The Beresford

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The Beresford
211 Central Park West (The Beresford) by David Shankbone.jpg
The Beresford
The Beresford is located in New York City
The Beresford
Coordinates 40°46′57″N 73°58′19″W / 40.78250°N 73.97194°W / 40.78250; -73.97194Coordinates: 40°46′57″N 73°58′19″W / 40.78250°N 73.97194°W / 40.78250; -73.97194
Built Various
Part of Central Park West Historic District (#82001189[1])
Added to NRHP November 9, 1982[1]

The Beresford, at 211 Central Park West, between 81st and 82nd Streets, is a luxury, 23-floor apartment building in New York City. Designed by the architect Emery Roth, The Beresford, completed in 1929, is one of the most prestigious addresses in Manhattan and one of city's most elite co-ops running along Central Park West. In recent years, apartments have sold for between $3 million and $22 million. It is one of four Roth apartment blocks on Central Park West, including The El Dorado, the The San Remo, and The Ardsley.[2] The Beresford is the largest by volume. Its mass relieved by horizontal belt courses, staggered setbacks governed by the 1916 Zoning Resolution,[3] which provide some apartments with terraces, and architectural detailing that gives an impression of Georgian houses embedded in the mass. It takes its name from the Hotel Beresford, which had occupied the site since 1889.[4] The Beresford has two very prominent street-front facades,[5] crowned by its three distinctive octagonal copper-capped corner towers,[6] the eastern facade overlooks Central Park; and the southern facade overlooks Theodore Roosevelt Park, the park that contains the American Museum of Natural History.[7]

The massive block is opened to the west, giving it a U-shape, wrapped round a central court. Three elevators give separate access to small foyers, originally each accessing two apartments of a scale that was eliminated in New York, both by the stock market crash and the new Multiple Dwellings Law.[8]

The building's residents have included comedian Jerry Seinfeld,[9] singer Diana Ross,[9] tennis player John McEnroe,[9] Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit,[10] gambling czar Meyer Lansky, actor Tony Randall,[10] fund manager Bill Ackman,[11] reporter John Stossel,[12] and musician Laura Nyro.[13]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Alpern, Andrew. Apartments for the Affluent: a Historical Survey of Buildings in New York. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975.
  3. ^ The connection is noted by Richard Plunz, A History of Housing in New York City: dwelling type and social change in the American metropolis, 1990:196
  4. ^ Gray, Christopher (1997-09-14). "The Beresford, the San Remo, the Majestic, the El Dorado, the Century; Namesake Precursors of Central Park West's Towers". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  5. ^ As well as similarly treated frontage along West 82nd Street
  6. ^ The southwest one masks the water tank; the other two corner tower contain multi-level apartments (The Upper West Side Book), the northeast one owned by John McEnroe ((New York Sun) "A Penthouse at the Beresford Is Listed at $28 Million", 2 August 2007 accessed 16 October 2009).
  7. ^ Brockmann, Jorg et al. (2002). One Thousand New York Buildings, p. 354., p. 354, at Google Books
  8. ^ Pluntz 1990:196 contrasts its amenities with the reduced apartment scale of The El Dorado, The Majestic and The Century, built or completed during the early years of the Great Depression.
  9. ^ a b c Clarke, Katherine, "Beresford Wants Hot Dog Vendor Off Its Corner", TheRealDeal.com, August 30, 2012
  10. ^ a b Crenson, Sharon L. (2007-09-25). "Citigroup's Pandit Buys Tony Randall Co-Op for $17.9 Million". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  11. ^ Cohan, William (2013-02-27). "Billionaire Bill Ackman’s Ill-Fated Bike Ride: "His Mind Wrote a Check That His Body Couldn’t Cash"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  12. ^ Wiggins, James, V.I.P Address Book (2008), p. 653
  13. ^ Kort, Michele 'Soul Picnic : The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro' St. Martin's Press, 2002, ISBN 0-312-20941-X, P. 108.

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