310 West 72nd Street

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310 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY

310 West 72nd Street
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Exterior of 310 West 72nd Street
Building Information
Architect Robert T. Lyons
Management Company 310/72 Owners Corp.
Number of Units 119
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1924
Construction Method Concrete
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310 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Exterior Front View of 310 West 72nd Street

Situated in the Riverside district in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, 310 West 72nd Street is a charming pre-war building with an attractive Italian Renaissance architectural design by Robert T. Lyons. The building was completed in 1924 and converted to its current cooperative structure in 1989.

This historically detailed building offers an ideal place to call home in the Upper West Side, with 119 different residences that range from studios to four bedrooms over its 15 stories. Interior details in this palazzo style structure include pre-war character like high beamed ceilings, decorative moldings, and solid hardwood floors. This full service pre-war cooperative features a 24 hour doorman, a children’s playroom, a common laundry facility, on-site storage, and a bike room.

The building is situated in the Upper West Side near the coast of the Hudson River, in an area loosely referred to as "Riverside" or the "West End" district. The area is also a part of a newly established landmark area called Riverside-West End Historic District, which is the most recently approved historic district in the Upper West Side.

The Upper West Side as a whole has a reputation of being an upscale, residential neighborhood, standing as home to many artistic, intellectuals who often travel to Midtown Manhattan for their professions.[1]



Location

The building is within steps to Riverside Park, which overlooks the Hudson River and provides great walking and cycling trails, as well as dog-friendly areas, such as the West 72nd Street Dog Run. Other outdoor areas within the nearby vicinity of the building include Verdi Square, Seventieth Street Playground, Sherman Square, and Damrosch Park in Lincoln Square.

Lincoln Square is anchored by the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, and features dozens of indoor and outdoor performance theaters. New York Fashion Week and the New York Ballet are just two of the highly visited performances held at Lincoln Square.

The highly visited tourist attraction of Central Park, which brings in thousands of visitors each month, is also located within walking distance. The nearest metro subway station is located at 72nd Street and Broadway, just one block east of the residences. There is a total of 20 different public transportation stations within the neighborhood.

Nearby schools include West End Day School, Jesse Isador Straus School, Blessed Sacrament School, Collegiate School, Special Music School, and High School of Arts and Technology. There are many restaurants, specialty stores, retail shops, and boutiques along Broadway, which is just one block from the building.

The area is said to continue to improve due to a residential development planned at Riverside South, as well as a Donald Trump project along Riverside Drive, and a huge mixed-use redevelopment of the New York Coliseum at Columbus Circle.[2]


Construction

Exterior Façade of 310 West 72nd Street

310 West 72nd Street is a pre-war mid-block building, standing at 15 stories high; the building offers an Italian Renaissance palazzo style architectural essence, which was designed by architect Robert T. Lyons.

The exterior of the building is clad in a classic red-brick façade, and also has a single story limestone base around the street line of its exterior. The canopied lobby entrance is situated at West 72nd Street, which is a busy, two-way street that is lined with trees. There is also a separate service entrance that also has green canopy towards the eastern-most side of the building.

The front exposure of the building that faces West 72nd Street has seven columns of windows, two or three windows wide in each column. Each of the windows are quite small and narrow, but the multiples of them make up for what would be a lack of natural light in the interiors.

Towards the top of the building, where the flat roof-line has a slight overhang, windows are have detailed surrounds of limestone. There is also some window detailing at the fifth floor and at the center of the second floor directly above the canopied main entrance. The building has a long street frontage, standing at 150.72 feet tall, and permits protruding air conditioners.[3]


Layout and Features

There are many different layouts that are available at 310 West 72nd Street, the majority of which are mid-sized apartments. The units range from studios to four bedrooms, or three bedrooms and a den. Some of the layouts provide for office alcove spaces and many offer entry hallways or foyer spaces. Pre-war details are found in each of the residences, including high beamed ceilings and decorative moldings.

Parquet and mosaic style hardwood flooring is common throughout the spaces; many of the kitchens have been individually upgraded with more modern finishes. Modern kitchen finishes include stainless steel appliances, updated kitchen cabinetry, stone, granite, or marble counter tops, and modern back splashes.

Many also have kitchen islands for extra storage and breakfast eating bars. Many narrow windows are found throughout the spaces, which allow for natural light in the interiors. Corner units feature extra windows.

Some of the layouts have also been reshaped by placing beams where structural walls used to be; this has aided in creating more open spaces with maximum use of natural light.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 30 floor plans available for 310 West 72nd Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 310 West 72nd Street include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • Children's Playroom
  • Bike Room
  • Common Laundry Facility on each floor
  • Live-In Super
  • Separate Service Entrance

Bylaws

310 West 72nd Street Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


  • Pets are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • 75% financing allowed

Sustainability

310 West 72nd Street is within walking distance to 20 different public transportation stations, including the convenient metro station at 72nd Street and Broadway, just one block east of the building. There are also car share programs within the area that utilize low-emission vehicles, and the area is appropriate for walking and cycling, with many daily necessities just a few steps away.

The building is constructed of durable concrete, and has been long-standing since its construction in 1924. The building's exterior brick and limestone façade have aided in the durability of the building and the avoidance of necessary maintenance that can be harmful to the environment. The roof-line's slight overhang also aids the building in avoiding water ingress problems.

Some interiors in the building have been upgraded with:

  • Energy star rated appliances
  • Energy-efficient light sources
  • Sustainable hardwood and stone materials
  • Restructuring layouts to make maximum use of openness and natural light

Trivia

903 Park Avenue, NYC
  • As the designer for this particular Italian Renaissance building, Robert Timothy Lyons was a prominent architect in New York City from 1891 and 1931, when he designed many hotels, residential buildings, and commercial projects. Robert Lyons often partnered with different developers around the city on his projects, many of which were partnered with Bing & Bing. One of the earliest projects that came from this partnership was the outstanding development at 903 Park Avenue, which when it was built in 1916, was the tallest apartment building in the world. This building long exceeded the previous record of 12 stories with 17 stories. Lyons was attracted as an architect by Bing & Bing, who had also worked with well-renowned architects of the time like Emery Roth, because of his previous work at the picturesque St. Urban, which is located at Central Park West at 89th Street and opened in 1906.
  • This record-breaking apartment house held many super-apartments, some that took up entire floors with 18 rooms and five bathrooms. These were rented for around $10,000 a year. At its opening, The New York Times reported that "Mr. Bing believes that the upper floors of the new 17-story house will be in greater demand than the lower floors and the price of the five top floors will be slightly higher than the middle and lower sections."
  • Some of the original floor plans show a 13 foot wide circular foyer and living rooms spanning 20 by 26 feet; the largest bedrooms measured 20 by 23 feet. Each apartment had its own laundry, six servant rooms and a servants' dining room.[5]

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Trulia
  5. NY Times


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