200 West 108th Street

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200 West 108th Street, New York City, NY

200 West 108th Street
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Exterior of 200 West 108th Street
Building Information
Number of Units 111
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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200 West 108th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Amsterdam Exposure of 200 West 108th Street

200 West 108th Street is a cooperative building on the Upper West Side between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. This mid-rise, 17 story building offers 111 residents which range from studios to three bedrooms. There are also some duplex-style homes offered in the building.

Originally constructed in 1929 as an apartment rental building, 200 West 108th Street was converted to its current cooperative ownership structure in 1989. The building offers a part-time doorman service everyday from 3pm to 7am, as well as two elevators. This residence is pet-friendly and allows up to 80% financing.

The Upper West Side offers a reputation of housing middle to upper-class residents, many of which carry out business in Midtown Manhattan. Nearby Morningside Heights, 200 West 108th Street offers a sought-after Upper West Side residential neighborhood with nearby access to many activities, entertainment, and amenities.[1]


Location

Situated on the southern border of Morningside Heights, 200 West 108th Street provides an ideal Upper West Side location that is suited to student and family life. Morningside Heights is most best known for housing the campus of Columbia University. Just a couple of blocks from the north-western corner of Central Park and its many attractions, residents at 200 West 108th Street have easy access to the city's most illustrious oasis.

The building is also just two blocks from Riverside Park which overlooks the Hudson River and offers walking and cycling trails, as well as dog-friendly areas. Other nearby outdoor places include Straus Park, West 111th Street People's Garden, Frederick Douglass Playground, Booker T Washington Playground, Bloomingdale Playground, and Lafayette Square.

Nearby schools include Ascension School, Mott Hall II Middle School, Robert E Simon School, The Cathedral School Of St John The Devine, Booker T Washington Junior High School, Cathedral School. There is a total of 25 different public transit options in the area. The nearest subway station is located at Cathedral Parkway and Broadway, just three blocks away.[2]

Construction

Close Up of Façade
Street View of Brick Façade

This 17 story structure stands at 48.77 meters on a corner lot at West 108th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, with equal frontage of both streets. The building features a historic and attractive exterior brick façade and a single-story beige stucco base with green trim. The entrance to the building is situated off the quiet, tree-lined West 108th Street as a canopied green entrance.

At the top of the third story is a detailing string-course with Art Deco detailing and a slight overhang. This visually separates the bottom floors with the remainder of the tower, which nearing the top of the building switches its color-scheme to a more vibrant red brick.

The building has clean lines and a flat roof-line which lends to its classic look and allows for the building's common roof deck. The structure also offers many columns of both narrow and picture windows.[3]

Layout and Features

With many studio, one, and two bedroom layouts, 200 West 108th Street offers both single-story and duplex-style homes. With many pre-war, charming details found throughout, residents are sure to appreciate the heritage offered in this 1929 building.

Historic details are in prime condition, many of which have been restored throughout the building. These features include high beamed ceilings, solid core doors with glass handles, built-ins, black and white tiled bathrooms with porcelain fixtures, and hardwood floors. Many of the residences also offer windowed bathrooms and kitchens.

With many windows throughout, each room of every layout is flooded with natural sunlight, which also offer maximum exposure of the surrounding city and park views. Spacious and open layouts often feature kitchens that are open to the living spaces, which are great for entertaining. Entrance foyers, ample closet space, modernized kitchens, and formal dining rooms are common features.

This friendly building has recently undergone a renovation to its marble lobby with restored terrazzo floors and a coffered ceiling. The building offers a part-time doorman, new elevators, a central laundry room, a live-in super, and a bike room.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 26 floor plans available for 200 West 108th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 200 West 108th Street include:

  • Part-time Doorman
  • Roof Deck
  • Elevators


Bylaws

200 West 108th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed with Board approval
  • Up to 80% financing is allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

The building is constructed of durable and low-maintenance concrete and brick materials, which have sustained the building over its long lifetime. The building has also undergone recent renovations to its lobby and elevators, further lengthening its lifetime.

The location of the building is suitable to residents wishing to maintain eco-friendly lifestyles, and is very nearby daily necessities as well as public transit. Car and bike share programs are also found in the nearby vicinity.

Some of the interiors have been updated with the following:

  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Sustainable hardwood and granite materials
  • Updated wiring and plumbing

The many windows in each of the layouts also provide excellent natural light. The building lacks any high-energy or high-maintenance amenities.

Trivia

Ramath Orah Orthodox Synagogue

One of the historic buildings that is located just one block north of 200 West 108th Street is the Congregation Ramath Orah, a popular Manhattan Orthodox Synagogue. This is the synagogue portrayed in Ari L. Goldman's book, Living a Year of Kaddish, and occupies a historic, 1921 neo-Georgian architectural building. The building was originally constructed to house the West Side Unitarian Church.

Acting as home to "a diverse community, spirited prayer, study groups and lively social gatherings," this historic building houses a congregation which dates back to 1942 when it was founded by Rabbi Dr. Robert Serebrenik, his wife, and 61 Jewish refugees from Luxembourg. Luxembourg had approximately 4,000 Jewish residents at the beginning World War II, with roughly half that number coming from other countries to seek refuge from their country's Nazi occupation.

The Orthodox Synagogue has been described as “very popular among Columbia students who want a spirited, liberal, Orthodox service." [5]


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Elliman
  5. Wikipedia


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