Those Zecekendorfs sure do love their starchitects.
From William Zeckendorf’s work with I.M. Pei and Minoru Yamaski in the 1960s and ’70s to his grandsons’ projects with the likes of KPF and, most notably, Robert A.M. Stern, who created both the brand new 15 Central Park West and the newly renovated 18 Gramercy Park South, the Zeckendorfs have a thing for high design.
Add to that now 50 UN Plaza, a 44-story condo tower on the East Side that will be Lord Norman Foster’s first residential commission in the United States. Mr. Foster is well known for his work on the Hearst Tower, World Trade Center Tower 2 and the new Sperrone Westwater Gallery on the Bowery, as well as a new commission for 425 Park Avenue for L&L Holdings. With this latest commission, he cements his place as an all-around architectural power in the city.
Back in July, The Observer learned that William Lie Zeckendorf had found a buyer for his half of the old Wasserstein pad at 927 Fifth Avenue, which he had purchased for $29.1 million only seven months earlier. The purchase price was rumored to be as high as $34 million, well above the $31.5 million ask and a good explanation for why Mr. Zecekendorf might ever think of selling, given the quick turnaround. It turns out, the sale was even higher than that.
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It was a bare-knuckled fight to get the home, as only there could be in New York, and now the buyer doesn’t want it, as could only happen here.
We’ve been obsessing over William Lie Zeckendorf’s former penthouse for a while now. After all, how could he leave the trophy building, 15 Central Park West, that he built with his brother and Robert A.M. Stern? Well, when presented with a record-setting price and the tantalizing prospect of Bruce Wasserstein’s pad, why Read More
The news earlier this year that William Lie Zeckendorf had sold his penthouse throne atop 15 Central Park West made every real estate jaw in the city drop.
Not only was it impossible to imagine Zeckendorf abandoning the best-selling building that he developed with his brother, but he also managed to break the Read More