A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 27, 2010
Dormandie Court or Dormandy Court (Normandie Court)

The Normandie Court (sometimes misspelled as “Normandy") is an apartment complex at 225 East 95th Street in Manhattan. The Normandie was built in the mid-1980s and almost immediately (1987) was dubbed “Dormandie Court” (sometimes misspelled “Dormandy") because of the recent college graduates who found the housing to be affordable. The “Dormandie” nickname is still used by some residents.


NY Bits
Normandie Court
Address:  225 East 95th Street (map)
New York, NY 10128
Neighborhood:  Upper East Side, Manhattan
Leasing Manager:  Ogden CAP Properties, LLC
Phone: 
Contact:  Vesna Dragicevic
Web:  http://www.ogdencapproperties.com/EN/no…
Year Built:  1987 (approximate)
Floors:  34
Units:  1477

17 September 1987, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “BIG-CITY LIVING 101: It’s post-graduate housing-with all the trappings of a dormitory-andthe roster is filling up fast” by Beth Sherman, City Living, pg. 12:
Welcome to Normandie Court, otherwise known as Dormandie Court since it houses so many college graduates from the Class of 87.

Forbes.com
Normandie Court
Robert Silver, 09.25.00, 9:43 AM ET
Normandie Court
205-235 E. 95th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
Dubbed “Dormandie Court” by fellow Manhattanites for the overflow of residents who are recent college graduates, this four-building apartment complex comes closer to a luxury hotel than a college dormitory. With a fountain and circular driveway in front that is lined with luxury cars, the sprawling fortress is well guarded. New York Today was able to stand in the main lobby long enough only to spot a notice for the Normandie Court book club and an ATM machine before being questioned by one of several doormen.
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History: Built in 1985-86. Units are all rentals.

Curbed NY
Beyond Dormandy: Curbed Readers Report
Thursday, July 29, 2004, by Lockhart
We asked, you told: what other apartment buildings in NYC share the college fraternity flair of the Upper East Side’s legendary Normandie Court (a/k/a Dormandy)?

Curbed BY
Post-Bac College Living Beyond Dormandie Court
Thursday, July 13, 2006, by Jeremy
ShareForget co-op boards. Think you’ve got the “sweetness” it takes to get accepted into one of Karen Falcon’s dorms for “the overeducated and underpaid” in Harlem?

New York (NY) Times
2 Bdrms, 1 Bth (and a Kegger Down the Hall)
By JASON STARR
Published: October 7, 2007
SHORTLY after my wife and I moved to Normandie Court, the 34-story beige brick complex in the East 90s, a young woman who lived on our floor invited us to a party that Saturday night. While we appreciated the gesture, we were also aware of the hidden agenda — invite the couple with a 3-year-old to your party because then they’ll be less likely to complain about the noise.

We already suspected that the young woman’s apartment would be the floor’s party central. When we were moving in, we heard pulsing hip-hop coming from her place, which was all the way on the other end of the hallway, and we feared that we’d made the classic renter’s mistake of choosing an apartment on a weekday afternoon, when everyone was at work. Our major concern was that our initial fears about moving into Normandie Court, a k a Dormandie Court, were justified.

For years, this complex of four massive buildings occupying an entire square block, bounded by East 95th and 96th Streets and Second and Third Avenues, had a notorious reputation as the home of wild graduates living an extended college existence, complete with all-night floor parties and carousing frat boys.

New York (NY) Times
Finding Your First Apartment
By VIVIAN S. TOY
Published: April 20, 2008
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Brokers say that while most recent graduates want to stay downtown and want to look in the Village or in Murray Hill, more reasonably priced apartments can be found on the far east and west sides of town and on the Upper East Side, where there are more large apartment buildings, including Normandie Court on East 95th Street, a building so popular with recent graduates that it is known as Dormandie Court.

Posted by Barry Popik
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