Manhattan House

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200 East 66th Street, New York City, NY

Manhattan House
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Manhattan House - Upper East Side - New York.
Building Information
Developer O’Connor Capital Partners
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Number of Units 581
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 1951
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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200 East 66th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning Spans three zoning districts - C1-9 / C2-8 / R8B
Title of Land Condominium



Contents

Background

This 21 story condominium clad with white brick, is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It has been recently overhauled to preserve its original architectural details reflecting Modernist ideals and to upgrade the residences.

It has one of New York's largest private gardens, about one acre, redesigned by Sasaki Associates. New plantings and walking paths along with two Hans Van de Bovenkamp sculptures adorn this garden.

Many restaurants, movie theaters and shops, including Bloomingdale's between 59th and 60th Streets, are along 3rd Avenue.


Location

Manhattan House spans the entire block between 65th and 66th Streets just 2 blocks from Park Avenue and 4 blocks from Central Park. Numerous museums are close by along the Museum Mile on 5th Avenue beside Central Park. Sotheby's Auction House is located at the southeast corner of 72nd Street.

Attractive restaurants, marketplaces, gourmet food stores, and furniture emporiums are all nearby. Manhattan House is designated a 'walker's paradise' by the "Walk Score" website.[1]

Construction

Manhattan House is a 21 story, 10 tower sprawling full-block concrete building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It debuted in New York marking the beginning of the age of "white-brick monstrosities" that soon after sprang up throughout New York City.

Its Modernist design elevated white brick as a fashionable building material and popularized balconies, green spaces and driveways in many new residential high rise buildings built in New York City after the Second World War.

Manhattan House was purchased by O'Connor Capital Partners who teamed up with developer Richard Kalikow. The price of $623 million set a U.S. record price for a single residential property. Following a lengthy court battle, O'Connor eventually bought out Kalikow in late 2007.

The sponsors then sought to convert the non-regulated rental apartments into condominium units. The Manhattan House conversion is valued at $1.1 billion making it the most expensive condominium conversions in U.S. history. The conversion was completed in 2010.[2]

Layout and Features

Manhattan House was one of the first buildings to mark the age of "white brick monstrosities". Its International Style of architecture was in sharp contrast to historical styles of the 1920s and 1930s.

The building covers about 40 percent of its site. The structure follows a modified "H" design that has 5 wings extending from a long backbone. Balconies for the suites are above the sixth floor and were among the first to utilize cantilever construction. This construction method allows for overhanging formations without any external bracing.[3]

There are several entrances along a curved driveway on 66th street. The lobbies feature floor to ceiling windows which allow views of the development's gardens.


Floor Plans

Manhattan House offers 219 different floor plans. Only a few are shown here, but unique plans can reflect individual tastes.

Amenities

Manhattan House has a long list of services and features for residents, including:

  • Concierge
  • Full time doorman
  • Full service garage
  • One acre private garden
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Health club which includes a spa and a yoga studio


Bylaws

Manhattan House Bylaws
Rentals yes
Pets yes
Age no



  • There are no age restrictions to own an apartment in Manhattan House
  • Rentals are permitted within the Manhattan House. However, during the building conversion activities, many rental apartment residents were evicted so that the apartments could be converted into condominiums.


Sustainability

During Manhattan House's conversion, many upgrades were added. The building was not fitted with air-conditioning when it was first built, although the building did allow protruding air-conditioners. The building conversion plan included a central air conditioning upgrade.

Modern energy efficient appliances were added to the converted suites.

Some of the original plumbing still exists and some tenants and owners have experienced flooding due to deteriorated pipes even since the conversion.


Trivia

  • The Manhattan House site had formerly been used to store horse cars and trolleys in a building that had been expanded in the 1890s in the Italianate style. New York Life acquired the land for Manhattan House for about $1.6 million at public auction in November, 1946.
  • While the Second Avenue elevated railway had been taken down in the 1930s, the Third Avenue elevated railway was not taken down until 1955 and the area around Manhattan House had not been considered prime when it was built. To protect its investment, the New York Life Insurance Company bought the row of tenement buildings on the north side of 66th Street and renovated their interiors and painted their façades dark gray with white trim to be more compatible with Manhattan House. It also built a low-rise commercial building to house the handsome Beekman movie theater at 1254 Second Avenue across from Manhattan House.
  • High rise buildings and luxury apartments were built including Sutton Place to the south and around the area of Carl Schurz Park at the north. The Art Deco Tower of New York Hospital is nearby at 70th Street.
  • Manhattan House’s tenants included George Bunshaft, the lead architect of the building. Elizabeth Potts, the founder of the American Institute of Interior Designers was a resident. Furniture designer, Florence Knoll lived here.
  • Actress Grace Kelly lived here for a brief period in the early 1950s, as did jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, who died in his apartment in 1986. Former New York State Governor Hugh Carey also lived in Manhattan House.


References

  1. Walk Score - Manhattan House
  2. City Realty - Review
  3. Wikipedia - Cantilever


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