432 Park Avenue is the tallest roof in Manhattan, the third tallest building in the United States (behind Willis and One World Trade Center), and developed on one of the most expensive property sites in New York City…and it’s a residential building. It’s construction required the demolition of the historic Drake Hotel, which in it’s time hosted a basket of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Mohammad Ali, Judy Garland, Jimi Hendrix, the members of Led Zeppelin, and many others.
Juxtaposing the grandeur of the CIA group’s plan for 432 Park Avenue is the outrage of many New Yorkers who see the tall, ordinary looking, rectangular building as a blemish on the Manhattan skyline. Others recognize it merely as an non-resourceful platform for tactless boasts of opulence by the supercilious, hosting over 400,000 feet of space spread across 96 floors for only 104 units.
The building is visible from all five boroughs, serving as a constant reminder to residents of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx that they’re being looked down on by wealthy Manhattanites in tall buildings. The penthouse suite, though not yet completed, has already been sold for $95,000,000. It’s anticipated that the building will be at roughly 25% occupancy at all times although fully rented out, (suggesting that for most residents it’s nothing more than a vacation home) and collect over 3 billion dollars in sales, enough to end hunger in the state it occupies nearly 5 times over, according to data from Second Gleaners Harvest Food Bank of West Michigan, Inc. Whatever your stance on 432 Park Avenue’s ostentation, it can certainly be agreed that the money spent on and within the colossal building could be better allocated for the betterment of the community it towers above, and is, if nothing else, a perfect representation of excess.