180 Thompson Street

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180 Thompson Street, New York City, NY

180 Thompson Street

Exterior of 180 Thompson Street
Building Information
Number of Units 39
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 1920
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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180 Thompson Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-7
Title of Land Cooperative



Entrance at 180 Thompson Street

180 Thompson Street is a small brick building of historic nature, originally built in 1920. This red brick building offers seven floors and a total of 64 residences. The residences offer a historical and classic feel with their white walls and oak hardwood flooring. Many of the units have been individually upgraded with modern finishes.

The building is a well established and well maintained pre-war building. It offers townhouse units as well as studios and two bedrooms. This cooperative building includes private ownership of ten sponsor units that include five studios, two one bedrooms with 250 square feet of private terrace space, and two free market leases.

The Greenwich Village location of 180 Thompson Street offers easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods of Hudson District, Lower Manhattan, Bowery, Flatiron District, Chinatown and Little Italy. Greenwich Village is known today for its middle upper class neighborhood feel and close proximate to New York University campus, but was earlier known as an "artists' haven," and the bohemian capital.[1]


180 Thompson Street is located in a convenient location on the border of the New York University Campus and nearby Washington Square Park. Public transportation is also nearby, with bus access within one block and access to the subway a walking distance of six blocks from the residences.

Outdoor places like MacDougal-Sullivan Gardens Historic District, Passannante Square, Little Red Square, and Charlton Plaza are within walking distance. Nearby schools include University Plaza Nursery School, Cooke Center for Learning, and New York Film Academy.

Many restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, coffeehouses and entertainment are located nearby.[2]


The seven story brick clad building is of concrete construction and was completed in 1920. The building has an old-world feel with its red brick façade, and has been well-kept over the years. The exterior features fire escape ladders and many windows. The building is set between two other buildings, and has a flat roof.

The building is 21.44 meters in height and encompasses a total size of 27,000 square feet. The size of the lot is 5,000 square feet.[3]

Layout and Features

180 Thompson Street offers studios, two bedrooms with private terraces, as well as a large two bedroom with a private garden. The building has an elevator and shared laundry.

Some of the studios in the building have alcoves and have been converted to one bedrooms with the installation of pocket French doors. Other upgrades include re-sanding and re-glazing of the historic hardwood floors and new kitchen and bathroom updates. Some of the units offer stainless steel appliances and stone counter tops.

Most of the layouts offer large closet/storage space. Additional storage space is available in the building. Other large one bedroom units have been converted to two bedrooms. Some bathrooms feature marble and pedestal sinks.

Street facing units have views of the tree lined street below.[4]

Floor Plans

There are nine floor plans available. Here is a brief selection.


Amenities offered at 180 Thompson Street include:

  • Elevator
  • Shared Laundry
  • Storage
  • On-site superintendent


180 Thompson Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

Cats are allowed at 180 Thompson Street, but dogs are not allowed.

Rentals are allowed and there are no age restrictions placed on ownership.

Barbecues are not feasible.


Many of the residences at 180 Thompson Street have been upgraded to include energy-efficient appliances and lighting. The building offers sustainable living for students, with a convenient location just one block from the NYU Campus. Many car and bike share programs are located nearby, and the area is deemed to be very bike-able.


Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa was a famous resident who lived at 180 Thompson Street. He was a composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, recording engineer, music producer and film director.

Frank had a long career of more than 30 years during which he composed many musical genres including rock, jazz, orchestra, and musique concrète (a form of electroacoustic music). He was also busy directing films and music videos, and designing album covers. Frank released more than 60 albums with his band, Mothers of Invention, as well as a solo artist.

As a self taught composer and performer, Frank created unique music that was often difficult to categorize because of its distinguished creativity. He combined an eclectic approach with an experimental one in his later albums, while his first album "Freak Out!" encompassed songs of conventional rock and roll and collective improvisations.

Frank Zappa was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Frank died in 1993 from prostate cancer, leaving four children behind: Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. Rolling Stone magazine named Frank number 71 in their 2004 list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[5]


  1. Trulia
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Corcoran
  5. Wikipedia

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