255 Cabrini Boulevard

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255 Cabrini Boulevard, New York City, NY

255 Cabrini Boulevard

Exterior of 255 Cabrini Boulevard
Building Information
Architect Boak & Paris
Management Company General Property Management
Number of Units 78
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 1987
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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255 Cabrini Boulevard, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Title of Land Condominium



Street View of 255 Cabrini Blvd

255 Cabrini Boulevard is an eight story, brick clad building situated at a multi-intersection in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. As the only pre-war condominium building in the area, 255 Cabrini Boulevard offers a unique place to call home with much historic character flanking its interior and exterior. The building was converted to a condominium in 1987, and now offers 78 residences of studio to three bedroom floor layouts.

The historic building offers modern amenities such as a part-time attended lobby with a doorman and concierge, a live-in superintendent, elevator, and common laundry facility. This pet-friendly home is within a short walking distance to museums and gardens, and stands as an exemplary building in the historic district of Hudson Heights.

As a residential neighborhood overlooking the Hudson River in the Washington Heights area of Upper Manhattan, Hudson Heights dates back to the seventeenth century when the area was occupied by the Lenape Indians. The area was soon occupied by European settlers, and it played a role as a battle site during the Revolutionary War.

In the 20th century the neighborhood began transforming and development took place; Irish immigrants settled here and some of the land was sold to John D. Rockefeller. In 1993, the name "Hudson Heights" was initiated. [1]


Situated at the corner lot of Cabrini Boulevard and West 187th Street, the building offers a central location nearby the shore of the Hudson River and many other attractions. Nearby outdoor areas that are within walking distance from the building include Bennett Park, which is a main landmark of Hudson Heights, as well as J Hood Wright Park, Fort Tryon Park, Gorman Park, West 186th Street Basketball Court, Quisqueya Playground, and McNally Plaza.

The neighborhood's schools include Hudson Cliffs School, Bea Fuller Rogers School, St Spyridon Parochial School, Juan Pablo Duarte School, Michael J Buczek School, Alexander Humboldt School, and Gregorio Luperon High School of Math & Science. Boricua College and Columbia University are accessible by subway.

The nearest subway station to 255 Cabrini Boulevard is located at Fort Washington Avenue and West 181st Street, just three blocks away. There are nearly 20 different public transportation routes nearby. There are also car and bike share programs within walking distance, and the area is considered well-suited for cycling.[2]


Exterior Façade of 255 Cabrini Boulevard
Corner Façade of 255 Cabrini Boulevard

This attractive brick, Art Deco building was designed by the renowned Boak & Paris Architecture firm for its original construction in 1937. The clad masonry building is eight stories or 24.46 meters tall and is situated on a quiet corner lot of a multi-intersection, school-crossing area. With its attractive street entrance situated off the tree-lined West 187th Street, 255 Cabrini Boulevard features attractive, white detailing around its double-door lobby entrance.

This exposure of the building features two vertical center columns of wide windows, as well as two columns flanking each corner of the building. There are also three separate columns of alternating narrow windows flanking the building's exposure. The exposure of the structure facing Cabrini Boulevard has a narrower frontage and features five columns of narrow windows with wider corner windows.

The symmetrical fenestration and clean lines of the building's design provides for a classic appearance, which stands out in the neighborhood and yet fits in seamlessly with the context. The flat roofline of the building has a slight overhang and is detailed with white against the red-brick exterior of the rest of the building's masonry façade.[3]

Layout and Features

Studio, one, two, and three bedroom layouts are offered at 255 Cabrini Boulevard. Most units offer gracious entrance foyers that step down into spacious, sunken living rooms with herringbone hardwood flooring. The wide living spaces with high-beamed ceilings offer historic character, and exemplifies the prewar aspect of the building's history. Each floor plan is sure to offer ample closet space, large windows, and plenty of natural light.

Some of the one bedroom floor plans can be converted to two bedroom layouts by utilizing the formal dining area as the second bedroom; many of the layouts offer walk-through windowed kitchens, many of which have been updated with stainless steel appliances.

Charm and art deco features throughout the building provide a sense of character not found very often in the area. Decorative fireplaces and windowed bathrooms, some which have been modernized, are found throughout the building.

Some bathrooms are still original with their deep cast iron tubs and vintage tiles. Many of the homes have been slightly updated with designer paint and modern light fixtures, while still keeping intact the original, historic details.[4]

Floor Plans

There are over 10 floor plans available. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities offered at 255 Cabrini Boulevard include:

  • Doorman
  • Elevator
  • Live-in Super
  • Garden
  • Common Laundry


255 Cabrini Boulevard Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • 255 Cabrini Boulevard is a pet-friendly building
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions


The durable building materials with concrete and the durable brick exterior façade have provided for the longevity of the building; the slight overhang has aided the building in maintaining its integrity and avoiding water ingress. The building lacks any high-energy amenities like an indoor pool or sauna, and thereby remains a low-energy building as a whole. The thick concrete dividing and exterior walls help to keep the interior spaces at the right temperature.

The interiors in the building often still feature their herringbone hardwood floors. The building offers a common laundry facility. Some of the residences have been upgraded with the following:

  • Modern, low-energy lighting
  • Updated, energy-efficient appliances
  • Sustainable hardwood and stone materials
  • Efficient bathroom fixtures

The nearby accessibility to public transit stations, including the metro station less than three blocks away, offer the most convenient access to the surrounding neighborhoods, including Midtown Manhattan. The building is also within walking distance to many schools and outdoor areas.


Fort Tryon Park

One of the landmarks of the Hudson Heights neighborhood reminds its residents and visitors of its vast and diverse history. The cliffs which are now Fort Tryon once held the mansion of Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings, the once esteemed president of the Chicago Coke and Gas Company. On the 25 acres of land he purchased here he built Tryon Hall, which was a Louis XIV-style home designed by Gus Lowell.

The home boasted a 50 foot high galleria entrance off Henry Hudson Parkway, which was made of Maine granite. The land was sold by Billings to John D. Rockefeller in 1917 for $35,000 an acre, and eventually the Tryon Hall was destroyed by a fire in 1925. This estate and its memory stands as the basis of the book "The Dragon Murder Case" by S. S. Van Dine.

In the years preceding World War II, Fort Tryon became a landmark for the area. In 1940, one scholar refers to the area as "Fort Tryon" and "the Fort Tryon area."

During the World War I, Hungarian and Polish immigrants settled next to the Irish residents who had already called the area home. As conditions of the Nazis grew in Germany, Jews fled their homeland; by the late 1930s, there were more than 20,000 Jewish refugees living in the Washington Heights area.

Fort Tryon Park, which was once an ancillary site of the American Revolutionary War Battle of Fort Washington, is also the site of The Cloisters. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art which is devoted to medieval art and culture, and serves as home to the Unicorn Tapestries.[5]


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