15 Central Park West
Fifteen Central Park West is bounded by West 61st and 62nd streets, Broadway on the west and Central Park West on the east. The east side of this irregular block was the home of the Mayflower Hotel and the west side had been a vacant lot since I moved to the city in the early 1990s. I followed construction of of the building since the beginning of the excavation for the foundation in 2005. In contrast to the numerous asymmetrical glass curtain-wall microtowers that were, unfortunately, very fashionable during this time period for new construction, the twin 15 CPW buildings as designed by Robert A.M. Stern Associates has a very formidable limestone exterior, which is harmonious with many of the other magnificent early 20th century residential towers on CPW. Unfortunately, that also means I will never be able to afford to live there on any of the 43 floors.
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