The Building Series: Get to Know The Plaza

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As one of the most desirable and famous apartment buildings in Manhattan, the Plaza offers high-end amenities, spectacular Central Park Views and the highly coveted address of 1 Central Park South. Featured in movies, TV shows and literature, the Plaza is easy to recognize. Visitors might have seen it in episodes of “Gossip Girl” or scenes of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”. Bibliophiles will recognize the name from books, like “Great Gatsby” and “Eloise”. The Plaza is undoubtedly a New York icon.

Built by architect Henry Hardenbergh (the same architect who built the Dakota on the Upper West Side) in 1907, the Plaza was to become one of the greatest hotels in New York City history. Offering rooms for only $2.50 a night, the hotel was the first of its kind to boast a bathroom in every guest room. Now, the Plaza is filled with luxury apartments and historic hotel rooms, offering one of the most extravagant guest experiences in the city.The building is located on Central Park South, near subways and town car services, allowing for easy access to all the city has to offer. Residents with access to cars can easily reach the Queensboro Bridge to the east or the Lincoln Tunnel to the west, and everything in between.

Real Estate Insights

Studios start at just under $1.5 million in the Plaza. A one-bedroom apartment goes for just over $1.2 million in this building. A two-bedroom apartment also runs just under $1.5 million. Three-bedroom apartments start at just over $5.5 million. Four-bedroom apartments start at just under $50 million. The average price per square foot in the Plaza is around $4,488. Real estate agents only expect The Plaza NY real estate prices to rise over the next few years. You can check out Noble Black’s latest Plaza listing here.

Aside from the prestige of living at the Plaza, the building offers many other amenities. Residents enjoy private building access (separate from the hotel entrance). The pre-war building was recently updated in 2007, allowing for more modern amenities. The jaw-dropping lobby is attended 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by a concierge and doorman. Unlike most Manhattan apartment buildings, the Plaza also offers balconies to some of its residents.There are washers and dryers in the building—as well as laundry service. Individual units have central air conditioning and private landscaping.Locals can also take advantage of the hotel amenities, like the spa, pool, business center and event room. Private amenities, like the health club are also available. Onsite bars and restaurants are available to both guests and residents. Residents also have access to basement storage units—another Manhattan luxury.

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Parks and Nature
The most popular park in the area is Central Park—located only one block from the Parc Vendome. Residents can enjoy boating, fishing, running and hiking there. Summer arts programs, like Shakespeare in the Park and the New York Philharmonic orchestra. Residents can also head down to Bryant Park on 42nd Street for ice skating, free movies in the summertime and lounging al fresco.


The Oak Room and Oak Bar, are both iconic landmarks within the Plaza. Both feature gorgeous architectural designs, including oak walls and hand-painted murals. The Palm Court, an indoor garden oasis, offers afternoon tea daily. During the day, the Champagne Bar is transformed into a parlor that offers tea, coffee and pastries. Todd English’s Food Court in the basement level offers a variety of grab-and-go options and high-end dining opportunities. Finally, children of all ages love enjoying afternoon tea at the Eloise tea room.

Although many residents enjoy heading down to Times Square for a Broadway show, there are plenty of nightlife opportunities right onsite at the Plaza. The Rose Club is the onsite jazz club. Legendary performers, such as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington have filled the walls with iconic music.By night, the Champagne Bar (once the original champagne porch), offers wine and champagne tastings with caviar and accoutrements.

The 5th Avenue shopping district is literally right outside the Plaza’s front door. Residents can enjoy high-end shopping, like Saks Fifth Avenue, Armani Exchange and Bloomingdales. Bergdorf Goodman is right next door to the Plaza (notice the view of the Pulitzer Fountain from Bergdorf’s sidewalk; the building was once owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt, II, whom Pulitzer despised).The Plaza also has plenty of its own shops too. Residents love that they can run downstairs for a quick lipstick fix. They can even purchase a last-minute dress or shawl for an evening out on the town.

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