2770 Broadway, New York City, NY
Exterior of Opus
|Developer||The Clarett Group|
|Architect||Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC|
|Management Company||Midboro Management|
|Number of Units||64|
|Number of Floors||22|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|2770 Broadway, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Opus Condominium is a 22 story condominium building which was completed in 2005 and offers 64 residences. Built on the site of the former Olympia Movie Theater, the Opus is located at 2770 Broadway at the southeast corner of 107th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Two to five bedroom residences are offered at the building, which was designed by architect Randolph Gerner of GKV Architects.
Abundant, natural light is found in each of the residences at Opus, along with a common resident courtyard, a fully-equipped fitness center, bike storage, a landscaped roof-deck for lounging and entertaining, as well as a children's playroom and video library.
This modern structure, which is also known as 272 West 107th Street, offers a sought-after Upper West Side residence with a very convenient location nearby daily amenities and necessities, as well as outdoor areas and attractions. 
The Opus overlooks Straus Park, Riverside Park, and the Hudson River, and is also within walking distance to other landmarks like Morningside Heights, which houses Columbia University, as well as Frederick Douglass Playground, and the famous and highly-visited Central Park. Other outdoor areas in Morningside Heights include the large Morningside Park and Pond and the West 111th Street People's Garden. Riverside Park offers many cycling, jogging, and dog friendly areas overlooking the river.
Directly on Broadway, which is known worldwide to house the center of the American theater industry, residents of the Opus are always at the doorstep of many entertainment and theater venues, as well as restaurants, cafes, markets, services, and boutiques. Nearby schools include Robert E Simon School, The School at Columbia University, Bloomingdale School, Edward A Reynolds West Side High School, and The Cathedral School of St John the Devine.
Designed by Randolph Gerner of the architect firm Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, the Opus was developed by The Clarett Group, of which Vernonica Hackett and Neil Klarfeld are principals.
The Clarett Group and Prudential Real Estate Investors purchased the building site of Opus from Eastern Consolidated Properties Inc., which operates Clearview Cinemas, for $16.6 million before developing Opus on the site of the former Olympia Movie Theater. The developers also acquired a nearby property located on West 108th Street for "inclusionary housing," allowing them to build additional space on this site. Clarett offers five one bedroom units at 220 West 108th Street, which are reserved for tenants making less than 80 percent of the city’s median income level.
Opus has a flat-iron architectural style with many large windows at its exterior and commercial units at its ground level, which currently houses a Bank of America and a LensCrafters. The modern, rusticated red brick building offers striking curved balconies at the corner of 107th Street and Broadway, and also has glass balustrades at its northwest corner and two setbacks. The building stands at 22 stories or 64.01 meters tall, and cost a total $56 million to build.
Layout and Features
With one to five bedroom layouts offered at The Opus, the building is suitable to nearly every type of resident and offers luxuriously appointed homes with dramatic river and city views, expansive stylized windows, soaring ceiling heights, and flexible floor plans. Also featured throughout the homes are oak strip flooring, designer hardware, solid core swing doors, and a full-sized washer and dryer.
With only two apartments on the top five floors of the building, The Opus provides a sense of exclusivity in its community of residents. Twelve of the units offer gas-burning fireplaces, and some of the units offer ceilings up to 11 feet high. Flexible living and dining spaces throughout the many floor plans offer the option to convert the spaces to extra bedrooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows with plenty of natural lighting are featured throughout, and those units that are offered at the front corner of the building feature curved balconies. There are also some private roof terraces for the penthouse suites.
Long terraces with sliding glass doors, large living rooms, open kitchen plans, and spacious dining rooms and dens are common in the floor plans as well. Other kitchens are pass-through or galley style kitchens, and some of the units offer dining alcoves instead of formal dining rooms. Some of the layouts are accessibility to the terraces from the bedrooms. 
Floor plans are rare for Opus. Here is an example.
Amenities offered at Opus include:
- Common Courtyard
- Fitness Center
- Landscaped Roof Deck
- Children's Playroom
- Video Library
- Bike Room
- Pets are allowed
- Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
- There are no age restrictions
The building is managed by Midboro Management, phone: (212) 877-8500.
This relatively new building is constructed to energy-efficient standards, and was built also with an eco-friendly aspect. Constructed of concrete, brick, and glass, this building is sure to offer great longevity and feasibility for the coming decades.
The building has many windows which allow plenty of natural light into the interiors, but also utilizes energy-efficient, double-pane glass which is also soundproof. The building offers amenities which create a community feel and encourage residents to stay at home, without providing high-energy amenities that rarely get used.
Being situated on Broadway with virtually every daily necessity at your doorstep, residents do not need to use a vehicle for daily commuting. Access to convenient public transit is very close by, and there are also car and bike share programs within walking distance. Interiors utilize energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as finishes made of sustainable materials.
Riverside Park, which is a plot of land that runs along the shore of the Hudson River, spans 191 acres from 72nd Street to 125th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, providing a scenic waterfront public park. Riverside Park also contains a portion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, which encircles Manhattan's waterfronts and provides car-free cycling routes. The park provides a city landmark in the Upper West Side which is often used in reference to the city's oasis of Central Park.
The land that now makes up the park was undeveloped before the construction of the Hudson River Railroad which was built in 1846 to connect New York City to Albany. Written by William R. Martin, a parks commissioner, in 1865 was the first pamphlet containing the proposal to convert the area into what is now Riverside Park. The first segment of the park was acquired through condemnation in 1872 after the 1866 bill into the Legislature was approved. The park began construction shortly after.
Frederick Law Olmsted drew up the conceptual plan for the park and road, who was also the renowned designer of Central Park. Olmsted's idea of the park with the tree-lined drive (now Riverside Drive) was incorporated by many other designers who set out to draw up the new landscape. During this time that spanned from 1875 to 1910, many other architects were involved in the design process. They included Calvert Vaux and Samuel Parsons, who laid out the stretch of park between 72nd and 125th Streets. Primary construction of the park was completed in 1910.
Riverside Park features many notable monuments and statues, which include:
- Eleanor Roosevelt Monument at 72nd Street
- The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at 89th Street
- Joan of Arc statue at 93rd Street
- Grant's Tomb, which was inspired by the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
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