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Today's Featured Building: 15 Central Park West

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Known affectionately as "15 CPW", 15 Central Park West is a postmodern full-block development of 202 private residences built on the site of the dilapidated Mayflower Hotel and what was one of Central Park's last remaining vacant lots. It sold out shortly after opening for sales in September of 2007 for a total estimated at over two billion dollars. Select suites in 15 Central Park West have sold for over $10,000 per square foot, making this building not only one of Central Park's newest, but without a doubt, one of its most opulent and exclusive residential towers.

The building was built by brothers, Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf, at a location facing Central Park considered to be one of New York's most prestigious addresses. The Zeckendorf brothers are the grandsons of real estate developer, William Zeckendorf, responsible for developing much of the New York City urban landscape.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the designers of 15 CPW, devised a two building approach for this location. Rather than a twin tower design, the architects chose to present a shorter 19 storey building directly facing Central Park and backed by a 43 storey building that both faces Central Park and backs onto Broadway behind. The buildings are separated by a 60 foot courtyard and a cobblestone motor court that allows residents to come and go through a secure gate to control the paparazzi.

The shorter building on the Central Park side, referred to as "The House", was designed to reflect a similar massing to the former Mayflower Hotel. The taller structure, called simply, "The Tower", is an asymmetrical tower with numerous setbacks at the top for private terraces. There is also a low rise wing along Broadway. No zoning changes were required for the construction of 15 Central Park West. The Special Lincoln Square District, permits zoning bonuses in exchange for construction of off-site moderate-income housing at 210 West 102nd Street. A 20% zoning bonus under the city's "inclusionary housing" program was received by providing 41 such units at 33 West End Avenue.

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