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21 Astor Place

Between Broadway & Lafayette Street

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Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

The extremely handsome, Romanesque-Revival-style structure at 21 Astor Place was built in 1892 and converted to condominium apartments by The Elad Group in 2003.

H. Thomas O Hara was the architect for the conversion and Gal Nauer of Nauer Rubenstein designed the layouts.

The 11-story, reddish-beige-brick building originally housed the Mercantile Library and has about 50 apartments.

Bottom Line

This very handsome, wedge-shaped, loft building has a prime location in Greenwich Village and NoHo with excellent public transportation and proximity to many restaurants.

Description

It has arched windows at the second and 7th floors and has a trapezoidal shape. Its façade is strongly articulated with dark string concourses at the third and 7th floors and lighter ones at the fourth and eighth floors.

Amenities

This pre-war building has a concierge, a full-time doorman, a health club, fireplaces, exposed brick walls and some arched windows.  It is convenient to Cooper Union and New York University.

It has no sidewalk landscaping, no garage and considerable traffic.

Apartments

Many of the apartments have brick walls and fireplaces.

Almost 80 percent of the units are one- and two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 1,187 to 2,182 square feet and 10 of these are duplexes. The building also has eight 3-bedroom apartments including one full floor penthouse, a three-bedroom duplex home of 3,623 square feet and a four-bedroom duplex of 4,275 square feet with initial prices ranging up to $3,250,000. The building's top floor has 7,278 square feet of interior space and a 3,094-square foot wrap-around terrace and was offered initially "raw" for $8,500,000.

Apartment 4E is a two-bedroom unit that has a 32-foot-long living/dining room with an 11-foot-wide open kitchen.

Apartment 5D is a two-bedroom unit with a 26-foot-long entry foyer that leaves to a 24-foot-long living/dining room with a 20-foot-wide open kitchen with an island.

Apartment 7D has a very large, angled living room with an open kitchen with an island, a bedroom and a laundry room on the lower level and three bedrooms on the upper level.

Apartment 7E has a entry foyer that leads past a staircase to a fining area and the 67-foot-long, angled living room with an open kitchen and an island on the lower level and a three bedrooms on the upper level.

Apartment 9C is a three-bedroom unit that has a long hall that leads to a 36-foot-long living room with a fireplace adjacent to a 22-foot-wide kitchen.

Location

Its narrow western façade faces Cooper Union and St. Mark's Place, the western extension of 8th Street to the west of Third Avenue.

This is one of the city's most bustling locations and on the border between Greenwich Village and the East Village. New York University has many nearby facilities to the east and the area has numerous restaurants including Indochine on Lafayette Street and the fabled McSorley's Tavern nearby on East 7th Street.

While there are many wonderful older buildings nearby, most notably the beautiful Grace Episcopal Church two blocks north on Broadway, the area also has some new construction and a striking, free-standing residential tower designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates with curved, glass façades was erected not long after this building was converted diagonally across Lafayette Street.

Cooper Union decided to erect a new academic building across from McSorley's designed by Morphosis and in 2008 it announced that its engineering building just to the north of its historic main building would be redeveloped by Edward Minskoff with a design by Fumihiko Maki.

 

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