The same site/corner: this building is directly behind/above the Grays Papaya & Sleepys building.
The huge billboard on the building reads: "depression is a flaw in chemistry not character". This somewhat odd advert has been up there for ages......
Oh, I'm in love again <sigh>...
Multi-Terraced Upper West Side Penthouse Wants $15 Million
by Jeremiah Budin
Sometimes a penthouse turns out to just be an apartment on the top floor of its building, and that's always disappointing. But sometimes a penthouse shows up with glass walls and 1,700 square feet of terraces, and that's just magical. #PHW at 40 West 77th Street (right next to the Natural History Museum), which just hit the market for $14.95 million, has not one, not two, but four terraces, facing in every direction. The interiors are almost irrelevant, but they're nice too. "Imagine [the] brunches," the brokerbabble whispers seductively. Indeed—just close your eyes and imagine those brunches, gazing out over the Natural History Museum, eating fruit salad, the spring breeze blowing gently on your face. It's almost as if you're there right now.
Listing: 40 West 77th Street #PHW [Corcoran]
Covertly Touring The Apthorp's Roof, A Landmarks Battleground
by Hana R. Alberts
The proposed addition would be concentrated on the West End Avenue side of the full-square-block building,
with parts sprouting off onto the northern and southern sides (79th and 78th streets, respectively).
This photo was taken facing west, on the Broadway side of the rooftop.
The battle over the proposed rooftop addition for Upper West Side grande dame the Apthorp has been rollicking thus far. At a September community board meeting, residents, neighbors, and preservation groups spoke out against it, leading CB7 to issue a resounding "no" to Area Property Partners' penthouse plan. Then the proposal moved on to Landmarks, where starchitects including Robert A.M. Stern. A. Eugene Kohn, Michael Graves, and David Childs sent in supportive statements—also against the addition. The meeting ran so long that most of the commissioners had left by the time the public had finished delivering testimony, and now the issue is back on the LPC's agenda (warning: PDF!) for tomorrow. It's the last item listed on the schedule, meaning commissioners expect this one to take awhile.
Curbed took a tour of the existing rooftop, which is semi-off limits due to structural concerns. A central issue in this debate is whether adding the four penthouse units—currently represented by the scaffolding erected up there (which used to be covered by orange netting so that folks could see its approximate visual impact)—degrades the landmark in any way. Two main detractions have been that it will impair the symmetry of the Apthorp's vaunted courtyard, which is also landmarked, and that it will close in the loggias, or pergolas (different folks have called them different things). These covered areas, punctuated with arches on both sides, would be incorporated into the (presumably pricey) apartments, and many have held that these symmetrical passageways are integral to the building's 1909 Italian Renaissance design. Check out this wealth of (admittedly amateur) photos of the rooftop and mocked-up scaffolding up close for the first time ever. Refresh your memory with the renderings, then place your bets on what Landmarks will say tomorrow in the comments section below.
This photo was shot in what is currently the public area of the roof, which is on the southeast side of the building.
It's a little pocket where residents can go... when it's not snowy. The public area used to be bigger, but the addition
of HVAC machinery on the building's eastern side and the claimed structural instability of the loggias has limited the public rooftop space.
The southern (78th-Street-side) loggia.
Looking across the courtyard to the 79th Street (northern) loggia.
Looking south down Broadway.
Looking north up Broadway.
Some residents in the existing penthouses have private terraces, which will be somewhat affected by addition.
More copper, looking west to the Hudson with a northward angle.
One more look at the northern bit of the addition...
... and the southern bit.
Exiting via the southern loggia.
A lovely building with terra cotta detailing across 78th Street, just because.
Looking south down Broadway again.
And, lastly, down into the courtyard.
Developers Hope to Give Apthorp Four New Penthouses [Curbed]
Neighbors Give Apthorp Penthouse Addition A Resounding No [Curbed]
Many more pics:
Upper West Side Rowhouse With a Rather Severe Haircut
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY
Then-and-now views of Clarence True’s 1899 rowhouses at 301 West 90th, at West End Avenue.
The roof was much altered in the 1950s by a brick addition.
Credit Left: Office for Metropolitan History; right: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times
The remarkable Clarence True, the West Side’s most inventive architect, almost always worked the side streets, designing rows of houses by the half-dozen; that’s where the developers were. But he did leave a remarkable corner with his trademark ebullient Flemish tops, at West End Avenue and 90th Street. Will they ever recover from the butchering of the roof line in the 1950s?
Developer Will Plop 8 More Stories Atop Upper West Side Rental
January 23, 2015, by Jessica Dailey
The owner of 711 West End Avenue, a six-story rental building at 95th Street, plans to build an eight-story, 65-unit addition atop the current structure, and a new website appeared, offering renderings and details about the development. At first read, it seems like the site was created by the developer in an attempt to assuage concerns of the current tenants, but West Side Rag reports that it was actually created by a tenant after a meeting with the developer "to provide a portal for information and updates from the developer." The site details how the new building will be constructed and what improvement current tenants can expect, and it makes a point to say that there will be no "poor door." Kaled Management currently runs the building, and they will be working with developer P2B Ventures. PBDW Architects will design the addition.
According to the site, the addition will be more like a new building, as it won't really sit on top of the existing structure. "The new building will be supported by a separate structure of steel columns and beams placed around the exterior of 711 West End Avenue. The new building is not structurally dependent in any way on our building, and our foundations will not support any additional weight." (Hm. Someone please explain how this works. Will new piles be driven?) From the renderings (well, sketches, really), it doesn't look that bad or incongruous, but then again, they look like watercolors, so artistic liberties were taken.
A new entrance will be constructed on West 95th Street, along with a lobby and elevators for the addition. A floorplan shows that the new lobby and existing lobby, which will be completely renovated, connect, but the website also says that there will be "one primary entrance." Other improvements include a renovated garage with a "porte-corchere" and a landscaped driveway, plus the garage will be topped with a shared garden. All of the existing windows will also be replaced, and all units will receive wall-mounted air-conditioners that connect to a central system. The new building will have its own separate amenities, but the website doesn't say what or where they will be.
The website gives no timeline for the project, except to say that once construction starts, it will take up to two years to complete.
From the comments on West Side Rag, it seems that feelings among the current tenants are mixed, but City Council member Helen Rosenthal already launched a campaign to try and stop the development by getting the Landmarks Preservation Commission to extend the Riverside-West End Avenue historic district to include this block.
711 West End Avenue [official]
New Website Details Controversial 8-Story West End Avenue Addition [WSR]
Bland 22-Story Box o' Condos Will Rise on the Upper West Side
February 9, 2015, by Zoe Rosenberg
Image via New York YIMBY.
YIMBY has scored renderings for a new, rather tall mixed-use development that will rise in place of three five-story apartment buildings on the Upper West Side. The new 22-story building, developed by Sackman Enterprises and designed by SLCE, will have five floors of community space topped by a residential amenity space and 16 condos. Other than the duplex penthouse, each residence will take up one full floor. Because the development on West 96th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue falls on the north side of the street, just beyond the neighborhood's landmarks district, the project can be built as-of-right.
Revealed: 15 West 96th Street, 22-Story Condominium Tower Coming to the Upper West Side [YIMBY]
Very cool 5 1/2 minute NYT video on the UWS, specifically the W 90s, which doesn't get it's due. I'll readily admit I haven't been up that way in I think years now.
I can't believe that the filthy Grays Papaya is still on B'Day. It's such an eyesore.
Thanks for posting the video, maria .
The UWS would be my first choice if I had the opportunity and could afford to live in NYC.
Those brownstones are superb and the other residential architecture is rich in diversity...and hardly any boxy, concretey, glassy thingies .