12. 15 Central Park West
At 61st Street
Robert A.M. Stern’s fortress of limestone luxury replaced the Mayflower Hotel, a Puritan brown cube. The new condo building is far more subtly detailed, and were it not for the fresh-plaster smell, you’d think it was from the day when the rich really knew how to build.
13. 40 Bond Street
Near Lafayette Street
Another chic Bond Streeter, designed by Herzog & De Meuron. Bottle-green window frames surround glass with glass, and flamboyant patterns spread from the calligraphic fence to the steel panels on the façade.
14. 8 Union Square South
At University Place
This glassy dud rises on the site of a little drama that took place in 2005 when workers pulverized a quirky glass stairwell tower in a 1949 building by Morris Lapidus—just as the Landmarks commission was issuing its protective decree. Its successor is utterly generic.