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186 Riverside Drive: Review and Ratings

between West 90th Street & West 91st Street View Full Building Profile

Carter Horsley
Review of 186 Riverside Drive by Carter Horsley

This pleasant, beige-brick building at 186 Riverside Drive on the southeast corner at 91st Street was erected in 1928 and converted to a cooperative in 1971. The 15-story building has 96 apartments.

It was designed by Emery Roth, whose other major West Side buildings include the Normandy, the San Remo and the Beresford.

Bottom Line

This is a handsome, pre-war building designed by Emery Roth with some fireplaces and an unusual roofline punctuated by angled medallions.



It has an unusual roofline punctuated by large angled medallions.

The building's façades have two nice bandcourses and the slightly lower adjoining building to the south, 180 Riverside Drive, paid it a complement by lining up its lower bandcourse with that of this building.

This building’s façades have some floral medallions and sidewalk landscaping is only along Riverside Drive.

The building, which is also known as 316-322 West 91st Street, has a side-street entrance and a nice lobby as well as some protruding air-conditioners and inconsistent fenestration.



The building has a doorman, a concierge and an elevator operator.



Penthouse D is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads to a one-step-up to a 7-sided, semi-circular bay window in the 25-foot-wide living room with a wood-burning fireplace near the 10-foot-long kitchen.  It has a 60-foot-long west terrace and a 30-foot-long north terrace.

Penthouse C is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads past a 10-foot-long kitchen to a 21-foot-long living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a 45-foot-long north terrace and a 21-foot-long south terrace with shed.

Penthouse B is a one-bedroom unit with an8-foot-long entry foyer that leads past an open 8-foot-long kitchen to a 21-foot-long living/dining room with  wood-burning fireplace, a 26-foot-long north terrace and a 16-foot-long south terrace.

Apartment 2A is a two-bedroom unit with a 7-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 20-foot-long living room next to a 10-foot-long dining alcove adjacent to a 7-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 8F is a two-bedroom unit with a 12-foot-wide entry foyer that opens onto a 30-foot-long living/dining room and an open, pass-through, five-sided, 12-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 3C is a one-bedroom unit that has a 21-foot-long entrance gallery that opens onto a 23-foot-long living room and an 11-foot-long kitchen.



Just to the west of this building is the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and a couple of blocks further east on 91st Street is the Trinity School, one of the city's best.



Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 24 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 33 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 14 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #40 Rated co-op - Upper West Side
  • #14 Rated co-op - Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
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1289 Lexington Avenue
at The Northeast corner of East 86th Street
Carnegie Hill
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