Articles on West End Avenue

West End Avenue’s Sublime Charm

845 West End Avenue

When renowned architect Rosario Candela designed 915 West End Avenue in 1922,  it was designed in classic and elegant harmony with the rest of the stately, regal facades on the leafy riverside esplanade. Almost a century later, the stretch of the Upper West Side near Riverside Park is still a wondrously sublime respite from the usual cacophony of city life.

Collegiate School, Modernizing Move

Rendering for West 62nd and West End Avenue

The Collegiate School, the country’s oldest independent all-boys private school, has operated at a historic three-building campus on West 78th Street and Broadway since 1892.

Debate Continues over Whether or Not Landmarks Hinder Development in New York City

The Real Estate Board of New York and the Landmark Coalition continue to battle over landmark laws in New York CityThe debate over landmarking has finally come to a head. The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) composed a three page signatory letter confronting landmarking policies developed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) which allow for any building erected more than thirty years ago to be conserved as a landmark. Today will mark REBNY’s first public announcement to speak out regarding transparency in the landmark process, lack of public input for what buildings should become landmarks, and that the increasing number of landmarks have weakened Manhattan’s economic growth. In response to the historic districts created by the LPC on West End Avenue in Manhattan and in the Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper District in particular, REBNY has formed the Responsible Landmark Coalition.

West End Historic District Set to Expand Dramatically

A map of the proposed historic district on the Upper West SideWest End Avenue is home to some of the most regal buildings in all of Manhattan, and soon those buildings might be off limits to the real estate developers who are constantly looking to transform Manhattan with new construction. A few years ago, the West End Preservation Society submitted a proposal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to expand the historic district on West End Avenue, thereby preserving a huge swath of the area. If approved, the proposed district will extend from West 70th Street all the way up to West 109th Street between Broadway and Riverside Avenues, a 2-mile stretch on the Upper West Side that encompasses 745 buildings in all. This change would eliminate new construction on West End Ave, although it would still allow developers to convert existing buildings into condos. Nonetheless, in a neighborhood that attracts very affluent buyers and renters, it's safe to say that developers will not be happy about being forced to give up such a valuable part of Manhattan.