336 Central Park West

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336 Central Park West, New York City, NY

336 Central Park West
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Exterior of 336 Central Park West
Building Information
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Number of Units 96
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1926
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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336 Central Park West, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of 336 Central Park West

Overlooking the lush greenery of Central Park, 336 Central Park West says enough in its address to describe the building's ideal location on the Upper West Side. This historic cooperative building was an original apartment house designed by renowned architects Schwartz and Gross in 1929. The building was later converted to its current structure, and remains a prominent, landmark building with 96 sought-after residences over its 15 floors.

This Art Deco style, brick-clad building offers residences that range from three to eight rooms, and are suitable for singles, couples, and families. There are also some duplex residences in the building which offer larger, home-style residences. Magnificent architectural details in the interiors have been married with modern updates to the building's lobby. This full-service building offers modern amenities like a full-time doorman and two separate wings with 24 hour operated elevators.

Nearby many outdoor areas, the city's shopping and entertainment districts, as well as convenient public transportation, this building is situated in a sought-after, park-side neighborhood with many historical landmark buildings and exquisite architecture.[1]


Location

Aside from being directly across from the famous and highly-visited tourist attraction of Central Park, which offers virtually every outdoor activity you can imagine, 336 Central Park West is also within walking distance to many other, more modest outdoor attractions. Some of these include Sol Bloom Playground, Saint Gregory's Park, Eightyninth Street Playground, West 87th Street Garden, Frederick Douglass Playground, and Riverside Park to the west along the Hudson River.

Schools in the area include Columbia Grammar Prep School, Lilian Weber School, Dwight School, Anglo American International School, The Mandell School, Manhattan School for Children, and Academy and Athletic Excellence. Philosophical Library and New York Public Library are also nearby. There are many cafes, grocery stores, markets, boutiques, and shops within walking distance.

There are over 20 different public transit options in the vicinity of the building, including a subway station two blocks up on Central Park West at West 96th Street. There are also car and bike share programs within walking distance, and the area is perfect for cycling, walking, and jogging.[2]


Construction

Wide Angle of 336 Central Park West
Facade of 336 Central Park West

This classic and modest architectural building offers a red-brown brick facade with many columns of windows and unusual cornices that offer protruding rooftop elements. Designed by Schwartz & Gross, 336 Central Park West stands at 48.77 meters tall and is designated as a city landmark building to protect it from redevelopment. Schwartz & Gross was one of the city’s most prominent architectural firms designing apartment houses before World War II.

Stated by Elliot Willensky and Norval White in the A.I.A. Guide to New York City, "This 16-story apartment house is crowned with terracotta reminiscences of Egyptian-styled papyrus stalks (don’t confuse this with the 19th Century Egyptian Revival Style, of which very few examples remain in the city)."

The combination of the building's rich and dark colored brick facade with its rather delicate cornice detailing creates a unique design. Another striking feature is situated at the building's entrance which features a double-story terracotta enriched detailing around the lobby doors which provides curved balconies above the canopied entrance. "The tapestry brick enriches the viewer’s experience close to eye level," Willensky and White noted.

This historical 1929 building was converted to its current cooperative ownership structure in 1971, and features many historic and charming details throughout the interiors. The structure has an attractive rooftop water tank enclosure and inconsistent fenestration with protruding air conditioners. The building's corner stature has a narrow frontage on Central Park West and a wide frontage on its side-street, West 94th Street.[3]

Layout and Features

Historical details throughout the many different sizes of layouts include high, beamed ceilings with large windows and plenty of natural light, plus exposure to central park and city views, as well as wood-burning fireplaces, herringbone hardwood floors, french doors, and loft-like layouts. Living and dining areas are commonly combined to create huge living spaces up to 20' by 27' feet.

Some of the homes also offer semi-private landings as well as large entrance foyers. Large sized apartments feature some libraries and formal dining rooms, as well as well-proportioned rooms. Some of the homes also have separate maid's living quarters. The large, picture windows provide a charming detail to the interiors, and the large set back terraces provide a closer vantage point to enjoy the surrounding views.

Duplex-style homes offer entrance galleries with a magnificent double height staircases and leaded glass windows. Dressing rooms off the large master bedrooms with walk-in closets and spa-like en-suite bathrooms are also common, as well as separate sitting rooms and offices.

Second and third bedrooms often come complete with their own private en-suite bathrooms, many of which have been updated to modern standards. Kitchens have often been updated with stainless steel appliances, wooden cabinetry, and stone counter tops.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 17 floor plans available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 336 Central Park West include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman
  • Central Laundry
  • Children's Room
  • Elevator Operator
  • Storage

Bylaws

336 Central Park West Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed with approval
  • No age restrictions

Sustainability

This historical building was constructed of durable concrete with a brick and terracotta facade. It has since undergone some renovations and upgrades to ensure its longevity, and it has been designated with landmark status to ensure that it does not get demolished and redeveloped. Many of the interiors still feature some of their original finishes, such as their hardwood floors.

Some sustainable interior aspects include:

  • Wood-burning fireplaces
  • Updated, energy-efficient kitchen appliances
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Large, double-pane windows for natural light

The building is situated in an ideal location where residents do not require a vehicle. There are many public transit route virtually at the building's doorstep, as well as car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles. The area is well-suited to cycling, jogging and walking, and there are many pet-friendly areas in the neighborhood as well. Daily necessities are all situated within walking distance.

Trivia

Congregation Ohab Zedek

Nearby the building is another architecturally historic building which is reminiscent of the area's rich and diverse history. Congregation Ohab Zedek, commonly referred to as Ohab Zedek or simply OZ, is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue which is notable for its lively, youthful congregation and was founded in 1873. In 1926 the congregation moved to its current location on West 95th Street in the Upper West Side.

The current synagogue building which is located at 118 West 95th Street was constructed in 1926 specifically to house the congregation, and is recognized for its unique Moorish Revival architecture. The structure was designed by architect Charles B. Myers, and the intricate designs in the interior of the structure is notable for the magnificent Mudéjar style plaster work. The building does not go unnoticed by passersby, with its grand and intricately detailed entrance way that spans almost up the entire height of the building, and features the Star of David underneath a rounded archway.

The congregation first built a synagogue building which was located at 70 Columbia Street, which opened in 1881. In 1886 the initial building was sold by the congregation to Congregation Ahavath Acheim Anshe Ungarn, after which they moved into the Gothic-style synagogue building located at 172 Norfolk Street. This building is now occupied by Angel Orensanz Center, which is the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Elliman
  5. Wikipedia


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