century apartments nyc

This building in the foreground with the two large towers is called the Century Apartments. It fronts Central Park West in New York City (the cross-street is West 62nd Street). This is one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. It’s also the home address of Steven Giamotti, the villain in the Giamotti books, during Part IV of Life Without Giamotti, which takes place in the 1950s. In fact, the climactic scene of the book takes place on the balcony terrace of the south tower.

The Century was built in 1930, just as the Great Depression was beginning to grip the country. Construction was completed in 1931. For rich people, however, the Depression might as well not have existed. The Century was an exemplar of Art Deco style that was popular by that time. Still quite fashionable in the 1950s, when Life Without Giamotti takes place (at least in part), I chose this for Giamotti’s crib because of its obvious implications of wealth, power and arrogance.

Here is Wikipedia’s page on the Century. I looked up what properties cost in this building. I found one page here (warning, the page might expire soon) that notes a 2-bedroom apartment, 2249 square feet, in the Century just sold for $7,060,000.

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