140 West 71st Street, New York City, NY
The Danielle built in the 1920s
|Number of Units||80|
|Number of Floors||9|
|Type of Roof||Copper|
|140 West 71st Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
The Danielle at 140 West 71st Street, is located at the northern part in the neighborhood of Lincoln Square within the Upper West Side. Lincoln Square is both the name of the neighborhood and a square within that neighborhood. Hell's Kitchen lies immediately to the south.
The Upper West Side has long been a highly desired area of Manhattan to live. As such, hundreds of residential buildings have been built in the area over the last century and before. Apartment buildings, modern condominiums and cooperatives, and hotels have located in this area.
West 71st Street is one of the quieter New York City streets, a tree-lined one way street west-bound. The neighboring buildings along the street are mid-rise residential structures apart from the Blessed Sacrament Church right next door. The land-marked Dorilton from 1902 is at the end of the block.
As more people first moved to the neighborhood, amenities and services for residents sprang up. Public transit helped move people to and from their places of work. Hospitals and clinics were established to fill medical and health needs of the growing population. Cultural and artistic centers are attracted to populated areas. In Lincoln Square, the main such center is the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on 66th Street, a few short blocks from the Danielle.
The 80 residential cooperative apartments within Danielle nestled under the copper covered dormers are ideally situated in a highly sought after area of town.
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Parks and schools also evolve to fill the demand for educational and recreational needs of a growing populace. Central Park, perhaps the most famous urban park ever, is located a block and a half to the east. The triangular shaped Sherman Square, Verdi Square, and the Seventieth Street Playground are all at the end of the block across from the Dorilton.
The Neighborhood of Lincoln Square is bounded by Central Park on the east and by the Hudson River to the west. It extends from 59th Street on the south and 72nd Street at the north. Viewed on a map (see inset), the neighborhood forms a near perfect square.
Within about a tenth of a mile (that's only about 530 feet), residents of Danielle have more than 20 choices of restaurants and bars. All sorts of culinary delights are available, from fancy designers ice creams to fusion cuisine and from snazzy bakeries to familiar franchises. For those times when residents eat at home, groceries from Trader Joe's, Gotham Food, Pioneer Supermarket, or perhaps from Myung Choi Grocery may fill that need.
The neighborhood is also well prepared for education. Dozens of schools are within a third of a mile covering curricula such as music, religious studies, preparatory studies, arts, and even a computer school.
Travel in and out of the neighborhood is readily accessible if public transit is chosen. More than 30 bus and subway options are available to take residents of Danielle to and from work, or farther afield.
The late 1800s saw massive development, especially with the opening of the elevated train rapid transit along Ninth Avenue in the 1870s. The character shifted from the ambitious manors of colonial New York to a ragtag morass of shanties, shacks, and rowdy taverns that sprang up when squatters from Central Park were displaced during its construction.
The area became more industrialized with the 'right of way' granted to the Hudson River Railroad which ran along the riverbank.
From about 1885 to 1910, the Upper West Side underwent a building boom in New York City. The city's first subway line opened in 1904. Larger and larger buildings were constructed as materials technology and building skills improved. The Danielle was among the later additions, coming into being around 1920. It began its existence as a rental building and survived through the razing of the tenement neighborhoods later in the 1960s.
This nine story low-rise was adorned with a red brick facade and smallish windows. three decorative band-courses, a wide limestone strip between floors three and four, a thinner shlef-like strip supported with corbels in the center part of the building, and an inlaid light strip flush with the facade between floors seven and eight. The ninth floor is covered with a copper-clad mansard roof with seven dormers over the highlighting the windows on that floor.
Chimneys are found on each end of the building further adding to the roof-line character. The middle band-course also features a small decorative balcony rail on top of the ledge held up by the corbels. The entrance has an understated canopy and two pilasters framing the main doors.
Layout and Features
This pre-war building has included a few nice features during its renovation.
A bike storage room has been set aside, the laundry room shared by the building. Many of the apartments still contain some of the pre-war fireplaces, oak mouldings, and herringbone wood floors. The renovation has provided residents with a small gym with exercise equipment and a laundry room.
It does not have a roof deck and allows protruding air conditioning units.
Floor plans for nearly 20 variations of one and two bedroom apartments are on file. Here are a few of them:
- Basement Storage
- Intercom/Virtual Doorman
- Quiet block
- Few blocks from Lincoln Center, museums and Riverside Park
- Excellent public transportation
- Close to shopping and restaurants
- Central Laundry room
- Live-in Superintendent
- Exercise Room
- Pet friendly
- Rentals are permitted
- Investor-friendly, Shareholders may sublet without a residency requirement
In the 1920s, general knowledge of a 'green' and sustainable environment was usually not considered when building a place for people to live. The main concern was to complete the structure.
Inadvertent sustainable measures may have been taken in the form of using locally sourced building materials which would cut costs during construction.
The installation of the copper roof greatly reduces the amount of roof maintenance required over the years. Copper roofs have been know to last hundreds of years on some buildings in Europe.
Additionally, residents themselves may contribute to a greener lifestyle by participating in New York City's excellent recycling programs, replacing incandescent lights with lower energy light emitting diodes lights (LED) or compact fluorescent lights (CFL).
Replacement appliance choices can be energy start rated and fixtures within the residence can be changed to use low-flow types of faucets and dual-flush toilets.
- Historical highlights from the Upper West Side:
- In 1926, the first women and the first American to swim the English Channel was 17 year old Gertrude Ederle. She was the daughter of and Amsterdam Avenue butcher. She was the first woman to be honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City.
- In 1922, The Charleston was introduced by Elizabeth Welch at the Colonial Theatre on Broadway and 63rd Street.
- In August of 1926, a crowd of 80,000 gathered outside "Campbell's Funeral Church" on Broadway and West 67th Street. A plate glass window was broken before order was restored by police. The body of silent screen idol, Rudolph Valentino was inside after his death. Ironically, Valentino started his meteoric rise to stardom just 13 years earlier at a theater just a few blocks away as a cabaret ensemble dancer.
- In the 1960s, at the future site of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, demolition of tenement buildings was delayed so that the filming of West Side Story could complete. The vacant streets between the old tenement buildings were used as a location set for some of the dance numbers in the film.
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