This 30-story apartment
tower with 270 condominium units is distinguished by its odd shape.
Rather than have its northern side come to a point like the famous
Flatiron Building on 23rd Street, it is bent inwards towards the
south to create a small, angular plaza, which has its own irregularly
shaped low-rise retail structure.
Designed by Philip Birnbaum
and completed in 1977, the building's architecture is conventional
and low-key, if not downright minimal. Fortunately, its brick
façade is dark brown rather than the glazed white brick
that was popular (and very disastrous since it often tended to
break apart, or spall, in the city's freeze/thaw cycles).
The site at 69th Street
was formerly occupied by an apartment building of the same name
and before that by the Bloomingdale Reformed Dutch Church.
The Nevada was developed
by H. J. Shapiro, who at one time became one of the city's most
active residential developers but who later encountered severe
Given the prominence of
its location at the intersection of two avenues, it is unfortunate
that this drab structure was not more exciting or interesting.