180 West 93rd Street

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180 West 93rd Street, New York City, NY

180 West 93rd Street
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Exterior of 180 West 93rd Street
Building Information
Developer Kleban and Leader
Architect Horace Ginsbern
Number of Units 48
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1940
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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180 West 93rd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C2-8
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street Entrance

As a modest example of late Art Deco architecture, 180 West 93rd Street is a relatively small, six story red brick clad building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Situated on a corner site, the building features two distinct exterior facades. Designed by architect Horace Ginsberg and built by developers Kleban and Leader, this structure was completed in 1940.

With a slightly industrial feel, this building offers 48 cooperative residences of varying layouts, which range from studio to three bedroom units. The building also features modern amenities such as a part-time doorman, a bike room, and a common laundry facility. The building's board approves pets as well as pied-a-terre residents.

The building offers a sought-after residential neighborhood in the Upper West Side, which is characterized by an eclectic grouping of historical buildings of varying heights.[1]


Location

View of 180 West 93rd Street from Amsterdam Avenue
Situated at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 93rd Street, 180 West 93rd Street provides a convenient and central location in the Upper West Side between Riverside Park on the Hudson River and Central Park. Sol Bloom Playground, Joan of Arc Park, and Frederick Douglass Playground are other outdoor attractions that are within walking distance from the building. Saint Gregory's Park is also within the vicinity.

New York Public Library, St Agnes Library, Philosophical Library, and Bard Graduate Center Library are all within walking distance as well. There are over 20 different public transportation routes in the area. The nearest metro subway station is situated at 96th Street and Broadway, just two blocks from 180 West 93rd Street. Broadway, as the center for the American theater industry, provides many theater and artistic performances where residents are always sure to find their daily entertainment.

The neighborhood's schools include Academy and Athletic Excellence, Manhattan School for Children, Trinity School, The Mandell School, the recently expanded Stephen Gaynor School, St Gregory the Great School, De La Salle Academy, and Holy Name of Jesus School. Residents can also ride or take the subway north into Morningside Heights where the Columbia University campus is located.[2]

Construction

Original Marketing Brochure

180 West 93rd Street features a modest design by Horace Ginsbern that features clean lines, a red brick exterior façade and many square windows. The classic design, however, is slightly offset by some of the building's less-obvious but striking features: the structure has maintained its 1940’s details, from the industrial stainless steel lobby doors to the intriguing, nautical-inspired circle windows near its base. The building was originally marketed with a "roof insulated against heat and cold."

The entrance of the building is situated on West 93rd Street, where the stainless steel lobby doors offer an interesting backdrop to the greenery of the trees that line the narrow, one-way traffic street. The doors also feature six circular windows, which are repeated along the façade's base.

A fire escape provides a slight setback down the center of the West 93rd Street exterior, flanking from the roof to just above the lobby doors. The building has a flat roof-line and consistent fenestration with symmetrical windows and protruding air conditioners. Another center fire escape is repeated at the Amsterdam Avenue exposure, where the base of the building lends itself to retail space.[3]

Layout and Features

The residences at 180 West 93rd Street were originally marketed with features that included "cross ventilation, large sunny rooms, sunken living rooms, room size foyers, soundproofing between apartments, Venetian blinds, and concealed radiation."

With many different sizes and layouts, this building is home to a wide variety of residents. The board in this cooperative building is quite flexible, allowing pied-a-terre residents as well as rentals. Studio layouts in the building often feature alcove sleeping areas, and many of the larger residences feature entrance galleries and formal dining rooms. Large windows are found throughout the building.

Many of the kitchens are windowed as well. Pre-war detailing can be found in the arched doorways, high ceilings, beamed ceilings, and parquet hardwood floors. Ceiling fans and raised dining areas are also common, with step-down living rooms. Ample closet space is another of the building's popular features.

Common renovations include modern light fixtures and ceiling fans and some updated kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and modern flooring and back splashes. The building offers a part-time doorman from 3PM to midnight everyday, as well as a live-in superintendent, bike room, and common laundry room.

The building also allows the installation of interior washers and dyers, to which many of the residents have been updated to include. Up to 80% financing is allowed, as well as pets and co-purchases.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 28 floor plans available for 180 West 93rd Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 180 West 93rd Street include:

  • Bike Room
  • Doorman
  • Live-in Super
  • Elevator
  • Laundry in Building



Bylaws

180 West 93rd Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed
  • Pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions
  • 80% financing is allowed

Sustainability

Sustainable building features at 180 West 93rd Street include:

  • Sustainable concrete and brick building materials
  • Insulated Roof
  • Double-pane windows
  • Many large windows for natural light
  • Sustainable parquet hardwood floors
  • Updated energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • In-unit washers and dryers

The building does not offer many energy-saving amenities. The nearby public transportation routes, as well as the car and bike share programs, make this building an ideal location for residents wishing to maintain and eco-friendly lifestyle. There are many daily activities and necessities within walking distance as well.

Trivia

Park Plaza design by Horace Ginsberg

The architect of 180 West 93rd Street, Horace Ginsberg, was involved in many commercial and residential projects across Manhattan and the Bronx during the mid-1900s. Some of his projects include the Security Mutual Insurance Company and apartment houses on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, as well as the Harlem River Houses and Rockefeller University's Faculty House apartments in Manhattan.

The Faculty House at Rockefeller University is a 26 story residential building with 250 units. The building was completed in 1974, and now stands as a part of a building complex with facilities shared by residents of Scholars Residence. The complex offers two laundry rooms, an exercise room, three children's playrooms, a reading room, an art room, a music room, and a 38th floor solarium. There is also a garden and terrace at the complex's center, offering picnic tables and grills.

Ginsberg and his architectural firm left a memorable imprint on the city's landscape, which started in 1931 with the opening of Park Plaza Apartments in the Bronx. Horace completed his design in 1928, and construction began in 1929. However, a great fire devastated the almost-complete Park Plaza on June 25, 1929, which resulted in the demanding of a change in its design. Finally completed in 1931, the final design of Park Plaza stands at eight stories tall instead of its planned ten stories.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission said that this was “a pioneering work which helped change the face of the borough.”[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. NYRE Columbia
  4. Street Easy
  5. Lehman


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