8 Spruce Street, originally known as Beekman Tower and currently marketed as New York by Gehry, is a 76-story skyscraper designed by architect Frank Gehry in the New York City borough of Manhattan at 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan, just south of City Hall Plaza and the Brooklyn Bridge.
According to official website, reaching 265 meters (870-feet) high, New York by Gehry is the 11th tallest residential tower in the World
and the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere as of date 2011. The tower contains only rental units (898 in total), something of a rarity in New York’s Financial District and somewhat resembles Aqua, a Chicago skyscraper, in height and form. The building was developed by Forest City Ratner, designed by Frank Gehry Architects, WSP Cantor Seinuk Structural Engineers and constructed by Kreisler Borg Florman. It contains a public elementary school, which the Department of Education owns. It opened in February 2011. Its structural frame is made of reinforced concrete.
Public Elementary School:
The school is sheathed reddish-tan brick, and covers 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of the first five floors of the building. It will host over 600 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classes. A fourth floor roof deck will hold 5,000 square feet (460 m2) of outdoor play space.
Above the elementary school is an 898 unit luxury residential tower clad in stainless steel. The apartments range from 500 to 1,600 square feet (150 sq m), and consist of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. All units are priced at market-rate, with no low or moderate income-restricted apartments.
Early reviews of the 8 Spruce Street tower have been favorable. In The New York Times, architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff praised the building's design as a welcome addition to the skyline of New York, calling it: "the finest skyscraper to rise in New York since Eero Saarinen’s CBS Building
went up 46 years ago". New Yorker magazine's Paul Goldberger described it as "one of the most beautiful towers downtown".
Comparing Gehry's tower to the nearby Woolworth Building
, completed in 1913, Goldberger said "it is the first thing built downtown since then that actually deserves to stand beside it". The building received the Emporis Skyscraper Award for 2011.