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The very handsome, new, 11-story residential condominium building at 543 West 110th Street on the northeast corner at Broadway is expected to be ready for occupancy in September.

Platt Byard Dovell White, the architectural firm that recently designed such luxury apartment projects as 50 Madison Avenue and 47 East 91st Street, is the architect of the building, which has a 7-story base with a pre-cast concrete facade and a 4-story setback tower with a glass facade.

The building, which is known now as 110 + Bway, will have about 57 apartments ranging in size from studios to four-bedrooms. There are balconies on the upper floors and many windows are floor-to-ceiling. Most ceilings are 9-and-a-half-feet high and all apartments come with washers and dryers.

The building will have a garage, a 24-hour attended lobby, a resident superintendent, a bicycle room, a children's room and an exercise room. Kitchens feature Subzero refrigerators, Viking ranges, maple cabinets with Basaltina countertops and master baths have marble floors, walls and countertops and a Tea for Two tub and glass enclosed shower with Waterworks fixtures and Double Robern medicine cabinets.

There is a local subway station at the corner and there are several nice caf?two blocks to the north on Broadway going towards Columbia University.

Prices range from about $545,000 for a studio apartment with 546 square feet to $695,000 for a one-bedroom with 801 square feet to $1,875,000 for a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath with 1,829 square feet.

The developer is the Surtsey Realty Company, a concern of Howard Katz, and the development is on the former site of the two-story, terra-cotta-clad West Side Markets. Surtsey is the owner of the Beacon Theater and Hotel on Broadway and converted the Alden and Oliver Cromwell Hotels to residential use several years ago.

At one point, the developer hoped to get a variance to build a 16-story tower on the site, but decided to erect the lower building "as-of-right," that is, within the existing zoning and building regulations.

The building is just to the west of 535 West 110th Street, a beige-brick, 14-story apartment building that has about 289 apartments and is being converted to condominiums and has a construction shed in front of it. That building has a one-story limestone base with limestone window surrounds and the 2nd through the 4th floors and on the 13th floor and three decorative balconies. It has a canopied entrance, a one-step-up entrance and a four-step-up vestibule, a handsome marble lobby with stained-glass windows, a nice cornice and protruding air-conditioners and is adjacent to the spectacular, 9-story, mid-block apartment building at 527 West 110th Street that is distinguished by very large gargoyles of men eating on its second floor.

Across the street, the 12-story, Cathedral Tower apartment building at 514 West 110th Street was recently converted to about 100 condominiums. It has a three-story limestone base with a canopied entrance and protruding air-conditioners. It has a three-step-up vestibule and is missing the original masonry top of the slightly protruding window surrounds that are not missing on its twin building at 520 West 110th Street. Both of these beige-brick buildings were designed by Schwartz & Gross in 1911 and both have recessed entrances, exposed rooftop watertanks and masonry piers decorated in a diamond pattern.

To the east on this impressive block between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue is the very impressive and ornate facade of The Amherst-Cortlandt apartment building at 504-510 West 110th Street.

These buildings are close to Riverside Park, Morningside Park and Central Park and Columbia University and the Cathedral of St. John The Divine is a few blocks to the north.
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Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.