12 West 96th Street

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12 West 96th Street, New York City, NY

12 West 96th Street

Exterior of 12 West 96th Street
Building Information
Architect Leo F. Knust
Number of Units 72
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Concrete
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12 West 96th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9
Title of Land Cooperative



Street View of 12 West 96th Street

12 West 96th Street is a city landmark building that dates back to its original construction in 1930 when it served the area of the Upper West Side as an apartment rental building. Later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure, 12 West 96th Street now offers 72 Central Park side luxury residences of varying sizes.

Designed by architect Leo F. Knust in an Italian Renaissance architectural style, this building offers many charming details throughout its interiors as well as decorative masonry details that lend to its architectural and historic tree-lined block.

As one of the most sought-after residential neighborhoods on the Upper West Side, residents at 12 West 96th Street have the best of both worlds; convenience and relaxation. The building is virtually at the doorstep of Central Park and is also within very quick walking distance to the life offered on Broadway. The building offers modern amenities that include a 24 hour elevator operator, a live-in superintendent, a children’s playroom, common laundry facilities, a bike room and storage.[1]


Said to be one of the more interesting neighborhoods on the Upper West Side, this Central Park side area offers many lovely, tree-lined side streets with historical and architectural buildings. Some of the city's larger and more sought-after housing developments area found nearby.

The 96th Street subway station is located just steps from 12 West 96th Street at the corner of Central Park West, and there is also an excellent cross-town bus service that serves the area. There is a total of 30 different public transit options in the area, making this a perfect residence for individuals who make use of public transit.

The area is also very well-suited to biking and walking, and there are bike share programs in the area. Aside from being at the doorstep to the many offerings at Central Park, residents can also enjoy being within walking distance to Sol Bloom Playground, Joan of Arc Park, Riverside Park on the coast of the Hudson River, Saint Gregory's Park, West 104th Street Garden, and Happy Warrior Playground. There are many sought-after schools in this area as well, some of which include Dwight School, Lilian Weber School, and Alfred E Smith School.

Broadway, which is known worldwide as being the center of the American theater industry, offers a never ending assortment of daily and nightly entertainment, as well as many restaurants and shopping.[2]


Façade of 12 West 96th Street

This very attractive, Italian-Renaissance palazzo-style tower is set mid-block on the tree-lined West 96th Street where its canopied entrance is situated. Built in 1930, this initial apartment building was converted to a cooperative in 1970. Standing at 17 stories tall, this high-rise building has a single-story limestone base with an entrance flanked by lanterns, which leads to the attractive marble lobby.

The building also has elegant limestone pilasters between the second and third floors as well as closer to the top of the façade and a large limestone band-course above the third floor. The building features many visually distinguishing string-courses as well as many columns of narrow windows that flank that span of the exterior.

The second and third stories just above the base are clad with a white brick, and the remainder has a beige brick façade. This historical building, which was designed by architect Leo F. Knust fits in nicely with its context, which features many low to mid rise pre-war structures. The building is 49.38 meters tall and has no balconies.[3]

Layout and Features

The building has 17 floors with 72 units and a full-floor penthouse residence. The floor plans offered at 12 West 96th Street consist mainly of one and two bedroom homes. As a whole, the residences at this building can be characterized as offering pre-war details with high beamed ceilings, decorative moldings, herringbone hardwood floors, and well proportioned room sizes.

White is a common interior color, which adds to the brightness of the interiors. There are plenty of narrow windows throughout each floor plan, including many windowed kitchens and bathrooms as well. Many of the kitchens have been updated with modern finishes such as stainless steel appliances, gas burners, stone or granite counter tops, custom wood cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, and modern back splashes.

Many of the bathrooms have also been updated with modern tile or marble surrounds and frame-less standing glass showers. Floor plans often include formal dining rooms and grand entrance foyers. Many of the homes have been updated with designer light fixtures throughout.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 6 floor plans available for 12 West 96th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 12 West 96th Street include:

  • 24 hour elevator operator
  • Live-in super
  • Children’s playroom
  • Common laundry facilities
  • Bike room
  • Storage


12 West 96th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


12 West 96th Street is a low-energy building with no high-energy-consuming amenities, such as a pool or a sauna. Building upgrades include new, double-pane windows that are energy-efficient and soundproof. The many windows at the building's exterior allow for natural light to fill the interior spaces, providing less need for daytime electrical lighting.

Many of the interiors have undergone energy-efficient upgrades to their appliances and lighting, some of which have been upgraded with new wiring as well. Cosmetic upgrades have often been done with sustainable hardwood and stone materials.

The building is close to public transit, outdoor areas and schools, car and bike share programs, as well as daily necessities, and is therefore an ideal residence for individuals wishing to maintain an eco-friendly, vehicle-free lifestyle.


Crenshaw Christian Center

Across the street from 12 West 96th Street at the corner of Central Park West is a historical and architecturally attractive building which houses the Crenshaw Christian Center.

The Crenshaw Christian Center is a ministry that was founded by pastor Frederick Price in South Los Angeles, California, which is now located on the site of the former Pepperdine University campus. When this church was constructed as the first location of the ministry in California, which was nicknamed the "FaithDome" due to its design, it became the largest domed church in the United States, seating over ten thousand people.

The Manhattan location of the Crenshaw Christian Center was opened in May, 2001 in the former building of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. This historic building was completed in 1903 and was designed by architects Carrere & Hastings, who had just won the competition to design the New York Public Library. The building features stained-glass windows by John LaFarge and can accommodate up to 2,200 people. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1974.[5]


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