101 West 79th Street, New York City, NY
Park Belvedere, prominent on New York City's skyline
|Developer||William Zeckendorf Jr.|
|Number of Units||154|
|Number of Floors||31|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|101 West 79th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 20 options nearby|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
This 34-story "sliver"-style condominium on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 79th Street is one of the landmarks of New York's Upper West Side. Located across from the Museum of Natural History, the Park Belvedere overlooks Manhattan Square, and the mid- to upper-level floors offer Central Park views to the east. The impressive lobby features 24-hour doormen and concierge services, each residence features enormous picture windows and high ceilings and several suites include large garden terraces.
Originally a hunting ground for local Indian bands from the Delaware nations, the area now known as New York's Upper West Side was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s, and by the early 1700s was home to many substantial farms and country homes. Dutch 'Bloemendal', or 'The Valley of Flowers' became English 'Bloomingdale Road' and eventually what we now know as Broadway.
Bloomingdale was a major tobacco producing area in the early 1700s and the need for roads and infrastructure to service this lucrative crop contributed to the modernization of early New York. By the mid-18th century Bloomingdale was home to the farms and country estates of many of New York's well-to-do, but over time smaller residences eventually filled in all the spaces and the neighborhood underwent a series of changes as influxes of immigrants and changing population patterns brought new people to the area.
Although the area fell on hard times in the 1930s and 1940s, it began to see a major revitalization in the 1980s. The Upper West Side is now seen as a vibrant and exciting neighborhood with a diverse population base, home to a less affluent but generally somewhat better-educated population than the Upper East Side.
The Park Belvedere is located a short stroll down 81st Street from all Central Park has to offer, including the Turtle Pond and magnificent Belvedere Castle. The neighborhood includes Columbia University and is considered to be home to many of New York's cultural and intellectual elite. The area is also home to Time Warner Center, the American Folk Art Museum and Lincoln Center, which houses the Juilliard School of Music, the Metropolitan Opera and the Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. Bars of just about every description are within easy walking distance and restaurants run the gamut from 'fast and cheap' to Michelin-starred, although most neighborhood eateries tend to be quite unpretentious. 
The Park Belvedere is one of famed architect Frank Williams' most iconic creations. Williams liked to "incorporate elements of traditional architecture in his modernist designs,” according to his biographer, Michael J. Crosbie. “His buildings are very tightly detailed with a spare but elegant use of materials and primary shapes, incorporating squares, circles and triangles in the facades and inside the buildings themselves.” Other Williams buildings in the area include Trump Palace at 69th Street and Third Avenue,The W hotel in Times Square and the Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street. 
Layout and Features
This building offers an intriguing variety of one- and two-bedroom layouts, and full-floor three-bedroom penthouse suites are available on the upper levels. There are only a few residences on each floor and all apartments feature insuite laundry facilities and nine-foot ceilings. All the upper stories command breathtaking views and some suites offer large garden terraces in various configurations. The main floor includes retail space and the beautiful lobby opens onto a quiet street. 
The Park Belvedere offers many floor plans to suit a wide variety of buyers. One- and two-bedroom suites are available, as well as two very large open-plan penthouses.
There is a laundry room, although each unit contains its own laundry facilities, and bicycle storage is available. The building is completely secure, with 24-hour white-glove doorman service, a resident superintendent and a concierge.
|Park Belvedere Bylaws|
- Children allowed
- Pets okay
- Rentals permitted
Although no specifically 'green' modifications are noted, modern appliances in all suites and easy access to multiple transportation options, with all neighborhood amenities within easy walking distance, contribute to limiting the building's environmental impact.
The New York City meteorological station located atop Belvedere Castle, just a short way across the park from the Park Belvedere, is the location from which all 'Central Park'-tagged weather and temperature readings as broadcast by NYC radio and TV outlets originate.
Located directly across from the Park Belvedere in Theodore Roosevelt Park, The American Museum of Natural History was the setting for the 2006 motion picture A Night at the Museum, with much of the film's action taking place right in the main ticketing lobby. Museum officials credited the popular movie for bringing in approximately 50,000 extra visitors in 2006.
Other films which have used the AMNH as a setting include Malcolm X, An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island and The Squid and the Whale, which takes its name from a popular diorama in the Hall of Ocean Life.
The Museum is home to several different exhibition halls, including the African Mammal Hall, The Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites and the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, which at the time it first opened in 1921 was the only major US exhibition to present information on human evolution.   
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