Address The Belnord Apartments 225 W 86th St, New York, NY 10024, USA

Built in 1908, The Belnord was, at its time, the largest apartment building in the United States.

Designed by the architectural firm of Hiss and Weekes, in 1909 the building had 175 rental apartments on 14 floors. Its huge interior courtyard is still one of the largest in the city.

In 1978, the building’s owner, Lillian Serril, made life hell for all its residents. The building had become dilapidated but no work was done. On the other hand, the rents were well collected and the latecomers were harassed. Exasperated, the residents began a rent strike, which lasted 16 long years, a record in the United States.

The arrival of a new landlord, Gary Barnett, ended the strike after the requested work was completed. More than $100 million was invested to restore the building to its former grandeur.

Resold in 2015 to a group of investors, most of the apartments have been luxuriously renovated. But residents descended from the original owners still remain, ensuring Belnord has a rich social mix.

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