401 East 89th Street

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401 East 89th Street, New York City, NY

401 East 89th Street

Exterior of 401 East 89th Street
Building Information
Architect Philip Birnbaum & Associates
Number of Units 197
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 1963
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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401 East 89th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Condominium/Cooperative



Exterior of 401 East 89th Street

Originally built in 1963, 401 East 89th Street was converted to a condominium and cooperative mixed residential building in 1999. This concrete high rise of 18 stories offers a total of 197 residences in the Yorkville neighborhood of the Upper West Side.

This building features a recently updated lobby with 24 hour Doorman and Concierge service, three elevators, a brand new fully-equipped fitness center, common laundry rooms on each floor, resident storage, and a bicycle room.[1]


Yorkville is a small area in the Upper East Side of Manhattan that is bound by the East River on the east and Third Avenue on the west, and runs north to south from 79th Street to 96th Street. The area has a rich history, dating back to the early 1900s when the area was inhabited by culturally diverse individuals, with a heavy Hungarian, German, Czech, Irish, and Polish population.

During the 1930s the most notorious pro-Nazi group was based out of Yorkville, and the area still remains the site for the annual Steuben Parade, a large German-American celebration. Today the area offers more affordable housing in a central, primarily residential neighborhood. Some of the area's landmarks include Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion, which is the official home to the Mayor, as well as the studios of WNYW, the local Fox Broadcasting station.

401 East 89th Street is situated at the corner of East 89th Street and First Avenue. The entrance to the building is located on 89th Street, which is a quieter, tree-lined, one-way street, and the cross street is the busier cross-through street of First Avenue. First Avenue is also a one-way, but provides a north to south connector for many of the surrounding areas, and is thereby quite heavily trafficked. There are many retail stores and restaurants on First Avenue.

Nearby outdoor places that are within walking distance from the building include the area's landmark of Carl Schurz Park, which provides dog runs, a jogging area, and a view of the East River. Also nearby are Ruppert Park just one block away, Dekovats Park, Monterey Public Garden and Henderson Place Historic District with many historical architectural buildings.

Schools in the immediate area include R R Green High School, Yorkville Community School, Hunter College High School and Life Sciences Secondary School.

The Metropolitan Hospital Center is also just a few blocks north of the building. There are over twenty different public transportation options within walking distance, and the nearest subway station is six blocks away at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

East 90th Street Ferry Terminal is located just two blocks east of the building as well, which provides a connection across the East River.[2]


Exterior of 401 East 89th Street

This 18 story concrete building has a classic architectural design with clean lines and a white-brick exterior façade, designed by Philip Birnbaum & Associates, a prominent architect in the 1980s. Philip Birnbaum, although responsible for the designs of countless buildings across New York City, had a tendency to work behind the scenes quietly, without drawing an audience.

Although not all of his designs were publicly recognized as being outstanding, Birnbaum's nature to maximize the interior space of buildings made him popular among the developers of his time, who were then able to maximize their profits when partnering with him.

Although the front of the building is technically orientated facing East 89th Street, where the building's address and entrance are found, the building itself has a wide frontage on First Avenue, a much busier street. The narrower side of the building faces East 89th Street, where sidewalk landscaping provides a nice forefront to the white-brick backdrop.

The side of the building facing First Avenue also features three columns of wide in-set balconies and many windows, with two set backs at the roof-line which provide for roof terraces to the penthouses in the building and also lends to the irregular roof-line shape.[3]

Layout and Features

With the architect being Philip Birnbaum, one who was notorious for designing functional interior spaces, each of the residences make full use of the space provided. Residences range in size from studios to three bedrooms, all offering large windows for plenty of natural light, and some with private balconies.

Many of the kitchens are galley style with large counter space and windows, and some have been updated with modern finishes like thick granite or marble counter tops and under mount sinks, stainless steel appliances, tile flooring, subway tile back splashes, and new lighting.

Some kitchens have also been updated with custom wood or glass cabinetry and gas cook tops. Original floors are oak parquet style hardwood, which many units still feature, and common modern flooring throughout the building is wide-plank oak and cherry wood floors.

Some of the units also have bay windows and sliding-glass doors that lead to their private outdoor spaces. Separate dining areas and dressing rooms in the master bedrooms are also common, along with ample storage space.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 36 floor plans available for this building. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 401 East 89th Street include:

  • 24 Hour Doorman and Concierge
  • Resident Superintendent
  • Common Laundry Room
  • Fitness Center
  • 3 Elevators


401 East 89th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • 401 East 89th Street is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals, Sublets, and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • Up to 80% financing is allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


Sustainable aspects found at 401 East 89th Street include:

  • Interior energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • Sustainable interior materials like hardwood and granite
  • Sustainable building materials like concrete and brick
  • Double-pane energy-efficient windows throughout
  • On-site fitness center
  • No high-energy amenities like indoor pools
  • Nearby public transit routes
  • Car share programs in the area
  • Surrounding area is suitable for cycling
  • Many nearby amenities within walking distance


Carl Schurz Park

One of the outdoor areas located within walking distance from 401 East 89th Street is Carl Schurz Park, which is located on the shore of the East River and is also one of the notable landmarks of Yorkville.

This park provides a lush, green oasis with views of the East River, and is open year round to the public. The park has been around for many years, but was drastically reformed in the late 1960s when a group of neighbors joined together to help upgrade the Park. They put a special emphasis on the park's playground, which continues to entertain children of the area today. The Carl Schurz Park Association was formed and incorporated in 1974, during the financial crisis of the 1970s.

The park encompasses a total of 15.2 acres in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, making it more of a community gathering spot than just a park. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was updated in the 1930s for the accommodation of the FDR Drive.

The park is divided into different areas by the Cherry Tree Mall. The park area south of 86th Street offers two playgrounds, one for younger children and one for older children, a basketball court and hockey field, and two off-leash dog runs.

The north area of the park does not permit animals and instead offers a calm oasis of green luxury where residents of Yorkville can read, sunbathe, and picnic. Paths and woodland areas overlook the East River, and provide a slightly place for walking and jogging.[5]


  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. Skyscraper Page
  4. Trulia
  5. Carl Schurz Park NYC

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