101 West 87th Street

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101 West 87th Street, New York City, NY

101 West 87th Street

Exterior of 101 West 87th Street
Building Information
Developer Bazbaz Development
Architect SLCE Architects
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 62
Number of Floors 9
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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101 West 87th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-8A
Title of Land Condominium



Digital Rendering of 101 West 87th Street

101 West 87th Street is a gut renovation with a lot of guts.

Standing as one of the most affordable new (or at least essentially new) buildings in one of the priciest districts of the Upper West Side, 101 West 87th Street offered its one bedroom homes starting at $820,000, with up to three bedroom residences.

After the condominium conversion of this original 1980s rental apartment was completed by Bazbaz Develoment, the building had a waiting list of 1,200 prospective buyers, requiring only 5 months to sell out virtually the entire building. This deemed the redevelopment of 101 West 87th Street a great "success story" in the real estate columns of New York.

Situated at the corner of Columbus and West 87th Street, this building boasts its surrounding historic neighborhood and is one of the most ideal in the Upper West Side, just one block west of Central Park.

With a mix a fully renovated and newly constructed homes, all of which offer spacious layouts and many with private outdoor spaces, 101 West 87th Street has quickly developed a reputation of an affordable, luxurious, and highly sought-after place to call home.[1]


Often called the "ultimate neighborhood" and one of the best family residential enclave's in Manhattan, this area of the Upper West Side with proximity to both Central Park and Riverside Park at the Hudson River, provides a bustling city atmosphere with many historic buildings, shopping, and restaurants, but is still within arms reach to outdoor peace and relaxation.

Cultural institutions are regularly found in the area, places like the Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Beacon Theatre. There are also many religious institutions and Jewish Centers.

Well reputed schools are all found within walking distance from 101 West 87th Street. Together these elements have created an ideal living place for New York families since the 1920s.

Some of the well-known food outlets in the neighborhood include Zabar's and Fairway. And some of the well-known (some might say famous) residents of the neighborhood include Jerry Seinfeld, Sting, Bruce Willis, and Bono.

A recent retail boost in the areas near Broadway and 87th Street include newly opened stores like Brooks Brothers. There is also a bird veterinarian, a deli, and a coffee shop called Momofuku coffee across the street from the building.

Some of the neighborhood's schools include Smith School, Columbus Preschool, St Gregory the Great School, Stephen Gaynor School, and Frank McCourt High School. There are many options for public transportation - when needed - in the area, including a subway station just one block away.[2]


101 West 87th Street under Scaffolding

Pictured on the left is what 101 West 87th looked like during its complete gut renovation, undertaken by Bazbaz Development, which is surprisingly not just a funky name, but actually the surname of its principal, Sonny Bazbaz.

Bazbaz made a wise choice, and in doing so, is said to have "showed greater taste than most city developers" when he chose to work with the renowned SLCE Architects and INC Architecture & Design to achieve his vision, plus working with affordable natural materials and functional layouts. The landscape design for the amenities and outdoor areas surrounding the building was completed by Rees Roberts + Partners.

Although this building is converted from an original 1980s rental apartment building, the great execution on the conversion to 62 one to four bedroom condominium units creates equal value to other brand new structures.

“This is still luxury, but at a price lower than what new construction typically costs in this area or anywhere else in Manhattan,” said Bazbaz. “Buyers realized that they were getting value here. We have people buying from inside the neighborhood, from all over the city, and even coming back from the suburbs. That’s how we knew we had something special — when people were moving back to the city to live here with their families.”[3]

Layout and Features

Starting with the newly renovated lobby that leads to the remainder of the gut renovated building, residents are welcomed with bronze-finished doorways off the tree-lined street-scape, to an elegant lobby with a classic black and white stone floor and a green marble concierge desk. The lobby allows access to the remainder of the amenities, including the fitness center, the children's playroom, courtyard and garden lounge.

The Sky Terrace, however, is undoubtedly assessed as the highest point of the building. This breathtaking vantage point provides excellent views of the city skyline, providing a great place for entertaining, sunbathing, or stargazing.

Moving into the modern interiors, one will immediately notice the clean lines and functional floor plans and great use of space. The living and dining areas in the residences feature over sized windows that make maximum use of the surrounding views and flood the spaces with natural light.

Quality finishes such as wide-plank oak hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, durable counter tops, and high-end kitchen appliances with custom mill-work are found throughout.

Kitchens also feature custom white oak cabinetry and polished chrome fixtures. Master bathrooms and powder rooms feature high-end quality materials as well, with custom vanities and integrated bi-fold vanity mirrors to her perfection. Many of the residences feature private outdoor terraces, and the building also offers one full-floor master penthouse.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 74 floor plans available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 101 West 87th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Courtyard Garden
  • Garden Lounge
  • Sky Terrace
  • Fitness Center
  • Children's Playroom
  • Central Air Conditioning


101 West 87th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • No age restrictions on ownership


All natural, sustainable materials were used throughout the interior conversion of the building, as well as the exterior durability measures that were taken to the original concrete structure.

Sustainable, low-energy consumption amenities were added to the building which creates a community-feel without expending exorbitant amounts of power. New, double-pane energy-efficient windows were added, as well as energy efficient appliances and lighting.

The neighborhood is one of the best essentials for the walker, and rarely would one require a vehicle. Should a resident at 101 West 87th Street be wishing to leave the area (which we feel is highly unlikely), there are multiple public transportation options nearby. Schools, parks, activities, restaurants, and shopping are all at the doorstep of the building, so why leave?


Beacon Theatre Stage

The Beacon Theatre, which is one of the cultural landmarks often named when it comes to the Upper West Side's best places of interest, is as a matter of fact, quite interesting. The Beacon Theatre, which is also referred to as the Beacon Theatre and Hotel, is located at 2124 Broadway at West 74th Street.

This historic gem is a three-tiered theater originally conceived by film producer Herbert Lubin in 1926 and designed by Chicago architect, Walter W. Ahlschlager. With 2,894 seats, this structure long served its original purpose as a movie palace for motion pictures and vaudeville. Today, the ambitious theater is considered one of New York's leading live music and entertainment venues, which is controlled by Madison Square Garden, Inc.

The interior of the historic structure features 30 foot tall Greek goddesses beside the proscenium arch of its curtain-less stage. The stage itself can be lifted from the basement position with a full classical orchestra, as productions often do. The two-story circular lobby invites guests in, and exquisite detailing inspire them throughout.[5]


  1. NY Daily News
  2. Walk Score
  3. NY Curbed
  4. Baz Baz Development
  5. Wikipedia

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