Doppelgangers: 56 Leonard, Luxelake, and the White House?

As you may have heard by now, 56 Leonard Street is getting a doppelganger (kind of) in China. As reported by Curbed and several other outlets, development firm Wide Horizon is planning a luxury residential complex in Chengdu with an aesthetic that’s a bit too similar to that of 56 Leonard (read: Jenga Glass Edition). While Luxelake Parcel 9 bears an undeniable similarity in that the facades of its buildings will be characterized by jutting glass boxes, the Wide Horizon project won’t be nearly as Jenga-esque strictly speaking – the development’s tallest tower is only going to be around 30 stories, which pales in comparison to 56 Leonard’s 60 stories. Notably, the design was actually drafted by 5+design, an architecture firm based in LA.

Maybe it’s not so bad; after all, Tribeca Citizen commented that the ongoing construction at 56 Leonard doesn’t look too Jenga-like anyway. Besides, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – and 56 Leonard has been preceded by other Jenga-tastic buildings. But for whatever it’s worth, it’s the tallest of its ilk.

In the other imitation news, did you know that you, too, can live in the White House? 262 Central Park West is a co-op in the Upper West Side, just steps from Central Park’s entrance on West 86th Street, and as you’ve probably guessed by now, its non-address name is the White House. Okay, it’s no 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but the Central Park West address is pretty coveted. The attractive, white brick building has a sort of Renaissance Revival vibe, with a rusticated base and wrought iron doors. While NYC’s White House doesn’t necessarily come with Secret Service personnel, the white glove building is full-service, staffed by a 24-hour doorman, and conveniently has a children’s playroom, fitness center, onsite laundry, bike storage, and extra storage.

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