Park 900

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900 Park Avenue, New York City, NY

Park 900
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The Park 900
Building Information
Developer Resnik Development Corp.
Architect Philip Birnbaum
Management Company Dermer Management
Number of Units 122
Number of Floors 28
Year Built 1973
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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900 Park Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit over 25 transit options within walking distance
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Park 900 is an Upper East Side luxury condominium, offering 122 apartments over 28 floors. Set in its own plaza with private driveway. The building with a limestone facade was one of the first residential high-rises on the Upper East Side, and is now celebrated for the design integrity that it holds today. Along with an airy and spacious lobby with large windows, The Park
Plaza with sculpture
900 installed captivating sculptural works in its entryway creating an attraction for area visitors.

The Park 900 surrounds residents with high-end living spaces, featuring the finest in home furnishings and finishes in units that range in size from studios to three bedrooms. The building itself was designed in a modernist style and provides a tenant's restaurant for an easy night out. Residents of The Park 900 can also take advantage of concierge services, a full-time doorman, basement storage, and a private parking garage. This Manhattan condominium's location on the corner of East 79th Street and Park Avenue places tenants steps away from Central Park and New York City’s famed museum mile.[1]


Location

The Park 900 Condominium is located at the corner of 79th Street and Park Avenue. The Upper East Side signifies old money and high society to both New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Vintage image of the Guggenheim Museum
Alongside Central Park, between 5th and Lexington avenues, up to East 96th Street, the trappings of wealth are apparent everywhere: doormen in braided livery standing outside upscale buildings and Madison Avenue's flagship boutiques. The area is also a popular destination for tourists as it is the home of some of the most outstanding museums in the country.


A glance along the manicured grass meridian of Park Avenue evokes scenes from Bonfire of the Vanities or Gossip Girl, however there are more than pretentious clubs, opulent apartments, and elite private schools here.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fantastic museums like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and many others are situated on and around "Museum Mile," as are a number of highly rated art galleries.

For a taste of the ritzy life, visit Madison Avenue for its splendid boutiques. Strolling between East 60th and East 82nd Street is like stepping into the pages of a fashion magazine and many designer houses have their flagship stores here, showcasing their swanky wares in equally exquisite settings. Beyond clothing, the boutiques here carry trinkets to satisfy any champagne wishes, whether it's a box of truffles at La Maison du Chocolat or an intriguing read at Crawford Doyle Booksellers.

Vibrant urban oasis: Central Park

Venturing east of Lexington Avenue showcases a less wealthy and more diverse Upper East Side inhabited by couples seeking some of the last (relatively) affordable places to raise a family south of 100th Street, and recent college grads getting a foothold in the city (on weekend nights 2nd Avenue resembles a miles-long fraternity and sorority reunion).

A neighborhood particularly worth exploring is northeast-lying Yorkville, especially between 78th and 86th streets east of 2nd Avenue. Originally a relatively isolated hamlet with a large German population, its several remaining ethnic food shops, 19th century row houses, and one of the city's best-kept secrets, Carl Schurz Park, make for a good half-day's adventure. Be sure to visit the most notable residence there, Gracie Mansion.[2]

Construction

The Park 900 was built in 1973 and at the time, was attacked by some architectural critics and planners for its insensitivity to the surrounding architectural and urban ambiance. The passage of time and the rapid growth of many other high-rise towers on the Upper East Side have blended its original conspicuousness into the landscape.

Plaza with Botero sculpture
900 Park Avenue is set in its own plaza which has a driveway, a rare feature in the area. Furthermore, the building eventually installed attractive public art in its plaza. Originally, the art was a Henry Moore sculpture which was replaced by a large and charming bronze sculpture of a cat by Botero. In 2008 the Botero was replaced by a unique bronze sculpture created by Spanish artist, Manolo Valdés entitled Dama a Caballo V. It will remain on view through 2014.[3]

Architecturally, this building’s limestone façade has a vertical emphasis and its lobby is expansive and highly visible due to large windows. The building was completed in 1973 and was designed by Philip Birnbaum. As the most prolific designer of high-rise apartment towers in the city of his era, Birnbaum produced an vast array of plans and variations ranging from ordinary to captivating. His design here actually marked a definite upgrading of the stereotype, post-war residential tower, reflecting its prime, elegant location.[4]

Layout and Features

Residents and visitors alike are greeted by full time doorman who ushers them into a cavernous yet tastefully appointed lobby with a 24 hour concierge.

Elevators with operators whisk residents to their floors where most apartments boast an extra-large entrance foyer, window in the kitchen, marble baths, lots of deep closets, large dining areas and extra-spacious entertainment sized living rooms.

There are 122 units ranging from cozy studios to family sized three bedroom condos. Interior finish and decor will likely differ from unit to unit as most will have been updated and renovated, replacing the original 1970s decor and appliances.


Floor Plans

The Park 900 is made up of a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Below are some representative floor plans.

Amenities

The Park 900 is a full service building with a 24 hour doorman, concierge, bike and health room and garage. The building also boasts basement storage, a live-in super, central AC and a restaurant. There is, however, no terrace or roof deck, no balconies and ceilings are relatively low compared to more recently constructed buildings. The Park 900 also features laundry, a resident's lounge, banquet room plus complete Maid Service.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the 900 Park Restaurant & Lounge. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere. Their menu offers an array of selections that is sure to offer something to satisfy any palate.

Bylaws

Park 900 Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No



The Park 900 is a pet friendly building and allows rentals of units. However, rental tenants may not be allowed pets.

Sustainability

Walkscore.com gives The Park 900 a walk score of 100/100, a transit score of 100/100 and a bike score of 58/100[5]. Availability of shops and services nearby added to easy availability of transit means that car ownership for is not a necessity for residents. There are several car share and rental agencies nearby should the need for wheels arise.

Trivia

  • The current high-rise building replaced one of the last large corner townhouses on the Upper Eastside, which had been designed by John Mead Howells and Issac Newton Phelps Stokes in a collegiate style for John Sherman Hoyt in 1917. Mr. Hoyt was an engineer, civic leader and a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. The house was purchased from Hoyt in 1926 by James A. Stillman and subsequently had other owners.[6]
  • Once known as the ‘Silk Stocking District’, the Upper East Side is the home of some of the most expensive real estate in the United States and, given the population density and high per capita income, is often touted as the home of the United States greatest concentration of individual wealth.
  • World famous auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's can be found in the neighborhood.
  • Some of the most famous upper-class families have called the Upper East Side home: Astors, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Whitneys, Dukes. Numerous celebrities also live in the Upper East Side. Woody Allen has called this neighborhood home for 40 years. Others such as Bill Murray, Samuel L. Jackson, Madonna and Tom Brokaw call the area home.
  • Before the arrival of Europeans to New York City, the Upper East Side was home to Native American fishing camps along the East River bluffs. As immigrants arrived on Manhattan’s shores, most inhabitants remained in lower Manhattan, and the Upper East Side existed as rural farmland and market gardens for many years. This began to change in 1837, when the New York and Harlem Railroad began to increase commercial development around its one station in the neighborhood, at 86th Street.[7]


References

  1. New Construction Manhattan
  2. Fodor's
  3. NYC Loves NYC
  4. City Realty
  5. Walkscore.com
  6. City Realty
  7. UpperEast.com

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