About 176 Perry Street
Completed in 2002, this is the narrower of two very similar towers that set a new design standard for mid-rise residential buildings in Manhattan.
Designed by Richard Meier, one of the "New York Five" architects who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970's for their adoption of the clean and bright lines of Le Corbusier, these "mini" "twins" attracted many celebrities and significantly reinforced the lower Hudson River waterfront as the neighborhood of choice for the "hip" and "chic" and rich. (The other four architects of the "New York Five" were Charles Gwathmey, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves and John Hedjuk.)
Although the design of these towers is not remarkable given the contemporary state of architecture, it was very classy for New York, sort of a white- and mini-Seagram Building aesthetic of sharp lines and nicely proportioned grids. Moreover, its "twinness" and downtown waterfront location also conjured memories of the fallen Twin Towers of the World Trade Center that were demolished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Meier's design attracted celebrity buyers such as Calvin Klein, the designer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the restaurateur, Ian Schrager, the hotelier, and Martha Stewart, the lifestyle guru. Mr. Vongerichten had plans to create a new restaurant in the lobby of 176 Perry Street, the other "twin" building." Other tenants in the Perry Street towers included NBC Universal president Michael Jackson and William Joy, the founder of Sun Microsystems.