15 West 12th Street

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15 West 12th Street, New York City, NY

15 West 12th Street

15 West 12th Street showing its balconies and the roof top terraces
Building Information
Architect Hyman Isaac Feldman
Management Company Orsid Realty Corp
Number of Units 76
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1960
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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15 West 12th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6
Title of Land Condominium



The neighborhood that 15 West 12th Street is situated in is considered to be exceedingly desirable due to the eclectic mix of brownstones and historically significant buildings in Greenwich Village.

The building was not constructed to follow any particular architectural style and does little to reflect the surroundings of its neighbors.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission was enacted about ten years after this building was built and the commission would eventually establish the historic district of Greenwich Village.[1]


On the south side of Fifth Avenue at the end of West 12th Street is the First Presbyterian Church with its fenced garden. To the west, is the main building for the New School for Social Research, an Art Deco style building.

PS 41 (Public School 41) is just across Avenue of the Americas and is widely considered to be one of New York's finest schools. New York University is about a third of a mile away, as are arts schools, a ballet school, and dozens of others, still within a half a mile.

The area is teeming with dining and drinking choices as well as coffee bars and grocery stores.

Parks and other green spaces are steps away. Washington Square Park, Jefferson Marker Greening, Union Square Park, and Village Square, to name a few, are all within a third of a mile.

Public transportation is at hand with over 50 bus and rail options for this neighborhood.[2]


It seems that the original purpose for building 15 West 12th Street was to provide modest housing for the sometimes transient and eclectic people who were drawn to Greenwich Village. As such, the apartments were small and numerous, focusing primarily on studio and one bedroom configurations.

Some of the apartments, but not all, have balconies and suites on the upper most levels have larger terraces. The building has a front face of red brick broken at each floor by the windows of the suites giving a striped appearance. At the time of its construction, no garage was included as it was probably deemed unnecessary because of the availability of public transportation.

The building was converted to condominiums in 1984.

Layout and Features

The apartments in 15 West 12th Street are a mix of mostly studio suites and one bedroom units, although there are a few larger suites. there are balconies in the suites and some of the upper apartments have terraces.

One main amenity that should be listed, is the location of this building itself. The convenience of goods, services, and transportation in the heart of Greenwich Village makes this building a highly desirable place to live.

Because of the smaller floor plans, the number of apartments within seems high to some people. As well, there is no parking garage or health club that many have come to expect in renovated and newer condominiums today.[3]

Floor Plans

15 West 12th Street offers 28 floor plans, mostly studio versions and one bedroom apartments. There are a few larger suites. Here is a sampling:


  • 15 West 12th Street has a bike room
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Doorman
  • Laundry in Building


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

  • Co-purchasing, guarantors, and pied-à-terre are allowed.
  • Pets are allowed with board approval.
  • Rentals are also allowed.


  • 15 West 12th Street is of an age that any contributions made to lessen its impact on the environment are from the residents themselves.
  • Newer more energy efficient appliances have been installed.
  • Modern renewable construction materials are used for renovations and proper environmentally conscious methods of waste disposal are employed.
  • Residents can participate in New York City's recycling programs.


  • The Village, as Greenwich Village is often referred to as, Was first settled by the Dutch and by freed African settlers in the 1630s. They named the settlement Noortwyck.
  • Common Council records relate that it first became a village in 1712 and was referred to as Grin'wich.
  • New York State's first penitentiary, Newgate Prison, was on the Hudson River at what is now West 10th Street, from 1797 until 1829. Since the prison was north of New York City, being sentenced to Newgate became known as being "sent up the river", an expression still in use today.[4]


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Wikipedia - Greenwich Village - Manhattan

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