The Only Residential Towers East of the FDR

                 Entertaining 3 minute 1972 video showing the unique construction of Waterside.

 

Waterside Plaza was completed in 1974. Built over 2,000 concrete pilings going down 80 feet into the bed of New York's East River, this complex of 1,470 apartments can be described as a self-contained residential island. In addition to apartments, the complex contains offices, retail spaces and parking garages concealed beneath a landscaped plaza. The slender towers range in height from 31 to 37 stories.

The pinwheel plan of the towers and their stepped and faceted profiles gives apartment dwellers unparalleled river views. Sculptural forms, the texture of large scale brick and concrete, greenery and views make Waterside an urban experience that transcends typical residential settings.

A network of riverside pedestrian walks and plaza reinforces the drama of location and provides ample opportunity for community life. Steps lead from the plaza to the river's edge and a pedestrian bridge spans the FDR Drive to 25th Street.

In the fall of 2001, Herbert Muschamp, noted architectural critic for the New York Times, cited Waterside Plaza in his list of New York's architectural feats, along with Central Park, the U. N. headquarters and the Museum of Modern Art. More than a quarter of a century after initial construction, the New York Times captions a photo of the development with the statement "The towers of Waterside Plaza stand like citadels on the East River".

Waterside still stands as one of the largest residential and commercial complexes in New York City, and as the only structure built east of the FDR Highway, it continues to be a vital part of Manhattan's eastside skyline.

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