41 West 96th Street

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41 West 96th Street, New York City, NY

41 West 96th Street

Side View of 41 West 96th Street
Building Information
Architect Emery Roth
Management Company Orsid Realty Corp
Number of Units 59
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1925
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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41 West 96th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9
Title of Land Cooperative



Street View of 41 West 96th Street

Prior to the building's ] conversion to a [[cooperative], 41 West 96th Street was a rent stabilized apartment building housing tenants that were primarily teachers and social workers. Today the building is a sought-after residence with luxury residences ranging from one to five bedrooms.

The building was designed by the renowned architect Emery Roth, and was completed in 1925. This attractive, pre-war building is 15 stories high and stands on a wide, tree-lined block less than one block from Central Park. This quaint and intimate setting combines convenience with peace, and is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods on the Upper West Side.

This distinguished building offers old-world charm in its red brick exterior and is filled with charming pre-war details throughout its interiors. This pet-friendly building offers modern amenities that include a full time doorman and handyman, a live in superintendent, package room, elevator, children's playroom, bike room, and individual storage bins.[1]


This Central Park neighborhood is one of the more interesting areas in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Many of the side streets to the south of the building are among the most sought-after in the city. Several of the Manhattan's larger housing developments are nearby such as Park West Village and the West Side Urban Renewal Area along Columbus Avenue.

Public transit is very convenient, as there is a subway station less than one block away from the building at the corner of Central Park West, as well as an excellent cross-town bus service virtually at the building's doorstep.

Nearby outdoor areas include the many offerings of the nearby Central Park, including the Tennis Center and Rudin Family Playground. Other nearby outdoor attractions include Sol Bloom Playground, Frederick Douglass Playground, and Riverside Park which offers biking, jogging, and dog-friendly areas.

Broadway, which is known worldwide as the center of the American theater industry, is just west of the building, and offers an endless assortment of entertainment, theatrical performances, restaurants, and shopping. Markets such as Columbus Natural Foods, Food City Markets, Whole Foods, and Central Park Market are conveniently located within walking distance from 41 West 96th Street.

Nearby schools include Columbia Grammar-prep School, The Mandell School, Lilian Weber School, Alfred E Smith School, and Manhattan School for Children. There are also car and bike share programs nearby.[2]


Front View of 41 West 96th Street

41 West 96th Street is an attractive, beige brick, mid-block, residential tower that was erected in 1925 and converted to a cooperative in 1982. The 15 story building stands at 49.38 meters tall and offers 59 residences. During the building's conversion, Blue Rock Properties updated the brick, replaced all windows, put in a new boiler, updated the lobby and elevator and replaced the roof.

The building offers an attractive red brick exterior façade with a single-story limestone base that is a lighter beige color. The building's roof-line is distinguished with wrought-iron parapets, which is reminiscent of the other building designs on the block, including the historic church at the corner of Central Park West and West 96th Street. The building has many columns of narrow windows.

41 West 96th Street has an exposed roof-top water tank and unusual, bold window reveals on the fourth floor. The canopied lobby entrance is situated on West 96th Street and leads to the nice lobby. The block offers many historic, landmark buildings that are low to mid-rise structures. Across the street from 41 West 96th Street is the decorative apartment building at 50 West 96th Street.[3]

Layout and Features

Large, functional layouts are found at 41 West 96th Street with charming, pre-war details that include high, beamed ceilings, hand-laid hardwood floors, solid core doors, historic tile, and decorative fireplaces.

Although the windows are not large in the building, there are many of them which stills allows natural light to fill the spaces while creating more character and privacy. The floor plans flow nicely between rooms, and some of the residences utilize detailed French doors to separate the living areas.

Some of the layouts have staff or maid's rooms, as well as large, open kitchens, formal dining rooms, and en-suite bathrooms at both the master bedroom and second bedrooms.

Kitchens are often windowed, and many of the units have been updated with in-unit washers and dyers. Abundant closet space is a common feature, as well as white ceilings and walls.

Built-in bookshelves are common in the living areas as well as the library or office spaces provided in some of the residences. Some kitchens have been updated with modern finishes, and many have utilized breakfast bars.[4]

Floor Plans

There are nearly a dozen floor plans for 41 West 96th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities at 41 West 96th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Full-time Handyman
  • Central Laundry room
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Package room
  • Bike Room


41 West 96th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • 41 West 96th Street is pet-friendly
  • Rentals are allowed
  • Guarantors allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


With a cross-town bus and subway station virtually at the building's doorstep, as well as car and bike share programs within walking distance, 41 West 96th Street encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle in its residents. There are many daily necessities, amenities, and luxuries within walking distance, so the use of a vehicle is not required.

With Central Park across the street, as well as many other outdoor attractions, the area is very suited to an active lifestyle with its many walking, jogging, and cycling trails. The building is also pet-friendly, and there are many pet-friendly areas nearby as well.

The building does not include any high-energy amenities, and thereby keeps the building's energy usage to a minimum. The building has been updated with double-pane windows which are energy-efficient and soundproof. Many of the interiors have been updated with energy efficient appliances, in-unit laundry, and low-energy light fixtures.


The Eldorado by Emery Roth & Sons

Emery Roth, which is said as "Róth Imre" in his native Hungarian language, was a well-known, predominant American architect of Jewish descent. Known for commonly utilizing the Beaux-Arts school of architectural design in his projects, many of these features can be seen in 41 West 96th Street, which was just one of his designs among many.

Emery Roth began his architectural apprenticeship as a draftsman in Chicago at Burnham & Root. One of his first projects was working on the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. At this event he met Richard Morris Hunt, who invited Roth to work in his office in New York City. Roth later moved to the office of Ogden Codman, Jr., a designer and decorator. In the interwar years, the firm of Emery Roth was established and was well-known to create some of the most influential examples of architecture in Manhattan. In 1938, Roth incorporated his sons, Julian and Richard, as partners in the business.

Emery Roth was also a dominant architect when it came to New York City hotels during the 1920s and 1930s, where he also incorporated many Art Deco details. Emery's sons followed in his footsteps and continued in the family enterprise, largely expanding the firm under the name Emery Roth & Sons.[5]


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