74 West 68th Street

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74 West 68th Street, New York City, NY

74 West 68th Street
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Exterior of 68 West 74th Street
Building Information
Number of Units 60
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 1925
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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74 West 68th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-8A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Building Entrance

74 West 68th Street, which is also known as The Morleigh, is a historic, ten story cooperative building offering 60 residences in the Upper West Side. The residences in this building are mainly made up of one bedroom floor plans, but are gracious in size and can be characterized by their historic, quality detailing and sweeping views of Central Park and Manhattan's skyline.

Just north of Lincoln Square, this residence is situated on the quiet West 68th Street almost at the intersection of Columbus Avenue, which offers a charming, tree-lined, bustling street of historic buildings, markets and quaint stores and cafes. This location is an ideal neighborhood for families. This rental and pied-a-terre friendly building offers a renovated lobby, a live-in superintendent, video intercom, a bike room, an elevator, common laundry facility, and private on-site storage.[1]


Location

Situated within steps to two of Manhattan's major theater districts, both Broadway, the center for the American theater industry, and Lincon Square, which houses the 29 theater venue Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, residents at 74 West 68th Street are constantly entertained.

There are two bus stations virtually at the building's doorstep, and the nearest metro subway station is located at Lincoln Center, just two blocks away. Central Park is just one block east of the building, with the Adventure Playground very nearby the western border of the park. Other nearby outdoor attractions include Richard Tucker Square, Dante Park, Seventieth Street Playground, and Verdi Square. Riverside Park along the Hudson River, which offers many biking, jogging and walking trails, and dog-friendly areas, is not far west of the building.

Nearby schools include York Preparatory School, Special Music School, Blessed Sacrament School, High School of Arts and Technology, and Manhattan/Hunter Science High School. There are many boutique-style cafes, stores, and restaurants nearby on Columbus Avenue.[2]

Construction

Street View of 74 West 68th Street

This historic building is situated off the quiet, tree-lined West 68th Street. At ten stories, the building stands at 30.63 meters tall with a beige brick exterior facade and a two story limestone clad base with a grand double-door lobby entrance that is flanked by lanterns. The brick exterior has mosaic designs and some limestone detailing around the windows.

The exterior has many columns of four-panel picture windows with some larger, double-panel windows at the building's base. The penthouse level offers some large, roman-like arched window detailing for additional lighting. The clean architectural lines of this historic building, which was completed in 1925, is repeated at the roof-line which is a clean horizontal line. The building has some protruding air conditioners and no balconies.[3]

Layout and Features

Prewar charm is found throughout each of the total 60 homes at 74 West 68th Street, although many of these layouts have been renovated with modern comfort. All of the layouts include plenty of natural lighting with the many windows, and many also offered windowed kitchens. Some of the kitchens have been updated to a modern chef's standards, as well as many renovated bathrooms. Original hardwood floors are common throughout the building.

One of the penthouses at 74 West 68th Street has been featured in published architectural magazines as a luxury home, one of which brags of unparalleled luxury. This home is filled with 9 foot French doors, some of which lead to the grand wrap-around terrace which was designed by architect David Rockwell of W Hotels. This home offers four exposures for plenty of natural light and exposure of the sweeping Central Park and Manhattan skyline views.

This home also features detailed Cathedral ceilings in the entrance foyer and the formal dining room, as well as a wood burning fireplace in the living room. The home has also been updated with an integrated sound system in each room, as well as a Jacuzzi bathtub in the master en-suite and large walk-in closet in the master bedroom.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 12 floor plans available for 74 West 68th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 74 West 68th Street include:

  • Common Laundry Room
  • Private Storage
  • Live-in Super
  • Bike Room
  • Video Intercom

Bylaws

74 West 68th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets No
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are restricted, no dogs allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

74 West 68th Street provides an ideal location for residents wishing to maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle, as daily vehicle-commuting is not necessary here. There are plenty of public transportation routes within walking distance, as well as nearby car and bike share programs that residents can take advantage of.

Interiors include sustainable aspects such as:

  • Energy Star appliances
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Plenty of natural light
  • Sustainable hardwood floors
  • Updated fixtures and sustainable, modern finishes

Trivia

Columbus Avenue Street Scape

Columbus Avenue, which is also known as Ninth Avenue, is a southbound one-way thoroughfare on the West Side of Manhattan which runs the full stretch from Chelsea to the Upper West Side. In 2008 and again in 2011, Columbus Avenue was remodeled to integrate bicycle lanes.

Just above Lincoln Square, where the ABC TV network holds its corporate headquarters, Columbus Avenue passes through the Central Park West Historic District, which stretches from 67th Street north to 89th Street. This portion of Columbus Avenue offers a unified street-scape of five to seven story historic tenement buildings made of brick and brownstone. These buildings have discreet Roman and Italian detailing to their architecture, and also use terracotta for their detailing. One can see many ornate cornices as well as angle-laid brickwork.

Former president Bill Clinton initiated a project which set out to restore and revitalize the Columbus Avenue corridor in the area which is centered around the neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen. Columbus Avenue continues to offer charming history and a bustling vibe with many street fairs that are held each year, including the Ninth Avenue Food Festival each May.[5]

References

  1. Corcoran
  2. Walk Score
  3. Emporis
  4. Elliman
  5. Wikipedia


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