Broadway (2250 Broadway)

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2250 Broadway, New York City, NY

Broadway (2250 Broadway)
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Exterior of The Broadway
Building Information
Developer Peter R. Gray & Louis V. Greco Jr.
Architect William A. Hall & Charles B. Ferris Associates
Number of Units 127
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2250 Broadway, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning EC-3
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Street View of The Broadway

The Broadway is a 23 story condominium masonry tower with a low-rise, historic terracotta portion; this portion is arguably the building's most architecturally pleasing with its large arched windows, intricate detailing, and soft terracotta facade, and is also said to be one of the most attractive facades at this portion of Broadway.

The building was constructed in 1987, making great use of the air rights from the former theater building on the site's Broadway frontage. The building was developed by the partnership of Peter R. Gray and Louis V. Greco Jr., who paired with William A. Hall and Charles B. Ferris Associates Architects on the tower's design, which features a red-brick masonry facade, several setbacks, and many columns of windows.

Situated on Broadway and West 81st Street, the Broadway provides one of the most central and sought-after locations in the Upper West Side with nearby daily necessities, activities, entertainment, and nightlife. Broadway is known across the world as being the heart of the American theater industry. This pet-friendly building also offers modern amenities that include a 24 hour doorman, a fully-equipped fitness center, a common garden curtyard, and a children's playroom.[1]

Location

Broadway, also known for housing the american theater industry, is best known for the portion that runs through the borough of Manhattan. But it actually runs a total of 15 miles through the Bronx and Manhattan. There are many places for residents to visit virtually at the doorstep of the building.

There are also many outdoor areas within walking distance, including Riverside Park along the Hudson River, which provides many cycling, walking, and jogging trails as well as dog-friendly areas. Theodore Roosevelt Park is also nearby, which also houses Hayden Planetarium and American Museum of Natural History. At its eastern border is Central Park, where residents and visitors are bound to visit at a maximum to enjoy the many sights and activities offered.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is also just one block away. Nearby schools include The Calhoun School, Mickey Mantle School, Rodeph Sholom School, and William Sherman School. John Jay College to the south and Columbia University to the north are not within walking distance but easily accessible with the subway.

The nearest subway station is located at 79th Street and Broadway, just two blocks south on Broadway. Nearby shops include Claire's, Barnes & Noble, Town Shop, Barbara Gee Danskin, Duane Reade, Harry's Shoes, and Talbots. There is also an AMC Loews Theater at Broadway and 83rd Street.[2]


Construction

Exterior Details of The Broadway

The building features a setback, both off of the preserved terracotta base, as well as at the side of the tower on West 81st Street, which provides for private terraces for some of the residences. There are also two more side setbacks and one center, inset curve nearing the top of the tower, providing for additional private outdoor space.

There are many columns of different sized windows scaling the front exposure of the tower, but no protruding balconies. The building has 22 stories and stands at 61.26 meters tall. The small preserved building at the front of the tower features many attractive details, as well as a slight overhang and canopied entrance which leads to the commercial space, currently utilized as a Starbucks Coffee and Staples Office Supply.

This building was originally the RKO 81st Street Theater, which was completed in 1914 and designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb, who was one of the nation's most renowned theater architects. The conversion of this structure was undertaken by architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle, a premier firm that specializes in historic preservation. Although the interior of the theater was remodeled to suit commercial and retail needs, the exterior was attained landmark status to preserve this historic gem.

In 1987, the Broadway which now houses 127 condominium residences, was completed. The tower which sits behind the preserved historic structure was designed by William A. Hall and Charles B. Ferris Associates, and the project was undertaken by developers Peter R. Gray and Louis V. Greco Jr. This classically designed building with clean lines has been said to be "boxy" but certainly provides a cohesive background to the terracotta forefront of the historic building.[3]


Layout and Features

The majority of the floor plans, although there are many different sizes, are suited for singles or couples with one to three bedrooms. There are also some duplex style residences, and some of the layouts come with a private outdoor terraces.

Many of the interiors have been upgraded from their 1980's finishes with more modern designs that often include modern, wide-plank hardwood floors, updated lighting with some recessed lighting, and updated kitchens and bathrooms. Marble or modern tile is common for updated bathrooms, as well as custom vanities and updated fixtures.

Master bedrooms are well-appointed in size and feature large windows for plenty of natural light, as well as ample closet space. Some of the master bedrooms also feature a separate dining area. Some of the renovations in particular residences have utilized built-in storage solutions to maximize the functionality of each of the spaces.

Built in book cases are also common for the living spaces. Some of the kitchens have been restructured to be open to the living space, and many have been modernized with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, and granite or marble counter tops.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 50 floor plans available for the Broadway. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at the Broadway include:

  • Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • Children's Play Area

Bylaws

Broadway (2250 Broadway) Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed in the building
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • 90% financing is allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

The Broadway has many updated interiors that feature eco-friendly upgrades such as:

  • Sustainable materials like hardwood, stone, and marble
  • Energy Star rated appliances, some with gas cooking
  • Low-energy light fixtures
  • Double-pane windows

The building is extremely central, providing the most convenient access to daily activities, entertainment, and necessities. The metro subway station is also just two blocks south on Broadway, allowing for easy access to the surrounding neighborhoods.

There are also car and bike share programs within walking distance from The Broadway. The building itself is low-energy as it does not offer any high-energy amenities, and is also built from sustainable and long-lasting materials.

The preservation of the exterior as a historic building can also be considered a sustainable aspect of the development as a whole.


Trivia

RKO 81st Street Theater

The preserved front facade of The Broadway, which used to serve as the RKO 81st Street Theater, was originally meant to be called the Boulevard - which was what Broadway was known as at that time - but was opened in 1913 and named Keith's 81st Street Theater. This theater acted as a venue for vaudeville and stage plays, and was designed in the Adams style by Thomas W. Lamb, who was a renowned theater architect of the time. The theater held 2,015 seats and was known for its intricate mural "Music & Dancing" which was painted above the proscenium. Many performance enriched the stage of the theater, and "Love Sydney" and "Sesame Street" were shot here in the theater's later years.

This theater became integrated as part of the Keith-Orpheum Circuit. James Cagney made his acting debut at the RKO Theater, and later made his way into film which was his greatest achievement throughout his career. The theater was later renamed to RKO 81st Street Theatre, which is also when the Keith-Orpheum became part of RKO. In 1953, CBS acquired the RKO 81st Street Theatre and soon after converted it to be utilized as their first major color television studio. under a long-term lease. In 1986, the theater was sold to the developers of the Broadway, which is when the air rights of the theater were used to construct the tower.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Blocksy
  5. Cinema Treasures


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