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The Gloucester, 200 West 79th Street: Review and Ratings

at The Southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue View Full Building Profile

Carter Horsley
Review of 200 West 79th Street by Carter Horsley

One of the few post-war buildings on 79th Street, the 18-story, red-brick building known as The Gloucester at 200 West 79th Street on the southwest corner of Amsterdam Avenue has a spartan design and large bulk that make it highly visible. 

The building was erected in 1978 and was converted to a cooperative in 1988. 

It has 272 co-operative apartments and is pet and pied-a-terre friendly.

Bottom Line

What could be nicer than leaving this building to be awestruck by the architecture of the red sandstone glories of the Lucerne Hotel across 79th Street? This location is a block to the west of Manhattan Square, the home of the American Museum of Natural history, and has good transportation and is convenient to many boutiques and a delightful stretch of sidewalk cafes on Amsterdam Avenue.


The building has a gracious entrance with sidewalk landscaping and a large marquee. 

Its rather plain, but clean façades, which have discrete air-conditioners, are greatly improved by the top floor, which has small corner setbacks that create the effect of turrets at either end of the building along its full-block frontage on Amsterdam Avenue.


The building has a full-time doorman, a garage, a landscaped roof deck, a live-in superintendent, and a laundry room.  

It has no health club and no balconies. 

It is pet friendly.


Penthouse F has a 14-foot-long entry foyer that opens onto a 23-foot-long double-height, living room and a 14-foot-long dining room next to a 10-foot-long kitchen on the lower level, which also has a bedroom.  The upper level also has a 17-foot-long master bedroom and a 12-foot-long terrace. 

Penthouse 2 has an 11-foot-long foyer that opens onto a 23-foot-long, double-height, living room and a 9-foot-long kitchen and two bedrooms on the lower level and there is 19-foot-long bedroom with a 15-foot-long terrace on the upper level. 

Apartment 18E has a 10-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 23-foot-long living room and 12-foot-long dining room off an enclosed 9-foot-kitchen on the lower level and three-bedrooms, a 10-foot-long home office and a 9-foot-long store room on the upper level. 

Apartment 10L is a two-bedroom unit that has an 8-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 23-foot-long living room and a 10-foot-long kitchen. 

Apartment 10P has a foyer that leads to a 8-foot-long pass-through kitchen next to a 21-foot-long living/dining room and a 17-foot-long bedroom. 

Apartment 2A has a 24-foot-long living room and a 7-foot-long kitchen.


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 23 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 26 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 11 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #19 Rated co-op - Broadway Corridor
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