Hermitage

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41 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY

Hermitage
Hermitage-NYC-Exterior.jpg

The mid-block location of Hermitage
Building Information
Number of Units 128
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 1928
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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41 West 72nd Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Hermitage was one of many buildings put up during a flurry of building activity in the 1920s.

Hermitage nested quietly between its neighbors
The building is equal in height as its shoulder to shoulder neighbors but the beige brick façade displays a Byzantine style, rather than an ordinary brick face. As well, Hermitage has a vertical miniature light court above the main entrance extending the height of the building, giving the the impression of two buildings if viewed from a slightly offset angle.

West 72nd Street has numerous condominium and cooperative developments along its length, like the Bancroft, Franconia, the Oliver Cromwell, and the Dakota on the corner of Central Park West and West 72nd Street. Most of these began life as rental apartments until later years when ownership of a home and the development of an asset became more popular.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Upper West Side neighborhood had some of the nicest houses on large tracts of land. Spaces between the houses begin to fill in with smaller homes as time progressed. The main artery of this area was Bloomingdale Road, anglicized from the Dutch Bloemendaal, which they also named the area extending from about 23rd Street up to 125th Street. Over time, the road was straightened and the name Broadway from the southern portion of the road became to supplant the old name, until today where the entire stretch is called Broadway.[1]

As part of the Upper West Side, residents of Hermitage have the enormous benefit of being close to Central Park, perhaps the most famous urban park in North America, first created in the 1850s and 1860s. The neighborhood of Lincoln Square, home of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is edged by West 72nd Street. Lincoln Center is just a short eight block stroll.



Location

Hermitage is right on West 72nd Street which marks the boundary of the two neighborhoods, Lincoln Square and the Upper West Side, or UWS, where Hermitage sits.

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The neighborhood is famous for its long and storied history, not the least of which is its architecture. UWS is known for its four and five story brownstones, and some amazingly diverse examples of Byzantine and Gothic building styles.

Large numbers of buildings in the district have landmark status by the New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission ensuring that these structures of bygone eras will remain for years to come.

Close to Hermitage, residents will find many restaurants, particularly along Columbus Avenue. There, too, residents can fulfill their needs for designer coffees, a pre- or post-theater libation, and a variety of specialty groceries for the coming days.

Again, Central Park is just down the block, but if residents would take the pet out for a longer stroll down West 72nd Street, then head west to the Hudson River to Riverside Park and use the dog run built there.

Hermitage residents have easy access to public transportation just steps from the door, and there is a car share a couple of hundred feet away.[2]


Construction

The Hermitage sets itself apart from its closely nestled neighbors with its lighter colored brick and Byzantine architectural styling on its front façade.

The Byzantine style band course across the façade
It is set upon a limestone base and the second and third floors have columns and arches which make the windows appear to be one assembly, despite spanning two floors.

There are some decorative balconies separating the 15th and 16th floors from the lower part of the building and two more stray balconies on the ninth floor seemingly for symmetry purposes.

The 16 story structure, containing 128 apartments, is clad with a beige brick and the corners are adorned with quoins, decoratively offset blocks rising the height of the building. The roof line has a small overhang, perhaps not large enough to ward off the elements, but enough to distinguish it from its neighbors.

There is a band-course of ornate small arches running the width of the front façade, separating the third and fourth floors and marking the end of the three story pedestal the building sits atop.


Layout and Features

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Hermitage consists of mainly one and two bedroom units and houses 128 suites. The apartments are spacious with high ceilings. There are herringbone parquet floors in some suites, crown moldings, and a few few other elegant pre-war details.

It was converted to a condominium in 2001 and most of the suites were renovated at that time. Although there is doorman on duty, the building does not have a health club or a garage. At the time of its construction in the 1920s, not too many people had cars, so this was actually a normal architectural occurrence.

Other building services include a central laundry and a building superintendent who lives there.[3]


Floor Plans

Nearly 50 floor plans are available. A brief selection is shown here:


Amenities

  • Doorman
  • Entrance marquee
  • Roof deck
  • Close to subway stations
  • Very central Upper West Side location
  • Consistent fenestration
  • Excellent shopping and many restaurants nearby
  • Not too far from the Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts


Bylaws

Hermitage Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and sublets are permitted
  • No age restrictions for ownership
  • Barbecues on private terraces

Sustainability

Hermitage is not considered to be "green building" by today's standards.

However, renovation activities certainly improved its overall "green" aspect. Ne wiring and plumbing were installed in many of the suites. Low-flow fixtures and more energy efficient lighting is now used.

Residents themselves, can take initiative with future renovations by using certified "green" building materials, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints and adhesives, and the proper disposal of construction waste.

As well, residents may participate in New York City’s recycling programs, by installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating/renovating their apartments, and by choosing to take transit instead of a car.

Trivia

Hermitage was converted to a condominium in 2001. However, eleven years later, there were about 40 units still occupied by rent-stabilized and rent-controlled tenants.

Manhattan Residential, co-founded by Shai Shustik, purchased the remaining 40 units for $11.6 million, from Doug Goldfein, managing partner of Goldfein Properties.

Shustik feels that his company will be able to negotiate with the tenants to turn over the units. Shustik says his company estimates the market value of the units to be around $36 to $38 million, but he is also realistic in knowing that the deal will not be recouped overnight.

They are adopting a long-term position. [4]

References

  1. Wikipedia - Upper West Side
  2. Walk Score
  3. Street Easy
  4. The Real Deal - "Manhattan Residential buys 40 UWS rental units in bulk deal"


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