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The Upper West Side’s oldest buildings are posh once more

July 25th, 2019

When the Gilded Age began in the 1870s, New York City was on the cusp of a new era. There were no subways, people still drove horse-drawn carriages, the Upper West Side was farmland — and modern apartments didn’t yet exist.Just a few decades later, everything had changed: mass transit whisked riders around, opening up all of Manhattan to development, and luxury apartment buildings began to spring up across the Upper West Side. It didn’t take long for New Yorkers to embrace their conveniences.While many of these grand Gilded Age residences fell on hard times after World War II, today many are being returned to their original glory via condo conversions that add modern amenities and amp up their existing old-school refinement.

Untapped Cities

11 Luxury Pre-War Hotels and Apartments of the Upper West Side

July 15th, 2019

It’s hard to imagine today that people had to be lured to settle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but such was the case at the turn of the 20th century when the first New York City subway line opened. The Interborough Rapid Transit Line (IRT) started at City Hall, with the most epic of subway stations (now closed off to the public except on official Transit Museum tours). The Astors and other enterprising investors owned the land uptown, purchased in a speculative property boom. Now, the question was how to brand the area. No longer just for bachelors, apartment living was made luxurious and drew wealthy New York families out of their single family homes downtown and into apartments uptown. This change in not only location but also in lifestyle was often a hard sell, so the apartments had to be decked out in the latest modern amenities and features that single family homes couldn’t offer. The speculative investments paid off and many luxurious apartments of the Pre-War era are still some of the most coveted New York City addresses. Check out some of the oldest and most luxurious apartments and hotels of the Upper West Side:


Law & Order’s New York was never real

May 8th, 2019

Today, with a half-dozen Starbucks, an Urban Outfitters, and architects like Robert A.M. Stern remaking old apartment buildings like the Belnord, it’s hard to imagine the area in need of gentrification. But when I moved into my West 105th Street apartment, I’d go out every morning and clean up crack vials from the backyard. The quantity suggested more than one user, which meant that some nearby apartment hosted a crack house—just like the ones that were a staple on Law & Order at the time.


Historic New York Ceilings Restored To Old New York Grandeur

March 8th, 2019

“Since 1908, The Belnord has been a prime example of elegant living on the Upper West Side, with numerous architectural elements that we are working to restore and reinforce to last another century,” said Thorsten Kiefer of HFZ Capital Group, the developer behind its renovation.

Elite Traveler

Residence 1012, The Belnord, New York City

January 7th, 2019

Prominent New York firm Robert AM Stern Architects led the restoration of this landmarked building on the Upper West Side, fusing the charm of its 1908 structurewith immaculate modern interiors.

The Real Deal

The 10 biggest NYC investment sales of 2018

December 17th, 2018

Westbrook took a $660 million stake in the Belnord from HFZ Capital Group by converting its debt on the property into fresh equity.

Off The Mrkt

Have A Whole Floor To Yourself At The Belnord

November 29th, 2018

The Belnord, a landmarked building that occupies an entire block on the Upper West Side has a new listing, Residence #1012, taking up an entire floor that can be yours for $12,575,000.

Architectural Digest

Rafael de Cárdenas Adds a Contemporary Layer to Robert A.M. Stern's The Belnord

October 4th, 2018

For his second ever model apartment, Rafael de Cárdenas brings a soft touch to the palatial building.

Haute Residence

New York City Landmark Conversions Blending Old and New Into Perfection

September 14th, 2018

Originally designed by Hiss & Weekes and originally constructed in 1908, the Belnord is a superb example of a turn-of-the-century residential building.