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(l-r) Rendering via SLCE Architects; construction progress circa November 2021 via CityRealty (l-r) Rendering via SLCE Architects; construction progress circa November 2021 via CityRealty
While there’s no question that New York’s historic districts have preserved some of the city’s most beautiful architecture, their protections can seem capricious at times. For example, when the team behind 360 Central Park West wanted to convert the Rosario Candela-designed building to luxury condos, this was not able to take place without the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (“Landmarks”). But across the street, 15 and 17 West 96th Street are located right outside the historic district, allowing developer Sackman Enterprises to raise a 22-story, 321-foot high new building as of right. Demolition of the modest townhouses formerly on the sites began in September 2016. A more recent site visit saw construction of the SLCE Architects-designed building about three stories up.
 
 
 
 
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As permits show, the first five floors of the new building will be devoted to the new home of Chabad of the West Side (CWS). The new center is double the space of CWS’ last location at 166 West 97th Street and will house two synagogues, a mikveh, a library, a conference center, a terrace-playground, a teacher’s training academy, meeting rooms, and preschool and Hebrew school classrooms.

The 24 apartments will start on the sixth floor of the building, which Curbed has derided as “a bland box o’ condos.” No more than two units per floor allows for excellent privacy, and the top two floors will be devoted to a duplex penthouse. Details are not yet available about the apartments, but renderings show private balconies on many units. Amenities are set to include storage, a bike room, a gym, a children’s playroom, and a rooftop terrace.
15-17 West 96th Street Rendering via SLCE Architects
The new condo is taking shape up the street from Central Park and close to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, popular Upper West Side restaurants, and the 96th Street B/C and 1/2/3 trains. Families with children will appreciate the proximity to top schools like Columbia Grammar and Prep School and Alexander Robertson School, not to mention the future home of the new Children’s Museum of Manhattan location. This is taking shape in the former First Church of Christ Scientist with Landmarks’ approval.
Central Park West is best known for its cooperatives - of the 244 publicly listed units for sale in Central Park West, only 73 are condos (per CityRealty listings). However, demand for these condos is clearly high - they come to a median price of $2.5 million, or $2,279 per square foot. There are no current availabilities at the aforementioned 360 Central Park West, and its closings come to an average price of $1,873 per square foot.



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