New York Film Locations

Inside the Sliver Building

2 February 2015

The glittering Manhattan high-rise at 211 Madison Avenue was first made famous after it became the central point of a police investigation following the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of resident, Naomi Singer. The deceased vacant apartment was then rented by Carly Norris, a New York book-editor, who had a striking resemblance to the Naomi. Soon after moving in, she began a relationship with Zeke Hawkins, the secret owner of the building and was also romantically pursued by Jack Landsford, a novelist who was another resident of the building. In the weeks that followed, two of Carly's neighbours, Gus Hale and Vida Warren died under suspicious circumstances, and as Carly discovered more about Zeke and Jack, she began to distrust both of them. Eventually, she found out that Jack killed Naomi Singer due to his jealousy toward Zeke, and it was later discovered that Zeke knew that Jack was the killer, but chose to ignore it because it would have exposed his other secret… the surveillance cameras allowing him to spy on every apartment, including hers. Although Carly was both curious about and disturbed by the cameras, she eventually destroyed Zeke's surveillance room and his video monitors before leaving him and the building. All of this was of course completely fictional and the building at 211 Madison Avenue has no such technology to keep track of its residents. These were in fact the events that unfolded in the 1993 thriller, Sliver starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin and Tom Berenger.

211 Madison Avenue

Tranquil, privileged and elegant are all words that have been used to the 32-story Sliver building, although its official name is Morgan Court. It was opened in 1984, and was developed by Mark Perlbinder of Perlbinder Realty Corporation. These days the typical price for a one-bedroom unit ranges from about $1,557,000 to $1,695,000 and for a two-bedroom duplex unit with 2,321 square feet range from about $3,195,000 to $3,645,000. The building’s lobby was designed by John Saladino, whilst Robyn Karp designed the interiors.

Landscaped Garden at the rear of the building

Balcony View of Manhattan

The apartment windows wrap around its curved southwest corner and the balconies on it east facade are also curved. The building has a red brick exterior and its grounds have a European flair, and life is private with just two residences per floor. Unparalleled service and refinement begin with the gracious inner cobblestone courtyard, which incidentally was not used in the film, the chic attended lobby, a stepping stone bridge, a landscaped garden oasis and its reflecting pool.

Living space inside an apartment

Bedroom inside an apartment

Kitchen and dining room inside an apartment

Elegant curved windows

Inside an apartment

Living room inside an apartment

Dining area inside an apartment

Apartment design layout

In Sliver, the address of the building as 113 East 38th Street and to further confuse matters, there is no 13th floor and no laundry room, where one character gets trapped. The filmmakers did make use of the building's actual garden but passed up the plain, beige lobby for a more high-tech-looking one at an alternative New York building.

Click HERE for a complete list of film locations from Sliver.


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