Packard

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176 West 86th Street, New York City, NY

Packard
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Exterior of Packard
Building Information
Management Company Andrews Building Corp.
Number of Units 47
Number of Floors 11
Year Built 1985
Construction Method Concrete
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176 West 86th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning EC-2
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Street View of Packard

The Packard is a modest and attractive red brick building located at 176 West 86th Street on the Upper West Side. This narrow, corner building has a wide side-frontage on Amsterdam Avenue and a narrow frontage on West 86th Street, where its canopied entrance and front orientation is located.

This eclectic structure offers tall ceilings throughout its 47 condominium residences, of which many are duplex lofts. This humble, eleven story structure appears to be a historic, pre-war building but was actually constructed in 1985 as an original condominium building. Many of the layouts offered at The Packard are studios, while there are few one and two bedrooms layouts. The building has some terraces but no balconies, and also offers a full-time doorman.

The neighborhood in which The Packard resides has been steadily improving over the last few decades, and is now a very sought-after residential area that is convenient to many restaurants and boutiques, as well as public transit. Situated midway between Central Park and Riverside Drive, the building is nearby many landmark places of interest.[1]



Location

Situated at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 86th Street, The Packard is nearby many cafes, restaurants, markets, and interesting boutiques in a historical and sought-after neighborhood on the Upper West Side. Within walking distance to both the Hudson River and Riverside Park as well as the highly-visited and famed Central Park, The Packard offers an intriguing location midway between two of the cities most illustrious landmarks.

The building is also just one block east of the bustling Broadway, which is known worldwide as the center of the American theater industry. Here, residents can find entertainment day and night, as well as many more restaurants and shopping opportunities. The metro subway also runs along Broadway, which offers the nearest station right at 86th Street, just one block from The Packard. There are also more bus stations located virtually at the building's doorstep.

Other outdoor attractions that are within walking distance from The Packard include Sol Bloom Playground, Theodore Roosevelt Park, which houses the Hayden Planetarium and American Museum of Natural History, as well as Tecumseh Playground and the many dog-friendly areas at Riverside Park. The historical West Park Presbyterian Church is located directly across the street from the building at West 86th Street, and other nearby churches include Church of St Paul and St Andrew, Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, and Saint Ignatius Church. There are many levels of schools, both public and private, within walking distance from The Packard, and Columbia University is just a short subway ride north to Morningside Heights.[2]

Construction

Street Entrance of Packard

The Packard is a modern architectural building with many historic, pre-war details in its poised structure. The building stands at eleven stories with a three-story limestone-detailed entryway at its canopied lobby entrance on West 86th Street. The entrance has arched details above its lobby doors, and the limestone cladding extends at this narrow frontage past the entrance to the corner of the Amsterdam Avenue facade. The Amsterdam facade is much wider than the 86th Street exposure, and offers commercial and retail spaces at its ground-level.

The Limestone detailing at this exposure does not extend above the first level, although there is some limestone that reaches up to the second level stringcourse. The building also features some corner quoins on a couple of terrace parapets, as well as a simple decorative element at the eastern end of the top of the West 86th Street facade. Both facades offer many columns of multi-panelled, long narrow windows which add to the modern and classic design of the building.

The Packard also has a step-up style roofline which creates space for the exclusive private outdoor terraces for the upper-most penthouse units in the building. The building offers a garage, a common laundry room in the basement, and a common courtyard. Although the building was built in the 1980s, its architectural design would not be reminiscent of this era. Instead the building encompasses a historic architectural structure with classic design elements which fit in nicely with its surrounding, pre-war context.[3]

Layout and Features

Over two-thirds of the building's 47 residences are studio layouts, but The Packard does offer some one and two bedroom layouts, many of which are duplex-style lofts. The lofts commonly offer the sleeping areas upstairs with the living areas downstairs. Some of the two bedroom lofts, however, split up the bedrooms with one on the main level and the other encompassing the whole of the second-level loft. Spiral staircases add a characteristic and slightly industrial charm to the interior living spaces of the lofts. Some of the penthouse spaces also offer private terraces, while all of the residents have access to the common courtyard.

Ceiling heights are soaring throughout the interiors at The Packard, reaching up to eleven feet. The windows throughout the building are very narrow and tall, almost reaching from floor to ceiling, and allow for plenty of natural light to enter the residences. Corner layouts tend to be the largest and brightest units, and many of the layouts still feature their original parquet hardwood floors. Kitchens tend to be quite small at the residences in The Packard, which are normally separate and tucked away from the living area.

Many of the master bedrooms offer walk-in closets and separate dressing areas, while their are rarely en-suite master bathrooms on the second level lofts. Some of the layouts also feature spacious entry foyers or galleries with large closets. To make greater use of the small space provided in the majority of the residences, some owners have chosen to forego their spiral staircases and instead have optimized straight staircases to bring them to their lofts. Some of the layouts have been renovated with modern spot lighting, hardwood floors, updated kitchens, and modernized bathrooms.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 18 floor plans available for Packard. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at The Packard include:


Bylaws

Packard Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes



  • Pets are allowed at The Packard
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions

Packard is managed by Andrews Building Corp., phone: (212) 529-5688.

Sustainability

The Packard is a well-maintained 1980s building which has required little maintenance or upkeep during its lifetime, largely impart to its durable concrete, brick, and limestone building materials. The building features updated thermal, double-pane windows which increase the building's energy-efficiency while also soundproofing the interiors. Many of the interiors have been updated with their own energy-efficient features, such as low-energy appliances and lighting, and many have also kept and maintained their sustainable parquet style hardwood floors.

Large windows and ceiling heights ensure a maximum amount of natural light is able to enter the interior residences, thereby retracting from the necessity to use electrical lights during daytime hours. The building does not offer any high-energy amenities, but does have a common courtyard which is virtually energy-free and creates a community feel within the building which encourages residents to stay local. When residents do leave the building, however, they can find virtually every necessity and enjoyment at their doorstep on Amsterdam Avenue, or just one block over at Broadway.

Broadway also offers many convenient public transit routes, including the metro subway station and many good crosstown buses. Car share programs which utilize low-emission vehicles can also be obtained within walking distance from The Packard.

Trivia

West Park Presbyterian Church

Declared a city landmark in 2010, West Park Presbyterian Church is a historic and attractive Romanesque Revival building directly across from The Packard. The intricate and "muscular" structure began construction in 1889, whereby the main sanctuary was built on the abutting corner site by the designs of architect Henry Franklin Kilburn with design features that include intricately carved brown and red sandstone. The building has an offset diminutive tower, and the corner features a large, ribbed bell-domed belltower which is very eye-catching and dominative of the neighborhood. If it weren't for the competing heights of the surrounding apartment towers, the church is said to have been “one of the West Side’s loveliest landmarks,” as written in the AIA Guide to NYC.

The congregation was founded in 1852 and was originally houses in another church designed by one of the city's most prominent architects of that time, Prague-born Leopold Eidlitz. This church was situated on 84th Street and was also a Presbyterian Church, which was constructed of timber in 1854 at West End Avenue. The church changed its name to Park Presbyterian Church in 1887, and when the congregation merged with the midtown West Presbyterian Church in 1911, the name was changed to the current West-Park Presbyterian Church.

Upon the congregation moving to the Upper West Side a wealthy pastor by the name of Anson Phelps Atterbury proposed a grand church to house the congregation, which is where the current Romanesque Revival building was born. In the hopes to expand the congregation with the expected increases in the neighborhood, the pastor commissioned Leopold Eidlitz to build the new, diminutive mid-block church. Over the decades, the historic and unique architectural building has undergone maintenance and preservation work which has ensured the lasting life of its innate character.[5]

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Corcoran
  4. Street Easy
  5. Wikipedia


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