111 Fourth Avenue

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111 4th Avenue, New York City, NY

111 Fourth Avenue

111 Fourth Avenue in East Village
Building Information
Developer Starrett & Van Vleeck
Architect Starrett & Van Vleeck
Number of Units 177
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1921
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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111 4th Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-2A
Title of Land Cooperative



Retailer In California, advertising International Tailoring Company merchandise

111 Fourth Avenue has seen many changes during its existence, from an industrial area where waves of immigrants and others came to the area, to a seedy and dangerous drug haven of the 1960s and 1970s, to the modern gentrified neighborhood of today.

This was a utilitarian loft building that was converted to condominium housing in 1977. The conversion was developed by Teitelbaum Holdings Inc., and designed by Warner, Burns & Lunde. The building was originally built for the International Tailoring Company and J.L. Taylor Company in the early 1920s.

The International Tailoring Company had manufacturing facilities and offices in both Chicago and New York. Advertisements from the company encompassed retail outlets as far away as California.[2]


The Beatniks and Hippies have long since moved on but many of the legacies remain. The music and the art scenes are still evident, although rising prices in the area and continuing gentrification has caused it to decline. Still, many locations still exist for residents to enjoy some music or dine at one of the multitude of restaurants. In fact, more than a dozen places to eat are within 500 feet of 111 Fourth Avenue.

Day to day shopping needs can easily be met without the use of a car, as this address generates a walk score rating of 100 out of 100. Public transit, just steps away, offers more than 50 bus and subway options. Residents can quickly walk to any number of nearby parks. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the Union Square Green Market offers 1,000 choices of fruits and vegetables from 8AM and 6PM - the year round.

Learning institutions include preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, prep schools, and of course, the New York University. These are all within half a mile of 111 Fourth Avenue. Seminaries, technological schools, and even the Ballet Technical/NYC Public School for Dance is within this area.[3]


The address, 111 Fourth Avenue, is actually in use by two buildings, the J.L. Taylor Building and International Tailor Company. Architects and developers, Starrett & Van Vleck, created both of the buildings. At first glance, it appears to be one building and since its conversion to condominiums, it is now. However, in the 1920s, the two businesses inhabited the structure. The architects even added terra-cotta decorations to the sewers.

The larger portion of the building is faced with white limestone with rounded corners that helps to soften the box like appearance of the entire building. The smaller portion of the building is faced with a darker, reddish facing of perhaps limestone, or a colored granite. Both sections of the building follow the same architectural styling with only minor differences in the fenestration.

When first constructed, the building has high ceilings in order to accommodate the work floors of the tailor industry. These high ceilings allowed developer, Teitelbaum Holdings Inc., to build spacious living areas and bedroom lofts using designs by Warner, Burns & Lunde. Retail spaces occupy the ground level and a number of historically preserved buildings are along the street.[4]

Layout and Features

The conversion to cooperative living created some interesting living spaces largely due to the 13 to 14 foot ceilings within the building. As such, many of the apartments have loft bedrooms and a great open space in the other living areas. Windows are large and admit lots of natural light.

The surrounding neighborhood is quite flat which makes it conducive to riding a bike. New York City is continuously adding more and bike lanes to encourage a greener mode of transport. 111 Fourth Avenue provides bike storage for those residents who like to cycle.

The renovation has provided a roof deck and garden for the residents to enjoy and there is a laundry room on each floor. Unfortunately, in the 1920s, a parking garage was not included as very few people had cars.[5]

Floor Plans

Some of the 49 floor plans are displayed here:


111 Fourth Avenue features a full time doorman and has basement storage for residents.

There is a roof deck with a garden and laundry in the building.

Most of the apartments have sleeping lofts due to the very high ceilings.

Unfortunately, there is no health club or parking garage. This additional amenities were not as important in the 1920s as they are today.


111 Fourth Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No

  • 111 Fourth Avenue does not allow pets.
  • Some of the apartments are rented.
  • However, the building does not allow guarantors so parents cannot purchase for their children.
  • The building also has a "no students" policy.


111 Fourth Avenue was constructed during a time when less concern was given to environmental concerns.

In an effort to reduce the impact on the environment, residents may contribute by::

  • Participating in New York City's recycling programs and ensuring the proper procedure is followed for disposal of waste construction and renovation materials.
  • Installing newer more energy efficient appliances and replacing windows in the structure with multipaned selaed units that filter sunlight, dirt, and noise from the city.


The East Village contains several smaller vibrant neighborhoods, each with their own character.

  • Alphabet City - nearly two thirds of East Village, so named for Avenues A, B, C and D, the only avenues in Manhattan to a name of only one letter.
  • Loisaida - derived from Latino, the pronunciation of "Lower East Side" within that community.
  • St. Marks Place - Eight Street east of Third Avenue running to Avenue A, Has a large Japanese expatriate culture.
  • The Bowery - once had many homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation centers and bars. Today it is full of luxury condominiums.[6]


  1. Fine and Dandy
  2. Fine and Dandy
  3. Walk Score
  4. City Realty
  5. Street Easy
  6. Wikipedia - East Village

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