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161 Grand Street, between Centre Street & Lafayette Street | NoLiTa/Little Italy View on Map
This very handsome pre-war building is located between Centre and Lafayette Streets and is very convenient to the SoHo, NoHo and Cooper Square neighborhoods.
The building has units that range in size from half floors with about 1,800 square feet to full floors with more than 3,600 square feet. It has a concierge, Seidle video intercom, keypad elevator system and a landscaped roofdeck.
Many apartments have fireplaces and most ceilings are 11 1/2 feet high. They have individually controlled heating and air-conditioning and high-speed Internet access.
Northeast vistas overlook the former Police Headquarters Buildings that is one of the city's most impressive Beaux Arts landmarks.
Between West Houston Street & Prince Street | SoHo View on Map
160 Wooster Street was originally intended to be 43 rental units, but it was reconfigured into 15 loft-style apartments in 2005.
Residences offer flexible floor plans to adapt to changing lifestyles. The two duplex penthouses have custom-designed staircases and expansive terraces. Apartments range in size from 1,400 to 3,500 square feet, with two ground floor commercial units. Most are corner apartments, allowing for open views and sun-drenched rooms. They also have ceilings more than 10 feet high, white oak hardwood floors, wood-frame windows, video intercom and security systems and washers and dryers. Units are also equipped with individually controlled heating and air-conditioning systems.
Amenities include a common roof garden, private basement storage and a separate service entrance with elevator access; there are also two key-locked passenger elevators. Convenient to NoHo, Greenwich Village, NoLita and Little Italy, 160 Wooster Street is well-served by public transportation and is close to many restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.
Between Broadway & Lafayette Street | Greenwich Village View on Map
21 Astor Place is a city landmark that was converted into apartments in 2003.
It is 11 stories and features 50 residences, half of which have different layouts. Thirty-nine units, including 10 duplexes, have either one or two bedrooms. There are also eight, three-bedroom simplexes, a three-bedroom duplex and a four-bedroom duplex. The top floor is a vast space of 7,278 square feet with a 3,094-square-foot wraparound terrace.
Apartments have a loft-style feel with large living areas, 13-foot-high ceilings and many windows. Interiors include sliding room dividers, closets made of semi-opaque glass and staircases angled out of walls to appear as if they are floating. In keeping with such an aesthetic, toilets are also set in bathroom walls.
Apartments have relatively low monthly common charges, even with such amenities as a 24-hour doorman and a health club. With Astor Place and Cooper Union nearby, it is also located close to public transportation and shops.
Between Renwick Streett & Hudson Street | SoHo View on Map
This attractive, 11-story residential condominium building at 304 Spring Street on the southeast corner at Renwick Street in the Hudson Square neighborhood in Lower Manhattan was completed in 2008.
The dark gray-brick and glass tower was developed by Peter Moore and Mark Mancinell and was designed by Zakrzweski & Hyde Architects. It is free-standing.
The building has two-setbacks and wide beige panels on its façades and contains 13 apartment one- and two-bedroom apartments with home offices.
It is not built full on its site to give it a private courtyard and entrance and more light and air.
The floor-to-ceiling windows, many of which are corner windows, have stainless steel trim on the exterior and walnut wood shutters on the interior. According to Stas Zakrzewski, "the irregular rhythm on the façade results in the unpredictable framing of the city and Hudson River with views unique to each apartment."
Two bedroom apartments with two baths range in size and price initially from $1,976,000 for a unit with 1,520 square feet to $3,342,600 for a unit with 1,857 square feet.
The building has an attended lobby, private key-locked elevator entry, ceilings that range from 9 to 10 feet, 8-foot-high windows, Ambienti Italia-design kitchens with Viking refrigerators, Bosch appliances and bathrooms with Kohler cast-iron tubs and Waterworks and Pietra Serene bathroom tile.
It is one of several new, distinctly modern projects in and around Hudson Square, an area that straddles the Far West Village, SoHo and TriBeCa neighborhoods.
A block and a half to the west is The Urban Glass House at 328 Spring Street was designed by Philip Johnson and Alan Ritchie and Nino Vendome.
A half block to the east is 505 Greenwich Street was designed by Gary Handel & Associates for Metropolitan Housing Partners and Synchron Corporation and just to the south of that building is 497 Greenwich Street was designed by Winka Dubbledam for Jonathan Carroll.
304 Spring Street is also just to the west of a new 7-story redbrick building with bay windows and balconies at 300 Spring Street.
The building is close to the Hudson River, the Holland Tunnel and the SoHo and TriBeCa districts. It is also close to the site of a controversial new Department of Sanitation garage.
An article by Albert Amateau in the Feb. 11-17, 2009 edition of The Villager noted that "The neighborhood groups opposed to the Department of Sanitation s proposed three-district garage on Spring St. filed a lawsuit on Feb. 3 to block the $500 million project proposed for the UPS property between Washington and West Streets."
"In addition to the Sanitation Department and the City Planning Commission as defendants," the article continued, "the lawsuit names the Hudson River Park Trust, the state and city agency scheduled to take jurisdiction of the Gansevoort Peninsula where Sanitation facilities are currently located. The suit seeks to set aside a 2005 settlement agreement that requires the city to relocate all of its Sanitation facilities and salt shed from the peninsula to Spring St. by 2013, claiming that alternative sites for the new Sanitation Department garage have not been adequately considered. The suit filed in State Supreme Court also seeks to set aside the 2008 City Council and City Planning Commission approval of Sanitation's Spring St. project on the grounds that the three-district facility is a violation of the City Charter's Fair Share Criteria."
The suit was brought by this building, the Urban Glass House Condominium, 530 Canal Street Realty Corporation, TriBeCa Community Association, Canal West Coalition, Canal Park Conservancy, and the St. John's Center, the blocks-long, four-story building covering 4 acres and enclosing more than 1 million square feet of rentable space at 340 West St., just north of the Sanitation site, among others.
The civic groups even sponsored an alternate design for lower garage structure with a landscaped roof with botanical garden, play and picnic areas designed by Zakrzewski Hyde.
On February 27, 2009, curbed.com reported that "the gorgeous duplex penthouse...with private roof deck, is listed at $6.75 million, but a 'professional basketball player' was in contract to buy it for $7.8 million (it hit the market at $9.25 million in 2007). In October he backed out, forfeiting the $780,000 deposit (ouch!) and now the developer will sell the apartment in a sealed-bid auction in March, with a starting bid of $4.995 million." That unit, which a double-height living room and a fireplace, sold for $4,995,000 in August, 2009.
524 West 19th Street, between Tenth Avenue & Eleventh Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
The elegant and handsome Metal Shutter Building at 524 West 19th Street was designed by Shigeru Ban and built in 2007 by Jeff Spiritos, the president of HEEA Development L.L.C., and Klemens Gasser, a Chelsea art dealer.
It has a very prime location in West Chelsea flanked by Frank O. Gehry’s sail-like, IAC headquarters building and Annabelle Seldorf’s terracotta-banded 520 West 19th Street, and across the street from Jean Nouvel’s 100 Eleventh Avenue with its broadly curbed façade of differently angled and sized windows.
Ban’s 11-story building has only 9 residential condominium apartments. It was completed in 2011.
475 Greenwich Street, between Watts Street & Canal Street | Tribeca View on Map
Douglaston Development erected in 2008 this 7-story condominium apartment building at 475 Greenwich Street on a triangular block bounded by Canal and Watts Streets in TriBeCa.
Douglaston also built the green-glass residential tower at 325 Fifth Avenue and another residential complex at 555 West 23rd Street.
This site is directly over the Holland Tunnel and had been occupied by low-rise buildings that once housed a ceramic tile company and a car audio store.
In discussions with the TriBeCa committee of Community Board 1 the developers agreed not to lease any of the project's 8,000 square feet of retail space to nightclubs or bars.
Greenberg Farrow Architects designed the 21-unit building which has many of its windows slightly angled.
It is one of the very few free-standing new developments in Manhattan. It is very near Canal Park at the corner of Canal and West Streets, one of the city's oldest parks that was rededicated with a concert by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. It was dedicated at St. John's Square in 1870 and in 1971 the city lent the triangular plot to the agency that was building the Holland Tunnel. It was returned to the city four years later but the Sanitation Department used it to store trucks. The parks re-estasblishment resulted from a campaign by Carole de Saram, Richard Barnett and Jana Haimsohn who sued to have the park restored. The settlement of the case called for the state to pay the $2.7 million restoration costs and to double its size to about two-thirds of an acre.
Jeffrey E. Levine of Douglaston Development said apartments have ceilings higher than 10 feet and large windows and that they range in size from 1500 to 3000 square feet and the penthouses are duplexes.
206 West 17th Street, between Seventh Avenue & Eighth Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
This handsome, 12-story building has 11 large loft condominium apartments and a central Chelsea location.
The red-brick building has multi-paned windows, nice detailing, and full-floor apartments with high ceilings and is on an attractive street that is convenient to excellent local shopping and many restaurants. It is not far from the Flatiron District and Greenwich Village.
The building has an exposed rooftop water-tank, no garage, no canopy, no balconies, no health club and no sidewalk landscaping.
There is good public transportation at 14th Street.
Between Canal Street & Grand Street | SoHo View on Map
This handsome, red-brick, seven-story building was converted to two- and and three-bedroom condominium apartments in 2005.
Just to the north of bustling Canal Street, it is at the southern end of SoHo on a cobblestone street and not far from TriBeCa, Little Italy and Chinatown. There is good public transportation in the area and many boutiques and restaurants.
Each apartment runs the 60-foot-length of the building with windows on three sides and foyer entrances. Some of the apartments have balconies.
Kitchens have Poggenpohl cabinets, Sub-zero refrigerators, Miele gas cooktops, Thermador ovens, Asko dishwasthers, silestone countertops, and wine-coolers with multi-zone temperature control.
The master bathrooms have Kohler "tear for two" cast-iron tubs, glass enclosed showers, limestone countertops, Bisazza glass tile flooring, recessed medice cabinets and Toto water closets.
Between Park Avenue & Lexington Avenue | Carnegie Hill View on Map
The second best pre-war apartment building in the city in the post-war period is this limestone-clad, 19-story, mid-block building at 135 East 79th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
The building was erected in 2013 and has 32 condominium apartments. It was built by The Brodsky Organization and designed by William Sofield, a designer whose clients have included Gucci and Tom Ford.
5 East 44th Street, between Madison Ave & Fifth Avenue | Midtown East View on Map
One of the narrowest "slivers" in midtown, this bright and colorful, 20-story, residential condominium mid-block tower at 5 East 44th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues was designed by Alan Ritchie of The Office of Philip Johnson, which also designed the Urban Glass House at 330 Spring Street.
Sam Suzuki of The Vintage Group is the developer.
The building has 20 apartments, many of them occupying full floors.
It was completed in 2009.
414 Washington Street, between Laight Street & Vestry Street | Tribeca View on Map
The attractive Pearline Soap Factory Building at 414 Washington Street on the northwest corner at Laight Street is a new loft condominium apartment building in TriBeCa that was designed by Joseph Pell Lombardi and opened in 2008.
Named after a company that used to occupy a building on the site, the building is 7 stories tall and has 12 apartments.
It is virtually a twin of a slightly larger building erected at the same time that is known as the Fairchild at 415 Washington Street on the southeast corner at Vestry Street.
Both condominium apartment buildings were developed by Atlantic Walk LLC., whose principals are Gerard Longo, Shiraz Sanjava and Joseph Scarpinito.
Between West Street & Washington Street | West Village View on Map
176 Perry Street was the second of three mid-rise residential condominium buildings facing the Hudson River designed by Richard Meier.
It and 173 Perry Street, both completed in 2002, were developed by Richard Born, Ira Drukier and Charles Blaichman.
The third tower just to the south of the first two, 165 Charles Street, was completed in 2005 and developed by Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias.
176 Perry Street is the wider of first two very similar towers that set a new design standard for mid-rise residential buildings in Manhattan.
Mr. Meier was one of the "New York Five" architects who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970's and were famed for their adoption of the clean and bright lines of Le Corbusier. (The other four were Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, the late Charles Gwathmey, and the late John Hedjuk.)
65 West 13th Street At The Northeast corner of Sixth Avenue | Greenwich Village View on Map
Originally built in 1904, the Greenwich at 65 West 13th Street was converted into apartments in 2001.
Residences, which range in size from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet, have oversized windows and ceiling heights between 11 and more than 14 feet. Apartments have gracious open living areas and fully-equipped kitchens with modern appliances, maple wood cabinets and granite counters. Some of the terraced penthouses are duplexes with fireplaces.
Amenities at the Greenwich include a 24-hour attended lobby, a bike room, basement storage and one of downtown’s most beautiful common roof terraces with sweeping city views. Nearly every major subway stop is nearby and 65 West 13th Street is also close to Union Square and Chelsea, the latter of which is home to many art galleries and restaurants.
Between West 88th Street & West 89th Street | Central Park West View on Map
One of the newer apartment houses on Central Park West, this 24-story building, at 279 Central Park West on the north corner at 88th Street, was erected as a condominium in 1988 and is one of the few buildings in the city to have curved-glass corner windows.
The windows, add a very graceful note to the building's asymmetrical composition, but also take advantage of its stupendous views of Central Park.
The building, which is also known as 1 West 88th Street, was developed by David Edelstein and Harry Simpson and designed by Costas Kondylis.
This building has only 38 apartments, some of which are duplexes.
It is on the site formerly occupied by the five-story Progress Club, a very exclusive Jewish 'men’s club' that was designed in 1904 by Louis Korn. Converted in 1932 it became a part of the Walden School, occupying about 22,000 square feet of space in the building.
But, according to New York 1980, Architecture and Urbanism Between the Bicentennial and the Millennium by Robert A. M. Stern, David Fishman and Jacob Tilove, “efforts by neighborhood activists to have the Progress Club landmarked were unsuccessful.”
A New York Times article, by Andree Brooks, noted that the “Landmarks Preservation Commission decided that the building was not sufficiently significant, in part because the cornice had been removed 15 years ago for the addition of another floor.”
“Early plans,” Stern, Fishman and Tilove continued, “for a black glass tower with stainless steel banding on the site were dashed by the 1984 zoning amendments that called for more traditional materials, resulting in a beige brick, round-cornered tower rising from a limestone base for fifteen stories above which the building, in a dizzying series of setbacks, rose to an elevator bulkhead and watertank enclosure that was faced with decorative windows recalling those of the Beresford.”
“The building aimed for an affluent clientele,” the authors continued, “with eleven of its forty-four apartments planned as duplexes and all units featuring nine-foot ceilings, separate service entrances, and formal dining and living rooms.The success of the building’s attempt at contextual responsiveness was a subject of some debate. One observer, Alex Cohen, writing in Oculus, felt that its façade was ‘interrupted by awkwardly framed bay windows and partial rustication. Thin stone pediments give the building the look of a new kid on the block who is trying too hard to fit in.”
The building's asymmetrical shape was determined by special "contextual" zoning that the city enacted in the 1980s, which called for floors to be setback above the boulevard's traditional "building wall height" of 15 stories. Similar zoning is in place along much of Broadway, where numerous buildings, with the same kind of setbacks, were built beginning in the 1980s —although most of those had more symmetrical setbacks because they were on larger sites. The only other building on Central Park West, similar to this one, is at 353 Central Park West at 95th Street, but it has a more sculpted and attractive top and it does not have curved-glass windows.
Between West 95th Street & West 96th Street | Central Park West View on Map
353 Central Park West is one of the newer apartment houses on Central Park West. This 19-story building, at the northwest corner of 95th Street, was erected as a condominium in 1992 and is one of the few residential buildings in the city whose sculpted top is illuminated at night. It thus joins an illustrious and exclusive group of such buildings on Central Park West as the San Remo, the Beresford and the Eldorado.
This building presents an interesting contrast with a similar tower, which has no illuminated top, the 279 Central Park West at 88th Street. Both were erected under special "contextual" zoning that mandated multiple setbacks above the boulevard's traditional building wall height. Both are above 15 stories and have similar silhouettes. The building at 279 is notable for its curved-glass corner windows, while this one has the more traditional, non-curved, corner windows which are floor-to-ceiling, with white reveals against the red of the building's brick.
Although smaller than 279 Central Park West, the 353 building, just seven blocks north, is far more attractive.
While low key, this is a very fine building and one of the city's best postwar residentials. The building was erected by Kiska Developers and was designed by Yorgancioglu Architects and The Vilkas Group.
It has 17 condominium apartments.
A subway station and excellent cross-town bus service is half a block away to the north, at 96th Street.