Showing posts with label landmark. Show all posts
Showing posts with label landmark. Show all posts

Sep 26, 2010

No "Sliver Building" for Upper West Side Townhouse

330 West 86th Street - Upper West Side

Back in June, I wrote a blog post about the West 80s Neighborhood Association, the Coalition for a Livable West Side, the West End Preservation Society (WEPS), and LANDMARK WEST co-hosting a community meeting to save the townhouse building at 330 West 86th Street from being replaced by a "sliver building" The community was successful saving the townhouse.

It is currently listed with Halstead Property for sale for $6,350,000. The townhouse has 9 apartments, 5 floors and a full cellar.

It can be used as a single family home, live/work or an investment property with rental apartments.

West End Avenue Historic District

Sep 18, 2010

West End Avenue Proposed Historic District

West End Avenue - Upper West Side - Manhattan

After years of campaigning to designate West End Avenue a historic district WEPS (West End Preservation Society) announced a newly proposed area designation as defined by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on September 15, 2010.

New Map Unveiled: Proposed Historic District Includes:
Download West End Avenue Historic District Map

West End Ave: 70th - 107th Sts

Riverside Drive: 70th - 109th Sts

Parts of Broadway (WS): 70th - 109th Sts

Much of the Cross Streets: 70th - 109th

from RSD to West Side of Broadway

This district is larger than previous proposals. Due to the enormity of the area proposed, a total of 790 buildings, the LPC will divide the district and the hearings into 3 geographical areas, extending the existing historic districts. The Upper West Side already boasts some 2,035 landmarked buildings.

By expanding the existing districts, the commission will also protect more buildings on the side streets.
The next step is for the LPC to place the proposal on a calander for a public hearing.

Jun 3, 2010

Community Meeting about Historic West 86th Street

The rowhouse at 330 West 86th Street
(between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue)
is threatened by demolition.

A "sliver building" may rise in its wake.
The West 80s Neighborhood Association, the Coalition for a Livable West Side, the West End Preservation Society (WEPS), and LANDMARK WEST! will be co-hosting a community meeting next Tuesday, June 8th at 6:30 PM at The Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew at 236 West 86th Street.

The meeting is for the community to develop strategies learn how historic district designation can protect 330 West 86th Street and other buildings within the proposed West End Avenue Historic District.

State Senator Eric Schneiderman,  Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, Council member Gale Brewer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, community board 7 and the community will be attending this important meeting about the west 80's and West End neighborhood.

I recently wrote a blog about the beautiful and distinctive West End Avenue neighborhood and that The West End Preservation Society, is actively seeking to designate West End Avenue from 70th Street to 107th Street a historic district.

In February I wrote a blog that the $25 million mortgage secured by  The Gilbert Townhouses on West 86th between Broadway and West End Avenue was on the market and that community efforts were underway to Save the West 86th Street Townhouses.

Important Community Meeting
Tuesday June 8th, 
at 6:30
Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew
86th and West End Avenue

May 25, 2010

SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District Expanded

Commission Taps Brewery as a Landmark, Expands SoHo Historic 

The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 unanimously approved the expansion of the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in Manhattan by 135 buildings, and for the first time approved the designation of a brewery as a New York City landmark. 

The designations bring to more than 27,000 the total number of properties throughout the City that have earned landmark protection since the Commission was founded in 1965.

Read more

Feb 24, 2010

Loan on West 86th St. Townhouses on the Market

iPhone photo: courtesy of Mitchell Hall

According to the Real Deal the $25.1 million first mortgage secured by three adjacent buildings at 272-276 West 86th Street is on the market.The loan was used to refinance 272 West 86th Street and aquire 274 and 276 West 86th Street, as well as fund tenant buyouts and pre-development costs at the properties. The pre-war walk up buildings are each 5 stories and have a combinred 18,645 square feet spread out over 30 units. The lot allows for 61,290 buildable square feet.

At the same time, community efforts are underway to Save the West 86th Street Townhouses. A petition to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission was created by West End Preservation Society.

These four West 86th Street Gilbert townhouses are built in the French Neo-Renaissance style with delightful details worked into their stone facades. These buildings exhibit rounded bays running up three stories of the buildings, petite balconies, intricate floral swags atop the tall windows and mirror-image placement with respect to one another. This unique architectural design allows each of the four structures to be differentiated from the other yet at the same time exhibits a smooth, sensuous curve when viewing the four together. West 86th Street was once all townhouses from Central Park West to Riverside Drive. There are community efforts to designate all of West 86th Street a historic district.

sign the petition

Jan 13, 2010

West-Park Church Designated a Landmark

By unanimous vote of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, West -Park Presbyterian Church has been designated a Landmark.

West-Park is located at 156 West 86th Street at Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Leopold Eidlitz was architect of original chapel in 1884. Henry F. Kilburn was the architect for the church addition in 1890.

Community preservationists have been trying to save the church for more than 20 years. The architecture is unique. Heavy round arches, Romanesque, red stone trimmed with brownstone. One of the most beautiful religious structures on the Upper West Side.

For more information contact: Landmark West

(iPhone photo courtesy of: Mitchell Hall)

Feb 14, 2009

Paul Simon Re-Opens Beacon Theatre for Valentines Concert


Paul Simon re opens the Beacon Theatre with a Valentine concert. The Upper West Side landmark has been undergoing a $16 million renovation for the last 7 months.

The Beacon Theatre is the "older sister" to Radio City Music Hall. Both legendary venues were the "brainchild" of Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel, the great theatrical impresario and visionary of his time. Opened in 1928, the 2,800-seat Beacon Theatre is a fantastic Art Deco treasure.

Recognized as a national landmark -- the interior remains legally protected from alteration and demolition -- the three-level auditorium is distinguished by 30-foot statues of Greek women on each side of the proscenium arch.

Other features include an open-air lobby, bronze front doors, ornate moldings, white marble floors, and corridor murals depicting elephants, camels and traders.

Over the years the theatre had been white washed. In 2006 the theatre was bought by Madison Square Garden entertainment and they restored it to it's original colors.

Happy Valentines Day!

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Jul 21, 2007

The Ansonia - 2109 Broadway - Upper West Side

The Ansonia - Upper West Side
The Ansonia - 2109 Broadway - Upper West Side
 When The Ansonia opened in 1904 it was called:

"the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world"

Loaded with towers, mansard roofs, ornate balconies, balustrades, and bay windows, the Ansonia is easily Broadway's most opulent structure. When it opened in 1904, this extraordinary, eighteen story Beaux Arts building provided tenants with such luxuries as electric stoves, hot and cold filtered water, freezers, a pneumatic -tube system to deliver messages, and even an early form of central air conditioning.

The building also had incredibly thick walls installed to protect against fire, which meant Ansonia suites were among the most soundproof in the city. This is the reason many famous musicians took up residence in the building. The building has a plaza in the lobby with two entrances on west 73rd and west 74th streets. A swimming pool and garage are in the basement. The building is located on a curve in Broadway and is visible from up and down The Boulevard.

In addition to its famous residents, the Ansonia has been in many movies. In The Sunshine Boys, it was Walter Matthau's Manhattan apartment. The 1919 Black Sox World series scandal was conceived in front of the Ansonia.

The Ansonia was also the spot where Bette Midler got her big break in show business. She sang danced and clowned at the Continental Baths, a gay spa that once occupied the Ansonia's basement and whose cabaret room was popular in the 1970's. Today, the Continental Baths are history, but the Ansonia is still a vital part of the Upper West Side.

Today the Ansonia is a condominium it has 462 apartments on 18 floors. Prices for condominiums in the Ansonia range from the $500's for studios to $6 million for a 6 bedroom.

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Jun 29, 2007

New Manhattan Avenue Historic District

Manhattan Avenue Historic District
The Landmarks Preservation Commission recently created a new historic district in Morningside Heights on the Upper West Side.
The newly created historic district is comprised of 40 buildings on Manhattan Avenue between 104th and 106th Streets. Unlike many of Manhattan's earlier row houses, which were primarily built with brownstone facades in the classical style, the structures in the new Manhattan Avenue district combine Gothic, Queen Anne and Romanesque features.
Originally called "New" Avenue when it was created in 1868, Manhattan Avenue starts at 100th Street and continues to 125th street where it merges with St. Nicholas Avenue.
Manhattan Avenue irregularly divides Morningside Heights and West Harlem. Morningside is West of Manhattan Ave including Columbia University, Saint John the Divine and Morningside Park. To the East of Manhattan Ave but west of Frederick Douglas Boulevard (AKA Central Park West below 110th Street.) is considered West Harlem.
New York City now has 87 historic districts. The new designation means property owners need to get the Landmarks Commission approval for changes to building exteriors.
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