Trump World Tower

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845 United Nations Plaza, New York City

Trump World Tower

Trump World Tower in Manhattan, NYC
Building Information
Developer Donald Trump
Architect Costas Kondylis
Number of Units 374
Number of Floors 72
Year Built 2001
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof TMD
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845 United Nations Plaza, New York City
Distance to Public Transit 61 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5 - 2
Title of Land Condominium



While admired by many for its sleek and slender design, Trump World Tower was not met with enthusiasm by many of its neighbors. Quite the opposite, as the proposed building was vehemently contested by several high profile residents of neighboring buildings, including Walter Wriston, James Ivory, Alberto Vilar, and William H. Donaldson. Perhaps the most famous of the protesters was Walter Cronkite who derided the proposed building in the press, defending the protesters as “more less-than-wealthy folks who are sharply offended by the unnecessary grossness of this project.”[1]

Many of the protests stemmed from the building’s height as it would dwarf the neighboring United Nations complex, not to mention restricting many prized views of buildings around it.[2]

It also courted controversy by breaking the gentleman’s agreement among developers in the area that stated that no building’s height would exceed that of the UN Secretariat. Others argued against the design, pointing to the lack of distinguishing features on the exterior, while others railed against Donald Trump, claiming he was distorting and misusing the city’s zoning codes. The protests were heard in the New York Court of Appeals, but the appeal was dismissed in November of 2000, ruling that the city of New York had not illegally approved the plans for the building.[3]


Trump World Tower runs along First Avenue, otherwise known as United Nations Plaza and spans the entire block between 47th and 48th Streets. Found in East Midtown Manhattan, Trump World Tower is formally recognized as belonging to the neighborhood of Turtle Bay, a neighborhood with a storied history in New York City. Originally a pastoral area with several ship building facilities along the East River, Turtle Bay eventually became overcrowded with commercial buildings and later with overcrowded and poorly built residential buildings to house the masses of immigrants settling in the area in the late 19th century. By the early 20th century, the neighborhood had fallen into disrepair and was an unsightly mix of decaying residential and commercial buildings.

The revitalization of the area was led by Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan and gradually saw the area transformed into the mostly residential neighborhood that it is today. With the arrival of the United Nations, beginning in 1948, Turtle Bay became a location of world renowned prestige, and in 1957, the Turtle Bay Association was founded to protect the area from over development and to advocate on behalf of residents. With such famed residents over the years such as Katherine Hepburn, E.B. White, Stephen Sondheim, Derek Jeter, and Walter Cronkite, Turtle Bay continues to be a highly valued neighborhood within Midtown Manhattan.[4]

With a walk score of 95 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of Trump World Tower do not require a car for their daily errands. Although the "Walk Score" website lists 61 nearby transit routes, it should be noted that Trump World Tower is not particularly close to most of New York City’s major subway lines.[5]


The site of Trump World Tower originally was the location of the United Engineering Center, a 20 story building built in 1961. Donald Trump bought the land for $50,000,000, and partnered with the Daewoo Corporation to develop the site, with construction beginning in 1999 and finishing in 2001. Trump World Tower was the tallest residential building in New York City from 2001 to 2011, when it was unseated by the Beekman Tower.[6]

Described as built in the modernism style of architecture, Trump World Tower is noted for its slender facade. With a base of 44.2m x 23.8m, Trump World Tower is one of the most slender buildings in the world. Its facade is covered in sleek black glass that turns bronze in certain lighting conditions, and the building is famous for is design having the cleanest architectural lines of any of Trump’s residential properties.[7]

Layout and Features

Residents enter the building under a large entrance marque located among landscaped sidewalks on First Avenue. The entrance is marked by a broad staircase that brings residents up to the lavishly decorated marble lobby. Apartments in Trump World Tower range in size from studios to massive, multi-floor penthouse apartments, although due to the sleek lines of the building, none of the units have balconies.

What the apartments do have to offer is 10 to 16 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows that have stunning and protected views of the East River and the United Nations, and hardwood flooring throughout. The gourmet style kitchens feature high gloss white cabinetry, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances, while the bathrooms are finished in marble, with his and her sinks, an upright shower, and a soaking tub.[8]

Floor Plans

With over 200 floor plans available, a selection is presented.


Trump World Tower has been cited by the International Real Estate Federation for the building’s exceptional white glove service, with amenities provided by the Trump Corporation. The building boasts a fully staffed lobby with 24 hour doormen, concierge, elevator attendant, maid service, and full service valet parking. Amenities also include a fitness center, health club, 60 foot swimming pool, private wine cellars, landscaped and maintained garden and courtyard, bike and cold storage, garage, and resident lounge.[9]


Trump World Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • There are no age restrictions in Trump World Tower
  • Rentals, sublets, pied-a-terre are allowed
  • Pets are welcome allowed in this building
  • Due to the fact that this building does not have any balconies, there are no barbecues.[10]


This building has not been designated a green building, although the close proximity of food, retail, and services means that residents do not require a car, and therefore can lower their carbon footprint in that regard.[11]


  • When completed in 2001, Trump World Tower was briefly the tallest entirely residential building in the world, only to be unseated in 2003 by the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, and the Tower Palace 3 in Seoul in 2004.[12]
  • Trump World Tower has been featured in numerous episodes of NBC’s The Apprentice, as well as NBC’s entertainment and news show Extra. In 2003, Trump World Tower was the location chosen by Mercedes-Benz for their sneak preview of their new SLP McLaren super car, an event that featured singer Beyonce Knowles as the entertainment.[13]
  • Walter Cronkite was so adamantly against the building of Trump World Tower, that he wrote to the President of South Korea, Kim Dae Jung, in an effort to influence the Daewoo Corporation against working with Trump on the project.[14]
  • Trump World Tower was the tallest building constructed in New York City since 1977 and the completion of the Citigroup Center.[15]


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  2. Wikipedia
  3. Sky Scraper Page
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Walk Score
  6. Sky Scraper Page
  7. City Realty - Review
  8. Manhattan Scout
  9. Manhattan Scout
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  11. Manhattan Scout
  12. Wikipedia - Trump World Tower
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  15. Emporis Website

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