172 West 79th Street

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172 West 79th Street, New York City, NY

172 West 79th Street

Exterior of 172 West 79th Street
Building Information
Architect George A. Bagge & Sons
Number of Units 100
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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172 West 79th 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 Condominium



Exterior of 172 West 79th Street

The residential building found at 172 West 79th Street, sometimes known as The Hopkins Building, was constructed in 1929 as a rental apartment building and converted to a condominium building in 2004. This building exhibits plenty of old-world charm with its red brick exterior facade and classic architectural design, and has since been designated as a landmark by the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission.

Located in a busy area of the Upper West Side, residents at 172 West 79th Street get to enjoy being conveniently located nearby many famous landmarks of Manhattan, including Central Park and the Hudson River.

The building also offers modern day amenities that includes a full-time doorman, a live-in superintendent, complimentary on-site bike storage, and on-site individual storage spaces. This prewar building also features many characteristic features inside the interiors, offering 100 residences in total over the building's 19 stories.

172 West 79th Street is known for being a sought-after residential building that is well-maintained and offers low monthly charges in an ideal location.[1]


The Upper West Side is a coveted, upscale residential neighborhood encompassing the area between Central Park and the bank of the Hudson River. It is home to many business-type residents who commute to Midtown Manhattan. This area has a reputation of being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual, and artistic individuals.

172 West 79th Street is situated at the corner of West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The entrance of the building is located on West 79th Street, a busy two-way street with some street landscaping. Amsterdam Avenue is also a busy street with one-way traffic.

Nearby landmarks include the famous and highly visited tourist attraction of Central Park, as well as the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. Other nearby outdoor attractions where residents can enjoy activities, relaxation, or sightseeing include the West 79th Street Boat Basin where many yachts are docked, Tecumseh Playground just one block south of the building, and Marget Mead Green which offers a great sitting area. Theodore Roosevelt Park and the Green Assembly Garden are also found within walking distance from the building.

There are many different clothing stores within walking distance from the building. Also, there are many different options for restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and grocery stores.

More than 20 public transportation options are also situated close by, offering easy access to the surrounding areas, including Midtown Manhattan. The nearest subway station is just one block away at 79th Street and Broadway, and there are also car share programs within walking distance for longer commutes.[2]


The building encompasses a total size of 99,686 square feet and is built on a 90 foot x 102 foot lot size at the corner of West 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. From 79th Street, where the entrance of the building is located, the building appears to have a slim design which could fit into the "sliver" building description coined during the construction boom of the 1980s. But this attractive red-brick building that exudes a historic charm, was built in 1929, prior to the modern highrises that came to be. Once an onlooker moves closer to the intersection of the building's site at Amsterdam Avenue, it is clear that the building also has a large frontage on the cross street and takes up much more space.

This concrete building also features an attractive and distinguishing one-story limestone base which is lighter in color than the rest of the building's exterior red-brick.

Between the second and third floors at 172 West 79th Street, there are fluted limestone columns detailing the exterior of the building, as well as detailing that surrounds the many windows at the building's exterior.

The canopied, step-up entrance on 79th Street is quite grand and stands out against the limestone backdrop, and also features classic looking lanterns. The 19 story building has a substantial height at 217 feet, and offers 4,430 square feet of retail space.[3]

Layout and Features

Studio to three bedroom residential units are offered at the building, spread out over the building's 19 stories, and many of which offer expansive views of the surrounding park, city, and river landscapes. Each residence features large windows for plenty of natural light and maximization of the surrounding nature and city skyline.

The nine foot beamed ceilings also add to the overall sense of openness in the homes, while simultaneously providing a sense of historic, characteristic charm, reminding residents of when the building was built. Each of the floor plans feature a fluidity between rooms, and an open layout that maximizes the space provided in each unit and makes for a modern-looking home.

While some of the homes still feature their original finishes, such as the parquet hardwood floors, many of the homes have also undergone extensive renovations. A particular residence at 172 West 79th Street was gut-renovated, and now features modern finishes that include coffee-colored hardwood floors, exposed metal door-frames, cherry solid wood doors, new base and crown moldings, and an in-unit Miele washer and dryer.

A wired stereo system with overhead speakers throughout the unit, as well as window air conditioning units are found throughout. The updated gourmet kitchen features stone flooring, black granite counters with an under mount sink and stone back splash, stainless steel appliances, and new lighting.

The bathroom is fully renovated as well and also has a window for plenty of natural light. Kohler soaking tubs and pedestal sinks have been added, as well as a Robern medicine cabinet, mosaic marble floor tiles, a frame-less glass shower and hand cut subway tiles.ref>BRG NYC</ref>

Floor Plans

There are more than 30 floor plans available for 172 West 79th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 172 West 79th Street include:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Storage


172 West 79th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are allowed in the building
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


172 West 79th Street is a sustainable and durable building that has been standing strong since its original construction in 1929; this building is constructed of the sustainable materials of concrete, limestone, and brick, which require little maintenance and are longer-standing than other less sustainable construction materials like wood.

Concrete is a low-maintenance material that withstands the environment better, and is therefor friendlier to the environment as well. The building does not feature many amenities, which keeps the overall energy usage of the building low.

The interiors at the building, which were converted to condominium residences in 2004, have undergone some upgrades that have sustainable aspects as well. Some of these features include:

  • Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • Double-pane windows
  • Individually controlled air conditioning units
  • Updated electrical wiring

Many of the residences still feature their original hardwood flooring, which is parquet style wood that is long-lasting. Others have been updated with sustainable materials such as cherry wood, bamboo, stone, marble, and granite.

Residents can also take advantage of the many nearby public transit routes and amenities within walking distance to cut back on vehicle commuting. Car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles are also a secondary option to car commuting.


Astor Library

New York City is filled with rich history that keeps the city in a state of historic charm with a modern, skyscraper backdrop. In order to keep historic buildings preserved, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission was created in April of 1965 by Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. This commission was put into place after the destruction of the Pennsylvania Station the previous year, which was destroyed to make way for the construction of Madison Square Garden. The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission is now in charge of administering the city's Landmarks Preservation Law, and designating certain buildings and sites as such in order to protect them. Under that law, a building must be at least 30 years old in order to be declared a landmark.

The first building ever deemed a "landmark" was the Astor Library when it was commissioned in 1965; this public library was developed primarily through New York merchant John Jacob Astor, and was opened to the public in 1854 as a research library. After the library was commissioned, it was given a new use and preserved as The Public Theater.

Some of the most recent places in New York City designated as landmarks, which were voted on June 25, 2013, include:

  • St. Louis Hotel, built in 1903 and designed by Architect Frederick Browne
  • Catherina Lipsius House, a mansion located at 670 Bushwick Avenue, built in 1889 for the Lipsius Family who were owners of the Claus Lipsius Brewing Company
  • Forest Park Carousel, including the pavilion, band organ, and carved wood figures, compiled from 1903 to 1973[4]


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