The Astor

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The Astor, 2015

The Astor building at 235 West 75th Street is a grey-brick building that fronts on Broadway between 75th and 76th Streets on the Upper West Side in New York City. It consists of two 8-story wings that were erected by William Waldorf Astor II in 1909 and a 12-story wing that was built four years later on the northern section of the site. Clinton and Russell was the architect for the low-rise wings and Peabody, Wilson & Brown did the taller tower.[1] All three wings are connected at the base and have gray brick facades above a limestone base. The buildings are also distinguished by limestone quoins.

Despite its good looks, the building eventually fell on hard times and became a single-room occupancy property that was described by New York State Attorney General Louis J. Lefkowitz as "an incredible chamber of horrors."[2]

In 1977, Herbert Mandel look over the property for rental apartments and in 2014 HFZ Capital, which is headed by Ziel Feldman, brought the property for conversion to condominium apartments.


  1. ^ The Astor, Legacy
  2. ^ The Conversion of 'an Incredible Chamber of Horrors' by Alan S. Oser, The New York Times, December 2, 1977 (subscription required)

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Coordinates: 40°46′54″N 73°58′55″W / 40.781572°N 73.981852°W / 40.781572; -73.981852