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The Plaza is a 21-floor hotel and residential building in New York, NY. Opened in 1907, the building was wholly used as a hotel until 2005, when it was closed for redevelopment. Between 2005 and 2008, the hotel rooms facing Central Park South (59th Street) and Grand Army Plaza were converted into 181 condominium residences. The portion of the building facing 58th Street now contains 282 guestrooms, divided between 152 condo-hotel units on floors 11 and above and 130 transient hotel rooms on floors 4 through 10.

Building Information[]

  • Usage by floors:
    • Penthouse floors 1-2: Mechanical, residential, condo-hotel units
    • Floors 11-19: Residential, condo-hotel units
    • Floors 6-10: Residential, hotel guestrooms
    • Floor 5: Courtyard garden, residential, hotel guestrooms
    • Floor 4: Mechanical, residential, hotel specialty suite, kitchen, storage, function rooms, spa, fitness center
    • Floor 3: Residential, kitchen, main ballroom, function rooms, business center, hotel offices
    • Floor 2: Residential, jazz club, function room, storage, hair salon
    • Floor 1: Retail, residential lobby (Central Park South lobby), hotel lobby (Fifth Avenue lobby), restaurant, bar, function rooms, shopping arcade entrance, loading dock
    • Main concourse (level A): Shopping arcade, food hall, kitchen
    • Lower concourse mezzanine (level B): Mechanical
    • Lower concourse (level C): Mechanical, residential storage area, bicycle storage, kitchen, back-of-house areas
    • Mechanical floor (level D): Mechanical

Elevator Information[]

Hotel Guest Elevators (No. PE1-PE3)[]

There are three passenger elevators serving the building's transient and condo hotel guestrooms and ancillary facilities, accessible from the building's Fifth Avenue lobby. Elevator PE3 provides direct access to the Royal Suite on floor 4.

  • Manufacturer: Serge Elevator (modernized by Millar Elevator Service and Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 1964 (modernized in 1988 and 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 12
    • Maximum load: 2,000 lbs (900 kg)
  • Speed: 700 FPM (3.5 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD gearless traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Single-speed center opening
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, P1

Residential Service Elevator (No. SE4)[]

There is a service elevator for the residential section of the building. This elevator does not serve the street level.

  • Manufacturer: Serge Elevator (modernized by Millar Elevator Service and Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 1964 (modernized in 1988 and 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 15
    • Maximum load: 2,500 lbs (1,130 kg)
  • Speed: 350 FPM (1.75 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD geared traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: C, A, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, P1

Residential Passenger Elevators (No. PE5-PE8)[]

There are four passenger elevators serving all residential units, except for the second-floor apartment serviced by a separate elevator. These elevators are accessible from the Central Park South lobby.

  • Manufacturer: Serge Elevator (modernized by Millar Elevator Service and Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 1976-1977 (modernized in 1988 and 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 15
    • Maximum load: 2,500 lbs (1,130 kg)
  • Speed: 700 FPM (3.5 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD gearless traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, P1

Floor 2 Semi-Duplex (Unit 201) Internal Elevator (No. PE9)[]

There is an elevator used to access the sole residential unit on floor 2, which has a dedicated lobby on the street level.

  • Manufacturer: Schindler Elevator Corporation (with Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura Hydro
  • Year of commission: 2009
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 15
    • Maximum load: 2,500 lbs (1,130 kg)
  • Speed: 100 FPM (0.5 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC direct-acting hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Unknown
  • Serviced floors: 1, 2

Hotel Banquet Elevators (No. PE11-PE12)[]

There are two elevators that provide access to the main ballroom and function rooms on floors 3 and 4.

  • Manufacturer: Millar Elevator Service (modernized by Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura Hydro
  • Year of commission: 1988 (modernized in 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 21
    • Maximum load: 3,500 lbs (1,600 kg)
  • Speed: 100 FPM (0.5 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Single-speed center opening
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: 1, 3, 4

Hotel Shuttle Elevators (No. PE13-PE14)[]

There are two elevators that serve the shopping arcade and food hall on the main concourse, the 58th Street lobby, the hair salon on floor 2 and the main ballroom on floor 3.

  • Manufacturer: Millar Elevator Service (modernized by Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 1988 (modernized in 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 21
    • Maximum load: 3,500 lbs (1,600 kg)
  • Speed: 250 FPM (1.25 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD geared traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Single-speed center opening
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: A, 1, 2, 3

Hotel Banquet Freight Elevator (No. FE16)[]

There is a freight elevator at the loading dock that serves the back-of-house areas and function rooms.

  • Manufacturer: Millar Elevator Corporation (modernized by Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura Hydro
  • Year of commission: 1989 (modernized in 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: Not applicable
    • Maximum load: 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg)
  • Speed: 125 FPM (0.63 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Vertical bi-parting
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Unknown
  • Serviced floors: C, B, A, 1, 2, 3

Hotel Banquet Service Elevators (No. SE17-SE18)[]

There are two service elevators right next to elevator FE16 that provides personnel access to back-of-house areas and function rooms.

  • Manufacturer: Millar Elevator Service (modernized by Schindler Elevator Corporation using Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 1997 (modernized in 2007)
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 24
    • Maximum load: 4,000 lbs (1,800 kg)
  • Speed: 150 FPM (0.75 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD geared traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: C, B, A, 1, 2, 3, 4

Hotel Kitchen Elevators (No. SE19-SE20)[]

There are two elevators that connect the kitchen on the lower concourse with the street-level restaurant.

  • Manufacturer: Schindler Elevator Corporation (with Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura Hydro
  • Year of commission: 2007
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 15
    • Maximum load: 2,500 lbs (1,130 kg)
  • Speed: 100 FPM (0.5 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: C, 1

Hotel Room Service Elevators (No. SE21-SE22)[]

There are two service elevators that provide back-of-house access to the building's transient and condo hotel guestrooms.

  • Manufacturer: Schindler Elevator Corporation (with Computerized Elevator Control components)
  • Model name: Swift Futura
  • Year of commission: 2007
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 18
    • Maximum load: 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)
  • Speed: 400 FPM (2 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC VFD geared traction
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Two-speed telescopic
  • Exterior door system: Automatic
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Digital 16-segment display
  • Serviced floors: C, A, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Floors 20/21 Duplex (Unit 2001) Internal Elevator[]

There is a roped hydraulic elevator that connects the two floors of the duplex residence on parts of floors 20 and 21.

  • Manufacturer: Savaria Concord Lifts
  • Model name: Infinity
  • Year of commission: 2009
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 5
    • Maximum load: 750 lbs (340 kg)
  • Speed: 36 FPM (0.18 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Accordion gate
  • Exterior door system: None
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Unknown
  • Serviced floors: P1, P2

Floors 20/21 Duplex (Unit 2003) Internal Elevator[]

There is a roped hydraulic elevator that connects the two floors of the duplex residence on parts of floors 20 and 21.

  • Manufacturer: Savaria Concord Lifts
  • Model name: Infinity
  • Year of commission: 2009
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 5
    • Maximum load: 750 lbs (340 kg)
  • Speed: 36 FPM (0.18 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Accordion gate
  • Exterior door system: None
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Unknown
  • Serviced floors: P1, P2

Floors 19/20/21 Triplex (Unit 2009) Internal Elevator[]

There is a roped hydraulic elevator that connects the three floors of the triplex residence on parts of floors 19, 20 and 21.

  • Manufacturer: Savaria Concord Lifts
  • Model name: Infinity
  • Year of commission: 2009
  • Capacity:
    • Number of persons allowed: 5
    • Maximum load: 750 lbs (340 kg)
  • Speed: 36 FPM (0.18 m/s)
  • Drive type: AC roped hydraulic
  • Scenic windows: None
  • Status: In service
  • Door type: Accordion gate (front) / accordion gate (rear)
  • Exterior door system: None
  • Interior door system: Automatic
  • Door detector system: Unknown
  • Car floor indicator type: Unknown
  • Serviced floors: 19, P1, P2
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