Turin

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333 Central Park West, New York City, NY

Turin
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Exterior of The Turin
Building Information
Developer Sturtyvant Realty Company
Architect Albert Joseph Bodker
Number of Units 72
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1909
Construction Method Concrete
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333 Central Park West, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of The Turin

The Turin is an Italian Renaissance cooperative building that was constructed 1909 and is situated at 333 Central Park West on the Upper West Side. This masterpiece is by the design of architect Albert Joseph Bodker and offers 72 residences over its 12 stories.


As the subject of the 1995 article published by The New Yorker, Jane Kramer wrote about the dangerous, overcrowded, and decrepit qualities of The Turin during the 1950s. She also covered the renovations the building was subjected to in becoming what it is today, as well as some of the building's residents which included The London Daily Worker journalists Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cockburn. Residents soon came to include many millionaires during the 1980s and 1990s.


The Turin offers many layouts, the majority of which are two and three bedroom plans with 10 foot ceilings and extensive decorative moldings. The full-time doorman welcomes guests and residents to the lobby of The Turin which is situated within the building's two-story limestone base where the façade is detailed with male and female figures, arched windows, and wrought-iron window planters. Amenities include a live-in super, fitness center, children's playroom, storage, and bike room.[1]



Location

Overlooking Central Park, The Turin offers a central location nearby many of the most illustrious attractions and is also within a few steps from the city's most relaxing oasis. The entrance is set off Central Park West, and the building also has its side exposure on West 93rd Street. Although Central Park West is quite heavily trafficked, its prominent and overflowing greenery from Central Park add to its charm.


Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School is located just across the side street on West 93rd, and other schools such as Lilian Weber School, Dwight School, Anglo American International School, The Mandell School, and Manhattan School for Children are located within walking distance from The Turin. Other nearby outdoor attractions include Sol Bloom Playground, West 87th Street Garden, and Frederick Douglass Playground.


There is a Whole Foods, Food City Markets, Dunkin' Donuts, Birch Coffee, Starbucks, and West 97th Street Greenmarket within walking distance. There are a total of 30 different public transit stations nearby with a bus stop at The Turin's doorstep and the metro subway station just a couple of blocks north on Central Park West. There are also car and bike share programs nearby.[2]


Construction

Looking up at The Turin from the main courtyard entry
Arched window detailing at The Turin

This Italian Renaissance building is also said to have a neo-classicism architectural style, and features many historic, pre-war details that offer a characteristic charm to its Central Park side neighborhood. Considered short for a Central Park West building, The Turin stands modestly at 12 stories or 40.84 meters.


The structure is built around an "H" layout with four connected towers and four setbacks that visually disconnect each of them. The main entrance of the Turin features a deep garden courtyard that leads to a step-up lobby entrance that is covered with a domed glass marquee.


Many turn-of-the-century detailing can be found at the building's exterior façade, including its two-story limestone base with figures and its arched windows and ornamental window details. There is a pronounced belt course that is repeated at the tenth floor of the exterior, as well as a small string-course above the arched windows on the ninth floor.


There is plenty of terracotta detailing at the structure's exterior, which provides an ideal material for decorative elements. There is ornamentation found at the top floor beneath the large cornice as well. Terracotta spandrels are decorated with the heads of a man and woman, which liven up the building's beige brick façade above the limestone base.


As a "stately and elegant" building, The Turin is one of few residential buildings that offers deep courtyards, which were cleverly included in the design by architect Albert Joseph Bodker to provide more light and air to the interior residences. The building was developed by Sturtyvant Realty Company in 1909 as an apartment rental building and was later converted to its current cooperative ownership structure in 1986.[3]


Layout and Features

Luxury interiors are not hard to come by at The Turin, with each of the residences featuring extensive decorative moldings, high 10 foot ceilings with large windows, and intricate hand laid hardwood floors. Many of the interiors feature classic white walls with white beamed ceilings. Layouts are open with large living spaces and large kitchens.


Many of the interiors have been renovated extensively. Updated kitchens often include stainless steel appliances, two-tiered stone counter tops with breakfast eating bars, modern back splashes, custom wood cabinetry, and additional built-in storage.


Recessed spot lighting is also quite popular, and many of the kitchens are large enough for eat-in spaces. Many of the spa-like bathrooms have also been updated with subway tiles or marble, and frameless glass showers and separate soaker tubs. Some of the master bedrooms have utilized California closets.


Andrew Alpern wrote about the residences at The Turin in his book, stating that "Its four tower-like sections contain six large apartments per floor, all of the long hall variety. In each case the entrance to the suite is at one end of a narrow corridor leading to the living and dining rooms. The only advantage to be gained from this rather dismal arrangement is that the sleeping rooms are well removed from the entertaining spaces, which in most of the apartments include an additional windowed reception room. The building originally boasted open cage-work elevator shafts with elaborately grilled cabs, but these, alas, have long since replaced."[4]


Floor Plans

There are 17 floor plans available for The Turin. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at the Turin include:

  • Full-time Doorman
  • Children's Room
  • Exercise Room
  • Private Storage
  • Outdoor Courtyards
  • Garden
  • Live-in Superintendent

Bylaws

Turin Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • Pets are allowed with Board approval
  • Rentals and pied-à-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions
  • Minimum 34% down payment required

Sustainability

Many of the residences at The Turin have been updated to include energy-efficient appliances and lighting, and have also used sustainable materials in their renovations. Many of the homes still feature their original, hand-laid hardwood flooring. The large windows throughout the building, and the unique H-shaped layout of the building, provides for maximum natural light in the spaces.

This is an economical feature, as it lessens the need for electric lighting during the day, and also provides a cross-ventilation which may assist with cooling the residences in the summer months. The windows have been updated with energy-efficient, soundproof double-pane windows.

The building is directly across from the many biking and jogging trails at Central Park, and is a perfect location for residents wishing to partake in an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. Daily vehicle commuting is not necessary at The Turin, with the many amenities and public transportation lines nearby.

Trivia

Pauline Kael, Famous Resident of The Turin

During the 1980s and 1990s, after The Turin had undergone its renovation, the building began becoming more popular among illustrious and upper-class individuals in the Upper West Side.

One of the Turin's residents, who moved in recently after the building's cooperative conversion was completed, was the American film critic, Pauline Kael. Pauline wrote for The New Yorker magazine for much of her career from 1968 to 1991, and earlier on in her career, her work was also featured in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic. Pauline is still considered to be one of the most influential American film critics of her day.

Other well-known residents of The Turin include actor William Hurt, who made his film debut in the science-fiction film, Altered States, which led to his nomination for a Golden Globe. Some of William's other notable films include A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Good Shepherd, Mr. Brooks, The Incredible Hulk, and Robin Hood.

Meyer Jonasson, the pioneer cloak manufacturer, was found dead in his second floor apartment in the Turin in 1911. This was said to be an apparent suicide, according to The New York Times, who stated that the 77-year old Jonasson had been ill with heart disease and decided to take his own life.[5]

References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Warburg Realty
  5. Dwellings NYC


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