This stunning condo building feels a bit like Paris and New York’s love child. The magnificent structure, built in 1899, is located on Broadway, not too far from Central Park. The building was first a hotel that became famous for having a farm on the roof, complete with chickens. Since then, it’s been home to Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, Natalie Portman, Babe Ruth and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few.
The Ansonia, 2109 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, USA, +1 212-877-9800
My favorite NYC building that I have the pleasure of seeing almost every day…. 1. It once had a farm on the roof. 2. Housed/ houses some of the most gifted people on earth. The Ansonia is a building on the Upper West Side of New York City Stokes established a small farm on the roof of the hotel. Stokes had a Utopian vision for the Ansonia—that it could be self-sufficient, or at least contribute to its own support—which led to perhaps the strangest New York apartment amenity ever. "The farm on the roof," Weddie Stokes wrote years later, "included about 500 chickens, many ducks, about six goats and a small bear." Every day, a bellhop delivered free fresh eggs to all the tenants, and any surplus was sold cheaply to the public in the basement arcade. Not much about this feature charmed the city fathers, however, and in 1907, the Department of Health shut down the farm in the sky. #ansonia #beautiful #architecture #nyc #checkitout