304 West 75th Street

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304 West 75th Street, New York City, NY

304 West 75th Street
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304 West 75th as seen from the street
Building Information
Architect Robert T. Lyons
Number of Units 114
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1927
Construction Method Steel
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304 West 75th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than a block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Upper West Side reputable houses

304 West 75th Street is a prewar building designed by Robert Timothy Lyons.

Robert Timothy Lyons was born in New York on February 23, 1873. His career was at its peak between 1891 and 1931. Primarily, he designed residential and hotel buildings. One of his most popular buildings is St. Urban, completed in 1906. [1]

During the 18th and 19th century, the Upper West Side gained a reputation for having some of New York City's most ambitious houses. The majority of the waterfront was used for shipping, transportation, and manufacturing. As the IND subway opened in the 1930s, the neighborhood rapidly changed, and many immigrants moved into the area.

Today, the area is populated by over 200,000 people. Many of these people have graduate degrees and are in their 30s and 40s. [2]



Location

Riverside Park

304 West 75th Street is located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Popular destinations in the area include the American Folk Art Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Riverside Park and Zabar's Cafe.

Within walking distance is Siam Productions Inc restaurant, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee, Citarella groceries, and Manhattan Day School. The proximity of these locations to the building make it so that typical daily errands do not require a car.

The nearest bus stop is less than a block away and there are 14 different stops within a short radius. The transit system in New York City is excellent so its simple to get to the most popular destinations.

For those looking for an alternative way to get to work or other places and don't want to be involved in the rush of traffic or the public transit, the area is very bike-able. There are bike lanes along all main roads, and the topography is flat.

Construction

The building is constructed using a steel structure. It has a beige brick facade and limestone base.

When steel was first introduced into the construction world, it was recognized as being extremely strong and allowed buildings to be constructed to unimaginable heights.

It took a while for engineers and builders to understand the thermal properties of steel. When it gets hot, such as in emergency fire situations, it loses its stiffness and becomes pliant and ductile. Today, there are numerous ways of protecting the steel from heat and avoiding these potentially disastrous situations.

One way to protect the steel is to coat it in concrete. This is a commonly used practice in any sort of concrete construction because the steel is protected from fire, and the concrete is given tensile resistance.


Layout and Features

Many owners have chosen to renovate their suites, so buyers aren't guaranteed to have the same features. Most units do still share three features from the original design including high ceilings, hardwood floors, and beamed ceilings.

Some units have professional kitchens with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, white counter tops, slate grey porcelain floor and a glass back splash. The bedrooms may have impressive views of the city skyline including the other pre-war architecture in the neighborhood.[3]

Other suites may have breakfast bars, stainless steel appliances, en-suite bathrooms, track lighting, ceiling fans, and solar shades. [4]

Maintenance fees cover heat, hot water, and gas. [5]

Floor Plans

Amenities

Private garden

Amenities in the building include:

  • 24 hour doorman
  • Live in superintendent
  • Central laundry room
  • Exercise room
  • Bike room
  • Private landscaped garden[6]
  • Package room[7]
  • Common storage[8]

Bylaws

304 West 75th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes



  • Cats welcome
  • Dogs up to 40 lbs permitted
  • Pied-a-terre allowed
  • Rentals permitted

Sustainability

This build was built long before LEED practices were introduced. However, there are easy ways that residents can make their lives greener:

  • Use energy-star appliances
  • Recycle
  • Reuse plastic bags
  • Carpool
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Unplug electronics when not in use
  • Pay bills electronically to reduce paper use[9]

Trivia

Garbage pig
  • Zabar's is a well known specialty foods story. In the early 1920s, Lousis Zabar came from Ukraine into Brooklyn after his father was murdered in a pogrom. Louis rented a small stall at a farmers market. When he died in 1950, he had owned 10 markets. His sons co-owned the market from 1960 until 1994. Since then, the ownership has been passed through the family generations.[10]
  • Riverside park has numerous monuments including the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument and the Joan of Arc statue. The Amianle Child Monument is located on the north slope of Grant's Tomb. It represents the death of a five year old child who died in one of the country homes in 1797. This is the only single-person private grave on city owned land.
  • The Holland Tunnel was completed the same year as 304 West 75th Street and opened with a $.50 toll (the equivalent of $6.61 in 2013).
  • Up until 1860, before human garbage collectors were hired, New York City used pigs to take care of the garbage in the streets.[11]


References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Zillow
  3. Trulia
  4. Olr
  5. Trulia
  6. Street Easy
  7. Trulia - 304 West 75th Street
  8. Living There
  9. Mother Nature Network
  10. Wikipedia
  11. Guest of a Guest


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