35 West 90th Street

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35 West 90th Street, New York City, NY

35 West 90th Street
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Exterior of 35 West 90th Street
Building Information
Architect Robert T. Lyons
Management Company Midboro Management
Number of Units 101
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1931
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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35 West 90th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within two blocks
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-2
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street Entrance

35 West 90th Street is a pre-war, Art Deco building that was constructed in 1931 and converted to a cooperative in 1984. Designed by architect Robert T. Lyons, the historic building offers 101 residences over its 13 stories.

The entrance of the building is set off the beautiful, tree-lined block of West 90th Street and leads to the Mahogany-paneled lobby which is attended by a full-time doorman. This pet-friendly building offers a sought-after residence that is situated just half a block from Central Park and within walking distance to many daily necessities. This Upper West Side neighborhood is an ideal residential, family-oriented area convenient to shops, restaurants, schools and public transportation.

Each of the residences throughout the building are filled with historic, character detailing such as wood-burning fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and large, multi-paneled windows. These cooperative homes range from studio residences to three bedrooms, and some larger homes where units have been combined.[1]


Location

Aside from being just a half a block from Central Park, 35 West 90th Street is also within walking distance to other, more modest city oases such as Sol Bloom Playground, West 87th Street Garden, Saint Gregory's Park, Happy Warrior Playground, and Riverside West-End Historic District where many landmark, historic buildings and architecture can be admired.

Nearby schools include Lilian Weber School, Dwight School, Trinity School, St. Gregory the Great School, and Stephen Gaynor School. St Gregory the Great Church, which is situated in the same building as the school, is a common Catholic church for families in the area.

Broadway, which is known world-wide as the center for the American theater industry, is situated less than three blocks west of the building and offers numerous venues for theater performances and entertainment. There are also plenty of shops and boutiques, as well as markets and restaurants.

Nearby libraries include Philosophical Library, New York Public Library, Osborn Library, and St. Agnes Library. The American Museum of Natural History is also located within walking distance, just a few blocks north of the building. There is a metro subway station three blocks south at Central Park West and 86th Street, as well as nearly 30 other public transit options in the vicinity.[2]

Construction

Exterior of 35 West 90th Street

35 West 90th Street is a landmark building which is protected both for its Art Deco architecture. This historic, 13 story building has stood at 45.11 meters tall since its construction in 1931. Designed by then renowned architect Robert T. Lyons, 35 West 90th Street stands as one of the architect's last projects throughout his long career, which began in 1891.

Situated mid-block between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, the building features a canopied street-level entrance off the tree-lined West 90th Street. This narrow block features many historic buildings and row houses.

The building's design has a central focus where the lobby entrance is situated, which paves the way for the brick detailing that scales the building's height at its center. The structure also features a two-story limestone base which provides a visual distinction from the red brick exterior of the remainder of the building.

Another striking feature of this building, and one that is more unique, are the large, multi-paneled windows and the ruched-like detailing of the limestone around the lobby entrance.[3]

Layout and Features

Each of the residences at 35 West 90th Street, regardless of their size, capture ideal natural light through the large, steel casement-style windows, which also offer dramatic views of the surrounding city and park. Gracious entryways, sunken living rooms, raised dining rooms, nine foot beamed ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces are common, pre-war features.

One of the most exciting residences in the building is situated atop the landmark building. Penthouse C features a grand corner living room with west and north exposures, large windows, and high, beamed ceilings. A wood-burning fireplace sits in the center of the living room, and features an original hand-carved limestone mantle. Original inlaid oak basket-weave patterned floors are found throughout, and French doors lead to the expansive private, landscaped terrace.

The master bedroom is gracious in size and offers two closets, one of which is a large walk-in closet, with direct access to the terrace. The newly renovated kitchen features new wiring, white cabinetry, stone counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The original, art deco tiling is still featured in the bathroom, with porcelain fixtures.

The building is known for being well-maintained and also offers an attractive lobby, personal and bike storage, a full-time doorman, and live-in superintendent.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 19 floor plans available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at the building includes:

  • Full Time Doorman
  • Laundry Room
  • Bike Room
  • Storage Room
  • Elevator

Bylaws

35 West 90th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • 35 West 90th Street is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals allowed with Board approval
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

The building features restored, steel casement windows with original glass panes which are no energy-efficient and soundproof. The building itself is constructed of sustainable concrete, brick, and limestone materials. Interiors feature wood-burning fireplaces, which do not require the use of precious resources. The large windows and high ceilings also help to keep the interiors filled with natural light, thereby lessening the need for electrical lighting during the day.

Some of the residences have maintained the original hardwood flooring and Art Deco bathroom tiles, while others have updated their homes with energy-efficient appliances, light fixtures, and sustainable hardwood and stone materials.

Residents at 35 West 90th Street can easily maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle by taking advantage of the many nearby amenities and daily necessities. They can also put away the keys to the car, and make use of the nearby bus stations the and metro subway line. Schools, parks, and playgrounds are within walking distance for families in the building, and there are also car and bike share programs within walking distance.

Trivia

Sol Bloom's Re-Election Campaign

Situated in the block north of 35 West 90th Street is Sol Bloom Playground, which pays tribute to the American Politician, Sol Bloom, who began his career as an entertainment face and sheet music publisher. Sol Bloom served 14 terms in the United States House of Representatives until he died in 1949.

Bloom's career in the entertainment industry was established in 1893 when he was 23 years old, while he was developing his mile-long Midway Plaisance at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This offered games and exhibitions by private vendors. The North African belly dance was innovated as the 'hootchy-kootchy dance' to a tune by Bloom himself at the "Street in Cairo."

Bloom moved to New York in 1903, when he began dabbling in real estate and expanding his chain of music department stores. In 1922, after Bloom switched his political affiliation from Republican to the Democrat's Tammany Hall, he won the "silk stocking district" of Manhattan's Upper East Side by 145 votes. He represented the district until his death in 1949.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Street Easy
  5. Sol Bloom


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