Top developers name favorite buildings

September 17, 2012 02:00PM

Some of New York City’s best known developers have named their favorite city buildings in a survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal. The one rule: they couldn’t choose one of their own buildings.

Larry Silverstein, developer of 4 World Trade Center, tapped the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue as his top pick. The 38-story property, currently owned by RFR Realty, “was an architectural masterpiece when it opened and has certainly stood the test of time,” Silverstein said, adding that, in creating the tower, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe “literally changed the psychology of office buildings in New York City.”

Meanwhile, Jared Kushner named his favorite building as the Chelsea Market complex, which was build in the late 19th Century to house the headquarters of the National Biscuit Co. “Chelsea Market is a great example of how real estate can become an integral part of a city’s history and a central aspect of a local community,” he told the Journal.

The City Planning Commission recently approved a plan by Jamestown Properties to expand the Chelsea Market building, it was previously reported. [WSJ]Katherine Clarke