Central Park

The Ghostbusters Building

55 Central Park West

(SW Corner of Central Park West & W 66th Street)

The Ghostbusters Building, so called because scenes from the 1984 film Ghostbusters were shot there, is a19 floor housing cooperative, built in 1929 and designed by the firm Schwartz and Gross. The exterior of the building is most recognizable for the elaborate brick park facing facade that changes shades from a deep purple to a yellow-white and features intricate stone patterns, which rise from 1 to 3 stories high. This design is carried out again on the buildings centrally placed water tank placed in a decorative tower. The building was the first fully Art Deco structure on the street. There are 118 units ranging in size 3.5 to 9 rooms. The apartments feature high-beamed ceilings, sunken living rooms, grand scale formal dining rooms, formal entry foyers, herringbone floors, and casement windows. The six apartments on the top five floors of the building are considered the most desirable. Two apartments in particular are the most highly sought after. Together the two units form a 4,500-square-foot penthouse, sporting eleven-foot ceilings, two functioning fireplaces and a 1,000-square-foot terrace. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, children’s playroom, private storage and bike room and it is pet friendly. The building is a contributing property to the Central Park West Historic District, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November of 1982.

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