This 21-story building was
erected as a cooperative apartment building in 1961 and has 37
The white-brick building
has an interesting roofline with curved elements. The facade has
been substantially altered over the years with the addition of
a large "wintergarden" window on the top floor and the
enclosure of many its balconies that are flush with the facade.
The building directly overlooks
one of Central Park's most lovely features, a pond with a beautiful
bridge as well as the Wollman Skating Rink. It also has fantastic
views of the entire park and the skylines of Upper Fifth Avenue
and Central Park West.
The building's location
is spectacular except for the fact that it is adjacent to a low-rise
building to the east with fire-escapes that is between it and
the Plaza Hotel, one of the city's more incongruous juxtapositions.
It is also adjacent to a subway entrance.
The building, which has
a doorman, has a canopied, step-down entrance and a two-story,
dark gray, polished granite base.
Historically, Central Park
South was for many decades an surprisingly unattractive location
despite its great location because of its narrow sidewalks, high
traffic, a proliferation of street people who patronized guests
at its many hotels and a lack of normal residential neighborhood
amenities. At the end of the 20th Century, however, its ambiance
improved significantly with the erection of several new luxury
towers nearby and the opening of new restaurants and a supermarket
not too far away and the long-delayed redevelopment of the New
York Coliseum site at its western terminus. The parade of horse-drawn
carriages along the north side of Central Park South on this block,
of course, remains, adding a charm not shared by any other neighborhood.
With the elegant stores
of Fifth Avenue and the boutiques of Madison Avenue nearby to
the east and the varied attractions of the Lincoln Center district
a few blocks away to the west, this location is very prime.