Apthorp

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2211 Broadway, New York City

Apthorp
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The sensibilities of this Renaissance Revival building have graced the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over a century
Building Information
Developer Astor Associates
Architect Clinton and Russell
Number of Units 163
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1908
Construction Method Limestone
Type of Roof IRMA
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2211 Broadway, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10 - A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The property on which the Apthorp sits has a long and storied history, not least of all because the Apthorp does too. The land on which 2211 Broadway was built was originally Apthorp Farm. At the time of construction, the land was owned by the 1st Viscount Astor, William Waldorf Astor. Completed in 1908, and the largest residential building in the world at the time, the Apthorp is modeled in Italian renaissance architecture and is part of the Renaissance Revival movement. Since its construction, the Apthorp has been considered the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side. It offers owners and renters the height of classic, luxury, with turn of the century character and opulence.[1]

Location

The Upper West Side has a very long history of European settlement, as it was inhabited by early dutch settlers. The area would later become known as Bloomingdale, a name still famous in the area. Schools in the area are considered some of New York City's best. Green space is easily accessible from the Apthorp. Riverside Park is a few short blocks away, while, in the other direction, Central Park tempts residents considering an afternoon stroll.

Well known restaurants are common in the area, but for those wishing to take advantage of the Apthrop's high end kitchen appliances, there are plenty of markets for local to pick up fresh produce and proteins. The American Folk Art Museum, Guggenheim and The Whitney Museum are all within a mile and a quarter from 2211 Broadway. The Childern's Museum, Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art less than a mile away too. Residents here never lack for a fix of culture. Both bus and subway lines are within 200 feet of the Apthorp.[2]

Construction

This 'Renaissance Revival' building was very much in the style of Clinton and Russell, its architects. They were also known for the scale of their buildings. Not only did they build the largest apartment block in the world when they constructed the Apthorp, they also created the world's largest office building. Notable buildings they also designed include the Beaver Building, the American International Building and the Astor Hotel. On this latter point, they worked regularly, with the Apthorp's developer, Astor Associates.

2211 Broadway is constructed of limestone, offering a warm, homey facade. Ornate animal heads sit inside the building's Broadway-facing entrance gates, those too adorned by large iron gates. The building sits upon the entire city block, on each side a large lobby welcomes residents from the courtyard. The lower three levels of the building are rusticated, providing a textural break from what would otherwise appear to be a large box. Four large statues representing the seasons also sit on the property.[3]

Layout and Features

Units in the Apthorp are, generally, known for their large rooms, large foyers and 11 foot ceilings. Original features like herringbone wood floors, mosaic tile, and restored light fixtures adorn the rooms. Some units have fireplaces, with hand-carved mantles. Finishes in the Apthorp are chosen by the resident. Fixtures and appliances are high-end throughout the units. All units with inward-facing units have a view of the grand courtyard. Some units have direct access to a terrace.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 163 units in the Apthorp and 163 different floor plans. A few are displayed here.

Amenities

In some ways, the amenities of this building represent the best of the past and of modern living. Mail is delivered by hand and the building has a grand courtyard. Upgrades include a fully equipped spa and fitness room constructed in 2011, an entertainment room, a conference room, children's playroom, storage, central laundry, refrigerated storage, walk-in freezer, a gate-keeper, a doorman and concierge at each of the four lobbies, attended elevators and valet service.[5]

Bylaws

Apthorp Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed
  • Numerous rental units controlled by building management
  • Sublets are allowed
  • There is no age restriction for ownership in this building


Sustainability

This building is an architectural marvel of its time. At its time near the turn of the 20th century, green amenities were not pervasive in the building. Rather, the sustainable features of this building are its prime location and walkable neighborhood on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Trivia

As an iconic, high-end building on the Upper West Side, the Apthorp has been home to many pop-culture figures.

  • Al Pacino, Conan O'Brien, Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O'Donnell have all lived in this building at various times.
  • Nora Ephron, another famous former resident, wrote about her experience (both good and bad) with the building in a 2006 edition of The New Yorker.
  • Nicholas Pileggi's former residence went up for rent; the listing noted that both 'Goodfellas' and 'Casino' were written in his apartment.
  • The building includes a significant number, at one time over half its units, of rent-stabilized and rent-controlled apartments.
  • Since 2006, this building has changed hands several times, seemingly never smoothly.[6]

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. NY Condo Blog
  5. New York Condo Blog
  6. The Real Deal - Apthorp

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