Apple Bank Building

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2112 Broadway, New York City, NY

Apple Bank Building
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The Apple Bank Building in the Upper West Side of New York City
Building Information
Developer Central Savings Bank
Architect York & Sawyer
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens Management
Number of Units 28
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 1928
Construction Method Concrete
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2112 Broadway, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4 - 6A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Originally called the Bloomingdale District, the area was the sight of some of New York City’s most stunning houses and mansions by the 18th century. A hundred years later, high levels of immigration and commercialization along the Hudson River had led to much denser populations, and certain areas had moved towards the lower and working classes.

The Apple Bank Building centered among its neighbors
By the 20th century, the Upper West Side had been home to large communities of nearly every demographic, including African Americans, Orthodox Jews, and gay men. Neighborhood gentrification and recent urban renewal programs have restored the Upper West Side to its designation as a high end neighborhood, with a reputation of attracting cultural and artistic workers.[1]

Residents of the Apple Bank Building have the distinction of living in one of New York City’s landmark buildings, as well as the good fortune of living on one of the most prominent intersections of New York City.

Originally commercial space described as “one of the area’s noblest and most imposing edifices”, the Apple Bank Building’s upper floors were converted into condominium residences in 2006, offering buyers a chance to literally live in a piece of New York history.[2]


Location

Located in the Upper West Side, the Apple Bank Building occupies an entire city block, bordered east and west by Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, and north and south by West 73rd and West 74th Streets.

The Upper West Side has historically been a mostly residential district, although the neighborhood has gone through many transformations over the years.

Residents of the Apple Bank Building do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of an abundance of shops, restaurants, home services, cultural venues, and transit options.

In particular, the Apple Bank building sits alongside Verdi Square, and the 72nd Street subway station is directly below it.

Additionally, the Upper West Side is home to hundreds of points of interest, including Zabar’s, Gray’s Papaya, Barney Greengrass, the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Columbia University, The Juilliard School, LaGuardia High School, Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, and the famous residences along Central Park West such as the Dakota.[3]


Construction

The Apple Bank Building was built in 1928 for the Central Savings Bank in the same Italian Renaissance Palazzo architectural style that was used for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, located in Lower Manhattan.

Indeed, both buildings share the same architect, that of the architecture team of Edward York and Philip Sawyer. The building has since been declared a designated historic landmark, and it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[4] In 2006, the owners of the building, Stahl Real Estate, decided to convert the upper floors of the building into luxury condominiums. This plan was approved, and the conversion was undertaken by SLCE Architects, with the lobby renovation designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects.[5]

Layout and Features

Prior to the conversion to condominium apartments, the Apple Bank Building housed the four story vaulted banking hall of Apple Bank in the first four floors, with the remaining four floors being rented out as office space. While the first four floors remain with Apple Bank, the top four floors have been converted in 28 apartment units.

Residents of this building enjoy their own separate entrance to the building located at 2112 Broadway, as well as their own attended lobby. Clad in limestone, the Apple Bank building is known for the cast-iron bats attached to the base of the building. These are the work of master blacksmith Samuel Yellin, whose work is featured on buildings throughout the United States.[6]

Apartments in the Apple Bank Building range in size from two and three bedroom units, to the six duplex apartments in the top floors that have their own private roof terraces. The floor plans are large and spacious and each design is wholly unique.

Ranging in size from 1,200 to 3,800 square feet, apartments feature 11 to 18 foot ceilings, over sized windows, and thick planked Indonesian hard wood flooring. The apartments are especially noted for their large entrance galleries and foyers, with all floor plan designs created by SLCE Architects.

The gourmet kitchens are equipped with state of the art stainless steel appliances and come with islands, wooden cabinets, under cabinet lighting, and white Kashmir granite counter tops.

The bathrooms feature marble finishes, polished Chrome fixtures, dual sinks, soaking tubs, and standing showers.[7]

Floor Plans

With each apartment having its own unique floor plan, a selection is provided.

Amenities

The Apple Bank Building is staffed by 24 hour doormen, a concierge, a fully attended lobby, and a live-in superintendent. Additional amenities include a bicycle room, a pet grooming station, a shared industrial laundry room, direct mail delivery to the bronze mailboxes located at the entrance to each individual apartment, and a fitness center. The fitness center is located in the former vault of the bank and is famously lit by a chandelier.[8]

Bylaws

Apple Bank Building Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This building allows pets
  • Rentals and sublets are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership[9]

Apple Bank is managed by Brown Harris Stevens Management: (212) 508-7200.


Sustainability

Built in 1928, this building is a product of its time and therefore, is not designated as a green building.

Residents wishing to improve the building’s sustainability can participate in New York City’s recycling programs, and install energy efficient materials and appliances in their apartments when updating and/or renovating.

Trivia

  • Singer Harry Belafonte was a resident of the Apple Bank Building after selling his 21 room apartment on West End Avenue.[10]
  • The Apple Bank Building was once listed on the Top 10 Buildings in Manhattan to Store Your Gold. It occupied position #3.[11]
  • The building was originally built to house the Central Savings Bank, a financial institution that began in 1859, and was named the German Savings Bank. With the outbreak of World War I, the bank changed its name to the Central Savings Bank, the name it held when the Apple Bank Building was originally built. Central Savings ultimately was purchased by Harlem Savings in 1981, with Harlem Savings changing their name to Apple Bank in 1983.[12]

References

  1. Wikipedia - Upper West Side
  2. City Realty - Review
  3. Walk Score
  4. Wikipedia - Central Savings Bank
  5. Manhattan Scout
  6. New Construction Manhattan
  7. Manhattan Scout
  8. Curbed NY
  9. Manhattan Scout
  10. Curbed NY
  11. City Realty
  12. Wikipedia - Central Savings Bank

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