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Forward Building, 175 East Broadway

Between Rutgers Street & Canal Street   |    Lower East Side

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 1912
  • 29 Apartments
  • 10 Floors
Currently, no apartments are available
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • 2 BEDS $2,450,000 1
  • 3 BEDS $1,595,000 1
  • Avg. Price based on 2 closings during past 12 months Last updated Apr 25, 2018
  • View all recent sales
$1,606 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

72

Forward Building, 175 East Broadway has received a CityRealty Rating of 72, 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

27
Out of 44
+
20
Out of 36
+
17
Out of 39
+
8
=
72
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 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:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Exists 1 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:
No 0 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:
Individual Designation 2 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:
Attractive / Pleasant 3 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
More than 50 blocks 0 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Bland 1 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Some 2 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Only Top Floors 1 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:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 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:
Quite Stylish 3 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
11-14 Feet 3 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
None 0 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Considerable 2 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
None 0 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:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 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
  • #9 Rated condo - Lower East Side
How was this building rated?

The former Jewish Daily Forward Building at 173 East Broadway, perhaps the most prominent and important landmark on the Lower East Side, was converted in 2006 into 29 condominium apartments by Ronald Castellano and Christopher Hayes, who had previously converted the Garfield Building not far away at 142 Henry Street.

The Forward building was designed in Beaux-Arts style by George A. Boehn, who also designed the very ornate mid-rise, mid-block building at 165 West 57th Street across from Carnegie Hall in 1916.

Its richly ornamented façade has the Forward Building incised above its arched entrance in English and in Yiddish near the top of the 10-story building.

It was erected in 1912 and served as the headquarters of the Jewish Daily Forward until it was sold to the Lau family in 1974 and it moved to its present location at 49 East 33rd Street. Mr. Castellano told CityRealty.Com that the Lau family used the building s first two floors as a Chinese church and bible factory and kept the rest of the building vacant until 1998 when they sought to convert it to about 39 condominiums. It was put on the condo market just before Sept. 11, 2001, however, and afterwards the apartments came off the market.

During renovations, statues of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels were moved but returned to their "rightful" place, and in 2004 the building was sold.

Mr. Castellano and Mr. Hayes finished the renovation and obtained a certificate of occupancy as well as approval from the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission and recently submitted an offering plan to the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Mr. Castellano said that many of the lower floor units have unusual

layouts and that units have high ceilings and range in size from about 600 to 4,200 square feet and that all layouts will be different.

The Forward was founded by Abraham Cahan in 1897 and became the largest Yiddish-language daily newspaper in the world with a circulation that grew to about 200,000.

It was rather secularist and did not print information about holy days and synagogue events, according to one published report and became the most influential newspaper supporting the labor movement and was known at one time as the "Forverts." A large neon sign on the roof displayed the paper's name in English toward the Manhattan Bridge and in Yiddish along East Broadway.

One of the newspaper's popular features was the Bintel Brief column which offering advice to letters from Jewish immigrants. The newspaper is now published weekly in three languages, Yiddish, English and Russian.

In 1918, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn held the founding conference of the Workers Liberty Defense Union at the building, defending members of the I. W. W., the Socialist Party and the unions who were jailed for the opposition to the entry of the United States into World War I.

Two years later, the Sacco-Vanzetti Defense Committee held their first meeting in the building.

The 10-story building, which has deeply inset windows and ornate pilasters that run up most of the building, has spectacular views over Seward Park, the first municipal playground in the United States, to midtown as well as great views to the south of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

Prices in the building, which has a doorman, initially ranged from about $620,000 to more than $5,000,000.

The building has a 24-hour doorman, a superintendent, a bicycle room, two elevators, private storage, refrigerated storage in the lobby for perishable deliveries and handicapped access to the roof deck.

Some of the apartments have gas fireplaces and ceiling heights range from 11 to 17 feet. Kitchens have SubZero, Miele, Frigidaire and Kuppersbusch appliances.

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. F
at Essex and Canal 0.04 miles
  1. J
  2. M
  3. Z
at Norfolk and Delancey 0.31 miles
  1. B
  2. D
at Chrystie 0.36 miles

Carter Horsley's Review

Forward Building, 175 East Broadway Carter Horsley's Building Review
"The former Jewish Daily Forward Building at 173 East Broadway, perhaps the most prominent and important landmark on the Lower East Side, was converted in 2006 into 29 condominium apartments by Ronald Castellano and Christopher Hayes, who had previously converted the Garfield Building not far away at 142 Henry Street." Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Roof deck
  • 24-hour doorman
  • Famous Lower East Side landmark
  • High ceilings
  • Refrigerator in lobby for perishable deliveries
  • Subzero refrigerators
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No garage
  • No balconies
  • No sidewalk landscaping
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Forward Building, 175 East Broadway Alternate Addresses

  • 173 East Broadway
  • 173-175 East Broadway

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  • 117 Total Sales
  • $1,959 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,568,673 Avg. Price
  • $1,650,000 Median Price
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    Price / ft2 $4,808
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    Price / ft2 $1,012

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