Inside the Apthorp

The New York Times 3.5.09

The New York Times shows us the home of the O’Neals — one of the last remaining rent-regulated units in the historic Apthorp Building. The iconic building, which occupies the entire block between Broadway, West End Avenue and between 78th and 79th streets, is undergoing a messy conversion and it is fascinating to see the giant apartment that has been home to the O'Neals (and their friends) since 1971...

"It is a medium-size unit by Apthorp standards: about 3,000 square feet, according to a condo sales prospectus distributed to tenants by those same new owners in 2007, in which the apartment was offered at $7.85 million. It is also, these days, a lone outpost of a nearly lost world, home to the kind of sprawling, slightly messy, bohemian family life that middle-class renters could once make for themselves on the Upper West Side."

Read a deeper history of the building, At Home With: Tenants of a Vanishing World and the audio slideshow as narrated by resident Christine O'Neal.

(Images: Todd Heisler)