141 Fifth Avenue

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141 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY

141 Fifth Avenue
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141 Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District of Manhattan
Building Information
Architect Robert Maynicke, Henry Edwards Ficken
Number of Units 38
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1897
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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141 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit 43 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6 - 4M
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

While 141 Fifth Avenue may not be the most universally recognized building in the Flatiron District; that distinction belongs to the neighborhood’s namesake, 141 Fifth Avenue is certainly high up on the list.

With its ornate terra-cotta detailing, curved corner, and cupola roof, 141 Fifth Avenue is a striking landmark of lower Manhattan, and with its recent conversion into condominiums, this building offers residents the unique opportunity to live in a historically significant building, while enjoying all the comforts of modern amenities.

Location

The Flatiron District is named after the groundbreaking Flatiron Building, one of New York City’s first skyscrapers. The term Flatiron District is a relatively new title, having come into being in the mid-1980s when the area began its shift from being a primarily commercial neighborhood into a more residential area. Once called the Toy District for the number of toy manufacturing spaces in the neighborhood, the Flatiron District has quickly become one of New York City’s most desirable residential neighborhoods. [1]

The Flatiron District is home to the historical birthplace of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, a location which is a National Historic Site. The area is also where one can find the Ladies’ Mile Historic District, which is the former location of some of New York City’s most famous department stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, and Best & Co.

The Flatiron District is close to the world famous Empire State Building, and borders the art gallery haven that is the neighborhood of Chelsea. Additionally, the neighborhood is home to many premiere shops, nightlife hot spots, and restaurants, including celebrity chef Mario Batali’s Eataly. Finally, the Flatiron District is home to Madison Square Park and Union Square, two landscaped urban parks that offer residents a place to walk their dogs, sunbathe, and engage in some of the most eclectic people watching in the city. [2]

With a walk score and transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of 141 Fifth Avenue do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of an abundance of food, retail, and transit options. With a bike score of 83 out of 100, cyclists will love the flat grades and the many nearby bike lanes. [3]

Construction

Between 1849 and 1890, the South Dutch Reformed Church stood on the spot where 141 Fifth Avenue now stands, but in the late 19th century the church was torn down, and architect Robert Maynicke designed the original southern portion of the building, which was then built in 1897. In 1900, the building was extended to the North with a design by Henry Edwards Ficken, and for over 100 years the building was used for commercial space.

In 2005, the building was bought for $60 million by SL Green and Savanna Partners, and plans for the building’s conversion into condominiums were drawn up. The conversion began in 2007 with Savanna Partners as the developer and SL Green intending to occupy the office space that would remain in the first two floors. Altogether, the conversion produced 38 units located in the building’s top 10 floors. Savanna Partners hired the architectural firm of Cetra/Ruddy to create the design for the conversion, with Nancy Ruddy as the lead designer. Ruddy was responsible for the design of each individual apartment, including all of the detailing and finishes. [4]

Layout and Features

Designed in the Beaux Arts style of architecture, 141 Fifth Avenue is known for its iconic exterior that features extensive terra-cotta decorations and a rounded corner containing arched windows. The roof of the building previously featured a distinctive water tank, but this was removed during the building’s conversion into condominiums, much to the dismay of some preservationists. The building still retains its doomed cupola that stands over the curved corner of the building, and under which the building’s top penthouse now resides.

Apartments within 141 Fifth Avenue were meticulously designed by architect Nancy Ruddy. They feature 10.5 foot ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floorings, and many of the building’s original pre-war details. The kitchens have walnut and marble islands, Sub-Zero appliances, granite countertops, wooden cabinetry, and wine chillers. The bathrooms feature dual sinks, marble finishes, polished Chrome fixtures, standing showers and soaking tubs. [5]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans are presented.

Amenities

141 Fifth Avenue is fully staffed with a 24 hour concierge, attended lobby, and doormen. Additional amenities include a fully landscaped roof deck, a state of the art fitness center, a library, and a storage room for residents’ use. [6]


Bylaws

141 Fifth Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


This building allows for pets, rentals, and sublets, and there are no age restrictions. [7]

Sustainability

Built in 1897, 141 Fifth Avenue is a product of its time and is not designated as a green building. Residents wishing to help improve the building’s overall sustainability can do so by participating in New York City’s recycling programs, and by installing more energy efficient appliances and materials in their apartments when updating and/or renovating. [8]

Trivia

  • Although its official address is 141 Fifth Avenue, this building also occupies the address of 2-8 East 21st Street.
  • During the building’s conversion into condominium apartments, the exterior was covered with a full sized image of the building’s likeness created by the marketing agency 7th Art. Although a relatively new practice in New York, this has been standard in other cities for many years while prominent buildings are being restored. [9]
  • Famous residents of this building include former Burger King CEO Bradley Blum and actress Melissa George. [10]

References

  1. Wikipedia - Flatiron District
  2. Not For Tourists
  3. Walk Score
  4. Cityrealty
  5. Streeteasy
  6. New Construction Manhattan
  7. Manhattan Scout
  8. Manhattan Scout
  9. City Realty
  10. Curbed NY


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