One of the City's Oldest Manual Elevators Saved From Replacement

One of the oldest elevators in the City resides in a co-op at 210 Riverside Drive in the Upper West Side. It is a manual elevator, where the doorman must control the elevator using a lever to go up and down, and the floor doors open by hand. This particular elevator is special not only for being vintage and one of the last remaining manual ones in the City , but also for being the filming location
for the scene in 1998's You've Got Mail where Tom Hanks gets stuck inside.

This short video, created by Ken Christensen for Crain's, interviews one of the co-op's board members about the simple financial decision behind deciding to upgrade the manual elevator rather than replace it with a newer, automated one.

You've Got Mail Elevator
Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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