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181 East 65th Street At The Northwest corner of Third Avenue | Lenox Hill View on Map
Opened in 2000, the Chatham at 181 East 65th Street was conceived by Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of the Yale School of Architecture.
The design of the 34-story Chatham displays all of Stern’s virtuoso architectural skills. Inside, the 94 apartments feature classic layouts with fine finishes throughout, including solid wood doors, cherry wood floors and – most rare of all in post-war construction – plaster walls. Modern kitchens have premium appliances and glass and ash-blond cabinets imported from France. High-efficiency windows were imported from the Netherlands and bathrooms have marble floors and walls and topnotch fixtures. Several units have balconies or terraces.
The Chatham’s amenities are impressive and include an on-premise garage, storage and bike rooms and a David Barton Gym.
25 Central Park West, between West 62nd Street & West 63rd Street | Central Park West View on Map
The Century is located on Central Park West near Columbus Circle.
The apartments at 25 Central Park West feature step-down living rooms, formal dining rooms, windowed eat-in kitchens and gracious entry galleries. Newly installed windows – many of which are bay windows – capture intimate views of Central Park and its own private garden.
The Century’s amenities include a full-time staff of doormen, elevator attendants and a concierge. Laundry service and in-building storage are also available.
In addition to The Century’s compelling Art Deco architecture, it is distinctive for its prime Central Park location. The shops, restaurants and transportation of Columbus Circle are a few blocks away, as is the culture and entertainment found in Lincoln Center and the surrounding area. Local schools, playgrounds and opportunities for family activities and outings are also some of the best in the city.
1 York Street At The Southwest corner of Sixth Avenue | Tribeca View on Map
One York Street is located in TriBeCa and opened in 2008.
The project was designed by Mexican starchitect Enrique Norten and features 32 loft units in a modern 13-story glass structure that's flanked by two low-rise wings, creating a single new complex. Residences have windows that are thermally and acoustically insulated to reduce street noise and feature wide plank oak ﬂoors, 8-foot wood doors and modern appliances. Master bathrooms have custom-designed vanities and whirlpool tubs.
1 York Street features a Swiss-engineered, automated parking garage: drivers simply pull up to an entrance pad, get out, swipe a card and walk away. The robotic parking valet then takes over, pulling the car into a lift that transports it to one of 40 slots. To retrieve the car, drivers swipe their card again and the car magically reappears. Amenities also include a 24-hour concierge, an outdoor 28-foot heated pool with sundeck and outdoor shower, a private health club and spa and temperature-controlled storage cellars.
One York Street’s northern TriBeCa location is very near to SoHo as well as many restaurants and cafes. It is also close to the Holland Tunnel.
50 Gramercy Park North, between Park Avenue South & Lexington Avenue | Gramercy Park View on Map
In late 2004, numerous older hotel properties in the city in prime locations began to be converted to luxury condominium apartments to take advantage of a very, very strong market for such units.
Some of these projects involved total conversion such as the former Intercontinental Hotels on Central Park South and on Lexington Avenue at 48th Street and the former Stanhope Hotel on Fifth Avenue at 81st Street; others involved partial conversions such as this property and the Plaza and St. Regis Hotels on Fifth Avenue; and demolition, such as the Mayflower Hotel, whose lot is now occupied by 15 Central Park West.
This property was erected by Bing & Bing as the Gramercy Park Hotel at 2 Lexington Avenue in 1925 and was designed by Robert T. Lyons.
It replaced a house belonging to Stanford White, the famous architect that had replaced a house in which Edith Wharton, the novelist, was born. In 1930, Thompson & Churchill designed an expansion along 21st Street.
Overlooking Gramercy Park, which is private and locked and open only to residents of buildings facing it, the property has an interesting history as the residence of famous writers such as S. J. Perelman, Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy, and as the site of Humphrey Bogart's wedding in 1926 and of a several-month-stay shortly after it opened by Joseph P. Kennedy and his family including the 11-year-old John F. Kennedy, Jr. Babe Ruth often drank at the hotel's bar.
The developers of this project are Ian Schrager, a founding partner of Studio 54, the legendary disco, and subsequently of the Morgans Hotel Group, and Aby Rosen, a real estate investor whose portfolio includes the Seagram's and Lever House buildings on Park Avenue.
The residential section of the project, which includes about 180 hotel rooms, has 23 condominium apartments, many with 18-foot-high ceilings, and a key to the park.
The apartments ranged in price initially from about $3.75 million to $20 million and were designed by John Pawson, who designed Calvin Klein s shop on Madison Avenue and 60th Street. The kitchens are clad in American cherry wood, satin-finished Varenna cabinetry and double sinks designed by Pawson. The master bathrooms have deep, oversize tubs, travertine basins and walk-in showers. All apartments will have floor-to-ceiling windows, park views and white oak floors and many will have wood-burning fireplaces and 12-foot-four-inch-high ceilings. The building's lobby is being gutted and raised in height to two-stories and a rooftop bar will become a private club.
The brown-brick property has a two-story limestone base and is designed in Renaissance Revival style.
The hotel portion of this project has concierge service, valet parking and limousine service, access to a rooftop garden and meeting rooms. The public portions of the hotel have been designed by Julian Schnabel, the artist and movie director, in an eclectic and flamboyant style.
Apartments will have housekeeping service, room service, massage and spa services, catering services, supervised childcare and babysitting services, pet walking services, fresh flower service and private storage.
"Not only is Gramercy Park convenient to Midtown," notes the project's website, "you could say that Gramercy Park is the real 'Midtown' because it is so central to all the areas of Manhattan that one frequents. You're at Centerpoint in the functional center of New York City and New York City is the functional center of the planet."
"The hotel is being created," the website continued, "by Ian Schrager's longtime partners, Michael Overington and Anda Andrei, with a little help from some of Ian Schrager's friends which include the painter, Julian Schnabel. The Gramercy Park's idiosyncratic, eclectic vision will offer a perfect modern alternative to the institutional approach one now finds in even the most high-end boutique hotels. As Morgan's marked a paradigm shift in hotels twenty years ago and created a new industry, so the new Gramercy Park Hotel will accomplish the same impact today. It will be the most spirited and charming hotel in New York, reflecting a fabled heritage and the lively, adventurous spirit of an emerging age. A great hotel is not just a building, it's an individual, with personality, spirit and authenticity. It's original, romantic, surprising, poetic and whimsical. It evokes an emotional response like a work of art."
While the exterior of this property is pleasant with a few decorative balconies, it is not as attractive as the stately apartment building at One Lexington Avenue. In recent decades, the Gramercy Park Hotel had been rather doughty and less than luxurious, but in its new incarnation it is very lively.
519 West 23rd Street, between Tenth Avenue & Eleventh Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
South African architect Lindy Roy designed a very intriguing and elegant façade for the High Line 519 condominium apartment building at 519 West 23rd Street that employs curved, almost-amoeba-shaped, stainless-steel screens that overlap floors in the center of the building's glass façade.
Ms. Roy's firm is Roy Design. She recently designed Vitra USA's headquarters and Hotel QT at 125 West 45th Street near Times Square for André Balazs. She was the winner of the Museum of Modern Art/PSI Young Architects Competition in 2001.
The building, which was developed by Sleepy Hudson, has 11 full-floor apartments
532 West 22nd Street, between Tenth Avenue & Eleventh Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
The rapid transformation of the Chelsea neighborhood in the West Midtown South section of Manhattan at the end of the 20th Century has been astounding as art galleries moved into it from SoHo and renovation and new construction of residential properties seemed to crop up everywhere.
Part of the impetus came from the Chelsea Piers recreational complex, which opened in 1996, and the creation of a Hudson River Park esplanade, both of which made the waterfront more attractive.
Furthermore, the elevated rail tracks that run from the Far West Village up to the mid-30 s is being studied not for demoliton but for redevelopment as a recreational community asset, one that is likely to become a tourist attraction as well.
Art galleries driven out of SoHo by the high rents that were being paid by fashion companies were attracted to Chelsea by the availability of former industrial spaces as well as its charming and quaint surprises.
Chelsea was not without culture. The famous Chelsea Hotel at 222 West 23rd Street was "home" to many celebrated writers and painters and photographers have long haunted the sidestreets to get their pictures developed and enlarged and to buy equipment. Moreover, the Joyce Theater, which was formerly the Elgin movie theater, has been one of the city's major modern dance venues for many years and the Dance Theater Workshop opened a new mixed-use facility in 2003 about the same time as this building, the former Eagle Warehouse, was being converted to residential condominiums.
Chelsea also boasted two of the city's largest mid-rise buildings, the former Port Authority full block complex between Eighth Avenue and Ninth Avenues and 15th and 16th Streets and the famous Starrett-Lehigh Building Street between 11th & 12th Avenues and 26th & 27th Streets. Other notable Chelsea developments are the porthole-windowed Maritime Building on Ninth Avenue at 16th Street, now a hotel, and the General Theological Seminary on the full block bounded by 9th & 10th Avenues and 20th and 21st Streets.
This attractive, red-brick, 6-story building has 17 condominium units and was developed by Christian Pompa and Barry Leistner and houses the Sonnabend Gallery. It is across the street from the Spears Condominium at 525 West 22nd Street that was developed about three years earlier by Savanna Partners. It is on the same block as the Dia Center for the Arts. Initial prices at the Eagle started at about $500 a square foot.
Around the corner on 23rd Street two new apartment buildings were completed at about the same time as this project, The Tate and the Marais.
While the subways are a bit far away, there is excellent bus service.
225 Fifth Avenue, between West 26th Street & West 27th Street | Flatiron/Union Square View on Map
Grand Madison at 225 Fifth Avenue is a former showroom building that was converted into apartments in 2004.
Elad Properties purchased 225 Fifth Avenue and oversaw its renovation. The developers worked to preserve the original architectural details in the Grand Madison, all the while incorporating modern features into each of its 190 units. Kitchens are outfitted with stainless steel, premium appliances and bathrooms have quality fixtures. Apartments offer spacious layouts and 10-foot-tall ceilings, among other notable features.
Amenities at the Grand Madison include concierge service, a full-time doorman, a health club and a roof deck. It is on the north side of Madison Square Park and is close to the restaurants, retail stores and art galleries of the Flatiron District and Chelsea.
641 Fifth Avenue, between 51st Street & 52nd Street | Midtown East View on Map
The 52-story Olympic Tower at 641 Fifth Avenue in Midtown is situated between 51st and 52nd Streets and was developed by Aristotle Onasis. Its 226 apartments are located in the top 29 floors and have large windows that offer expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Residences also feature varied layouts, 9-foot-high ceilings, enclosed kitchens and elegant bathrooms.
Olympic Tower amenities include elevator attendants, 24-hour concierge service, a gym, a barber, a hair salon, a bicycle room, a fitness center, and – in the event of a power outage – emergency electric power. It also is close to the shops and restaurants along Fifth Avenue and such cultural attractions as the Museum of Modern Art.
151 East 85th Street, between Lexington Avenue & Third Avenue | Carnegie Hill View on Map
The Lucida at 151 East 85th Street is a luxury condominium building located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighborhood.
The LEED-certified Lucida was constructed in 2009 and features an all-glass exterior that allows for ample natural light. The development has 122, two- to six-bedroom units featuring modern, high-end appliances and fixtures. Layouts were intentionally varied and all of the residences have high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and chocolate-stained oak floors.
The Lucida’s amenities are some of the best in the neighborhood, as residents have access to a number of topnotch services and recreational areas. The building has a 24-hour doorman, a concierge, a La Palestra spa with a skylit pool, a residents’ lounge with a catering kitchen and a Kidville-designed children’s playroom.
The building is located near some of the city’s best museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and excellent public transportation.
Between East 36th Street & East 37th Street | Midtown West View on Map
The luxury condominium complex located at 400 Fifth Avenue contains both a five-star hotel and a residential component.
Apartments are in the upper floors, above the 214 hotel rooms. A private entrance on 36th Street leads to the residences, the interiors of which were designed by Das Concepts Inc. Units are equipped with Miele washers and dryers, black oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Amenities include a residents’ lounge on the 11th floor that has ample outdoor seating, fireplaces, a Plunge Pool and an Auriga Spa and Aqua Grotto. Setai Fifth Avenue homeowners also have access to such services as airport transportation, childcare and on-call physicians, dentists and pharmacists.
400 Fifth Avenue is only a few blocks from the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library.
Between West Street & Washington Street | West Village View on Map
The stunning design of the 8-story, mid-block residential condominium building at 166 Perry Street between West and Washington streets by Asymptote, of which Hani Rashid and LiseAnne Couture are the principals, is distinguished by its vertical undulating façade.
The project was developed by Charles Blaichman, Richard Born, Ira Druckier and Bella Sekons. Mr. Blaichman, Mr. Born and Mr. Druckier were the developers of two of the three, nearby, famous, 16-story, modernist glass towers designed by Richard Meier along West Street.
The building, which extends through the block to Charles Lane, has 24 apartments.
It was completed in 2008.
Between Lexington Avenue & Third Avenue | Lenox Hill View on Map
This handsome, 16-story, beige-brick condominium apartment building was completed in 1999 and has only 20 units.
It was erected by the Macklowe Development Company, which has built many of the city's top luxury apartment buildings such as the Metropolitan Tower at 136 West 56th Street.
This building was designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, one of the city's leading architects of preservation projects, and Schuman Lichtenstein Claman & Efron.
Across Lexington Avenue from Lenox Hill Hospital, it has numerous balconies, some terraces and an attractive rooftop watertank enclosure. It has a two-story, rusticated limestone base, curved, wrought-iron balcony railings that are painted white, and limestone orbs on some of the terraces.
The building has a private residents' salon with a garden and fountain. Apartments have 10-foot-high ceilings and range in size from three to five bedrooms and have convertible libraries and formal dining rooms, a housekeeper's room, and kitchens with breakfast areas.
It is directly across 76h Street from the exceedingly attractive St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church that was erected in 1913 and designed by Nicholas Seffacino. In the late 1990s, the church sold its unused "air rights" that were used to erect a very handsome luxury apartment tower at the eastern end of the block on Third Avenue.
Although this might have been a more attractive building if it had been clad in red brick, the beige brick façade is more in "context" with the limestone façade of the church.
This is a quintessential New York location as there is tremendous bustle along the avenue here with many small stores and one block to the south on the avenue was Mortimer's, one of the city's most famous social watering holes until it closed in 1999, but it was reopened as Orsay, which is a very popular restaurant.
There is excellent cross-town bus service nearby on 79th Street and a subway station at Lexington and 77th Street.
62 Beach Street, between Greenwich Street & Hudson Street | Tribeca View on Map
Fischer Mills, at 393-397 Greenwich Street, combines three historic, architecturally distinctive buildings into a single loft building.
The building's lobby has cast-iron columns, enormous rough-hewn timber columns and graceful brick archways.
The red-brick building has 35 units, twenty-four of which enjoy private outdoor spaces. Apartments range in size from 1,400 to 4,300 square feet and range from 3 to 9 rooms. Two large "townhouse" apartments have ceilings as high as 15 feet, private gardens and direct street access.
Apartments have maple flooring, Thermopane windows, rough-hewn wood columns and beams with hand-chiseled joinery, exposed brick arches and cast-iron details.
Kitchens include top-of-the-line appliances and residents can choose between natural-honed granite and stone for their countertops. Kitchens also include an oversized porcelain French farm sink and a stainless-steel hood.
Bathrooms have radiant heated stone floors on remote timers, a custom steel-and-stone double vanity, separate shower and six-foot, cast-iron bathtubs.
The building has a doorman and a roof deck but no garage and no balconies.
The building was converted by Arthur Fefferman and Harry Kendall of BKSK Architects was the architect for the conversion. They would also work on the new, 7-story apartment building at 114 Hudson Street a few years later.
345 West 14th Street, between Eighth Avenue & Ninth Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
345 Meatpacking is a stunning, 11-story residential condominium building with 37 units at 345 West 14th Street.
After remaining vacant since 2006, the mid-block site between Ninth and Eighth Avenues was developed by DDG Partners beginning in 2011.
H. Thomas O'Hara served as the architect on the project that lies outside both the manufacturing and landmark zones for the district.
Elodie Egonneau of Future Green Studio was the landscape designer.
109 Greene Street, between Prince Street & Spring Street | SoHo View on Map
This very handsome, 7-story building at 109 Greene Street was completed in 2005 and is a modern interpretation of the historic district s famous cast-iron structures that uses I-beam and riveted girders in the style of early 20th Century bridge construction.
The building is known as The Lofts at Greene Street II and it is one of the most stunning new buildings in SoHo.
It was developed by Goldman Properties and designed by Cook + Fox.
The façade of the mid-block building is painted in two tones of gray and the very large windows are framed in black and the overall effect is both historic and high-tech, subtle yet dramatic.
It is in stark contrast to some of the street's other buildings such as 101 and 103, which were also developed by Goldman Properties and are known as The Lofts at Greene Street.
The cast-iron façades of both are painted white and the façade of 103 was copied and applied to 101, whose original façade was burned in a fire in 1950.
This cobblestone street has several famous retailers such as Louis Vuitton and Mont Blanc. The building has a very central location in SoHo and is located between Spring and Prince Streets and it is very close to a former post office on Greene Street between Prince and West Houston Street that is now an Apple store.
Many of the apartments have 13-foot-high ceilings. The building central air-conditioning and a key-locked elevator and it is on a block that has been described as "SoHo's best."
There is subways nearby.