A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 10, 2005
Bellbottom (9 West 57th Street)
The tower at 9 West 57th Street in Manhattan has been called the "bellbottom." The building slopes (like a ski jump) at the bottom.

Developer: Sheldon Solow
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Erected: 1974

9 West 57th Street's spectacular views and large floors and impressive quality commanded very high rentals despite its "bell-bottom" epithets. While its sloping north and facades draws jeers and gasps, its east and west facades are superb with large exposed crossed supports, shown at the left, contained within a recessed bay, one of the city's rare "high-tech" exposures.

Sheldon Henry Solow

Real estate. NYC. 65. Married, 2 sons. Went out on a limb to build
1.5million-sq.-ft. Manhattan skyscraper 1972: "We're in barracuda land. You can only get away with this once.'' You only have to get away with it once: 9 West 57th Street, NYC's "bellbottom'' building with sloping glass sides and catchy red "9'' sculpture on sidewalk, considered one of best in city. Gets premium rents for great location, park views. Also has some lesser Manhattan office space and residential properties. Known as fierce negotiator: ``He's an impossible man.'' Respected collector of modern art. Press-shy. Net of known debt, worth an estimated $330 million, mostly from 9 West 57th.

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • (0) Comments • Monday, October 10, 2005 • Permalink