W. 81st Street, Upper West Side (modeled after 114 East 13th Street, East Village)
The building: "The American Felt Building at 114 East 13th Street once supplied the hammer and brushing felt to Steinway pianos. Converted from a loft building to residences in the mid 1980s, the full service building set the precursor to much of what is considered desirable in downtown New York real estate today: high ceilings, large windows, having a raw loft character, many apartments having terraces.
If Bret Easton Ellis had this as his setting and used it to inform Patrick Bateman’s less socially sophisticated scene of business and ego on a more bucolic Upper West Side in the 80’s, then the fictional American Gardens Building could well be a condo like the Pythian at 135 West 70th Street. The Pythian’s location has more action than 81st Street, however the richly decorated old movie palace, with its decorative features, inlaid by the 1980’s minimally ornate and hefty glass and steel when the building was converted to residences is the perfect reflection of the Old World/New World Bateman in my opinion."