About The Corinthian
The Corinthian is a 55-story apartment building that was New York City's largest apartment building when it opened in 1988. At 1,100,000 square feet (102,000 m) it is the biggest project of Bernard Spitzer, father of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. It occupies a full block between First and Second Avenues and between 37th and 38th Streets. It towers over the Manhattan entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. It has 846 apartments, 125,000 square feet (11,600 m) of commercial space on the first through third floors, a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m) garage and roof deck. It was designed by Michael Schimenti and Der Scutt Architects. Its "corn cob" style towers with bay windows are considered unusual compared to New York City's traditional boxy shape. It is said to resemble Marina City and Lake Point Tower in Chicago. It incorporates a portion of the former East Sides Airline Terminal designed by John B. Peterkin in 1951. At its entrance is a cascading, semicircular waterfall fountain and an Aristides Demetrios bronze sculpture "Peirene." Its lobby is 90 feet (27 m) long and 28 feet (8.5 m) high.