15 Jones Street

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15 Jones Street, New York City, NY

15 Jones Street
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Exterior view of 15 Jones Street
Building Information
Management Company Jones Street Apartments Inc.
Number of Units 48
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Brick
Type of Roof IRMA
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15 Jones Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6
Title of Land Co-op


Contents

Background

The West Village, which is really just the western portion of Greenwich Village, was home to the Bohemian Movement of the early 1900s in New York City. In the 1950s and 60s the Village also became known as the home of the Beatnik Movement, also referred to as simply, the Beat Movement. Both Movements attracted some of the most notable artists in recent history to Greenwich Village, whose mediums included, music, dance, visual and literary artwork. Some notable artists who have called the Village home are, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Thomas Wolfe, Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Burl Ives, Anita O'Day, Les Paul and Mary Ford.[1]

Since the Beat Movement, Greenwich Village has undergone a large gentrification process, that has seen housing prices skyrocket from what was once the norm. The outcome of this has been that those seeking the true bohemian lifestyle have been priced-out of the community. Yet the Village and its occupants still have an attachment to the neighborhoods historic past, which still gives the area a strong community sense.

Construction at 15 Jones Street began in 1929 and completed in 1930 during the height of the Bohemian Movement and the Bull Market of the 1920's. Many new apartment buildings in the area were being constructed at this time, as the economic boom meant that those who could not previously afford such residences were now able to.

Location

15 Jones Street is located between West 4th Street and Bleecker Street, in the West Village, with Greenwich Village just 1 block to the east. This area of Manhattan is coveted by many and seen as one of the most lively and prime living destinations in the city.

Since the early 1900s, Greenwich Village has been seen as the heart of the Bohemian Movement in America and as such has attracted many notable artists. In the 1950s it gave rise to the Beat Movement, which reinforced its hold as the artistic hub of New York City. The area is still home to many artists and littered with art studios, galleries and lovely designed and well-preserved buildings, some of which are well over 100 years old.

The West Village is famed for its coffee shops, cafes and restaurants, all of which can be found within blocks of 15 Jones Street. Bleecker Street, which is just 1 block south, is known for its bars, pubs and night clubs, some of which feature live music of all varieties. There are several options for grocery needs within walking distance, including butchers, cheese shops and fruit and vegetable stands. There are many nearby parks and outdoor green spaces, including Sheridan Square Viewing Garden, Father Demo Square, and James J. Walker Park. There are also several options for schools in the neighborhood, both public and private, and all a short walk away. The West Village is also home to many interesting shops and boutiques, that offer a wide variety of products. The shopping Mecca of Manhattan, SoHo, short for South of Houston Street, is also located nearby to the south.

15 Jones Street receives a perfect 100 walk score for easy access to nearby amenities without the need for a car. It also receives a perfect 100 transit score for easy access to public transit, for which there are 37 bus routes and 20 rail routes nearby.[2]

Construction

Construction on 15 Jones Street began in 1929 and was completed in 1930. The building is built of red brick and is covered in a white stone facade, very common to the era. The 1920s saw an economic boom in New York, which led to many new buildings being constructed at that time to accommodate the increasing population of the city. While this building period gave rise to many iconic and luxurious apartments in New York, the majority were built to accommodate a more utilitarian lifestyle. Yet these more basic structures were, in many cases, vast improvements over previous housing options for many. Such is the case with 15 Jones Street. The suites are long and skinny and don't offer much of an open, spacious feel. The buildings front houses a fire escape from the 2nd floor to the roof, but few suites in the building offer true terraces or patios. Yet the building features an old world charm with its exposed red brick in the interior of the suites and boasts one of the best locations in the city.[3]

Layout and Features

The layout of suites at 15 Jones Street are quite uniform and feature many of the same properties of being long and skinny. The most notable variation between suites is that some feature 2 floors. Having been built in 1930, all of the units have undergone some sort of renovation over the years and each has its own character in terms of design. Yet all units feature hardwood flooring, some original and refinished, some modern and updated. All units also feature exposed brick walls, adding a lovely pre-war charm. The kitchens are long and narrow and offer a limited amount of counter space. Many of the kitchens have been recently updated and feature stainless steel appliances, new counter-tops and modern cabinetry. The bathrooms in all suites are on the smaller side, yet feature full-baths and shower combos. Many of the bathrooms have been recently renovated and feature modern cabinetry, fixtures and in some cases new bathtubs and, or toilets. [4]

Floor Plans

Here is a sample of some floor plans at 15 Jones Street.

Amenities

Amenities at 15 Jones Street include:

  • An elevator
  • Live-in building manager
  • Basement laundry facilities.[5]

Bylaws

15 Jones Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • This is a pet friendly building, although it is subject to board approval.
  • Rentals are allowed.
  • There are no age restrictions for the building.
  • Barbecues are permitted on the upper-floor terraces.[6]

Sustainability

Having been built in 1930, 15 Jones Street offers little in the way of modern sustainability. To reduce the overall carbon footprint, much of the onus falls on the owners of suites in the building. Many of the suites have up-graded and modern energy-efficient appliances. The location of the building may be its most sustainable feature, seeing as most daily errands can be done without the need for a vehicle.

Trivia

Jones Street, which spans only 1 block, was a backdrop for one of the most iconic photographs of folk singer Bob Dylan. The photograph, taken in February of 1963, features Dylan and then girlfriend Suze Rotolo. The photo would become the album cover for Dylan's 2nd record "The Freewheelin'". For years, Dylan rented a studio just around the corner, at 161 West Fourth Street, New York. [7]

References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Zillow
  5. New York Times
  6. Citi-Habitats
  7. Ephemeral New York


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