15 West 84th Street

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15 West 84th Street, New York City, NY

15 West 84th Street

Exterior of 15 West 84th Street
Building Information
Developer Matmar Realty Corp.
Architect Horace Ginsbern
Number of Units 82
Number of Floors 11
Year Built 1947
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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15 West 84th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Cooperative



Front Street View of 15 West 84th Street

Built by Matmar Realty, 15 West 84th Street was a rental apartment building that was completed in 1947 and later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure. Designed by architect Horace Ginsbern, this mid-rise eleven story beige brick building offers a contemporary design and 82 residences of varying sizes and layouts.

Situated on a tree-lined street between Central Park and Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side, 15 West 84th Street is a sought-after residence for families as well as couples and singles commuting to Midtown Manhattan for their professions. The building offers a modern, updated lobby and residences with historic and charming details throughout.

This historic building offers an attractive, setback courtyard entrance directly off West 84th Street, and offers a 24 hour attended lobby with a concierge and doorman, a bike room, storage facilities, and common laundry facilities, as well as a live-in superintendent.[1]


Situated just half a block west of Central Park and steps from the reservoir, residents of 15 West 84th Street have convenient access to the many outdoor activities and attractions the city's famous oasis has to offer. Just a few blocks south is another Upper West Side landmark, the American Museum of Natural History, as well as its neighboring exhibition hall, the Hayden Planetarium. These two landmark buildings are located at Theodore Roosevelt Park. Broadway is located three blocks west of the building, which offers an endless assortment of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants.

Other nearby outdoor areas include Tecumseh Playground and Sol Bloom Playground, as well as Riverside Park which spans the shoreline of the Hudson River to the west and offers many jogging and cycling trails, as well as dog-friendly outdoor areas. Nearby schools include Rodeph Sholom School, Sarah Anderson School, Frank McCourt High School, and Louis D Brandeis High School.

There are nearly 30 different public transportation routes nearby, including the nearest subway station which is located three blocks away from the building at Central Park West. The area is well-suited to cycling, and there are car and bike share programs within walking distance as well.[2]


Setback Entrance Facade of 15 West 84th Street
Initial Rendering of 15 West 84th Street

With what can easily appear to be two separate buildings, 15 West 84th Street is one large building with a wide frontage on West 84th Street that is distinctively split in two with its setback courtyard entrance that visually differentiates the building's two identical sides. Converted to a cooperative in 1984, 15 West 84th Street is a mid-rise, mid-block concrete building that stands at 27.43 meters tall.

Originally an apartment rental building, the rental agents were Pearce & Mayer and the building was constructed by Matmar Realty Corp who partnered with Horace Ginsbern on the building's contemporary and functional architectural design. This otherwise simple building with clean lines offers unique rounded edges at the center setback which leads to the building's lobby entrance.

There are many columns of wide, multi-paneled windows and many protruding air-conditioners. The roof-line offers some stepped-back features with several private rooftop terraces. The building encompasses a total size of 89,840 square feet and is built on a lot with a size of 12,821 square feet.[3]

Layout and Features

The homes at 15 West 84th Street can be characterized by the same description of the building itself: charming character with many Art Deco details that create unique, non-cookie-cutter spaces to call home.

With roughly eight units per floor, 15 West 84th Street offers a wide range of sizes and layouts, starting with one bedrooms and increasing to four bedrooms with some duplex-style residences as well. The architectural details found throughout the building's residences include large entrance galleries and foyers, large sunken living rooms and large picture windows as well as corner windows. High, beamed ceilings and original parquet-style hardwood floors are also common features.

Commonly, kitchens are separate from the sunken living areas and formal dining spaces, and are often windowed with an L-shape design. Many of the kitchens are quite large, and have been updated with modern finishes like stainless steel appliances, modern wood cabinetry, stone or granite counter tops, and modern back splashes, flooring, and lighting. Bedrooms are spacious and master bedrooms often feature large en-suite bathrooms. This is a well-run, pet-friendly building with a friendly community of residents and a live-in resident manager. [4]

Floor Plans

There are 11 floor plans available for 15 West 84th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 15 West 84th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Bike Room
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Super
  • Common Laundry


15 West 84th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals are allowed with board approval
  • There are no age restrictions


This historic building is well-known to be a well-run and properly maintained building, which has converted its main usage to keep in alignment as a viable Upper West Side residence. The building offers updated, double-pane windows throughout which are energy-efficient and soundproof. The sheer number of windows that decorate the building's exposures ensure that the interiors are filled with natural light, thereby lessening the need for daytime electrical lighting and keeping the building's energy usage low.

Many of the building's interiors still feature their original parquet hardwood floors, and many have also been updated with new, low-energy light fixtures and energy-efficient kitchen appliances.

The building offers common laundry, and does not offer any high-energy consumption amenities. Being situated so close to Central Park and other outdoor areas, the residents at 15 West 84th Street have the advantage of being able to walk to virtually every daily amenity. Car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles are also found within walking distance.


Residents of the Harlem River Houses

Horace Ginsbern, the architect of 15 West 84th Street, was an architect who designed both residential and commercial structures in Manhattan and the Bronx. Born as Horace Ginsberg in Minsk in 1900, he arrived in America in 1907 and established himself in the architectural business by 19. As a Cooper Union and Columbia educated man, Ginsbern found himself established with his own firm which was responsible for many of the Bronx's notable deco buildings.

Described as a man who ate pastrami sandwiches, smoked cigars, and drank Scotch in his office, Ginsbern has also been remembered for being somewhat of a loud and assertive character. Along with building apartment houses in Manhattan and the Bronx, Ginsbern's firm also designed the Chock Full O'Nuts franchise for years, which was an establishment known for their sandwiches.

Ginsbern also designed Hanscom bake shop stores, which was a Philadelphia enterprise that spread through New York City in the 1930s. These stores are remembered for their signature apple-green panels, neon signs, porthole doors and large, banded windows. He is also well-known for designing the landmark low-rise Harlem River Houses, which were built in 1937 for African Americans as the first federally funded housing project. These buildings are still considered to be one of the most successful urban housing projects today.[5]


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