Largest moon in eighteen years viewed by hundreds of guests from large free-form bay windows atop New York by Gehry, the tallest residential building in Western Hemisphere!
Hundreds of guests–cognoscenti of the architecture, design, and real estate worlds gathered– in the 76th floor penthouse of Frank Gehry’s New York by Gehry building to honor the architect on the occasion of both his 82nd birthday and the formal opening of the gleaming Lower Manhattan tower. Architecture critics are calling the building the finest skyscraper in New York in a half-century (the New York Times) and one of the most beautiful towers downtown (the New Yorker).
On the gorgeously clear evening of Saturday, March 19th, guests included Bono and wife Ali Hewson, Candice Bergen, Mike Nichols, Ben Gazzara; art world stars Chuck Close, Claes Oldenburg, Cai Guo-Qiang, Thomas Krens, Lisa Dennison, Larry Gagosian; architects Robert A.M. Stern and David Childs, Marilyn Taylor; as well as real estate and business leaders Marshall Rose, Peter Lewis, Mary Ann Tighe and Kathy Wylde.
Guests admired stunning 360˚ sunset views of New York City and beyond, gravitating to the space’s signature large free-form bay windows to marvel at the sight of the largest moon in nearly two decades rising to the east.
The celebration’s host Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies presented Frank Gehry with a 40-inch silver birthday cake shaped like a whimsical Gehry-esque tower as guests sang “Happy Birthday” to the 82-year old architect.
Rising to 870 feet, Frank Gehry’s first skyscraper, the 76-story New York by Gehry, with its stainless steel cladding shaped to look like draped fabric, is now the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and an inspired addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline. The building, with its 903 luxury rental units and 22,000 square feet of amenity space is now open and welcoming its first tenants.
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