Thanks to both the success and the grandeur of their offerings at 15 Central Park West and 18 Gramercy Park South, real estate developers William Lie and Arthur Zeckendorf have now attained a reputation of being the creators of some of the most luxurious (and most desired) homes in New York City. As a result, the city’s real estate sector is suitably buzzed about their newest development at 50 UN Plaza, located at 345 East 46th Street in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood.
After working with renowned architect, Robert A. M. Stern, for both 15 Central Park West and 18 Gramercy Park South, the Zeckendorfs have decided to work with a new starchitect this time: Lord Norman Foster. Foster, a British architect known for being the designer behind famous structures like the Wembley Stadium in the UK and the Hearst Building in New York, is also a winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. 50 UN Plaza will be his first residential project in America.
50 UN Plaza will be located in between the United Nations Headquarters and the Trump World Tower, and residents in this 44-story condominium building will also be treated to fabulous views of the river. The New York Observer reports that the project will have 87 units, ranging in size from one-bedroom to three-bedroom apartments, along with full-floor residences and duplex penthouses. The project will cost $500 million, and it is expected to be ready by 2014.
After having seen the success of their previous projects with starchitects, all eyes are now on the Foster-Zeckendorf team to see what they will deliver with 50 UN Plaza. Beautiful, spacious apartments with fabulous views seem to be a given, along with stunning amenities that the Zeckendorf brand is known for. One of the services being promised is the private driveway, which incidentally was also one of the major selling points of 15 Central Park West.