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88 Central Park West
The Brentmore

Southwest corner at 69th Street

88 Central Park West

88 Central Park West, left

By Carter B. Horsley

This handsome, 12-story, beige-brick, apartment building overlooking Central Park was erected in 1910. It is a cooperative and has 37 apartments.

It is known as the Brentmore and was designed by Schwartz and Gross and converted to co-op in 1959.

It has a 3-story, rusticated limestone base and a canopied, two-step-up entrance with glass doors that leads to a vestibule with very attractive, wrought-iron doors leading into the large lobby. The building has a doorman and a concierge, sidewalk landscaping, consistent fenestration and balconies with wrought-iron railings on the fourth and 11th floors. It has bay windows fronting on its large light well above the entrance and permits protruding air-conditioners. The building has no garage, no roof deck and no health club.

View from across the street

View from Central Park West

There is good bus service and a subway station three blocks north on Central Park West. The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a few blocks away as are various schools and religious institutions and good shopping.

An article that was published in The New York Times February 15, 2009 said that Sting was selling his four-bedroom, 6,600-square foot, duplex apartment on the second and third floors in this building that had once belonged to Billy Joel. The asking price was $26 million, slightly under the $26.5 million he reportedly paid in 2006 for a four-bedroom duplex penthouse at 15 Central Park West.(2/15/09)

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