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What are New York’s “Good Buildings?”

In 1985, Tom Wolfe wrote an Esquire article where he talked about 42 New York buildings as “Good Buildings.” For your curiosity, the list is below.

Now since I was too lazy to go back and find the original article, this list is via Stephen Gaines’ The Sky’s the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan. If you are reading this post you’ve probably already read this book, but if not, buy it here now.

Of course, the question arises “in a downturn, what holds its value?” In the early ’90s, for example, the Gold Coast of Greenwich Village held up well, but currently it feels like celebrities would rather like in 15 Central Park West than down there. So we’ll have to see; the future will come to us.

But do bear in mind that some of New York’s best (or at least most hyperexpensive) buildings are not on this list — and some of those that were at the time aren’t. No Dakota, no Forty Fifth Avenue.

1 Beekman Place

10 Gracie Square

1 East End Avenue

120 EEA

550 Park Avenue

555 Park

635 Park

640 Park

720 Park

730 Park

740 Park

765-75 Park

770 Park

778 Park

812 Park

810 Fifth Avenue

820 Fifth

825 Fifth

834 Fifth

953 Fifth

960 Fifth

998 Fifth

1020 Fifth

1030 Fifth

1040 Fifth

River House — 435 East 52nd Street

4 East 66th Street

131-5 East 66th

2 East 70th Street

4 East 72nd Street

19 East 72nd

36 East 72nd

117 East 72nd

160 East 72nd

50 East 77th Street

21 East 79th Street

39 East 79th

66 East 79th

79 East 79th

25 Sutton Place North

One Sutton Place South

Posted in For Buyers and For Gawkers and For Sellers 10 years, 7 months ago at 11:58 am.

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