49 West 72nd Street

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49 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY

49 West 72nd Street

Exterior of 49 West 72nd Street
Building Information
Number of Units 78
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1930
Construction Method Concrete
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49 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Title of Land Cooperative



Front View of 49 West 72nd Street

As one of the older high-rise buildings in this Upper West Side neighborhood, 49 West 72nd Street is an attractive, mid-block building with an Italian Renaissance architectural style that is reminiscent of a palazzo. The building was constructed in 1930 and converted to its current cooperative ownership structure in 1984.

The building is flanked by twin-towered Majestic apartment buildings on the south and the Dakota building on the north, and is next door to a similar-looking historic structure, which are some of the area's most important city landmarks.

This 17 story historic building is situated on a tree-lined block that consists of low to mid rise buildings. This area is a highly sought-after neighborhood that is nearby Central Park and within walking distance to many well reputed schools and outdoor areas. There are also many restaurants and boutiques located at the cross-street of Columbus Avenue.

The building is cat friendly but does not allow dogs and is flexible with sublets and pied-a-terre residents. The building also offers modern amenities such as a part-time doorman, an elevator, basement storage, a live-in superintendent, and a common laundry facility.[1]


This building is situated at the corner of West 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue, just a few blocks south from the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium which are housed at Theodore Roosevelt Park. Lincoln Square is situated within walking distance just a few blocks south, which houses the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts which consists of 29 different indoor and outdoor performance venues.

With nearly 30 different public transit routes nearby, as well as many amenities within nearby walking distance, 49 West 72nd Street is an ideal residence for convenience and centrality. There are two different subway stations on either side of the residence within one block. Less than one block away is the famous and highly-visited Central Park and its many offerings, and other outdoor areas within walking distance include Verdi Square, Tecumseh Playground, and Seventieth Street Playground.

Nearby schools include Parkside School, Robert Louis Stevenson School, Blessed Sacrament School, York Preparatory School, and West Prep Academy. Broadway is located within walking distance and offers a variety of entertainment, theater performances, restaurants and shopping.[2]


Façade of 49 West 72nd Street

49 West 72nd Street is a concrete building with a narrow frontage on West 72nd Street. The beige brick clad building blends seamlessly with its slightly more ornate next door neighbor, and can often be mistaken as one building.

The entrance of this building is quite grand with limestone detailing, and above its single-story limestone base, the third level of the building features some roman arches above the windows. The structure offers many columns of double narrow windows, with one single column of narrow windows down the center of the building, and no balconies. There is a string-course nearing the top of the building, and the clean lines are repeated in the building flat roof-line.[3]

Layout and Features

With the majority of the 78 residences being one and two bedroom layouts, many of 49 West 72nd Street's residents are either singles, couples, or young families. Some of the layouts have been combined to create larger homes over the years. Many of the interiors still feature their original parquet-style hardwood floor, as well as other historic details like arched doorways and high, beamed ceilings.

Although the narrow windows are less modern and provide less natural light, the interior lighting is amplified by the sheer number of windows provided in each residence. Corner units have the most amount of light with added exposure and window coverage, and many of the kitchens are windowed as well. Some of the hardwood floors have been replaced with more modern wood, while other owners have simply refinished the original hardwood. Views extend to the city skyline and Central park greenery.

Many of the kitchens have been updated with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, modern wooden cabinetry, and modern backsplashes. Many of the homes also feature modern, designer light fixtures, some with attractive chandeliers. The bathrooms often still feature their original porcelain fixtures and black and white subway tiles, and many are windowed as well.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 29 floor plans available fore 49 West 72nd Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 49 West 72nd Street include:

  • Part-time Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Basement Storage
  • Live-in Super
  • Bike Storage
  • Common Laundry


49 West 72nd Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No

  • Cats are allowed, but no dogs
  • Flexible sublet policy and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


The building is constructed of durable and sustainable materials like concrete, brick, and limestone which are long-lasting. Many of the interiors still feature their original hardwood floors, and others have been updated with sustainable features like energy-efficient appliances and lighting.

There are nearly 30 different public transit routes as well as car and bike share programs within walking distance. The area thereby does not require the daily use of a vehicle, and residents can enjoy walking to daily amenities and necessities.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The nearby Lincoln Square which is within blocks south of 49 West 72nd Street is home to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts a complex of buildings that encompass over 16 acres in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan, of which Reynold Levy has been president of since 2002. This has become a main area for entertainment, and today Lincoln Center offers 29 different indoor and outdoor performance venues, some of which include:

  • Alice Tully Hall is a concert hall located within the Julliard School and seats 1,095 people. This is the home stage of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
  • Avery Fisher Hall, formerly named the Philharmonic Hall, seats 2,738 people and is a symphony hall that is home to the New York Philharmonic.
  • Metropolitan Opera House seats 3,900 people and is home to the Metropolitan Opera.
  • David H. Koch Theater, which was formerly the New York State Theater is a theater that was initially constructed to be home to the New York City Ballet, and is also former home to the New York City Opera and the Music Theater. This theater seats 2,713 people.
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater is a Broadway-style theater that seats over 1,000 people and has been running since 1985 as the main stage of Lincoln Center Theater.



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