Trump World Tower

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Trump World Tower
Trump World Tower and East River in Manhattan, New York City (cropped).jpg
General information
Type Residential
Location Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′08″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7523°N 73.9677°W / 40.7523; -73.9677Coordinates: 40°45′08″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7523°N 73.9677°W / 40.7523; -73.9677
Construction started 1999
Completed 2001
Cost $300 Million
Owner Donald Trump
Roof 861 ft (262 m)
Top floor 756
Technical details
Floor count 72
Floor area 89,800 m2 (967,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Costas Kondylis
Structural engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk

Trump World Tower is a residential skyscraper at 845 United Nations Plaza (First Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets) in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Construction began in 1999 and concluded in 2001.


Designed by the Greek architect Costas Kondylis, the building is 861 feet high and has 72 constructed floors (but lists 90 stories on elevator panels) with curtain wall facades of dark, bronze-tinted glass.[1] The resulting large windows allow for extensive views of the East River and Midtown Manhattan. The building is constructed with concrete to improve its wind resistance.[2]

Trump World Tower was briefly the tallest all-residential tower in the world, prior to the completion of the 21st Century Tower in Dubai (2003) and the Tower Palace 3 in Seoul (2004). The tallest of the handful of wholly residential towers completed to date by Donald Trump, it cost approximately US$300 million to construct. Prices have relaxed to between $625,000 for a studio (there are only a handful in the building) to over $28 million. The penthouse on the top two floors of the structure which totaled 20,000 square feet (1,858 m²) was priced at $58 million; however, after failing to sell for years, it was split into four different units. Rentals are currently between $2800 and $3700 for studio units and over $4600 for one-bedroom units (590–890 square feet).

Prior to construction, many neighbors, including veteran journalist Walter Cronkite, opposed the building due to its height and lack of distinguishing exterior features.[3] Among the concerns was that this tower would dwarf the United Nations Headquarters across the street. Trump World Tower was constructed as-of-right on the former site of the United Engineering Center through the acquisition of unused air rights from adjacent properties.

In popular culture[edit]

The building and some of its condominium units have previously been featured on NBC's The Apprentice, which formerly featured Donald Trump. It has also appeared on the NBC syndicated television show Extra Season 13 - Ep. 193.[4] The building also featured heavily in the 2007 film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.[5]

Media events[edit]

In 2003, Esquire Magazine held a charity event in the "Esquire Apartment". Besides Trump and his wife Melania, attendees included Uma Thurman, Daniela Pestova, Taye Diggs, and Mark Burnett. Also in 2003, Trump World Tower was the site of the North American "sneak preview" of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren supercar, during which singer Beyoncé Knowles promoted the new luxury vehicle to American media.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nash, Eric Peter., and Norman McGrath. Manhattan Skyscrapers. New York: Princeton Architectural, 1999. Print.
  2. ^ "Trump World Tower, New York City". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ Dunford, Martin. The Rough Guide to New York City. New York: Rough Guides, 2009. Print.
  4. ^ "Donald Trump". 
  5. ^ Before the Devil Knows You're Dead#Production

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