Aldyn

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60 Riverside Boulevard, New York City

Aldyn
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Views of the Hudson River are available to most of the apartments
Building Information
Developer Extell Development Company
Architect Costas Kondylis
Number of Units 297
Number of Floors 38
Year Built 2011
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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60 Riverside Boulevard, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning RI0
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

This property was purchased from Donald Trump in 2005 by the Extell Group. It was intended to be the southern half of the Trump Place complex. Extell continued to use the services of Costas Kondylis who designed Trump's buildings at this location, but later, Christian de Portzamparc was commissioned to design the Riverside Center segment. Extell also built the Avery and the Rushmore just to the north and the Ashley to the south.

Within its 38 stories, The Aldyn has set aside 128 of its 297 units as rentals. These are located on the 2nd to 10th floors. The remaining 169 units are condominium apartments. This building is rich with amenities for residents and is well located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Location

The Aldyn is ideally situated in the Upper West Side of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River and just a few minutes walk to the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. A few blocks further, residents will reach Central Park and Columbus Circle. Public transit is nearby at the Lincoln Center and if this is not convenient, residents have the use of a shuttle service.

Green spaces, parks, and groceries are easily reached from the Aldyn giving it a walkscore of 88 out of 100 and a transit walkscore of 98 out of 100. The Museum of Modern Art, Majestic Theatre, the Museum of American Natural History, and the Gershwin Theatre are all less than 1.14 miles away.

Construction

The Aldyn, a concrete and steel structure clad with glass, was built as part of the Riverside South complex. This is an 8 acre mixed-use development that includes 4 luxury high rise condominium apartments. The Ashley, Rushmore, Avery, and the Aldyn comprise Riverside South.

The Aldyn was completed in 2011 designed by the architectural firm, Goldstein, Hill & West Architects. Many of the interiors were designed by Roman and Williams. Additional landscape design work was carried out by Mathews Nielsen. Reviewers of the Aldyn have reported that the millwork, plasterwork, tile, and paneling is of a much higher quality than average.

Layout and Features

The Aldyn provides its residents with many features. As you arrive at the building overlooking the Hudson River, you are greeted by the Doorman. Inside within the spacious lobby, there is a concierge.

The 40,000 square foot basement houses other amenities; the pool, the squash courts, fitness and wellness centers, the rock climbing wall, and the basketball court with the electronic score board. Elsewhere, there is a private landscaped courtyard designed by Mathews Nielson. Kidville were the designers of an indoor play area for the children. There is also an entertainment room complete with a catering kitchen.[1]

Residents have indoor private storage, but it is noted that no bicycle storage is provided, nor is there a sundeck for those sun-worshipers.

Floor Plans

About 188 floor plans exist for this building. Here is a small sampling:

Amenities

In the basement, the Aldyn shares 40,000 square feet of space with the Ashley, a 23 story, 209 unit rental building to the south, for amenities. These amenities include"

  • A fitness and wellness spa center
  • 75 foot pool
  • A 38 foot high rock climbing wall
  • Squash and basketball courts
  • A bowling alley
  • Yoga, pilates, and kinesis rooms
  • Lounge.

Bylaws

Aldyn Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


Not all Aldyn apartments have balconies for a barbecue, and Kidville is a hit with the kids.

Sustainability

Although Extell Development is credited with designing the first LEED certified green residence on the Upper East Side, The Lucinda, the 8 acre site known as Riverside South did not incorporate LEED guidelines. Riverside South includes the design and construction of The Avery, The Rushmore, The Aldyn, and The Ashley.

The Aldyn and The Ashley share certain amenities and services creating some efficiency of design. One resident's review did report that the heating registers were made as a single unit, including the thermostat, and that they were placed too high on the wall causing a chill to be felt at floor level. Frequent adjusting of the thermostat was needed in order to maintain a steady temperature.[2]

Residents also noted that the Smeg dishwashers selected by the designers for the apartments worked ok, but were a little destructive on finer glassware. Independent reviewers of these appliances have rated Smeg dishwashers at 11.5 on a scale of 20.[3] Although these appliances are Energy Star rated, another consumer comparison website shows that their Energy Rating does not exceed 4 out of 6 over a broad range of models.[4]

Trivia

  • The Aldyn overlooks Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The park consists of a 4 mile strip of land along the Hudson River. Access to the river was first blocked by right of way access by the New York Central Railroad to Albany. It was first proposed to develop the area into a park in 1865 by parks commissioner, William R. Martin. The concept plan was drawn up by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed nearby Central Park. Subsequently, a series of designers all contributed to the new landscape.
  • In the 1930s, Robert Moses transformed the park, covering up the New York Central Railroad and constructing the Henry Hudson Parkway. This was so skillfully done, that many people are not aware that Amtrak uses the Freedom Tunnel under the park. This massive undertaking cost $100 million dollars - in the 1930s. As a scale of comparison, this entire project was twice as big as the Hoover Dam project.
  • In the 1980s, Donald Trump expanded Riverside Park with 23 more acres, likely to gain the approval of his Riverside South residential project.
  • In popular culture:
    • The promenade at 91st Street in the park is where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan meet at the end of the 1998 movie You've Got Mail.
    • The Seinfeld episode "The Frogger" revolved around Jerry not wanting to go near a girlfriend's apartment near Riverside Park because of a serial killer named "The Lopper" who killed in the area.
    • The glassy Aldyn is home to Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony.

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Curbed - NY
  3. Ethical Consumer
  4. Consumer Comparison site

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