By Carter B. Horsley
The top four floors of this impressive,
8-story, landmark building were converted into 29 residential
condominium apartments in 2006.
The building occupies the full
block between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and 73rd and 74th
Street and dominates Verdi Square and the adjoining express subway
The apartments have their own
entrance at 2112 Broadway.
The huge and grand, four-story
high banking hall of the Apple Bank at the base of the building
was not altered in the conversion of the building's upper floors
that were formerly used as offices.
The bank has its main entrance
in the middle of its frontage on Broadway and also on 73rd Street
facing Verdi Square.
SLCE Architects designed the
residential conversion and each apartment has a different layout,
all with large entry galleries. Six of the apartments are to be
duplexes with roof terraces.
The residential portion of
the building has a 24-hour concierge in the lobby that has been
designed by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, a gym inside the bank's
vault, a "canine shower for grooming pets," a commercial
laundry facility and bronze mailboxes "at each home's entrance."
The building has no garage
but there is excellent public transportation.
The landmark building was built
in 1928 for the Central Savings Bank that formerly was located
at 14th Street and Fourth Avenue. It was designed by York &
Sawyer in the same monumental, Italian Renaissance-palazzo style
the architects employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Building in Lower Manhattan.
The bank was founded in 1859
as the German Savings Bank in the City of New York and changed
its name to the Central Savings Bank during World War I and subsequently
it became the Apple Bank.
The bank continues to operate
within the building's vast and spectacular vaulted banking hallone
of the city's most spectacular interior spaces that is a designated
The building commands one of
the few prominent "key" sites in Manhattan at the intersection
of two avenues such as the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street and
the former site of the Herald Tribune at 35th Street between Broadway
and The Avenue of the Americas and the former Times Tower at 43rd
Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
The building was described
by Elliot Willensky and Norval White in "The A.I.A. Guide
to New York City Architecture, Fourth Edition," (Three Rivers
Press, 2000), as "one of the areas noblest and most
Units range from 1,200-square-foot
two-bedrooms to 3,800-square-foot three-bedrooms and have 11-
to 18-foot ceilings. They were priced initially at $2 million
to $8 million.
Stahl Real Estate, the owners
of the property presented plans to the city's Landmarks Preservation
Commission to make minor changes to an exit on 74th Street that
is used as a second means of egress for the condominium apartments.
The solution proposed was to leave the west side of the very handsome
gates in place and to leave permanently open the east side and
install a glass "panic" door with push-bar just inside