1 Morton Square

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1 Morton Square, New York City

1 Morton Square

1 Morton Square in the West Village of New York City
Building Information
Developer J.D. Carlisle Development
Architect Costas Kondylis
Number of Units 283
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 2004
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1 Morton Square, New York City
Distance to Public Transit 40 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1 - 5
Title of Land Condominium



The far west side of the West Village was previously not known as being a destination for luxury residential buildings. This began to change in the early 21st century, when the trio of highly acclaimed condominium buildings began construction at 173 - 176 Perry Street and 165 Charles Street. This created a boom in real estate development along the Hudson River in the West Village, a boom that was reinforced when 1 Morton Square opened in 2004 several blocks to the South. A combination of condominium units and rental apartments, 1 Morton Square quickly established itself as a luxury living destination, attracting many high end and celebrity buyers.[1]


1 Morton Square is located in the West Village of New York City, an off beat neighborhood known for many years as Little Bohemia. Bordered by Chelsea to the North, Central Village to the East, the Hudson River to the West, and Hudson Square to the South, the West Village is an eclectic neighborhood that relishes its reputation of being “off the grid”, a term that literally applies to the area’s design. The streets of the West Village run at an angle to the main city grid of Manhattan, creating a complex web of roads that have confused both tourists and locals alike for decades.[2]

Since the West Village adopted its moniker of “Little Bohemia” in 1916, the neighborhood has been a destination for artists of all genres and mediums, and many have lived and worked in the area. Dylan Thomas infamously drank his ultimately fatal dose of alcohol in the West Village’s White Horse Tavern. Edna St. Vincent Millay founded the Cherry Lane Theater in 1924, which today is the longest continuously operating off-Broadway theater, hosting many of theater’s most distinguished actors, directors, and playwrights over the years. Finally, the Village Vanguard was the venue to see many of the most celebrated jazz musicians over the years, including Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charlie Mingus, and Thelonious Monk. The West Village also has the distinction of being the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement, which arguably began with the 1969 Stonewall Riots that occurred at the Stonewall Inn.[3]

With a Walk Score of 97 out of 100 and a Transit Score of 100 out of 100, residents of 1 Morton Place do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are close to an abundance of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, home services, and transit options. [4]


Previously, the site on which 1 Morton Square now stands was the location of a parking lot for the United Parcel Service. Construction on 1 Morton Square began and was completed in 2004 under developer J. D. Carlisle Development, with a design by Costas Kondylis. Once completed, the development drew comparisons to a building further north in the West Village, Superior Ink, but 1 Morton Square differentiates itself stylistically by its rounded corners and the horizontal banding design running up the tower of 1 Morton Square. [1]

Layout and Features

There are several parts to the development of 1 Morton Square, which span an entire city block between Morton Street and Leroy Street along West Street and the Hudson River. There is a 14 story tower that runs along West Street and contains 147 loft apartments, a 7 story low-rise building that contains 135 rental apartments, and six townhouses. The apartments range in size from one bedroom to five bedroom penthouse units, and they all feature high ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood flooring, and marble finishes in the bathrooms. Although some apartments have their own private outdoor spaces, there are no balconies and there is no roof deck.[5]

Floor Plans

With over 80 floorplans available, a selection is presented.


1 Morton Square features a full time staff of 24 hour doormen, a concierge service, valet parking, and a live-in superintendent. Additional amenities include a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a landscaped central courtyard, a bicycle storage room, and a full service garage.[5]


1 Morton Square Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Age No

This building allows for rentals and pied-a-terres, and there are no age restrictions in the building.


1 Morton Square is not designated as a green building, but residents can do their part to help improve the building’s sustainability by participating in New York City recycling programs and installing energy efficient appliances and materials when updating or renovating their apartments. With a Walk Score of 97 out of 100, residents do not require a car for their daily errands, and can reduce their carbon footprint in that regard. [4]


Famous owners in 1 Morton Square include Daniel Radcliffe, Oliver Stone, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson. Reportedly the Olson twins never moved into the apartment they purchased. It was also reported that fellow Harry Potter star Alan Rickman once considered purchasing an apartment in the building.[6]

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson bought the five bedroom penthouse at 1 Morton Square, but never moved in and spent five years trying to sell the unit, until a buyer was finally found in 2010. [7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 City Realty
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Not for Tourists
  4. 4.0 4.1 Walkscore.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 NY Bits
  6. NY Post
  7. Curbed

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