254 PAS

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254 Park Avenue South, New York City, NY

254 PAS

254 PAS - a neoclassical Beaux Arts style building against an azure sky
Building Information
Developer Rosen Partners
Architect Matt Markowitz
Number of Units 123
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1913
Construction Method Concrete
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254 Park Avenue South, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C5-2
Title of Land Condominium



254 PAS logo
254 Park Avenue South, or more simply referred to as, 254 PAS, began its existence as an office building in 1913. The building is also known as 51 - 55 East 20th Street. It was converted to a rental apartment building in the 1980s and in 2005, it was sold by the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund for about $75 million. The conversion to condominiums was completed in 2008 and was designed by architect, Matt Markowitz, with interiors created by Charles Allem.

As a former office building, ceiling heights reach 14 feet in some apartments which created great feeling of space. The conversion activities rejuvenated all areas of the building including the lobby and added a lounge and fitness facility on the lower level.[1]


254 PAS is located on the edge of the Flatiron District, named after the famous Flatiron Building at 175 Fifth Avenue, a New York City Landmark completed in 1902. At the time, it was one of only two skyscrapers in New York, the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Building a block away. The building derives its name from the peculiar triangular shape that resembles an old cast iron clothes iron when viewed from above. Marketing people were searching for a descriptive name for the area and decided on Flatiron District after its most iconic signature building. The area had previously been called the "Toy District", as there were numerous small clothing and toy manufacturers in this largely commercial area.

254 PAS sits between East 20th Street and East 21st Street, near Gramercy Park and not far from Greenwich Village to the south. The Flatiron District shares its southern boundary with the Village at 14th Street and the northern one at 29th Street. To the west, Flatiron ends at 6th Avenue and on the east, the boundary is Park Avenue South. Union Square Park, with its farmers green market four times a week, is three short blocks away, whereas, Madison Square Park is also three blocks away in the other direction.

Dozens of culinary experiences are available in the surrounding neighborhood within 400 to 500 feet of 254 PAS, and even more as you range further afoot. In addition to the Union Square Green Farmers Market, there are also several supermarkets close by, also within about 500 feet. Coffee bars, tea salons, and even a hand made cheese shop are within two tenths of a mile. Public and private schools abound with language and arts schools thrown into the mix.[2]


Great care and attention was taken by the Rosen Partners, who carried out the conversion to residential living, to preserve the integrity of the French limestone facade and the ornate masonry trim along the roof edge. The building was built using architecture predominately in the Beaux Arts style and mixed with other architectural contrasts that work together.

254 PAS underwent a complete top to bottom renovation retaining its original ceilings and over sized picture windows. The limestone facade inserts thin column like window separations that give each window its own identity. The tops of the windows on the second highest floor are ornamented with horseshoe like swirls drawing the eyes up to the castle style rail lining the edge of the roof. Four corner structures lend to the castle sense of the structure.

Modern updates included a revitalized lobby finished with wood stained with ebony and neutral tones. A private gym was added for the residents and the Park Lounge, a 1,400 square foot space complete with a bar, billiard tables and a poker room.[3]

Layout and Features

254 PAS offers one and two bedroom apartments with some as large as 2,500 square feet. The high ceilings from the original construction provide a natural loft like interior within the suites. There are also some generously sized studio layouts and some suites set aside for pied-à-terre.

All units are equipped stainless steel Bosch appliances, including a gas cook top and chef's oven, Liebherr refrigerators, and stone counter tops. Dishwashers are integrated into the decor. Bathroom floors and walls are clad in stone and feature chrome Kohler fixtures, some with a rain shower head.[4]

Floor Plans

254 PAS has over 60 floor plans on file. Here are a few:


254 PAS offers numerous amenities for its residents.

  • Billiards room
  • Fitness facility
  • Laundry room
  • Valet service
  • Courtyard
  • Full time doorman
  • On site resident manager


254 PAS Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Case by case
Age No

  • Many apartments are available to rent
  • Pet ownership is reviewed on a case by case basis
  • Pied-à-terre is allowed
  • The building has no balconies making a barbecue impractical


Although 254 PAS was not intended to be a 'green building', certain sustainability measures were introduced. Windows were updated and energy efficient modern appliances were installed.

Residents who wish to lessen their impact on the environment may do the following:

  • Participate in New York City's recycling programs
  • Use public transit more frequently
  • Ensure that future updates to the apartments use environmentally safe materials and that construction waste is disposed of properly


  • The famous and iconic Flatiron Building is only two blocks away from 254 PAS.
  • Another famous landmark in the Flatiron District, is the Museum of Sex near 27th Street. Displays focus on a variety of topics including lesbian and gay history and erotica, a variety of sexual preferences and subcultures, pornography, BDSM, and sex work. The museum has intended to present the exhibits in an educational format, but they are sometimes explicit. Entry is restricted to those 18 years and older.
  • The unusual shape of the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street and the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, caused winds to swirl around it at street level. In the early 1900s, groups of men would gather in the area to participate in an activity still popular today - watch the girls go by. The swirling ground winds would occasionally blow the women's skirts up revealing their legs. Legs, in this era, were seldom seen publicly. The policemen on the beat would see these groups and tell them to move on, supposedly giving rise to the expression "23 skidoo".[5]

What Happened on 23rd Street 1901 - taken by Thomas A. Edison


  1. 254 PAS - Website
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. Street Easy
  5. Wikipedia - 23 Skidoo (Phrase)

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