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255 West 85th Street, New York City, NY


Exterior of The Claremont
Building Information
Architect Joseph V. Vallone Architects
Number of Units 65
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1988
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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255 West 85th Street, 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



Exterior of The Claremont

The Claremont is a high rise building constructed in 1988 and converted to a condominium building in 1993 with 21 stories and 65 residences, ranging from studios up to four bedroom units.

It is located in a primarily residential neighborhood in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The classic red-brick design of the high rise towers above the surrounding mid and low rise historic buildings of the area.

Many of the streets found in the area are quiet, one-way, tree-lined streets, and the area is known for being an ideal place to raise a family. Smaller, townhouse buildings are also found in the area. Many of the residents in the Upper West Side rely on the relatively convenient public transportation routes to commute to Midtown Manhattan for their professionals. Historically, the Upper West Side is considered the more "ideal" area of Manhattan, where many culturally diverse and artistic professionals reside.

The Claremont is a pet-friendly building nearby many outdoor areas, and offers a family-friendly residence nearby many schools. The Claremont is not a full-service building, but does offer a full-time doorman, concierge, a fitness center, and an elevator.[1]


The Claremont is situated in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, nearby the Hudson River, which some would refer to as the Riverside or West End Avenue area. This area, although offering many shopping and restaurant streets, features mostly residential buildings, many of which are historic and built prior to the war. Therefore, the area exudes an old-world charm that pre-dates the 1980s boom of "sliver" high rise buildings.

Situated on West 85th Street, a quiet, one-way, tree-lined street with school crossings, between the much busier Broadway and West End Avenue, The Claremont provides both a sense of bustling convenience and suburban quietness. Broadway provides a major north-south thoroughfare for many travelers, and features two-way traffic divided by a landscaped meridian nearby The Claremont. West End Avenue runs parallel to Broadway, and is one block east of Riverside Drive, which provides another, more scenic thoroughfare along the coast of the Hudson River.

The Hudson River Greenway, which provides dog-friendly areas along the coast of the Hudson River, is located just two blocks from The Claremont. The park provides a nearby scenic outdoor area for exercising, relaxing, or socializing. The New York City Marina is also located at the coast of the Hudson River near West 79th Street.

Joan of Arc Park is located a few blocks north from The Claremont, where residents and visitors can view the Joan of Arc Statue, that signifies the life of Joan of Arc, and her many divine insights and accomplishments in the war.

Green Assembly Garden is one block east of The Claremont, and Riverside Park Playground, Hudson River Park Pier, Sailors and Soldiers Monument, and Eightyninth Street Playground are all located within walking distance. Central Park is just a few blocks east as well, nearby the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Schools located within walking distance from The Claremont include Metropolitan Montessori School, Mickey Mantle School, Success Academy Upper School, and Frank McCourt High School. Columbia University, a landmark for the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is located a short drive north of The Claremont building.

There are nearly 20 different public transportation routes nearby; the closest subway station is located at Broadway between 86th Street and 87th Street.[2]


Exterior of The Claremont

This concrete high rise tower is a tall, sturdy building with a red-brick exterior façade and four setbacks at its roof-line. It is topped with a protruding awning structure and another setback. These retreating steps at the roof-line of the building provide a tapered or rounded appearance, making this large building appear less striking.

From the side, as viewed from West End Avenue, The Claremont appears to be a standing person with a large belly, being widest at its mid-section. The building has a noticeable, thick column of steel down the side, distinguishing it as a more modern building among its historical neighbors.

The building was designed by a partnership of Joseph V. Vallone, Rothzeid Kaiserman Thompson & Bee Ira Paul, and Jonathan Paskow. The building encompasses a total of 65,000 square feet and stands at 67.39 meters in height.

The entrance of the building, found on the quiet tree-lined street of West 85th Street, is a half-moon, glass canopied entrance with glass double doors, flanked by concrete blocks. Different sizes of windows are strategically placed throughout the building, with the smallest ones in columns at the building's side, and the large, narrow ones at the building's base.

The Claremont's front exposure, facing West 85th Street, features many square, picture windows as well as larger bay windows at the building's squared-off corners. The building was recently updated with new windows throughout the building. The top of the Claremont is also visible from Broadway, peaking above the low and mid-rise historic buildings that surround the area, and one can notice the setback at the back of the building, which provides for private terraces to the residences.

The six-story base of the building is also clad in red-brick, and is slightly wider than the remainder of the tower. Small planters are found at the east side of the building's entrance. The two building's flanking either side of The Claremont are beautiful and architecturally historic low-rise buildings, giving The Claremont both a modern and classic design. The building features no balconies and no garage.[3]

Layout and Features

Each of the residences found at The Claremont are well appointed suites, ranging in size from studios to four bedrooms with 600 square feet to 3,000 square feet, and housing both singles and small families. Although there are no balconies at The Claremont, some of the select residences feature private outdoor terraces, which are provided by the setbacks in the building. Many of the residences with terraces are the upper-level homes, closer to the roof-line of the building.

Each of the layouts offers many windows, either square picture windows, long-narrow windows, slim windows, or rounded bay windows. Rounded windows are featured at the corners of the building, thereby corner units likely receive the most window-space, exposure to the surrounding views, and natural light.

A particular penthouse in the building, PH5, is located on a private floor and features 1,550 square feet of living space, a private terrace, three bedrooms, and updated features like stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and custom cabinetry in the gourmet kitchen. This residence also features 360 degree views of the Hudson River and city landscape.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 21 floor plans available for The Claremont. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at The Claremont include:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Fitness Center
  • Elevator
  • Air Conditioning


Claremont Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • The Claremont is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals, Sublets, and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership


Sustainable aspects are found at The Claremont, both in the interiors of each residence and the building itself. Some eco-friendly features here include:

  • No high-consumption amenities like an indoor pool or sauna
  • Windows have recently been updated to include double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Built of sustainable, low-maintenance concrete and brick materials
  • Interiors include energy-efficient windows, appliances, and lighting
  • Some interiors have been updated with sustainable hardwood and stone materials
  • Individually controlled air conditioning units, and in-unit washers and dryers

The Claremont is also very convenient, and a walking distance from many daily necessities and amenities. There are nearly 20 different public transportation routes allowing the residents to conveniently reach the nearby areas, and there are also car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles for longer commutes. There is no parking garage at The Claremont, which further discourages daily commuting in The Claremont's residents.[5]


Stephen Gaynor School

Often confused with The Claremont condominium building is another building with a completely different use: The Claremont Riding Academy. Up until the stables were closed in 2007, The Claremont Riding Academy, also known as The Claremont Stables, were the last standing riding school in all of Manhattan. Residents and visitors could take riding lessons at Central Park. The building was designed by Frank A. Rooke and built in 1892. The building was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated a New York City Landmark in 1990.

After 115 years of housing horses, The Claremont Riding Academy was closed for five years after the owner decided it was no longer a viable business. With original plans to turn the building into a luxury condominium, The Claremont Stables stayed vacant for five years, and plans for the condominium eventually fell through. The building was finally purchased in 2010 for $12 million by Stephen Gaynor School, which exists next door, and soon a $40 million dollar renovation was underway to turn Claremont Stables into an addition to the middle school. Eleven new classrooms now exist where horses once lived, and this area has been connected to the existing school. This renovation also went into upgrading the original part of the school, and adding a 275 seat theater in the new arts center, along with a play roof. The building continues to live on in teachings, now to young adults as opposed to horses.[6]


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