The official closings at 15 Central Park West are about to begin?ending the long, national nightmare of forcing Denzel Washington, Sting, Jeff Gordon, a Google dude and half of Wall Street to live in separate buildings?and since architect Robert A.M. Stern looked upon old luxurious co-ops like 740 Park for design inspiration, the Observer knew there was only one person to call in to assess the building's luxury: 740 Park historian Michael Gross. Does the two-building limestone behemoth make the grade? There are some complaints about less-than-stellar secondary bedrooms and bathrooms, but for the most part, it does. And Gross drops a dime on a few other tidbits, like that we've been unknowingly insulting the palace by not calling it "Fifteen." Apologies. Other fun facts: Total sales in the building racked up $1.9 billion for developers Arthur and William Lie Zeckendorf?both of whom are taking homes in the building?for a total profit of $494 million. And half of the first 70 contracts fell through (the reason for initial reports like these?) because buyers thought the units were overpriced. Well, good luck now, Carl Icahn.
· 15 CPW [NYO]
· CurbedWire: 15 CPW Sells Out, 183 E. Broadway Grows Up [Curbed]