111 Third Avenue

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111 Third Avenue, New York, NY

111 Third Avenue
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The Contempora, 111 Third Avenue
Building Information
Architect Horace Ginsbern & Associates
Management Company Board of Directors
Number of Units 160
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1963
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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111 Third Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1 – 9A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

St. Mark`s Church


The East Village began as a farm owned by Petrus Stuyvesant, who received it from the Dutch Governor-General, Wouter van Twiller, in 1651. Stuyvesant`s bones are interred beneath the chapel of St. Mark`s Church pictured above. The church has been an artistic hub since the 1800s. The Sunday Symposium featured such artists as Amy Lowell, Edward Steichen, Houdini, Carl Sandburg and dancer Martha Graham.


The parcel of land consisted of farm land and salt marsh. Known as “Little Germany” the area was the first foreign language neighborhood in America and second only to Berlin and Vienna in German population. The culture remained vibrant until tragedy hit. In 1904, St Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church charted a cruise on the paddle wheeler, the General Slocum, to celebrate the culmination of the school year. It was quickly discovered that the lifeboats and life preservers were in serious disrepair leading to the death of 1,021 people, mainly women and children when a fire broke out on board. To the horror of the residents, the captain, William Van Schaick, was found not guilty of the manslaughter.[1]


From the 1890s onward waves of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants made the neighborhood their home, notably with the post World War II diaspora, consisting of Western Ukrainian intelligentsia who left behind many landmark buildings. The neighborhood was later extended by a landfill to create the foundation for Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.


The area became known as the East Village in the 1960s after the rise of the Beatnik generation who populated the area along with other artists. It has been the cradle for artists such as Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, Bill Graham and the Fillmore East known as the “Church of Rock and Roll” launching a New York British Invasion with bands such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix. Club 57 and CBGB saw the birth of the punk movement with artists including the Ramones, Madonna, Blondie, and The Talking Heads among others.


Today this neighborhood houses New York University and boasts one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. In fact the previous “Punk” area at St. Mark’s Street is today, Japantown.[2]


Location

Yiddish Arts Theater
Club 57

Also known as the Contempora, 111 Third Avenue is located in the East Village in New York City. This vibrant neighborhood is centrally located, with over 60 transit options and has excellent bike lanes with a flat terrain.[3]

In addition the neighborhood is rich in the arts with many theaters, museums, libraries, schools, music, poetry venues, and even a local opera company, Amato Opera. Local shopping includes a Trader Joe’s, a large specialty food chain that includes hard to find international selections as well as a local farmer’s market.

The East Village breaks down into other smaller neighborhoods, Alphabet City, Loisaida, St. Mark's Place and The Bowery. A large number of preservation societies have maintained the buildings and indexed them as landmarks including the Lower East Side Preservation Initiative, East Village Community Coalition, Historic Districts Council, and Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Nearby museums include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, The Ukrainian Museum, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. St. Mark’s Church at the Bowery houses a variety of arts including the Danspace Project, The Ontological-Hysterical Theater, and the Poetry Project. Theaters include the La MaMa E.T.C., an avant-garde theater, the Bouwerie Lane Theater, The Pearl Theater, the Yiddish Arts Theatre and Stomp! Other arts organizations include the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, SideWalk Cafe, and The Stone. For the literary minded there is the Fales Library of New York University and the Tompkins Square branch of the New York Library.

Nearby Parks include the once notorious Tompkins Square Park, part of the original land parcel from Stuyvesant and Union Park Square, a National Historic Landmark, which hosts holiday festivals and a farmer's market, and was the first site of the Labor Day Parade.

There are also several annual festivals including the Mayday Festival, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and East Village Theater Festival held in August. In September, there is the HOWL! Festival and the East Village Radio Festival and the FAB! Festival & Block Party and in October there is the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

Construction

The Contempora

Standing at 45.11 m, this 17 floor modernist building was designed by Ginsbern.[4] Born in Minsk, Russia, Horace Ginsberg immigrated to New York at age seven before adopting the name Ginsbern. He would later be known as “the genius from the Bronx” and studied at Cooper Union and Columbia. He is known for his innovative projects that mirror their subject matter especially in the commercial side. His groundbreaking “Chock Full O’Nuts” revolutionized the coffee company. His firm, Horace Ginsbern and Associates, has designed over 140 buildings in Manhattan and the Bronx.[5]

His buildings include art deco influences such as the Security Mutual Insurance Company, Grand Concourse apartment buildings, Park Plaza Apartments, Panoramio, the Rockefeller University Faculty House apartments. These are only a few of the many buildings he created. Ginsbern was the architect of the Harlem River Houses built in 1937 and the first federally funded housing project.[6]

Layout and Features

These apartments feature parquet floors, custom built shelving, and fully equipped kitchens. Many units have beautiful granite counter tops and modern appliances including dishwashers.

Floor Plans

There are 43 individual floor plans of which a sampling is listed below. They range mainly from studios to two bedroom units.


Amenities

This centrally located building features a live-in Superintendent, laundry and bike rooms, half-court basketball, Bocce court as well as a landscaped roof top terrace.[7]

  • Live-in superintendent
  • Renovated lobby
  • Basketball court
  • Bocce court
  • Roof-top deck with Gazebo
  • Laundry in the building
  • Doorman


Bylaws

111 Third Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This pet friendly building.
  • It has a flexible sublet policy and offers parents the possibility to purchase units for their children.
  • The board permits co-purchasing, pied-a-terre, and unlimited subletting after a year of ownership.


Sustainability

Union Square Greenmarket

Sustainability takes on a community element in a cooperative building. The building, built in 1963 is still fairly modern and went through extensive renovations in 1987. In addition, the residents can take advantage of New York City’s excellent recycling program, bike lanes, and accessible public transit. There is local farmer’s market that enables the community to buy locally and a landscaped rooftop terrace which serves both as a refreshing spot to lounge as well as improves the overall air quality. For those that drive there are Zip Cars in the neighborhood as well.

The Union Square Greenmarket is one of the best known of its kind in the city. New York created the Greenmarket program in 1976. This market is open year round four days per week; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and boasts over 1,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables. In a given week, over 250,000 customers visit.[8]

Trivia

Church of Rock and Roll
Tompkins Square Park

Music and Art

  • Many musicians and artists past and present have called the East Village home either as a place to live or where they got their start including, Ryan Adams, Madonna, William Burroughs, Quentin Crisp, Lady Gaga, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Daniel Radcliffe, Rachel Weisz, W. H. Auden, and Alan Ginsberg.


Formerly Notorious Tompkins Square Park

Now a beautiful peaceful park, the late 1980s manifested a much darker side.

  • The park was an encampment for the homeless population and, when in 1988 the police decided to "clean up the park", a riot ensued harming 44 people including bystanders. The event was videotaped and the officers went to trial, though none were charged.[9]


  • Daniel the Cannibal -

Though a very safe place to live and visit now, it was not always so. In 1989 Daniel Rakowitz shocked New York City with one of the city's most notorious murders, after bragging to a roommate he was caught, found insane, and is incarcerated at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on New York City's Wards Island.[10]

References

  1. Wikipedia – East Village
  2. Wikipedia - Little Germany
  3. Walk score website
  4. Emporis website
  5. My Inwood Website
  6. Blog - Meeting Horace Ginsbern by Bill Bence
  7. Street Easy website
  8. Greenmarket - Union Square Park website
  9. Wikipedia - Tompkins Square Park
  10. Wikipedia - Daniel Rakowitz


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