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265 Riverside Drive

Southwest corner at 99th Street

265 Riverside Drive

265 Riverside Drive

By Carter B. Horsley

Construction began on 265 Riverside Drive on the southwest corner at 99th Street in 1909 and was completed in early 1910. Designed by George F. Pelham and owned by the West Side Construction Company, this very handsome, 11-story building had 2 apartments on the first floor and 3 apartments per floor on the 10 floors above.

In 1932 the building was gutted and rebuilt with 7 apartments per floor around the original 2 elevator banks. It reopened in 1933 with 6 apartments on the main floor and 70 apartments above.

The building was incorporated as a cooperative in 1992, and today the building has 75 apartments, almost evenly divided between cooperative apartments and rental apartments (one cooperative apartment combines 2 former apartments).

Situated on the a quiet one-lane section of Riverside Drive on the south side of 99th Street, this striking Classical building has a three-story rusticated limestone base, a curved fašade at the corner of Riverside Drive and 99th Street, and a raised entrance with a portico with two pairs of fluted columns.

265 Riverside Drive has a part-time doorman, allows for 80% financing, and features a laundry room and a bicycle room in the basement.

This pre-war, brown-brick building has an impressive entrance with columns and two attractive groups of three-courses of white banding above the three-story limestone base and near the top.

The brown-brick building is distinguished by its three-story rusticated limestone base with handsome balconies on the third floor and by the three banks of light-colored stone around its fourth and tenth stories that give the building an Italian Renaissance-style appearance.

The building has a four-step-up entrance flanked by pairs of deeply fluted columns on the drive, a moat fence, and a curved corner.

The building has fine views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park,

The building has a part-time doorman, a live-in superintendent and a bicycle room and an exposed rooftop watertank, but no health club, no roof deck and no garage.

Apartment 5C is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer that leads to a 15-foot-long gallery with one curved end next to a 7-foot-long kitchen and a 20-foot-long angled, living room with a curved corner.

Apartment 8B is a one-bedroom unit with an 8-foot-long entry foyer that opens into a 28-foot-long living room with a 10-foot-long dining area adjacent to an enclosed, windowed, 9-foot-long kitchen.

Apartment 8E is a one-bedroom unit which has an 8-foot-square entry foyer that opens onto a 20-foot-living room with a 10-foot-long, angled, dining alcove adjacent to a 12-foot-long, pass-through and windowed kitchen.

The D line of apartments are one-bedroom units with 14-foot-long entry foyers that leads to 20 foot-long living rooms in one direction and an angled, 13-foot-long dining room in the other next to a 7-foot-long kitchen.

According to a December 27, 2010 article about penthouses in The New York Times by Christine Haughney, an apartment in the building appeared in “Manhattan,” a movie by Woody Allen.


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