Siena

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188 East 76th Street, New York City

Siena
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The Siena in the Upper East Side, NYC
Building Information
Developer The Rose Family and The Brodsky Organization
Architect Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron
Number of Units 125
Number of Floors 31
Year Built 1997
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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188 East 76th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1 - 9
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Siena is the product of a collaboration between two of New York City’s most prominent development families: The Rose Family and the Brodsky Organization. Together, they selected the parking lot located beside the St. John Baptiste Roman Catholic Church on Lexington Avenue as the location for this stunning post-war condominium building. By purchasing the neighboring church’s air rights, the developers were able to erect a high-rise structure, ultimately standing at a height of nearly 95 meters.

Due to the fact that the church is a designated landmark, many of the views from the apartments in The Siena are protected against further development.[1]

Location

Located at the intersection of East 76th Street and Third Avenue, The Siena is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in New York City. Real estate in the Upper East Side enjoys the highest per square foot pricing in the United States, with its most prominent demographic being highly educated, high income Caucasians.

The Upper East Side is home to many cultural institutions, including the world famous Museum Mile along Fifth Avenue, which contains the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, The National Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York, among others. The Upper East Side is also known for housing many international diplomatic missions, including ones from Iraq, Serbia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.[2]

The Siena enjoys a prime location almost exactly in the middle of this high end neighborhood. Just blocks away from Central Park to the West and the East River to the East, The Siena is at the heart of everything the Upper East Side has to offer. With a walk score of 97 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out 100, residents do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as the building is walking distance to an abundance of shops, restaurants, and transit lines.[3]

Construction

Architects Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, in association with Shuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron, were hired in the mid-1990s by the Rose Family and the Brodsky Organization to design the 31 story condominium building. The design was made possible through the purchase of the neighboring church’s air rights, and great care was taken to incorporate the church’s design features into The Siena in order to create a seamless look for the block.

The base of The Siena is set in stone and granite to mirror the church’s architectural style, and the height of this base lines up with that of the church’s cornice lines of its rectory. In addition, the actual tower of The Siena pays homage to the bell towers of the church, with the corner towers that surround the roof’s 35 foot high mechanical equipment enclosure.[4]

Construction on the building began in 1996 and was completed in 1997, and today many architectural critics describe the building as one of the best Post-Modern buildings in New York City. Particularly, critics have praised the design of The Siena for how it maintains it modern look while simultaneously incorporating itself into the surrounding buildings and design styles. Many have pointed out that the complex patterning and detailed setbacks of The Siena makes for an inspired alternative to the many box form apartment buildings that have been built in the area.[5]

Layout and Features

The Siena houses medical offices in its ground and second floors, with the residential apartments beginning on the third level. Both the medical offices and residential apartments enjoy their own separate entrances, with the residential entrance opening into a luxurious lobby decorated with detailed European influenced mosaics. The building is noted for having no more than five apartments per floor, with several full floor suites and penthouses on its top floors.

Units in The Siena range in size from large one bedroom apartments, to multilevel duplex units in the top two floors. The Siena is noted for having several features not often found in post-war apartments, such as the expansive entrance foyers, eat in kitchens, and maids’ rooms.

Apartments in the building also feature large layouts, hard wood floors, nearly ten foot ceilings, oversized windows, marble finishings in the bathrooms, and in suite washer and dryers.[6]

Floor Plans

With approximately 25 floor plans available, a selection is presented.

Amenities

The Siena comes fully staffed with doormen, a concierge, and a live in superintendent.

Additional facilities include a fully equipped fitness center with saunas, a children’s playroom, a shared laundry room, storage facilities, and an outdoor shared terrace for residents.

It should be noted that there is no roof deck, as the shared terrace is located on the third floor next to the children’s playroom.[7]

This building is managed by Brown Harris Stevens management company.[8]

Bylaws

Siena Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This building is a pet friendly building
  • The Siena allows rentals
  • There are no age restrictions for apartment ownership[9]


Sustainability

The Siena was built prior to the era of sustainable living awareness. Individual residents may take up this cause when updating their apartments. Given the building’s location, residents do not require a car to run their daily errands, thus reducing their carbon footprint in that regard.[10]

Trivia

  • The specific neighborhood to which The Siena belongs within the Upper East Side is in dispute, as some realtors list it as within the boundary of trendy Lenox Hill. Others point out that the northern boundary of Lennox Hill is East 72nd Street, and therefore The Siena is not entitled to this neighborhood distinction. Either way, there is no dispute over The Siena’s location within the Upper East Side, a neighborhood with a distinction all its own.[11]
  • Due to its reputation and perceived glamour and reputation, the Upper East Side has been the setting for many works of art, including the films Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kramer vs. Kramer, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Devil Wears Prada, the television shows Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, and The Jeffersons, and the books The Catcher in the Rye, American Psycho, The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities. In addition, many of prominent and influential people have chosen the Upper East Side as their home over the years, including Michael Bloomberg, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Brooke Astor, Madonna, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, and Martin Scorsese.[12]

References

  1. Luxury New York Condominiums
  2. Wikipedia - Museum Mile
  3. Walk Score
  4. Street Easy
  5. City Realty - Review
  6. City Realty - Review
  7. Street Easy
  8. Brown Harris Stevens Website
  9. City Realty
  10. Walk Score
  11. Elliman Website
  12. Wikipedia - Upper East Side

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