There are many new luxury buildings rising along 57th Street, but, as Matt Chaban notes in the Observer, this actually isn't the first time the street's been seen as a suitable home for the very wealthy. In fact, several 57th Street buildings were among the first wave of apartment buildings that convinced Manhattan's richest to leave their townhouses behind. The Osborne, at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, was built in 1885, Alwyn Court in 1907, the Parc Vendome, Ritz Tower, and Rodin Studios not long thereafter. Some of those buildings have since fallen into disrepair, but "the city's craze for apartment living began here," explains Ronda Wist of the Municipal Art Society. "The archetypes are all here." How would the original residents of those buildings feel about the new construction?
· 57th Heaven: How a Boring Boulevard Became the Billionaires Belt [NYO]
· Construction Update: 432 Park Avenue [New York YIMBY]
· Here Now, Mapping All of 57th Street's Towers in Progress [Curbed]