Landmark Living: Manhattan real estate in history/today A blog series

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My last blog Starchitect Skyline was part of a series of blogs about Manhattan real estate in history/today. I wrote about the brand name glass tower apartment buildings of the new millennium that are changing the NYC skyline.

This blog is about landmark buildings from another era and other uses that have been transformed or are being converted to luxury apartments.

Old World Details - Meets Modern Amenities.

Famous hotels, landmark banks, insurance company headquarters, factories, hospitals and even a former Police headquarters have been transformed into luxury apartments that offer unique spaces. This trend in real estate is not only taking place in Manhattan but in cities throughout the country.

Throughout Manhattan landmark buildings are being converted to condos. Just as the Starchitect branded buildings are a great marketing tool for developers so are famous Landmark buildings. Here is a sampling of some Landmark Living in Manhattan.

The Apple Bank building built in 1928 on the Upper West Side

 Currently selling loft style condos priced from $2 to $8 million.

Old Police Headquarters Building at 240 Centre Street built in 1909

 Edwardian Baroque style converted to 55 coop apartments in 1987.

Met Life Building 1 Madison Avenue

 Once the tallest building in the world, converted to 142 condo units.

The Supreme Macaroni Factory

 Pasta factory on 9th Ave at 39th St. is being converted to 96 condos.

The Cocoa Exchange 1 Wall Street

 Neo- renaissance triangular shaped building converted to luxury apartments.

The Plaza Hotel

 The famous Plaza Hotel is being converted to luxury condominiums

The Castle 455 Central Park West

 1887 Cancer Hospital converted to luxury condos.


Park West Church 86th & Amsterdam Ave.

Tax exempt landmark churches are looking to real estate developers for cash. The Park West church at 86th and Amsterdam has plans to preserve it's main sanctuary and tower while erecting a 21 story apartment building.

Many preservationist and neighbors are concerned about these church's plans to develop their properties including development plans from the Theological Seminary in Chelsea. Everyone wants to be in Real Estate.


Manhattan real estate in history/ today

A blog series by Mitchell Hall 

Landmark Living

Starchitect Skyline 19th - 21st homes

The Castle 455 Central Park West

The Ansonia 

The Dakota

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Netta Blackwood
REO/BPO Expert
La Rosa Realty
Thanks for taking me back down memory lane.  Whatever happen to the Woolworth building?  Also known once as one of the tallest building?  Are they still working out of it?
November 27, 2006 10:04 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC
The Corcoran Group


The Met Life Tower was built in 1909. It was the tallest building for only four years. 

The Woolworth building became the tallest building in the world from 1913 until the construction of 40 Wall Street (and, shortly thereafter, the Chrysler Building) in 1930.  Then came the Empire State Building a year later.

Woolworth no longer owns the building. It is still being used as an office building. NYU occupies a portion of the building.

The Pam Am building is now The Met Life building also.

November 27, 2006 11:35 AM
Anonymous #10

Mitchell, thanks for the history and architectural lesson.  The Salt Lake skyline has nowhere near the history and diversity of architecture as Manhattan.

November 27, 2006 12:57 PM
Jeff Belonger
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Mitchell... very late to the party. I have always liked architecture. I actually went to college for Landscape Architecture and look now... mortgages of 14 years. I even went to Paris and Italy one year.... some amazing stuff out there.

In regards to your post. Some interesting information. I would love to have a place inside a historical site and such. But so expensive. And it amazes me how expensive that they are and that they are able to fill many of these buildings up....especially for those prices... wow...  nice work. 

December 16, 2006 12:31 PM
Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate

Mitchell - What wonderful material you have to write about.  I am still fairly new to AR.  The only thing I miss about New York, is Manhattan.  I adored it.  I just went back through your many posts and find myself almost needing to get onto a plane and come back for a visit, for a fix.  Great Stuff,

Thank You,


December 27, 2006 06:47 PM

Mitchell J Hall

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