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Trump World Tower

Coordinates: 40°45′08″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7523°N 73.9677°W / 40.7523; -73.9677
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Trump World Tower
Trump World Tower in Manhattan, as viewed across the East River from Long Island City, Queens in May 2010.
General information
Location845 United Nations Plaza ( ), Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′08″N 73°58′04″W / 40.7523°N 73.9677°W / 40.7523; -73.9677
Construction started1999
Cost$300 million
Roof861 ft (262 m)
Top floor756 ft (230 m)
Technical details
Floor count72
Floor area89,800 m2 (967,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Costas Kondylis
Structural engineerWSP Cantor Seinuk
Other information
Number of units376

Trump World Tower is a residential condominium building in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The tower is located at 845 United Nations Plaza, on First Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets. It was developed by Donald Trump and was constructed between 1999 and 2001.


Trump World Tower has 376 units.[1] Designed by the architect Costas Kondylis, the building is 861 feet (262 m) high and has 72 constructed floors (but lists 90 stories on elevator panels) with curtain wall facades of dark, bronze-tinted glass.[2][3] The tower is rectangular in plan, measuring 77 by 144 feet (23 by 44 m) with a slenderness ratio of 11:1.[4] The resulting large windows allow for extensive views of the East River and Midtown Manhattan. The building is constructed with concrete to increase its wind resistance.[5]


In 1961, the 18-story United Engineering Center was built on the site. The Center was demolished to make way for the Trump World Tower. In 1997, Donald Trump and his partners, including the Daewoo Corp., a South Korean chaebol, signed a deal to purchase the site from the United Engineering Trustees for $52 million.[6] Trump also acquired unused air rights from at least seven adjacent low-rise properties,[7] specifically two brownstones, the Church of the Holy Family and the Japan Society.[6][8] Demolition began in October 1998.[8]

Prior to construction, many neighbors, including veteran journalist Walter Cronkite, opposed the building due to its height and lack of distinguishing exterior features. Among the concerns was that this tower would dwarf the headquarters of the United Nations across the street, in particular the United Nations Secretariat Building.[9] East Side neighbors who opposed the project raised $400,000 in a bid to defeat it, with investment manager and philanthropist Alberto Vilar contributing $100,000.[10] Opponents argued that the project would block views, was aesthetically unappealing, violated zoning laws, and was out of character with the surrounding neighborhood.[10][11] The Municipal Art Society also challenged the project on grounds of air pollution.[10] Opponents lost their battle in state court.[11]

Construction of the building began in 1999. The construction was financed by two German lenders, Deutsche Bank and Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank.[12]

Trump World Tower was briefly the tallest all-residential tower in the world, prior to the completion of the 21st Century Tower in Dubai (2003) and the Tower Palace 3 in Seoul (2004). The tallest of the handful of wholly residential towers completed to date by Donald Trump, it cost approximately US$300 million to construct. The penthouse on the top two floors of the structure which totaled 20,000 square feet (1,858 m²) was priced at $58 million; however, after failing to sell for years, it was split into four different units.

Around 2006, Donald Trump was involved in a struggle with the condominium board at the Trump World Tower. Trump requested the assistance of lawyer Michael Cohen, and Trump gained control of the board.[13]


The tower's most expensive floors attracted wealthy buyers from the former Soviet Union. Approximately 65 units were sold to Russian buyers in the late 1990s.[14][15] New York Yankees star Derek Jeter purchased a 5,425-square-foot condominium for $12.6 million in 2001, and sold it in 2012 for $15.5 million.[16][17] In 2002, Bill Gates, Harrison Ford, and Sophia Loren were reported to have owned or rented apartments in the building.[18] Trump sold the 45th floor in June 2001 for $4.5 million to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which made the apartments part of its Mission to the United Nations in 2008.[19][20] George[21] and Kellyanne Conway owned a condominium unit at Trump World Tower during the early 2000s.[22]

Socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein owns a 5,160-square-foot, eight bedroom penthouse in the Tower. In 2015 she listed it for $17.5 million, but it did not sell. In February 2017 she relisted it for $13 million.[23]

The World Bar, a two-story bar and cocktail lounge, is located in the building.[18][24] It is a popular spot among UN diplomats who work nearby.[24]

In popular culture[edit]

The building and some of its condominium units have previously been featured on NBC's The Apprentice, which featured Trump. It has also appeared on the NBC syndicated television show Extra Season 13 - Ep. 193.[25] The building also featured heavily in the 2007 film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.[citation needed]

The main character of Don Delillo's 2003 novel Cosmopolis holds residence in the top three floors of a building that, while unnamed, is described as the tallest residential tower in New York and located at First Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.[26]

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ Dorell, Oren (December 16, 2016). "Why does Donald Trump like Russians? Maybe because they love his condos". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
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  17. ^ Pace, Gina; Sheftell, Jason (October 11, 2012). "Derek Jeter sells Trump World Tower home for $15.5 million". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on February 24, 2021.
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  19. ^ Brown, Stephen Rex (September 4, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump made millions from Saudi government". The New York Daily News. Archived from the original on September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  20. ^ Orden, Erica (October 12, 2018). "Saudi disappearance puts spotlight on Trump's business ties". CNN. Archived from the original on November 23, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2018. In June 2001, he sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for $4.5 million, according to a publicly filed deed for the transaction. In 2007, the Saudis received permission from the New York City Department of Buildings to combine the residential units into a single space to house the Saudi Mission to the United Nations, public records show.
  21. ^ Kwong, Jessica (May 2, 2019). "George Conway Says He and Kellyanne Owned Trump World Tower Apartment, Rejects Emolument Clause Charge Against President". Newsweek. Archived from the original on November 13, 2022. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
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  23. ^ Gordon, Lisa (February 7, 2017). "'Catwoman' Socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein Asks $13M for Unit in Trump World Tower". realtor.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
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