A restored Gilded Age icon occupying a block of prime Upper West Side real estate, The Astor offers the opportunity to inhabit a piece of New York history. Stepping inside is like stepping back into time—to when this stretch of Broadway was still relatively undeveloped, and everything felt taller, larger, and grander. Spaces existed, says design lead Aaron Dussair of Pembrooke & Ives, “that would be difficult to conceive of today.” When you combine these classic proportions and original details with, say, high-speed Wi-Fi and Miele appliances, you have something truly unique.
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Everything about The Astor’s architecture, from its stately limestone base to its hand-carved Juliet balconies and its intricate copper cornice, speaks to an era of bygone grandeur. As it should: the building, or rather trio of buildings spanning an entire city block, was originally commissioned in 1901 by Gilded Age tycoon William Waldorf Astor. Part of the real estate rush on the Upper West Side, it was originally conceived as two towers, designed by architectural firm Clinton and Russell; Peabody, Wilson & Brown added the third, taller tower in 1914 to accommodate penthouses. Today, it has been scrupulously restored to its prewar splendor.
The Upper West Side is brownstone New York; it’s Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera; it’s smoked fish from Barney Greengrass and Zabar’s. This is a neighborhood with deep roots, storied architecture, and cultural institutions. And then there’s Central Park, the 843-acre National Historic Landmark that spans 51 blocks from north to south and three avenues from east to west and includes fountains and lakes, playgrounds and walkways, wide open green spaces and manicured gardens.
Designed by Pembrooke & Ives, The Astor residences, which range from expansive one-bedrooms to palatial five-bedrooms, combine all the glamour of turn-of-the-century New York with all the conveniences of modern living. Nearly every home has a unique layout, but all possess that mix of prewar grandeur—think generous proportions and elaborate detailing—and thoughtful updates, like open kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and marble-clad bathrooms with freestanding tubs. Select residences also feature restored wood-burning fireplaces, bay windows, and outdoor spaces.
Pair the grand lobbies, with their mosaic detailing, crown moldings, and marble wainscotting, with a state-of-the-art fitness center, children’s play area, and other modern amenities, and you have the best of old and new. This is old-school grandeur meets new-school conveniences. And the icing on the cake is the location, with Central Park, Riverside Park, Lincoln Center, and the American Museum of Natural History all a stone’s throw away.
- 24hr Doorman
- Bike Storage
- Children's Playroom
- Fitness Center