Al Pacino’s Central Park Place condo isn’t even next to Central Park, which is three blocks away. Al is a true New Yawker. Gena Hackman also once lived here. Born in Spanish Harlem, dropped out of the High School of Performing Arts, then won a Tony on Broadway plus an Oscar nomination for The Godfather. Catch him doing Italian at Henry Cipriani, 781 5th Avenue
Central Park Place was conceived, designed, and built in the mid to late 1980’s. Central Park Place and its neighbors Cityspire and Metropolitan Towers all opened for sale just as the real estate slump of the late 80’s was taking hold in New York City’s real estate market. Unlike Cityspire, Central Park Place was able to avoid bankruptcy and its success was dependent in part by sales to foreign buyers. The building was conceived of as a 301 unit building and is composed of 2 separate buildings, the lower building, of six stories, and a Tower of fifty five stories. The building is located on the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue and West 57th Street and sits atop a one story base of six commercial units.
The architectural design firm of Davis Brody LLP (now known as Davis Brody Bond), who in later years has gone on to design other luxury buildings such as Waterside Plaza, One Sutton Place, and The Sonoma, gave the building many unique features such as aluminum cladding, bay windows, terraces on the eastside of the Tower, which look out both north, over Central Park, and south toward the Tip of Manhattan. The Tower has four penthouses which step back from the building allowing for outdoor patios with incredible views of the Park and all of Manhattan. At fifty five stories high, and with its unique cap at the top of the Tower housing the water tank, the Tower soars to 591 and a half feet making the building’s profile very visible from all parts of New York and New Jersey.
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