Metropolitan Tower

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146 West 57th Street, New York City

Metropolitan Tower
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The dark glass and wedge shape of the Metropolitan Tower stand out next to its more traditional neighbor
Building Information
Developer Macklowe Properties
Architect William Derman, Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron.
Number of Units 235
Number of Floors 78
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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146 West 57th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5 - 3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Its dark color and triangular shape make this building stand out in the crowd and provides residents with unique apartment layouts. The Metropolitan Tower's location in storied mid-town Manhattan puts it and its residents right at the core of the cultural capital of North America.

Like its contemporaries, 146 West 57th Street was built during a period of anti-sky scraper sentiment, particularly in the midtown area of Manhattan, though negative sentiment towards this building was short-lived.

Location

Just blocks from Central Park to the north, the Metropolitan Tower lies in the core of Midtown, Manhattan. It sits on some of the most expensive and sought after land in the world and comes with a level of prestige few other addresses can offer to an apartment owner. World class culture is at the finger tips of Metropolitan Tower residents. First rate museums, like MoMA (Modern Museum of Art), are within a quarter of a mile away. Jersey Boys Theatrical and the Majestic Theater are less than a mile away. High end shopping is steps from the Metropolitan Tower's lobby.

Public transit is readily available as both bus and subway links are nearby. Grand Central Station is just a 20 minute walk away. Numerous schools of all levels are nearby. Renowned restaurants are a common sight in the area. In short, 146 West 57th Street is the perfect base for some who enjoys exploring the finer side of what life, commerce and entertainment can provide.[1]

Construction

While the building opened in 1986, construction on the Metropolitan Tower was not officially completed until the following year. Developed by Macklowe Properties and designed by William Derman, 146 West 57th Street is, primarily, a concrete structure, with a dark blue (though, it appears black) solar curtain wall facade.[2]

While the building, visually, represents a modern architectural aesthetic, with its glass and concrete construction, there are a series of details that suggest a subtle post-modern influence. Specifically, the dominant, 'knife-edged' shape of the building, recessed from its more traditionally modern base and dark glass demonstrates an informed post-modern whisper. The degree to which this was an intended statement rather than a practical, albeit brilliant, decision, is hard to determine. Ultimately, the foresight of its design has meant that residents that may have lost views of Central Park due to new construction have actually been able to maintain their site-lines of the New York City icon.[3]

Layout and Features

Units in 146 West 57th offer a number of unique layouts, owing in part to the buildings knife-edged architecture. The Metropolitan Tower offers apartments that range from studios to five bedrooms.

North facing units, particularly at the higher levels, have Central Park views, while other units are afforded views of famous midtown.

No matter the direction of the unit, though, residents can enjoy the full extent of these views due to floor-to-ceiling windows.

Wood floors, high ceilings and spacious storage are standard. High-end finishes and appliances in the kitchen and bathroom are also standard in this building, if you can take your eyes away from the view for long enough to notice.

Floor Plans

Numerous floor plans are available for the 235 units in this building.

Here are a few select variations of the units available in the Metropolitan Tower.[4]

Amenities

The units in the Metropolitan Tower are among the best appointed in the city.

The 30th floor offers an exclusive restaurant that offers owners a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.

Also on the 30th floor is a fully appointed health club, with work-out equipment, professional staff, a pool, whirlpool and saunas.

Additionally, 146 West 57th street features a 24 hour porter, concierge and valet, room service from the restaurant, dry cleaning and laundry service, maid service, bike storage units, a roof-top balcony and seasonal cocktail parties.

The building also offers a high-end security system, including a video intercom system to the lobby.[5]

Bylaws

Metropolitan Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues No



  • While subletting is allowed in the Metropolitan Tower, all lease residents must commit to a minimum 8 months of residence in the building.
  • There are no age restrictions in this building.
  • There are no balconies, so barbecues are not allowed.
  • The building also allows use as a pied-a-terre.
  • Pets are not allowed in this building.

Sustainability

The building's central location in Midtown, Manhattan, make the location idea of those interested in maintaining a green lifestyle.

Extensive public green-space is merely blocks away, public transit is close at hand and the area is eminently walkable.

Car-free living is a reality that 146 West 57th Street can make for its residents.

Trivia

  • Midtown is the among the most storied communities in the whole of New York City, if not North America. There are few areas in the world where an individual can visit as many landmarks located within the vicinity. Arguably, this area of New York City is the most iconic in North America with scenes of Central Park, Grand Central, Rockefeller Center and Times Square that permeate the North American consciousness. It is one of the top cultural, economic, commercial and entertainment capitals within North America, if not the world. What else can one say about Midtown, Manhattan. Residents of Metropolitan Tower are at the center of it all.
  • When this tower went up, at the height of anti-tower sentiment, it was widely critiqued. Two issues drew particular ire from residents in the area. First, as a mid-block building, residents were shocked at its height. The second component of the building that drew attention from the building's critics was the dark colored glass. One commenter has gone so far as to suggest that the dark color of the glass evokes an aura of evil. Both of these concerns were quickly shelved, though, as the attention of the anti-tower activists moved to two towers contemporary towers to the Manhattan, that were both taller. Recent commentators have applauded the dark, sleek colors of the building and its innovative design has meant that it has maintained views that traditional construction would have lost in the face of newer development.[6]
  • Gideon Gartner is listed as having recently moved into this instantly identifiable building.[7]

References

  1. Walk Score
  2. Emporis
  3. Street Easy
  4. Street Easy
  5. Morrel Realty Website
  6. City Realty - Review
  7. Curbed NY

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