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59 West 12th Street

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Type  Condominium apartment
Country  United States
Architectural style  Art Deco
Construction started  1929
Location  Greenwich Village
Current tenants  101 apartments
Inaugurated  7 August 1931
Architect  Emery Roth
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Town or city  59 West 12th Street, New York, New York 10011
Floor count  18 including two penthouse floors
Similar  299 West 12th Street, 302 West 12th Street, 2 Horatio Street, 45 Christopher Street, The Eldorado

59 West 12th Street is a residential building located in the Greenwich Village Historic District in lower Manhattan in New York City.

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Map of 59 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA

It was built by the developer brothers Bing & Bing with noted architect Emery Roth whose other work includes The Beresford and The Eldorado.

It was granted an occupancy license on August 7, 1931 and houses 101 condominium apartments.

Development

It was part of a simultaneous development of five buildings in the area.

Bing and Bing also used Roth to design 299 West 12th Street.

They worked with the architectural firm of Boak and Paris on both 302 West 12th Street and 45 Christopher Street.

And they chose to work with architect Robert T. Lyons on 2 Horatio Street.

Rivaling Central Park West

Leo Bing, announced on April 1, 1929 that his firm had quietly acquired 75 small lots and old buildings largely around Abingdon Square, Sheridan Square and Jackson Square Park. And the lots would be combined to allow for a set of larger-scale, 17-story apartment buildings.

He said his goal was to "recreate the entire district as a modern counterpart of the high-class residential section it once was" saying it would "rival Central Park West and the fashionable east side within a few years." He cited the goal of neighborhood reinvention as the reason for the simultaneous building, saying his hope was that "complete transformation of the section may be achieved as quickly as possible.”

Despite the start of the Great Depression just months after Leo Bing's announcement, by September 1931 Bing & Bing reported that the "five new buildings on Christopher, Horatio and West Twelfth Streets are proving among the most popular of all the Bing & Bing apartment properties. Callers have been numerous…and a high percentage of the space has been leased.”

Notable residents

Once the home of:

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • John Waters - director
  • Marisa Tomei - actress
  • Cameron Diaz - actress
  • Bebe Neuwirth - actress/dancer
  • Isaac Mizrahi - designer
  • Ben Wauford - architect
  • Willy Falk - actor/singer
  • Jonathan Pryce - actor
  • References

    59 West 12th Street Wikipedia


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