120 Gramercy Hill

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120 East 29th Street, New York City, NY

120 Gramercy Hill
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Exterior view of 120 Gramercy Hill
Building Information
Developer Alchemy Properties
Architect Hustvedt Cutler Architects
Number of Units 25
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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120 East 29th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 100 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Entrance to the condominium


120 Gramercy Hill is a seven-story building that underwent a conversion from townhouses to a condominium in 2004. Alchemy Properties gutted the historic five-story townhouses from around 1900 that used to line 120 East 29th Street and added two more floors, giving this red-brick building a total of 25 apartments.

Its address, 120 Gramercy Hill, is named for nearby Gramercy Park, a private park located on Lexington Avenue between East 21st and East 20th Street. Only residents of Gramercy Park neighborhood have access to this artsy and well-manicured 2-acre park, as one needs a key to get through the gate. Developer Samuel B. Ruggles designed the park in 1831 as well as its surrounding residential square, imitating London-style neighborhoods. He turned what used to be a swamp or "Krom Moerasje" (little crooked swamp, named by Dutch settlers) into the upscale neighborhood it is today.

On a link from Alchemy Properties' website, it is implied that residents of 120 Gramercy Hill would not have access to the exclusive park as this condominium lies several blocks north of the locale in question.[1]

Gramercy Park continues to be owned by residents who live at the site although other people in the area can buy visiting privileges. In 1966, the New York City Landmark's Preservation Commission labeled Gramercy Park a historic district. Many notable individuals have dwelt in the 42 lots that encircle the park.[2]


Location

120 Gramercy Hill is located on 120 East 29th Street, between Gramercy Park and Murray Hill. This area is generally regarded as quiet and safe, with many tree-lined residential streets. In fact, it bears the distinction as the oldest residential neighborhood in Manhattan. The Gramercy Park neighborhood is an elegant stroll back in time to Victorian brownstones and elite social clubs like the Players Club and National Arts Club that support and promote public interest in the arts.[1]

Other architectural landmarks in the Murray Hill area include The Empire State building, The Chrysler Building, and Grand Central Station. Grand Central Station and Penn Station are within walking distance for travel in and out of New York City.

Even if residents cannot access Gramercy Park, there are other nearby parks to enjoy such as Madison Square Park and Union Square. There are numerous schools and day cares nearby for families with children. 120 Gramercy Hill is also located close to subway stops and bus lines.[3] Restaurants in the area include Asia de Cuba, Sushi Sen-Nin, Artisanal, Water Club, The Gramercy Tavern, Union Pacific, and Blue Water Grill, to name a few. For shoppers, the world's largest store, Macy's, is not too far away, and there is also an assortment of small and large retail stores around Union Square.

Construction

120 Gramercy Hill was built by Alchemy Properties who transformed a five-story row of townhouses into a seven-story condominium in 2004. Hustvedt Cutler Architects designed the conversion that has a roof deck, canopied entrance, and one-story stone base sitting behind a cast-iron fence.

The building has a red-brick facade that blends into the Victorian brownstones and historic character of the neighborhood.[4]

Layout and Features

There are 25 apartments in 120 Gramercy Hill with most floors having only four units. A common roof deck can be accessed from the elevator where guests can enjoy sunshine, city views, and a place to entertain guests. Many of the apartments also have their own private terrace.

Some units are duplexes and ceiling heights range from 9 to 13 feet. Each apartment comes fitted with Viking kitchen appliances, granite counter tops, and Poggenpohl kitchen cabinetry.[4] Penthouses have fireplaces and the six duplex units on the ground floor offer gardens.[5]

Floor Plans

There are over ten floor plans available for 120 Gramercy Hill. Here is a selection.

Amenities

120 Gramercy Hill comes with the following amenities:

  • 1650 square foot roof deck
  • central air conditioning
  • video intercom
  • washer/dryer in building
  • basement storage
  • bike room

Bylaws

120 Gramercy Hill Bylaws
Age No
Barbecues Yes


There is no age restriction at 120 Gramercy Hill.

Barbecues are allowed on the balconies and roof deck.

Sustainability

120 Gramercy Hill does not offer much in the way of sustainability, although it is fitted with smart wiring and central air conditioning.[4]

Those who like gardening can do so on their private terraces.

Residents who wish to contribute to a greener environment can take part in New York City's recycling programs and walk or use public transit to get to and from daily errands.

Trivia

Statue of Edwin Booth takes center stage in Gramercy Park

Some of the famous residents in Gramercy Park have included James Harper, founder of Harper Publishing House and former mayor of New York, who lived at Number 3 and 4.

The Victorian Gothic mansion at Number 15, which was once home to Samuel Tilden, governor of New York, is now home to the National Arts Club.

The Players Club next door at Number 16 was where Edwin Booth lived, an actor who is perhaps more famous as the brother of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

A bronze statue of Booth playing Hamlet stands inside the park. The mock-Tudor residence at Number 38 was home to American novelist John Steinbeck when he worked in New York as a reporter.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Alchemy Properties
  2. Wikipedia-Gramercy Park
  3. Walk Score
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 City Realty
  5. Street Easy


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