7 West 96th Street

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7 West 96th Street, New York City, NY

7 West 96th Street
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Exterior of 7 West 96th Street
Building Information
Architect Thomas W. Lamb
Management Company J & C Lamb Management
Number of Units 80
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 1931
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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7 West 96th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of 7 West 96th Street

Designed by Thomas W. Lamb, 7 West 96th Street is an attractive Art Deco building that was completed in 1930. The building has 18 stories and offers 80 residences that range from one to four bedrooms, each with charming pre-war details.

The building offers a 24 hour doorman, a common roof deck with panoramic views, a live in superintendent, a central laundry facility, and private basement storage for residents. Converted from a rental building to a cooperative in 1970, 7 West 96th Street remains an ideal Upper West Side residence today.

Said to be situated in one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, 7 West 96th Street borders Central Park, offering both the convenient central location to many daily amenities and entertainment while also offering a near escape to the city's most popular oasis. The building is set on a wide, tree-lined block that offers many other historic buildings.[1]



Location

The building is just to the west of the landmark Crenshaw Christian Center, which was the former First Church of Christ Scientist, and is set on a block with many other historic buildings. This block offers many mid-rise apartment buildings and low-rise structures. The area is served by an excellent cross-town bus service, as well as the 96th Street subway station which is just at the corner of Central Park West, less than one block away.

Aside from being virtually at the doorstep of the many offerings at Central Park, with the Rudin Family Playground nearest the building, there are many other outdoor attractions within walking distance, including Sol Bloom Playground, Frederick Douglass Playground, and Riverside Park along the Hudson River.

Broadway, the center of the American theater industry, is just two blocks west of the building, offering an endless arrangement of entertainment, theatrical performances, restaurants, and shopping. Nearby markets include Columbus Natural Foods, Food City Markets, Whole Foods, and Central Park Market.

Nearby schools include Columbia Grammar-prep School, The Mandell School, Lilian Weber School, Alfred E Smith School, and Manhattan School for Children.[2]

Construction

View Looking Up at 7 West 96th Street

This Art Deco architectural style tower stands tall and proud at its 18 story height with an attractive masonry exterior. The building has a beige brick exterior with some beige limestone detailing around its entrance. The building was erected in 1930 and converted in 1970.

7 West 96th Street offers a half-story granite base and a canopied entrance off West 96th Street that is flanked on either side by a lantern and also has some sidewalk landscaping. The masonry exterior features banding at the building's sides, and the top floors have projecting piers. There are also two subtly projected bays that add texture to the structure's façade.

The side setbacks provide a tapered roof-line and also provide for large outdoor terraces for the upper residences. There are four narrow columns of windows at the building's center, and two wider columns of windows on either side. The building encompasses a total space of 100,316 square feet.[3]

Layout and Features

The many residences at 7 West 96th Street have distinguished prewar details such as high, beamed ceilings, decorative moldings and hardwood floors. Its layouts consist mainly of 1 to 3 bedroom homes, while their are also some larger, duplex-style residences as well.

Many of the upper level homes have spacious private terraces with expansive views of the surrounding city, park, and river. Many of the duplex-style homes offer large terraces on both levels, with the living space and kitchens on the main level and the bedrooms on the second level.

Formal dining rooms are also common, although some of the layouts are open in style with the living and dining areas combined. Each of the residences provide over sized windows throughout for plenty of daylight and exposure of the surrounding views. Bedrooms offer ample closet space, and the master bedrooms offer walk-in closets and spa-like en-suite bathrooms. Many of the layouts offer more than one master bedroom, and some also have separate maid's quarters.

Some of the kitchens have been upgraded with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and wood cabinetry. Many of the homes have in-unit washers and dryers, as well as central air conditioning. The building is well-maintained and has very low maintenance fees.[4]


Floor Plans

There are 16 floor plans available for 7 West 96th Street. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 7 West 96th Street include:

  • Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Super
  • Storage
  • Common Laundry
  • Common Roof Deck


Bylaws

7 West 96th Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • 7 West 96th Street is pet-friendly
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Sustainability

With a cross-town bus and subway station virtually at the building's doorstep, 7 West 96th Street is an ideal building for those who do not drive or wish to utilize public transit and maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle.

With Central Park across the street, as well as many other outdoor attractions, the area is very suited to an active lifestyle of walking, jogging, and cycling. The building is also pet-friendly, and the nearby Riverside Park offers dog-friendly areas.

The building does not include any high-energy consumption amenities, and thereby keeps the building's energy usage to a minimum. Many of the interiors have been updated with energy efficient appliances, in-unit laundry, and low-energy light fixtures. The many windows in the building have also been updated with double-pane, energy-efficient glass.

Trivia

Crenshaw Christian Center

Next door to 7 West 96th Street is a historically charming building which houses the Crenshaw Christian Center East, and used to house the former First Church of Christ, Scientist. The building's address is 1 West 96th Street, and it is situated on the corner lot at Central Park West. The building's peaked tower adds a visually charming effect to the Central Park views offered from the windows of 7 West 96th Street.

The building was designed by the same architect who won the competition for designing the New York Public Library, Carrere & Hastings, and it was completed in 1903 after 14 years of on-going construction. The style of the church is reminiscent of the churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, offering a design that combines English Baroque and French Beaux-Arts detailing.

The building was sold in 2004 to its current operation. Stained-glass windows by John LaFarge are featured at the building, which can accommodate 2,200 people. The church was designated a city landmark in 1974 and makes up a part of the preserved Central Park West Historic District.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Blocksy
  5. Wikipedia


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