15 Central Park West

15 Central Park West is a 35-floor luxury condominium located at the corner of West 61st Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, opposite Central Park. The building was designed in a New Classical style by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Construction was completed in 2008, at a cost of $950 million ($1,100,000,000 in today's dollars). 15 Central Park West is considered by some to be one of New York's most prestigious residential addresses, and its residents have included notable actors, athletes, CEOs, hedge fund managers, and billionaires.[3]

15 Central Park West
General information
TypeResidential condominium
Architectural styleNew Classical
LocationUpper West Side, Manhattan
Address15 Central Park West,
New York, New York, U.S.[1]
Coordinates40°46′10″N 73°58′52″W
Current tenants202 units[2]
Construction started2005[1]
Cost$950 million (2008)
Roof550.01 feet (167.64 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count35 floors[2]
Design and construction
ArchitectRobert A.M. Stern Architects[2]
DeveloperArthur Zeckendorf,
William Zeckendorf


The building's location, described as "the most expensive site in Manhattan" (purchased for $401 million in 2004 ($530,000,000 in current dollar terms), comprises an entire, albeit small, city block on Central Park West on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, formerly occupied by the somewhat dilapidated Mayflower Hotel (a 1926 Neo-Renaissance building designed by the architect Emery Roth) and a vacant lot.[4] The building was designed in a New Classical style by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.[5] It 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.[6][7] 15 Central Park West is considered by some to be one of New York's most prestigious residential addresses.[8]


As designed, 15 Central Park West is divided into two sections, a 19-story tower on Central Park West known as "the house," joined by a glass-enclosed lobby to a 35-story tower on Broadway. It includes such amenities as a private driveway to screen residents from paparazzi, a cinema with 20 seats, and a 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) fitness center with a 75-foot (22.86 m) swimming pool.[9][10]

15 Central Park West's limestone facade uses material from "the same quarry that was a source for the Empire State Building".[11] 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.[12]

The AIA Guide to New York City lamented Robert A.M. Stern's "attempted re-incarnation" of the luxurious apartment buildings built on Central Park West between the two world wars. It criticized how "everything's exaggerated, retro and gigantic" and characterized the building as inferior to its next door neighbor, The Century. [13]

However, The New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote that 15 Central Park West was designed to "echo" Central Park West's many notable late Art Deco buildings.[14] He described the building in Vanity Fair as an "ingenious homage to the classic Candela-designed apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues."[4] 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.[4]

Notable residents

Notable residents include or have included actors Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, and Kelsey Grammer, musician Sting, television writer and producer Norman Lear, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, and sportscaster Bob Costas, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, and former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, hedge fund managers Daniel Loeb, Daniel Och, billionaire businessmen Dmitry Rybolovlev (and his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva), Les Wexner, Marcel Herrmann Telles, Eyal Ofer, Idan Ofer, Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Omid Kordestani, and Min Kao.[15][16][9][17][18][19][20]

Arthur MacArthur IV, the son of General Douglas MacArthur, lived in the Mayflower Hotel that previously occupied the site until 2004. When the building was demolished to make way for 15 Central Park West he moved to Greenwich Village.[21] Another resident of the former Mayflower Hotel was Herb Sukenik, who received a $17 million payment to move out, along with a condo for life. This is believed to be "by far the highest price ever paid to [relocate] a single tenant in the city of New York."[22]

See also


  1. "The Tower of 15 Central Park West" on Emporis.com
  2. "15 Central Park West" Archived 2012-02-13 at the Wayback Machine on the Robert A. M. Stern Associates website
  3. 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.
  4. The King of Central Park West, Vanity Fair, Paul Goldberger, September 2008
  5. "15 Central Park West: Classicists' Lucky Day". Curbed. October 11, 2005. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  6. "15 Central Park West construction commences". Globes. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  7. Craig Karmin, Developers Team Up With a Man Behind the Scenes, The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2013
  8. 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.
  9. A-Rod joins Sting, Denzel Washington, other rich and famous at 15 Central Park West, Owen Moritz, February 28, 2010, Daily News Archived 2010-03-01 at WebCite
  10. The 15 Central Park West Rundown
  11. The Services and Specifications, Fifteen Central Park West
  12. Goldberger, Paul. "Past Perfect", The New Yorker, August 27, 2007. Accessed October 28, 2015.
  13. American Institute of Architects., White, N., & Willensky, E. (1978). AIA guide to New York City. New York: Macmillan. p. 390.
  14. Goldberger, Paul. Why Architecture Matters, Yale University Press, 2009, p. 215
  15. Karmin, Craig (January 6, 2011). "CEO of GPS Maker Locates a New Home". The Wall Street Journal.
  16. Vamburkar, Meenal (January 11, 2019). "This Brazilian billionaire just snagged a second pad at 15 CPW". The Real Deal.
  17. Morgan Halberg (September 15, 2017). "Ben Affleck Looks at 15 Central Park West Rental With Lindsay Shookus". Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  18. Julie Zeveloff (March 23, 2012). "Who Lives At 15 Central Park West?". Business Insider. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  19. Na Zdarovia Dmitry Rybolovlev! Fertilizer Kingpin Buys Sandy Weill's $88 M. Penthouse, New York Observer, December 18, 2011.
  20. Gross, Michael (March 9, 2014). "Inside the walls of swanky 15 Central Park West". Nypost.com. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  21. Nye, James (March 2, 2014). "Hermits strike it rich! Unemployed man, 73, paid $17 MILLION to leave rent-controlled apartment (while General MacArthur's reclusive son only got $650k in same deal) | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  22. Gross, Michael (March 2, 2014). "Hotel hermit got $17M to make way for 15 Central Park West". New York Post. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
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