127 West 96th Street

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127 West 96th Street, New York City, NY

127 West 96th Street

Exterior of 127 West 96th Street
Building Information
Architect Boak & Paris
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 146
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1927
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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127 West 96th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9
Title of Land Cooperative



Exterior façade of 127 West 96th Street

Converted to a cooperative ownership structure in 1984, 127 West 96th Street was built in 1927 and offers a mid-rise building of 17 stories with 146 residences. The building offers an attended lobby with a doorman and concierge, two attended elevators, a bicycle room, common garden, common rooftop deck, central laundry room, and on-site storage. Up to 80 percent financing is allowed at this co-op, which is also pet-friendly, but pied-a-terre living is not allowed.

The building offers an ideal residence in the Upper West Side with convenient access to surrounding outdoor areas and daily necessities. The area of the Upper West Side as a whole is known for providing an upper class residential neighborhood to many artistic and intellectual New Yorkers.[1]


The building is located on West 96th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue, both of which are one-way streets. West 96th Street is a busy, tree-lined, two-way street. Nearby outdoor places include Frederick Douglass Park, where there is also a swimming pool, Joan of Arc Park, the Hudson River Greenway overlooking the Hudson River, where there are many dog-friendly areas, as well as the highly-visited attractions at Central Park. Sol Bloom Playground and Morningside Park are also within relatively close walking distance.

The nearest metro subway station is located at Broadway and 95th Street, just two blocks from the building, and there are also nearly 25 other public transportation stations within the area.

The Upper West Side is well-known for offering good public and private schools of all levels. Nearby schools within the catchment of 127 West 96th Street include De La Salle Academy, Holy Name of Jesus School, The Mandell School, Alfred E Smith School, Academy and Athletic Excellence, and Manhattan School for Children. Columbia University is located in the Morningside neighborhood just north of the building.

Just a block and a half west of the residence is Broadway, which is known worldwide as the heart of the American theater industry, and runs 15 miles through Manhattan and The Bronx. On Broadway many theaters, retail stores, specialty stores, markets, and restaurants can be found.[2]


Front View of 127 West 96th Street

The 17 story, brown-brick building offers an old-world charm with its classic architectural design, and features a pair of demure pelican statues at the building's third story level. The building also features an arched limestone detailing around the building's canopied lobby entrance, and features other limestone detailing scattered throughout the building's front exposure.

The building has no sidewalk landscaping, but there are some trees lining West 96th Street. Protruding air-conditioners are permitted. The building stands at 170.81 feet tall and features a flat roof-line with a slight overhang.

127 West 96th Street was originally designed by Boak & Paris during its 1927 construction, which was an extension of the then well-known and sought-after works of the Emery Roth Architect firm. Daniel Lansner was the architect who completed the interior lobby and hallway renovation.[3]

Layout and Features

Many of the residences at 127 West 96th Street have been marketed as the most "ideal pre-war residence in the Upper West Side," or something to that effect.

Many of the different layouts throughout the building have been modernized while still retaining their historic character details, such as solid hardwood floors and high beamed ceilings. Layouts often feature large entrance foyers, and large living rooms with separate, formal dining areas.

Common upgrades that have modernized the interior spaces include updated kitchens with high-end stainless steel appliances, stone counters with under mount sinks, custom kitchen cabinetry, and islands with eating bars. Other common upgrades include designer light fixtures throughout and modernized hardwood flooring.

Some of the layouts are duplex style homes with 1,700 plus square feet of living space, offering the charm of a carriage house or loft style apartment. Private entryways lead to large and expansive s which showcase the duplexes' elegant staircases. These spaces provide even higher ceilings and provide a great sense of openness.

Windowed kitchens are not uncommon to find throughout the different residences in the building; first-floor powder rooms are also very common.

Ample amounts of closet space is featured throughout. In-unit washers and dryers are not permitted.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 34 floor plans available for 127 West 96th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 127 West 96th Street include:

  • Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Common Garden
  • Central Laundry
  • Attended Elevators
  • Storage
  • Bicycle Room


127 West 96th Street Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are allowed
  • Pied-a-terre are not allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


The building offers a central and convenient location that encourages a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle in each of its residents; access to public transportation is made too simple to forego, with a metro subway station just over one block away on Broadway.

Ample daily necessities and opportunities are situated just steps from the doorway, which cuts back on the necessity for vehicle commuting. For longer commutes where vehicles are necessary, there are car share programs in the area that utilize low-emission vehicles, providing a sustainable secondary option to public transit.

The interiors have commonly been upgraded with eco-friendly features that include energy-efficient appliances and lighting, as well as sustainable hardwood, stone, and marble materials.

The building keeps its energy-usage low by not allowing in-unit washers and dryers and keep laundry in a central facility. The building also lacks any high-energy consumption amenities, and keeps eco-friendly amenities like a common roof deck and courtyard garden instead.


Frederick Douglass Playground
  • Located just north of the building is the Frederick Douglass Playground, which encompasses a total of 1.945 acres, or 7,870 square meters, on Amsterdam Avenue between 100th and 102nd Streets. This land which now stands as a public playground was acquired by New York City in 1954, and the playground was constructed in the following years. It opened to the public on September 10, 1958.
  • In the late 1990s the playground underwent an extensive renovation, and the playground now features a mini pool, a handball court, a basketball court, a comfort station, an asphalt baseball diamond, three basketball standards, swings, and camel animal art for children.
  • The Frederick Douglass Houses are located on the land, and provide public housing; the homes and park together are named after civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass. The original portion of the complex consists of 17 buildings up to 20 stories tall, which were completed on May 31, 1958 on the 21.76-acre site. The development includes 2,056 apartments which house roughly 4,588 residents in the Upper West Side. [5]


  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. NY Times
  5. Wikipedia

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