Gemstone

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235 West End Avenue, New York, NY

Gemstone
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Gemstone from 235 West Avenue
Building Information
Developer Moed Building Corporation
Architect Gronenberg & Leuchtag
Number of Units 128
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1928
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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235 West End Avenue, New York, NY, United States
Distance to Public Transit Two blocks
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R 8
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Entrance to the Gemstone from 235 West Avenue
This modest prewar structure was built in 1928. It was converted into condominiums in 1987.

Featuring units that range in size from one to three bedrooms, each unit features arched foyers that open to spacious units.

Like most condominiums in New York City, Gemstone is cooperatively owned and run.[1]

The greatest attraction for the Gemstone is its location. It is within two blocks of the Hudson River and Riverside Park South and three blocks from Central Park, Lincoln Square and Broadway. Residents who choose to live in the Upper West Side have access many neighborhood amenities


Location

The Gemstone's location at 235 West End Avenue puts it a stone's throw away from a number of New York City Parks including Riverside Park South just two blocks north and the world famous Central Park four blocks to the south. For pet owners, the West 72nd Street Dog Run is a mere one block east. The Gemstone is also in proximity to Lincoln Square.


While Gemstone's address enables residents to enjoy all of the amenities and attractions that New York City is universally famous for, its best feature is that it is only two blocks from the Hudson River and New York City's second largest park, Riverside Park South.


This enables residents easy access to a natural oasis in an otherwise very urban lifestyle. Since Gemstone is located in Manhattan it grants residents an abundance of transit options with the closest (1/2/3 subway lines) being just 0.17 miles away.[2]


Construction

The Gemstone has been part of New York's skyline since 1928. Photo taken during the 1930s.
The Gemstone was constructed during what was considered the heyday of New York City's construction boom, the 1920s. As urban sprawl began to overtake the island of Manhattan. The number of people living in the city began to exceed the amount of land available to live on.


New technological advancements in the construction industry that included the use of steel framed structures and advancements in elevator technology enabled buildings to be much taller than ever before, easing the urban sprawl problem.


During this era some of New York City's famous landmarks like the Chrysler Building and The Empire State Building, were both in the process of construction. Like most structures built during the time, The Gemstone incorporates a brick facade. This means that it is subject to the newly reformed Local Law 11. This law requires a physical inspection of the brick facade of buildings over four stories tall once every five years.[3]

Layout and Features

The Gemstone has 128 units spread over 17 floors with units consisting of one or two bedrooms. Depending on its size, suites will also have one or two bathrooms. Each unit has beamed ceilings, arched doorways and hardwood floors. All units also feature updated kitchens and the suites located on the second floor have columns located within. [4]

Floor Plans

The Gemstone has one and two bedroom units featured in an array of configurations. Located below are the floor plans to five of these configurations.

Amenities

The list of amenities offered by the Gemstone is not excessive but does offer its residents a few extras to enhance the quality of life in the building

Amenities Include:

  • Rooftop patio
  • Gym
  • Private storage
  • Child's playroom

Bylaws

Gemstone Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No



  • Pet are allowed
  • Rentals are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions
  • Barbecues are not permitted

Sustainability

Since the Gemstone was built in 1928, it predates any modern preconceptions about environmentally sustainable building practices.

Residents on the other hand can adapt their lifestyle to embrace 21st century sustainable practices. This includes utilizing New York City's extensive recycling programs.

Residents can also take advantage of the buildings location to walk or take transit as part of their daily commute: driving in New York City isn't recommended anyway. [5]

Trivia

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Gemstone is within walking distance from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The center consists of three buildings, The Avery Fisher Hall, David H. Koch Theater and the Metropolitan Theater. This facility has a total of 29 indoor and outdoor stages and is home to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Ballet.[6]


  • The Gemstone is two blocks away from Riverside Park South. Riverside Park South is the largest new green space along the west side of Manhattan. The current park design includes athletic facilities as well as areas for quiet reflection. Three basketball courts, two handball courts, and a soccer field invite athletes, young and old, to hone their skills. These seven acres of parkland are the first of 27.5, which will be developed between 72nd and 59th streets. [7]

References

  1. City Reality
  2. Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  3. Tavian Group
  4. Corocoran Group Real Estate
  5. NYC Department of Sanitation
  6. Wikipedia
  7. City of New Parks and Recreation


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