Riverwalk Place

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455 Main Street, New York City, NY

Riverwalk Place

Riverwalk Place from the street
Building Information
Developer The Hudson Companies
Architect Gruzen Samton Architects and SLCE Architects
Management Company Related Management
Number of Units 230
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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455 Main Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 30 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-2
Title of Land Condominium



Riverwalk is a community amongst the acres of parkland on Roosevelt Island. It is a location where New Yorkers can experience metropolitan living in a unique oasis of a serene environment with a luxurious waterfront setting and Manhattan skyline views.

Gardens at Riverwalk Place

The luxurious 16 story Riverwalk Place, Riverwalk’s first condominium tower, is designed for a lifestyle of comfort and ease. Spacious and stylish residences range from studios to three bedroom apartments. Many feature floor-to-ceiling windows revealing lovely skyline, river and sunset views.

Top of the line amenities include an elegant lobby with 24-hour concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness center and children’s playroom overlooking an inviting landscaped patio. The property also features a rooftop lounge and sun terrace, perfect for entertaining, lounging or reading your favorite book.[1]

Roosevelt Island is a narrow island, about two miles (3 km) long, in the East River of New York City. It lies between the island of Manhattan to its west and the borough of Queens to its east. The island was called Minnehanonck by the Lenape and Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island) by New Netherlanders, and during the colonial era and later as Blackwell's Island. It was known as Welfare Island from 1921 to 1973.

Roosevelt Island is owned by the city, but was leased to the state of New York's Urban Development Corporation for 99 years in 1969. Most of the residential buildings on Roosevelt Island are rental buildings. There is also a cooperative (Rivercross) and the Riverwalk condominium development.

Riverwalk is the third phase of the island's development. It was not started until 1998, and is still in the process of development. When complete, Riverwalk will have 2,000 units in nine buildings.[2]


The Roosevelt Island Tram
Roosevelt Island is a government masterminded, middle income community that is slowly moving towards privatization. A narrow, 2 mile long and 800 foot wide island in the East River, the Island was leased to the state of New York’s Urban Development Corporation for 99 years in 1969. Since then, the Urban Development Corporation divided Roosevelt Island into car free, residential communities, including the older Northtown and the still in the middle of development Riverwalk (or Southtown).

Primarily populated with rental buildings, Roosevelt Island’s real estate is subsidized by the Mitchell-Lama program with prices kept 20-30% less expensive than similar Manhattan offerings. People who earn a certain percentage of the city’s median income are eligible for subsidized housing with requirements varying by building. Some buildings are working to privatization, though, driven by the high demand for real estate on the island. Waiting lists for some buildings are more than three years long.

Retail and restaurant options have increased along with development and ample outdoor space makes up for any lack of local conveniences. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of the island along with many other recreational areas give Roosevelt Island a more suburban feel despite its proximity to Manhattan. The population, mostly renters and United Nations workers, has ballooned in the past decade and is expected to continue growing. As demand for real estate in Roosevelt Island increases, new developments will increase and more buildings are likely to head the privatization route.[3]

Riverwalk is located directly on the F subway line, just one stop from 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue and three stops from Rockefeller Center. The Tram easily gets residents anywhere east of Third Avenue. A shuttle bus service runs throughout Roosevelt Island, and convenient indoor parking is available on the island.


Construction on the 46.33 meter (152 foot) high concrete building was started in July of 2004 and completed in 2006. The building has a clean and classic brick and glass facade.[4] The building has a total of 235,000 square feet of space, including 6,400 square feet of retail.

The building was designed by Gruzen Samton Architects in partnership with SLCE Architects. Interior design was by Kondylis Design.

Founded in New York City in 1941, SLCE Architects has a history of creating architecture in the world's most complex urban environments. SLCE provides a full range of architectural design and technical services with special expertise in large scale residential, hospitality, mixed-use, and commercial developments. SLCE has extensive experience in collaborative projects. In recent decades SLCE has grown to become one of the most prolific firms in the New York City area and enjoys a growing presence nationally. SLCE is currently pursuing projects in growth markets throughout the world.[5]

Grunzen Samton is known for a number of prominent design projects including the Grand Central Subway station, the NYC Police Headquarters and Academy and the Times Square Shuttle. The firm has also designed a large number of buildings on the Columbia University campus.

Layout and Features

Riverwalk Place has many units that offer large floor to ceiling windows with great views of Manhattan, the river, and the Queensboro Bridge. Interior design features include pearwood kitchen cabinets, oak plank floors, and granite counter tops in chefs kitchens open to the living room and dining area. Moen fixtures Stainless steel Whirlpool appliances round out the cooking spaces. Baths feature a combination of Botticino Fiorito marble, granite vanity tops, pedestal sinks and Kohler or Moen fixtures. Apartments sport a garbage disposal, a washer & dryer and excellent closet space.

Air Conditioning and high speed internet ready wiring add to the attractive features of the building.

Floor Plans

Riverwalk Place offers units ranging from studio apartments to three bedroom units.


Riverwalk Place sports the usual array of high end amenities including a 24/7 Concierge/Doorman, a landscaped rooftop sundeck, health and fitness Center, and a children's play area.

Additionally, retail spaces in the building itself add convenience for residents. Retail offerings in the building includ: Fuji Restaurant, Metropolis Valet Cleaning, Nonno's Focacceria, Starbucks and the Swan Hair & Nail Salon.


Riverwalk Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Riverwalk Place is a pet friendly building
  • Rental of units is allowed (a block of 88 units was sold to the Weill Cornell Medical College which rents them to employees)
  • There are no age restrictions on residents


Riverwalk Place is not known as a "green" building.

However, residents can adopt a greener lifestyle by switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

The growing number of shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues on Roosevelt Island mean that many day to day errands can be accomplished on foot.

Easy availability of more than 30 transit routes and car shares nearby mean that the use of a car can be optional for residents.[6]


Former Blackwell Island Prison inmate, Mae West
  • Roosevelt Island has its own community newspaper, The Main Street WIRE, founded in 1979 and published every two weeks. The WIRE was named after the first four residential buildings constructed on Roosevelt Island: Westview, Island House, Rivercross, and Eastwood. Current and back issues are available online. Volunteers deliver the paper to each and every residential door in the community.
  • Blackwell Island Prison "hosted" Billie Holiday, who served time on prostitution charges and Mae West who was jailed for eight days on public obscenity charges for her play Sex.
  • Another notable prisoner was Fritz Joubert Duquesne, a Nazi spy and leader of the Duquesne Spy Ring, the largest convicted espionage case in United States history.
  • Notable former residents include: Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General; Buddy Hackett, a now deceased comedian; "Grandpa" Al Lewis of The Munsters; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City actress; Andrea Rosen, comedian; and Wendy Fitzwilliam, former Miss Universe and former Miss Trinidad and Tobago.[7]


  1. Related Management
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Streeteasy
  4. Emporis
  5. SLCE Architects
  6. Walk Score
  7. Wikipedia

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