth Avenue.[4]

After the railroad was covered in 1910, stylish mansions sprang up many members of New York's upper class families moved into the neighborhood including such names as Andrew Carnegie from Pittsburgh, the Rockefellers, the Roosevelts, and the Kennedy dynasty.

Frank Winfield Woolworth whose chain of low-priced five and dime stores was rapidly expanding, selected a house site on 80th Street in 1899 and retained architect Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert to design his home complete with copper roof and pipe organ. F.W. Woolworth built three more homes on 80th Street for his three daughters, numbers 2, 4, and 6 East 80th Street.[5] Unfortunately, F.W. Woolworth's mansion has been demolished, the homes of his three daughters still stand today.


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Wikipedia - Upper East Side
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wikipedia - Upper East Side
  5. Wired NY - "The Dime Store Tycoon’s Kingdom"

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