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The Parkview, 108 East 96th Street

between Park Avenue & Lexington Avenue   |    Carnegie Hill

The Parkview - 108 East 96th Street
  • Rental
  • Built in 1994
  • 110 Apartments
  • 19 Floors
  • Size Starting From # avail
  • 1 Bed $2,895 2
  • 2 Beds $4,195 1
  • Last updated Oct 19, 2016
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Park 96 Leasing Office
(212) 213-1727

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The Parkview Overview

This relatively modest, 19-story, midblock building was the subject of one of the city's fiercest controversies over zoning and widely became known as the "too-tall" building.

The developer had received approval from the city's Buildings Department to erect a 31-story apartment tower, which was nearing completion when community groups protested that it was too tall for the site's zoning and would be deleterious to the neighborhood.

The dispute centered on how close the tower was to an historic district and the placement of the tower on the site. What was critical in the controversy was a zoning map that had erroneous information.

The project's critics maintained that the tower was not permitted within 100 feet of Park Avenue and that the developer and the city had used an outdated zoning map. The critics were successful in forcing the city to require the developer to remove the top 12 floors!

The developer had unsuccessfully offered to provide the community with important amenities instead of such a drastic solution as the demolition of the top 12 floors of the tower. Some of his offers included making a substantial numbr of units available for low-income residents in the neighborhood as this major cross-street is the traditional dividing line historically between the Upper East Side and East Harlem.

The civic groups, however, were adamant in their opposition to any compromise and rallied behind the principle that the city's zoning should not be compromised, despite the fact that it is regularly and despite the fact they had not discovered the problem earlier and the city's Buildings Department, and not the developer, was at fault for if the department does not know the correct zoning for a site how can a developer or architect be held accountable?

Such common-sense questions, of course, matter little in the community politics of the city and many community groups have made valuable contributions to other planned projects.

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 4
    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.49 miles)
  2. 5
    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.49 miles)
  3. 6
    • 96th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.06 miles)


  • Doorman
  • Close to Lexington Avenue subway
  • Not far from Central Park
  • Carnegie Hill neighborhood
  • Close to schools
  • Close to museums


  • No roofdeck
  • No garage
  • No sidewalk landscaping
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Building Managed By Algin Management

Founded more than 50 years ago, Algin Management owns and manages more than 3,500 residential units throughout many of New York City's most exclusive neighborhoods.

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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 124 Available for Rent
  • $70 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $5,820 Avg. Price
  • $3,600 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 151 East 80th Street Apt PHA | $39,500
    Price / ft2 $110
  2. Least Expensive 130 East 93rd Street Apt 1A | $1,775
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