205 East 78th Street

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205 East 78th Street, New York City, NY

205 East 78th Street

205 East 78th Street in the Upper East Side
Building Information
Architect Sugarman & Berger
Management Company Abington Properties
Number of Units 218
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 1928
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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205 East 78th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit One block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Cooperative



The exterior of 205 East 78th Street

If there has any building synonymous with cooperative living in New York City, it's the prewar brownstone building. These buildings are a cornerstone of New York City and provide reliable, comfortable living in some of New York City's most coveted areas. 205 East 78th Street is one of these buildings located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood. This neighborhood forms part of the Upper East Side and places residents in the heart of Manhattan.

The Upper East Side is one of the most densely populated areas in all of New York City. It is home to an abundance of restaurants and nightlife. The community is also considered to be fairly affluent and is subject to lower crime rates than other parts of the city. Lenox Hill was dramatically affected by the economic crash of 2008 which means that real estate prices are lower than they traditionally have been.

205 East 78th Street offers spacious units with functional layouts. Add in its premier location and it is easy to see why it's been considered a desirable address for 88 years. Its sturdy construction, relatively inexpensive units and prime location means that 205 East 78th Street isn't going away anytime soon. [1]


In New York City, location is a key factor in determining the desirability of any particular address. Fortunately, 205 East 78th Street is located in the much more desirable eastern part of New York City. The area is densely occupied and is home to myriad of restaurants and pubs. Its location on 78th Street just off 3rd Avenue, places it just a block from the subway and two blocks from world famous Park Avenue.

Central Park is a little further away being five blocks to the West of 205 East 78 Street and East River is equally as far being five blocks east, effectively placing this development right in the middle of the Upper East Side. Residents can rely on the nearby 77th Street subway station for most of their commuting. This gives residents 24 hour access to virtually all of Manhattan and beyond since New York City's subway system is one of the most expansive in the world with 412 stations and 842 miles (1,355 kilometers) of track.

Lenox Hill is home to a number of young professionals who appreciate being in the thick of New York City's vast and vibrant cultural scene. The area suites this lifestyle since it is in close proximity to offices and nightlife and enables residents to play where they work, so to speak. This neighborhood is also known to be a bit noisy, even by New York City Standards. Residents looking for a quieter lifestyle may want consider the Upper West Side. [2]


205 East 78th Street fits in with other prewar era buildings in the neighborhood

Built in 1925, 205 East 78th Street is a classic prewar brownstone co-op that are quite common in the city. These buildings have been able to capitalize on their prime locations and have stood the test of time. As a result, they have generally become a more cost effective means to live in New York City. Like other so-called brownstones, 205 East 78th Street is a steel framed structure with a brick facade.

Gracing the top of this 20 story structure is terracotta and a water tank protruding from its roof. This gives the building its classic appearance.

Units in 205 East 78th Street range in size from simple one bedroom one bathroom units to extravagant five bedroom units with multiple bathrooms.

Units feature beamed ceilings, windows in the bathrooms, and hardwood floors. A downside to 205 East 78th Street is that there is no roof top patio nor are there patios of any kind for individual units. Also, this building was built without a parking garage. Though car ownership isn't common in New York City. [3]

Layout and Features

Units at 205 East 78th Street feature:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Wood burning fireplaces
  • Dishwashers


Floor Plans


Amenities at 205 East 78th Street include:

  • Bicycle storage
  • Beautifully finished lobby
  • Storage Space
  • Close to 77th Avenue Subway station


205 East 78th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • Pets are welcome at 205 East 78th Street
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions concerning the sale or rental of units at 205 East 78th Street.
  • Barbecues are not permitted
  • Units in this building are designated as non-smoking


205 East 78th Street's completion date predates most modern sustainable construction methods. If anything, it can be argued that the buildings longevity has prevented more raw materials from being used to create multiple projects at the same address.

205 East 78th Street's address alone is inherently sustainable since it allows is residents to fully take advantage of New York City's extensive subway system. It is also within walking distance to a number of shops, restaurants and pubs meaning that residents don't need to leave their neighborhood for entertainment or to run their errands.

New York City has received international acclaim for their recycling and composting programs. Residents can take advantage of these programs by using the proper disposal bins located in their building. [5]


The houses located beside 205 East 78th Street are the oldest in the Upper East Side

The residences at 205 East 78th Street, are situated next door to a row of five attached brick houses that are among the oldest in the Upper East Side. These five buildings known as the East 78th Street houses, are all that remain of a group of eleven that originally inhabited 78th Street.

These were built in 1852 as a response to the opening of the New York and Harlem Railroad. At the time the area was still considered a New York City suburb and the railway opened this area to future developments. These five houses retained enough historical integrity that they were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The neighborhood that 205 East 78th Street is located, Lenox Hill is actually part of the Upper East Side. It is named after a hill that once used to be a landmark of the area. The hill itself was named after Scottish merchant Robert Lenox, the then owner of the land that the hill was situated on. The hill would eventually be leveled to make way for 70th and 71st Streets. [6]


  1. Real Direct
  2. Wikipedia - Lenox Hill
  3. Trulia
  4. City Reality
  5. New York City Department of Sanitation
  6. Wikipedia

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