145 West 86th Street

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145 West 86th Street, New York City, NY

145 West 86th Street

Exterior of 145 West 86th Street
Building Information
Architect Emery Roth & Sons
Management Company Douglas Elliman Property Management
Number of Units 57
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1924
Construction Method Concrete
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145 West 86th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative



Front View of 145 West 86th Street

Designed under the esteemed architectural brilliance of renowned Emery Roth, 145 West 86th Street is a historic gem dating back to its construction year of 1924. Later converted from its original apartment rental structure, this 16 story building currently offers 57 cooperative residences including two penthouse layouts.

From one to three bedroom layouts, each residence at 145 West 86th Street has been well-maintained and offers a luxury appeal with historic charm and details. With only four units per floor, this building offers an intriguing sense of exclusivity with attractive high, beamed ceilings. This distinguished building has been noted for its striking architectural design and attractive two story limestone base, which has a canopied entrance that is manned by a full-time doorman.

Situated ideally on the tree-lined block of West 86th Street, this pre-war building offers a sought-after Upper West Side location that is both central and exclusive in nature. There is also a live in super, central laundry, storage and bike room.[1]


On the lightly trafficked, tree-lined block of West 86th Street, 145 West 86th Street is one among many attractive and architecturally intricate historic building, many of which have landmark status for their unique styles. With a charming atmosphere, residents at this building can also enjoying being within walking distance to virtually every modern amenity and necessity they can imagine.

The charming and bustling Amsterdam Avenue is located nearby, and offers many boutiques, shops, markets, cafes, and restaurants, as well as many historic buildings. Broadway, which is known worldwide as the American center for the theater industry, is located just one block further west, and offers many theater venues and entertainment spots, as well as more restaurants and shopping opportunities. There is a subway station at Broadway and 86th Street, just two blocks from the building, as well as many bus stations virtually at the building's doorstep.

The closest outdoor attractions are Eightyninth Street Playground, Saint Gregory's Park, Sol Bloom Playground, and of course the many outdoor attractions and activities offered at the highly-visited Central Park, which is less than two blocks away. Nearby schools include The Smith School, Richard Rodgers School, Success Academy Upper West, Stephen Gaynor School, and Frank McCourt High School.[2]


Street View of 145 West 86th Street

Standing at 45.72 meters tall in a context of many mid to high-rise buildings, with few low-rise structures, 145 West 86th Street is a distinguished architectural building with a similar context. This structure, designed by renowned Emery Roth, offers an attractive two-story limestone base where the canopied entrance is situated on the tree-lined West 86th Street. The building has a rustic beige brick exterior facade with many columns of picture and narrow windows.

This 16 story structure was originally built as an apartment house in 1924 and converted to a cooperative in 1980. Offering an Italian-Renaissance palazzo-style design, the structure has an attractive roof line with window detailing around the top two stories which are clad in a slightly lighter brick. Roth, who became one of the first architects to employ the Art Deco architectural movement on the Upper West Side, was known for his simple yet sophisticated and attractive designs.

There is a slight overhang at the bottom of the building's second penthouse level. The building does not offer any balconies, and some protruding air-conditioners can be seen from street level.[3]

Layout and Features

Offering many different layouts, the interiors at 145 West 86th Street are very similar to other historic and pre-war residences, offering charming details like high beamed ceilings, narrow windows, and solid hardwood floors.

Many of the layouts open up from a formal, over sized entrance gallery or foyer, and each of the rooms are well-appointed, including the bedrooms which also offer ample closet space.

Many of the kitchens in the interiors have been updated to include chef's kitchen features such as high-end stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and lighting, granite counter tops and modern floors. Many of the kitchens are also windowed for additional light. There is plenty of storage in each of the residences, both with the closets and the built-in shelving units and cabinets.

The layouts are open and fluid, with wide doorways that separate the spaces, as well as some French doors. There are bedroom wings in the layouts, which separate the living space for the sleeping spaces functionally, and make the interiors in this building perfect for entertaining guests.

Some of the floor plans include a Maid's room which can also be used as a home office. Noted for attentive service, 145 West 86th Street provides basement storage, a laundry room and a bike room.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 10 floor plans available for 145 West 86th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 145 West 86th Street include:

  • Bike Room
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Super
  • Doorman
  • On-site Storage
  • Common Laundry Facility


145 West 86th Street Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building is pet-friendly
  • There are no age restrictions


Sustainable features of the building include:

  • Durable concrete construction
  • Solid brick exterior
  • Slight overhang to prevent water ingress
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Common laundry room
  • Bike storage
  • Great exposure and many windows for natural light

Energy-efficient features in many of the interiors include updated energy star appliances and low-energy lighting. Some of the bathrooms have been updated with efficient water fixtures as well. Many of the homes still feature some of their original finishes, while others have been modernized with materials like real hardwood and stone.

The area surrounding 145 West 86th Street is very ideal for walking and cycling, and provides residents with easy access to daily necessities and amenities as well as public transit.


Jewish Center, Manhattan

Surrounded by historic buildings on this block of West 86th Street, one of 145 West 86th Street's next-door neighbors is a very intricate and captivating building.

This Neoclassical architectural building, which appears to be a residential structure from street level, discreetly houses the Jewish Center, which is one of America's premier Orthodox synagogues, and Modern Orthodox congregations. The building features many striking, large arched windows which captivate its audience at first glance. Ornate limestone detailing encompasses the building's front exposure, which many different sized windows, both arched and square.

Founded in 1918 with the influx of Jews moving to the Upper West Side, the synagogue is located at 131 West 86th Street and contains many social halls, classrooms, auditoriums and offices in addition to the main sanctuary. This synagogue was the first to be built in America that served also as a cultural, social, and recreational house above its spiritual prominence, and today it continues to support many educational and social programs. The first rabbi of the congregation was Mordecai Kaplan, who left in 1921 to open the opportunity for the introduction of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung, who later helped found nearly every major Orthodox in the United States and abroad.[5]


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