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940 Park Avenue

Northwest corner at 81st Street

940 Park Avenue from the southeast

By Carter B. Horsley

One of the more interesting designs along Park Avenue, this Art Deco-style apartment building was erected in 1925 and converted to a cooperative in 1951.

It has a three-story sandstone base with a decorative balcony at the third floor and a very fine, decorative bandcourse, a nice sandstone top with arched windows on the top floor and an octagonally shaped rooftop watertank enclosure.

unusual balconies

Its most fascinating feature, however, are some wrought-iron balconies on the next to top floor that depict men planting, or picking, flowers.

940 Park Avenue from the northeast

940 Park Avenue, center, from the northeast

The building has consistent new fenestration, protruding air-conditioners and an entrance on the sidestreet.

940 Park Avenue balconies

The 15-story building has only 27 apartments, two of which are duplex penthouse units. It was designed by George and Edward Blum, whose other Park Avenue buildings include 555, 791, 830, 840, 875 and 1075.

940 Park Avenue

The building, which has no garage, is not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many boutiques and art galleries along Madison. Cross-town buses run on 79th Street and one of the city’s best schools, PS 6, is on the same block at Madison Avenue.

 

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