444 Central Park West

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444 Central Park West, New York City, NY

444 Central Park West
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Exterior of 444 Central Park West
Building Information
Developer Curtis Katz
Architect Boak & Paris
Number of Units 123
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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444 Central Park West, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Exterior of 444 Central Park West
444 Central Park West was originally built in 1929 and converted to a cooperative structure in 1976. It offers a convenient park-side and historic residence of 19 stories and 123 units. However, this pre-war building does not offer modern amenities that other modern structures do, but it does have a full time doorman to greet guests and visitors.


The building is situated in a convenient and bustling location in the Central Park West neighborhood of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, directly at the western border of the famous Central Park. Each of the interior residences are unique, and a variety of sizes are offered at 444 Central Park West, some with private terraces.[1]


Location

Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, directly at the border of Central Park, 444 Central Park West provides a luxury and historic residence which offers both convenience and relaxation within the city.


Besides being a few steps from the famous and highly-visited Central Park, the building also offers a quick convenience to other outdoor areas such as Bloomingdale Playground and Booker T Washington Playground a few blocks west, as well as Lafayette Square and Straus Park within walking distance. Morningside Park and Frederick Douglass Playground are also nearby outdoor activity or relaxation options.


There are many well-reputed schools within the catchment of the building, some of which include Aichhorn School, Bloomingdale School, and Booker T Washington Junior High School. There are over twenty five different public transit routes within walking distance from 444 Central Park West, and the nearest subway station is the 103rd Street station just one block south from the residences.


Many amenities such as restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, grocery stores, and entertainment are found in the nearby area of the building.[2]


Construction

Random setbacks
Intricate detailing of 444 Central Park West

444 Central Park West is a concrete building with an attractive single story sandstone base and many windows that are also surrounded by sandstone with bird-like figurines and intricate detailing. Arched windows are featured on the first floor as well as some on the third floor.


The building has a water tank on its rooftop with a crenelated top, and the roof-line of the building is irregular because of the randomly placed setbacks, which create penthouse terraces, and the water tank itself. This brick-clad building offers an old-world charm with many private balconies overlooking Central Park.


Designed by Boak & Paris and originally constructed in 1929, the apartment building was converted to a cooperative in 1976 by Curtis Katz. Russell M. Boak of Boak & Paris is said to have worked as a draftsman in the office of the renowned architect, Emery Roth, before founding his own firm along side his partner, Hyman Paris, in 1927.


Boak & Paris was responsible for many elegant designs of buildings across New York City during the 1930s, before splitting up in 1942 when Hyman Paris retired and Russell Boak created a new partnership with Thomas Raad.[3]


Layout and Features

With 123 residences over its 19 stories, 444 Central Park West offers a multitude of different sizes and layouts, and is a friendly home to singles, couples, and young families. Many of the residences still feature their original aspects such as wood-burning fireplaces, while others have been individually upgraded to their particular owner's taste.


Pre-war, historic details can also be found in the ceiling beams and wide-plank fir floors. Large and bountiful windows allow for plenty of natural light to fill the spaces, while private balconies and terraces allow for outdoor space that overlooks the lush greenery of Central Park.


With functionality in mind in each of the layouts, little lost space is found, and many of the residences have also utilized the functionality of built-in storage solutions. Large kitchens are found in each of the residences, many of which have windows.


Updates to kitchens commonly include stainless steel appliances with gas ranges, custom wood cabinetry, stone counter tops and tile back splashes, new lighting, and separate islands or eating bars. Large master bedrooms fit for king sized beds are not uncommon in the building, nor are separate dining areas and large foyer entrances.


Although the building has a common shared laundry facility, washers and dryers are permitted in the interiors, as long as they are the European non-venting units, which many owners have utilized in their kitchen spaces.[4]

Floor Plans

22 floor plans are available for 444 Central Park West. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 444 Central Park West include:

  • Full Time Doorman
  • Basement Storage
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Cold Storage
  • Shared Laundry Room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Canopied Entrance
  • Live-in Superintendent

Bylaws

444 Central Park West Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed
  • Sublet policy is allowed for rentals
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • No Guarantors are allowed

Sustainability

444 Central Park West was constructed of sustainable materials in 1929, which consist of concrete, brick, and sandstone. These materials are sustainable because they are durable and long-lasting, and thereby cut back on the necessity of maintenance, repair, or demolition, which can have harmful effects on the environment.

The interiors in the building also feature some sustainable aspects which may cover some or all of the following in any given interior unit:

  • Energy star rated appliances
  • European, energy-efficient in-unit washer & dryer
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Sustainable hardwood and stone materials
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Plenty of natural light for lesser electricity usage

Residents can also take advantage of the nearby outdoor spaces and walking routes to cut back on vehicle emissions, as well as the nearby public transportation routes.

Trivia

Morningside Park bordering Columbia University

Aside from Central Park, there are many other outdoor abodes around the vicinity of 444 Central Park West. Morningside Park, for example, is a public park that encompasses 30 acres of greenery just a few blocks northwest of the residential tower.

Morningside Park is a popular public park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, occupying the area between 110th Street to 123rd Streets from Morningside Avenue to Morningside Drive. Its natural geography was a rugged cliff off schist rock before the park came into existence in the late 1880s. Although its original purpose was to save money in the cost of extending the street grid over the park's rough terrain, the park is now a very popular place for relaxing. The park borders the eastern side of the Columbia University campus, and also features a pond (Morningside Pond).

Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the designers of Central Park, Morningside Park offers many features, some which have been updated since its original build. Features at the park include:

  • Lafayette and Washington statue (1900) by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi
  • Carl Schurz Memorial statue (1913) by Karl Bitter and Henry Bacon
  • Seligman (Bear and Faun) fountain (1914) by Edgar Walter
  • Dr. Thomas Kiel arboretum
  • Waterfall and pond with herons, red-winged blackbirds, painted turtles, and mallard ducks
  • Baseball diamond and basketball courts[5]

References

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


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