Access Into Some of the World's Grandest Residences; Window On the Park, New York's Most Prestigious Properties On Central Park

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Window On the Park is a selection of the most distinguished buildings and homes bordering Central Park--a digest of New York City's most exclusive addresses. Delving into the architectural constituents plus the Manhattan elite, this volume provides rare access into some of the grandest urban residences in the world, designed in extraordinary dimensions of style by some of the top designers and architects--including Robert A.M. Stern, Parish Hadley, Andreé Putman and Annabelle Selldorf.

Window On the Park

Most of the featured homes are located in cooperative buildings where residents own shares in a corporation rather than actual property. Cooperative buildings are akin to a club in which the board sets the most rigorous financial and social standards for prospective purchasers. Often, the Board of Managers requires that the home be an "all cash" purchase. The no mortgage rule, for instance, applies to the penthouse apartment for sale at the Pierre for $70 million, and the Kress estate penthouse at 1020 Fifth Avenue, with a price tag of $50 million.

The apartments showcased in this book are located on the most architecturally acclaimed and select residential streets of New York City, which include upper Fifth Avenue, Central Park South and Central Park West.

Upper Fifth Avenue is home to some of New York's wealthiest and most prominent residents and boasts some of New York's most historically significant and famed addresses. In the early part of the 1900's, the very rich of New York migrated to the stretch of Fifth Avenue that faces Central Park between 59th and 96th Street. In the early twentieth century this was known as Millionaire's Row. Lined with luxurious and spacious mansions it was once home to the Carnegies, Astors, Vanderbilts and Whitneys.

The stretch of Fifth Avenue from the 80s through the 90s has the city's highest concentration of major museums and thus acquired the name "Museum Mile". Key institutions such as The Frick at 70th Street, Guggenheim at 88th Street, Cooper Hewitt at 90th and of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are highlights of this distinguished neighborhood and are also featured in this book.

Central Park West is the most architecturally mastered and diverse residential street in New York City. The avenue's most famous building is the Dakota at 1 West 72nd Street where many celebrities have lived, including John Lennon and Yoko One. Other acclaimed buildings along Central Park West include the twin-towered San Remo, El Dorado, Majestic and Century as well as the triple towered Beresford. The avenue's most important cultural institutions are the American Museum of Natural History, which occupies a four square block site known as Manhattan Square, and the New York Historical Society, the city's oldest museum and research library, between 76th and 77th Streets.

Central Park South is most notable for its four famous upscale hotels, including the ultimate Plaza Hotel, the Art Deco-style Ritz-Carlton and Essex House and the Neo-Venetian Moderne-style Park Lane which at 46 stories is the tallest building on Central Park South.

The exterior architecture is included with the interiors of these residential buildings around Central Park. New York City's architecture from the seventeenth century to present is as culturally diverse as the generations who have called it home. Each architectural component has been manifested in limitless variety and the history of the world's most eclectic city unfolds in these details. There is an impression of monumentality with these structures which were created by several renowned architects, including : Henry Janeway Hardenberg of Dakota and Plaza fame; Emery Roth, who designed many of the famous towers on Central Park West such as the San Remo, Beresford and El Dorado; Rosario Candela, designer of nine buildings on upper Fifth Avenue including the Stanhope and 834 Fifth Avenue and J.E.R. Carpenter, the most prolific architect of his time who designed 17 residential buildings on upper Fifth Avenue alone.

These architects mastered the form with their sophistication of design, well integrated composites and classically sculptured enrichments which distinguished them from other buildings. The smallest details of the relevant past are a testament to the symbolic elements of existence and their structural creations are the most eloquent demonstration of the era's accomplishments and a fascinating chapter of New York's ever changing architectural scene.

A coffee table book for anyone who appreciates New York City's finest architecture, a history of some of the most famous and interesting New Yorkers who have lived there, Window On the Park is a must view.

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