JW Marriott Essex House

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160 Central Park South, New York City, NY

JW Marriott Essex House

The Art Deco Essex House
Building Information
Developer Dubai Investment Group
Architect Frank Grad
Number of Units 247
Number of Floors 43
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof crenellated
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160 Central Park South, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10 - H
Title of Land Condominium



Beneath its iconic six story sign, 160 Central Park stands as a reminder of human achievement, even in the face of disaster. Sitting on the site of the Navarro Flats complex, ground broke on the 43 story Essex House just one day after the the 1929 stock market crash and yet the building was completed about two years later opening in October of 1931 as a high-end hotel.

Currently, JW Marriot Essex House is a mixed-use building offering 200 apartments and is also a hotel consisting of over 300 rooms. Recent ownership of the building demonstrates a commitment to the high standards that have made this an iconic hotel and residence for the better part of a century.[1]


Located across the street from the southern end of Central Park, 160 Central Park South finds itself in one of the most desirable communities in Manhattan. Public transportation, both bus and subway are easily accessible from JW Marriott Essex House. Grand Central lays less than a mile away. Sitting in the heart of Manhattan, this iconic building is a short distance from the cultural center of New York.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)is less than a half mile away. Its location near Broadway offers plenty of opportunities to catch both live shows and films. The Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center are nearby for those looking for a different taste of culture available in New York City.[2]

A north-facing view offers unobstructed views of Central Park apart from the odd tree at the lower levels. Units facing South, West and East are, especially at the higher levels, offered views of Midtown Manhattan. There are numerous schools in the area, high-end restaurants and some of the most iconic shopping locations that have permeated North American culture.

In short, 160 Central Park is in the heart of it all.[3]


This building stands as an iconic example of Art Deco architecture with art moderne influences, along New York's skyline. Its brick facade stands out against the sky, looking south from Central Park, though the 6 story sign proclaiming Essex House may do so even more.

The building has been renovated several times over the course of its 80 year life. Most recently, this was overseen by renowned architect Costas Kondylis, while the building was still owned by Jumeirah.

Layout and Features

JW Marriott Essex House offers apartments of varying sizes, including studios, one, two, and three bedroom units.

Many units have been recently renovated. While there are a number of layouts for each type of unit, rest assured that they are finished with high end details.

Apartments are mixed with hotel rooms on many floors. Walk-in closets are standard and hardwood floors and high ceilings are typical.

Floor Plans

Numerous floor plans exist for this building, constructed by several well-known interior designers. A select few are shown here.


Residents of 160 Central Park South are privy to all the services provided by the hotel that shares the building.

Amenities include:

  • Room service
  • Maid service
  • 24 hour concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Conference room
  • Courtyard
  • Fitness center with spa, massage room, and pool
  • Doorman
  • Valet


JW Marriott Essex House Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • Rentals are permitted
  • Pets are allowed in this building
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership in the building
  • With no balconies, barbecues are not allowed


Built in the 1930s, the materials and JW Marriott Essex House, even with upgrades, are a product of their time. However, prime green space is across the street.

All neighborhood amenities are well within walking distance and public transit is easy to access from this location.


  • Since its construction, JW Marriot Essex House has been one of the most prestigious hotels and apartment buildings in New York City. The walls of 160 Central Park South have numerous stories to tell about celebrities, politicians and royalty. One need only consider former tenants of the building to understand the impact it has had over the last 80 years. George Burns and Gracie Allen were residents in the 1930s; the 1940s saw Milton Berle and Betty Grable reside there. Composer Igor Stravinsky and musicians Bing Crosby and David Bowie are also counted among the building's former residents. More recently, Liam Gallagher bought a unit in the building (Curbed.com; new york Observer).
  • The Marriot Essex House has, in part due to its infamous sign, high-end clientele and prime location on Central Park, featured prominently in pop-culture over the years. Most recently, sci-fi fans will have recognized it from a 2012 episode of Doctor Who, while political and film junkies are more likely to recognize if from the film "All the President's Men".[4]


  1. City Realty
  2. Manhattan Scout
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wikipedia - Essex House, New York

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