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22 Central Park South, Application to Alter the Entrance, Façade, and Roof

WHEREAS, 22 Central Park South is a vacant eight-story residential building, located on Central Park South, adjacent to the landmarked Plaza Hotel and under the same ownership as the Plaza; and

WHEREAS, In 1965, for unknown reasons, the tax lot for 22 CPS was merged into the Plaza's tax lot 25, so that when in 1969 the Plaza was designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Plaza and 22 CPS were on the same tax lot; and

WHEREAS, The Plaza's LPC designation report mentions "tax lot 25" it does not mention or describe 22 CPS, however by reason of the merged tax lots 22 CPS is deemed part of the Plaza landmark designation; and

WHEREAS, While the tax lots for the Plaza and 22 CPS are now again separate, since it is still considered part of the landmarked Plaza, 22 CPS had to apply to LPC for alterations to its entrance, façade, and roof; and

WHEREAS, The alterations for 22 CPS will create seven residences and consist of:

1.      replacing the existing façade with new limestone, having a symmetrical picture window arrangement, and flanked by vertical casement windows at each level;

2.      removing the existing fire escapes;

3.      completely resurfacing the existing subway entrance with limestone and  changing the building's entry to the eastern side;

4.      setting the eighth floor back six feet from the roof line and constructing in place of an existing greenhouse and bulkhead a new rooftop penthouse, which will not be visible from Central Park South or Grand Army Plaza, giving the building an overall height of approximately 100 feet; and

WHEREAS, The proposed alterations are appropriate for Central Park South and do not in any way adversely affect the landmarked Plaza and would be a significant improvement to the existing vacant 22 CPS; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five recommends approval of the proposed alterations to the entrance, façade, and roof of 22 Central Park South.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.


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