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1 Astor Place
  • Rental
  • Built in 1881
  • 175 Apartments
  • 7 Floors
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1 Astor Place Overview

This very handsome, 7-story building at 1 Astor Place was designed in 1881 for Orlando Potter by Starkweather & Gibbs in a highly articulated Victorian style with red-brick and terracotta façades and a cast-iron base.

The building has a chamfered corner and its façade along Astor Place is slightly bent in two places.

The building s façades are heavily modulated with deeply, multiple-framed, inset windows and an abundance of decorative detail including dentilated spandrels, keystone heads, a variety of pilasters, elaborate capitals and banded columns.

The building has a one-step-up entrance with three glass marquees leading to a revolving front door. The building, which has entrance sconces, has a concierge and about 175 rental apartments. It permits protruding air-conditioners but has no sidewalk landscaping, no roof deck and no garage.

Astor Place runs from Broadway across Lafayette Street to Third Avenue and was named for the fur trader John Jacob Astor who had bought a large tract of land on the site in 1803 and when the street was "opened" in 1836 its "angled intersection with Lafayette and Fourth Avenue created something of a ceremonial air, especially as it continued east to connect with another diagonal street, Stuyvesant Street," Mr. Gray observed.

In 1847 the Astor Place Opera House opened on the narrow triangle of land at 13 Astor Place. Two years later, in May 1849, one of New York's worst civil disturbances, involving thousands of unruly protesters, took place. Partisans of the American actor Edwin Forrest, incensed by the appearance at the opera house of the English actor William Macready as Macbeth, threw paving stones into the theater, starting a disturbance that was ended only after the National Guard was called in and 22 people were killed.

In his March 2, 2003 "Streetscapes" column in The New York Times, Christopher Gray wrote "In 1853 the American Bible Society built Bible House, its six-story office and printing building, on the site of what is no...

Nearby Subway Stations

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    • Bleecker Street (at Lafayette) (0.32 miles)
     
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    • Bleecker Street (at Lafayette) (0.32 miles)
     
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    • Bleecker Street (at Lafayette) (0.32 miles)
     
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    • Bleecker Street (at Lafayette) (0.32 miles)
     
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    • 8th Street (at Broadway and 8th Ave) (0.02 miles)
     
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    • Union Square (at Broadway and 14th) (0.33 miles)
     
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    • 8th Street (at Broadway and 8th Ave) (0.02 miles)
     
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    • Union Square (at Broadway and 14th) (0.33 miles)
     
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    • Union Square (at Broadway and 14th) (0.33 miles)
     
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    • Astor Place (at 4th Ave and East 8th) (0.07 miles)
     
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    • West 4th Street (at 6th Ave and Waverly Pl) (0.45 miles)
     
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    • West 4th Street (at 6th Ave and Waverly Pl) (0.45 miles)
     
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    • West 4th Street (at 6th Ave and Waverly Pl) (0.45 miles)
     
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    • Union Square (at Broadway and 14th) (0.33 miles)
     

Pros

  • Distinguished pre-war building
  • Concierge
  • Very convenient public transportation
  • Close to NYU and Cooper Union
  • Convenient to Greenwich Village and East Village
  • Good shopping
  • Three glass entrance marquees

Cons

  • Many apartments
  • One-step-entrance
  • No sidewalk landscaping
  • No balconies
  • No garage
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1 Astor Place Alternate Address

  • 746-754 Broadway

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