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90 Riverside Drive

Northeast corner at 81st Street

 90 Riverside Drive

90 Riverside Drive

 By Carter B. Horsley 

Constructed in 1926 and converted to a co-op in 1968, this prestigous pre-war consists of 106 units in 3 separate wings, each served by its own passenger and service elevators. Accordingly, since there are a maximum of 3 apartments per landing, its shareholders enjoy a tranquil and intimate setting. Beautiful, marble lobby attended by both a doorman and concierge welcomes its residents. Located on a prime stretch of Riverside Drive, many of the apartments feature park and river views.

This handsome, 16-story building at 90 Riverside Drive on the northeast corner at 81st Street was erected in 1926 and designed by Schwartz & Gross.

It was converted to a co-operative in 1968 and has 106 apartments.

The Italian Renaissance-style building has a limestone base and quoins, some terracotta detailing and an attractive, small cornice. 
In addition to its excellent views of the Hudson River and being directly across the street from Riverside Park, the doorman building is just a short walk to Zabar’s, the famous food store, and a large Barnes & Noble bookstore, both on Broadway, where there is a local subway station at 79th Street.

The building has a canopied entrance flanked by sconces and topped by a very attractive balcony with two arched windows.  It has a two-story limestone base with bandcourses over the second and 13th stories and string courses over the third and 12th stories. 

There are attractive window surrounds on the third floor with pediments at the corners and there are three-story window surrounds on the top three floors beneath the cornice’s dentils.

It has quoins and permits protruding air-conditioners, but has inconsistent fenestration and no sidewalk landscaping.

The building has a full-time doorman, a concierge, a health club, a roof deck, a live-in manager, and a bicycle room with an air pump, but no garage and not balconies.  Pets are allowed.

Penthouse B is a four-bedroom unit with a 38-foot-wide entrance gallery that leads to a 16-foot-long dining room, a 22-foot-long living room that opens onto a 15-foot-long library.  The unit has a 51-foot-long terrace facing the river and a shorter terrace facing the side-street.

Apartment 12B is a four-bedroom unit that has a 12-foot-long entry foyer that leads past an 18-foot-long library to a 17-foot-long square living room and an 18-foot-long dining room with an 8-foot-wide home office across from a 9-foot-long pass-through chef’s  kitchen with a 10-foot-long breakfast room.

Apartment 16G is a three-bedroom unit with an 11-foot-long entry foyer that leads to a 24-foot-long living room and a 14-foot-long dining room that connects to a 13-foot-wide breakfast as and a 14-foot-long kitchen and a 14-foot-wide office.

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