The King of Central Park West

Todd Eberle

The highest-priced new apartment building in the history of New York—indeed, at roughly $2 billion in sales, the most lucrative in the world—isn’t a sleek, one-of-a-kind glass tower. It’s architect Robert A. M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West, an ingenious homage to the classic Candela-designed apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenues where apartments have been snapped up by hotshot hedge-fund managers, established financial titans, and celebrities such as Sting, Denzel Washington, and Bob Costas. From the marble-columned lobby to the wine cellar and pool, the author examines the art, as well as the limits, of Stern’s grand nostalgia.

The King of Central Park West Paul Goldberger Vanity Vair September 2008

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