161 West 61st Street, New York City, NY
The Alfred in Lincoln Square, NYC
|Developer||Carol Management Corporation|
|Number of Units||222|
|Number of Floors||38|
|Type of Roof||Mansard|
|161 West 61st Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 50 nearby routes|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Zoning||C4 - 7|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The Alfred is a 38 story residential building located in the heart of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. In the 1950s, the area of Lincoln Square was targeted by an aggressive urban renewal project by Robert Moses that was led by John D. Rockefeller III. The area now occupied by The Alfred and Fordham University previously contained thousands of squalid tenement buildings, but under Moses’ urban renewal project, the city was able to seize the land under eminent domain.
The university was built on the site to comply with the lower urban density guidelines of the time, but those guidelines allowed for one residential building. Therefore, The Alfred was erected at the middle of the university campus and became the most prominent building in the area for nearly two decades.
Located at the heart of Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, residents of The Alfred enjoy one of the most sought after addresses in the city. The Alfred is located at the end of West 61st Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue, where the neighborhood is bordered by Hell’s Kitchen to the South and the Hudson River to the West. To the East is Central Park, where residents can enjoy the multitudes of footpaths, running trails, and bike lanes. Central Park is also home to several ponds and reservoirs, an outdoor theater, and the world renowned Tavern on the Green restaurant, and residents of The Alfred are within walking distance of all that this urban park has to offer.
To the north of The Alfred, residents are within a block of Lincoln Center, one of the world’s most famous arts and cultural institutions. With over 29 performance spaces, Lincoln Center hosts hundreds of cultural events and performances every year and is the resident home of the New York Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Metropolitan Opera. Lincoln Center also houses the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Lincoln Center is home to the Juilliard School, the School of American Ballet, and one of Fordham University’s three campuses.
In addition to the proximity to Central Park and the cultural mecca of Lincoln Center, The Alfred is within walking distance to dozens of world class restaurants, shops, and home services, as well as an abundance of transit options.
Under Robert Moses’ urban renewal project for the neighborhood of Lincoln Square, the area surrounding The Alfred was designated for Fordham University instead of residential buildings in order to comply with the city’s lower density guidelines of the time. When the campus opened in 1961, a high school sat in the location of The Alfred, and therefore the land was not included in the plans for the university. Years later, after the high school had closed, the Carol Management Corporation developed the land into The Alfred residential building, with a design by Jung/Brannen Associates. Construction on the building began in 1986 and was completed in 1987.
For nearly two decades, The Alfred enjoyed the distinction of being one of the only high-rise residential buildings in the area. Furthermore, because of its nearly landlocked location within a university campus of mostly low-rise buildings, residents of The Alfred enjoyed nearly unobstructed views in all directions from the building. Since 2007, developers have been taking advantage of the lapsed lower density guidelines and building many more residential high-rise buildings in the area, but due to the buffer created by the university campus, residents of The Alfred still enjoy stunning views of the city in all directions.
Layout and Features
The Alfred sits upon a three story limestone base that runs along a landscaped sidewalk. Highlighted by oculi openings and light sconces, the base opens up to a brick and bronze glass enclosed tower that is defined by its dramatic facade of ribbed balconies covering a large part of the building’s exterior. Most of the apartments themselves have balconies, along with over sized windows, hard wood flooring, and walk through kitchens.
With over 90 floor plans available, a selection is presented.
Amenities at the Alfred include a full staff of 24 hour doormen, a concierge, a live in superintendent, and valet parking. Residents of the building also enjoy a fitness center, a 75 foot lap pool, a racquetball court, a sauna, a steam room, a Jacuzzi, a landscaped courtyard and garden, a resident lounge, a children’s playroom, a garage, and storage facilities. There is no roof or garden deck in this building.
This building allows for rentals and there are no age restrictions, however, pets are not allowed in this building.
Built in 1987, well before the age of awareness for sustainable living, The Alfred is a product of its time. Over the years several of the apartments have been rented, and therefore it is up to each individual owner to bring sustainable features to the building, such as energy efficient appliances and window paneling.
Fordham University recently began a 25 year expansion of the Lincoln Center campus, a plan that includes several 50 to 60 storey buildings to be built in the proximity of The Alfred. Residents of the building filed suit against the expansion plan that would block their coveted views and create a much denser population in the area and Fordham University retaliated to the law suit by terminating the lease on a private walkway that runs though the campus, connecting The Alfred to Lincoln Center.
Previously, the planners of the university expansion had included the pathway, but on the plan the city of New York ultimately approved in 2009, the pathway was conspicuously absent.
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