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Old Posted May 26, 2016, 6:09 AM
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Smile NEW YORK | 277 Park Avenue | 687' Roof | 50 FLOORS | 1964

Let's show some love for a mid-Century classic, 277 Park Avenue! This building has had an interesting history over the years, with at least one brush with fire, and one period in July of 1976 where its entire air conditioning system crapped out for over a week. (Both of these facts taken from NYTimes articles)
Unlike 425 Park Avenue, this building has received a lot of attention and care over the years aimed at keeping it current and viable, it's in great shape.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/277_Park_Avenue

I'll start this off with some pics that I took:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...99913/sizes/h/



Facade detail:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...7657538835754/



Lobby chandelier:



The obligatory night shot:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...7657538835754/



I've got some more pics I took this past week, I'll post as soon as I upload them. I'll also add that security there really seems to have developed a hatred of photographers- I had one of them get in my face for taking pictures on my most recent visit. So let's have some fun- post all the 277 Park Avenue pics you can find! Or if you're in the area, take some more
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Old Posted May 26, 2016, 7:34 PM
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Here's more pics that 277 Park Avenue security doesn't want you to see

And yes, these were taken by me.

Park Avenue entrance:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...posted-public/



Look up, look waaay up!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...posted-public/



Cornerstone:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...posted-public/



The view from across Park Avenue:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...posted-public/

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Old Posted May 27, 2016, 8:54 PM
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Here's a link with more info on the building:
http://www.277parkpenthouse.com/

And if you're curious, the floorplans are here:
http://www.277parkpenthouse.com/floorplate.php

The interesting thing with this building is the location of the elevator core- it's not in the center, but rather at the very back of the tower, kind of like a human's spine.
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Great pics! A very elegant and classy building.
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Old Posted Jun 1, 2016, 7:33 PM
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Darn right it's a handsome building! It's often accused of being a knockoff of its neighbor across the street, 270 Park Avenue. But it's got its own charms, and I think it's a great looking building. Aside from security bitching at me for picture taking, I had a great experience with one of this building's tenants- Sheva Thai Spa on the Lexington Avenue side. After a few days of walking around NYC I was sore as hell in several places, so I booked a massage and got some serious deep tissue work done. (OMG If anyone is in NYC, I highly recommend this place!) So I've been inside this building and can attest to how nice its air conditioning feels on bare skin- very pleasant!

Here's some pictures of the building's back end, taken from Lexington- are those open spaces where windows should be its fire tower, by any chance? You can also see some of the mechanical equipment, which looks pretty cool!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...61124/sizes/h/



https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...08472/sizes/h/



Now for something different- the nitty-gritty details of the roof! If anyone knows what those two tall and skinny structures to the right are, please enlighten me!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...08813/sizes/h/

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Anyone else have photos of this building they would like to share? Or thoughts/feelings/comments?
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I just found this- Looks like 277 is getting some work done. I'm actually a little sad about this- it's losing those nice plaza benches and greenery, along with those pretty lobby chandeliers. Is it just me or does this makeover look a little cold?
http://www.cauldwellwingate.com/proj...a-renovations/
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Here's another cool pic, a part of the building that many people don't notice.
Prior to the mid 60's, tall buildings were required to have setbacks, it's a quirk of the NYC building codes that gave us such buildings as the Empire State and Chrysler. Those setbacks worked well with the Art Deco aesthetic. That rule also gave us the "wedding cake" buildings built right after WW2. But architectural fashion was changing- the International style was in vogue, and clients wanted sleek, modern looking towers. No more wedding cakes or frozen fountains. So architects found ways to deal with those pesky required setbacks. In the late 50's to early 60's, several buildings went up which had those setbacks moved to the sides and rear, giving the appearance of tall, sleek towers facing the avenue, but if you looked beyond that, those buildings had virtual tails, which often took up whole blocks. Here's 270 Park Avenue's impressive tail end, Building got back!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/312175...64553/sizes/h/

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