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15 Central Park West: Classicists' Lucky Day

WORST BUILDING? Hardly, insist the reviewers over at Triple Mint, who have almost nothing but love for this work by the man to call (apparently) for limestone-clad prewar elegance with all the latest mod-cons, Robert A.M. Stern. Get out your highball glasses:

The symmetrical setbacks atop the lower tower ... create the classic penthouses of what architect and author James Sanders calls the Dream City. It's the loving early Hollywood version of New York, of cocktails, black tie, and witty banter we think of from the movies that idealize the city. If only the street-level retail were quite so wonderful, darling:

Something on the more intimate scale of Madison Avenue boutiques would have been preferable, but the bland malling of Manhattan marches on. Hey, it seems to be working at least for the neighborhood's Time Warner Center.

· 15 Central Park West [Triple Mint]
· Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies [Sanders]
· The E-mails Go Straight to Bobby A.M. [Curbed]