300 Central Park West, New York City, NY
The Eldorado along Central Park West in Manhattan
|Number of Units||200|
|Number of Floors||30|
|300 Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
Occupying a full city block between West 90th and 91st Street at Central Park West, the Eldorado is the northernmost residence along Central Park West to be designed in the iconic double tower design, and has been described as the most beautiful Art Deco residence in all of Manhattan. A prewar classic, the Eldorado overlooks Central Park and its famous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and at night, the building’s two towers are beautifully lit to resemble two glowing candles in the dark. Combining iconic architectural style, elegant ornamentation, and a long list of famous residents, the Eldorado is one of Manhattan’s most sought after addresses.
The Eldorado is also a member of an esteemed historical society, as it is a contributing member of the Central Park West Historic District. Running along Central Park West between West 61st and 97th Street, this district contains some of the most famous residences in the world, including the Dakota, the San Remo, the Beresford, 55 Central Park West, and the Century.
Many of these buildings were built with the twin tower design, and several were designed by celebrated architect Emery Roth, the architect of the Eldorado. Many of these buildings are the oldest residences in New York City to still be standing today and they carry with them a high level of prestige.
The Central Park West Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9th, 1982, and remains to this day one of the most famous, prestigious, and affluent residential streets in the world.
The Eldorado is located along Central Park West in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and occupies a full city block between West 90th and 91st Streets. The Upper West Side of Manhattan has a long history primarily as a residential neighborhood, and today has the reputation of attracting arts and cultural workers, as opposed to the business and commercial workers of the Upper East Side located across Central Park. Originally called the Bloomingdale District, the Upper West Side was initially the location for the summer homes and farms of New York City’s more affluent residents.
While the riverfront of the Upper West Side became increasingly industrialized as time went on, the rest of the neighborhood remained a residential area, although over time, many neighborhoods within the Upper West Side experienced large fluctuations in their fortunes. Today, the neighborhood has returned to its roots as an affluent area, as the Upper West Side is home to many high end residences, shops, and restaurants.
The Upper West Side is also home to several of New York City’s landmark destinations, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Beacon Theater, and Merkin Concert Hall. The Upper West Side is also home to one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions, Lincoln Center. Holding 29 different performance venues, Lincoln Center is home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the Julliard School, the School of American Ballet, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Finally, the Upper West Side holds some of New York’s most famous educational institutions, including Columbia University, Fordham University, and the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, made famous by the film and television series Fame.
With a walk score of 94 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of the Eldorado do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance to an abundance of food, shopping, home services, and transit options. With a bike score of 85 out of 100, cyclists will love the flat grades and the many excellent bike lanes nearby.
In 1902, an eight story apartment hotel was built on the location where the Eldorado now stands. It was designed by Neville & Bagge and was called the Hotel El Dorado, thus giving the current building its name. In 1929, the hotel was sold to Frederick Brown, who in turn sold it to developer Louis Klosk, who immediately began plans to tear down the hotel and build a residential building in its stead. Emery Roth, with the assistance of Margon & Holder, created an Art Deco masterpiece that was originally supposed to stand 16 stories, but with the passage of the Multiple Dwellings Act in 1929, the building’s design was changed to 30 floors in order to take advantage of these new rules.
Construction of the Eldorado began in 1929, but the stock market crash later that year had a significant impact on its fortunes. Despite the crash, construction continued and the building was completed in 1931, but by then the building’s finances were in trouble and Klosk lost it in foreclosure. In 1931, the Eldorado was purchased by the Central Park Plaza Corporation and the building opened later that year. It wasn’t until 1982 that the Eldorado was converted into a cooperative and later, in 1985, the building was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as an official city landmark. Since then, the building has undergone an extensive restoration of the entire exterior, a multiyear project that was begun in 2000 and eventually cost over $4 million.
Layout and Features
Standing at 30 stories, the Eldorado is one of the four iconic twin towered residences that are located along Central Park West, the others being the San Remo, the Majestic, and the Century. The exterior of the building sits on a base of cast stone that features bronze reliefs and dark vertical bands. Both the base of the building and the towers have several setbacks that provide residences with terraces, and the exterior facade of the building is punctuated with an asymmetrical fenestration design. At the peak of the towers, the setbacks culminate in two geometric spires topped with painted metal finials, and the whole of the exterior is lovingly lit at night.
Inside, the base of the Eldorado holds approximately 11 apartments per floor that are served by five elevator banks, while the 10 story towers hold full floor apartments. Units in the Eldorado range in size from one to three bedroom apartments, and there are several duplexes and triplexes within the building. At the time of its conversion, the building held 208 apartments and 1,300 rooms, but over the years many apartments have been combined, making it difficult to determine a precise number of units within the building today.
Due to the Eldorado’s age, the features and finishes will vary widely from unit to unit, but generally, the apartments contain hardwood floors, spacious layouts, over sized windows, and high ceilings, and select units have balconies, terraces, and/or fireplaces.
A selection of floor plans is presented.
Residents of the Eldorado enjoy white glove service and many luxury amenities, including:
- 24 hour concierge service
- 24 hour doorman
- Live in superintendent
- Laundry service
- Laundry facilities
- Fitness center
- Children’s playroom
- Mini-basketball court
- Parking garage
- Bike room
- Cold storage
- Storage facilities
- Package room
- Landscaped courtyard
- Roof deck
- This building allows rentals.
- There are no age restrictions for this building.
- This building is pet friendly.
Constructed in 1931, the Eldorado was built long before the modern era of green living and sustainability awareness. As a result, this building is a product of its time and is not designated as a green building. Should residents wish to help improve the Eldorado’s overall sustainability, they can do so in several ways, including:
- Participating in New York City’s recycling programs
- Limiting the use of their cars in favor of walking or taking public transit in order to reduce their carbon footprint
- Installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating/renovating their apartments
- The Eldorado has a long history of celebrity residents, including Faye Dunaway, Royal Copeland, Barney Pressman, Garrison Keillor, Tuesday Weld, Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinclair Lewis, Michael J. Fox, Groucho Marx, Moby, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, and Marilyn Monroe.
- The Eldorado was the setting for the fictional novel Marjorie Morningstar, written by Herman Wouk and published in 1955.
- Originally, the Eldorado was planned as housing for residents who wanted to live along Central Park West, but who were less wealthy than those who occupied the other famous residences located on Central Park West to the South. As a result, the apartments in the Eldorado are generally smaller than those of its southern neighbors, and contain few maid’s rooms.
- In 2012, Diane Wells, a tenant of the Eldorado, was hit with a lawsuit from the other tenants of the building over her excessive smoking habit. According to the court papers, the smoke from Wells’ habit was so great that it was seeping into other apartments, the elevator shaft, and common spaces such as the hallways. Wells reportedly refused to use the air purifiers that were purchased for her by the other tenants as a makeshift solution.
- In 2011, the Eldorado was featured in an episode of the television series Selling New York.
- Wikipedia - Central Park West Historic District
- Wikipedia - Upper West Side
- Walk Score
- NY Times
- City Realty - Review
- Street Easy
- Manhattan Scout
- Manhattan Scout
- City Realty - Review
- NY Post
- Curbed NY
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