220 West 93rd Street

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220 West 93rd Street, New York City, NY

220 West 93rd Street
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Exterior of 220 West 93rd Street
Building Information
Architect Jacob M. Felson
Management Company Samson Management
Number of Units 60
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1926
Construction Method Concrete
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220 West 93rd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4-6A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Street View of 220 West 93rd Street

This pre-war, newly converted condominium building is situated on the sumptuous Upper West Side and features subtle character from top to bottom; constructed in 1926, early 20th century charm is found throughout the interiors, which are mainly family-sized residences. Mainly a residential building, 220 West 93rd Street also offers some retail and commercial space at its base, as well as luxurious living in one of Manhattan's most sought-after neighborhoods. The building is also known as 2490-2498 Broadway.

The Upper West Side is a perfect residential neighborhood with many beautiful homes on tree-lined streets and pre-war apartment buildings that fill the area with historic charm; the area is also bustling with many well-reputed schools that make the area ideal for raising a family. Many of the Upper West Siders are known to be artistic and intellectual, flocking to the charming and diverse upscale neighborhood living the area offers.

The building was designed by architect Jacob Felson, and offers 60 residences over its 16 floors. This pet-friendly building has a full-time doorman, elevator, common laundry facility, bike storage, a live-in superintendent, central air conditioning, over sized windows, and many pre-war details throughout.[1]

Location

In the base of the building is a Starbucks Coffee, a GNC Vitamins and Supplements retail store, as well as a nail and hair salon. Nearby on Broadway there are many retail stores such as a CVS Pharmacy, quick food markets like pizza and hot dog stands, markets, law offices, banks, and shoe and clothing retail stores. There are also gourmet eateries and shopping such as Zabar's, Gourmet Garage, and Citarella's.

This building is centrally located and within walking proximity to outdoor attractions that include Joan of Arc Park, Riverside and Central Park. The Hudson River Greenway provides walking, jogging, and cycling trails overlooking the Hudson River, as well as several dog-friendly areas. Sol Bloom Playground and Frederick Douglass Park with its mini pool are also situated within walking distance.

Just west is the Neo-classical structure which serves as the Congregation Shaare Zedek, which was built just before the building in 1923 and designed by Sommerfeld & Steckler. Directly across the street from the building is Broadway United Church of Christ, which is a low-rise, historical architectural building with intricate designs. There are many other churches in the neighborhood, some of which include Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

There are many different public transit stations nearby the building, including a bus stop across the street on Broadway, as well as the nearest subway station at Broadway at West 95th Street. There are also car and bike share programs within walking distance.[2]

Construction

Exterior Facade of 220 West 93rd Street

This mid-rise, 16 story building stands at 49.07 meters tall and features a light-brown brick exterior facade with many columns of narrow and square picture windows decorating its exterior. As a solid concrete slab building, 220 West 93rd Street envelopes a wide frontage on both West 93rd Street and its busy, famous cross-street of Broadway.

The building's lobby entrance is situated on the quieter West 93rd Street as a green canopied street-level entrance at the structure's lighter two-story base. West 93rd Street is a quiet, tree-lined street with many other historical buildings. Originally built in 1926, this building was later converted to its current condominium usage.

From Broadway, the building stands as a historical and clean structure with minimal intricate detailing in its architectural design. The brightest part of the structure is its vibrant teal blue overhang at its clean, flat roof-line; this also provides for sufficient water run-off to prevent water ingress that could otherwise damage the building's integrity.

There are some decorative balcony detailing underneath some of the windows, but no protruding balconies. The penthouse units, however, offer their own private terraces at the building's rooftop.[3]

Layout and Features

220 West 93rd Street offers many different layouts that range from one bedroom residences up to seven room condominiums, many of which have been individually modernized with unique upgrades, but most of which still feature their original, charming herringbone hardwood floors which add a mosaic design to the spaces.

The spaces also provide high ceiling heights and over sized windows which allow for bright interiors. Many of the kitchens make use of modern cherry wood cabinetry, granite counter tops with under mount sinks, modern back splashes and ceramic tile flooring.

Updated appliances include stainless steel with upscale brands like Bosch, Miele, Viking, and Sub-Zero. Master bathrooms feature limestone tile floors and walls, as well as soaker tubs. Each of the residences feature individually controlled air conditioning and heating, as well as their own in-unit washer and dryer.

One of the particular penthouse units in the building features a beautifully landscaped 1000 square foot terrace that surrounds the nicely renovated residence. The elevator opens directly into the home's private foyer, and the flexible floor plan allows for a two bedroom or a one bedroom with a study or office space.

The floor plan also offers a large living room with two completely renovated bathrooms and an open-style gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and custom kitchen cabinetry with a Miele washer and dryer unit. Herringbone hardwood floors, custom closets, large picture windows, and tasteful built-in storage solutions decorate the home from top to bottom.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 23 different floor plans available at 220 West 93rd Street. Here is a brief overview.

Amenities

Amenities offered at 220 West 93rd Street include:

  • Full Time Doorman
  • Basement Storage
  • Intercom
  • Central Laundry Room
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Live-in Superintendent

Bylaws

220 West 93rd Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

The pre-war building is constructed of durable concrete, stone, and brick, with a slight rooftop overhang which has aided in the building's continued longevity; the building has required little upkeep or heavy maintenance during its lifetime due to its durable construction and exterior materials.

The building is not considered high-energy because of its lack of high-consumption amenities, but is situated in a very convenient location that is nearby daily amenities and public transportation.

Some of the interiors have been upgraded with low-energy appliances and lighting, while many of the spaces still feature their original, durable hardwood floors. Others have been upgraded with modern but sustainable materials such as granite, marble, and hardwood.

Many residents also make the best use of the natural lighting by allowing the space to light the interiors during the daytime. Residents can increase the sustainability of their homes by adding a recycling component to their kitchens and taking advantage of the nearby subway to commute to work.

Trivia

Broadway United Church of Christ

Founded in 1832 by Lewis Tappan, a famous evangelist from western New York, and originally named the Second Free Presbyterian Church, is the building directly across from 220 West 93rd Street which is now known as the Broadway United Church of Christ. When the church was founded, its first building was on Chatham Street in the Chatham Theater built in 1824. This building was later demolished and the church moved locations and was renamed the Broadway Tabernacle. Over the following decades, the church has experienced many achievements towards society, including the following:

  • The Church became a rallying point for those who were opposed to slavery, in favor of women's rights movements, and for the abolition of alcohol.
  • The church founded a newspaper called The Independent, which was an anti-slavery publication with a circulation of 15,000. This paper also published the poems of Emily Dickinson, helping to create her renowned success as it is today.
  • In 1871, women were given the vote in the church, and during the latter half of the 1800s, the Church supported mission activities around the world, as well as carrying out educational and religious activities in the lower-class neighborhoods. It established a branch called the Bethany Mission in Hell's Kitchen in 1868.
  • In 1991, after the church had moved to Broadway, it became an "Open and Affirming Congregation" of the United Church of Christ, officially welcoming all people regardless of their sexual orientation. Broadway has joined Advent in preparing and serving food to the homeless in the neighborhood.[5]

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Corcoran
  5. Wikipedia


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