130 Barrow Street

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130 Barrow Street, New York City, NY

130 Barrow Street
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Hidden Appeal
Building Information
Developer Sherwood Equities
Architect Stephen B. Jacobs
Management Company Charles Greenthal
Number of Units 83
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1931
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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130 Barrow Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-6A
Title of Land Condominium



Barrow Street Plaque

130 Barrows Street was originally built as a truck garage later owned by the Hertz Rental company and then converted to condominiums by Stephen B Jacobs. In 1983 its conversion received critical acclaim garnering the Grand Award from the National Association of Homebuilders; Builders Choice: and the Certificate of Modernization Excellence from Builders Magazine.

A tale of two Thomases and the etymology of a street name

It was first called Reason Street in 1810 as a tribute to resident and philosopher, Thomas Paine, in honor of his work "The Age of Reason". The name was changed to Barrow Street in 1828. The reason for doing so is still contested. Two competing versions exist, one involves the disfavor of Paine's writing, involving locals referring to the street as "Raisin Street", though that may have been due to the local accent. In either case, Trinity Church lobbied to have the name changed to honor of one of their own patrons, artist Thomas Barrow, who depicted the church on fire in a painting.[1]

130 Barrow Street is sandwiched between two historic streets, Barrow and Christopher, the building enjoys a colorful history. Christopher Street has a strong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) presence and is the oldest street in the West Village. It was also the site of the Stonewall riots in 1969 and the first gay pride march in the United States in 1970. The Oscar Wilde bookstore on Christopher Street was the oldest LGBT bookstore until its recent closure in 2009.


Greenwich Village

Located in the Manhattan's West Village with over 40 transit options, steps away from a dog park, and with a great walk and bike score[2], 130 Barrow Street is an ideal location for the outdoorsy type. Hudson River Greenway is part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which is 32 miles (51 km) long and wraps around the island of Manhattan. It is the busiest bike path in the United States.[3]

The West Village is the western part of Greenwich Village, a progressive arts friendly neighborhood. Once a haven for poets and folk music, it is now one of New York City's most affluent neighborhoods.

Barrow Street has been a historic center for the arts and theater since it was first created and recently has undergone a number of arts revitalization projects. Since 1998, Barrow Street Inc. has produced a poetry night and publishes books. The Barrow Street Journal includes the works of many prominent poets.[4]. In addition, the Barrow Street Theater which opened its doors in 2002, is housed on the first floor of Greenwich House. Greenwich House a local arts and music school hosts a recital series throughout the year. Chumley's is also undergoing a renovation and re-opens in 2014.

One of the hidden perks in this neighborhood is the Downtown Boathouse which provides free kayak lessons, and trips to the public, they are volunteer driven, and encourage those with experience to get involved.[5] Among the other innovative fitness options in the area is the Trapeze school, and the American Tap Dance Foundation which hosts classes as well as shows.

There are also a number of arts options within walking distance such as the Theater for a New Audience, The IRT theater, as well as music at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, where one can hear award winning classical musicians.


Deconstructionist Atrium

This mixed use low-rise stands six stories high and measures 15.31 meters. The building was a truck garage built in 1931 and was renovated by Stephen B. Jacobs in 1986. The renovation began by carving an atrium into the center of the building which acts as a physical and architectural focal point. Many of the condominium units have doors which open onto it, as do the the public corridors. The elevator and lobby offer views of it as well. Two additional stories were added to the building. The concrete encased steel frame is sloped due to its previous use as a garage, which is especially prominent in the three uppermost floors. This presented a unique design challenge to Jacobs.

Jacobs met this demand by adding additional storage space below the bedrooms while maintaining the original height for the living rooms which lends the building its iconic loft character. Jacobs left many of the original columns and beams exposed in the atrium to add artistic interest to the building adding a modern element. The curved walls left over from the ramps add a dramatic flair to some of the units, and bridges span the single load baring walls. There is also 8,000 square feet of commercial space separated from the residential units, including retail shops, restaurants, and a bank.[6]

Stephen B. Jacobs is the creator of the Stephen B. Jacobs Group, PC which was created in 1967. In partnership with his wife Andi Pepper, they have a unique, integrated architectural and interior design service. Jacobs began his career specializing in historic renovations, and has since branched into large scale residential buildings and hospitality.

His buildings include the renovation of South Star, as well as Chatham 44, the Edge, Be@Schermerhorn, and Boulevard East.

Layout and Features

Cozy loft
A spectacular kitchen

With 14 to 17 foot ceilings, expansive picture windows framing city and riverside views, spacious kitchens, and impressive living and bedroom areas, some of which include home offices, these renovated condominiums are hard to beat in the West Village.

The units offer a variety of features with designer closets such as double-deep Elfa closets, and California closets, internal storage closets, and an in-unit washer/dryer.

Some units include wood burning fireplaces, lofts or second stories, private set back terraces and all units share an impressive lobby and large tree filled central atrium.

Hardwood floor adorn most units, though some have been refurnished with bamboo. Bathrooms range from marble to colorful tiled designs and include tubs or glass showers.

The fully featured gourmet kitchens include modern appliances by Viking, GE, and others.[7]

Floor Plans

Each of the floor plans is a unique work of art in this reclaimed space. Designers from around the world are still putting their stamp on the condominiums of 130 Barrow Street. As the units were originally a garage for trucks, they have uncommonly high ceilings. Some chose to keep the height as is and others opted for duplex and loft designs. There are 68 floor plans available, of which there is a selection displayed below.


  • Live-in super
  • Central air-conditioning
  • Fireplaces in some units
  • Lofts in some units
  • Terraces in some units
  • Central atrium
  • Windowed elevator, overlooking the atrium
  • Rooftop deck
  • Courtyard


130 Barrow Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • This pet friendly building is open for purchase and for rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions.
  • Barbecues are permitted in the ample outdoor spaces.


Nothing says sustainability like recycling, and the impressive reinvention of 130 Barrow Street is just that. The developers of 130 Barrow street gave new life to an otherwise abandoned garage greatly reducing industrial waste. While the external character of the building was preserved, the creation of a green atrium complete with large trees and plants revitalized the building creating a natural oasis. Green spaces such as these help maintain the temperature of the buildings which in turn reduce energy costs. The building is bathed in natural light from large windows, and the high ceilings keep it cooler in summer months.

In addition there are many green options in the city. New York City has a number of programs including the new Citibike programs, offering free bicycles for use of residents, an excellent recycling program, community gardens which are available throughout the city, the Greenmarket program, started in 1976 and now boast over 54 markets citywide with 250 participating farms, as well as commercial programs like Zipcars which provide a viable alternative to car ownership.

In addition there are a number of local preservation organizations in the area including the River Project which is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the Hudson River estuary. One of their newest projects is an oyster farm off Pier 26.[8]


Chumely's Interior
"86 that"

In the News

“Living Space Carved out of a Garage,” Architecture, October,1983; “130 Barrow Street” in Buildings, June, 1983; “130 Barrow Street – Transformation That’s Paying Off,” American Banker, May 2, 1983; “Hertz Garage Transformed into Luxury Condominiums,” Professional Builder, March, 1983 and “Barrow Street: State-of-the-Art Luxury” in the New York Post, January 21, 1983.

Barrow Street's colorful history

Barrow Street Ale House was once a jazz club where Miles Davis and John Coltrane performed.

58 Barrow is the secret entrance to Chumley's, a speakeasy frequented by Eugene O'Neill, E.E. Cummings, Edna St Vincent Millay, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck which is now listed as a Literary Landmark. It is covered with pictures of its famous guests and is also reportedly the origin of the expression "86 that". Supposedly prior to raids conducted during the prohibition, the police would call ahead to the bartender who would escort patrons through the 86 Bedlam exit.[9]

81 Barrow Street and ironically at the corner of Bedlam, was the site of a CIA safe-house used for LSD experiments in the 1950s.[10]


  1. Greenwich Village History website
  2. Walk score website
  3. Wikipedia - Manhattan Waterfront Greenway
  4. Wikipedia - Barrow Street Website
  5. Downtown boathouse website
  6. SBJ group pdf
  7. New York Times website
  8. River project NYC website
  9. Wikipedia - Chumley's
  10. NY song lines website

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