65 Central Park West
65 Central Park West, New York City, NY
|65 Central Park West|
Exterior of 65 Central Park West
|Management Company||Rudin Management|
|Number of Units||106|
|Number of Floors||16|
|65 Central Park West, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
Backgroundhigh-rise cooperative building with 106 residences over its 16 stories. The building was constructed in 1926 as an apartment rental building and later converted to its current ownership structure. The design of the building is by architect Emery Roth and offers an attractive Neo-Renaissance style to the Central Park West neighborhood.
Overlooking the greenery of Central Park, the building features many luxury residences of different sizes. Guests and residents enter the building into a luxury marble lobby. The building offers two separate wings with an elevator on either side. The residences vary from 3.5 to 6.5 rooms, and many have been combined over the years to create larger homes.
The attractive brick-clad structure was erected just before the Central Park West skyline sprouted, and many historic details are still featured throughout. The modern building amenities offered at 65 Central Park West include a 24 hour doorman, concierge, central laundry, and storage. The building is pet friendly.
Lincoln Square, which refers to both the square itself and the surrounding Upper West Side neighborhood, is a lively and sought-after neighborhood bordering Central Park to the west. This area is centered around Broadway and Columbus Avenue, and is bounded by Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue to the east and west, and West 66th Street and West 63rd Street to the north and south.
Lincoln Square is home to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which is a complex of architecturally detailed buildings that together create a total of 29 different indoor and outdoor performance venues. The area is served by the 66th Street - Lincoln Center subway station, which is just one block from 65 Central Park West.
Aside from the many offerings found at Central Park, just across the street from the building, there are also other more modest outdoor areas in the neighborhood residents can enjoy. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, as well as Dante Park, Richard Tucker Square, and Riverside Park along the Hudson River are all within walking distance. Nearby schools include York Preparatory School, Blessed Sacrament School, Special Music School, and High School of Arts and Technology.
Broadway, which is known worldwide as the heart of the American theater industry, is located just one block from the building, offering a never-ending supply of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants.
65 Central Park West is a concrete building with a three-and-a-half story stone base, the two bottom floors of which are rusticated. The top terrace has a masonry façade with finials. The original 1926 apartment building was converted to a cooperative in 1987.
Designed by the well-known architect, Emery Roth, the building features a light brown brick facade with intricate terracotta detailing. The two-story terracotta window surrounds are described as being placed "at the third-level, situated above the grand entrance, a window surround enriched with finials atop a balustrade railing and a broken swan-neck pediment with decoration in the tympanum adds a classical flair to the structure."
The building offers three string-courses, one of which also provides a slight overhang at the top of the stone base. The other two are situated near the top of the building, which offers a flat roof-line and lends to the buildings clean architectural lines. The exterior features many columns of narrow windows, and has a canopied entrance off Central Park West. The building is designated as a City Landmark which ensures its preservation. It stands at 48.77 meters tall. 
Layout and Features
The residences at 65 Central Park West can be characterized by their high, beamed ceilings, decorative fireplace mantles, many narrow windows, parquet hardwood floors, functional layouts and expansive views surrounding them.
One of the largest layouts in the building offers 10 rooms, which is a combination of the original two six room layouts that was renovated into a luxury four bedroom home. This layout features a gracious foyer entrance that leads to the park-front double-sized living rooms with many windows for natural light and exposure of the greenery across the street.
This acts as the main entertaining area of this residence, together with the dining room, which then leads to an inviting den which is open to the windowed kitchen. The kitchen has been renovated extensively with top-of-the-line appliances and finishes. This home also offers two sets of in-unit washers and dryers. The master bedroom is located at the south side of the residence, which offers both park and city views and has a master en-suite bathroom with a separate shower stall and soaker tub. This home also offers a library and a separate maid's living quarters.
Another residence features a formal dining and living room with mahogany paneled walls and Central Park views. Italian plaster, central air conditioning, ample closet space, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, slab marble counter tops, in-unit laundry, and the rock waterfall in the bathroom are the notable features of this home.
There are 23 floor plans available for 65 Central Park West. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at 65 Central Park West include:
- Full-time Doorman
- Central Air Conditioning
- Bike Room
- Storage Bins
- Resident Manager
|65 Central Park West Bylaws|
- Pets are allowed
- Rentals are allowed
- There are no age restrictions
The many narrow windows at 65 Central Park West have been updated with energy-efficient and soundproof, double-pane windows, and the multiples of them allow plenty of natural light to fill the interior of the residences. The building is constructed of durable concrete, stone, and brick materials, which ensure the longevity and integrity of the building.
The nearby access to many amenities surrounding 65 Central Park West encourage an eco-friendly, commute-free lifestyle in its residents, and also allow for daily walking and cycling.
The building itself does not offer any high-energy consumption amenities, and thereby keeps its energy usage low. Some of the interior residences have been updated with energy-efficient appliances and lighting, as well as sustainable finishes and water-conscious bathroom fixtures. Many of the homes still feature their original hardwood flooring.
Ruth Orkin, an American photographer and film maker, was a resident of 65 Central Park West before her career took off, and she became famous for her photographs taken from the window of her apartment in the building.
Ruth Orkin grew up in Hollywood where she photographed non-stop. In 1939, she attended the Los Angeles City College to study photojournalism. Ruth's mother was a silent-film actress. In 1943, Ruth served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II. In 1943, Ruth decided to move to New York City, where she began working as a nightclub photographer, and where she later became a successful freelance photographer.
This new position allowed Ruth's career to be catapulted, sending her all over the world to contribute to Life, Look, Ladies' Home Journal and many other periodicals. One of Orkin's most well-known photographs is called American Girl in Italy, which she took in 1951. The subject of the famous photo was the 23 year old Ninalee Craig. Orkin finished her illustrious career by teaching photography at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography through the 1970s.
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