The Normandy

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The Normandy, 140 Riverside Drive, 86th Street corner, Upper West Side, New York

The Normandy, at 140 Riverside Drive and West 86th Street, is a luxury residential cooperative apartment building in Manhattan, New York City. It is one of the city's best Art Deco buildings, and the last of the great twin-towered apartment houses built by architect Emery Roth; it was in The Normandy that Roth chose to live in his retirement years. The AIA Guide to New York City comments on the building's "senuous curves".[1]

A 1978 review of Roth's work by architecture critic Paul Goldberger in the New York Times commented that

the Roth firm took on modernism slowly – the Normandy apartments of 1938 at 140 Riverside Drive have an Art Deco-like base, but the ornamental housing for the water tower lurches back suddenly to the Italian Renaissance. There were a few other such schizophrenic [Roth] designs from the 1930s and buildings such as 930 Fifth Avenue and 875 Fifth Avenue of 1940 show a gradual disappearance of the old ornament.[2]

The Normandy is a New York City landmark.[3]


  1. ^ White, Norval & Willensky, Elliot (2000). AIA Guide to New York City (4th ed.). New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-8129-3107-5.
  2. ^ Goldberger, Paul (February 16, 1978). "Emery Roth dominated the age of apartment buildings". New York Times. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Guide to New York City Landmarks. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2008. p. 148-9.

Coordinates: 40°47′24.6″N 73°58′47.4″W / 40.790167°N 73.979833°W / 40.790167; -73.979833