243 Riverside Drive (Manhattan) - 243 Riverside Drive (Manhattan)

243 Riverside Drive is a 12-story residential building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City , overlooking the Hudson River .

Location, building history and appearance

Cliff Dwelling

Built in 1914 as an apartment hotel [1] , the architect was Herman Lee Meader , the building is on the north side of the flyover of Riverside Drive over 96th Street. Following the irregular plot of the plot, the building has the shape of a wedge, narrow on the north side. Opposite the building is a large playground that lets a lot of air into the building. The city's bus routes are just a few minutes away, as is the subway station on the corner of 96th Street and Broadway . On the 96th Street side, Carter B. Horsley, the fire escapes disrupt the otherwise continuous window lines of the floors. [2]

The lower two floors of the yellow masonry building are framed with limestone friezes , as are the central double windows on the third floor. They show, so to speak in anticipation of the Art Deco style of the 1920s, motifs from the Wild West , such as B. buffalo heads, striding pumas, rattlesnakes etc., but also swastikas . [3] The end of the building on the roof is a pronounced, serrated protrusion, which is designed as an arch in the middle part of the front to Riverside Drive and runs round at the ends of the building.


From 1965 to 1968, the German writer Uwe Johnson lived in an apartment with his family. The heroine of his first novel, Gesine Cresspahl, also lived in this house in his work. In 1979 the building was converted into condominiums and today contains 43 apartments, which were named Cliff Dwelling because of their elevated position on a rocky promontory and the view over the river . In July 2012 a 2 bedroom apartment was built e.g. B. offered for sale for US $ 1,250,000. However, this could only be sold in 2013 at a discount of 7%. In 2020, US $ 575,000 was charged for a one-room apartment. [5]


Commons : Cliff Dwelling - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Christopher Gray: Streetscapes/Cliff Dwelling at 96th Street and Riverside Drive; A Terra Cotta Masterpiece in Unusual Dimensions - NYT, Jan. 6, 2002
  2. https://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/riverside-dr-west-end-ave/the-cliff-dwelling-243-riverside-drive/review/1846
  3. https://www.newyorkitecture.com/cliff-dwelling/
  4. Gesine Cresspahl no longer lives here in: FAZ from July 5, 2012, page R4
  5. https://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/riverside-dr-west-end-ave/the-cliff-dwelling-243-riverside-drive/1846

Coordinates: 40 ° 47 ′ 46.4 " N , 73 ° 58 ′ 27.1" W.