300 West 109th Street, New York, NY
The Manhasset, built in 1905
|Developer||William Noble & Co.|
|Management Company||Blue Woods Management|
|Number of Units||136|
|Number of Floors||11|
|Type of Roof||Tar and Gravel|
|300 West 109th Street, New York, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than a block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Cooperative|
In city with a rich and vibrant history as New York City's, it takes a structure that is either very old or has been the site of exceptional historic events to draw the attention of New York City's Landmark Preservation Commission. The Manhasset has been designated as an officially recognized landmark since 1996.
No small feat in a city that has its fair share of iconic buildings. The Manhasset earned this designation for one reason, its old! The Manhasset was actually built in two phases, construction for the first eight floors commenced in 1899. Construction on an additional three stories began in 1901. The handsome Beaux-Arts style structure was completed in 1905.
The Manhasset is a mixed use co-op with the first floor being used for commercial purposes. Residents will enjoy its location on Broadway and being mere feet from a subway station. Not many residents in New York City can claim that they own a piece of New York's history. The Manhasset is an affordable means to do this while remaining in an optimal location.
When ground was broken for the Manhasset, developers had their choice of property in Manhattan. Thankfully they chose to put the Manhasset in a desirable yet often overlooked area that is the Upper West Side.
This enables residents to benefit from its premium location without the premium price. The Manhasset is located on Broadway, while this may be a little nosier for the south facing units, Broadway is a premium shopping destination and in this case, is right at Manhasset's doorstep.
Two blocks to the north is the oasis that is Riverside Park. Featuring basketball and tennis courts, greenspace and of course, the Hudson River Greenway. 
The Manhasset has a complex history of design and construction. It is actually two buildings occupying the entire two hundred foot long block in front of Broadway between West 108th Street and West 109th Street. Extending west on the side streets for one hundred feet with an entrance on each of the side streets.
In 1899, the property was purchased by real estate investor Jacob D.Butler, who then sold it to John W. Noble. The brick and stone building was designed in a Beaux-Arts style by Joseph Wolf (1856-1914). Wolf opened his own architectural practice in 1886 and had supervised the construction of the North Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art prior to working on The Manhasset.
Janes & Leo Design completed a full ninth story atop the original eight stories in 1905. As well as a two story mansard roof that is the most prominent feature of the building, the firm also added the impressive entrance pavilions.
In 1932, the owner of the building was foreclosed by the mortgage holder, Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1939, Mutual Life vacated the building and hired architect Archibald D. Anstey to divide all of the large apartments into smaller units, creating a total of 136 apartments.
At that time, the building was reoccupied as a rental apartment house, a status it retained until 1993 when it was converted into a cooperative, with the previous owner retaining the stores on Broadway.
Layout and Features
The Manhasset has 136 units consisting primarily of one bedroom, one bathroom units. Units feature french doors, exposed brick walls, hard wood floors and modernized kitchens.
The Manhasset has a number of floor plans to choose from, here's a few:
The Manhasset was constructed at a time when the concept of an amenity included indoor plumbing. While it doesn't have the amenities found in modern glass and concrete structures, the amenities of the Manhasset come with its location.
- The Manhasset allows pets
- Rentals are permitted
- The Manhasset does not impose an age limit on its residents
- Barbecues are not allowed
When The Manhasset was built, New York City was still pumping raw sewage into the Hudson River so its fair to say that The Manhasset predates any modern conceptions about sustainable building practices.
Residents can make up for this by making environmentally sustainable choices when it comes to their lifestyle. They have already made one sustainable choice by choosing to live at The Manhasset. Its location is very sustainable since it is only a few hundred feet from The New York City Subway and is in walking distance to many of New York's well known attractions.
Residents can also take advantage of New York City's extensive recycling programs.
- The success of the Dakota and other similar buildings paved the way for the acceptance of apartment living by affluent households. The introduction of electricity on the Upper West Side in about 1896 permitted apartment house builders to replace the expensive, cumbersome, and slow hydraulic elevators with cheaper, faster, and more compact electric units.
- The most significant influence on the increase in the number of distinguished apartment buildings was the rise in land values that made the construction and purchase of single-family homes prohibitively expensive for all but the city's wealthiest elite. Land values in Manhattan rose in general in the late nineteenth century with the pressures generated by a rapidly increasing population and an expanding commercial sector on a finite amount of land.
- Land values on the Upper West Side were also affected by the construction of the Interborough Rapid Transit Company's subway along Broadway. The presence of the subway, with its rapid express service to Lower Manhattan, augmented the popularity of the Upper West Side, dramatically increased the value of property.
- Extra! Extra! 1899 - the year that construction of The Manhasset began was also marked by another notable event. The Newsboys Strike of 1899 was a youth-led campaign to force change in the way that Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst's newspapers compensated their child labor force. The strike lasted two weeks, causing Pulitzer's New York World to reduce its circulation from 360,000 to 125,000. The strike was successful in increasing the amount of money that newsboys received for their work. The strikers demonstrated across the Brooklyn Bridge for several days, effectively bringing traffic to a standstill, along with the news distribution for most New England cities.
- The New York Times Real Estate
- Landmarks Preservation Commission
- New York City Department of Sanitation
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