315 Riverside Drive

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315 Riverside Drive, New York City, NY

315 Riverside Drive

Exterior of 315 Riverside Drive
Building Information
Developer Wood, Dolson Co., Inc.
Architect Boak & Paris
Number of Units 93
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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315 Riverside Drive, 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



Standing tall as an Art Deco jewel in the heart of the Riverside neighborhood of the Upper West Side, 315 Riverside Drive offers 93 residences under its cooperative ownership structure. Originally constructed in 1930 under the creative designs of the renowned architecture firm, Boak & Paris, the building was converted to a cooperative in 1984.

Canopied Entrance at 315 Riverside Drive
Initially an apartment rental building, the building was marketed as being suitable for "those families who want the best." The quiet area of Riverside was marketed as it still stands today: "a decided relief from busy city streets."

Many of the building's residents moved in when the building was known for housing artists, musicians, professors, and political radicals. The eccentric mix of individuals who call 315 Riverside Drive home can recall the building always being a friendly one. Today the building has developed a "split personality" between those who moved into the building when the neighborhood was still a rough one and those who recently moved in to take claim on the prestigious views.

With units ranging from one to three bedrooms, and a full-time doorman to welcome residents into the luxuriously appointed lobby, this building provides an ideal home for singles, couples, and young families who enjoy historic details and a central yet quiet location. The historic charm also offers a live-in superintendent, a sun-drenched wrap-around roof deck, a bike room, a common laundry room, and storage facilities.[1]


315 Riverside Drive marries the best of both worlds, being both central and quiet in this Riverside neighborhood, just two blocks west of the metro subway station at 103rd Street and Broadway. Broadway - perhaps the most famous the theater district in the United States - offers all of the entertainment, theaters, shopping, and restaurants a New York resident could wish possibly wish for. Just to the west of the building is the 105th Street Dog Run at the shore of the Hudson River, which also offers plenty of green space for jogging, walking, and cycling. Straus Park and Frederick Douglass Playground are also located within walking distance, as well as the highly-visited, famous Central Park and its many activities.

Several blocks north of the building is the renowned Columbia University in Morningside Heights, which is a private Ivy League research university and the oldest institution of higher learning in New York state. Founded as King's College in 1754, Columbia University continues to draw-in students from all over the United States, and quite arguably the world. There are many other levels of schools in the area, some of which include Mott Hall II Middle School, Robert E Simon School, Edward A Reynolds West Side High School, Emily Dickinson School, and De La Salle Academy.

There are over 15 different public transportation stations within walking distance from 315 Riverside Drive. There are also car and bike share programs within the nearby vicinity.[2]


Street View of 315 Riverside Drive

315 Riverside Drive is a large, nicely massed building with a wide frontage on both 104th Street and Riverside Drive. The Art Deco structure, designed by Boak & Paris, was constructed in 1930 with a distinguished red brick exterior and an exposed concrete base. The many symmetrical columns of the narrow windows that scale the height of each exposure of the building stand out due to their red framing.

Converted from a rental building to a cooperative structure in 1984, 315 Riverside Drive offers 94 residences across its 20 stories. The flat roof line fits in contextually with the rest of the structure's clean lines, and also provides for the common roof deck with panoramic views of the Hudson River, city, and park.

With an almost overwhelming sense of verticality by the narrow columns of windows and the vertical detailing that scales the building's exteriors, which is further accented by the piers that surround the windows, the dark beige building does not go unnoticed by its by-passers. Pleasant Art Deco detailing can be seen in the spandrels and attractive water tank enclosure at the building's rooftop.

The building stands at 68.89 meters, which is not short for era it was built in.[3]

Layout and Features

With one to three bedroom layouts ranging from 600 square feet to 2,600 square feet, 315 Riverside Drive offers charming details such as high-beamed ceilings, historic herringbone hardwood floors (some of which have been refinished), skim-coated plaster walls, original decorative fireplaces, and windowed kitchens and bathrooms.

Many of the gourmet kitchens throughout the residences now resemble a chef's masterpiece; 48" Sub Zero double ovens, wine coolers, and six burner stoves are not uncommon. Many of the kitchens are also eat-in style, and have been modernized with stone or granite counter tops and modern back splashes and lighting. The multiple windows throughout the spaces provide for ample natural light in each room.

Dining foyers and sunken living rooms are common features throughout the many different floor plans. Designer paint, crown moldings, baseboards, and modern light fixtures are also a common update throughout the building. Many of the layouts also provide den spaces which can be utilized as home offices. Views of the river, park, and city are accessible from each home. Many of the large master bedrooms and en-suites are separated from the main living space in the bedroom wings, which also provide for generous closet space.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 10 floor plans available for 315 Riverside Drive. Here is a brief overview.


315 Riverside Drive offers the following amenities:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Basement Storage
  • Roof Terrace
  • Live-in Super


315 Riverside Drive Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • The building is pet-friendly
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


The area and amenities surrounding 315 Riverside Drive provide the perfect setting for a resident wishing to partake in a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Avoiding the necessity for daily vehicle-commuting, there are many entertainment spots within walking distance on Broadway, as well as many places for relaxing within walking distance as well. The metro subway station is less than three blocks away, and the area is suited to cycling; there are also car share programs nearby that utilize low-emission vehicles.

The building is built with concrete and brick materials, ensuring its longevity and low-maintenance requirements over its lifetime. Many of the interiors have been updated with low-energy appliances and lighting, and many have also sustained many of their original features.


Riverside Park

Riverside Park, which is a plot of land along the Hudson River, spans 191 acres from 72nd Street to 125th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, providing a scenic waterfront public park. Riverside Park also contains a portion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, which encircles Manhattan's waterfronts and provides car-free cycling routes.

The land that now makes up the park was undeveloped before the construction of the Hudson River Railroad which was built in 1846 to connect New York City to Albany. Written by William R. Martin, a parks commissioner, in 1865 was the first pamphlet containing the proposal to convert the area into what is now Riverside Park. The first segment of the park was acquired through condemnation in 1872 after the 1866 bill into the Legislature was approved. The park began construction shortly after.

Frederick Law Olmsted drew up the conceptual plan for the park and road, who was also the renowned designer of Central Park. Olmsted's idea of the park with the tree-lined drive (now Riverside Drive) was incorporated by many other designers who set out to draw up the new landscape. During this time that spanned from 1875 to 1910, many other architects were involved in the design process. They included Calvert Vaux and Samuel Parsons, who laid out the stretch of park between 72nd and 125th Streets. Primary construction of the park was completed in 1910.[5]


  1. NY Times
  2. Walk Score
  3. Luxury NY Condominium
  4. Corcoran
  5. Wikipedia

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