176 West 87th Street

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176 West 87th Street, New York City, NY

176 West 87th Street

Exterior of 176 West 87th Street
Building Information
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 85
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1916
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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176 West 87th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-9
Title of Land Cooperative



Entrance of 176 West 87th Street

Conveniently located in the Upper West Side between the two landmarks of Central Park and Riverside Park, 176 West 87th Street was built in 1916 under the designs of architectural firm, Schwartz & Gross. Later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure, this pre-war building offers 85 residences over its 13 stories.

Many of the residences at 176 West 87th Street feature pre-war, historic details such as high, beamed ceilings and original finishes. The building also offers a doorman at its entrance which leads to its newly renovated lobby. There is also a live-in superintendent, a central laundry facility, a children's playroom, a common roof deck, and bike storage. This pet-friendly cooperative allows up to 80% financing.

176 West 87th Street offers a sought-after residential neighbourhood in the Upper West Side, just one block east of Broadway and within steps to many attractions, entertainment spots, and city landmarks.[1]


Within steps to numerous shops, markets, restaurants, and cafes, as well as many entertainment spots, 176 West 87th Street provides a central and convenient location in the heart o the Upper West Side. Considered also to be one of the city's finest neighborhoods architecturally, this area provides many pre-war, historic and sometimes landmark buildings as well as some well-designed late 20th century apartment houses.

Within walking distance to Broadway, Riverside Park, Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History and many other city landmarks, this building is a highly sought-after residence. There are also many convenient public transit routes nearby, with a good cross-town bus service and a metro subway station just one block away at Broadway.

There are many nearby cafes, the closest of which is a Starbucks, and some nearby restaurants and eateries include Pizza Pete's, Lite Delights, Firehouse, La Mirabelle, Good Enough to Eat, Nonna, and A.G. Bistro. There are many well-reputed schools, both public and private, in the area. Columbia University is located in north in Morningside Heights and is easily accessible by subway.[2]


Street View of 176 West 87th Street
Entrance Detailing of 176 West 87th Street

With a canopied entrance on the quiet West 87th Street, this building occupies the corner site at the intersection of the historic, bustling Amsterdam Avenue. With 13 stories, this building stands at 43.59 meters tall, fitting in with its surrounding context of mid-rise buildings. Converted to a cooperative in 1983, the building and interiors underwent some upgrading at that time.

The building has a rustic, beige brick facade and attractive detailing at its entrance that is flanked with globe lanterns. The building's widest frontage is its exposure on Amsterdam Avenue, which features a deep inset at its center, visually creating two towers out of the single building design.

The building's flat roof line lends to its surrounding context while providing for the building's common roof deck. The structure has symmetrical fenestration, with many columns of one-sized, narrow windows and some protruding air conditioners.[3]

Layout and Features

176 West 87th Street offers many luxury residences, ranging from studios to three bedrooms. There are also some two-level duplex style homes throughout the building, and some units have been purchased together and combined to create even larger spaces. The homes feature decorative moldings, high ceilings, arched doorways and wide-plank fir floors. This building also offers a recently renovated lobby which immediately reflects the luxury and grandeur of the residences that await above it, to which brand new elevators escort guest and residents.

Many of the residences throughout the buildings have updated and modernized certain features while often maintaining the pre-war, historic details that can't be purchased. Renovated kitchens include stainless steel appliances, modern cabinetry, stone counters and modern back splashes. Many of the kitchens are windowed and are galley-style or "L"-shaped.

The many windows throughout the layouts provide fantastic natural light, while exposing the surrounding city views. Studio apartments offers sleeping alcoves. Many of the interiors have been updated with modern light fixtures and paint. French doors and built-in bookshelves are other common features. Many of the bathrooms still feature their original black and white tiles and porcelain fixtures.

Although there are no private balconies in the building, the attractive common roof deck is large enough for entertaining and lounging, and provides an ideal, landscaped and serene atmosphere for enjoying the surrounding views.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 22 floor plans available for 176 West 87th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 176 West 87th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Live-in Super
  • Bike Room
  • Children's playroom
  • Community Recreation Facilities
  • Roof Deck


176 West 87th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • The building is pet-friendly
  • Rentals are allowed
  • 80% financing is allowed


Many of the interiors still feature their original finishes such as the fir or oak hardwood floors, porcelain bathroom fixtures and tiles, kitchen tiles, and solid wood doors. Renovations have utilized materials such as granite, marble, and stone, while adding energy-efficient aspects such as modern appliances, in-unit laundry machines, and low-energy light sources. The windows themselves, along with being energy-efficient and soundproof, allow for plenty of natural, energy-free lighting in the interiors.

Having converted to a cooperative to stay in alignment with the changing times, this historic pre-war building has proved itself to be a dynamic and durable building. The building has also undergone recent renovations and upgrades, and as a solid, concrete building, it remains strong for the coming decades. The building does not offer any high-energy amenities, and is located in a convenient area that encourages its residents to live a eco-friendly lifestyle free of vehicle commuting.


Ghostbusters Building, designed by Schwartz & Gross

The architects of the historic 176 West 87th Street building were prominent in the industry during that time, and are responsible for many architecturally diverse and historic buildings today. Many of their designs are situated in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, while eight of their best works are located along Central Park West, and contribute to the Central Park West Historic District.

One of these buildings is located at 55 Central Park West, and because of its many appearances in the 1984 film, it has since been nicknamed the "Ghostbusters Building." In the film, the building is said to have been designed by Ivo Shandor, an insane architect who utilized his secret society. The film has scenes of the society performing rituals on the building's rooftop as early as 1920, even though 55 CPW was not built until 1929.

The current cooperative building remains a sought-after residence, and over its lifetime has been home to well-known residents like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Ring Lardner, Jr. and Marsha Mason. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this building was the first structure on Central Park West which was designed with a complete Art Deco style.[5]


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