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There are 2 apartments for sale/rent at 135 West 70th Street (last updated on Feb 15, 2024)

The Pythian, 135 West 70th Street

Condo located in Upper West Side, between Columbus Avenue & Broadway

Description of The Pythian at 135 West 70th Street

135 West 70th Street was originally built in 1927 by Thomas Lamb, and easily distinguished by its Egyptian-style colonnade, polychromed Doric columns, blue-glazed terra cotta entry pavilion, and four seated Pharaonic figures. It was originally used as a meeting place for the Knights of Pythias, who later rented out space in the building to Decca Records. Bill Haley and His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" in the building, and artists like Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., and Buddy Holly also used studios there.

Amidst its conversion to a condominium dubbed The Pythian, many new windows were added around the building's decorative elements. Residential amenities include a new gym, a children's playroom, and private storage. It is well situated near Lincoln Center, Central Park, Riverside Park, popular restaurants, gourmet supermarkets, and the 1/2/3 and B/C trains at 72nd Street.

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Building Facts

  • Year Built: 1927
    Converted Year: 1983
    Building Type: Condo
    Neighborhood: Broadway Corridor (Manhattan)
    Minimum Down: 10%
  • Total Apartments: 84 84
    Total Floors: 11
    Doorman: FT Doorman
    Pets: Allowed
    Total Floorplans:

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Building Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • Resident Storage
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Children's Playroom
  • Bike Room

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The Pythian: Rating

Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 28 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 29 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 16 / 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
  • #45 Rated condo - Upper West Side
  • #12 Rated condo - Broadway Corridor

Carter Horsley's Review of The Pythian

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"One of the city's most interesting buildings, the Pythian at 135 West 70th Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue is richly decorated in brightly colored, glazed terracotta embellishments depicting figures of antiquity. 

The mid-block building was designed by Thomas W. Lamb, one of the country's foremost designers of movie palaces, most of which, sadly, have been destroyed. One of his other works in New York is the Audubon Theater and Ballroom building on Broadway and 165th Street. " Read Carter's Full Review
  • Delightful, fanciful and colorful terracotta decoration
  • Unusual layouts
  • High ceilings
  • Doorman
  • Central Upper West Side location
  • Short walk to express subway station at Broadway and 72nd Street
  • Not far from Central Park
  • Not far from Lincoln Center
  • Bicycle room
  • Storage facilities
  • No garage
  • No health club
  • No sundeck
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at Central Park West 0.26 miles

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Closing History - Last 10 sales

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