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40 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY


Exterior of The Bancroft
Building Information
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 142
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1926
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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40 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative



Exterior of The Bancroft

The Bancroft is an architectural beauty, exuding history and luxury in one; reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palazzo, the Bancroft was originally constructed in 1926 and converted to a cooperative residential building in 1984.

This 15 story building offers a luxury place to call home with 142 residences in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, marrying historic and modern living with its architectural beauty and its modern amenities of a full-time doorman and concierge, on-site parking garage, and common roof deck.

In an early July, 2013 article, it is said that the residents of the Bancroft building have been petitioning the community board and the Landmarks Preservation Commission to add the Bancroft Building as a New York City landmark.

The building's history includes once being home to Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Club. Rowhouses neighboring The Bancroft on the historic, major street of West 72nd Street are also being called for potential landmarks, with their architecturally historic facades.[1]


Bancroft is in one of the most popular areas of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Bancroft Building offers a very convenient location just one and a half blocks from Central Park. The area is sometimes referred to as Central Park West, which is actually a two-way street that runs along Central Park. This stretch of road is known as Frederick Douglass Boulevard north of Frederick Douglass Circle at 110th Street, and is still sometimes referred to as Eighth Avenue. Many upscale residential buildings and upper-class families live in the area, and the neighborhood is well known for having well-reputed schools.

Situated on West 72nd Street which is flourishing with historic and intricately designed buildings, and offers four lanes of two-way traffic and some sidewalk landscaping, the Bancroft is on the block between Central Park West, that borders Central Park, and Columbus Avenue. Columbus Avenue also offers many historical buildings, restaurants and boutiques, and several lanes of southbound, one-way traffic. The popular and cultural district of Lincoln Square is just a few blocks south of the Bancroft, where residents can enjoy the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts with many performances and nearly 30 different performance theaters.

Central Park is only a block away on the western side where residents at the Bancroft can enjoy a leisurely stroll to one of the country's most visited tourist attraction. At Central Park, residents and visitors enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities, including sports, horseback riding, cycling, jogging, dog-walking, visiting the Central Park Zoo, and ice skating during the winter months. Other nearby outdoor attractions include Verdi Square, Seventieth Street Playground, and Tecumseh Playground. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is also located nearby on West 77th Street.

The Bancroft building is conveniently located between two subway lines, the nearest subway station being less than one block away at Central Park West and West 71st Street. The second closest subway station is to the west at Amsterdam Avenue and West 72nd Street. There are nearly 30 different public transit routes nearby the Bancroft.[2]


Front Exposure of The Bancroft

Situated on a mid-block site on West 72nd Street between two major routes of Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, the Bancroft is a historic building reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. The building's design features classic, clean lines over its 15 stories, and the majority of the exterior is a light-orange or brown brick façade. The building was constructed of durable concrete in 1926 and was converted to a cooperative residential building in 1984.

The building features a green canopied entrance off the busy street of West 72nd Street, which also features some sidewalk landscaping and trees. The building has a wide frontage on West 72nd Street, with a narrower depth, which is visible from the side due to the shorter neighboring buildings.

The building has an attractive three story limestone base at its street and entrance level, and also features pleasant arched windows at its second floor. The exterior features many columns of narrow and wider windows, but has no balconies except for the railed Juliet-style balcony features at the second level.

A distinctive cornice is featured at the building and is colored blue beneath the arches. The uppermost levels of the building features an orange exterior and many arches, and a slight setback for a tapered roof line. The building offers three elevators.[3]

Layout and Features

The Bancroft offers many different layouts over its 15 floors, some of which are suitable to young singles up to mid-sized families. Many of these layouts are wide with open-style floor plans, and 9 foot beamed ceilings are one of the historic features throughout the building. Historic oak hardwood floors are also featured, some of which have been updated with more modern finishes. Wide and narrow windows in multiples allow for natural light and a charming character to the interiors. Some of the residences also feature private terraces.

Common updates throughout the building include granite, marble, or stone counter tops and back splashes, custom wood or lacquer cabinetry, stainless steel appliances with gas cooking, recessed spot lighting, tile flooring, and breakfast eating bars.

Many of the layouts have made use of built-in storage solutions to further the functionality of the homes, and other modern upgrades include designer light fixtures throughout, and updated bathrooms. The homes have also been updated with energy-efficient windows.

There is a monthly assessment in the building of $175 that ends September, 2013. The monthly maintenance on the building has been to said to have an expectation of lowering considerably in the upcoming years.[4]

Floor Plans

66 floor plans are available for the Bancroft. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at the Bancroft include the following:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Parking Garage
  • Elevator
  • Central Laundry Room
  • Bike Room
  • Live-in Super


Bancroft Bylaws
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • The Bancroft is a pet-friendly building
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership
  • Pied-a-terre are allowed


Built with sustainable materials of concrete, limestone, and brick, The Bancroft is a durable building that has required little upkeep since its original build in 1926.

The Bancroft has undergone upgrades to the elevators as well as energy-efficient double-pane windows throughout the building. Some of the interiors at the Bancroft have been updated with the following:

  • Energy star appliances
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Sustainable hardwood and stone materials

The building does not use a lot of energy with high-consumption amenities and is close to many public transportation routes, including two very convenient subway station within steps.

There are also many car share programs nearby as a second alternative to vehicle commuting. Walking is a very accessible options with many daily necessities just a few steps outside the door of the Bancroft building.


Alfred Stieglitz Photography
  • The Bancroft resembles history in its design, but also houses history looking at its background. The building today is still known to have housed Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Club. Alfred Stieglitz was a very influential American photographer, who focused on modern art and during his 50 year career worked to make photography an accepted art form. Stieglitz is also well known for the art galleries in New York that he ran in the earlier part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists.
  • The Camera Club of New York, lead by Alfred Stieglitz and his empowering work as a photographer, has been a forum of photography exploration since 1884. The club was initially created as a "gentlemen's" club for photography enthusiasts wishing to explore the art form and seek a refuge from the mass popularization of photography, the club accepted its first female member, Elizabeth Slade, in 1887, just four years after its creation. The club soon began accepting new members and ideas as it grew.
  • Today, the Camera Club continues to exist as an important resource for artistic and skilled photographers. The club also offers educational classes in the many different skills of photography, and creates a supportive group to encourage emerging photographers. Lectures are an important part of the Club's existence, and in the more recent years, important photographers such as Eugene Richards, Nigel Parry, Duane Michals, Oliver Weber, Andres Serrano, Eddie Adams, and Henry Horenstein have been prominent in lecturing and exhibiting at the club. The Camera Club of New York is now located at 336 West 37th Street.[5]


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