Don’t just park your car in a garage, park it in a porte-cochere

50 UN Plaza
50 UN Plaza |

Porte-cocheres are springing up in luxury apartment buildings all over the city, and luckily for us Brick Underground stepped up and gave us the definition we needed.

Porte-cochere is a French term for a covered entrance or driveway, literally translated, according to Brick Underground (and Google) it means “porch gate” or “carriage porch.” Porte-cocheres are typically found in prewar buildings, like the Dakota (it has since been gated), 2 Sutton Place South and 440 Riverside Drive.

The Dakota
The Dakota |
440 Riverside Drive
440 Riverside Drive |

But now, porte-cocheres are appearing in new luxury developments – lavishly detailed in renderings of buildings like 20 East End Avenue, 50 UN Plaza, 111 West 57th Street and 252 East 57th Street, which all include the feature on their long list of amenities.

“It’s a throwback to a convenience that can also be a sign of classic architecture,” Town Residential’s Ginger Brokaw told Brick Underground. “Think about it: If you’re driving back to the city or coming from the airport and your car’s filled with luggage, wouldn’t you like to just pull in, and have the building staff come out and take your bags and park the car?”

252 East 57th Street
252 East 57th Street |

Our opinion?  A porte-cochere is just a fancy word for a very fancy carport.

  • It’s a great architectural feature, but by definition is a pass-through, not really a place to park. Here’s a townhouse that I sold with one.