16 West 77th Street

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16 West 77th Street, New York City, NY

16 West 77th Street
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Exterior of 16 West 77th Street
Building Information
Architect Nathan Korn
Management Company Douglas Elliman Property Management
Number of Units 102
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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16 West 77th 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


Contents

Background

Façade of 16 West 77th Street

Designed by architect Nathan Korn, 16 West 77th Street is part of a two-story building complex across from the American Museum of Natural History at the intersection of Central Park West in the Upper West Side. The 15 story building was erected in 1929 and currently offers 102 residences under a cooperative ownership structure since its conversion in 1959.

With many different sized layouts, 16 West 77th Street is a sought-after residence with dynamic views from the historical building of the museum, gardens, and the city's skyline. Situated on one of the neighborhood's most coveted blocks, the building offers an ideal family-oriented neighborhood that is both central and quiet.

As one of the finest white-glove cooperative buildings, the lobby is elegant and intimate and is fully-staffed with a full-time doorman as well as a full-time elevator operator. The building and its layouts are rich with historical details that provide an unprecedented character and charm.[1]



Location

This Upper West Side neighborhood is just steps to Central Park, and is situated at the base of Theodore Roosevelt Park which houses the landmark buildings of the Hayden Planetarium and American Museum of Natural History. Riverside Park, which rests along the coast of the Hudson River, is also within walking distance from the building.

There is an ample amount of shopping in the area as well, including brand names like The Gap, Pottery Barn, Gracious Homes, Filenes Basement, Syms department store, Barnes and Noble, Banana Republic, and Hugo Boss.

Nearby markets and fine food shops include Zabars, Citerella, Fairway, Trader Joe's and The Gourmet Garage. Nearby restaurants include Avoce, Jean Georges, Per Se, Ouest, Landmarc, and PJ Clarks.

With the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade festivities happening on the streets below, 16 West 77th Street is always within arm's reach to entertainment and amusement. With Broadway, the center of the American theater industry, just a few blocks west of the building, residents can always walk to world-class theater performances.

There are nearly 30 different public transportation options within walking distance from 16 West 77th Street. The nearest subway station is at Central Park West and 81st Street.[2]


Construction

Street View of 16 West 77th Street

Distinguished by an attractive canopied entrance, sidewalk landscaping, and a classic two-story rusticated limestone base, 16 West 77th Street stands as a mid-rise building at 15 stories or 49.38 meters tall. The entrance features a Romanesque arch at the limestone base, as well as many picture windows with ornamental balcony detailing.

The remainder of the structure is clad with a beige brick exterior façade, and features many columns of symmetrical, picture windows. The simple and classic elegance of the building as a whole is further extended with its symmetrical fenestration.

The building, as well as its sister building at 6 West 77th Street, has been deemed a landmark by the city to ensure its preservation for the future generations' enjoyment. The tree-lined block is lined on both sides with historic, pre-war structures and endearing architecture.

The building was designed by American architect and builder, Nathan Korn, who was Columbia educated and operated his own firm in Manhattan, concentrating mainly on residential buildings.[3]

Layout and Features

With just four units on each floor of the building, the residences at 16 West 77th Street offer the most of privacy and tranquility, both in their interior features as well as their surrounding elements. Due to its many different layouts and sizes, the building is versatile in terms of the type of residents it can house.

The duplexes in the building offer high ceiling heights, with generous living spaces on the lower levels as well as formal dining rooms. Windowed kitchens and many windows throughout the layouts offer great light, while the upper floor bedrooms provide a nice separation and privacy. Many of the residences feature libraries, and some offer maid's quarters as well.

Gracious layouts and beamed ceilings are just two of the prewar charming details throughout the building. Sweeping views of historical buildings, greenery, and city skylines wrap around the building, and never hide the seasonal perspectives of Central Park.

Many of the residences have undergone renovations to modernize the interiors. Large kitchens have often been updated with granite counters, custom birch cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and bamboo floors. Many of the interiors also offer in-unit washers and dyers.[4]


Floor Plans

There are 27 floor plans available for 16 West 77th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 16 West 77th Street include:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Elevator Operator
  • Central air
  • Central laundry room
  • Common courtyard
  • Common garden
  • Storage
  • Bike Room

Bylaws

16 West 77th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

As a city landmark building, this architectural structure is protected from demolition, solidifying its longevity as a sustainable building for decades to come. The building's exterior and interior have been well-maintained to ensure its integrity as well.

The location of the building is perfect for residents who wish to be within walking distance to shopping, entertainment, outdoor areas, schools, and public transportation. Car and bike share programs are also found in the nearby vicinity.

Some of the interiors in the building have also been updated with modern materials like granite, stone, and hardwood.

Installation of energy-efficient features like appliances and lighting is also a common upgrade. Energy-efficient, double-pane windows are also installed throughout the building.

Trivia

American Museum of Natural History

Directly across the street from 16 West 77th Street, and of which many of the units have a direct view of, is the castle-like structure that houses the American Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1869, the museum was originally housed in the Arsenal building in Central Park prior to the current complex being constructed.

The cornerstone for the Museum's first building was laid in 1874. Today this structure is mainly hidden by the other buildings that occupy the majority of Manhattan Square. However, the original Victorian-Gothic style building was designed by Calvert Vaux and opened in 1877. The building extends 700 feet along West 77th Street with corner towers standing at 150 feet tall. The structure features pink brownstone and granite, which came from quarries at Picton Island, New York.

The entrance is situated on Central Park West and was completed by John Russell Pope in 1936. This over-scaled Beaux-Arts monument is also the New York State Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, and leads to a vast Roman basilica. The 77th Street foyer has been renamed the "Grand Gallery" and features a fully-suspended Haida canoe. This leads to the oldest exhibit in the Museum, which is called the hall of the Northwest Coast Indians.

The Museum's south front which spans the extent of 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue underwent renovations and was reopened in 2009. It spanned 77th Street from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue and was cleaned, repaired and re-emerged in 2009. The work included restoring 650 black-cherry window frames as well as stone repairs.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Street Easy
  5. Wikipedia


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