2182-2186 Broadway

There have been a stretch of stores closing on the block of Broadway between 77th and 78th St. including Ruby Foo’s, the Manhattan Diner, Cosi, a Tae Kwon Do Center, Curl Up & Dye hai salon, the World of Nuts & Ice Cream.  The land is all owned by Friedland Properties, and it has been verified that they intend to build a 20-story residential building with commercial storefronts on the ground level. This building is being built “as of right”, which means that it accords with all zoning laws and therefore is not subject to discretionary action by the City Planning Commission. To find out more about “as-of-right” building, see the NYC Zoning Glossary – http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/zone/glossary.shtml. The application to the DOB was filed in February and initially rejected; however, this is a common step in the process, and the as-of-right status means that the application is likely to be accepted.

Block: 1169
Landmark Status: None

Developers: Friedland Properties
Telephone: 212- 744-3300
Website: http://friedlandproperties.com/about.cfm

Important Information

  • New York Magazine has an article about the block, arguing that it would be a tragedy to allow this block of low buildings and accessible stores to be replaced by taller, impersonal buildings. They claim it would ruin the feel of that block and indeed endanger the existence of blocks like it. The whole article is here: http://nymag.com/arts/architecture/reviews/uws-davidson-review-2011-8/
  • Several restaurants including Cosi, S. J. Kim’s Tae Kwon Do school, and Ruby Foo are already closed or are slated to close. Susie’s Nail Salon, Laile Rowe and Manhattan Diner will be closing, some because Friedland Properties informed them they would be demolished.
  • The co-owner of Manhattan Diner gave an interview (an article about it can be found here http://www.dnainfo.com/20110215/upper-west-side/upper-west-side-diner-forced-close-after-11-years) about being forced to close.
  • Friedland Properties has been accused of refusing to negotiate rents.
  • There will be 172,473 square feet of residential space and 18,689 square feet of commercial space.
  • When development begins, it is possible that there will be some inconvenience and construction on the entire block.
  • The building has received 14 complaints, mostly about after hours work and working without a permit. This has resulted in 13 accused violations and 5 found violations.
  • The property has 1 open DOB and 2 open ECB “Work Without A Permit” Violations.

Find out more from DNAinfo and the NYC DOB.


845 West End Avenue

A classic, pre-war condominium has been restored.

Block: 1889
Landmark Status: Calendared

Architect: Cetra/Ruddy
Developer: Sterling American Properties & Atlas Capital
Sales and marketing: Corcoran
Sales office telephone: 212-784-9845
Sales start: June 2010
Website: http://www.845wea.com

Important Information

  • This property has received 50 complaints, mostly regarding building stability, permit issues and worker endangerment. This has resulted in 32 accused violation, of which 18 were found to be in violation.
  • There should be no walking or driving interference in the area.
Find out more at streeteasy and the NYC Department of Buildings





The Laureate at 2150 Broadway

The Laureate at 2150 Broadway is being developed.

Block: 1167
Landmark Status: No

Architect: SLCE Architects
Developer: The Stahl Organization
Interiors: Deborah Berke
Sales and marketing: Brown Harris Stevens
Sales office address: 2150 Broadway
Sales office telephone: 212-877-7600
Sales start: Feb 2011
Website: http://www.laureatenyc.com

Important Information

  • There have been 32 complaints about this development, most regarding after hours work and working conditions resulting in 39 accused violations of which 26 were found to be in violation.
  • There should be no interference with driving or walking in the nearby area
Find out more at from streeteasy and from the NYC Dept of Buildings.

The Apthorp at 390 West End Avenue

The Apthorp at 390 West End Avenue is being developed.

Block: 1170
Landmark Status: Yes

Architect: Clinton & Russell (original); BP Architects (current)
Developer: Apthorp Associates LLC
Manager: Broadwall Management of Apthorp LLC
Sales and marketing: Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Sales office tel: 212.799.2211
Sales start: Fall 2008
Website: http://www.theapthorp.com/

Important information:

  • There have been 77 complaints about this property, most involving illegal construction, plumbing or other work, which have resulted in 35 accused violations, 22 of which have been found to be actual violations.
  • There should be no interference with driving or walking in the nearby area.

53 West 88 Street between CPW and Columbus

Address: 53 West 88th Street

Block: 1202

Lot: 11

Landmark status: Yes

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Summary of site plans and status:

A five story, 20′ wide, walk up apartment building that is vacant apart from one unit. The property needs renovation, however, it maintains much of its original detail. It is currently configured as 10 separate units, of which 9 are one bedrooms and 1 is a studio. The property lies within the Upper West Side Historic District.

150 W. 83 Street (Redeemer Presbyterian Church)

Address: West 83rd Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
Landmark Status:
Current Status:


Brian Stanton
Director of Finance and Operations
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
1359 Broadway – Suite 400
New York, NY 10018
(917) 206-1403


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 8/10/09

Redeemer Presbyterian Church has purchased the property at 150 W. 83 Street, currently an  underground parking garage, from Central Parking Systems.  The church plans to construct a new Worship and Community Center at this location.  Redeemer’s contractor, Sciame Construction, has erected a sidewalk bridge in front of the property and will soon  begin construction starting with brick restoration on the building’s facade.  Central Parking, the current occupant, will vacate the space on or before August 31, 2009.  Members of the Church have already held meetings with members of the community and will make a presentation to Community Board 7 if necessary.

Gertler and Wente Architects are designing the structure to fit in aesthetically with the surrounding residential brownstones.  The new building, which will be Redeemer’s first permanent location, will include a sanctuary, classrooms, a fellowship hall and a “third space” that will be used for community outreach.

43-45 W. 86 Street (Chabad)

Address: 43-45 W. 86 Street Between Columbus and Central Park West
Landmark Status:
Current Status:


Chabad of the West Side
101 West 92nd Street,
New York, NY 10025


Summary of Site Plans and Status

UPDATE: 8/10/09

Chabad of the West Side Synagogue and Pre-School seeks to renovate and reconfigure two existing residential brownstones to house a Jewish day school.  The brownstones, which are located in a landmark district, are still occupied by some tenants despite the fact that they have received eviction notices.  Chabad’s plans call for demolition of the buildings’ interiors and expansion into the rear-yard area.  The facdes of the buildings would be maintained.  Community Board 7 voted down Chabad’s plans to alter the buildings on June 2, 2009.