435 East 57th Street

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435 East 57th Street, New York City, NY

435 East 57th Street
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Exterior of 435 East 57th Street
Building Information
Developer Bing and Bing
Architect Emery Roth
Number of Units 58
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1927
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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435 East 57th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of 435 East 57th Street

Designed by the sought-after Emery Roth, 435 East 57th Street is an attractive, Art Deco building that was constructed in 1927 by Bing and Bing. This classic Sutton Place cooperative building was an original pre-war apartment house that was later converted, and offers 58 residences over its 16 stories. The majority of the floor plans in this building offer one to three bedrooms, but some combinations have created larger, family-sized units.

The original plan had an exclusive four apartments per floor, but due to the combinations over the years, the building has become even more exclusive and private. This highly-civilized and sought-after building has been well-maintained, and its attractive red brick exterior and limestone base make it an immediately recognizable Roth designed structure.

Situated on the trafficked, charming, and tree-lined street of East 57th, this building offers a central and convenient location in the Sutton Place neighborhood, just one block from the shore of the East River and with very convenient access to the Queensboro Bridge.[1]



Location

The neighborhood of Sutton Place, which is situated at the coast of the East River just south of the Queensboro Bridge, dates back to the late 1800s when the disconnected area was served by "Avenue A." When town homes began being built in the neighborhood, and well-known, upper-class families began moving into the area, Avenue A was changed to Sutton Place, which then became the name of the area collectively.

Today the area serves as a quiet, residential neighborhood with many tree-lined streets and historic buildings. The area is also well-off when it comes to outdoor areas, and attractions that are within walking distance from 435 East 57th Street include Sutton Place Park, East River Pavilion, Twentyfour Sycamores Park, and Peter Detmold Park. Nearby schools include Cathedral High School, The Beekman School, Art and Design High School, and R L Stevenson School. The Rockefeller University is also located nearby, just north of the Queensboro Bridge.

The nearby First Avenue provides many entertainment and shopping spots, as well as restaurants, cafes, and markets. There are many different public transportation options in the area as well, including the Tram which provides transportation to Roosevelt Island. There are many bus stations, as well as a metro subway station at Lexington Avenue.[2]

Construction

Entrance of 435 East 57th Street

435 East 57th Street is a classic architectural building by the renowned Emery Roth, with a two-story limestone base that features its canopied lobby entrance as well as arched windows and a separate service entrance facing East 57th Street. The base is topped in the center by a wrought-iron balcony detailing where the facade switches to the vibrant red brick exterior facade.

This facade continues up the height of the structure, until it nears the top and offers a limestone detailing around the windows of the fourteenth floor. There is an attractive cornice at the second-to-top level, just underneath the penthouse level, which almost makes the final story appear to be more of an afterthought in the design plans. The building has a flat roof line which fits in well with its classic design and historic context.

The front facade also features many columns of narrow windows, and has symmetrical fenestration. The two outer columns of windows near the front facade's corners are wider, three-paneled windows. The building has two internal staircases as well as a service elevator. There are no balconies and there is no parking garage.[3]

Layout and Features

This cooperative building does not allow in-unit washer and dryers unless they were installed before 1989. There is air-conditioning allowed in the building which can be central, in the window, or through the wall. Many of the residences throughout the building are simple and functional, with layouts ranging from one to three bedrooms, some of which are larger from unique combinations.

Pre-war details include high, beamed ceilings, windowed kitchens, large bedrooms, and some original flooring. Many of the units have been renovated, some with new doors and hardware throughout, new ceilings, skimmed coated walls, custom built-in closets, and cove molding. Chef's kitchens include high-end custom crafted cabinets, stone or granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. Some also offer wine coolers. The bathrooms are also windowed, and the bedrooms are well appointed.

Bathroom upgrades include custom separate stall showers with soaker bath tubs, as well as new fixtures. Large, multi-panelled windows offer plenty of natural light and character to the interiors as well as exposure to the surrounding landscape.

Some of the floor plans offer formal dining rooms and entrance galleries, and many have also been updated with designer light fixtures and colors. Although the building offers no balconies, each of the residents have access to the common roof deck which is perfect for entertaining while enjoying the panoramic views.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 19 floor plans available for 435 East 57th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 435 East 57th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Elevator
  • On-site Storage
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Common Laundry

Bylaws

435 East 57th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

This historic 1927 building has remained sustainable with its durable concrete construction and solid brick exterior, as well as its slight overhang which has helped to main the building's integrity. Upgrades have been done to the building's roof and windows, as well as maintenance to the structure's facade.

Sustainable features offered at 435 East 57th Street include:

  • Concrete and brick construction
  • Building design and maintenance
  • New, energy-efficient double-pane windows
  • Many windows for natural light
  • No high-energy amenities
  • Common laundry for energy preservation
  • Interior upgrades with sustainable materials
  • Energy-efficient appliances and lighting
  • Within walking distance to daily conveniences and public transit

Trivia

1000 Park Avenue, Built by Bing & Bing

Developed and built by Bing & Bing, 435 East 57th Street was one building among many which were created from the hands of one of the most prominent apartment real estate developers in New York City in the early 20th Century.

The development firm was founded by brothers Leo and Alexander BIng, who often worked together with the renowned, illustrious architect Emery Roth, which was also the case with 435 East 57th Street. The firm created a reputation for building "stately, spacious apartments in elegantly detailed buildings that often had Art Deco touches." Bing & Bing buildings, which were all built for the luxury market, often featured multiple setbacks with private terraces and luxury interiors. As stated in an article of the New York Times, "The Bing & Bing buildings are regarded as among the city's finest prewar properties."

In 1985, the heirs of the Bings sold off the majority of their buildings to a partnership which was led by Martin J. Raynes. Their reputation, however, lives on in their prominent, luxury buildings across the city. One of their buildings at 1000 Park Avenue features a pair of carved figures in medieval clothes that are said to represent the Bing brothers[5]

References

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


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