Central Park Place

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301 West 57th Street, New York City, NY

Central Park Place
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Central Park Place in Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Building Information
Developer Zeckendorf Developments
Architect Davis Brody Bond, LLP
Number of Units 275
Number of Floors 52
Year Built 1988
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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301 West 57th Street, New York City, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6 - 6
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Despite its prominence and prime location, Central Park Place was actually considered a risky gamble when it was built in the late 1980s. Although Hell’s Kitchen is a highly sought after neighborhood today, at the time of Central Park Place’s development the area had a reputation as being New York City’s no-man’s land.

Gentrification had not yet hit Eighth Avenue, and the neighborhood had not yet rid itself of its history steeped in X-rated industries. Therefore, when developer William Zechkendorf proposed a plan to built a luxury condominium skyscraper along the western side of Eighth Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets, many balked at the idea.

Ultimately, Zechkendorf was not able to secure permission to demolish the Alpine Hotel which sat at the northern end of this block, and therefore Central Park Place was constructed at the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue and 57th Street.[1]

Upon completion, Central Park Place faced another dangerous obstacle in the massive real estate slump that rocked the New York City real estate market in the late 1980s. However, while several other developments built around the same time fell into bankruptcy, Central Park Place was able to avoid this fate through its pursuit of foreign buyers.

Nearly 25 years later, Central Park Place has proven itself to be a gamble that has paid off handsomely, as the redevelopment of nearby Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle have made the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen one of the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City, and with its prime location, Central Park Place will enjoy the financial rewards of Zechkendorf’s foresight for the foreseeable future.[2]


Location

Central Park Place is located in Midtown Manhattan in the neighborhood formally known as Clinton, however, the area is more widely known by its informal moniker, Hell’s Kitchen. Some people credit Davy Crockett with giving the area that name, but he was actually talking about another notorious neighborhood in New York; the Five Points.

Most likely, Hell’s Kitchen got its name from its reputation as being the seedy underbelly of New York City. The neighborhood has a long and storied history of ethnic tensions, organized crime, and pornography. Many artistic works have captured these conflicts over the years, including the musical West Side Story and the Marvel Comics series, Daredevil.

As a result, the real estate in Hell’s Kitchen was considerably lower than the rest of Manhattan for decades. This fact, coupled with the neighborhood’s proximity to the theatre district, Hell’s Kitchen has been a magnet for artists for decades. With the opening of the famed Actor’s Studio in 1947, the neighborhood has been particularly popular with actors, as famous prior residents include James Dean, Burt Reynolds, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope, Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld, and Sylvester Stallone.

Today, both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are filmed in Hell’s Kitchen, and despite its dramatically risen real estate prices, the area continues to draw many artists with its abundance of studio and performance spaces.[3]

Central Park Place is located in the northeastern end of Hell’s Kitchen, bordered by the neighborhoods of the Upper West Side, Times Square, Chelsea, and the Hudson River to the West.

Located at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 57th Street, Central Park Place is close to the cultural centers of Broadway and Lincoln Center, and is walking distance to the famed Columbus Circle and the world renowned Central Park.

Central Park Place is close to restaurants, shop, and home services, and residents do not require a car to complete their daily errands.<ref.Walk Score</ref>

Construction

Central Park Place was proposed and designed in the mid 1980s, with construction beginning in 1987 and completed in 1988. Built in the postmodern style of architecture, Central Park Place is one of the few aluminum clad buildings in New York City, and its pale green color has been criticized as not doing justice to the impressive exterior design.[4]

Central Park Place has the distinction of being the reason for New York City’s requirement for all skyscraper developments to use netting to cover any open areas under the construction. In 1987, during a particularly strong wind storm, a piece of lumber from the higher floors of the construction came lose and struck a 37 year old man on the head as he walked along Eighth Avenue across the street from the project. The man later died of his injuries and the incident prompted the implementation of new safety rules for in New York City.[5]


Layout and Features

When built in 1988, Central Park Place held 301 units, ranging in size from studio apartments to the four large penthouse suites at the top of the building. Over the years, many of the residents have combined and renovated units, and therefore estimates of the total number of apartments in the building today stand at around 275.

Apartments in Central Park Place have nine foot ceilings and five sided bay windows that offer stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson River, and the Southern tip of Manhattan.

The building is noted for having numerous and varied apartment layouts, but with the exception of the penthouses, the units themselves are smaller in size and rely on their spectacular views to compensate for the lack of space.

All apartments feature hard wood floors, modern appliances, and washer and dryer in suite.[6]

Floor Plans

With over 100 floor plans available, a selection is presented.

Amenities

Central Park Place has many of the amenities residents of luxury buildings have come to expect, including a 24 hour doorman, premium concierge service, and a live in superintendent.

The building has both a bicycle storage room and storage units for residents, as well as the building has several suites specifically for residents to rent below market for visiting family and guests.

The building also houses a fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, outdoor roof deck, landscaped courtyard, and the Olmstead Club, an entertainment lounge with a fully equipped kitchen that allows residents to host catered functions.[7]

Bylaws

Central Park Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Rentals are permitted within the building
  • Pets are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership

Sustainability

Central Park Place was built before the growing awareness of green living was commonplace and therefore, it is a product of its time.

However, with nearly 90 nearby transit routes, residents do not require a car and can reduce their carbon footprint in that regard.[8]

Trivia

  • After the accident that killed a 37 year old man while walking near the project in 1987, New York City demanded that construction be stopped for an investigation into the incident. The developer of the building began losing money as a result of this investigation, and subsequently sued the City of New York for losses.[9]
  • Actress Goldie Hawn is a resident of Central Park Place.[10]

References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Street Easy
  3. Wikipedia - Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. Wikipedia - Central Park Place
  6. City Realty
  7. Street Easy
  8. Walk Score
  9. Wikipedia - Central Park Place
  10. Manhattan Scout

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