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The O'Neill Building, 655 Sixth Avenue

between 20th Street & 21st Street   |    Chelsea

The O'Neill Building - 655 Sixth Avenue
84

The O'Neill Building, 655 Sixth Avenue has received a CityRealty Rating of 84, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

30
Out of 44
+
25
Out of 36
+
21
Out of 39
+
8
=
84
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Architectural Masterpiece 8 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
Attractive 4 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Dramatic 3 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Not Allowed 2 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
Part of Historic District 1 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Outstanding 5 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 40 blocks 2 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
A lot 0 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Spacious 4 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
9-11 Feet 2 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
None 0 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • Size Starting From # avail
  • 1 Bed $1,799,999 1
  • 3 Beds $4,100,000 1
  • Last updated Aug 22, 2016
$1,923 Avg. Price / Ft2
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  • Size Starting From # avail
  • 1 Bed $6,200 1
  • 2 Beds $11,000 1
  • Last updated Aug 20, 2016
$1,923 Avg. Price / Ft2
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$1,828 Avg. Price / Ft2
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The O'Neill Building Overview

This very handsome cast-iron structure was erected in 1887 as the Hugh O'Neill Dry Goods Building and is one of the highlights of the city's "Ladies Mile" retail stretch along the Avenue of the Americas south of 23rd Street that flourished at the end of the 19th Century.

Designed by Mortimer C. Merritt, it originally had tall, beehive-style domes atop the almost cylindrical towers at the corners of 20th and 21st Streets. The domes were eventually removed but its conversion to 49 condominium apartments, completed in 2007, included their restoration.

The building's name is emblazoned in relief on its pediment.

It is the oldest and most handsome of the major department store buildings along Ladies' Mile and was complemented in scale and grandeur by the Siegel-Cooper Dry Goods Store at 616-632 Avenue of the Americas, which was designed by DeLemos & Cordes and erected in 1897, and by the Simpson Crawford & Simpson dry goods store at 641 Avenue of the Americas, which was designed by William H. Hume & Son and erected in 1900.

This building has a five-story base topped by a one-story pediment story in the center of the frontage along the avenue.

In an article in The New York Times, Christopher Gray noted that the building originally had four floors and that the fifth story was added in 1895, adding that "in 1906, the O'Neill store merged with Adams Dry Goods, a one-time competitor on the block to the north....But the merged company closed in 1907, as garment-manufacturing firms invaded the side streets and drove out retail patronage."

"By the 1920s all the giant stories had been converted to lofts and manufacturing. A 1940's photograph shows the old O'Neill store occupied by the Central Time Clock Company, a machinery exchange and similar businesses. By that time, the domes had been demolished," Mr. Gray wrote.

The condo conversion by Miki Naftali of Elad Properties included a two-story roof addition and was designed by Cetra/Ruddy and the...

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Features & Amenities

  • Conversion Year: 2005
  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Pre War
  • Basement Storage
  • Central AC
  • Garden
  • Roof Deck
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Outdoor Entertainment Space
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer

Pros

  • Renovation replaced missing corner domes
  • High ceilings
  • Large apartments
  • Concierge
  • Convenient public transportation
  • Excellent local shopping
  • Convenient to Flatiron District, Chelsea and Greenwich Village
  • Interesting architecture
  • Within historic district

Cons

  • Considerable traffic
  • No roof deck
  • No garage
  • No balconies
  • No sidewalk landscaping
  • Within historic district
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The O'Neill Building, 655 Sixth Avenue Alternate Addresses

  • 655 Avenue of the Americas
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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 254 Available for Sale
  • $2,570 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $6,400,576 Avg. Price
  • $3,932,500 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 551W21 Apt PHA | $57,500,000
    Price / ft2 $8,987
  2. Least Expensive 555 West 23rd Street Apt N3G | $799,000
    Price / ft2 $1,573
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  • 142 Available for Rent
  • $85 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $9,045 Avg. Price
  • $6,665 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Walker Tower Apt PH5 | $55,000
    Price / ft2 $194
  2. Least Expensive Louis Philippe Condo Apt 1C | $2,350
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  • 347 Total Sales
  • $1,935 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,723,414 Avg. Price
  • $1,930,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Walker Tower Apt PH2 | $45,000,000
    Price / ft2 $6,679
  2. Least Expensive Chelsea Seventh Apt 2S | $287,375
    Price / ft2 $691
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