515 Park Avenue

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515 Park Avenue, New York City

515 Park Avenue
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515 Park Avenue has the distinction of being the tallest residential building on Park Avenue
Building Information
Developer Zeckendorf Developments
Architect Frank Williams & Associates
Number of Units 38
Number of Floors 43
Year Built 2000
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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515 Park Avenue, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

515 Park Avenue was designed on grand scale. Oversized ceilings, numerous two story apartments, and the tallest residence on Park Avenue. It is a post-modern building designed by Frank Williams and Associates utilizing limestone from France, cast stone, and beige brick.

Intricately inlaid marble within the lobby greets residents and visitors alike. Detailed craftsmanship include Mahogany paneled libraries, coffered ceilings, marble, and herring bone wood floors.

Even though 515 Park Avenue is close to the business district of Mid-Town, this part of Park Avenue is relatively quiet. However, many famous stores, boutiques and restaurants are nearby along with excellent public transportation.

Location

515 Park Avenue is located along the southern edge of the Lenox Hill area in mid-town Manhattan. The shopping mecca of Park Avenue is at the doorstep. Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue are on each side of 515 Park Avenue.

Restaurants, cafes, and lounges are all within a few hundred feet. Walk score grants this location a 98 out of 100 and a transit score of a perfect 100 due to 68 nearby bus and rail routes.

Many famous museums and dozens of schools of all kinds are under one mile away. Banks, cleaners, and groceries are within walking distance as is the most famous urban park in the world, Central Park.[1]

Construction

Completed in 2000, 515 Park Avenue begins at ground level with a 14 story street wall that forms the base of the upper tower. The upper tower has three set backs each crowned with a series of 2 story high pillasters and decorative balconies. The exterior material chosen was French Magny limestone accented by a beige brick. Windows were set deeply into casements.[2]

This slender and tall tower seems even higher due to the 12 foot ceilings. Apart from being the tallest residential structure on Park Avenue, it is also unique in that it has more floors than suites offering a number of two story apartments. Some of the apartments feature large terraces, fireplaces, billiards rooms, and butler's pantries.

Layout and Features

515 Park Avenue features full white glove service as one would come to expect in a luxury building such as this.

There are 15 climate controlled wine cellars and 38 storage rooms. Along with the concierge, the doorman, and valet services, there is a dining room on the second floor for the use of the residents. The restaurant is exclusively catered by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Floor Plans

515 Park Avenue offers 14 floor plans. Here are a few:

Amenities

Rooms in the apartments feature high ceilings, some with fireplaces, granite and marble countertops, and cherry wood cabinetry.

A fully equipped health club, a huge private sitting room, and a separate conference and entertainment room are available to residents.


Bylaws

515 Park Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


515 Park Avenue welcomes pets and has no age restrictions for residents.

Due to the lack of balconies, a barbeque would not be allowed.

Sustainability

515 Park Avenue was not deliberately designed to follow US Green Building Council or LEED Certification Guidelines.[3] However, one of Frank Williams Associates' contributing architects, March Chadwick is an award winning LEED AP architect.[4] Energy efficient appliances and individual climate controls have been applied to the design of this building.

Trivia

In April of 2012, it was reported that alleged Israeli spy and former IDF arms dealer Ari-Ben Menashe has listed his three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot spread at 515 Park Avenue for $9.6 million, just over a year after he bought it for just $7 million.[5]

In 2002, one of the residents of 515 Park Avenue filed a lawsuit against the building that alleges mold in in his unit. However, it is also noted that this resident made independent modifications to his HVAC system within the unit.[6][7]

Frank Williams(December 14, 1936 - February 25, 2010), head of Frank Williams and Associates Architects, was an American architect who worked as a lead architect on nearly 20 buildings in Manhattan, including Trump Palace Condominiums, 515 Park Avenue, and the W hotel in Times Square. Williams graduated from UC Berkeley in 1961, and received a masters from Harvard in 1965. He moved to New York City and taught at Columbia University for the next few years.[8]

References

  1. Walk Score
  2. Architect Portfolio
  3. US Green Building Council Projects List
  4. March Chadwick
  5. The Real Deal - Real Estate News
  6. New york Real Estate Magazine
  7. US Law Justia.com
  8. Art Daily

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