Today's Featured Building: Club at Turtle Bay
Originally located in the basement of Grand Central Terminal, the Railway YMCA was opened to house the railway workers that passed through New York City. The popularity of this branch grew so quickly that its membership quickly outgrew this location, as well as two other subsequent buildings before the current building was constructed in 1931 and opened in 1932.
In 1972, the Railroad YMCA was officially named the Vanderbilt YMCA and the building continues to operate to this day. The name change from the Railroad YMCA to the Vanderbilt YMCA was in recognition of the many contributions that the Vanderbilt family had given to both that particular branch of the YMCA, as well as the organization as whole.
When the Railroad YMCA was founded in its original location in the basement of Grand Central Station, it was reported that Cornelius Vanderbilt II would personally led the Sunday morning Bible classes for the railroad workers and their families.
When plans for the Club at Turtle Bay condominium building were proposed in the mid to late 1980s, these plans took into consideration the YMCA as the condo’s would be neighbor, and the project came into being through the purchase of the YMCA’s air rights. As a result, the Club at Turtle Bay not only protrudes over the YMCA, but the YMCA has now expanded into the first five floors of the Club at Turtle Bay, as well as using space in the building’s basement levels.
Cities and Regions:
Cities and Regions:
|New York City, NY||625||103,068|
|Los Angeles, CA||77||10,247|
740 Park Avenue - Known as one of New York City's premiere apartments buildings, 740 Park Avenue is famous for being the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Ansonia - A former hotel with a long and storied history of famous residents, scandals, and tumultuous times, the Ansonia is known for its distinctive architecture and lavish design detailing.
City Spire - At the time of its construction, City Spire was the world's second tallest concrete building, and today is known for its record setting three floor penthouse with panoramic views of Manhattan.
Apple Bank Building - A landmark building that once housed the Central Savings Bank, the Apple Bank Building is known for its luxury, including a fitness center that is illuminated by a chandelier.
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Rutherford Place - A former maternity hospital, Rutherford Place is now a condominium residence in Gramercy Park, and a classic example of the Beaux Arts architectural style.
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