“More Than a Place to Live...A Way of Life”
That was how the developers, Louis Sherry, an affluent ice cream magnate and Lucius Boomer, owner of the Boston Lenox Hotel and manager of the Waldorf-Astoria, advertised the Sherry Netherland when they opened the luxury hotel in 1927. At that time it was the world’s tallest apartment hotel.
That sentiment still perfectly captures what this five-star hotel/residential building is today. Known then and now as one of Manhattan’s most prestigious addresses, its location on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street is a grand and integral of part of Manhattan’s cityscape, right at the main entrance of Central Park.
The architectural firm of Schultz &Weaver, known for their beautifully elaborate hotels during the Jazz Age, was responsible for its neo-Romanesque and Renaissance design. It’s been portrayed in countless movies and is registered with Historic Hotels of America for its superior quality and historic significance.
Although many Manhattan skyscrapers today reach far greater heights, the 38-story building’s greenish minaret is unmistakeable and its stunning architectural exterior and interior elements make it one of world’s most beautiful skyscrapers and most certainly, one of Midtown’s best. Gargoyles, griffins and an elaborate clock are just some of the architectural marvels that decorate its exquisite exterior.
The Sherry Netherland of the Gilded Age was the place to see and be seen. The 21st Century Sherry Netherland is much the same. Its lobby is subdued and elegant, modeled after the Vatican Library and some of its ornamental and antique trappings are from the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers and ornate mirrors--all is much the same as it was since its inception, with the introduction of very modern conveniences.
The Sherry Netherland’s base is four floors of travertine marble and it soars to 570 feet. Out of its 242 grandly-decorated rooms and suites, 165 were converted to co-ops in 1954. Frommer’s called it “one f New York’s classic grande dame hotels. . .with pure old-school luxury,” with a five out five-star rating.
Above the 24th floor, there is only one apartment per floor, but each has old-world elegance, some with 360 degree views. Residents have access to hotel guests such as full maid service, 24-hour concierge and doorman, salon and room service and access to the fitness center. Some of Sherry Netherland’s residences have fireplaces and large master suites and baths, but each one is uniquely designed.
The Sherry Netherland’s retail shops include A La Vieille Russie, a New York antique and speciality store since 1851 and Domenicio Vacca, a high-end clothing store. Downstairs, the “basement” area is a members only “Doubles” club that caters to New York’s elite society with an initiation fee of $6,000 and an interview process in which to join.
For all other residents and guests, there’s the famous Harry Cipriani Restaurant, a hotspot for celebrities and for affluent New Yorkers. Modeled after Harry Bar’s in Venice, it serves Venetian food and their signature drink, the Bellini cocktail.
The Sherry Netherland’s white-gloved glamour is for those desiring a lifestyle that caters to genteel, upscale living with loads of modern conveniences and one of the best backyards in the world right outside your door.