110 West 86th Street

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110 West 86th Street, New York City, NY

110 West 86th Street

Exterior of 110 West 86th Street
Building Information
Architect Emery Roth & Sons
Number of Units 79
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
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110 West 86th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4-7
Title of Land Condominium



Street View of 110 West 86th Street

110 West 86th Street was designed by the renowned architectural firm of Emery Roth & Sons. It is an attractive Italian-Renaissance style building that was built in 1929. Originally an rental apartment building, this historic structure was later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure, keeping in accordance with the changing times.

This high-rise building offers 79 residences across its 18 floors, the majority of which are between one to three bedrooms in size. The building also offers some larger, family-sized residences, and each of its interiors are dawned with many pre-war details. The building offers a full-time doorman and live-in concierge, as well as on-site storage facilities.

Situated just one block from Central Park at the sought-after intersection of Columbus Avenue, 110 West 86th Street remains an ideal residence in an affluent neighborhood. Both central and quiet, this pet-friendly building offers the best of both worlds to all types of Manhattan residents.[1]


Situated two buildings down from the bustling and diverse intersection of Columbus Avenue, 110 West 86th Street offers a prime location off of the lightly trafficked, tree-lined street of West 86th. This stretch of the street offers many mid to high-rise buildings, many of which are historic and been awarded landmark status by the city.

Directly across the street and near the intersection, residents can enjoy many cafes, restaurants, markets, salons and spas, as well as dry cleaning and other services. Aside from Central Park being just one block to the building's east, there are many other outdoor attractions within walking distance, some of which include Theodore Roosevelt Park, which houses the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium, and Riverside Park which is situated along the Hudson River to the west.

There are many public transit options within the vicinity as well, including the nearest metro subway station situated at Central Park West, just one block away. There are also car and bike share programs in the area, and the neighborhood is very well suited to cycling.[2]


Facade of 110 West 86th Street from below

This attractive, concrete building was constructed in 1929 and converted to a condominium in 1985. This historic, high-rise tower has a beige brick exterior facade and is of the Italian Renaissance palazzo style architecture. At street level, the building has a one-story rusticated limestone base and a canopied lobby entrance off the tree-lined West 86th Street. This leads to the building's step-down lobby.

At the second floor, the building features attractive window pediments and decorative spandrels higher up on the building's facade in the center of the structure. The building has a flat roof line which features a small cornice and is topped with six finials. The rooftop has an exposed water tank. There are many pairs of narrow window columns that flank the building's front exposure.

The building was designed by the famous architect, Emery Roth in 1947. After Emery's sons joined him in his business, the well-renowned architectural firm's name was changed to Emery Roth & Sons. Emery Roth was well-known for incorporating the Beaux Arts and Art Deco details in his projects.[3]

Layout and Features

Luxury residences are offered at 110 West 86th Street, ranging in size from studios up to five bedroom units. Many of the units have been combined to create larger sizes that are suitable to families, and some layouts include separate Maid's living quarters. Historic, pre-war details such as refinished original hardwood floors, moldings, and high ceilings with attractive beams are featured throughout each home.

The windows throughout the layouts are narrow, but they come in multiples and still allow for sufficient natural lighting while adding a characteristic charm. Many of the kitchens, which are often galley-style or L-shaped, offer windows and have been updated with modern finishes like new tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, modern kitchen cabinets, and stone or granite counter tops. Some fir floors are found in the residences, while others feature their original parquet-style hardwood floors.

Master bedrooms come well-appointed with ample closet space and spa-like en-suite bathrooms. Some of the master bedrooms, those which are located at the corners of the building, offer windows at two exposures, allowing for even more morning light. Designer paint colors and modern light fixtures are common updates as well. Traditional foyer entrances and formal dining rooms are common throughout the layouts. Some of the homes have also been updated with new electrical wiring, and each residence offers in-unit washers and dryers.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 27 floor plans available for 110 West 86th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 110 West 86th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Bike Room
  • On-site Storage
  • Live-in Super
  • Elevator


110 West 86th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-à-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


Energy-efficient and sustainable updates which have been added to some of the residences at 110 West 86th Street include:

  • Updated electrical wiring
  • Refinished (original) hardwood floors
  • Energy-efficient, modern appliances (some with gas cooking)
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Energy-efficient, in-unit washers & dryers
  • Marble, tile, hardwood, and stone materials

The building itself is sustainable due to its durable concrete construction and brick exterior which ensures its longevity and integrity over the next decades, as well as its area which offers daily necessities and amenities within steps. Being nearby public transit and within walking distance to so many attractions, residents at 110 West 86th Street do not need a vehicle.


The Ritz Tower, designed by Emery Roth

Emery Roth, the renowned architect who was responsible for the classic design of 110 West 86th Street among many, was a leading example in the industry and architectural minds alike.

But Roth, along with his overwhelming success in the architectural industry, was not reflective in his background. Coming from the humble beginnings in Hungary and boarding a steamer with his family at the age of 13 to arrive in America, Roth lost his father and his family became very poor. Roth survived by shining shoes before becoming an apprentice to a German architect. Roth was then hired by Burnham & Root, a prestigious architectural firm. Perhaps one of Roth's initial successes was his design of the facades for Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, which then led to many more successes in residential buildings in New York.

As a Jewish immigrant with no degree, however, Roth found even later in his career that he was shut out from the blue-blooded East Side. Roth was left to work with developers who would target the nouveau riche, which required that Roth squeeze as many apartments into the building as possible. Although many architects would happily turn away such commissions, Roth later said he enjoyed working with that kind of “tough hombre.”

By 1925, Roth had reached the pinnacle of his career, and in this year he completed the 540-foot tall Ritz Tower located at 465 Park Avenue and 57th Street. This building was the city's tallest all-residential structure until 2001, boasting luxury residences of up to 18 rooms. But regardless of his overwhelming success, Roth kept true to his roots, completing many designs of synagogues, churches, and the Hungarian community.[5]


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