The luxury apartment house was actually invented in New York in the late 19th century. Upper-class New Yorkers lived in townhouses and single-family mansions during the 19th century. To lure potential tenants, developers borrowed the word "apartment" from the French to make the new buildings sound more fashionable. The word and the lifestyle stuck.
An ad for the San Remo in the NY Times in April 1930 called it:
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11 Riverside Drive - The Schwab House
The Schwab House built 1951 is considered one of the best Upper West Side Coops.
The 17-story, 654-unit apartment building is on the site of the former Charles Schwab mansion. It recently converted to"green"energy.
Fairmont- UES built in 1964 - coop in 1984
Broadway at 68th Street
built in 1964 with Lincoln Center Development converted to condo 1984 --->
Buildings made of concrete have set back vertical rectangles and cylinders, many with balconies.
Yorkville Towers, Rupert Towers Complex built in 1975 converted to condos in 2003
The Boulevard 1988 - Upper West Side Condop
The Bromley 1987 - Upper West Side condo --->
The Alexandria built 1991
Seven buildings (condos and rentals) Trump Place 1998- 2003
The Ariel East and West at West 99th Street and Broadway -
The Aldyn 60 Riverside Boulevard
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(blog post updated 9/2011)