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Manhattan Plaza

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Subsidized apartments for people in theater professions

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Clinton
Residential, Housing

Place Matters Profile

Manhattan Plaza is a subsidized housing project built in the 1970s. Under a unique arrangement, 70% of the buildings' 1689 apartments are reserved for people who work in the theater, with the rest set aside for various other Hell's Kitchen residents in need of good housing. Since opening, Manhattan Plaza has fostered a close-knit community that offers its residents many social opportunities as well as host of services including, notably, groundbreaking projects serving the elderly and those with AIDS.

Manhattan Plaza was originally conceived in the early 1970s as a middle class housing development designed to help revitalize Hell's Kitchen. The builders, Richard Ravitch and Irving Fischer, created a plan for two large apartment towers with a number of amenities such as security, recreational spaces, shops and tennis courts. Construction was halted, however, when the developers realized they would have to charge higher rents than they had first envisioned.


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Hamill, Denis. "B'way Gleams for AIDS Funder." Daily News, May 13, 2001.

Lambert, Bruce. "On the Block Where AIDS Hits Hardest, Residents Rally." New York Times, September 8, 1989, Metro Section.

Sandrow, Nahma. "Center-Stage Living, at Balcony Rates." New York Times, June 9, 2002, Real Estate Section.

Sandrow, Nahma. "How the Rent Numbers Add Up at Manhattan Plaza." New York Times, June 9, 2002, Real Estate Section.

Zane, Sharon. Interviewed by Place Matters Staff.

Jackson, Kenneth T. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

On The Web

Manhattan Plaza Tenants Association website


Anonymous Nominator

Important for the diversity of function: partially subsidized housing for artists, along with a health and racket club.

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