Rendering courtesy of Binyan Studios
Sales have resumed at 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the 52-story Upper West Side tower that has faced a series of legal challenges since 2017. Developed in partnership by SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, the building is 668 feet tall, the tallest in the neighborhood. The tower nearly lost that superlative after a judge in February 2020 ruled that as many as 20 floors may have to be chopped from the building for violating zoning rules. But last month, the New York State Appellate Court reversed that decision and declared the developer’s permit valid.
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Designed by Elkus Manfredi with interiors by Cetra Ruddy, 200 Amsterdam features an Art Deco-inspired facade with setbacks and a glassy crown that lights up. There are 112 residences, including eight full-floor homes and two penthouse duplexes at its apex.
Amenities take up 20,000 square feet across three floors and include concierge service, a 75-foot-long saltwater pool in the fitness center, a “Little Composer’s Room” for children, a library, private dining room and lounge, and a complimentary year membership at nearby Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Renderings courtesy of Binyan Studios
Units start at $2.65 million for one-bedrooms, $3.65 million for two-bedrooms, $4.895 million for three-bedrooms, $7.3 million for four-bedrooms, and $7.975 million for five-bedrooms. The full-floor penthouses start at $17 million. Delivery of the homes is slated for this summer. Brown Harris Stevens is handling sales and marketing.
Since plans for the project were first revealed in 2017, the condo has been opposed by community groups and elected officials because of its”gerrymandered” lot. The developers added unused air rights from other sites and connected them back to the project’s lot, resulting in more than 100,000 square feet and a much taller building.
Despite a number of challenges, including an Article 78 petition filed by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, construction continued at the site and the building topped out in August 2019. SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan first launched sales in September 2019 but later paused the launch after the February 2020 ruling.
“We had a tremendous positive reaction by brokers and buyers since the latest ruling,” Steven J. Pozycki, chair and CEO of SJP, told the New York Post. “Buyers who came in two years ago have been waiting for us to come back. Many of them are Upper West Siders who wanted to move within the neighborhood, but couldn’t find anything with the amenities we offer.”
In response to the latest ruling, MAS filed a request to file an appeal last month.
- Construction resumes at controversial 200 Amsterdam Avenue tower
- City says 200 Amsterdam doesn’t have to chop 20 floors off (yet)
- Sales launch at disputed 200 Amsterdam Avenue, with one-bedrooms starting at $2.625M
Renderings courtesy of Binyan Studios; Photos courtesy of Field Condition
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side