By Carter B. Horsley
This large and quite handsome
23-story condominium occupies the Broadway blockfront between
83rd and 84th Streets.
Designed by Costas Kondylis
of Philip Birnbaum & Associates, this red-brick, 308-unit
building is most notable for its oculi - circular openings and
motifs - on its top five floors and around much of is base above
the retail spaces and in the middle of a three-story, white-colored
base. Despite such motifs, the building itself is quite rectilinear.
The fašade is very
rhythmic with relatively deep recesses (that provide many corner
windows even in the middle of the building) below the terraced
The building is on the site
of the Loew's 83rd Street theater, designed in 1921 by Thomas
W. Lamb, but it contains the Loew's 84th Street Sixplex, designed
by Heid & Rubin. The sixplex, one of the first major multiplexes
on the West Side, contains about 2,975 seats and is one of the
more popular ones in Manhattan.
The building, which was
completed in 1986 and developed by William L. Haines and Haseko,
Inc., has a health club and pool, garage, a children's playroom,
a bicycle room and room service. More than half are one-bedrooms.
Its design is nicely consistent with circular motifs used not
only in the many oculi but also in the entrance marquee and lobby.
In their definitive "A.I.A.
Guide to New York City, Third Edition," (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1988), Elliot Willensky and Norval White remark that this building
is "a chunky filler of Broadway's belly," adding that
"Post Modern green glazing with limestone gives a graceful
edge to West 83rd Street and a serrated neo-Dutch profile."
Although the oculi are something
of a design gimmick, they and the building are quite attractive.
This is one of the more desirable buildings in the area, which
is pretty desirable because of a nearby a major Barnes & Noble
bookstore and Zabar's. It is also across Broadway from a popular
Chinese restaurant, Ollie's.