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When Was the First Apartment Building Constructed in NYC?

 Although multiple-unit tenements were being constructed in the 1830s, these were not considered true apartments because the units did not include a private toilet. The "Stuyvesant," located at 142 East 18th Street and designed by architect Morris Hunt, is generally regarded as the first upscale apartment building in New York. It was built in 1869-1870.

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