One Lincoln Plaza

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20 West 64th Street, New York City

One Lincoln Plaza

One Lincoln Plaza, New York City
Building Information
Developer Paul Milstein
Architect Milstein Organization
Management Company Ogden CAP Properties
Number of Units 663
Number of Floors 44
Year Built 1974
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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20 West 64th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4 - 7
Title of Land Condominium



By the mid-1950s, the area of Lincoln Square in New York City had fallen into disrepair and ruin, spurring an initiative that was led by John D. Rockefeller III to redevelop the neighborhood. Dubbed the Lincoln Square Renewal Project, the neighborhood was transformed into the city’s cultural hub, eventually housing many of New York’s artistic institutions and training programs.

One Lincoln Plaza was the first residential building to be built within this new development and for awhile it enjoyed the distinction of being the only high rise residential building in the area. However, the enormous success of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment meant that this distinction did not last long, as the popularity of One Lincoln Plaza has inspired many additional residential projects to be constructed, mostly along the Northern edge of Lincoln Center. Regardless, One Lincoln Plaza maintains the distinction of being the first one built, and remains a highly sought after address.[1]


One Lincoln Plaza is located within the neighborhood of Lincoln Square and specifically, within the development of Lincoln Center. One of the most famous arts institutions in the world, Lincoln Center is home to the New York Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Julliard School, the School of American Ballet, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. In total, the Lincoln Center holds 29 indoor and outdoor performance facilities in addition to the many training, rehearsal, educational facilities, television studios, and nightclub venues.

One Lincoln Plaza is located along Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets, and as a result, the building has multiple addresses. Mail addressed to 1 Lincoln Plaza, 33 West 63rd Street, 20 West 64th Street and 1897 Broadway will all be delivered to this building. The building enjoys prime real estate in New York City, as it is just across the street to the West from the main plaza of Lincoln Center, while directly to the East is Central Park, offering residents easy access to all that the park has to offer.[2]

Scoring a 100 out of 100 on both its walk score and transit score, One Lincoln Plaza is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, home services, and several of New York’s main transit lines. Schools zoned for this building include the Jessie Isador Straus School for kindergarten to grade five.[3]


One Lincoln Plaza was the subject of lengthy negotiations with the owners of the tenement buildings that previously occupied the space where the building would ultimately reside. The developer, the Milstein Organization headed by Paul Milstein, was able to purchase most of the tenement buildings, with the exception of one five story building on West 63rd Street that was owned by Jehiel R. Elyachar. After negotiations for a cash purchase fell through, Milstein and Elyachar agreed to a building swap instead.

At the last moment Elyachar insisted that the agreement include a $100,000 donation to one of his favorite charities, to which Milstein finally abandoned all negotiations and walked away. To this day, this tenement building still stands, creating an obstacle around which the Milstein Organization had to build while constructing One Lincoln Plaza, creating its angled design for the facade of the building, and resulting in the odd angles and layouts that can be found in many of the apartments within the building.[4]

Construction on One Lincoln Plaza began in 1971 and was completed in 1974. Building was permitted only after the city rezoned a 15 block area of Lincoln Square to allow high rise buildings. Although One Lincoln Plaza was the only building to take advantage of this new zoning permit initially, many other residential buildings have been constructed since, including a high rise tower that was built in 2001 in the nook of One Lincoln Plaza’s angled design, and therefore directly blocking some of the building’s prestigious views of Central Park.[5]

Layout and Features

The tower of One Lincoln Plaza is built with an alternating beige and brown brick angled facade that houses over 650 apartments. The building is noted for its deep public arcade that runs along Broadway and is home to several restaurants, shops, and street cafes. Residents enter their building through a luxuriously decorated lobby and ascend to their floor on one of the eight elevators the building holds.

Apartments within One Lincoln Plaza are luxuriously designed with spacious floor plans, high ceilings, hardwood floors, and over sized windows that provide stunning views of Central Park, Lincoln Center, and Columbus Circle. [1] Gourmet kitchens contain stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and European style cabinetry, while bathrooms feature marble finishes, ceramic tiling, and both standing showers and large soaking tubs.[6]

Floor Plans

With over 130 floor plans available, a selection is presented.


One Lincoln Plaza is noted for its top of the line amenities and staff. The building provides 24 hour concierge service and doormen, valet parking, and a live in superintendent. There is an adjacent parking facility, a bike room and storage room.

One Lincoln Plaza is noted for its facilities at the top of the building on the 44th floor, including a fitness center that holds cardio and weight equipment, a swimming pool, a steam room, and a sauna, as well as landscaped sun decks, terraces, and promenades that are found just outside of the fitness center. Residents of this building also have access to a residents only club lounge.

Amenities for this building are provided by Ogden CAP Properties, LLC.[7]


One Lincoln Plaza Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Specifications
Age No
Barbecues No

  • Dogs are not allowed in this building.
  • Rentals, sublets, and pied-a-terre are allowed.
  • As there are no balconies, barbecues are not allowed in this building.


One Lincoln Plaza was built long before the awareness of sustainable living. As a result, it is not designated a green building.[8]


  • With its prominent high rise building in Lincoln Center, One Lincoln Plaza can be seen in nearly every film or television show to be filmed in Lincoln Center from 1971 onwards.[9]
  • The building made headlines in January of 2012, when actor Nick Santino became embroiled in a dispute with the condominium board over his pit bull pet named Rocco. The board had recently adopted a policy of banning residents from owning pit bulls, but they allowed Santino to keep Rocco because ownership had begun before the policy was enacted. Santino claimed both himself and Rocco were subjected to harassment and further restrictions by the board and other tenants. Santino finally had Rocco euthanized. Several hours later, Santino committed suicide, citing guilt over his decision to put Rocco down.[10]
  • One Lincoln Plaza is home to two commercial tenants; the Sesame Workshop and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.[11]


  1. Wikipedia - Lincoln Center
  2. Wikipedia - One Lincoln Plaza
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wikipedia - One Lincoln Center
  5. City Realty - Review
  6. Manhattan Scout
  7. New Construction Manhattan
  8. Manhattan Scout
  9. Wikipedia - One Lincoln Center
  10. Daily Mail - UK
  11. Wikipedia - One Lincoln Plaza

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