Built in 1924 at the corner of Broadway and 75th Street, 215 W 75 Street’s 15 floors rose at a time when much of the Upper West Side’s residential construction was completed. The building was well known in its early days as a second home to gangsters, writers, politicians and others who frequented its bordellos. In fact, that “life of sin” has much to do with the building’s labyrinth of front and back apartment entrances and the multiple interior staircases. Those early days of 215 West 75th Street were documented in a colorful 2002 newsletter article written by building resident Lisa Jacobs.
Originally a rental building, the ownership has gradually been transferred to cooperative shareholders. The residential co-op is maintained through 215 West 75 Street Owners Corporation, while a condominium association exists to govern matters related to the overall building, which includes retail space facing both Broadway and 75th Street.
The building is also known as “Majestic Towers,” a name which lives on at the dry cleaning business located next to the lobby entrance.