By Carter B. Horsley
This very handsome,
22-story, beige-brick pre-war apartment tower at 666 West End
Avenue has 403 rental apartments. It was erected in 1927 and designed
by Schwartz & Gross.
which is known as the Windemere, has a three-story, rusticated
limestone base, a concierge, some balconies and terraces, a canopied
entrance, nice terracotta decorative fašade elements, consistent
fenestration, and protruding air-conditioners. It has a two-story
arched entrance surround.
has no health club, no sidewalk landscaping, no garage and no
It is one
block away from Riverside Park and is along one of the nicest
stretches of this fine residential avenue. There is excellent
local shopping nearby on Broadway where there is also good public
is U-shaped in plan with a large courtyard opening to the north.
The building, which is also known as 257-167 West 92nd Street,
is one of the tallest on West End Avenue.
set of setbacks is at the 15th floor where three center bays flanked
by terracotta quoins maintain the building line while the end
bays are recessed behind stone posts with wrought-iron railings.
Another setback is at the 17th floor and the center bays of the
19th and 20th floors are flanked by terra-cotta cartouches and
paired pilasters topped by a broken pediment with an urn. The
top two floors are setback and enhanced by brickwork in geometric
patterns.The building was erected on the site of five brick-faced
rowhouses on West End Avenue and one on West 92nd Street and its
name comes from Lake Windemere in the Lake District of northern
July 16, 2010, Adam Pincus wrote an article at therealdeal.com that
this building was brought by Laurence Gluck and Moshe Azogui for $72
million. The article said that the 1927 building "is a
single-room occupancy apartment building, city Department of Buildings
records show," adding that "insiders were surprised that Gluck could
get financing since he lost Riverton Houses in Harlem in a foreclosure
and is a facing a $110 million foreclosure suit at the Financial
District office tower at 2 Rector Street." "Nationally," the
article continued, Mr. Gluck's Stella Management company, "announed in
May that it would default on its $550 million first mortgage on a
3,221-unit apartment complex in San Francisco called Parkmerced, which
is due in October....In New Yhork, Gluck has been criticized for his
management of apartment buildings. But now, if troubled 33-story
affordable rental building Tivoli Towers in Crown Heights remains
in the Mitchell-Lama program for 30 years, the city will give its
blessing for Gluck to buy it, a spokesman from the city's Housing
Preservation and Development said.