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Lincoln Towers, 170 West End Avenue

Between West 68th Street & West 69th Street

Key Details

  • Year Built 1961
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Lincoln Center
  • Total Apartments 484
    Total Floors 29
    Doorman FT Doorman
$1,004
Avg. Price / ft2
N/A
Avg. Price / ft2
$1,131
Avg. Price / ft2

Rating

24
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 24 / 44

+
22
Out of 36

Location Rating: 22 / 36

+
12
Out of 39

Features Rating: 12 / 39

=
58

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #13 Rated co-op - Lincoln Center
 

Description

This is one of the eight 28-story apartment buildings that were built as part of the Lincoln Towers residential component of the vast Lincoln Square Urban Renewal Project that also created the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a Manhattan campus for Fordham University.More than 7,000 low-income families and about 800 businesses were displaced on the vast redevelopment site, once known as San Juan Hill, and before their demolition the tenement buildings were vacated and provided many of the sets for the movie version of the plan "West Side Story."The Lincoln Towers enclave contains a total of 3,897 apartments of which 484 are in this building that was completed in 1961 and converted to a cooperative in 1987.The residential towers, all designed by S. J. Kessler & Sons, are located on 19 percent of a 36-acre site that is divided by West End Avenue and runs from 66th to 70th Streets and from Amsterdam Avenue to Freedom Place that was named to honor Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Cheney who were civil rights workers killed near Meriden, Mississippi in 1964. The west side of Freedom Place is the eastern boundary of the former New York Central rail yards along the Hudson River that developer Donald Trump is developing as Riverside South, a huge, high-rise apartment enclave.Much of the opposition to Trump's mammoth project, which finally went into construction in 1997, came from residents of Lincoln Towers, many of whose views of the Hudson River were threatened by the proposed new towers. On the other hand, Trump's project is replacing long abandoned and derelict rail yards with a coordinated architectural ensemble modeled in part after the great towers of Central Park West and which are likely to result in further gentrification of the area.Writing about Lincoln Towers in their book, "New York 1960, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Second World War And The Bicentennial," (The Monacelli Press, 1995), authors Robert A. M. Stern, Thomas Mellins and David Fishman wrote that:The towers, indeed, are very long slabs: in his book, "Upper West Story, A History And Guide," (Abbeville Press, 1989), Peter Salwen describes "the great gray mass of Lincoln Towers, apartment mega-blocks on a scale immense enough to satisfy a Mussolini." The Mussolini here, of course, was none other than the legendary Robert Moses, a visionary planner who attained incredible political power and was the most prodigious builder in the city's history albeit not the most aesthetically inspired. In his unauthorized biography of Robert Moses, "The Power Broker, Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," (Alfred A. Knopf, 1974), Robert A. Caro maintained that "Moses was not making even a pretense of creating new homes for the families displaced." The largest slum clearance project of its kind in the nation when it was built, Lincoln Square (including the performing arts center) has radically transformed the Upper West Side, but that transformation has taken a long time. It must be ruled a success economically even if, aesthetically, it is a tremendous disappointment. Only in the 1990's, however, has the Lincoln Center district really come into its own as a very desirable "luxury" location and the more recent projects have begun to dwarf, at least vertically, this otherwise monumentally large complex whose open spaces will undoubtedly become more and more appreciated.

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Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Post War
  • Basement Storage
  • Full Service Garage
  • Garden
  • Health Club
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Children's Playroom
  • Fitness Center
  • On-Site Parking
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent
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$435K - $2.8M
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This is one of the eight 28-story apartment buildings that were built as part of the Lincoln Towers residential component of the vast Lincoln Square Urban Renewal Project that also created the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a Manhattan campus for Fordham University.More than 7,000 low-income families and about 800 businesses were displaced on the vast redevelopment site, once known as San Juan Hill, and before their demolition the tenement buildings were vacated and provided many of the sets for the movie version of the plan "West Side Story."The Lincoln Towers enclave contains a total of 3,897 apartments of which 484 are in this building that was completed in 1961 and converted to a cooperative in 1987.The residential towers, all designed by S. J. Kessler & Sons, are located on 19 percent of a 36-acre site that is divided by West End Avenue and runs from 66th to 70th Streets and from Amsterdam Avenue to Freedom Place that was named to honor Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Cheney who were civil rights workers killed near Meriden, Mississippi in 1964. The west side of Freedom Place is the eastern boundary of the former New York Central rail yards along the Hudson River that developer Donald Trump is developing as Riverside South, a huge, high-rise apartment enclave.Much of the opposition to Trump's mammoth project, which finally went into construction in 1997, came from residents of Lincoln Towers, many of whose views of the Hudson River were threatened by the proposed new towers. On the other hand, Trump's project is replacing long abandoned and derelict rail yards with a coordinated architectural ensemble modeled in part after the great towers of Central Park West and which are likely to result in further gentrification of the area.Writing about Lincoln Towers in their book, "New York 1960, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Second World War And The Bicentennial," (The Monacelli Press, 1995), authors Robert A. M. Stern, Thomas Mellins and David Fishman wrote that:The towers, indeed, are very long slabs: in his book, "Upper West Story, A History And Guide," (Abbeville Press, 1989), Peter Salwen describes "the great gray mass of Lincoln Towers, apartment mega-blocks on a scale immense enough to satisfy a Mussolini." The Mussolini here, of course, was none other than the legendary Robert Moses, a visionary planner who attained incredible political power and was the most prodigious builder in the city's history albeit not the most aesthetically inspired. In his unauthorized biography of Robert Moses, "The Power Broker, Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," (Alfred A. Knopf, 1974), Robert A. Caro maintained that "Moses was not making even a pretense of creating new homes for the families displaced." The largest slum clearance project of its kind in the nation when it was built, Lincoln Square (including the performing arts center) has radically transformed the Upper West Side, but that transformation has taken a long time. It must be ruled a success economically even if, aesthetically, it is a tremendous disappointment. Only in the 1990's, however, has the Lincoln Center district really come into its own as a very desirable "luxury" location and the more recent projects have begun to dwarf, at least vertically, this otherwise monumentally large complex whose open spaces will undoubtedly become more and more appreciated." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Close to Lincoln Center
  • Health club
  • Doorman
  • Close to Riverside Park
  • Landscaped parks
  • Garage
  • Many good views
  • Centrally air-conditioned
  • Many balconies
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • Very large complex and buildings
  • No sundeck
  • Many views will be impaired by new high-rise construction to the west
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Subways

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
at Broadway 0.18 miles
  1. B
  2. C
at Central Park West 0.43 miles
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$862,292
Avg. Price
Based on 12 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$405K - $1.9M
Price Range
$1,131
Avg. Price / ft2

Pricing Comparison of Similar Buildings

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In The Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 200 Available for Sale
  • $1,879 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,031,129 Avg. Price
  • $1,249,500 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Park Millennium Apt 35DEF | $24,995,000
    Price / ft2 $5,813
  2. Least Expensive Lincoln Spencer Arms Apt 76C | $395,000
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  • 57 Available for Rent
  • $67 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $6,017 Avg. Price
  • $4,850 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Park Millennium Apt 42A | $24,900
    Price / ft2 $88
  2. Least Expensive Lincoln Towers Apt 21J | $2,650
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  • 214 Total Sales
  • $1,449 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,422,226 Avg. Price
  • $1,090,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive The Grand Millennium Apt PH3A | $11,500,000
    Price / ft2 $3,425
  2. Least Expensive Lincoln Towers Apt PSR55 | $65,000

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