Sunday, June 17, 2007

A New, Taller Skyline Rises on Central Park North - June 14, 2007 - The New York Sun 

A New, Taller Skyline Rises on Central Park North - June 14, 2007 - The New York Sun

It's been long overdue that the northern side of Central Park be utilized for development. This new project should be a harbinger of good things to come.

A luxury building on Central Park's northernmost border is expected to open in September with 48 multi-million dollar units spread over 19 floors.

The blue-glass, L-shaped building, designed by architect Peter Schubert of Hillier Architecture, is a lightweight, modernist counterpoint to the heavy masonry feel of the rest of the neighborhood. The building, located at 111 Central Park North, is designed to maximize the view of a vast open park space stretching out before it.

"It's a location very few people have actually been to or seen," the executive director of development for the Athena Group, Gary Davis, said. "We are in the center of the park, and it's a magnificent view that no one has ever really had before."

The building, where units are selling for between $1.5 million and $8.5 million, features a private courtyard entrance on 110th Street and a 10,000-square-foot landscaped terrace overlooking the park.

"Urban buildings have a fundamental responsibility to the skyline," Mr. Schubert said. "Since we were facing the park we figured that we needed to have a very clear, distinct profile in the skyline."

The building's $8.5 million penthouse apartment was named this year's "ultimate bachelor pad" by Esquire magazine, but Mr. Davis said he hopes the two- and threebedroom units would attract families.


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