235 West 70th Street

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235 West 70th Street, New York City, NY

235 West 70th Street
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Exterior of 235 West 70th Street
Building Information
Management Company Orsid Realty
Number of Units 61
Number of Floors 7
Year Built 1965
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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235 West 70th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of 235 West 70th Street

235 West 70th Street is an attractive, seven story white brick building that was constructed in 1965. The building is under a cooperative ownership structure and offers 61 residences, many of which are one and two bedroom layouts.

Across the street from the impressive Jessie Isador Straus School, the building is situated the historical neighborhood of Lincoln Square. Located on the quiet, tree-lined West 70th Street, the building receives both the advantage of the quietness from being set off major traffic routes and also receives plenty of natural light because of the width of West 70th Street. There are many other historical low and mid rise structures that line this street.

The building, which is notable for its many fire exits at its front facade, offers a step-down lobby entrance, common laundry facilities, bicycle room, and live-in superintendent.[1]



Location

Overlooking West 70th Street Playground and just steps north of Lincoln Square, 235 West 70th Street offers an ideal and central Upper West Side location near restaurants, shopping, schools, outdoor areas, and public transportation. The building is just half a block west of Broadway, the American center for the theater industry, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with its 29 performance venues is just a few blocks south.

The building is situated almost half-way between Riverside Park along the Hudson River, which offers many serene biking and jogging trails as well as dog-friendly areas, and the western border of Central Park. Central Park is one of the highest visited tourist attractions, with up to 30 million visitors each years, and offers a long list of outdoor activities such as horseback riding and ice skating. The Central Park Zoo is also offered here.

There is an AMC Theater within walking distance at Broadway, and some restaurants within walking distance include Cafe Luxembourg, Pinkberry, and Little Italy Pizza Four. Nearby schools include Jesse Isador Straus School, West End Day School, Blessed Sacrament School, Fiorello H Laguardia High School, and Manhattan Day School. There are many bus stations nearby as well as a subway station just over one block away at Broadway.[2]


Construction

Side View of 235 West 70th Street
Street View of 235 West 70th Street

With a wide frontage on West 70th Street, this building stands at a low-rise seven stories or 18.38 meters. The building has a white brick exterior facade and three fire exits at its front exposure. Constructed in 1965, this building has a modern architectural design with clean lines. The exterior features many columns of wide, triple-paneled windows and discrete air-conditioners.

The first story of the building is sunken down slightly and has a four-step-down lobby entrance with grey stone surrounds. Set on a tree-lined street, the building also offers some attractive sidewalk landscaping. The building has a simple, flat roof line which lends to the overall simplistic design of the structure.[3]

Layout and Features

With a total of 61 residences offered at 235 West 70th Street, the majority of which are studios, one, or two bedroom layouts, the building offers basic and simple interiors with large windows for plenty of natural lighting. Most of the floor plans are open and flexible with large, California style kitchens and well-appointed bedrooms. The spaces also feature over sized ceiling heights throughout for an added sense of light and openness.

Some of the units have been renovated with modern finishes which often include stainless steel appliances, new kitchen cabinets, stone or granite counter tops and modern back splashes. New hardwood floors and modern light fixtures throughout the spaces are another common renovation. Over sized master bedrooms with separate dressing areas and some en-suite bathrooms are featured in some of the floor plans. Crown moldings, rich oak hardwood floors, through-wall air conditioners and split bedrooms are some other common features.

The building has a positive reputation of being a well-run cooperative. The building, however, does not offer a doorman but does have a live-in superintendent, a common laundry room, and a bicycle storage room. Co-purchasing is allowed with board approval.[4]


Floor Plans

There are 9 floor plans available for 235 West 70th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 235 West 70th Street include:

  • Bike Room
  • Common Laundry Room
  • Live-in Super
  • Elevator


Bylaws

235 West 70th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


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

Sustainability

As a solid 1960s building, 235 West 70th Street was built with concrete and features a solid brick exterior that has helped to maintain the integrity of the building and avoid water ingress. Although it is not a landmark building, it stands as a strong and well-run cooperative structure that promises to serve the Upper West Side for many decades to come.

The building offers through-wall air conditioners, a common laundry facility, and no high-energy amenities. Many of the interiors have also been modernized to include energy-efficient features, such as low-energy lighting and energy star stainless steel appliances. Many of the interiors still feature some of their original hardwood floor finishes and solid core doors. The windows in the building have also been updated to include double-pane glass that is both soundproof and more energy-efficient than single-pane windows.

The building is situated in an area that does not require the use of a vehicle, with many daily necessities and amenities within walking distance. The metro subway station is also just over one block from the building, which provides convenient access to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Trivia

Jesse Isador Straus School

Located just across the street from 235 West 70th Street is a building which was built around the same time as this residence, and houses the well-reputed Jesse Isador Straus School. This structure was erected in 1963 and designed by architect Edward Durell Stone. The school is an Elementary School for Kindergarten to grade five students.

Authors Robert A. Stern, Thomas Mellins and David Fishman comment on the school in their book, "New York 1960, Architecture and Urbanism between the Second World War II and the Bicentennial."

"The three-story elementary school building was set back from and slightly depressed bellowed the widened street. Thin, glazed-white-brick piers incorporation decorative brickwork patterns rose to support a cantilevered roof, and recessed gray walls were punctuated with a near uniform grid of windows. A distinct departure from the suburban-inspired designs of the 1950s and early 1960s, the school suggested the domesticated monumentality of Eric Kebbon s best efforts of the 1940s and was notable for the high level of finish and delicate details. As the editors of Architectural Forum put it: ’This is one of Edward Durell Stone’s most vigorous buildings, formal but not a bit fancy. Against a backdrop of apartment houses with their cliffs of punchcard windows and ledges of balconies, it stands free and clear, testimony to the dignity and seriousness of education, and to its rigors as well."[5]

References

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


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