50 East 8th Street
50 East 8th Street, New York City, NY
|50 East 8th Street|
Red brick cladding showing the light-court recesses
|Developer||H. Stanley Hillyer, Inc.|
|Architect||Hyman Isaac Feldman|
|Management Company||H. Stanley Hillyer, Inc.|
|Number of Units||121|
|Number of Floors||6|
|Type of Roof||PMR|
|50 East 8th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Nearby|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
50 East 8th Street was designed by Hyman Isaac Feldman, whose also designed many other buildings in the New York, including the John Adams, Wedgewood House, the Parker Crescent, and 10 and 80 East End Avenue uptown.
50 East 8th Street is in Greenwich Village, once considered to be the Bohemian capital and the place where the Beat movement began in New York in the 1950s. As a University neighborhood, structures contained suites and apartments that were smaller and more utilitarian. Studios and one bedroom units were pervasive as were two bedroom units for those who wanted a roomie to share expenses. Greenwich Village also attracted artists and musicians who contributed to the overall area's character.
50 East 8th Street is in the heart of the university area of Greenwich Village. Places to eat and drink are everywhere catering both to students and regular residents alike. Daily needs can easily be met of foot and more than 50 bus and rail options from public transit is within steps of the building. Numerous businesses and a few eating spots are in the building itself along Eighth Avenue. One block south on Greene Street and one block right on Waverly Place, brings a walker to Washington Square Park, one of the most iconic of New York City's 1900 public parks.
Apart from New York University, numerous other schools are in the village, or near to it. Public School 41, or PS41, on West 11th Street, is widely considered to be one of the finest public schools in all of New York.
Grocery stores both large and eclectic are within easy reach of 50 East 8th Street, dozens within a third of a mile. Research for this article discovered about 21 eating places in under 500 feet from the building.
50 East 8th Street is a low rise structure constructed of concrete and clad with red brick rising six floors and contains 137 apartments. It extends along Eighth Street for the entire block between Mercer and Greene Streets and is recognized by several addresses including 54 East 8th Street, 266-8 Greene Street and 108-134 Mercer Street.
It was built as rental apartment building in 1951-52 with the conversion to cooperative living later on. The building's entrances are in its recessed light-courts that also contain the building’s fire-escapes.
A garden has been built for the enjoyment of the residents in the courtyard area behind the building. The building has consistent fenestration and permits protruding air-conditioners.
Layout and Features
50 East 8th Street consists mainly of studios, and of one and two bedroom units.
Facilities provided for residents include:
- Basement Storage
- Washer/Dryer in building
50 East 8th Street presents 46 floor plans. Here are a few current versions along with the original floor layouts:
- Live-in Superintendent
- Pets allowed
- Laundry in building
- Parking available
- The original sales brochure refers to the master television aerial and the incinerators as part of the amenities available for tenants. They have been removed.
|50 East 8th Street Bylaws|
- Co-purchasing, guarantors, and pied-à-terre are allowed.
- Pets are allowed with board approval.
- Rentals are also allowed.
- Sublets are permitted after two years of ownership with board approval.
50 East 8th Street was built before serious thought was given to environmental concerns.
The onus now rests on the residents themselves to contribute to a greener environment by:
- Installing newer more energy efficient appliances
- Ensuring that modern renewable construction materials are used for renovations
- Using proper environmentally conscious methods of waste disposal are employed.
- Participating in New York City's recycling programs.
Popular culture features for Washington Square Park:
- The Beat generation used the park as a gathering area, folk, and Hippie movements in the 1950s and 1960s
- In 1958 musician Buddy Holly, a nearby resident of the Village, spent time in the park listening to performers and assisting other musicians with impromptu lessons.
- Washington Square Park has built-in outdoor chess tables. Movie maker, Stanley Kubrick was a frequent player. These tables were featured in the films Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) and Fresh (1994).
- On September 27, 2007, The New York Times described a political rally held in Washington Square "as one of the largest campaign events of the year." 20,000 people were registered to see Democratic Presidential candidate address the crowd, Barack Obama.
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