Corinthian

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330 East 38th Street, New York City

Corinthian
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The Corinthian in Midtown Manhattan, NYC
Building Information
Developer Bernard Spitzer
Architect Michael Schimenti and Der Scutt Architects
Number of Units 865
Number of Floors 55
Year Built 1988
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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330 East 38th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Bus routes nearby, not close to subway
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-9
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Corinthian occupies an entire city block in Midtown Manhattan and is built on the former site of the East Side Airlines Terminal. This terminal was designed in 1951 by John B. Peterkin and when The Corinthian began, portions of this building were incorporated into The Corinthian’s design. Prior to construction, the area around The Corinthian was largely an industrial zone, but the appearance of The Corinthian and neighboring buildings Rivergate and Manhattan Place helped turn the East Side of Manhattan into a highly sought after residential neighborhood.[1]


Bernard Spitzer, father of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, was the lead developer on the project and had previously made his mark in New York City real estate with the similarly designed 200 Central Park South. When built in 1963, this building made waves as its curved walls stood in stark contrast to the square buildings that existed along Central Park at the time.[2]


When completed, The Corinthian was the largest apartment building in New York City and a major structure in its neighborhood of Murray Hill.

Location

In the early 20th Century, the neighborhood of Murray Hill was a quiet area comprises of mostly industrial buildings and few major residential buildings. This changed in the 1980s with the construction of several large apartment buildings, whose luxurious amenities began attracting a younger professional demographic of tenants.


Today, Murray Hill is a thriving neighborhood filled with the flourishing bar and pub scene of Third Avenue, numerous trendy restaurants and shops, and several iconic Manhattan buildings. Grand Central Station, one of Manhattan’s most well known destination is walking distance, along with the New York Public Library and its famed Bryant Park. Other famous landmarks include the Empire State Building, Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, New York University Medical Center, and Saint Vartans Park and Public Playground.


The world renowned United Nations can be found just north of The Corinthian’s address, putting this building and neighborhood at the center of international politics. Mixing commercial space with high end residential buildings has made Murray Hill a sought after destination for families, diplomats, young professionals, and has driven up the value of real estate almost 500% since the mid-1980s.[3]


The Corinthian comprises one full city block in Midtown Manhattan in the neighborhood of Tudor City, although when built in the 1980s, the area was still considered a part of Murray Hill. The block is bordered by First Avenue and Tunnel Entrance east and west, and East 38th and 37th Streets to the north and south. Standing a block away from the East River, The Corinthian boasts spectacular views of both the river and Midtown Manhattan and all of the famous New York City landmarks to be found in this area.


Schools zoned for The Corinthian include Mary Lindley Murray comprising kindergarten to grade 5 and Simon Baruch Middle School that is comprised of grades six to eight.[4]

Construction

Construction on The Corinthian began in 1987 and was completed in 1988 by a team of developers, including Peter L. Malkin and Kriti Properties and Development, led by Bernard Spitzer. Occupying an entire city block overlooking the entrance to the Midtown-Queens Tunnel, The Corinthian not only took over the space formerly occupied by the East Side Airlines Terminal, but The Corinthian actually included the space in its design. Only a portion of the terminal along First Avenue was actually fully demolished to make room for the new structure.[5]

Layout and Features

The Corinthian contains over one million square feet of space, including over 125,000 square feet of commercial space. To access this building, residents have their own private brick driveway that leads into The Corinthian’s entrance plaza, a space filled with landscaped gardens, a water foundation, reflecting pools, and the services of the building’s professional doormen.


The lobby of the Corinthian stands nearly 28 feet tall, is decorated with high end marble finishes and has several furnished sitting areas. To access their apartments, residents use two high speed elevator banks that are divided by floor to ensure maximum efficiency. One elevator bank serves floors 4 - 32, while the second elevator bank serves floors 33 to the penthouses.[6]


The Corinthian is noted for its distinctive curved bay windows on each floor that are located in each apartment’s living room area. These windows were designed to give residents a panoramic view of New York City, as well as disguise the sheer mass of the building. Apartments in this building have hardwood floors and the building’s namesake columns. The distinctive curving walls highlight each apartment and with the exception of the studio units, every apartment has a balcony with many having more than one.


There are spacious galleries within each apartment and flexible space that can be used as either office space, additional bedrooms, or libraries. Due to the age of the building, some apartments have more modern, state of the art appliances and furnishings, but these updates are unique to the history of ownership of each individual unit.[7]

Floor Plans

With over 250 different plans available, a selection has been presented.

Amenities

The Corinthian is noted for its white glove service and luxury five star amenities.

There are full service doormen on duty 24 hours a day, a concierge in the building’s luxuriously decorated lobby, and there is a 48,000 square foot 24 hour garage that includes valet service.

Inside the building there is a children’s playroom and a party room that is equipped with a kitchen.

Health services include a private fitness center and spa that covers nearly 12,000 square feet, a steam room, a sauna, and a 50 foot pool that is open year round.

Outside, residents can enjoy their own private jogging track that is fully landscaped, well attended gardens, and an outdoor sun deck.[8]

Bylaws

Corinthian Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • There are no age restrictions for ownership in the building
  • Pets are welcome
  • Rentals are allowed


Sustainability

The Corinthian is not a recognized green building, but does offer residents enough nearby amenities and transit options that use of a car can be reduced allowing residents to lower their carbon footprint.

Trivia

  • The Corinthian covers and entire city block in Manhattan and contains over 125,000 square feet of retail space. Therefore, the building has multiple addresses, depending on where in the city block the space is located. Additional addresses include 345 East 37th Street, and 645 First Avenue. When The Corinthian opened in 1988, it was New York City’s largest apartment building. Lead developer Bernard Spitzer is the father of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.[9]
  • The neighborhood of Murray Hill takes its name from an 18th Century Quaker Family headed by Robert Murray who immigrated to the United States on 1732, finding his way to New York by 1753. The Murray family were merchants involved in the overseas shipping and trading industry and eventually acquired more shipping tonnage than any other merchant in New York. Robert Murray’s grand house was built on the location of Park Avenue and East 36th Street. Named Murray Hill, this now demolished house lives on in the neighborhood that is its namesake.[10]

References

  1. New York Times
  2. Wikipedia - Bernard Spitzer
  3. Wikipedia - Murray Hill
  4. Street Easy
  5. City Realty - Review
  6. The Corinthian Condo
  7. City Realty - Review
  8. Street Easy
  9. Emporis
  10. Wikipedia - Murray Hill

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