By Carter B. Horsley
This attractive, beige-brick,
14-story, apartment building was erected in 1924 and designed
by Sugarman, Hess & Berger, who also designed 595 West End
Avenue, 17 East 96th Street and 33 Fifth Avenue.
The building, which also has
the address of 301 West 77th Street, is a rental and has about
The building has an entrance
canopy and sidewalk landscaping and a two-story stone base. It
has an unusual cornice line with two gentle arched elements on
the avenue and three on the sidestreet. The building has a broad
bandcourse at the third floor and another above the 12th floor.
The building has pilasters between the 13th and 14th floors andpermits
protruding air conditioners. The building overlooks one of the
city's most interesting townhouse blocks between 75th and 76th
Streets on the west side of West End Avenue.
A September 21, 1988 article
by Glenn Collins in The New York Times noted that "it
was another typical day at 77th Street and West End Avenue,"
adding that "Al Pacino was gripping a pistol and screaming
'Don't move! while a crew of 90 film makers toiled amid a circus
of equipment trucks and vans and apparatus appropriate to a $16
million movie production."
"'Hey look! That's Al
Capuccino,' said 11-year-old Josh Harris disrespectfully. 'Awww.
I want to see someone get shot! said an impatient Nicky Stern,
also 11, and like Josh, a sixth grader at the Collegiate School,
right across the street from the cameras. 'Just another bunch
of typical jaded New Yorkers,' commented the boys' art teacher,
Annie Nash. 'Woody Allen is always filming on the corner. Kojak
used to do car chases here all the time. Your take it for granted.'...'Sea
of Love,' the film in progress they were taking for granted, is
the quintessential New York movie, thanks to its theme and crew.
Mr. Pacino plays a Manhattan detective, a homicide-worn 20-year-veteran
who falls in love with one of his murder supsects, played by Ellen
Barkin. 'Thestory, it couldn't be more New York,' said Ms. Barkin,
who also finds it significant that the film is being made by 'the
Bronx bunch.' She, like Mr. Pacino, has Bronx roots - 'I lived
on the same black he once did when I was 6, Ms. Barkin said of
Mr. Pacino - and Martin Bregman, the producer, was brought up
in the Bronx. So was the director, Harold Becker. And the film's
writer, Richard Price, was a Bronx boy who began his career writing
out the Bronx in novels like 'The Wanderers' and 'Bloodbrothers.'...When
he isn't concentrating, Mr. Pacino has been affable enough with
both crowds and crew, and on one afternoon last week - during
filming in the lobby at 365 West End Avenue - he jocularly played
doorman for a while. 'He held the door for them,' the real doorman,
Mr. Keegan, said. 'He was pretty good.'"