Glenwood was an early innovator in offering renters upscale amenities and finishes that are usually reserved for top tier Manhattan condos and co-op buildings. Glenwood was founded by father and son, Harry and Leonard Litwin. Harry and Leonard began their careers in the landscaping business, founding Woodbourne Cultural Nurseries in Melville, L.I., which still operates today. In the 1950s, they began building wood framed multi-family housing in Long Island and Queens, NY. Glenwood developed its first large scale project, Briar Hill, in Riverdale, NY. This development combines a suburban setting with a luxurious building that includes amenities such as an Olympic-size outdoor pool, snack bar, tennis courts, and playground. In 1962, Glenwood expanded its footprint to Manhattan with the development of the Pavilion. This building, comprised of over 800 apartments, spans an entire city block with novel amenities including a grocery store, hair salon, and a private bus to local shopping and the Lexington Avenue subway station. Harry Litwin passed away during the construction of this project, and his son Leonard completed it. The grandeur of the Pavilion earned Leonard Litwin the key to New York City, awarded to him by Mayor John Lindsay. Following the success of the Pavilion, Glenwood expanded its portfolio of luxury rental buildings over the next four decades into Midtown, the West Side, and Downtown Manhattan. Glenwood was also the first developer to build Downtown following 9/11 with Liberty Plaza, highlighting Glenwood’s belief in New York City. This building, Liberty Plaza, was recognized by the National Registrar of Historical Places, which acknowledges the importance of specific properties to the history of our country.
What one finds in a typical Glenwood building is impeccable landscaping, natural stone finishes, marble bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, high ceilings, walk-in closets, children’s playrooms, fitness centers, pools, yoga studios, elegant lounges, apartments featuring private balconies and home offices, roof top garden, 24 hour doormen, and many buildings with a garage.
Many of the organization’s newest offerings, such as Emerald Green, Crystal Green, Hawthorn Park and the Encore, are all built to LEED specifications. Glenwood buys “Green Power” energy. The electricity comes from nationally sourced wind RECs-Renewable Energy Credits. In addition, these buildings utilize a Demand Shifter, which is a power storage battery that is able to store electricity during off-peak hours and maintain a charge to use during high-demand hours. With the ability to power off the city grid, this Demand Shifter helps to protect New York City from a brown out or black out. Many Glenwood building garages have charging stations for electric cars.
Glenwood has been a long-time supporter of a variety of community-oriented organizations, such as Asphalt Green. Located on the Upper East Side, Asphalt Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds to achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness. In 2015, Asphalt Green’s 20th annual charity swim meet “The Big Swim” honored Glenwood. The event raises money to fund free swimming programs for public school students. Glenwood also places great importance on the beautification of the neighborhoods it builds in, planting 150,000 tulip bulbs each year.
Other recipients of Glenwood’s support include numerous medical facilities that include NYU Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Northwell Health, PS 158 Bayard Taylor School, the Central Park Conservancy, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.