Best Buildings for Watching NYC Marathon, November 6

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In anticipation of the New York City Marathon, scheduled this year for Sunday, November 6, CityRealty Editor Carter B. Horsley announced his list of the top 10 apartment buildings for viewing the world famous event.

“More inspirational than most parades and street fairs, the New York City Marathon has become an international event in which viewers cheer on thousands of runners representing nations throughout the world,” points out Mr. Horsley. “But for those lucky enough to be in any of these 10 buildings, they are also treated each year to birds-eye views of the best of human strength, athleticism and competition.”

Considered a leading authority on New York City apartment buildings, Mr. Horsley’s storied career includes reporting about architecture and real estate for such publications as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and New York Post.

Top 10 Manhattan Apartment Buildings for Viewing the New York City Marathon

1. The Sovereign, 425 East 58th Street -

From this 47-story behemoth, spectators will watch runners enter Manhattan as they descend the Queensboro Bridge. Although the building’s enormous bulk startled the Sutton Place community when it was erected by Sigmund Sommer in 1971, it actually helped to serve as a noise buffer from bridge traffic. It was also quite distinguished looking because of its stepped plan, landscaping and strong horizontal banding. With 370 large apartments, this co-op building is one of the city’s largest luxury towers, and its views remain fantastic.

2. Bridge Tower Place, 401 East 60th Street -

This 38-story tower, completed in 2000 by the Brodsky Organization, offers a view of runners turning up First Avenue. A condominium building with 218 apartments, Bridge Tower Place relates in no way to its surroundings, but its bold glass facade is pleasantly patterned and bright.

3. Evans View, 303 East 60th Street -

With a similar vantage point, Evans View is one of the city’s delights due to its little, pitched red roof. The design by Gruzen Samton Steinglass and Abraham Rothenberg is very sharp, crisp and clean. Completed in 1985, this 40-story condo was developed by Aaron Green and has only 157 apartments because it is quite skinny. Evans View is by far the most attractive residential tower in the vicinity of the Manhattan approach to the Queensboro Bridge.

4. The Landmark, 300 East 59th Street -

What’s in a name, one might ask. In this case, wishful thinking, as this 30-story building is definitely not a landmark. The handsome, clean cut, 220-unit apartment tower, which was converted to a cooperative in 1983, is a cut above most of those of its generation, but it is not an architectural gem. Its real claim to historical importance is that in 1971 it was the first major new tower to be erected at the Manhattan entrance to the Queensboro Bridge.

5. Brisbane House, 1215 Fifth Avenue, at 102nd Street -

After navigating the Bronx, runners head south along Fifth Avenue, passing the 15-story Brisbane House. This neo-Romanesque structure was built in 1929 by Arthur Brisbane and designed by Schultze & Weaver. The building has a four-story limestone base with a large arched window above the attractive, canopied entrance. The arched first floor windows have slightly indented top corners, a subtle touch. It was converted to a cooperative in 1978 and contains 62 apartments.

6. 1107 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street -

Spectators will see the stream of runners continuing down Fifth Avenue from this 14-story co-op building that once held the spectacular 54-room, triplex penthouse apartment of Marjorie Merriweather Post Hutton. The apartment was built as a re-creation of her townhouse that was previously on the site, and was reported to include a private elevator, silver room, wine room and cold storage rooms for flowers and furs. The building has 26 apartments, and was developed in 1925 by the George Fuller Company and designed by W. K. Rouse & L. A. Goldstone.

7. Trump Parc, 106 Central Park South, at Sixth Avenue -

Although Trump Parc’s tower is spectacular, runners may not notice since they’ll be well into their 25th mile as they pass it. Erected in 1930 as the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, the building’s side top pillars extend upwards to create an uneven, but very impressive, row of teeth around the top, and the entire top has been gilded. This 38-story building was acquired by Donald Trump, who had the foresight to recognize its architectural merits. He applied his normal dosage of glitz to its entrance and converted it into a 340-unit condominium in 1988.

8. 200 Central Park South, at Seventh Avenue -

From this 35-story tower--one of the most distinctive in the city with its curved arc corner and continuous bands of balconies in its base—spectators will see the runners right before they turn into Central Park. Built by Bernard Spitzer and Melvin D. Lipman and designed by Wechsler & Schimenti, the beige-brick building commands marvelous Park views, and its curved façade permits more apartments to have those views. 200 Central Park South was erected in 1963 and converted to a cooperative in 1984, and it has 309 apartments.

9. Time Warner Center, 80 Columbus Circle -

At Time Warner Center—a huge, mixed-use, twin-towered, reflective-glass-clad project—viewers will have the luxury of stunning views as the runners enter Central Park for the final stretch. Designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 2004, the complex replaced the former New York Coliseum. The 80-story development contains 225 condominium apartments. Perhaps its best feature is that its base facing Columbus Circle is curved and the retail lobby and jazz facility have spectacular, very large windows looking across Columbus Circle to Central Park South.

10. Trump International Hotel & Tower, 1 Central Park West -

This 52-story tower overlooks mile 26, offering views of runners racing (or struggling) toward the finish line. This sparkling and impressive mixed-use tower was converted in 1997 from the drab Gulf & Western Building by Donald Trump and his partners, Daniel M. Galbreath and the G. E. Pension Trust. The new building was designed by Costas Kondylis with Philip Johnson Ritchie & Fiore as the design architect. Johnson’s new and very sleek glass curtain wall is magnificent. Often recognized by its huge stainless steel, skeletal globe of the world, the building has 166 condominium apartments starting at the 23rd floor, above the hotel.

About Carter B. Horsley
Mr. Horsley, editor of CityRealty, writes “Carter’s View on Manhattan Real Estate” and his popular “CityRealty’s Top 10 Buildings” lists. Prior to joining the online real estate and apartment search site, he spent 26 years writing for The New York Times as a real estate and architecture news reporter. In addition, he produced the syndicated radio program, “The Front Page of Tomorrow’s New York Times,” which was a WQXR standard. He later served as real estate editor and architectural critic for The New York Post and International Herald Tribune.

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