173/176 Perry Street
173 and 176 Perry Street, New York City, NY
|173/176 Perry Street|
173 Perry Street on the left, 176 Perry Street on the right
|Developer||Richard Born, Ira Drukier, Charles Blaichman|
|Number of Units||173 - 16 units, 176 - 13 units|
|Number of Floors||16 in each building|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|173 and 176 Perry Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||37 nearby routes|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Found in Manhattan’s West Village, 173 and 176 Street are a pair of towers designed by world renowned architect Richard Meier, and are noted for being the first buildings Meier designed in New York after a nearly 30 year absence. Originally intended to be a pair of towers, the popularity of 173 and 176 Perry Street among celebrities and high net worth individuals led Meier to build the neighboring 165 Charles Street in 2005 to create a trio of towers.
The Perry Street buildings have been the subjects of criticism and praise alike, and since their construction in 2002, they have continually attracted attention for their sleek design, luxury amenities, and prime location along the Hudson River.
173 and 176 Perry Street are located in New York City's West Village, a vibrant community of art and culture that has had the nickname of "Little Bohemia" for nearly 100 years. Dozens of famous artists have lived, worked, and sadly died here, and the area is home to some of the oldest and most noted spaces in New York. The Cherry Lane Theater is New York's oldest, continuously operated off-Broadway theater, having opened in 1924 and hosted over the years many of America's best writers, playwrights, actors, and directors.
The West Village was the site of the infamous Stonewall Riots, the incident that ignited the gay rights movement. Some of New York's oldest pubs and bars can be found in The West Village, including The Ear Inn, and the White Horse Tavern, the site where Dylan Thomas infamously ingested his ultimately fatal amount of alcohol. The West Village retains its offbeat nature with its reputation of being literally off the grid. The streets of this neighborhood run at different angles to the main street grid of New York City, providing that both tourists and locals alike can sometimes get disoriented.
The West Village is bordered to the west by the Hudson River, to the north by Chelsea, to the east by Central Village, and to the finally by South Village and Hudson Square. 173 and 176 Perry Street have a Walk Score of 97 out of 100, meaning that residents do not require a car to run daily errands. The building also have a Transit Score of 100 out of 100.
Richard Meier began designing 173 and 176 Perry Street in 1999. Construction began in 2001 and completed in 2002. The buildings’ structure is made of concrete with metal panels and shadowboxes at the curtainwall to express each separate floor plate. The buildings feature floor to ceiling windows that are triple insulated with the overall design finding its roots in modernism. For development, Meier turned to the relatively unknown team of Richard Born, Ira Drukier, and Charles Blaichman, although Meier would ultimately use different developers for the neighboring 165 Charles Street that completed the trio of buildings in 2005.
Layout and Features
173 Perry Street is slightly narrower than its southern neighbor with each floor encompassing about 1800 square feet. There is one apartment per floor each with 11 feet high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Hudson River. The Western façade incorporates a protruding white steel frame that encloses the apartments balconies, although the steel frame reaches out further than the balconies. All apartments have grand entrance foyers that extend into galleries that lead to the livings areas and the kitchens which contain premium stainless steel appliances. Apartments in this building were handed over to residents unfurnished and therefore, the interior fixtures and finishes vary from unit to unit.
176 Perry Street is the southern building of the two towers and is wider than its Northern neighbor. Each floor of this building encompasses about 3800 square feet and unlike 173 Perry Street, there are two apartments per floor, with the exception of the sprawling three-floor apartments located on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors. Similar to its neighbor, apartments in 176 Perry Street have 11 feet high ceilings, floor to ceiling triple insulated windows, and premium stainless steel appliances in their kitchens. There is a shared entrance canopy located in a granite entrance plaza for the two buildings, although each have their own separate entrance and lobby.
Residents in these buildings enjoy the benefits of a 24 hour concierge and a doorman. Inside the buildings, there are fully equipped fitness centers, saunas, pools, and parking garages. The famed restaurant Perry is located in the south tower and all residents have access to butler service direct to their apartment from the restaurant. The owner of Perry, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is also an owner of one of the apartments above the restaurant.
|173/176 Perry Street Bylaws|
Rentals and sublets are allowed in this building, as are pied-a-terre. Pets are also allowed.
173 and 176 Perry Street are built with floor to ceiling windows that are triple layered in order to maximize heat effienciey. Despite this feature, these buildings have not been designated as a green building. With a Walk Score of 97 and a Transit Score of 100, residents would easily be able to lower their carbon footprint, as owning a car is not necessary to complete daily errands in these buildings. 
When it opened in 2002, buyers into these buildings included many celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Martha Stewart, and Calvin Klein. While performing in New York on Broadway in The Boy From Oz, Hugh Jackman rented an apartment in 176 Perry Street for $35,000/month. It was reported that when plans were unveiled for the third building to be built at 165 Charles Street, many of the owners of 176 Perry Street were unhappy with the fact that their pricey southern river views were about to be blocked by the new building. It was reported that Nicole Kidman was particularly annoyed by this development.
173 and 176 Perry Street were the subject of a 2004 Vanity Fair article called "Faulty Towers" by Vicki Ward, a scathing indictment of the two buildings. The article outlined many things about delays and difficulties during the buildings' construction, heating problems, leaks and water damage, tensions and disagreements among residents, security problems with doorman, and the fact that the buildings' windows were being shot out at night. The article also revealed the fact that the north tower was referred to as the poor person's building due to its smaller and less expensive apartments that didn't have the extensive southern views of the Hudson River of the south tower.  It is ironic that these views were later displaced with the building of 165 Charles Street just south of the 176 Perry Street.
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