Showing posts with label townhouse. Show all posts
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May 17, 2011

Manhattan Residential Architecture

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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.


1950's 

 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.



1960's
 Buildings were white brick - Wedding cake style - Large buildings with many setbacks with terraces.



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





1970's


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 --->







1980's

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




The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side Condop   
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The Bromley 1987 - Upper West Side condo --->


 





1990's

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




The Alexandria built 1991 
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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 -
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The Aldyn 60 Riverside Boulevard
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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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Mar 2, 2011

Manhattan Townhouse Market Report

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The Corcoran Group published the Manhattan Townhouse Report. The report is a survey of closed sales market-wide in 2010 (as compared to 2009).  It surveys several distinct markets, as well as the luxury high-end, breaking out single-family homes from multi-family ones (for the purpose of the report, multi-family townhouses contained two, three or four units only; buildings with more were classified as apartment buildings and were not included).  Only arms-length transactions are studied.

In 2010, there were 196 market-wide townhouse transactions, a 61 percent increase over 2009. Both
the single-family and multi-family sectors increased in sales volume, by 68 percent and 54 percent,
respectively, versus 2009. While both markets improved sharply in sales from a year ago, price
performance differed considerably.

In the single-family market, median price grew 6 percent from a year ago to $5.825 million while
average price per square foot increased 8 percent to $1,619. Multi-family townhouse sales, however,
decreased 3 percent in median price to $1.65 million while average price per square foot decreased 12
percent to $709 per square foot.

Sep 26, 2010

No "Sliver Building" for Upper West Side Townhouse

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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

Jun 3, 2010

Community Meeting about Historic West 86th Street

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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
 
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