221 West 82nd Street
221 West 82nd Street, New York City, NY
|221 West 82nd Street|
Exterior of 221 West 82nd Street
|Architect||Emery Roth & Sons|
|Number of Units||98|
|Number of Floors||17|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|221 West 82nd Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
Located at 221 West 82nd Street, this historic beauty was constructed in 1923 and was designed by the renowned Emery Roth & Sons architect firm, who also designed the building's neighboring twin, at 222 West 83rd Street. The area of the Upper West Side features many twin-towered buildings, but not so many buildings with identical twins, like one would find at this residential co-operative building.
This pre-war building has a historic and classic design and comprises the area on Broadway between 82nd Street and 83rd Street. Sam Minskoff was the developer of the two twin building. During the era of the 1920s, when this building was constructed, many row houses and tenements were being demolished to make way for the transformation of Manhattan into a skyscraper city. Emery Roth himself was among the optimistic in this transformation, stating that "The construction boom is on. God only knows when it will stop, and anybody who thinks they run a high risk because of the tremendous costs is wrong."
The building's green covered entrance is off of Broadway, a highly trafficked street with many shops and restaurants, and the corner street is 82nd Street, which is a quieter, tree-lined street. There are commercial spaces in the street level units of the building, but the primary use of the building is residential under a cooperative ownership.</onlyinclude >
Located in the Upper West Side at Broadway and 82nd Street, this building is nearby many outdoor attractions that include the 87th Street Dog Run greenery along the Hudson River, just two blocks west, Central Park a few blocks east, and Theodore Roosevelt Park and Hayden Planetarium just a few block southeast. Other outdoor places nearby include the Green Assembly Garden, the West 79th Street Boat Basin, and Riverside Park Promenade.
The nearest subway station is located three blocks south at the corner of Broadway and 79th Street, and there are several other bus stations at the doorstep of the building. Nearby schools include Mickey Mantle School, Calhoun School, West 83rd Street Preschool, and Louis D Brandeis High School.
221 West 82nd Street has the highest score for walk-ability, with many amenities such as restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, and coffee houses just at the doorstep of the residences.
The building's designer, Emery Roth, was one of the very prominent architects during the construction boom of the early 1920s, and many builders would approach Roth because of his good reputation and tendency to maximize the return on his projects. During this time, the developer along with his partner, namely Minskoff and Uris, were in the process of establishing a real estate empire. They approached Roth to design a plethora of development projects, including 221 West 82nd Street and its twin.
The construction of 221 West 82nd Street began in 1922, when Minskoff commissioned Roth to build a project (then called Myron Arms) at the northeast corner of Broadway and 82nd Street. The following year, the twin to this building (Jerome Palace) was constructed. These two buildings were intended to house middle-class people, and are typical of the Italian Renaissance designs that Roth produced on a massive level during the twenties.
Described as New York's "background buildings," the twin structures feature a rich masonry fabric against the urban context of New York City. The building makes classic use of granite, limestone, textured brick, and terracotta. 221 West 82nd Street has a rusticated limestone base, which is most seen by pedestrians, and also features pilasters at its grand entrance.
The midsection of the building has a brown brick façade, extending from the base up to the water tower at its roof line. This creates an impression of a strong and solid building. Terracotta spandrel panels and iron loggias adorn the exterior, while terracotta string courses and molded loggias divide the lower portion of the building from the uppermost three floors.
Arched windows with many small panes and pilasters of terracotta are also dominant on the exterior of the building. Each of the Roth-designed twins are topped with a setback penthouse floor, lending to the non-overbearing design of the structures.
Layout and Features
221 West 82nd Street offers a wide variety of sizes in its layouts, ranging from one to five bedroom condominiums. Each of the residences feature large windows for plenty of natural light, functional layouts for maximum usage of space, and although there are no private balconies, each residence has access to the common roof deck.
Some of the residences have undergone extensive, luxury renovations, which include upgraded gourmet kitchens. A notable upgrade in the building is that of 9G, which features an extensive kitchen renovation that includes luxury features such as a large center island, stainless steel appliances with brands like Subzero, Wolf (gas range), Miele and Dacor. Harrington Brassworks fixtures, custom cabinetry, and honed white marble counter tops are also featured in this upgraded kitchen.
33 floor plans are available for this building. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at 221 West 82nd Street include:
- Common Roof Deck
- Children`s Play Room
|221 West 82nd Street Bylaws|
- Pets are allowed
- Pied-à-terre and rentals are allowed
- There are no age restrictions on ownership
The building features updated, double-pane windows which lend to its overall sustainability, and the building itself is constructed of durable and sustainable materials. Concrete, brick, and terracotta are long-lasting materials that require little maintenance and upkeep, and rarely need replacing. Also, because of the strong materials and the durable 1920s build, 221 West 82nd Street has experienced little to no water-ingress damage.
The interiors also features some eco-friendly aspects, some which include:
- Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
- Updated, sustainable electrical wiring
- Large windows for natural light sources
- Sustainable materials such as stone and hardwood
The central location of the residence provides for a sustainable lifestyle in terms of commuting in the residents. Daily vehicle commuting is not necessary when you live at such a convenient location, with easily accessible public transportation routes and car share programs just at your doorstep.
Sam Minskoff, the designer of 221 West 82nd Street, was a Russian Jewish immigrant who began his professional career as a plumber. He built his first house in New York City in 1908, which is where his development career began. He expanded his real estate development firm by taking on apartment development projects, as well as hotels and commercial spaces in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. By the end of his career, he had built structures across the city valued at more than $150 million (in 1920s currency).
A notable structure still standing today which was named after the illustrious developer is the Minksoff Theater, located at 1515 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. This venue seats over 1600 people and was designed by architects Kahn and Jacobs. Located at the third floor of One Astor Plaza, the office tower on the site of the historical Astor Hotel, the theater was named after Sam Minskoff, honoring his countless high rise buildings in the area. The theater was completed in 1973.
The theater has featured performances such as:
- Miss Universe 1981
- The Pirates of Penzance
- Sunset Boulevard, 1994
- The Lion King, 2006 
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