Central Park South and 57th St. between 5th and 8th Avenues, also known as Billionaire's Row
On this week's show we will explore two New York streets, or more to the point, 3-block sections of two New York Streets: Central Park South and 57th Street between 5th and 8th Avenues, which is also known these days as Billionaire’s Row.
My guest will be Rediscovering New York regular and the show’s Special Consultant, David Griffin of Landmark Branding.
Tune in for this fascinating conversation at TalkRadio.nyc or watch the Facebook Livestream by clicking here.
Jeff introduces his first guest David Griffin, founder, and CEO of Landmark Branding. David begins about his upbringing in Port Jefferson and how he got interested in NYC and architecture. David’s interest in architecture comes from his mother, who was adamant about taking him to museums when he was younger. Jeff asks David when and how Central Park South and the surrounding neighborhood got its name. CPS became prominent because of all the upscale hotels and restaurants built around it, many of which remain today.
David and Jeff begin talking about the Essex hotel and its history. It is one of the largest Art Deco hotels in the world. They mention the New York Athletics Club, which is one of the most famous gymnasiums in the world. Members of the club would win over one hundred Olympic medals since its opening in 1868.
David and Jeff talk about the historic Crown Building, which has very iconic French architecture. It has been a host to some of the most famous art galleries and parties in New York. The building was secretly purchased by the Phillipean government president, which leads to many lawsuits over its ownership during the 1980s. Jeff brings up the Osborne building, which has a unique architecture compared to the other buildings in the neighborhood.
David begins talking about Carnegie Hall and its history. The architecture is very diverse, and the venue has hosted some of the most excellent classical musicians of all time. The music played there varied from jazz to pop. Jeff brings up the Rodan Studio, which is a building that has housed some of the most famous artists in the city.
00:00:42.930 --> 00:00:52.440 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Hello everyone. Welcome to our listeners in the Big Apple from across the US and around the world. I'm Jeff Goodman and you've tuned into rediscovering New York
00:00:53.130 --> 00:00:59.520 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Professionally, I'm a real estate broker with brown hair Stevens here in the city. And as you know, I love New York
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00:01:15.810 --> 00:01:23.730 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: On some shows we focus on an individual New York neighborhood we explore its history and its current energy. What makes that particular New York neighborhood special
00:01:24.480 --> 00:01:33.690 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Sometimes like tonight we host a show about an interesting and vital color the city and its history. That's not focused on one particular neighborhood tonight's going to be a little bit of a hybrid
00:01:34.830 --> 00:01:41.040 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: But I'm prior episodes, you've covered. We've covered topics as diverse and eliminating as American presidents who came from lived in
00:01:41.340 --> 00:01:44.910 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Where we had some interesting history here in New York, they were about half of them, believe it or not.
00:01:45.600 --> 00:01:54.390 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And also did another program about American that New Yorkers who ran for president and about half of them were from New York who ran for President over the years.
00:01:55.230 --> 00:01:58.500 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We've talked about the history of women activists and the women's suffrage movement in the city.
00:01:59.190 --> 00:02:08.040 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We've talked about African American history in the city. Going back to the time of the Dutch the city. This the history of the city's LGBT community in the gay rights movement.
00:02:08.550 --> 00:02:14.730 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We've explored the history of bicycles and cycling history of punk and Opera. You can tell those a favorite subjects of mine.
00:02:15.270 --> 00:02:25.980 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We've looked at our public library systems. We actually have three of them we visited some of our greatest train stations and even some of our bridges. Yes. Everyone New York has amazing things even our bridges.
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00:02:34.350 --> 00:02:38.790 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Tonight is a sort of a hybrid show we're going to be talking a lot about architectural history.
00:02:39.360 --> 00:02:47.370 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: But also, about two streets in the city that don't really comprise a neighborhood in the classic sense of what a neighborhood is
00:02:48.000 --> 00:02:59.580 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're going to look at buildings on two famous New York Street Central Park South and a very small stretch of West 57th Street between fifth and Eighth Avenue, which is also known these days is billionaires row.
00:03:00.330 --> 00:03:06.420 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: One note about tonight's show is since there is so much history about these buildings.
00:03:07.110 --> 00:03:15.930 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: I don't think we're going to have the time to talk about some of the newer construction. So my guest and I, we were just talking that we would host a different show down the road.
00:03:16.320 --> 00:03:24.510 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: About how more recent architecture, how we recently constructed buildings have actually alter the skyline in the city in different parts
00:03:24.810 --> 00:03:32.970 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And speaking of our guest. He is David Griffin. He's New York rediscovering New York's special consultant and a regular on the show.
00:03:33.570 --> 00:03:39.990 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: David is a lifelong architectural enthusiast and he provides creative sales enhancing services for the national real estate community.
00:03:40.530 --> 00:03:48.840 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: He's the founder and CEO of landmark branding his clients include architects and design firms in addition to developers brokers and marketing companies.
00:03:49.680 --> 00:03:54.720 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: David co hosts a room at the top series with Jennifer Wallace of nascent aren't New York
00:03:55.050 --> 00:04:04.320 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It's the only ongoing networking and Discovery Series in real estate to feature tours of Manhattan's greatest buildings including, as you might have guessed from the name at the top of those buildings.
00:04:05.070 --> 00:04:14.850 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: David has a blog. His latest blog. It's called every building on Fifth it documents every single building on Fifth Avenue from Washington Square right up to where Fifth Avenue ends at the Harlem River in Harlem.
00:04:15.600 --> 00:04:24.210 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: His writing has appeared in real estate weekly Metropolis dwell and the national trusts preservation magazine, David. Welcome back to rediscover New York
00:04:24.690 --> 00:04:31.590 David V. Griffin: Great to be here, Jeff. Great to see you and and be on the show. Again, I always enjoy our
00:04:32.490 --> 00:04:38.910 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, so it's not just great to have you been, I'm really lucky to have you, your expertise and your passion and your sense of humor all combined our
00:04:39.810 --> 00:04:49.260 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Special special feature on the shows that we do together. Um, one thing I'm, I'm always interested in is people who live and work here, and who are passionate about the city.
00:04:50.070 --> 00:04:57.300 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: To find out where they're from, and how they may have wound up here. Um, you're from the New York area but not originally from New York City itself.
00:04:57.930 --> 00:05:10.230 David V. Griffin: Yes, I grew up near Port Jefferson as a kid, till we were about 13 and then my family moved up to the Hudson River Valley where my grandmother's
00:05:10.860 --> 00:05:22.530 David V. Griffin: Was was living at her. Her family's from and we've been there sort of ever since I have lived in the found in the city like on and off over the years, but I've always considered myself a New Yorker.
00:05:23.280 --> 00:05:32.640 David V. Griffin: Via osmosis, as it were, the way I think many people not value. Long Island you and it's always really been the city so
00:05:33.930 --> 00:05:40.140 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And how did you get interested in architectural history. And then also, and I mean there's no better place to study.
00:05:40.440 --> 00:05:50.160 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: The architecture of in this country and perhaps the world and your well that's a little bit forward to say that we have the greatest architect for the whole world but we certainly have the most amazing architecture in the United States.
00:05:51.240 --> 00:06:00.300 David V. Griffin: Well, my mother was an artist and she really believed in kind of tuning us into sort of the visual
00:06:01.110 --> 00:06:06.780 David V. Griffin: Aspect of culture and she was also very interested in bringing us to museums. And as it turned down.
00:06:07.530 --> 00:06:20.220 David V. Griffin: Through happenstance. We wound up being myself and my siblings, the youngest employees of the parks department in New York State. When it became costume interpreters that old Bethpage village restoration out
00:06:21.420 --> 00:06:29.880 David V. Griffin: And we actually would have a chance to sort of dress up in costumes of the 1850s period and demonstrate toys and games of that period.
00:06:31.020 --> 00:06:37.320 David V. Griffin: But we also had a chance to stay overnight and some of the old houses there. And I think that really kind of
00:06:38.340 --> 00:06:46.590 David V. Griffin: Led me to an interest in what architectural history was the fact that these buildings have been around for a while was very interesting to me. So I wanted to know more about
00:06:47.130 --> 00:07:01.650 David V. Griffin: How they were made, who made them etc so forth. And one thing just kind of led to another I majored in architect in art history, with a focus on architecture that's Asner and continued to kind of develop my career from there.
00:07:02.310 --> 00:07:02.670 Um,
00:07:04.230 --> 00:07:11.340 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Let's move to very confined part of the city that we're going to talk about tonight. It's actually six blocks, it's
00:07:12.030 --> 00:07:19.830 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: 59th Street or also known as Central Park South from fifth avenue to Eighth Avenue and 57th Street in the same three block range.
00:07:20.670 --> 00:07:28.710 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It's pretty obvious why Central Park South is called Central Park South, but I'd like to start at the study of this to
00:07:29.160 --> 00:07:40.230 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Find out, you know, when because the park was opened, I think, around the time of the Civil War, but the name of the street didn't change. What, what, when did it change to Central Park South and what led to it. It's the NBA changed.
00:07:40.650 --> 00:07:48.000 David V. Griffin: Um, three blocks of 59th Street boring Central Park were named after the park in 1896 and I think that came about.
00:07:48.660 --> 00:07:56.100 David V. Griffin: When you know Central Park West was being renamed about that time Central Park South had already been sort of developed as a luxury area.
00:07:56.640 --> 00:08:07.620 David V. Griffin: The fact that Central Park was a huge key factor for why people were living there or developing buildings in there. I think was kind of at the forefront of the property owners find. And I'm sure that that had a huge
00:08:08.400 --> 00:08:17.100 David V. Griffin: part to play in the renaming of those blocks for those not entirely familiar with New York City's grid.
00:08:17.730 --> 00:08:28.500 David V. Griffin: It was created on the Commissioners plan at 1811 59th Street was one of the streets created at that time is one of a what they would consider a minor East West Street across Manhattan.
00:08:28.950 --> 00:08:37.620 David V. Griffin: Because Central Park and not the plan yet. So in fact 59th Street only gained its kind of import after the development part
00:08:38.280 --> 00:08:48.090 David V. Griffin: 59 street name initially applied to the entirety of the street between the Hudson River is and the addresses on several parts out follow those of what had been West 59th Street.
00:08:48.840 --> 00:08:57.570 David V. Griffin: And it was really the construction of the park maintenance is a series, The Legend of development of really upscale hotels apartments and other institutions on this section at the United Street.
00:08:58.110 --> 00:09:09.060 David V. Griffin: And there was the original Plaza Hotel, which the Plaza Hotel has replaced a very famous building called the Hawthorne and an incredible complex called the barrel flats.
00:09:09.540 --> 00:09:19.080 David V. Griffin: Which was sort of listed as sort of Spanish apartments. That's what they call them. It's sort of in comparison to what people are calling French flats elsewhere.
00:09:19.560 --> 00:09:29.730 David V. Griffin: And all of those buildings have been taken down and replace the but they really sort of established a kind of a tone of luxury. But this set of the city.
00:09:30.420 --> 00:09:42.840 David V. Griffin: So Central Park South is ordered by Central Park West to the west of Southern part and then at the north THERE IN CENTRAL PARK NORTH, the only portion of the avenues for to Central Park that
00:09:43.380 --> 00:09:55.110 David V. Griffin: Is not named after the park is of course without video because it's Avenue was already Fifth Avenue and nobody needed to rename it to make it sound more glamorous. That was you know the going standard for glamorize having
00:09:57.540 --> 00:10:03.240 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: What kind of structures existed on Central Park South before the buildings that we see today.
00:10:04.320 --> 00:10:06.510 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And of course, we're going to get to those buildings in just a minute, you know,
00:10:07.050 --> 00:10:12.120 David V. Griffin: They were, they were lower scale. They were very luxurious, but they were
00:10:12.150 --> 00:10:23.100 David V. Griffin: Kind of experimental mix of apartment and hotel life. Many people are perhaps aware of the fact that many of the great apartment buildings in New York City.
00:10:23.490 --> 00:10:30.690 David V. Griffin: Were considered apartment hotels and other words you had an apartment in the building and then the kitchen was actually elsewhere.
00:10:31.230 --> 00:10:40.560 David V. Griffin: Gas and service was elsewhere other amenities or elsewhere were sort of making a full circle. These days with apartment buildings that offer things like swimming pools and
00:10:41.040 --> 00:10:46.440 David V. Griffin: greenhouses and, you know, sports fields and things like that to everybody who's living in the building.
00:10:46.950 --> 00:10:55.560 David V. Griffin: But back then, it was sort of like you would have your rooms in the building, but he didn't necessarily have a kitchen. He didn't necessarily have
00:10:56.070 --> 00:11:15.210 David V. Griffin: Total autonomy, you, you. Had you had a kind of a shared service thing. So as that kind of thought of favor people wanted their own kitchens and their own kind of households because sort of sealed off the buildings were replaced after the 1890s, early 1900s period into the 1930s, 1940s.
00:11:16.080 --> 00:11:21.090 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: With the same kinds of buildings extent on 57th Street as we're on Central Park South or with a different
00:11:21.540 --> 00:11:28.950 David V. Griffin: To us somewhat similar degree, but much of West 57th Street was in fact brownstones individual mansions.
00:11:29.400 --> 00:11:42.030 David V. Griffin: Part of the reason for the fact of this was the backbones. It was a very wide Boulevard and building that no longer exists the Vanderbilt mansion which stood where burger equipments does at the
00:11:42.450 --> 00:12:01.980 David V. Griffin: Sort of the northwest corner of 75th Avenue was sort of seen as the need. Plus Ultra domestic designs. So the well to do kind of wrote his coattails, if you will, for several blocks of West 57th Street and the building technology was very different was on several parts out
00:12:02.430 --> 00:12:02.700 Hmm.
00:12:03.900 --> 00:12:10.920 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, let's go to the buildings without any further ado, probably the most famous David on these two streets is the Plaza Hotel.
00:12:11.580 --> 00:12:17.040 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It's actually so famous that we devoted an episode to it, or actually have an episode, along with the Waldorf
00:12:17.520 --> 00:12:24.030 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And I would encourage our listeners to seek that out for a really detailed history of the plaza,
00:12:24.990 --> 00:12:35.880 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It dates from about August 26 of this year depending on the podcast service that you that you use, but we can't talk about iconic buildings on Central Park South without at least touching on the plaza and talking about it briefly.
00:12:36.840 --> 00:12:45.720 David V. Griffin: Well it replaced in earlier hotel have the same name from 1883. In fact, the new developers wanted to just add stories on to it. Then they found out
00:12:46.080 --> 00:12:58.230 David V. Griffin: The older building one hope the weight. So they decided to demolish it I'm Henry harden Berg is the designer of the plaza, he is also known for the Dakota apartments, which happened almost 20 years earlier.
00:12:58.800 --> 00:13:09.240 David V. Griffin: The styles, a very graceful interpretation of French restaurants elements of praise by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, very rarely at anything good to say about any building and it
00:13:10.140 --> 00:13:25.740 David V. Griffin: Was one of the world's early a skyscraper hotels, rising to a height of 20 stories and among its lavish fittings, a word no less than 1650 crystal chandeliers and the largest ever order of gold ribbon cutlery.
00:13:26.490 --> 00:13:40.470 David V. Griffin: Its opening night 1907 was attended by Mark Twain diamonds and Brady and Lillian Russell, among others, and when it first with an efficient open to guess. And I know seven the first guest of silence register with Alfred in Mandeville
00:13:40.890 --> 00:13:46.440 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Now, what was the possible is also uses a residential hotel wasn't, it wasn't just people here for a couple of days or a week or two.
00:13:46.860 --> 00:14:00.360 David V. Griffin: Yes, like the other earlier buildings that I have mentioned those a place where people actually lived George shake wolves live there for a time, many other people did the Russian Princess Vilna know off panaji
00:14:01.380 --> 00:14:07.800 David V. Griffin: A prominent portrait painter actually in the early 20th century lived in a sweet on the third floor with her pet lion.
00:14:09.060 --> 00:14:26.250 David V. Griffin: And, you know, Roosevelt FDR George M Cohen Marilyn Monroe Laurence Olivier Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor separately and together all state or hosted major functions because over the years and the plaza was, as I mentioned, Frank Lloyd Wright's favorite Building in New York City.
00:14:27.540 --> 00:14:44.400 David V. Griffin: He actually designed several buildings while staying at the Plaza for other locations are the most famous sort of living guest, if you will deposit on some living there. And rather than just staying for a while was the fictional Eloise, the creation of the eccentric author K Thompson.
00:14:45.660 --> 00:15:01.830 David V. Griffin: Portrait hung in the closet for many years, and I believe still does. So one last thing about the closet. So was the second location of one of the very few Tiki bars in New York City Trader Vic's famous for its ROM cocktails and rather bizarre your core.
00:15:03.480 --> 00:15:11.970 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, you know, one of the things about the plaza is before they did this renovation. I actually many of us went there, a number of times, of course, in the oyster bar downstairs.
00:15:12.540 --> 00:15:20.940 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: But also the Oak Room, which in in its day had become a little bit. I don't want to say dilapidated but a little bit stale and
00:15:21.480 --> 00:15:29.730 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: jaded, but it was also unofficially back in the 80s was kind of known as sort of a gay bar and I went there, a number of times.
00:15:30.600 --> 00:15:46.530 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Anyway, we're going to take a short break and when we come back we're going to continue our exploration of only six blocks in New York Central Park South and 57th Street with our guest tonight and our shows special consultant David Griffin of landmark branding will be back in a minute.
00:18:11.700 --> 00:18:24.870 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're back and you're back to rediscovering New York on our episode about Central Park South and 57th Street, but only between fifth and eighth avenues. My guest is David Griffin of landmark branding, who's also the programs special consultant
00:18:25.920 --> 00:18:31.560 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: David another famous hotel on Central Park South. Now that we've left the plaza and our in our rearview mirror
00:18:31.860 --> 00:18:43.950 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And other famous hotel is the Essex house. And one of the things that makes it famous for people who may not recognize the name when they, when they hear this. Is that amazing red neon sign that seems like it's visible for miles and miles around
00:18:44.520 --> 00:18:56.880 David V. Griffin: Yeah, it really is a spectacular feature of new york city skyline. The only thing that I can think of that kind of matches it in the city itself. Is that amazing neon sign on the New Yorker hotel.
00:18:57.720 --> 00:19:08.700 David V. Griffin: Which is on the west side of Manhattan and the building opened in 1931 it's 44 stories tall. It's one of the largest Art Deco hotels in the world.
00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:24.150 David V. Griffin: It contains 426 Art Deco style rooms and 100 seats as well as 147 condominium residences. At this point, again, it's kind of interesting to see some of these hotels have kind of returned to a residential
00:19:24.900 --> 00:19:38.610 David V. Griffin: Role in the city and away and the way that they actually were intended and when they first offered originally the roof of doors contains that amazing neon red sign it is six stories tall.
00:19:38.850 --> 00:19:55.380 David V. Griffin: Wow. And it was installed in 1932 the year after the hotel itself opened its really been kind of a feature of Central Park South and the Manhattan skyline and landed, very few kind of instances of kind of signage have been
00:19:57.090 --> 00:20:14.430 David V. Griffin: It is one of the final living places the hotel for the late musician David Bowie. The Russian Foreign composer Igor Stravinsky lived at the Essex house until the end of his life and Casey Stengel frequented the SF house during has New York Yankees and New York Mets managing couriers
00:20:15.690 --> 00:20:18.060 David V. Griffin: Quite a monumental presence on the sky.
00:20:18.660 --> 00:20:25.440 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And despite the the renovations and the updates in the hotel, they still have Art Deco style rooms. Don't think that the Essex house.
00:20:26.160 --> 00:20:30.900 David V. Griffin: The furnishings and the fixtures are all Captain style of the original art deco
00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:39.900 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, let's take a brief detour from living in lodging places in saunter up Central Park South a little bit, and let's go to the New York Athletic Club.
00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:53.010 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: First, how does the gym, it's not it's not only a gym but you know I want to ask you how a gym, you could get built on one of the most expensive dresses in the whole city. How did, how did the New York Athletic Club wind up on central Park's out
00:20:53.340 --> 00:21:02.850 David V. Griffin: Well, the, the New York Athletic Club was one of the very first private clubs of its type founded potentially and definitely in the United States.
00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:22.110 David V. Griffin: And one of the earliest in the world in terms of reaching out to people who were amateur athletes and they had different residences before they moved to Central Park South at that point they were probably one of the preeminent find it athletic or gymnasium clubs in the world really
00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:28.200 David V. Griffin: And they kind of heart back to the idea of the gymnasium as a central focus for
00:21:29.520 --> 00:21:39.360 David V. Griffin: A type of athletic culture that they were seeking to kind of reinvent are based on classical ideas of Greek and Roman physiology athleticism.
00:21:39.780 --> 00:21:50.580 David V. Griffin: Kind of the purity of athletics, if you will, and the building is an amazingly kind of cavernous structure was built in the early 20th century.
00:21:51.090 --> 00:21:58.680 David V. Griffin: And was designed to the architectural firm of New York and Sawyer, both with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York downtown at 33 Liberty Street.
00:21:59.070 --> 00:22:05.610 David V. Griffin: Market. So if any sort of asleep or architectural firm. I think they're one of the most talented architectural firms who have worked in York City.
00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:21.390 David V. Griffin: They had an incredible sense of scale and detailing they knew how to create a product that was an ordinary lavish and opulence and yet somehow also very reserved, they did the Bowery Savings Bank, which is on
00:22:22.710 --> 00:22:27.780 David V. Griffin: East 42nd Street is that the apple Savings Bank, which is that Broadway 73rd
00:22:28.710 --> 00:22:34.770 David V. Griffin: And all their buildings have this kind of very almost kind of monastic census validity to them.
00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:44.580 David V. Griffin: And the as I was actually surprisingly asked here, both inside it out. It isn't quite as often on to some of their other work, but it's very dignified
00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:49.920 David V. Griffin: And it was a 20 floor for floor facility which is unheard of at the time.
00:22:50.550 --> 00:22:59.460 David V. Griffin: For a gymnasium or private club instead of two restaurants, a cocktail lounge a library of all wrong billions around meeting rooms or rooftop Solarium
00:22:59.790 --> 00:23:04.380 David V. Griffin: Eight floors of guests rooms from members and club guests and the athletic training rooms.
00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:11.550 David V. Griffin: Included a swimming pool basketball courts boxing rings a fencing and wrestling room judo floor and squash course.
00:23:12.090 --> 00:23:24.510 David V. Griffin: The New York racquet Club and the University Club are probably the only two other club buildings, I could think of in New York City that offered anywhere near the accoutrements that the New York Athletic Club has done.
00:23:25.470 --> 00:23:39.300 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And the club was groundbreaking in establishing a real foundation and also sort of a how to book for amateur athletics which until the Athletic Club was started was not athletic amateur athletics didn't have the same place in our culture.
00:23:39.870 --> 00:23:46.830 David V. Griffin: No. And this was the club that really compiled and apply to code of room for rules for the Government of the Atlantic meetings.
00:23:47.280 --> 00:24:01.950 David V. Griffin: It was the first offer prizes or open amateur games. And it was the first to hold an amateur championship and the members of the New York Athletic Club have one 119 Olympic gold medals.
00:24:02.070 --> 00:24:12.510 David V. Griffin: Wow 53 silver medals 59 bronze medals presently. The club has top ranked competitors in wrestling judo rowing.
00:24:12.930 --> 00:24:21.660 David V. Griffin: Fencing water polo and track and field, among other sports. It is also. And this is something that I really enjoy the times that I've visited the club.
00:24:22.380 --> 00:24:33.150 David V. Griffin: It's one of the very few buildings at all. New York City heart rate allows you, which is a sort of a recess balcony, which is not open to the elements buddies over to the weather.
00:24:33.780 --> 00:24:49.590 David V. Griffin: My beloved Montauk club, which obviously Jeff, you have visited with me is one of the others, but it really is actually a little bit of a sleeper of a building. I think people won't buy it without realizing how kind of sophisticated and how well designed
00:24:51.480 --> 00:24:57.660 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, I have to admit that, you know, I've been in many buildings in the city. I have not been inside the New York Athletic Club, but would love to do it sometime
00:24:59.820 --> 00:25:03.420 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: So, leaving the Athletic Club and going across the street.
00:25:04.470 --> 00:25:16.590 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We are going to come to Central Park South going back to residential buildings. Now this is a very interesting building because most of the residences are actually duplexes yes
00:25:16.650 --> 00:25:28.560 David V. Griffin: It is a residential skyscraper, and it's comprised of two sections, there is a 70 story 950 foot tower on 58 three that is actually the 17th tallest building in New York City.
00:25:29.280 --> 00:25:37.560 David V. Griffin: And there's an 18 story section on Central Park South. So the building appears to be built in setbacks, the way the classic skyscrapers of the article period where
00:25:37.890 --> 00:25:46.500 David V. Griffin: Which makes sense was designed by Robert am stern architects and Robert and spirit is of course the rain wireless network architecture and interiors, whereby you know
00:25:47.880 --> 00:25:52.740 David V. Griffin: There's a limestone facade and I intend to reply with other buildings around Central Park.
00:25:53.340 --> 00:26:01.110 David V. Griffin: And as you said last time, you're an 18 apartments are duplexes although some of the units of a combined to create larger penthouse or two flex apartments.
00:26:01.830 --> 00:26:13.860 David V. Griffin: There's a wine cellar private dining rooms and various recreational facilities very much in keeping I think with the first generation of luxury apartment or hotels developed along separate parks now.
00:26:14.970 --> 00:26:22.950 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And some home purchases at the building at 220 Central Park South have set some impressive record some incredible sales records in the city.
00:26:23.160 --> 00:26:40.500 David V. Griffin: Well, yes. Two of the buildings here. Let's have in fact sold for over 100 million dollars, including a $238 million unit purchase by the hedge fund manager can have Griffin and 2019. This is evidently the most expensive home ever sold in the United States today.
00:26:42.660 --> 00:26:54.630 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, we're gonna move next door to 222 Central Park South to the games borough studios, which we're actually not originally designed completely for living space where they
00:26:54.960 --> 00:27:06.300 David V. Griffin: Yes. One of my favorite buildings in New York City, designed by Charles W. Buck on the building a 16 stories tall, which makes it sort of a little bit of them towards among its grandeur neighbors now.
00:27:06.690 --> 00:27:17.520 David V. Griffin: But let's tell skyscraper back when it was built, and it has only 34 apartments and the Gainsborough studios, of course, face a separate parts of the north, and it's just fun to circle.
00:27:18.180 --> 00:27:25.590 David V. Griffin: The facade contains incredible detailing there's a bus of the painter Thomas games for above the main entrance which of course is the company's name.
00:27:26.070 --> 00:27:40.710 David V. Griffin: But there's also based beliefs across the third floor, designed by is the door coffee and Tom arrows by Hemi Chapman Mercer's fantastic Moravia pottery and title works at the top stories kind of bands color that's just almost Native Americans.
00:27:41.790 --> 00:27:52.890 David V. Griffin: And these buildings were designed as studio and workplaces for artists, for they could also live if they chose many people painted someplace for them and they'll swear
00:27:53.130 --> 00:27:54.930 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: The fact that this and this was in generations.
00:27:54.930 --> 00:27:56.310 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Before we had the live, work,
00:27:56.850 --> 00:28:04.530 David V. Griffin: Artists studios, nothing. Exactly. But the thing is, is that because games for our studios is facing north. That's the perfect light that artists want
00:28:04.950 --> 00:28:17.160 David V. Griffin: So some of the studios have 18 foot ceilings double high spaces. Others are smaller units that occupy part of a single floor artists generally went to the studios has combination residents working space.
00:28:17.730 --> 00:28:33.090 David V. Griffin: And it was built a pre 1907 1908 artist cooperative housing gradually now at this point it's basically is added residential building the lobby was restored 1950s 1981 and it was designated a city landmark in 1988
00:28:34.530 --> 00:28:41.700 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And this actually was at its inception. It was an artist cooperative. It wasn't just us as a rental building. It was it
00:28:41.700 --> 00:28:42.690 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Was co op
00:28:42.720 --> 00:28:43.920 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: When it first was built.
00:28:44.220 --> 00:28:54.150 David V. Griffin: It was one of the earliest moments in New York to be developed as an artist studio space at it and other buildings like it. We're going to talk about another one later on, gave rise to the terms studio apartment.
00:28:56.250 --> 00:29:03.690 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, we're going to go around the corner. We're going to take a break in a minute or two, but we're going to finish up our segment of Central Park South
00:29:04.830 --> 00:29:17.640 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It's not quite on Central Park South, but on the south side of 57th Street. It's one of the more unusual buildings in the city and that for years. How's the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, but it looked kind of strange. You want to talk about about
00:29:18.180 --> 00:29:19.290 David V. Griffin: Columbus Circle.
00:29:19.380 --> 00:29:30.780 David V. Griffin: Actually I'm once one of my, what am I guilty pleasures, I think, an architecture, an incredible building by average milestone created for HP air hundred to Hartford as a museum.
00:29:31.590 --> 00:29:42.090 David V. Griffin: Having her Harford had one of the world's most amazing art collection works by Rembrandt, Monet man a turnaround Salvador Dali, you wanted to create a museum knows the opposition to the Museum of Modern Art,
00:29:43.080 --> 00:29:49.020 David V. Griffin: The building was unfortunately that's close to a motor to structure Marvel clad Venetian motifs.
00:29:49.350 --> 00:29:55.590 David V. Griffin: It was often called the lollipop building a reference to a mocking review by the great architectural critic edelman's Huxtable on what she called it
00:29:56.130 --> 00:30:08.520 David V. Griffin: A die cut Venetian Palazzo are lollipops, and using Watson design acquired the building and began to alter its design, there was a huge preservation love about this.
00:30:09.240 --> 00:30:13.860 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Yeah, I remember there was a there was a debate on and and and an effort to try to get the building landmark
00:30:14.160 --> 00:30:24.420 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Kind of funny to landmark because we were accustomed to land marking really old and beautiful structures but this of course had architectural significance and they were trying to get this unique building landmarked
00:30:24.660 --> 00:30:37.080 David V. Griffin: It unfortunately did not work. I remember going to hearing about it. I was very much for the preservation of this building, as I said novelists Tom wall artists checklist Frank Stella Robert stern
00:30:37.800 --> 00:30:49.110 David V. Griffin: Kate, would a colleague of mine at landmark branding was walking. They're all of them were people who were trying to fight for this building. And I really think it's a shame. It didn't happen.
00:30:49.680 --> 00:31:05.040 David V. Griffin: Lucy Martin Design Award, by the way, is it is a great collection. There you go, you should absolutely go there. They have wonderful programming. Um, I am so disappointed. They didn't kind of realized what a kind of jewel box they had me original film.
00:31:06.180 --> 00:31:14.310 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, isn't that the story of sadly of in later years of realizing what may have been lost when people want to do the latest and the greatest
00:31:16.140 --> 00:31:30.270 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: All right, we're gonna take a short break and when we come back we're going to continue our conversation with David Griffin and this program about Central Park South and 57th Street between fifth and eighth avenues six blocks long we'll be back in a moment.
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00:35:44.220 --> 00:36:00.570 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, our guest for the entire program is David Griffin of landmark branding. We have no shortage of things to talk about David, I want to ask you about landmark branding what you do and how you combine your love of New York's architectural history with your business.
00:36:01.260 --> 00:36:15.600 David V. Griffin: Well, Jeff, I have been running my own company from 2013 and full time from 2017 in terms of providing a marketing work for the owners developers are brokers.
00:36:16.140 --> 00:36:20.970 David V. Griffin: And interior decorators either historic or architecturally of valuable.
00:36:21.690 --> 00:36:36.600 David V. Griffin: City prior to founding my own company I work with Thomas and Associates, which was one of the most prestigious our consulting firms in New York City. I worked at for 17 years and the title senior associate. And so we had some amazing clients.
00:36:37.740 --> 00:36:50.340 David V. Griffin: Aren't the Whitney, you name it, we work with everybody in New York City. And nowadays I provide everything from VIP tours to broker profiles, I write listings
00:36:50.730 --> 00:36:57.660 David V. Griffin: Right sort of special type of information. I've done building profiles for SL green and other companies.
00:36:58.110 --> 00:37:09.600 David V. Griffin: And I write for dwell Acropolis. I've written word of your state weekly I've written for Brown stoner right I've written for the National Trust sport presentation magazine.
00:37:10.110 --> 00:37:15.870 David V. Griffin: And I have a blog to see mentioned every building on shift which is every single building on to the avenue.
00:37:16.170 --> 00:37:29.490 David V. Griffin: From Washington Square, all the way up to the Harlem armory. I think one of the great art deco building of the city. Definitely worth of business and an amazing historic kind of cultural landmark upon
00:37:31.680 --> 00:37:46.950 David V. Griffin: Currently I am working to develop a book on the history of the penthouse is an American architectural type and I do numerous illustrated sort of online tours and walks through various architectural technologies.
00:37:48.630 --> 00:37:55.350 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: That's great. And I've had the pleasure of being present at a very many of your lectures, including the one on the penthouse.
00:37:57.300 --> 00:38:01.980 David V. Griffin: Room at the top series and Jennifer Wallace and James was Mark who are
00:38:02.910 --> 00:38:07.650 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And Jennifer and James are going to be a guest along with you on a show in January, that we are
00:38:07.650 --> 00:38:07.890 David V. Griffin: Going
00:38:08.220 --> 00:38:11.400 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: To talk about public art which I'm really looking forward to as well.
00:38:12.330 --> 00:38:24.900 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, we're going to start off this segment on 57th Street, but also a building that is in your block every building on Fifth and we're talking about the crown building which is right across the street from the famous Tiffany's and
00:38:25.830 --> 00:38:27.930 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: You want to talk about the crown building and what was it,
00:38:28.800 --> 00:38:37.710 David V. Griffin: Originally known as the headshot building and designed by Warner Blackmore hundred Grand Central Terminal and completed at night 21 at 26 floors.
00:38:38.430 --> 00:38:47.490 David V. Griffin: The name was a change to the crown building in 1983 because of its incredible diet. And like look when illuminated night. It was a very, very
00:38:47.910 --> 00:38:55.920 David V. Griffin: Was it skyscraper. One of the most graceful kind of interpretations and playful, I would say of the French Renaissance city.
00:38:56.250 --> 00:39:06.780 David V. Griffin: And very famous for a very long time for housing, not only great jewelers companies, but some of the greatest Park galleries in New York City, including able some galleries, for example.
00:39:07.380 --> 00:39:17.220 David V. Griffin: Which has subscribed to the for building and numerous others as, then it is literally one of the great sort of destination addresses. I think in
00:39:18.930 --> 00:39:24.060 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Actually, I remember when I was looking for a job in magazine ad sales in the 90s.
00:39:24.480 --> 00:39:31.200 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: I had an interview with the ad director of Playboy Playboy. It was in that building. And we had this incredible office.
00:39:31.500 --> 00:39:45.390 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: On the corner in a corner suite on on on 57 there was a third floor, but I was just, I was just in awe of being at that place and having this conversation with him looking at a Tiffany's and looking across at at Bergdorf. So it was something
00:39:46.530 --> 00:39:50.580 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: It does have a little bit of a sordid history in terms of its ownership, doesn't it.
00:39:51.240 --> 00:40:01.770 David V. Griffin: Oh, I would say, you know, not to cast a shadow against anybody who's ever been there, but it was purchased 1981 but evidently by the Philippine President for an end Marcos.
00:40:02.010 --> 00:40:04.440 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Secretly he do, he goes in public, a better try not to be
00:40:04.560 --> 00:40:15.330 David V. Griffin: Not. No, no, he was international companies to do to kind of create a shell game on it. I'm helping you know obtaining how for various other business associates.
00:40:15.810 --> 00:40:25.320 David V. Griffin: The crown building was then the focus of various lawsuits. After the fall of the Marcos regime numerous parties, including the Philippine government claims rights to the building.
00:40:25.980 --> 00:40:38.610 David V. Griffin: Lawsuits aimed at Marcos have entered into various movements for the building a person with money that was not his and all the parties involved way to sell the building of SPLIT THE PROCEEDS in excess of what was then an $89 million mortgage
00:40:39.690 --> 00:40:52.710 David V. Griffin: It hasn't really sort of slowed down the fact this is still one of the great kind of, I think, New York architectural moments. And one of the things like the crown diamond so special is that because of the nature of
00:40:53.460 --> 00:41:01.470 David V. Griffin: on Fifth Avenue at that juncture where it opens up into the plaza district and there is the the flaws in the park. Come right after burger flippers.
00:41:01.830 --> 00:41:16.170 David V. Griffin: The crown building can be seen the entire length of Fifth Avenue. When you're looking south, no matter how far north you now you have that tackler kind of golden crown at the top of that it really is a tremendous piece of argument.
00:41:17.670 --> 00:41:32.880 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And now we're going to go across the street to the solid building on this one of two. That looks strikingly similar from the outside of that they have angled facades that slowly straighten out above a particular floor. Do you want to talk about the Salah building. Yes.
00:41:32.910 --> 00:41:44.220 David V. Griffin: The grace building is the other building the Jeff is thinking I'm which is on West 42nd Street facing Bryant Park. The fellow building itself is the larger of the structures.
00:41:44.910 --> 00:41:57.900 David V. Griffin: Built in 1974 and decide by coordinate bunshaft of the famous part of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and it was developed by shoulders so owl named the building after himself no little ego.
00:41:58.950 --> 00:42:09.390 David V. Griffin: And continue to manage that own the building until his death. The building is strike, not just for it's very I think graceful and very eye catching shape its height.
00:42:09.750 --> 00:42:24.540 David V. Griffin: It's, it's sort of sense of massiveness and kind of consideration of its neighbors, but also for housing, a private gallery of saw I was our collection, which included works by Franz Klein. I remember now eventually met he
00:42:26.070 --> 00:42:32.220 David V. Griffin: managed under the nonprofits are an architectural foundation but perpetually closed not open to the public.
00:42:32.580 --> 00:42:44.610 David V. Griffin: You can go and sort of looking at through the plate glass windows on the ground floor. It is a secular jewel box collection. Um, I don't know what's to become a bad because Jeff is, you know,
00:42:46.290 --> 00:43:04.680 David V. Griffin: Well, so has died a few months ago. So yeah, it'll be interesting to see kind of what does happen to that collection. It would be wonderful was maintained, kind of on site and the public are allowed to go in and look at it because it is spectacular. There
00:43:04.710 --> 00:43:10.320 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We do have something we do have something on the lower floor on the lower level that actually will not during coven
00:43:10.350 --> 00:43:18.990 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Times, but before and certainly afterward, which is extremely accessible to the public. And in fact, that you and I have been to a number of times you more than anything, but I've been
00:43:18.990 --> 00:43:27.390 David V. Griffin: That it's it's it's where I hold my annual birthday party or its so as, as Jeff says prior to cover
00:43:27.990 --> 00:43:34.920 David V. Griffin: basement level restaurant wants to build and cafeteria. It's known as eight and a half and incorporates strawberry work.
00:43:35.670 --> 00:43:47.130 David V. Griffin: A large sing last year. Oh, by the artist Fernanda jack when only to buy that artists in the world. There's also a huge ceiling fixture to to to leak.
00:43:47.580 --> 00:43:56.580 David V. Griffin: And there is an incredible dramatic central spiral staircase design separately by the artist Kevin Rose. She was responsible for the Ford Foundation.
00:43:57.210 --> 00:44:07.770 David V. Griffin: And the staircase was cast in cement as a single piece like a a flying staircase of the colonial period, but at this kind of massive scale.
00:44:08.370 --> 00:44:19.200 David V. Griffin: And there's also, of course, the large red sculpture of the digit nine announcing the golden sadness, designed by the graphic artist. I then charming enough and that is one of the
00:44:20.070 --> 00:44:32.220 David V. Griffin: I think kind of great moments of West 57th Street is view of that. That's a such a kind of a fun, silly and yet monumental kind of piece of work.
00:44:32.580 --> 00:44:34.140 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Yes, yes, it's really something.
00:44:35.490 --> 00:44:48.570 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, we're gonna go down the block to something a little bit more traditional and having to do with music. And actually, encompassing a lot of New York musical history. I'm talking about the Steinway building, which is now part of the Steinway tower. Yep.
00:44:48.660 --> 00:44:55.710 David V. Griffin: 11 111 West 57th Street, also known as the Steinway tower. It's a super tall residential skyscraper.
00:44:56.280 --> 00:45:03.570 David V. Griffin: Developed by JD has to offer group on billionaires row. This is where we get a little bit of the Millionaire's Row action.
00:45:04.260 --> 00:45:15.570 David V. Griffin: The earliest section is Steinway Hall, the 16 story former Stanley and sons storage buildings face designed again by warning like work like the grand opening Grand Central Station is architects.
00:45:16.560 --> 00:45:25.830 David V. Griffin: Really a gorgeous watchtower just one of the most dignified buildings. I think on less than seven Street, and it has a spectacular lobby.
00:45:26.460 --> 00:45:42.540 David V. Griffin: Which was used as a sort of a testing room for pianos a showcase for Steinway pianos and the piano bank and the basement had over 300 pianos at one point value over $15 million on your
00:45:42.600 --> 00:45:51.960 David V. Griffin: Article in 2001 said almost every 20th century virtuous so had passed through that first for reception room on the concert arts department and basement.
00:45:53.280 --> 00:46:04.140 David V. Griffin: My dad's probably listening to this right now is one of the people who is a musician and I had a great moment with him in New York, when we were able to kind of tour the piano area.
00:46:04.530 --> 00:46:13.830 David V. Griffin: Etc, and so forth. Prior to Steinway selling the building. There are a lot of performances at this building in that gorgeous kind of front hall.
00:46:14.370 --> 00:46:32.040 David V. Griffin: When it was famous was the 1928 duo piano recital by live near Parliament's and Sergei black monologues and mentioned 97 the Steinway ours Jeffrey bagel performed the first classical music recital transmitted live over the internet with audio and video sent from styling Hall.
00:46:33.720 --> 00:46:35.640 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Wow. Such history.
00:46:37.020 --> 00:46:49.380 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're gonna take a short break and when we come back we're going to continue our conversation with David Griffin of landmark branding. This week, focusing on Central Park South and 57th Street between fifth and eighth avenues. We'll be back in a moment.
00:49:06.090 --> 00:49:12.030 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're back to rediscovering New York and this episode of at Central Park South and billionaires are on 57th Street.
00:49:12.780 --> 00:49:27.420 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: My guest is David Griffin of landmark branding. I do want to do a little plug for a book of one of my co hosts and actually our engineer Sam Liebowitz Sam just recently wrote and published a book called everyday awakening.
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00:49:42.180 --> 00:49:46.950 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: By the way, it's a number one bestseller in the New Age mysticism new thought and chakra categories on Amazon.
00:49:47.310 --> 00:49:57.270 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: As well as an international bestseller. I have a copy of the book since Sam and I have been in remote locations. I have not gotten my copy inscribed yet but I'm looking forward to doing that when Sam and I get to meet again.
00:49:57.630 --> 00:50:01.680 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: which I hope will be before too long, David. Moving on, along
00:50:02.130 --> 00:50:15.210 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're going to move to the corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue into one of the most famous buildings in New York. And certainly, probably the most famous building in music in the United States. And that's Carnegie Hall. What a structure that is my god
00:50:15.510 --> 00:50:21.420 David V. Griffin: That is really Connie Hall lot of Grand Central Terminal is probably one of my favorite going to New York City.
00:50:21.960 --> 00:50:29.970 David V. Griffin: And one of the things I like about it is that it's actually a very playing building. It's very, it's just sort of their, you know, it's a big
00:50:30.420 --> 00:50:43.800 David V. Griffin: Gorgeous musical bar, and it was signed by the architect William Bernal Hill built, of course, by philanthropists Andrew Carnegie and 9891 and I don't need to say one of the most prestigious venues in the world who both classical and popular music
00:50:45.060 --> 00:51:03.060 David V. Griffin: It presents about 250 performances each season Isaac Stern auditorium seats 2804 or five levels, named after the Great violinist Isaac Stern and I can add seven to recognize his efforts to save the hall from demolition. In the 1960s, when they thought the building was coming down.
00:51:04.470 --> 00:51:13.140 David V. Griffin: All of the top level can be reached by elevator. I had a moment. I had a very notable episode of vertigo once in that building like looking over the balcony structure.
00:51:13.380 --> 00:51:13.830 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Oh, yeah.
00:51:14.340 --> 00:51:16.710 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Do because it is it is really massive and look
00:51:17.370 --> 00:51:24.300 David V. Griffin: It is actually an incredible interior. I think it's architecturally. It's actually one of the glories of New York, even though it's very, very severe
00:51:25.320 --> 00:51:36.240 David V. Griffin: Most of the great performance of classical music on Carnegie Hall was built have formed in the main hall Toscanini Leonard Bernstein Bruno Walter
00:51:37.050 --> 00:51:47.550 David V. Griffin: Just so incredible talent and I think almost more importantly in some ways is a colleague, he also has been a place where as such a popular music as well.
00:51:47.880 --> 00:51:57.210 David V. Griffin: And we have like legendary jazz music performance given memorable performances there Benny Goodman Duke Ellington glenn miller Billie Holiday Billie Eckstein
00:51:57.660 --> 00:52:03.660 David V. Griffin: Keep George Judy Garland Charles as adores Simon and Garfunkel Nina Simone Shirley Bassey
00:52:04.140 --> 00:52:15.780 David V. Griffin: All of them made celebrated live recordings of their concert at Carnegie Hall. It was also decided many famous lectures tuning the Tuskegee Institute Silver Anniversary lecture by Booker T. Washington
00:52:16.590 --> 00:52:31.260 David V. Griffin: And the last public lecture by Mark Twain. Both were in 1906 and, if I may, honk my family's horn. A LITTLE BIT MY FAMILY actually performed at Carnegie Hall as a family act back and we think like the early 1920s.
00:52:32.310 --> 00:52:46.200 David V. Griffin: And it was the location or one of the very first African Americans to sing at a public musical or opera house of this calendar mess around a Jones, who's song and June 15 890
00:52:47.250 --> 00:52:56.340 David V. Griffin: The Benny Goodman orchestra gave a sold out swing and jazz concert in 1938 Count Basie Duke Ellington, the list just goes on and on, really.
00:52:58.110 --> 00:52:59.040 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, wow.
00:53:00.570 --> 00:53:13.290 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: We're going to go a block away and go to a building that was like its neighbor on Central Park South that was also designed for artists and their work and I'm speaking about the famous games borrow apartments.
00:53:14.730 --> 00:53:15.960 David V. Griffin: The road and studios.
00:53:15.960 --> 00:53:17.280 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: I'm sorry, the road. The studio. Sorry.
00:53:17.310 --> 00:53:19.260 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Gainsborough is on Central Park South
00:53:20.340 --> 00:53:21.120 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: I've been busted.
00:53:21.450 --> 00:53:29.070 David V. Griffin: Amazing building really kind of reflecting as we've already explored kind of the idea of the studio apartment.
00:53:30.330 --> 00:53:38.340 David V. Griffin: So nice, you know, eight, of course, is the games for our corporate him and then several years later. The Road Studios has built a
00:53:38.880 --> 00:53:54.060 David V. Griffin: Design my Cass Gilbert, the Woolworth Building. So in this incredible sort of birdcage Gothic style and was the home of numerous artists like glorious interiors theatre dreiser's the novelist actually probably the most famous
00:53:55.140 --> 00:54:01.980 David V. Griffin: And having a duplex on the 13th floor with his wife Harmer could say, man, they're White Russian wolfhound
00:54:02.520 --> 00:54:13.080 David V. Griffin: And they entertained everyone from auto con Sherwood Anderson Alexander Walcott Ernest wide Dorothy Parker and the British novelists john because
00:54:13.800 --> 00:54:30.420 David V. Griffin: After the one of the century, the our apartments were converted into office space and most of the interior details of portrait mode, but the building was extensively restored and in 2000 16,008 and is in New York City. Well,
00:54:31.350 --> 00:54:40.440 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Yeah, the, the restoration that it went through really brought back so much of its original exterior architectural glory. It's such a it's such a wonder just to pass by and
00:54:40.860 --> 00:54:48.300 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And look up and look at it. Look at the facade. Speaking of art. We also have the Art Students League across 57th Street.
00:54:48.600 --> 00:54:55.950 David V. Griffin: Yes, it was a place where my mother actually study as in many other people obviously throughout the years.
00:54:56.310 --> 00:55:04.110 David V. Griffin: It's one of the the first sort of arts clubs that was known for a broad appeal to both amateur and professional artists. So it kind of really crosses the word
00:55:04.680 --> 00:55:11.550 David V. Griffin: Artists can study full time, but they're never been a degree programs or grades and it's kind of an informal attitude of almost
00:55:11.970 --> 00:55:19.170 David V. Griffin: Yay. So on the other words we got sort of meet interesting artists will tell you, or suggest things that you can do.
00:55:19.650 --> 00:55:28.350 David V. Griffin: On the building is actually quite beautiful design in the French Renaissance style by Henry hard vertical sit at the Plaza Hotel and the Dakota
00:55:28.980 --> 00:55:37.830 David V. Griffin: And while Ross, who have served as instructors include none other than Thomas Hart Benton Alexander Calder really matter chase to UC Davis.
00:55:38.250 --> 00:55:52.590 David V. Griffin: Thomas, he can Daniel Chester French George cross Philip Guston child has them. Robert, Henry. Your hands Hoffman maximum parish Augustus think what ends and George Tucker, very, very dynamic line, um,
00:55:53.340 --> 00:56:04.290 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Well, David, like always, we go into such detail and everything. We talked about is really fascinating, but we're almost at a time. And the minute that we have less. Let's talk about the Osborne
00:56:04.800 --> 00:56:16.650 David V. Griffin: Ah, one of my favorite buildings in New York City. Kind of a Richard Sony and Romanesque pile on heavily rustic hated a really bizarre building actually look at some ways very severe
00:56:17.040 --> 00:56:23.490 David V. Griffin: The developer title. So I was born was a stone contractors, so obviously wanted to make the best use possible of his material.
00:56:23.910 --> 00:56:30.300 David V. Griffin: But while episodes are very heavily rustic a good combination of Roman ask and romantic revivals
00:56:31.020 --> 00:56:39.480 David V. Griffin: The lobby is a masterpiece. It is a design team dream of fields tiles their contributions by August the same good ends.
00:56:40.380 --> 00:56:50.010 David V. Griffin: By van bars where the great Mariela sustainable as hard as the by Lewis Comfort Tiffany And as Studios, the French designer Jacob office pause there.
00:56:50.940 --> 00:56:58.410 David V. Griffin: I don't think apartment building in the world and couldn't quite post something as magical as the lobby of the Osborne
00:56:58.890 --> 00:57:04.920 David V. Griffin: On. It's very labyrinthine. It's also one of the first buildings in the world, not only to be fireproof but found
00:57:05.790 --> 00:57:13.590 David V. Griffin: Wow, that was very popular with composers opera singers and musicians who are of course appearing a chronic y'all just across the street.
00:57:14.460 --> 00:57:22.170 David V. Griffin: And 1961 developer software developer plan to demolish it and replace it with an entirely new 17 story apartment building.
00:57:22.620 --> 00:57:34.080 David V. Griffin: Fortunately, the residents organized its purchase and conversion to do cooperatives and next year. So it has remained with us, as I think one of the great domestic icons New York City.
00:57:34.500 --> 00:57:39.900 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: That's great. And it's one of the rare cooperatives that were not affordable housing that had been on with the beliefs and owned by the city.
00:57:40.260 --> 00:57:48.630 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: With the owners organized and actually bought it directly from the owner instead of the owner converting it on their own to co ops and then selling it off to insiders.
00:57:49.080 --> 00:57:56.370 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: David, we are at a time. It goes so quickly. I want to thank you, our guest has been David Griffin. The show special consultant David
00:57:56.880 --> 00:58:08.250 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Company is landmark branding, you can reach him and find out about his services more at WWW dot landmark branding com a program notes, since we didn't have time to talk about the newer structures on billionaires row.
00:58:09.030 --> 00:58:17.190 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: Stay tuned for a future program that's going to talk about and explore how current buildings recent buildings have added to the skyline in New York.
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00:59:05.640 --> 00:59:11.940 Jeff Goodman, Rediscovering New York: And of course, our special consultant is David Griffin of landmark branding our guest tonight. Thanks for listening. We'll see you next time.