22 Cornelia Street

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22 Cornelia Street, New York City, NY

22 Cornelia Street

Exterior view of 22 Cornelia Street
Building Information
Management Company Cornelia Tenants Corp
Number of Units 60
Number of Floors 5
Year Built 1873
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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22 Cornelia Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6
Title of Land Cooperative



22 Cornelia Street was built in 1873, at which point the area surrounding Bleecker Street had become a haven for the impoverished. Just a couple of decades before this part of New York was occupied by some of the most wealthy and influential people in New York. But as trends changed many of these families relocated to newer, more upscale, communities, and the cities less fortunate found their way to this neighborhood. The size of the suites within 22 Cornelia Street, being mostly studios and under 500 square feet allude to a need at the time for urban density over luxury.

It wasn't until the 1920s, when the Bohemian Movement anchored itself in Greenwich Village, that this area of New York began to undergo a cultural revitalization. This was further augmented by the Beat Movement of the 1950s, when a new influx of artists, culture and ideas were introduced into the community. Ever since, Greenwich Village has been one of the most desirable locations to live in all of New York City. Although, large-scale gentrification over the last few decades has made the area mostly unaffordable to "starving artists".[1]


22 Cornelia Street is located in the heart of Greenwich Village on the Isle of Manhattan. Cornelia Street runs only one block and sits between Bleecker Street to the south-west and 4th Avenue to the north-east.

Greenwich Village is viewed as one of the most desirable areas to live in all of New York. Since the 1920s the area has been home to the Bohemian Movement in New York and has attracted artists of every medium for decades. In the 1950s, Greenwich Village also became the home of the Beat Movement, which saw a new influx of artists and youth into the community.

Some of the most notable artists to start their careers during these times in New York were, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Anita O'Day, Pearl Bailey, Nat King Cole, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Barbra Streisand, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bette Midler, Simon & Garfunkel, Liza Minnelli and Joni Mitchell.[1]

22 Cornelia Street is within walking distance of most amenities. The area boasts many restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, including the Cornelia Street Cafe, which features live music and comedy every day of the week. Bleecker Street, less then one block away, features some of Manhattan's most popular bars, night clubs and live music venues.

There are also many nearby options for grocery shopping and fruit and vegetable markets. There are many parks close by, most notably the iconic, Washington Square Park. Some of New York's finest shopping is also just a short distance away, with the renowned boutiques of SoHo, short for "South of Houston Street", to the south. This area also features many nearby schools, both public and private, as well as post-secondary.[2]


22 Cornelia Street was built in 1873 and holds landmark status as instituted by the City of New York. The structure is indeed 3 separate buildings, yet all 3 structures directly abut one another and are now considered one.

The building is constructed of red brick, which was highly popular at the time for its fireproof qualities. The outer facade of the first storey is a light brown colored stone, molded around large arched windows. The remaining four floors feature the classic red brick facade, with ornate stonework adorning each window frame.

The building is capped off with more lovely stonework molding in the same color as the building's base. In 1936 the building had 3 fire escapes installed on its front exterior, a now common sight in New York apartments. [3]

Over the years, the building has received multiple upgrades to its plumbing and electrical systems. Many owners of various suites in the building have also upgraded and modernize their units.

Layout and Features

The vast majority of suites at 22 Cornelia Street are studios, with the exception of a few combined suites. As such, the layout of most of the suites are very similar. The apartments feature small yet open kitchen spaces. Each unit has a full bathroom, with bathtub and showers combos. A rare luxury featured in many suites is a classical brick, wood-burning fireplace. All suites feature hardwood flooring, many of which have been replaced with more modern wood. Some units also have exposed beam ceilings, giving them a slightly larger more open feel. Most suites also have, at least, one exposed brick wall as well.[4]

Floor Plans

There are few floor plans available for 22 Cornelia Street. Here is a small sample.


22 Cornelia Street offers the following amenities:

  • Live-in building manager.
  • Bike storage room.
  • Communal laundry room.
  • Communal courtyard garden on the property.


22 Cornelia Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

Bylaws at 22 Cornelia Street are as follows:

  • Pets are welcome, but no dogs.
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed.
  • There are no age restrictions.


22 Cornelia Street was built in 1873, and as such, offers little in the way of modern day sustainability. Many suites in the building have received modern updates including energy-efficient appliances.

Overall the location of 22 Cornelia Street may be its most sustainable aspect, as most daily errands can be conducted without the need for a vehicle, thus lowering the carbon footprint of its occupants.[2]


  • The Cornelia Street Cafe, located at 29 Cornelia Street has been a hub for local artists and performers since opening in 1977. Notable artists and performances that have been featured at the cafe include, Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, Eve Ensler's and her hit, The Vagina Monologues first showed here, Senator & presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy & attorney-activist William Kunstler have performed their poetry, and Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann performs a monthly Science Series.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Walk Score
  3. Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  4. Zillow
  5. Cornelia Street Cafe

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