Victoria

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7 East 14th Street, New York City, NY

Victoria
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The two toned brick face of The Victoria on East 14th Street
Building Information
Architect Philip Birnbaum & Associates
Management Company Charles H. Greenthal Management
Number of Units 494
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 1965
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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7 East 14th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-1
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Victoria, completed in 1966, is a huge concrete building containing 494 apartments. It is in the heart of Greenwich Village and beside the iconic Union Square Park.


During construction around 1964, 14th Street was in a state of decline. Some famous establishments like Luchow’s, the famous German restaurant and the S. Klein Department Store, a famous discount emporium, are now both gone. East 14th Street was not glamorous as Union Square Park was a notorious drug haven.


The Academy of Music Theater was demolished to make way for the huge Zeckendorf Towers project that began the revitalization of the neighborhood and the clean up of Union Square Park. As well, the districts of Park Avenue South and Flatiron were becoming more chic and desirable places to live. More art galleries started to move into the area in the 1990s.[1]

Location

A good portion of the alphabet of trains stop at Union Square Station
Within a short walk are Chelsea and the Flatiron District. Union Square is adjacent to The Victoria and from there, access to all parts of the city is possible via more than 60 bus and rail choices.


New York University lies under a half a mile away and many, many other schools as well. Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and prep schools are all under half a mile.


Restaurants, coffee shops, bars, delis, and groceries are within a few hundred feet.


Four times a week, the Union Square Green Market offers hundreds and hundreds of produce and fruit selections, including breads, gifts, art, and crafts.



Construction

The Victoria is an enormous building housing 494 apartments that some have described as having fairly ordinary layouts. The building reaches 22 floors and is clad with two tones of white brick, a popular facing medium in the mid 1960s. Victoria is almost the entire block long so the architect, Philip Birnbaum & Associates, designed the front face with several indentations to break up an otherwise long and featureless appearance.


The roof has several setbacks which gives those residents terrace space and lends to the overall appeal of the building by making it less like a box. The apartments themselves, although not huge, are still spacious and several configurations were designed including studios, one, two, and three bedrooms units.


Some of the top apartments have dens or even formal dining rooms. Parking space is available and accessible from within the building.[2]

Layout and Features

The Victoria is described as a full service Cooperative residential building.

There is an in-house valet service and a garage, accessible from within the building.

Doormen are on duty 24 hours a day.

As well, there is the following:

  • Concierge
  • Some good views to the south
  • Vibrant street life and retail activity
  • Superb public transportation
  • Convenient neighborhood shopping

Some things that may deter people from living here are:

  • Conventional layouts
  • Many apartments
  • Heavy traffic
  • No health club
  • No sundeck

Floor Plans

The Victoria has 105 floor plans. Here are some examples of the most common layouts:

Amenities

Due to its very size, some may consider the layouts to be rather conventional and there are many apartments within the building.

The Victoria does not have a health club or a sundeck, although some of the suites do have private terraces.

However, The Victoria offers a concierge service, as well as the following:

  • Full time doorman
  • Basement storage
  • Garage
  • Washers and dryers in building

Bylaws

Victoria Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



  • The Victoria does offer rental units and is very pet friendly.
  • No age restrictions are placed on ownership within this cooperative.

Sustainability

The Victoria at 7 East 14th Street, was constructed before environmental concerns were at the forefront of our design awareness.

Residents are currently contributing to a greener environment by:

  • Participating in New York City's recycling programs.
  • Installing newer more energy efficient appliances
  • Ensuring that modern renewable construction materials are used for renovations
  • Using proper environmentally conscious methods of waste disposal are employed.

Trivia

Here are some tidbits from the past:

  • Starting in 1916, Union Square hosted a "model back yard garden". The idea was to get people who had access to a small patch of land to grow their own vegetables to help supplement their food in the home during the war. That way, they would need to buy less food which would be more readily available to those who were not able to grow their own. It was to foreshadow the community gardening movement later in the 1970s. The demonstration garden lasted until 1928 and was removed due to subway construction in Union Square. (Fig1) shows the garden circa 1917.
  • Contrary to common belief, Union Square was not named for any political, labor, or North versus South reason. Instead, Union Square derives its name from the fact that three major roads intersect at that point, hence the union of these roads. The southwest corner of Union Square was considered the most dangerous intersection in New York City. Many pedestrians where injured in altercations with street cars and other traffic. A bend in the road under the watchful gaze of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, was referred to as Dead Man's Curve due to the high number of accidents. The construction of the subway and the relocation of many stores removed distractions from shoppers and walkers, and perhaps the reputation of the curve itself, has helped to make this one of the safer intersections in the city. (Fig2)
  • Union Square Park, right next to The Victoria, has always been a popular gathering spot for decades. Political rallies, concerts, and simple annual celebrations occur the year round. (Fig3) shows thousands of people during the May Day celebration of May 1, 2012.
  • (Fig4) shows the work of Joe Mangrum, the sand artist, who creates colorful works that are between 15 and 20 feet in diameter.[3]

References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. - Street Easy - The Victoria
  3. Gotham Girl Photography - Sand Art

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