2 West 67th Street

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2 West 67th Street, New York City, NY

2 West 67th Street
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Building at 2 West 67th
Building Information
Architect Charles Rich and Frederick Mathesisus
Management Company Wallack Management
Number of Units 69
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1916
Construction Method Steel
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2 West 67th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one quarter mile
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

2 West 67th Street is one of only two grand "studio" buildings that face Central Park (the other being the Gainsborough on Central Park South). This 15 story, brown-brick building, was built in 1916 and is a cooperative with 69 apartments.

Entrance to 2 West 67th

This building is rather deceptive as its frontage on the park appears to only have 7 floors, most with double-height windows, but its side street façade has double height windows only at its corners and the building’s cornice is two stories from its top.

The building’s simple, canopied entrance with a limestone surround is on the side street, which has several other pre-war "studio" buildings, including the Des Artistes, across the street, as well as several ABC-TV facilities.

2 West 67th Street is located across from the entrance to the well known Tavern-on-the-Green Restaurant in Central Park, which beautifies the area by illuminating its trees at night.

There is ample public transportation available nearby and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and many restaurants, stores and museums are also nearby.[1]

Location

2 West 67th Street is located at the corner of West 67th Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Like the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side is an upscale area that is mainly a residential area housing many residents that work in more commercial areas in Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

It is thought of as being home to New York City's cultural, intellectual (with Columbia University located at the north end of the neighborhood), and artistic workers (with Lincoln Center located at the south end), while the Upper East Side is traditionally seen as home to commercial and business types.

Two subway lines service the Upper West Side. The IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit ) Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line runs along Broadway and the IND (Independent Subway) Eighth Avenue Line runs along Central Park West. There are five different bus routes that travel north-south in the Upper West Side, as well as crosstown buses at every major intersection.[2]

The Upper West Side is home to museums such as the American Folk Art Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan and the American Museum of Natural History. Important cultural venues in the neighborhood include Lincoln Center, the Julliard School of Music and the School of American Ballet.


Construction

Claremont Opera Hall designed by Charles Rich

This 51 meter neo-classical building was built in 1916 and was designed by Frederick Mathesius and Charles A. Rich.[3]

Frederick Mathesius was an American architect who was partnered with Charles Rich at the firm Rich, Mathesius and Koyl, until Rich retired in 1932. After the firm broke up Mathesius continued practicing architecture; he worked with the firm that won the 1939 contest for the design of the U.S. Post Office in Montpelier, Vermont.

Charles Alonzo Rich (October 22, 1854 – December 3, 1943) was another American architect who practiced in New York City from 1882 until 1933. Rich was a member of the Architectural League of New York.

This sophisticated steel frame building has a dark brick facade that is trimmed with a limestone base.

Layout and Features

The building at 2 West 67th Street was built in an era where lavish and luxurious construction was common. The high end nature of the building means that this attitude remains at the forefront.

Many apartments still have those splendid characteristic details of the era, including gracious entry galleries, large formal living and dining rooms, stained glass leaded windows, beamed ceilings, and wood burning fireplaces ( a rarity these days).[4]

Floor Plans

The front and corner apartments in the building feature double height windows and ceilings that range in height from 12-25 feet (as many of the apartments are duplexes and some living rooms are open to the second floor). The residences vary in size from three to eight room homes.

Amenities

The residence at 2 West 67th Street is luxurious but due to its age, lacks many of the amenities found in more contemporary buildings. Residents here will find a full time doorman and be greeted by lovely sidewalk landscaping as they come and go. There is also a concierge, laundry service, and common storage in the building.

Although the building has a doorman and protruding air-conditioners, it has no sidewalk landscaping, no garage, no health club, no balconies and no roof deck common to more contemporary Manhattan buildings.

The location does make up for a lack of in building amenities as residents are steps away from famed Central Park and many shops and restaurants.


Bylaws

2 West 67th Street Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are welcome at 2 West 67th Street.
  • There are no age restrictions on residents of this building.
  • Rentals are not allowed.


Sustainability

2 West 67th Street was built nearly 100 years ago, likely constructed out of baby seals and raw petroleum, and therefore is not a "green" building. Some units have probably been remodeled and renovated with more energy efficient appliances but each will vary.

Individual residents may make personal lifestyle choices or additional renovations to reduce their carbon footprint or consumption of resources. These might include:

  • Shorten Your Showers. Every minute less spent washing can save up to 23 liters of water, depending on the efficiency of your shower head. Purchase a low flow shower head as well and you can have an even greater impact.
  • Fix Leaky faucets as that endless drip-drop could be wasting up to 2000 liters of water per month. Don't keep tightening the tap as this will wear the washer and make the leak worse.
  • Lower the Heat. If your home has central heating and an adjustable thermostat, turning the temperature down even slightly can make a difference. You may not feel it, but your bank account will as a reduction of just one or two degrees can cut bills by 10 per cent. A programmable thermostat can also help you to more precisely control temperatures at different times of the day.[5]


Trivia

Hotel Des Artistes
  • Across the road and also built in the same time period (1918) is the Hotel Des Artistes, one of the city's most famous and illustrious buildings. The Hotel Des Artistes is the largest "studio" building in the city and was originally designed as an artist's cooperative apartment building.
  • Famous past and present residents include Rudolph Valentino, artist Norman Rockwell, dancer Isadora Duncan, Noel Coward, former NYC mayor, John Lindsay, and actors Richard Thomas and Joel Grey, writer Fannie Hurst, who had a very large triplex penthouse, and writer Alexander Woollcott. Artist Howard Chandler Christy, an early resident, painted murals for the building's famous restaurant, Café des Artistes.[6]
  • Many celebrities reside in the vicinity. Famous area residents include Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith, Sting and Robert DeNiro.


References

  1. City Realty
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Emporis
  4. Street Easy
  5. Reader's Digest
  6. Right Heree NYC


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