229 West 12th Street
299 West 12th Street, New York City, NY
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|229 West 12th Street|
Pre- war design with modern touches
|Developer||Bing and Bing|
|Number of Units||183|
|Number of Floors||17|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|299 West 12th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
299 West 12th Street brims with history while maintaining a bright modern outlook. In an oasis of refreshing green space, the building is located within walking distance of two parks. The building is steeped in romance with its exquisite art deco touches to the local history.
The park offers a real sense of community to the neighborhood. On Saturdays it hosts a Greenmarket where local farmers sell their produce. In addition, there are a variety of seasonal events in the park throughout the year; pumpkin carving at Halloween, an intimate holiday lights display in the winter, and a tulip display during the months of April and May.
The space is maintained by the Abington Square Conservancy, a private group of citizens that take care of the park in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation. It also has the distinction of being one of New York’s oldest parks and was renovated by Calvert Vaux, the landscape architect who designed Central Park. Build originally as an apartment hotel the building was renovated in 1987.
299 West 12th Street is located in the West Village of Manhattan, and is only two blocks from the subway station. The West Village has a distinctively European flavor complete with angular roads, and cobblestones. There are many libraries, historical buildings, and a thriving arts community, a vibrant selection of restaurants.
Nightlife activities include such venues as the jazz club, The Village Vangaurd, also the Cherry Lane Theater, New York’s oldest continually running off Broadway theater and home to great American writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, LeRoi Jones and others. The Westbeth Artists' Housing is the largest community of artists in the world.
In addition, there is also upscale shopping including Marc Jacobs, and specialty deserts like Tartline or Magnolia, the shop which began the cupcake craze. 
The population is slightly older, less than 10% were under the age of twenty at the 2010 census count, and there is an above average foreign population, roughly 20% due to the historic roots of the neighborhood.
The building was built by Bing and Bing, one of New York City’s preeminent developers in the early twentieth century. At the end of the Depression it began its life as one of many apartment hotels.
These buildings were a great resource for working people from writers and academics to single people on their own in for the first time in the city. The first floor housed the kitchen which served the entire building.
It is one of five similar building built by the developers, one of which is its sister building, 302 West 12th Street. In 1987, the building went through an extensive renovation and was re-purposed to house 187 apartments and currently houses 183. The building is 60.96 meters high, with 17 floors, and took two years to complete, beginning in 1929 and ending in 1931.
The second half of the team was Hungarian born architect, Emery Roth, born in 1871, who immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. He designed a large number of hotel and apartment buildings in Manhattan such as the Beresford, Ritz Tower, and San Remo integrating elements of the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco into his creations. Other works, such as the First Hungarian Reformed Church of New York, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1947, Roth's two sons joined his company. Their combined collection of buildings includes many of New York City’s modern landmarks such as the Metlife Building, Helmsley Palace Hotel, and the Eldorado and are listed as associate architects on the Pan Am Center and World Trade Center. Their designs and papers are housed at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.
Layout and Features
Each apartment is individual in size, shape featuring many unique elements such as custom built closets, built in shelving, fireplaces, many include sunken living rooms or master suites, and all have an abundance of natural light.
The kitchens range from modern stainless steel, to variations of the original designs.
As a re-purposed building, the floor plans are quite unique for each unit. They range from studio and one bedroom apartments, which represent the majority of the units to large two and three bedroom apartments and finally to the triplex penthouse that crowns the building and offers a rooftop patio garden to its owner.
There are sixty-nine floor plans of which included is a selection of the floor plans. 
This full service building offers a 24 hour doorman, laundry, some units include terraces.
- 24 hour doorman
- Laundry facilities in the building
- Terraces in some units
- Fireplaces in some units
- Prime location
|229 West 12th Street Bylaws|
299 West 12th Street permits pets with condominium board approval and rentals are permitted without age restrictions.
There are no balconies in the building, though some of the penthouses have a terrace. Barbecuing is not always an option as not all units have a terrace.
Though, picnicking in one of the nearby parks makes an excellent substitute.
Offering Plans and Legal Documents
While this building certainly pre-dates our modern green movement, this beautifully designed building was ahead of its time in energy efficiency. All of the light, airy suites feature an abundance of natural light, reducing the need for electricity with large well placed windows in each unit.
The building is a great example of re-purposing as it had once been an apartment-hotel, and the quality of the building materials such as the hardwood floors, will require very few renovations over time.
Residents can take advantage of the proximity to public transit as well as take part in New York City’s excellent recycling program.
There are also a great number of volunteer programs to help reduce the carbon footprint in the city, such as the Abingdon Square Conservancy, a 501 c 3 organization, which works in conjunction with New York City Parks and Recreation, and is committed to preserving the park and fostering a sense of community. Residents can also reduce their footprint by purchasing local produce every Saturday during the summer months at the Greenmarket.
The area is also part of the proposed bike share project.
- The upper floors are the represent the culmination of “Friends” star, Jennifer Aniston’s ultimate quest for the perfect Manhattan apartment. The $30 million unit was put back on the market after only a year. The penthouse includes thirteen rooms in its 4,050 square feet of indoor space and 2,425 square feet of terraced rooftop.
- City Landmark Award
- While many buildings stripped their history away in renovation projects, 299 West 12th Street was spared thanks to the foresight of the property managers.
- The original features of the building were preserved and it was awarded a City Landmark Award.
- Abingdon Square Conservancy
- New York City 0 The official Guide
- Walk Score
- Wikipedia - Emery Roth
- Street East
- Curbed New York
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