45 Park Avenue

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45 Park Avenue, New York City, NY

45 Park Avenue
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45 Park Avenue
Building Information
Developer SJP Properties
Architect Costas Kondylis & Partners
Number of Units 106
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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45 Park Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 110 transit options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R-10
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

45 Park Avenue Living Room


Voted the best new residential building in 2007, 45 Park Avenue is one of the contemporary homesteads on Manhattan’s most prestigious avenue. Located in the heart of Murray Hill’s historic district, this stylish condominium with 106 units on 21 floors is surrounded by lovely townhouse blocks that offer pleasing open views from most low-floor apartments and beautiful Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and East River views from high-floor apartments.

45 Park Avenue is world class building embodying high-end design and quality finishes, from the luxuriously appointed marble baths with soaking tub and separate glass shower to the beautiful chef’s kitchens with granite counters, stainless steel Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, and custom cabinetry. Residents come home to an array of one or two bedroom units, all featuring full size washers and dryers, high ceilings, rich hardwood floors, central A/C, and floor-to-ceiling windows with marvelous Juliet balconies.[1]

Location

Grand Central Station

Situated in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of Murray Hill on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and East 37th Street, 45 Park Avenue is five blocks south from Grand Central Station and sits adjacent to the tunnels for two subway lines and the Park Avenue vehicular viaduct. Murray Hill derives its name from the Murray family, 18th-century Quaker merchants mainly concerned with shipping and overseas trade. Robert Murray (1721–1786), the family patriarch, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1732, and came to New York in 1753 after a short residence in North Carolina.[2]

Also known as Lower Midtown East, the area is the low-key part of Midtown. Murray Hill runs from Fifth Avenue to the United Nations at the East River. Take a stroll around these quieter residential blocks, and you’re quickly whisked away from the hustle and bustle of central Midtown.

The Chrysler Building

Both Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building are architectural highlights of Murray Hill. Grand Central Station is certainly one of the most impressive railroad stations in America. Admire its gleaming brass clock and exquisite staircases or the unique celestial ceiling with its light bluish-green background filled with well-known constellations and sprinkled with tiny sparkling lights. The cavernous main hall, which was restored in recent years, is filled in natural light during the day, and throbs with activity at night as hungry patrons flock to its three busy restaurants: Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, Metrazur, and the famous Oyster Bar.

The Pierpoint Morgan Library
The Chrysler Building (which turned 75 in 2005) is also nearby. In the bright sunlight, the upper floors glow with reflected light, directing the eye upwards towards the spire. Its stunning Art Deco lobby, with murals celebrating transportation themes, is definitely one of New York’s finest.

The Pierpont Morgan Library presents diverse cultural offerings. The library is home to a dizzying collection of rare books and the building's Italian Renaissance-style palazzo construction reflects the preeminence of its contents. Murray Hill is home to various educational and cultural institutions such as the CUNY Graduate Center, Stern College for Women, the Oxford University Press, the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Scandinavia House, which is dedicated to the education and preservation of Nordic culture.[3]


Construction

45 Park Avenue
45 Park Avenue was developed by SJP Properties and designed by architect Costas Kondylis, renowned for his work on large scale residential and hospitality projects over the last 30 years. Some of his notable buildings include the Trump World Tower and The Plaza Hotel & Residences.[4]

The 21-story, 157,000 square foot building includes 106 condominium apartments, a landscaped outdoor terrace, fitness center, resident’s lounge and parking garage. Because of a small space between the building’s façade and the crane’s hook the construction team erected a crawler crane to pour the concrete superstructure and mount the panels. They used a monorail trolley system to place the precast panels in front of the crane along Park Avenue.

The project team also faced the obstacle of eliminating vibration disturbance to the subways while completing the foundation. As a result, the structural and geotechnical engineers modified their original plan of drilling cylindrical caissons into rock to incorporate the use of a concrete strap beam-button design, which complied with NYC MTA’s regulations. The buttons support the subway’s adjoining walls and load-bearing elements for the building.[5]

Layout and Features

Create meals In your designer kitchen
The building exudes an aura of classical design with an exterior of precast concrete and precast brick panels, as well as nine-foot high windows that incorporate full height Juliette balconies. The building has a two-story-high entrance with glass marquee that is angled upwards flanked by pairs of wall lanterns. The large lobby has Crema Marfil and Oro Toscano marble floors and surrounds, Moazamique wood walls, oil rubbed bronze accents, and a package room with delivery refrigerator. The building has a two-story rusticated limestone base and sidewalk landscaping.

Major rooms have ceilings of nine to ten feet in living and bedroom areas with nearly nine foot high windows. The apartments feature Iroko hardwood floors, individually-controlled heat and air-conditioning and two multimedia ports in every living area. Units also have full-size GE washers and vented dryers.

Luxurious Bathroom
Kitchens are adorned with Jet Mist granite counter tops, Viking Professional series stainless steel ranges, Sub-Zero refrigerators with ice-makers and double-drawer freezers, Viking dishwashers, GE Monogram stainless steel microwave ovens, custom wood and etched glass kitchen cabinetry, full-height etched glass back splashes, Kohler stainless steel sinks, GE in-sink garbage disposals, multimedia ports in the kitchens and under-cabinet task lighting.

Master baths possess luxurious cedar marble floors and counter tops, full height Desert Cream marble walls and tub deck, glass enclosed stall showers, Anigre wood vanities with double under mounted Kohler sinks, Robern recessed triple-door mirrored medicine cabinets, and multimedia ports.[6].

Floor Plans

45 Park Avenue is made up of a mix of one and two bedroom apartments. Below are some representative floor plans.


Amenities

45 Park offers ultra-luxury living with hotel-like concierge service, full-time doorman, elegant lobby, resident’s lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center, landscaped outdoor terrace/sundeck, and on-site garage spaces and storage units available for private sale. Great location near Grand Central, Bryant Park, New York Public Library, Morgan Library, east and west side transportation, and wonderful restaurants and shopping.

Bylaws

45 Park Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



45 Park Avenue is a pet friendly building and allows rentals of units.

Sustainability

Walkscore.com gives 45 Park Avenue a walk score of 100/100, a transit score of 100/100 and a bike score of 61/100[7].

The mix of shops and services coupled to the easy availability of transit means that car ownership for residents is definitely a luxury option and not a necessity. Recent construction also provides security in the knowledge that the building's features and amenities are up to date and will last for some time to come.

Trivia

Pete's Tavern
  • Murray Hill is home to Pete's Tavern, a local watering hole dating back to 1864, where writer O. Henry would hang out. Also in the neighborhood is "Curry Hill" on Lexington Avenue in the upper 20s, a fabulous strip of Indian restaurants and grocery shops.
  • Another interesting location in Murray Hill is Gramercy Park, New York's only keyed park. Residents must have a key to let themselves in and out.[8]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Wikipedia - Murray Hill
  3. The New York City Experts
  4. Kondylis Architecture
  5. Structuretone.com
  6. City Realty
  7. Walk Score
  8. Not For Tourists

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