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Top of the World! Inside America's Tallest Apartment Building
The 76-story New York by Gehry building at 8 Spruce Street in New York City is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and the first-ever designed by architect Frank Gehry.

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The 870-foot building features a distinctive glass and stainless steel cladding, creating a stunning silhouette to house its 903 units. After being topped out in November 2009, the building is now open for occupancy and a New York City public school is scheduled to open in September.

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New York by Gehry at Eight Spruce Street

The building's folds, which mimic draped fabric, were inspired by the work of 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. The complex geometry of the curtain wall was mapped by a computer program developed by Gehry Technologies. (AP)

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Panoramic views abound, offering perspectives of all five East River bridges, iconic midtown skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, center, and the Woolworth Building to the west. (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Views toward the east from a balcony on the 57th floor feature sweeping vistas of the Williamsburg Bridge, top, and the Brooklyn Bridge. (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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The building's distinctive stainless steel curtain with glass panels creates a look reminiscent of shiny, draped fabric. It was inspired by the work of 17th century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini. "This is a building that could only be built in New York," Gehry has said. (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Several early models of the building personally created by Gehry adorn its rental office. The exterior wall's design allows for an unprecedented variety of residential unit layouts -- more than 200 in all. (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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A sketch of the building by Gehry, who has also designed the IAC/InterActive Headquarters in Manhattan, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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All interior finishes and fixtures have been personally selected by Gehry, including cabinetry and furniture in his signature honey-colored vertical grain Douglas fir. Each apartment is finished will white oak flooring and solar shades.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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New York by Gehry's flowing curtain wall, seen here, creates the feeling of "stepping into space," according to the architect.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Concrete columns and furniture adorn the building's main lobby, seen here, and residents enjoy access to 24-hour doorman service, a complete concierge and 22,000-square feet of indoor/outdoor health and wellness amenity space, including a 50-foot sky-lit pool with sundeck on the 7th floor.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Residents with southern-facing bay windows can easily get a glimpse the Statue of Liberty, seen here, or to take a peak at boats along the New York Harbor and Atlantic Ocean.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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The $875 million building's sheer mass makes nearby edifices seem tiny in comparison. The site, formerly owned by New York Downtown Hospital, previously served as a parking lot.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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All apartments feature Energy Star appliances and other building-wide features include water filtration, individually-controlled vertical heating and cooling units, and door handles and hardware inspired by organic forms.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Even the building's rental office, seen here, is an attractive space outfitted with fixtures most New Yorkers would covet like free parking or lower taxes.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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Would-be renters can enjoy people-watching from above and other distractions from the privacy of their living room.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

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A private balcony on the 57th floor also offers a bird's eye view of City Hall Park to the north.  (Joshua Rhett Miller/FoxNews.com)

Top of the World! Inside America's Tallest Apartment Building

The 76-story New York by Gehry building at 8 Spruce Street in New York City is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere and the first-ever designed by architect Frank Gehry.

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