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Wordless Wednsday: The Ansonia

The Ansonia

The Ansonia - 2109 Broadway - Upper West Side - Manhattan

 

When The Ansonia opened in 1904 it was called:

"the most technologically advanced apartment house in the world"

 

Today the Ansonia condominium has 462 apartments on 18 floors. Beaux arts architecture, landmarked in 1975

 

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Comment balloon 20 commentsMitchell J Hall • March 24 2010 10:58AM

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I'd love to spend a year there....New York City is one of many places I'd like to live in...but not permanently, just for a while.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 7 years ago

Mitchell, love the architecture, especially the arched lower level windows.  Could you imagine it's cost to build today.  Thanks!

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 7 years ago

Fabulous building in NYC.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

I'm a history buff, and always like to hear about architectural gems...a different design ethic, then, that's for sure!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 7 years ago

Mitchell - what a fabulous, classic NYC building. I can imagine having a home there, with a corner view of course, to look out on the city. Couldn't afford it, but fun to dream about.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 7 years ago

Gorgeous building, they just don't make them like that anymore.

Posted by Diane Williams almost 7 years ago

Mitch, when I lived in New York, I would crane my neck looking up every time I passes that building.  Some day, I'll have to tag along with you if you preview stuff in there! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Karen,  It's a great city for a second home or what we call a pied-a-terre. I felt the same way about California. I'd love to be bi coastal.

Kevin, I can't imagine the cost today. The Beaux Arts style is loaded with ornate balconies, balustrades and bay windows. The lower level arched windows are retail stores.

Roger, Yes. Broadway's most opulent structure. Its located where the street curves so it is visable from 20 blocks away.

Li, It was state-of the-art in 1904. It was the first building to provide tenants with such luxuries as electric stoves, hot and cold filtered water, freezers, a pneumatic -tube system to deliver messages, and even an early form of central air conditioning. The building also had incredibly thick walls installed to protect against fire, which meant Ansonia suites were among the most soundproof in the city so many famous musicians took up residence in the building.

Jeff, Actually there is a south facing studio with renovated kitchen and bath, new floors and molding, new dishwasher full size refrigerator, large windowed bath. perfect pied-a-terre. Asking $295,000

Diane, They certainly don't build with all the details anymore. The corner apartments have circular rooms.

Pat, Ok, I showed 2 apartments there on Sunday. Only one was in my buyer's price range. It was a beautiful apartment. They would have bought it but it faced the back with no view and was dark. The other one had the circular rooms but it was $2.6M. There was an open house and we were already there so my buyers wanted to see it. It's already in contract.

 

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) almost 7 years ago

Karen, I felt the same way until I moved to NYC in 1992.  My plan was to stay a year just to experience the city and be able to say I lived there.  I had been visiting NYC several times a year for about 25 years before I made that decision.

Ten years later I was still there.  It was the most amazing place to live.

Mitchell, I know the building well.  Spent a lot of time on the Upper West Side when I lived in Manhattan.  Do you remember the West 63rd Street Steakhouse in The Empire Hotel across from Lincoln Center?  I managed that restaurant for several years.

You brought back some great memories with your post, thanks so much.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Roger, Yes 63rd Street steakhouse was a great place. I've been living on UWS since 1982. West 63rd Street Steakhouse closed, there is a new seafood restaraunt there now. I haven't been to it. Many of the good old fashioned places have closed. Manhattan has become very suburban with a lot of chains. I can't even get good Chinese anymore. The Empire hotel used to have good deals many of my out of town friends stayed there.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) almost 7 years ago

I left NYC late in 2001 and moved back to Cleveland, miss the city terribly.  Been back to visit quite a few times and agree, the city has an entirely different rhythm now.  But you still can't beat it, there's no place like NYC. 

My first six years there I was in the restaurant industry.  I worked for the New York Restaurant Group (Smith and Wollensky, The Post House, Manhattan Ocean Club) at the Park Avenue Cafe and Maloney and Porcelli before going to manage the steakhouse.

Had a brief stint in real estate right before 9/11 and wasn't established enough to ride the big wave.

Sorry to be rambling, The Ansonia hit on a bit of nostalgia for me.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Roger, Do you know my buddy Cleveland Carole Cohen? She's not on activerain anymore but she has a blog Cleveland real estate news. 

You worked for some very fine restaurants.

I actually started in real estate right before 9/11 too. I had a 20 year career in film and television and ad sales. In 2000 I went to work for a start up Dot com with stock options and all. Remember the dot com tech bust. The company burned through so much money it only lasted about 9 months.

I got my real estate licence and started in real estate the summer of 2001. I did a rental deal but my first sale (accepted offer) was the Friday before 9/11. I never thought any one would ever buy in NY again. Luckily my buyer didn't back out. That fall was very gloomy in NYC but 2002 turned out to be a good year. People started buying and selling again. 

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) almost 7 years ago

Fabulous building.  I'm curious.  how many sq ft do you get in the $295k studio?

Posted by Mike Sparks, Galveston Island Real Estate (The House Company Galveston Texas) almost 7 years ago

Fabulous building.  I'm curious.  how many sq ft do you get in the $295k studio?

Posted by Mike Sparks, Galveston Island Real Estate (The House Company Galveston Texas) almost 7 years ago

i don't know your buddy Carole Cohen, but will look her up on Cleveland real estate news.

The NYRG was good to me.  The restaurants were phenomenal and I so enjoyed working in Manhattan.  The executive Chef David Burke kicked some butt at the Park Avenue Cafe and is so successful.

2002 was a good year for many realtors, glad you were one of them.  I worked for a small company that dealt with mostly rentals, and like I said earlier, wasn't established enough to ride the big wave.  I had six deals ready to hit the table and not one of them closed by the end of the year after 9/11, so it was time for me to go.

I thought I was immortal so was never good at planning for the future.  Made gobs of money and took every advantage of everything the city had to offer, which you know is quite costly.  No regrets here.  I'm a firm believer everything happens for a reason and we all wind up where we're supposed to be.

Keep in touch.  You can e-mail me at roger@shakenwithatwist.com, I'm not sure who else is interested in what we're discussing here.

 

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Mike, 300 sq. ft. about the size of a hotel room.

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (The Corcoran Group) almost 7 years ago

Mitchell..How cool is that ..Just love your posts

Hannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 7 years ago

Mitchell,

This is a remarkable building. Excellent architecture - so many details and so much to take in. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Aging-In-Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 7 years ago

Mitchell, what a spectacular building!!  Nothing like this anywhere.....

Posted by Barbara Martino-Sliva, Top Producer, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale (Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.) almost 7 years ago

What a treasure!  I wonder if the builders knew that over 100 years later we would still be marveling at its beautiful architecture.

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) almost 7 years ago

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