121 West 72nd Street

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121 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY

121 West 72nd Street

Exterior of 121 West 72nd Street
Building Information
Architect Hyman Isaac Feldman
Number of Units 91
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1926
Construction Method Concrete
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121 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4-6A
Title of Land Cooperative



Exterior View of 121 West 72nd Street

121 West 72nd Street is an attractive brown brick cooperative building which was constructed in 1926 and later converted to its current ownership structure. As a sought-after, historic Upper West Side residence, this building has been deemed a landmark by the city's preservation committee which will ensure that the pre-war Art Deco architectural structure remains intact for the coming years.

With 91 units over its 16 stories, this building is noted for offering charming, historic details such as high beamed ceilings and solid fir floors. The building is also known for being home to the author, Isaac Bashevis Singer, from 1959 to 1962 while the building was still an apartment rental. Designed by architect Hyman Isaac Feldman, 121 West 72nd Street features clean architectural lines and arched features, as well as exterior limestone detailing.

Situated on the tree-lined 72nd Street, this building offers an ideal residential location that is within walking distance to daily amenities, public transit, and is also very close to Central Park. The building offers a fully-attended modern lobby with two elevators, a 24 hour doorman, and a common roof deck and garden. There is storage and on-site parking available to residents as well.[1]


Situated on West 72nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue along with many other historic low to mid-rise buildings, 121 West 72nd Street offers a charming neighborhood feel in a relatively busy and bustling area. Just over one block west from Central Park, residents of this building get to enjoy a short stroll to virtually every outdoor activity they could wish for, while also reaping the positive effects of the building's vantage point of the park both from inside their homes and from the rooftop patio. Other outdoor attractions like Sherman Square, Verdi Square, Seventieth Street Playground, Riverside Park, and Theodore Roosevelt Park are all located within walking distance.

The American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Lincoln Square which houses the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the American entertainment hub of Broadway stand as nearby landmarks and places of reference in the close vicinity of the building. Bikram Yoga and Uptown Pilates are located on the same blocks, and there are also a large number of restaurants, markets, boutiques, and entertainment spots nearby. Broadway offers a multitude of nightly entertainment venues, and Lincoln Square offers 29 different performance theaters.

There is a metro subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway, less than one block from the building, as well as bus stations even closer. There is a total of 35 different options for public transit in the area, and there are also car and bike share programs within walking distance.[2]


Roofline of 121 West 72nd Street
Exterior Facade of 121 West 72nd Street

This Art Deco style architectural building was designed by architect Hyman Isaac Feldman, and was completed in 1926 as an initial apartment rental building. The structure was converted to a cooperative in 1984, and continues to stand as a sought-after building of 16 stories or 54.86 meters.

The concrete structure has a brown-brick exterior facade and an attractive three-story rusticated limestone base with a historical and charming arched entrance. These arches are repeated throughout the interior doorways in the residences, and can also be seen at the building's two penthouse levels, which offer arched windows with detailed, limestone surrounds. The building's entrance is situated at the tree-lined West 72nd Street, and the building itself is wedged between two other historic, low-rise buildings. The front facade of the structure offers many columns of windows that vary in width.

The flat roof line lends itself to the clean lines in the overall architectural design of the structure, and also provides for the rooftop oasis of a patio and garden with a panoramic view for residents to enjoy. There is also an attractive, detailed overhang at the roof line which aids the building in maintaining its integrity and avoiding water ingress. The building has no balconies, but does offer some private roof terraces, and also has protruding air conditioners.[3]

Layout and Features

With roughly six units per floor, 121 West 72nd Street offers an exclusive residential building with 91 layouts, most of which are one and two bedroom floor plans. Some of the residences have been combined to create larger units, and therefore the current number of units may not be less. Each of the homes feature old-world, historic details throughout, including high nine foot, beamed ceilings, and solid hardwood floors.

Charming and graceful, these pre-war layouts are quite spacious for their relatively modest accommodations, and details like spacious entrance galleries and arched doorways offer a home-like feel. Original hardwood floors are often found throughout, although many of the interiors have undergone renovations to modernize the finishes. Some fir floors have been refinished, while other units have completely redone the floors. The high ceilings provide a loft-like feel, and each of the residences also offer multiple windows of varying sizes which offer plenty of natural lighting.

Some of the kitchens have been updated from the 1980s fixtures with new, stainless steel appliances, custom wood cabinetry, stone or marble counter tops, and modern light fixtures throughout. Bedrooms are spacious and offer en-suite bathrooms. Some of the two bedroom layouts have en-suite bathrooms off of both bedrooms, and ample closet space is a common feature as well. Many of the floor plans offer private terraces, while each resident in the building has access to the common roof deck and garden.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 20 floor plans available for 121 West 72nd Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 121 West 72nd Street include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • Live-in Super
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Central Laundry
  • Elevator
  • Parking Garage


121 West 72nd Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • The building is pet-friendly
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


121 West 72nd Street is a landmark building which has changed its ownership structure to maintain in line with the needs of Upper West Siders over time. As a landmark building which is constructed of durable concrete, brick, and limestone materials, this structure has been well-maintained and is sure to last for a very long time.

The building has undergone updates to its elevators, lobby, entrance, and has also had all of its windows replaced with double-pane, energy-efficient and soundproof windows. This helps to reduce lost energy. The building does not offer any high-energy amenities, and is consider a low-energy building as a whole. Being situated in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Manhattan, residents need not drive a vehicle everyday, and can take advantage of the many spots within walking distance. Car and bike share programs are also located within walking distance.

Some of the interiors throughout the building have been updated with more modern, energy-efficient features, such as updated appliances and lighting, while virtually all of the units still offer their original hardwood floors.


Isaac Bashevis Singer, Author

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Polish born Jewish-American author who was known to once live at 121 West 72nd Street, was one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement during the later part of the 1900s. Isaac is known for having won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature, and he also won a Children's Literature award for his memoir A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw.

Isaac Singer's career catapulted from his very first published story, which won the "literarishe bletter" literary competition. Singer later went on to publish his first novel called Satan in Goray in the literary magazine, Globus. This novel tells the story of the events from 1648 in the Jewish village of Goraj where Jews of Poland were occupied by the cruel uprising of the Cossacks. The Slave, which Singer published in 1962, returns to the aftermath of this set of circumstances in 1648 but looks deeper into a romance between a Jewish man and a Gentile woman.

Isaac Singer went on to publish dozens of novels throughout his long career, the latest of which was Shadows on the Hudson which was published after his death in 1997. Isaac is also responsible for many short stories, autobiographies, and juvenile pieces of literature. Films which are based on Singer's novels include Enemies, A Love Story, Love Comes Lately, The Magician of Lublin and Yentl.[5]


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