The Corinthian (Manhattan)

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The Corinthian
The Corinthian 645 First Ave from south.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed use, predominately apartment building
Location 645 First Avenue[1]
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°44′47″N 73°58′21″W / 40.746485°N 73.972557°W / 40.746485; -73.972557Coordinates: 40°44′47″N 73°58′21″W / 40.746485°N 73.972557°W / 40.746485; -73.972557
Construction started 1985
Completed 1988[1]
Management Rose Associates
Roof 166 m (545 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 57
Lifts/elevators 9
Design and construction
Architect John Schimenti, AIA
Developer Bernard Spitzer
Structural engineer Fischer & Redlien, P.C.
Main contractor Kreisler Borg Florman

The Corinthian is a 55-story apartment building that was New York City's largest apartment building when it opened in 1988. It was designed by Der Scutt, design architect, and Michael Schimenti.[1] Its fluted towers with bay windows are unusual compared to the traditional boxy shape of buildings in the city, and it bears a resemblance to Marina City and Lake Point Tower in Chicago. The building incorporates a portion of the former East Side Airlines Terminal designed by John B. Peterkin and opened in 1953.[2][3]

At 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2) it is the largest project of Bernard Spitzer, father of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.[2] It occupies approximately two thirds of a city block between First Ave. and Tunnel Entrance Street and between East 37th and 38th Streets, and overlooks the Manhattan entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. It has 863 apartments, 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) of commercial space on the first through third floors, a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) garage and roof deck.

At the entrance to the building is a cascading, semicircular waterfall fountain and an Aristides Demetrios bronze sculpture, "Peirene." Its lobby is 90 feet (27 m) long and 28 feet (8.5 m) high.


  1. ^ a b c White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5. , pp.219-220
  2. ^ a b Bagli, Charles V. (August 21, 2005). "Developers Find Newest Frontier on the East Side". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  3. ^ Schwab, Armand Jr. (July 18, 1954). "Seven-Month-Old Air Terminal Doing Good Job for Just About Everyone". The New York Times. p. X15. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 

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