Showing posts with label pre-war. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pre-war. Show all posts

Jun 2, 2015

Upper West Side History | Euclid Hall

(Photo credit: Vintage 

1906 Rolls Royce 30hp in front of Euclid Hall on Upper West Side, of Manhattan on Broadway between W 85th and W 86th Streets. Built in 1903 to take advantage of the new subway, which was built in 1904, the building had red brickwork with iron details. The first tenents were prosperous professional types and many families had live-in-servents.

(Photo credit:© Mitchell Hall 2015)
By the 1930's the neighborhood had changed and was a bit run down, the building was converted to single rooms as The Euclid Hall Hotel. 
Today the 273 SRO (single room occupancy) units provides permanent housing for persons with very low incomes, persons with experiences of homelessness, and pre-existing tenants.

Nov 26, 2011

Awesome Apthorp Apartments - 'Tis the Season!

The Apthorp390 West End Avenue - West 78th and Broadway 
The elegant full-block apartment complex built by the Astor family for the New York elite.

The History

• Built in 1908
• The vision of William Waldorf Astor, executed by architects Clinton and Russell
• Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
• Italian Renaissance Revival architecture
• Richly ornamented limestone façade
• Iconic iron entry gates
• One of four private courtyard drive pre-war buildings
• 163 condominium residences

Active Today

Current available condo apartments: One, two, three, four and five bedroom apartments range from a 1031 square foot one bedroom one bath asking $2,100,000 to a 5 bedroom 5.5 bath 6,128 square foot residence asking $14,950,000
Contact me @ 917-312-0924 to schedule showings or click here to receive listings via email at Apthorp or any other Manhattan New Development or conversion.

Sep 18, 2011

Apartments on Central Park West


Views fromCentral Park West Apartments
View from 25th Floor San Remo Tower Penhouse

Central Park West runs along Central Park from west 59th street to West 110th street. The 8th Avenue subway B & C trains run along Central Park West.

Upper West Side zoning does not permit buildings to be taller than approximately 20 stories between 72nd and 96th Streets except the Art Deco Twin Tower buildings from the 1930's on Central Park West. The set back towers can go up to 30 floors.

The San Remo Apartment Twin Towers
West 75th Street Brownstones
The buildings are mostly pre war buildings. The Upper West Side's Central Park West is home to some extraordinary buildings. Landmarks of Art Deco, Beaux Arts, or Gothic Revival architecture, the great celebrity apartment buildings of Central Park West have many famous residents and the side streets are lined with trees and 19th century townhouse mansions and brownstones.

The Upper West Side is populated with some of Manhattan's most famous and desirable residential buildings, many are located on Central Park WestThe Dakota, El Dorado, The San Remo Apartments,  The Oliver Cromwell, The Langham, The Kenilworth, Hotel Des Artistes, The Beresford, The Ardsley and the new post-modern 15 Central Park West feature spectacular apartments may with breathtaking stunning Central Park views.

The Ardsley
The Ardsley 

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May 17, 2011

Manhattan Residential Architecture

Brownstones to Glass Mansions in the Sky
Manhattan Residential Architecture from the 19th Century to the 21st Century

19th Century
New Yorkers lived in townhouses during the 19th Century. Single Family Townhouses and Mansions were made of Brownstone and Limestone. The Townhouse Market today is very desirable as single family homes and multi-family income producing rental buildings for investors.

Upper West Side Townhouses made of Brownstone and Limestone

The luxury apartment house was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century.
Upper-class New Yorkers lived in townhouses and single-family mansions during the 19th century. To lure potential tenants, developers borrowed the word "apartment" from the French to make the new buildings sound more fashionable. The word and the lifestyle stuck.

In 1890 The Dakota was the first luxury apartment building in Manhattan.
It's Beaux Art Chateau style architecture was popular in the late 19th century. It was named The Dakota because at the time it was considered so far uptown (West 72nd Street and Central Park West) it might as well have been in Dakota Territory.

The Dakota
Dakota Architect: Henry Hardenburgh

20th Century 
In 1904 The Ansonia was called the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world.
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.

Architect: Grave and Duboy built (1899-1904)

Apartment house living spread from New York to the rest of the country. By the 1930's 90% of Manhattanites were living in apartments.

1930 Art Deco Buildings
The San Remo Apartments and The Beresford. Two Emery Roth Architectural Masterpieces.
An ad for the San Remo in the NY Times in April 1930 called it:

As modern as a flying boat, as luxurious as the Ile de France and designed for people who are at home on both. Birds in the sky are your only neighbors.

<--The San Remo Apartments  

The Beresford -->

After World War II the New York apartment buildings became flat panels of brick and glass, lacking shape, color, texture, and ornaments.


 Brick Buildings

11 Riverside Drive - The Schwab House

The Schwab House built 1951 is considered one of the best Upper West Side Coops. 

The 17-story, 654-unit apartment building is on the site of the former Charles Schwab mansion. It recently converted to"green"energy.

 Buildings were white brick - Wedding cake style - Large buildings with many setbacks with terraces.

Fairmont- UES built in 1964 - coop in 1984      
  Dorchester Towers  
 Broadway at 68th Street
built in 1964 with Lincoln Center Development converted to condo 1984 --->


Buildings made of concrete have set back vertical rectangles and cylinders, many with balconies.

Yorkville Towers, Rupert Towers Complex  built in 1975 converted to condos in 2003

<---Yorkville Towers

Rupert Towers --->


Brick facade with glass oversized windows - post modern, construction boom in 1980's.

The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side Condop   

The Bromley 1987 - Upper West Side condo --->



Distinctive Brick facade of the 90's. Mixed facade limestone panels of the new century.

The Alexandria built 1991 

Seven buildings (condos and rentals) Trump Place 1998- 2003

21st Century
Glass Towers of the New Millenium - Glass Mansions in the sky

The Ariel East and West at West 99th Street and Broadway -

The Aldyn 60 Riverside Boulevard

The Second Decade of the 21st Century

Hudson Yards Rendering

520 West 28th Street Rendering

520 west 28th street is a boutique condominium being developed by the Related Company designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Hudson Yards Development will Transform New York City’s Skyline and Create a Vibrant New Neighborhood. What was once an underutilized tract of land will soon be transformed into a dynamic, mixed-use destination, which will include new office space, residences, retail, hotels, open space, and access to the City’s waterfront. 

The Hudson Yards district is the single largest piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan and will be the biggest development that has been realized since Rockefeller Center.

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Aug 29, 2010

The Oliver Cromwell | 12 W 72nd St. | Upper West Side

The Oliver Cromwell 12 West 72nd Street

The Oliver Cromwell - 12 West 72nd Street

Architect Emory Roth completed this distinctive 30 story ornate building in 1927. Located mid block on West 72nd Street off Central Park West, the building converted to coop in 1984. There are 172 apartments.

The tower, has a buff brick façade above a rusticated, three-story stone base and terra-cotta window surrounds in Italian Renaissance fashion at the fourth, fifth, sixth, 15th, and 26th through the 29th stories. The building has setbacks at the 16th, 19th, 20th, 21st 27th, and 29th floors.

It is very similar to Roth's Carlyle Hotel on the east side. The Oliver Cromwell is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It is a pet friendly building and allows pied-a-terre. It has a garage, garden , storage and laundry room. Maximum financing allowed 75%,

Apartments range from 400 square foot studios starting at $300,000 to 700 square foot one bedrooms from $575,000 to 2 bedrooms from 950,000 to 3 and 4 bedroom tower apartments and penthouses up to $4.5 million.

Available Apartments

Aug 21, 2010

Central Park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan

Upper West Side Brownstones, San Remo Apartments

The Upper West Side is home to some extraordinary buildings. Landmarks of Art Deco, Beaux Arts, or Gothic Revival architecture, the great apartment buildings of Central Park West and the side streets on the Upper West Side are lined with trees and 19th century townhouse mansions and brownstones.

The Eldorado, Central park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan

Some of Manhattan's most famous and desirable residential buildings, many are located on Central Park West on the Upper West Side. The Dakota El Dorado, The San Remo Apartments,  The Oliver Cromwell,  The Langham, The Kenilworth, Hotel Des Artistes The Beresford and The Ardsley all feature spectacular apartments.

iPhone photos Courtesy of: Mitchell Hall

May 21, 2010

West End Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan

The West End neighborhood is one of Manhattan's most beautiful and quiet residential neighborhoods.
The majority of buildings along West End Avenue are architecturally distinctive pre-war coops. 
West End Avenue has the longest stretch of pre-war architecture and ambience in Manhattan.

From neo Renaissance to Art Deco, West End Avenue has stretches of late nineteenth century town houses
and several churches and synagogues, but it is almost entirely made up of handsome residential buildings
built in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The near total absence of retail on the street marks its quiet, residential character just one block
from the hustle and buzz of Broadway.

 West End Avenue; Pre-war Condo

The West End Preservation Society, is actively seeking to designate the legnth of West End Avenue
from 70th Street to 107th Street a historic district.Both sides of the avenue from West 87th to West 94th
Streets are  already designated in the Riverside-West End Historic Distric.

There have only been a couple of new buildings constructed on West End Avenue in the past 50 years. 
 West End Avenue

New condos at 200 West End Avenue a glass building located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood at 70th street was completed a couple of years ago. 

535 West End Avenue a new condo at 86th Street, a brick building marketed as 21st century pre-war, currently has some residences available for immediate occupancy.

Architecturally 535 WEA compliments the distinguished pre-war luxury buildings along West End Avenue. 
The grand size apartments are either half or full floors. Prices range from $8.5 million to $25 million.
535 West End Avenue  apartments feature luxurious pre-war details: rosewood or oak flooring, traditional
moldings, well-proportioned rooms with formal library, dining rooms, high cielings and wood burning fire places.

All homes feature custom Smallbone of Devizes kitchens with attached breakfast/tv room. The kitchens offer La Cornue, Miele and Subzero appliances. Bathrooms are available in 2 different color palettes, and outfitted with Waterworks fixtures, double sink, mahogany or white cabinetry and a selection of mosaic tiled floors and polished stone walls. Homes are fully equipped with Miele side by side Washer & Dryer and AMX technology.

Long time residents of West End Avenue remember the beautiful spring day about 10 years
ago when the quiet residential West End neighborhood, was awakened early in the morning by
Barbara Streisand when she began filming her movie,
''The Mirror Has Two Faces,'' at an apartment building at 505 West End Avenue.

The attractive 14-story building was erected in 1920 and converted to a cooperative in 1988.
The building has 65 apartments.
 West End Avenue  betweenWest 83rd & West 84th Streets

The nicely detailed, red-brick building has a two-story, rusticated limestone base and a step-up entrance with
a canopy flanked by lanterns.

It has an Italian Renaissance palazzo-style facade with quoins at the comers and limestone reveals around the third-story windows.

The movie shoot stretched from its expected 3 days to 12 days.
(By coincidence, Barbara Streisand, in her youth, took singing lessons in that very building 505 West End Avenue)

Apthorp Apartments

Apthorp Apartments, the elegant full-block apartment complex built by the Astor family for the New York elite
has converting its 163 apartments to condominiums. The landmark 1908 building has two addresses
390 West End Avenue and 2201-2219 Broadway between west 79th and west 78th streets.

Many of the sought after pre-war apartments on West End Avenue are classic six and classic Seven apartments.

Prices on West End Avenue range from $375,000 for a 550 square foot 1 bedroom to 
$25 million for a full floor residence in the new 535 West End Avenue.

West End Avenue


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