210 Riverside Drive

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210 Riverside Park, New York City, NY

210 Riverside Drive

210 Riverside Drive dressed in its elegant facade
Building Information
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Management Company Elliman
Number of Units 88
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1909
Construction Method Concrete
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210 Riverside Drive, New York, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Cooperative



Riverside Drive, 1902

210 Riverside Drive was constructed in 1902. The road had been designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as a part of Riverside Park.

Riverside drive use to end in a dlu-de-sac at Grant's Tomb. Because of the Valley viaduct, the drive was carried over 96th Street in 1900. The section of road between Dyckman Street exit and Broadway is known today as Riverside Drive. [1]

Apartments at the time seemed to be worth pennies compared to costs today. "The Drive" an apartment on Riverside drive, built in 1870s, was considered to be one of the most luxurious apartments in a prime location. For an eight bedroom unit, it was $1600 a year in rent.[2]


The Julliard School of Performing Arts

210 Riverside Drive is located in the Upper West Side area.

It is home to The Julliard School of Performing Arts which trains 800 graduates and undergraduate students at a time in dance drama and music. The school was established in 1905 because too many students were going to Europe to study music.[3]

A popular tourist destination is Zabar's, a specialty food store on Broadway. Is is well known for the selection of bagels, smoked fish, olives and cheese. It has appeared in many TV shows including Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Law & Order, and Gossip Girl. [4]

The area is relatively walk-able, but not all errands can be completed on foot. Some of the conveniences within the general area include Eastery Restaurant, Between the Bread Cafe, Mini-Food Stores, and Conner Park.


210 Riverside Drive was built in 1909 and was converted to a cooperative in 1987.

The building was designed in a detailed Renaissance style with smooth limestone at the base and a symmetrical brick facade. There is elaborate and decorative plaster-work up on the top portion of the building.

That top featured matched with the corner quoins and cartoches above the tenth floor. [5]

Plaster is used often for decorative featured in architecture. When used externally, it is refereed to as stucco. Commonly, this is done with a lime-based type of plaster which allows it to be workable. Sgraffito is the term given to ornamental plaster work. [6]

Layout and Features

The interior design was renovate, yet many of the classical features were maintained. The inside of the building is just as intricate as the detailing on the outside.

Entering the building, a marble lobby is presented with coffered ceilings, and original Tiffany-style stained glass windows.

The front elevator still has the original cab and wrought-iron doors from 1910 which has been carefully restored. The base of this vestibule is done with granite and limestone.

Suites feature high ten foot ceilings, charming arched doorways, and picture frame moldings. They also come equipped with modern kitchens and hardwood flooring.[7]

Floor Plans

219 Riverside Drive provides generously sized rooms. Some examples of the floor plans:


Elegant Lobby

The building provides fairly typical amenities considering the age of the building and the time of its renovation.

  • live in superintendent
  • central laundry
  • storage
  • bike rooms

For those looking to fill their need for outdoor space and recreation, there is the Lucy Maud Montgomery Park just down the street and the Toronto Olympic Club gym near by.


210 Riverside Drive Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • Pet are permitted
  • Rentals are permitted


This building is not reported to have incorporated any sustainable practices during construction.

However, there are many ways for residents to make their home more energy efficient, and they are incredibly simple and save money. Some examples are:

  • unplugging devices that aren't in use to minimize phantom loads
  • use more energy efficient appliances
  • change light bulbs to compact fluorescent
  • install a programmable thermostat
  • use fans for cooling
  • seal air leaks
  • make windows more efficient by installing storm windows
  • improve insulation
  • conserve water, it also saves on gas bills[8]


Holland Tunnel
  • In 1626 a Dutch man purchased Manhattan from the Lenape people for about $1000
  • In 1698, New York City had a population of 4,937 people
  • 36% of New York's population was born outside of the United States
  • Hong Kong is the only city in the world with more Skyscrapers than New York City
  • About 35 million vehicles pass through Holland Tunnel each year
  • Central park has 25 million visitors per year[9]


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