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

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Entry from September 19, 2005
Zebra (420 West 42nd Street)
The building at 420 West 42 Street has stripes, so it's known as the "Zebra" building. "Oreo" is another nickname that has been used for it.



Apartment building at the exit of Lincoln Tunnel known as Zebra building because of its appearance. Built in 2001.

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Wired New York Forum > Skyscrapers and Architecture > New York Real Estate > The Zebra at 420 West 42nd Street

January 8th, 2002, 12:26 AM
From New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com)

October 21, 2001 Real Estate

Theater Below 42nd Street Rental Tower Stage Stars, and Stripes

The project's own developer, Daniel Brodsky, calls it "a risky little building." Its own architect, Hugh Hardy, said, "If you strip off the stripes, it's a traditional, conventional apartment building." One neighbor, Mr. Hardy added, said it "looked like the architect had spilled cappuccino over the plans, and it got built by mistake."

It is the new 41-story apartment building at 420 West 42nd Street, a black and white horizontally striped tower (actually, cream and purplish black). The rental office opened the week before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two weeks after the attacks, Mr. Brodsky was glum; aside from some "prerentals" during construction, not much was happening.
The theater interior is also being designed by Mr. Hardy, who is not bothered by what he describes as neighborhood criticism of his building, which has been nicknamed "the zebra." The tower, he said, "is intended to be a building of special character — I don't want to say legendary character. But the Chrysler Building is at the other end of the street, and the patterning and decoration here is meant to have its own pizazz and reflect the energy of 42nd Street."

New York Songlines -- 42nd Street
420: The Theatre Row Tower; luxury apartment building known as "The Zebra" or "The Oreo Building" for its black and cream stripes. Was Harlem Children's Theater.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Monday, September 19, 2005 • Permalink