600 West End Avenue

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600 West End Avenue, New York, NY

600 West End Avenue
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600 West End Avenue - Exterior
Building Information
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Management Company 600 West End Avenue Owners
Number of Units 68
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1910
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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600 West End Avenue, New York, NY
Distance to Public Transit Approximately one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

600 West End's classic covered entrance.
Built in 1910 and converted to condominiums in 1978, 600 West End Avenue went up as part of a building boom that ultimately led to the gentrification of what would become New York City’s Upper West Side.


Throughout most of the 1800s, much of the area existed as small, independent villages that were collectively referred to as Bloomingdale. When transportation and shipping along the Hudson River and Hudson Rail Line began to make rich merchants even richer, they built sprawling “summer home” mansions there, and the “villagers” gradually moved on. By 1853, the creation of Central Park scattered the few that were left.


Bloomingdale’s population grew yearly, and by the end of the Civil War, it was assimilated into New York City. The assimilation brought cautious land developers, and the land developers built city signatures like the Dakota and the San Remo.


With buildings like these as their anchors, the individual avenues began to acquire their distinct characters: Commerce on Columbus, small local shops and lower rent housing on Amsterdam – and, of course, West End. It was a quiet, well-lived residential street then, and in the face of everything that’s changed around it, it’s been that way ever since.[1]


Location

The familiar stretch of Upper West Side brownstone buildings.
As mentioned above, 600 West End Avenue is, and has always been, within easy distance of the local shops and dining on Amsterdam Avenue, as well as the commercial hub of Columbus. If the four-or-so blocks to the Onassis Reservoir and Central Park are a little too far to walk, then a single block on the opposite direction will take a traveler to the Hudson River, and the alternative greenspace of Riverside Park.


Some specifics: Enthusiastic diners will find some of Manhattan's best food on the Upper West Side. Picholine, Carmine's, Ouest, Jean Georges, Bar Masa, and Avoce top the local lists. For shoppers, Barnes and Noble, and Filene's Basement are particularly close by. Best Buy, Pottery Barn, Century 21, The Gap, The Apple Store, Hugo Boss, Tourneau, and Bed Bath and Beyond are all just a little farther downtown in the Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.


When it comes to getting that little bit farther downtown, the nearest bus stop is only a block away, and almost 20 other transit options are well within walking distance.[2]


Construction

Dutch-style wrought iron like the work seen on 600 West End's balconies.
Built by Schwartz and Gross in 1910, 600 West End Avenue remains one of the most handsome, and most recognizable, buildings on the Upper West Side.


The first three of the building’s 13 stories are limestone, as are its ornate cap and top level balcony. Also at the top are 600 West End’s distinctive green terracotta shields. Those, along with its apparently random assortment of wrought iron Juliette balconies throughout the remaining stories, are its most immediately noticeable features.


The remaining stories are simple brown brick, accented with limestone ends (on the balconies) and subdued sculptural elements. Taken together, 600 West End's architectural hallmarks create a building with a uniquely quiet elegance.[3]


Layout and Features

When converting pre-war buildings like 600 West End Avenue into condominiums, there is sometimes a tendency to “chop up” existing unit divisions – since, by today’s standards, pre-war living spaces were often quite generous in size. The developers behind this building, however, seem to have resisted that temptation.

600 West End has only 68 units over its 13 floors. Those 68 units offer an incredibly broad range of layouts all the way from studio rooms, to five-bedroom penthouses. Most of the units are in the one or two-bedroom range. In the case of the penthouses and sub-penthouses, however, designers chose to combine existing units, rather than subdivide them.

The building underwent significant renovations in the 1990s, and the kind of quality that the latest round of changes brought to such a historic structure goes almost without saying. Prospective buyers will find high beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, polished stone worktops, top-end stainless steel kitchen appliances, and spa-inspired bathrooms. Add surprisingly large windows and dedicated spaces like drawing rooms and libraries in the larger suites, and 600 West End emerges as the best of contemporary living in luxury units that retain their century-old charm.


Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans from 600 West End Avenue:

Amenities

The view from one of 600 West End's penthouse terraces.

Amenities at 600 West End Avenue include"

  • 24-hour doorman
  • Private storage
  • Bike room
  • Central laundry (en-suite hookups available in select units)

Bylaws

600 West End Avenue Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No


  • 600 West End Avenue welcomes pets.
  • The Cooperative does not allow rentals or pied-à-terre.
  • There are no age restrictions on residency, but applicants must have strong financial standing, and are required to make a 25% down payment.


Sustainability

While certain allowances must be made for 600 West End's advanced age and high status, it isn't as far behind the sustainability curve as one might expect. The building's latest round of renovations has done a great deal to help it keep pace in today's environmentally-conscious market.

The penthouse suites, for example, also have private rooftop spaces. The addition of those spaces means the addition of a heat-efficient IRMA roof. The units' high-end appliances are also low-energy, and their elegant bathroom fixtures are low-flow. So, although 600 West End can claim some beautiful holdovers from an era less concerned about things like carbon footprints, other aspects of the building have been, and continue to be, environmentally modernized.

On a broader level, take the building's inclusion of a dedicated bike room. 600 West End's Owners' Association is clearly aware of the need to provide for a more environmentally savvy clientele. As 600 West End residents continue to improve their homes, they are encouraged to source local and sustainable materials rated for low environmental impact.


Trivia

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The Architects

Simon I. Schwartz and Arthur Gross were the unsung heroes of 1900s New York architecture. Though their work is less well-known (and, some would say, much more subtly beautiful) than that of someone like Emery Roth, Schwartz and Gross were unquestionably prolific.

The two men met in the 1890s as students at the East Village's Hebrew Technical Institute. After graduating, they each spent some time with other firms before founding their own in 1902. Together, they designed 25 buildings on West End Avenue alone, and eight more along Central Park West. All in a relatively short 20 years.

Interestingly, an internet image search for Emery Roth turns up quite a few pictures of the man himself. A similar search for Schwartz and Gross only returns pictures of their work.[4]


References

  1. New York - Sarah Waxman's history of the Upper West Side
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. West End Preservation Society


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