15 Central Park West

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Coordinates: 40°46′10″N 73°58′52″W / 40.76944°N 73.98111°W / 40.76944; -73.98111

15 Central Park West
15 CPW from the southeast.JPG
General information
Status Complete
Type Residential condominium
Architectural style Post-Modern
Address 15 Central Park West,
New York, New York, U.S.[1]
Current tenants 202 units[2]
Construction started 2005[1]
Completed 2008[1]
Cost $950 million (2008)
Roof 550.01 feet (167.64 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 35 floors[2]
Design and construction
Architect Robert A.M. Stern[2]
Developer Arthur Zeckendorf,
William Zeckendorf

15 Central Park West is a condominium building located at the corner of West 61st Street and Central Park West in New York City. Construction started in 2005 and was completed in 2008, costing a total of $950 million. The building was designed in a New Classical style by Robert A.M. Stern.[3]


The building was constructed by developers Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf of Zeckendorf Development, grandsons of real estate developer William Zeckendorf, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Eyal Ofer’s Global Holdings Inc.[4][5] Eyal Ofer, also owns the Altria Building, 18 Gramercy Park and a new luxury residential tower at 50 United Nations Plaza, which was completed in 2014.[6][7][8] 15 Central Park West is considered by some to be one of New York's most prestigious residential addresses.[9] The location, described as "the most expensive site in Manhattan," (worth $401 million in 2004) comprises an entire, albeit small, city block on Central Park West, formerly occupied by the somewhat dilapidated Mayflower Hotel (a 1926 Neo-Renaissance building designed by the architect Emery Roth) and a vacant lot.[10]


As per Robert A. M. Stern's designs, 15 CPW is divided into two sections, a 19-story tower on Central Park West known as "the house" and a 35-story tower on Broadway, joined by a glass-enclosed lobby. It includes such amenities as a private driveway to screen residents from paparazzi, a cinema with 20 seats and 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) fitness center which has a 75-foot (22.86 m) swimming pool.[11][12]

The New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that 15 CPW was designed to "echo" Central Park West's many notable late Art Deco buildings.[13] He described the building in Vanity Fair as an "ingenious homage to the classic Candela-designed apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues."[10] He compared 15 CPW to the great apartment houses of the 1920s, 778 Park Avenue, 834 Fifth Avenue, 1040 Fifth Avenue and 740 Park Avenue.[10] 15 Central Park West's limestone facade uses material from "the same quarry that was a source for the Empire State Building".[14] The floor plan was designed so that almost all rooms have an open view and layouts that borrow heavily from the styles commonly found in the 1920s.[15]

Notable residents[edit]

Noted residents include or have included Ernst Toller, Robert De Niro, Sting, Norman Lear, Denzel Washington, Bob Costas, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev and his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva,[16] former Citigroup executive Sandy Weill, businessman Min Kao, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez.[11]

See also[edit]

  • 520 Park Avenue: Another building designed by Stern touted as the "new 15 Central Park West"


  1. ^ a b c d "The Tower of 15 Central Park West" on Emporis.com
  2. ^ a b c "15 Central Park West" on the Robert A. M. Stern Associates website
  3. ^ "15 Central Park West: Classicists' Lucky Day". Curbed. 11 October 2005. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "15 Central Park West construction commences". Globes. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Craig Karmin, Developers Team Up With a Man Behind the Scenes, The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2013
  6. ^ "Eyal Ofer". Forbes. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Developers Behind 15 Central Park West Announced A New Luxury Tower Today". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "50 United Nations Plaza", City Realty. Accessed 28 October 2015.
  9. ^ Window on the Park: New York's Most Prestigious Properties on Central Park (The Master Architect Series) D. Fitzgerald, Images Publishing, 2009, pp. 172-5.
  10. ^ a b c The King of Central Park West, Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger, Sept. 2008
  11. ^ a b A-Rod joins Sting, Denzel Washington, other rich and famous at 15 Central Park West, Owen Moritz, Feb. 28, 2010, Daily News
  12. ^ The 15 Central Park West Rundown
  13. ^ Goldberger, Paul. Why Architecture Matters, Yale University Press, 2009, p. 215
  14. ^ The Services and Specifications, Fifteen Central Park West
  15. ^ Goldberger, Paul. "Past Perfect", The New Yorker, 27 August 2007. Accessed 28 October 2015.
  16. ^ Na Zdarovia Dmitry Rybolovlev! Fertilizer Kingpin Buys Sandy Weill’s $88 M. Penthouse, New York Observer, December 18, 2011.

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