One Beacon Court

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151 East 58th Street, New York City

One Beacon Court
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One Beacon Court in New York City
Building Information
Developer Vornado Realty Trust
Architect Cesar Pelli & Associates
Number of Units 105
Number of Floors 55
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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151 East 58th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-2
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

One Beacon Court stands in the old location of Alexander's Department Store, which was demolished three years prior to the start of construction of the building. Developer Steven Roth, working for Vornado Realty Trust, spent over ten years developing the space.

Originally, the building was intended to be strictly residential, but Bloomberg L.P. was looking to move their operations into one space and therefore, worked out a deal with Vornado Realty Trust to turn the building into a mixed use space. The commercial floors of the building are known as Bloomberg Tower and have the address 731 Lexington Avenue, while the residential floors are known as One Beacon Court and have the address 151 East 58th Street.[1]

Location

One Beacon Court comprises an entire city block framed north and south by 58th and 59th Streets, and east and west by Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue. The building's walk score is 100 out of 100, as is the transit score, meaning that residents do not require a car for daily errands. There are over 60 nearby transit routes, ensuring easy access to nearly all major transit routes in New York City.

Although technically in the neighborhood of the Upper East Side, One Beacon Court straddles the boundary between the Upper East Side and Midtown Manhattan, meaning that One Beacon Court is close to both the retail district of Fifth Avenue, the theater district of Broadway, and is three blocks away from the southeast corner of Central Park and all of the outdoor trails the park provides. One Beacon Court is a block and a half away from famous retail store Bloomingdale's and Dylan's Candy Bar.[2]

Construction

Construction on One Beacon Court began in 2001 by Vornado Realty Trust. Construction was completed in 2003 and the building officially opened in 2004. When completed, the building housed around 900,000 square feet of commercial offices for Bloomberg L.P., with the remaining 160,000 square feet comprising the residential space.

Since opening, Bloomberg L.P. has continued to add office space to the commercial portion of the building totaling 200,000 square feet of additional space by 2011.[3]

Layout and Features

One Beacon Court is a mixed use building, with the offices of Bloomberg L.P. occupying the lower floors and the residential apartments located on the 30th to 55th floors. The 29th floor contains the Beacon Club and space for residents that includes a children's playroom, a business center, a health spa, and a fitness center. An interesting aspect to this building is due to its sheer glass facade, none of the units have balconies or terraces. Neither is there a roof deck. There is a garden for residents to enjoy and the fitness center features a pool and sun deck.

Apartments at One Beacon Court have ceilings reaching as tall as 11 feet and feature premium appliances, washers and dryers, and floor to ceiling windows.

Standing at 806 feet, One Beacon Court is the 16th tallest building in New York City and the 46th tallest building in the world. Combined with the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, the illuminated tops of these two building provide Midtown Manhattan with prominent visual anchors. The entrance to the building is a stunning, 110 feet high elliptical shaped courtyard comprised of glass walls that incline inwards at approximately 7 degrees as the stories rise, presenting a striking first impression for residents and visitors alike.

The design was based upon iconic New York landmarks, such as the reading room of the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, and the skating rink at Rockefeller Center.[4]

Floor Plans

With over 60 floor plans available, a selection is presented below.

Amenities

Residents of One Beacon Court enjoy the benefits of a fully attended lobby, a concierge, doorman, valet parking, entertainment lounge, and a conference room.

Beacon Club, located on the 29th floor, has a children's playroom, a health spa, a fitness center with a pool, and a business center.

There is a private entry court and entrance for residents that is separate from the commercial tenants.

Residents have full access to the famed Le Cirque restaurant on the ground floor. Amenities for this building are provided by Quintessentially.[5]

Bylaws

One Beacon Court Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


  • Rentals and sublets are permitted
  • Pets are allowed

Sustainability

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is recognized as one of the leading architectural firms in sustainability. Nearly every project designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects achieves LEED certification, with several high-rise buildings receiving this distinction at the Platinum level.[6] However, according to the Manhattan Scout website, this building is not a green building.

Trivia

  • The horizontal metal rims that rise up the sides of the building from street level have tempted many to try and climb them, prompting security staff to be trained to tackle anyone suspected of attempting this feat.[7]
  • The building's retail tenants include the first Home Depot, H&M, and Container Store in the neighborhood.
  • At one point it was considered to put a hotel into the building, while another plan was to have the building be entirely residential.

References

  1. Wikipedia - One Beacon Court
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty - Review
  4. Wikipedia - One Beacon Court
  5. City Realty
  6. Pelli Architects - Projects
  7. Emporis

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