610 West 110th

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608 Cathedral Parkway, New York City, NY

610 West 110th
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610 West 110th Street
Building Information
Developer Schwartz & Gross
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Management Company 610 West 110th Street Holdings LLC
Number of Units 72
Number of Floors 14
Year Built 1922
Construction Method Steel
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608 Cathedral Parkway, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9-A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

In 1922, a Benjamin P. Walker purchased the property at 610 West 110th Street and hired Schwartz & Gross, a prolific architectural team, to build a 15-story residential building. The building was completed near the end of 1922.[1]


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The building continued to be used as a residential building throughout the twentieth century. In the early twenty-first century the property was acquired by Cayuga Holdings--a real estate firm specializing in converting pre-war apartment buildings. Cayuga Holdings worked together with Kinlin Rutherford Architects to convert 610 West 110th into a condominium which is both modern and traditional.

Kinlin Rutherford worked hard to restore or replicate the traditional features of the building, such as the classically-inspired bas-relief ceiling in the lobby or the herringbone-pattern floors in each unit. They also, however, modernized the building with Bosch appliances in the kitchen and Kohler fittings in the bathrooms.[2]



Location

610 West 110th is located on Cathedral Parkway between Broadway and Riverside Drive in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This location allows easy access to many restaurants, cafes, and shops. Weekly farmer's markets are help at Broadway and 114th and Riverside Park is just across the way offering a place to exercise, relax, or just enjoy the greenery. Columbia University, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Fireman's Fountain, and many other historic sites are also nearby.


The Upper West Side has good access to transportation--in fact New York City's first subway line, the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line, originally opened the Upper West Side in the early 1900's and lead to a building boom that included 610 West 110th in 1922.


Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the Upper West Side has gone through many changes. During much of the nineteenth century, it was a partially rural, underdeveloped area. Several major changes changes, however, helped turn it into the rich cultural area it is today.


Columbia University moved into the area the 1890s helping to create a rising intellectual/artistic trend. The subway line in 1904 created an economic boom, which helped to modernize the neighborhood. Finally, immigration throughout the mid-twentieth century has made the West Side incredibly diverse.[3]

610 West 110th exterior

Construction

610 West 110th is a 15 story steel-frame apartment building. The exterior facade is brick. The original building was designed by Schwartz & Gross, the architectural firm responsible for many of the buildings in the area.


Kinlin Rutherford Architects renovated the building in 2007. Their renovation is characterized by the numerous pre-war details they retained. The project included lobby renovation, new elevators, outdoor terraces, a fitness room, and multipurpose common areas. [4]


Layout and Features

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610 West 110th has been marketed as a "New York Original" because of the scrupulous detail the architects paid to retaining the original pre-war details of the building. The renovated lobby still boasts many authentic period details including the bas-relief ceiling, hand-crafted entrance doors, and marble floors.


The apartments in the building also reflect the turn of the century style while still incorporating many modern conveniences. The nine-inch baseboards and crown moldings add a touch of history to the units and the oak herringbone-patterned floors reflect the original floors from 1922. These details are complemented by the array of modern conveniences.


The kitchens are equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Julien Classic Collection sink, and Bosch stove top, oven, microwave, and dishwasher. The bathrooms include marble flooring and Kohler fixtures including a Tea-for-Two Kohler tub.[5]

Floor Plans

A variety of one, two, and four bedroom floor plans are available at 610 West 110th. Here are several samples:

Amenities

Building amenities include:


o 24-hour doorman

o outdoor terraces

o bike room

o fitness room

o multipurpose common rooms

o storage

o two elevators


Bylaws

610 West 110th Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


o This building allows pets

o The building allows rentals

o No restrictions on age are placed on residents

o Communal outdoor terraces are available for barbecues

Sustainability

610 West 110th was not designed as a green building. The 2007 conversion did, however, include outdoor terraces and install some energy-efficient appliances. There is also a bike room in the building, making it easier to choose this form of transportation.


The location of the building also lends itself to those wishing to shrink their carbon footprint. Shops and restaurants are all easily accessible by foot, bike, or public transportation. 610 West 110th is also right next door to Riverside Park where there are community gardens and where the Green Outlook projects are spearheading sustainability in the area. [6]

Trivia

  • In 2008, 610 West 110th was featured in a New York Times article titled Never the Twain Shall Meet. The article compared living in the east and west sides of Manhattan.[7]
  • Schwartz and Gross (the architects who built 610 West 110th in 1922), have been described as having "excellent floor plans, but no talents for facades".[8]
  • Famous residents of the building include Tom Wallace, the editorial director of Condé Nast.[9]

References

  1. Builder's guild 1922
  2. 610 West 110th
  3. The History of the Upper West Side
  4. Kinlin Rutherford
  5. 610 West 110th
  6. Riverside Park NYC
  7. New York Times: Never the Twain Shall Meet
  8. New York Times: FYI
  9. Gawker Website

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