Rushmore

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80 Riverside Boulevard, New York City

Rushmore
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The towers of The Rushmore overlooking Riverside Boulevard
Building Information
Developer Extell Development
Architect Costas Kondylis and Partners
Number of Units 289
Number of Floors 41
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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80 Riverside Boulevard, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Shuttle to Subway
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R1O
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The developer had two things in mind when building The Rushmore, luxury and making money. The amenities of this building are comparable to those of a resort, rather than an apartment buildings.

Its location along the Hudson in the Upper West Side of Manhattan makes this a prime location. As such, renters and buyers have been eager to get their feet in the door and onto the hardwood floors in the Rushmore's apartments.[1]

Location

The Upper West Side, home to The Rushmore, has a long history of European settlement, having been home to Dutch settlers prior to Manhattan being bought by the English. This area has had a significant history industrially, commercially and culturally. While much of the latter can be connected to Broadway, another important institution is situated on the Upper West Side, Columbia University. Situated just 2 miles from The Rushmore, Columbia is consistently rated among the top academic institutions in the world.

Since its modern founding in 1896, since associated institutions had already existed for over a century, Columbia graduates have helped to shape the modern world in everything from politics to commerce. The gravitas afforded by this institution helps make the Upper West Side a unique community at the center of a world-class city.[2]

In addition to Columbia, many other education opportunities exist in the area, in particular for those not yet old enough to attend Columbia. Green space is easily accessible as Hudson River Park and Central Park are both easily accessible from The Rushmore. The area is known for both its quality entertainment and elegant restaurants, though there are less elegant options in abundance as well. Plenty of grocery options are nearby and the culture options in the area, including the American Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art are less than a mile and a half away. The Rushmore is .1 of a mile away from the local bus. While the subway is a bit further away, The Rushmore offers its residents shuttle service making the subway an equally convenient option.[3]

Construction

The post-modern style of this concrete structure was designed by prolific New York architect, Costas Kondylis. Developer, Extell Development, intended this building to be the height of modern luxury and ensure that its amenities did not meet the levels expected of other buildings in Manhattan but, rather, they aimed to provide residents with the type of amenities available in the best hotels or resorts.

The dual towers of the building, and surrounding structure, have allowed for the development of a courtyard and garden. The inclusion of a rooftop deck, using PMR allows residents a unique, birds-eye view of the Hudson.[4]

Layout and Features

The Rushmore features numerous layouts for one to six bedroom units. The developer offers several possible apartment finishes to buyers in the building, each unique to The Rushmore. These finishes may include classic, traditional and contemporary, giving residents a wide range of options.

A series of different types of large appliances is also available. Polished nickel fixtures are standard, washers and dryers in-unit and hardwood floors. Units are fitted with chef-kitchens and offer plenty of space for residents. The Rushmore features over-sized windows and the building was constructed in such a way as to offer residents unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan.[5]

Floor Plans

Numerous, unique, floor plans are available in The Rushmore; here are a select few.

Amenities

The Rushmore features amenities on par with luxury hotels. These include a health club, large pool and screening room. The Rushmore has included an attended playroom space for children called Kidville and an in-building babysitter service. There's a doorman, concierge and valet. The building has a lounge, party room and billiards room. Outdoor space includes a rooftop deck, courtyard and garden. It also includes a bike room, storage room and a shuttle to local subway lines.[6]

Bylaws

Pets are allowed in The Rushmore, as are rentals. There are no age restrictions in the building.

Rushmore Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Sustainability

The strongest green credentials associated with this building are its location and the shuttle service to the subway, which encourages the use of public transit amongst the building's residents. The building also includes a garden.

Trivia

  • Lawsuits have plagued this building since before its construction was complete. Most of the trouble stems from initial buyers of units in the building suing the developer, when some of the units in the building were not completed by the 2008 date stated in their contracts. While the developer has acknowledged that the units weren't completed by the date on the contract, they content that this is only the case because the contracts should have said 2009. The developer has appealed four decisions in favor of the buyers.[7]
  • Since its construction, this post-modern building has been a popular destination for pop-culture personalities. Former and current residents include the likes of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, New York Knick Tyson Chandler and Robin Williams.

References

  1. City Realty
  2. Wikipedia - Columbia University
  3. Walk Score
  4. City Realty - Review
  5. New Construction Manhattan
  6. Street Easy
  7. The Real Deasl


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