55 West 95th Street

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55 West 95th Street, New York City, NY

55 West 95th Street
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The tree lined street of 55 West 95th Street
Building Information
Management Company AKAM Associates
Number of Units 56
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 1913
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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55 West 95th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-2
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

55 West 95th Street has been defined as a "pre-war elevator building", presumably because elevators were probably rare in low rise structures of that time. It is a nine storey concrete structure that completed in 1913. The building has since been converted into a Cooperative building with suites recently renovated and available on the market.

Notice the entrance set back from the main sidewalk

This 56 unit cooperative is situated in the heart of the Upper West Side Historical District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 9, 1982. The district includes numerous New York City landmarks, including the Dakota. Some of the buildings date back to the late 1800s, with newer ones built in the early 1940s. A large number of the buildings in the district reflect the neo-Italian Renaissance architectural style, but many follow the popular Art Deco theme, as well.

However, the history of the Upper West Side, or UWS, to follow the local colloquialism, predates architectural styling. Recorded history describes the Lenape people as some of the original residents of lands from Delaware to perhaps include parts of Long Island. As contact with Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries increased, the Lenape (also known as the Delaware Indians) moved on. Today, their descendants mow live in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario in Canada.

The Dutch contributed to the development of Manhattan, at least until they were ousted by the British, by naming the west side of Manhattan Bloemendaal, which in its Anglicized form, became "Bloomingdale" or "the Bloomingdale District". The community was at first, a farming district. Ambitious families lived for a time in the area creating a fairly affluent region, that is, until the creation of Central Park in the 1850s and 1860s. This non-industrial development caused squatters to move out of the Central Park area and into the spaces between the affluent cloisters. As shacks and boarding houses filled in the available spaces of the Upper West Side, rowdy taverns appeared and the overall area experienced a decline in social 'class'.

Today, following numerous phases of urban renewal, the Upper West Side is once again considered a higher end community and a sought after area in which to live.[1]

Location

An amazingly detailed aerial view of Central Park. The neighborhood of 55 West 95th Street is circled

Located between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, 55 West 95th Street is steps from public transit, fine dining, great shopping, cultural institutions and recreational centers. This neighborhood is considered to be a walker's paradise, even though as much can be said for many parts of Manhattan.

Living close to Central Park, arguably the most famous urban park in the world, is widely considered to be a great privilege. The park can be accessed year round for fitness, relaxation, celebration, or reflection.

Other parks in the area include the Sol Bloom Playground, Saint Gregory's Park, and a little further afield, the famous Riverside Park along the Hudson River. Public schools and middle schools abound in this neighborhood, with numerous daycare facilities and preschools as well. The neighborhood is highly conducive to family life.[2]

Construction

55 West 95th Street is a fine example of a pre-war "elevator" building. With ground broken for construction in 1913, it was completed for occupancy in 1914. It is a steel and concrete building with a modern IRMA roof structure added to accommodate the roof top deck and garden. The structure tops out at just over 100 feet tall and is considered a low rise building, most certainly by New York City's standards.[3]

The entrance set back from the main sidewalk

The main entrance to 55 West 95th Street is set back from the main sidewalk and is nestled between two wings of the structure rising its entire height. The lowest two levels are clad with white limestone and a light brown to beige brick faces the the rest of the building. Light colored accents travel up the height along the corners of the building and there are occasional exterior window sills to further accent the facade. Each column of fenestration has its own level with some being slightly set back from the main face. Some of the window rises feature some ornamentation carved into the facade under select windows to enhance the character of the facade even more.

Even though some of the neighboring buildings have been designated landmarks from the city, 55 West 95th Street has no such designation at this time.

Layout and Features

One of the renovated modern kitchens

The building contains a mix of one, two, and three bedroom suites along with a penthouse. There are two elevators, a laundry room, community roof deck. The building is additionally supervised by a resident superintendent and a 24 hour lobby attendant.

Many suites are newly renovated and are an assortment of different floor plans. The renovated suites typically feature kitchens with maple hardwood and steel framed cabinets accented with frosted glass. Caesar Stone counter tops are backed by a mosaic of ceramic and glass tile forming the back splash with Asian artistic influences. Stainless steel appliances sit upon a dark brown cork floor accented by lighter browns.

Renovations preserved the pre war detailing such as moldings, beams, pillars, and cornices. Other floors consist of a dark brown hardwood, like a rich chocolate color.

Three bedroom suites all include in-home laundry, two bathrooms, and a master bedroom. Some of them include an additional half bathroom, seperate dining rooms and home offices.[4]

Floor Plans

55 West 95th Street offers about 37 floors plans. Here are a few prime examples:

Amenities

The list of amenities for this old but dignified structure shows fewer features than a modern building. However, the conversion to a cooperative has upgraded the building and the addition of the roof deck is a plus. Here are a few other points:

  • Only 55 apartments and the one penthouse spread over only 9 floors
  • With only about 7 apartments per floor, the two elevators are sufficient
  • With older buildings, it's prudent to have the superintendent as one of the residents
  • Laundry room, although the building does permit washers and dryers in suites
  • Residents can have piece of mind with a 24 hour lobby attendant
  • There is a bike room and additional storage available
  • Traffic noise aside, the Community Roof Deck is still an oasis in a busy metropolitan city

Bylaws

No information on building bylaws is available at this time.

55 West 95th Street Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are allowed at 55 West 95th Street.
  • There are no age restriction towards ownership within the building.
  • Apartments are easy to own with no board approval required and flexible financing allowed with a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter.

Sustainability

55 West 95th Street is not categorized as a 'green building'. However, conversion activities with the renovations have created a modest improvement to environmental concerns. Energy efficient modern appliances have been installed and Electrical and plumbing systems have been modernized and upgraded.

Additionally, residents can do their part by:

  • Participating in New York City's recycling programs
  • Enusring that future renovations utilize renewable building materials and that the disposal of construction waste is hadled in an environmentally concious manner
  • Using environmentally friendly household products
  • As the neighborhood is conducive to walking, use of a car can be reduced

Trivia

Street view
  • As part of the so-called "West Side Stories Portfolio", 55 West 95th Street recently sold in a package with 65 West 95th Street and 150 West 87th Street for $67,200,000.[5]
  • A suite from 55 West 95th Street was featured HGTV's "Selling New York" season 6 episode 10.[6]
  • During the 1930s, the Upper West side saw a large increase of Jewish refugees escaping from the turmoil in Europe of the day. Today, the largest number of young modern Orthodox singles outside of Israel is said to live between 85th Street and 100th Street. However, the Upper West Side also features a substantial number of non-Orthodox Jews. Some of the oldest synagogues are located in the area including the Congregation Shearith Israel - established in 1654 - and the second oldest congregation in New York City, the B'nai Jeshurun; Rodeph Sholom - founded in 1825.[7]


References

  1. Wikipedia - Upper West Side
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Street Easy
  5. Eastern Consolidated Website
  6. Curbed NY
  7. Wikipedia - Upper West Side


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