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Between East 20th Street & East 21st Street | Flatiron/Union Square View on Map
The handsome 8-story building at 260 Park Avenue South on the southwest corner at 21st Street served as the headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers for about 30 years until it was sold in 2003 along with an adjoining 12-story building at 48 West 21st Street, also owned by the federation, to Max Capital, led by principal Adam Hochfelder, and developer Yitzchak Tessler of Linjan Associates LLC, and the co-investment division of Insignia Financial Group.
260 Park Avenue South was an 8-story building that dates to about 1917 with about 82,200 square feet and 48 East 21st Street is a 12-story building with about 123,000 square feet.
While the developers added four floors to the eight-story neo-Classical façade on Park Avenue South, they carved a 12-story niche from the back of the building on 21st Street to provide more "light and air" to rear apartments and to create a rock garden.
The new owners converted the buildings to 86 condominium apartments in 2004.
Karl Fischer Architects was the architect for the conversion.
322 West 57th Street, between Eighth Avenue & Ninth Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The Sheffield at 322 West 57th Street is located in Midtown.
The 50-story Sheffield 57 is situated near Central Park and was initially conceived as a rental property; developer Kent Swig renovated it in the mid-2000s. Apartments – which range from studios to four-bedroom units – are now larger, light-filled and feature Nordic Ash floors and white and gold marble kitchens.
Additionally, residents have access to such Sheffield 57 amenities as concierge service and a full-time doorman, a garage, a rooftop health club and pool and a children’s playroom. 322 West 57th Street is also close to shops and restaurants, as well as the Theater District and the Upper West Side.
252 Seventh Avenue, between West 24th Street & West 25th Street | Chelsea View on Map
With 354 condominium apartments, the Chelsea Mercantile is one of the largest residential conversions in Chelsea.
Apartments range from studios to four-bedroom lofts and vary in size from 856 to 3,069 square feet. Many units have exposed brick walls with nine-foot beamed ceilings and walk-in closets. Some penthouses have ceilings that rise between 11 and 13 feet as well as fireplaces, skylights and terraces. All apartments have state-of-the-art wiring and gourmet kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, black granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets and built-in garbage disposals. Master bathrooms have limestone walls and floors, deep soaking tubs and separate stall showers.
Amenities at the Chelsea Mercantile include a 24-hour doorman and concierge, valet and maid service, a fitness center with children’s playroom, an expansive planted roof deck with beautiful city and river views, a garage and a Whole Foods Market on the corner.
Located between West 24th and 25th Streets, 252 Seventh Avenue is in the heart of Chelsea. There is very good public transportation in the area and it is convenient to the Flatiron District to the east and Greenwich Village to the south.
900 Park Avenue, between East 79th Street & East 80th Street | Carnegie Hill View on Map
This apartment tower at 900 Park Avenue on the northwest corner at 79th Street was one of two that significantly pierced the traditional cornice line of Park Avenue in the 1970s. The other was 733 Park Avenue on the southeast corner at 71st Street.
This 28-story building was completed in 1973 and designed by Philip Birnbaum. Jay Spectre Inc. designed the building’s large and high lobby and a tenants’ restaurant in a Modernist style.
It was developed by Jack Resnick & Sons and has 124 apartments.
2 River Terrace, between Murray Street & North End Avenue | Battery Park City View on Map
Riverhouse at 1 River Terrace is located in Battery Park City.
The 32-story Riverhouse, which opened in 2008, achieved gold LEED certification status. The 264, one- to five-bedroom units have twice-filtered air and water, year-round humidity control, low pollution emitting paints, carpets and acoustical treatments and triple-glazed windows. The floors are eco-friendly bamboo and the kitchen and bathroom cabinets are made of sustainable teak.
Amenities include a 50-foot aqua-tile lap pool with a pool house, a fitness center with a yoga studio, the Treehouse Lounge, a Media Café with an adjacent billiard room, a landscaped roof garden with a lounge and the Lighthouse children’s playroom. Additionally, residents have access to concierge service, attended parking, on-site bicycle storage and a dog spa.
100 Riverside Boulevard, between West 64th Street & West 65th Street | Riverside Dr./West End Ave. View on Map
The Avery at 100 Riverside Boulevard was designed by Costas Kondylis.
It has 274 residences with generous and mixed layouts. Sizes range from 600-square-foot studios to 1,700-square-foot three-bedroom units; all apartments feature oversized windows. Kitchens and bathrooms are equipped with modern appliances and high quality fixtures and many have windows that open to the surrounding cityscape.
Avery amenities include a residents’ theater, a full-time doorman, a gaming room, a 24-hour library, a children’s playroom, a fitness center, a garage and Abigail Michaels concierge service. Residents can also attend monthly performances from world-class musicians thanks to a partnership between the Avery and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
100 Riverside Boulevard overlooks the Hudson River and is close to the shops and restaurants in Columbus Circle.
155 West 70th Street, between Columbus Avenue & Broadway | Broadway Corridor View on Map
One of the few post-World War II apartment buildings to even think of gargoyles, the Coronado at 155 West 70th Street on the northeast corner at Broadway is a very pleasant surprise.
This 22-story condominium building was developed by Sherwood Equities and opened in 1990.
Humor is extremely difficult in architecture, but Schuman, Lichtenstein, Claman & Efron, the architects of the Coronado, have managed to bring it off quite well here even if the sculptures will win no stonemason awards from Medieval guilds.
The building has 122 apartments.
66 Ninth Avenue, between West 14th Street & West 15th Street | Chelsea View on Map
Located at the crossroads of the Meatpacking District, the West Village and West Chelsea, the Porter House at 366 West 15th Street is a former industrial space that was converted into apartments. It has 22 units and is also known as 66 Ninth Avenue.
What the Porter House lacks in size it makes up for in style and attention to detail: residences, which range from one to four bedrooms, feature tall ceilings, 4-inch-wide Jatoba hardwood flooring, in-residence washers and dryers and large windows. Kitchens are equipped with modern appliances and cabinetry and bathrooms have topnotch fixtures.
The Porter House has a part-time doorman, a roof deck, a fitness center and individual storage. What’s more, it is steps from the many restaurants, retail stores, art galleries and cultural institutions for which West Chelsea, the Meatpacking District and the West Village are known.
2633 Broadway, between West 99th Street & West 100th Street | Riverside Dr./West End Ave. View on Map
Ariel West is one of two tall residential condominium towers erected in 2007 by the Extell Development Company across from one another on Broadway between 99th and 100th Streets.
It is a 31-story tower with 73 apartments at 2633 Broadway and it was designed by Cook & Fox. It has a few setbacks and a slab form. It is a mid-block site that was formerly occupied by a Gristede s store that collapsed during demolition injuring several pedestrians.
It is across Broadway from Ariel East, which is 37 stories and has 64 apartments and was designed by Cetra/Ruddy. It has 7 setbacks facing Broadway and is distinguished by its reflective-glass façade with red "piping" accents.
Extell names many of its projects after stars.
The two towers, which were completed in 2007, have significantly altered the northern skyline of the Upper West Side that heretofore has been dominated by the Riverside Church at 120th Street and Riverside Drive, the Master Apartments on Riverside Drive at 103rd Street and the Columbia Apartments at 275 West 96th Street.
The two Extell towers created considerable controversy and led to a rezoning of 51 blocks between 96th and 110th Streets where building heights were limited to 145 feet on Broadway and the transfer of air rights from side-streets was forbidden.
A March 5, 2006 article by William Newman in The New York Times said that Extell bought 19,148 square feet of development rights for Ariel West in April, 2006 from the owners of four townhouses on 99th Street west of Broadway.
The article said that "the owners' lawyer, Gary R. Tarnoff, said he was able to get Extell to agree to several concessions that benefited his clients, including an agreement that the developer would try to place a garage entrance away from their property," adding that "they were paid a total of $2.72 million." The price paid by Extell per square foot of development rights ranged from $132 to $148 and two of the townhouse owners retained 500 square feet of air rights for possible later additions to their houses.
A May 15, 2011 article by Vivian S. Toy in The New York Times reported condominum apartment owners in the building voted 47 to 3 to ban smoking inside the apartments. There are 68 owners in total; 46 votes constituted the supermajority required to change the bylaws.
Even smokers who moved into the building before the ban must abide by it. The building is one of the first in the city to approve such an extensive ban. (Several rental buildings introduced bans in 2010, but established tenants who smoked were not affected.)
"Even though people bought into this building thinking they could smoke," said Gideon Stein, the president of the condo board at Ariel West, "people do not have a constitutional right to smoke," the article said.
"That said, the three-year-old building is not about to become a police state. Enforcement will be complaint-driven, and no one will be knocking on doors or sniffing out smokers. Smoking could, however, quickly become an extremely expensive habit, since the first complaint will draw a $150 fine, and the fine for each succeeding complaint will increase by $150," the article said.
"The idea is obviously a controversial one," said Bruce Littlefield, who lives in a two-bedroom apartment in the building and who voted for the ban, "because people's domain is their home, and they certainly should be able to enjoy what they do within the walls of their home. But sometimes what people do seeps outside their walls and into other people's environment, and it becomes a quality-of-life issue....Smokers know not to ask anymore, 'Can I smoke in your house?' That's so last decade," the article continued.
The fact that the Ariel West is made up mainly of family-sized apartments with three or more bedrooms, and that it has more than 100 children under 16, probably helped make the ban easier to pass. Extell also developed the Orion at 350 West 42nd Street and the former Stanhope Hotel at 985 Fifth Avenue and Altair 18 and Altair 20, condo conversions in Chelsea at 32 West 18th Street and 15 West 20th Street, respectively. Gary Barnett, a principal of Extell, was a principal in the recent purchase of a large property at the southern end of Riverside South, the huge development by Donald Trump.
555 West 59th Street, between West End Avenue & Amsterdam Avenue | Lincoln Center View on Map
Element at 555 West 59th Street is located in the Upper West Side.
The 34-story glass-clad Element, designed by SLCE Architects and opened in 2008, contains 186 one- to three-bedroom apartments featuring nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings. Many units have a balcony and all apartments have white oak floors, open kitchens with islands and modern appliances, bathrooms with soaking tubs and washers and dryers.
Amenities include a 60-foot swimming pool enclosed in a glass atrium, a separate children’s pool, a whirlpool and a private resident’s lounge. Residents also have access to a “Fitness and Well-Being Center” that includes Cybex training equipment, a sauna, a steam room and basketball and squash courts; it also offers residents yoga, Pilates and aerobic classes. There is also a children’s playroom with regular classes by Jodi’s Gym. In warm weather there is a private, 12,000-square-foot lawn and garden area.
555 West 59th Street is near to the shops and restaurants in the Time Warner Center and is close to Central and Riverside Parks.
62 Cooper Square, between East 4th Street & Astor Place | NoHo View on Map
This handsome, beige-brick, 12-story building was erected in 1926 and for many years was known as the Carl Fisher Building. It was converted to 26 condominium "loft' apartments in 2001.
Across from the landmark Cooper Union building and its famous clock facing a small park at 7th Street, close to the legendary McSorley's saloon, this location is convenient to Greenwich Village, NoHo and the East Village. It is one block away from St. Mark's Place, the western extension of Eighth Street and the main drag of the East Village. It is also one block north of 6th Street, which is lined with many Indian restaurants.
This Art Deco-style building has a doorman, a four-story limestone base, multi-paned windows, arched windows on the third floor, high ceilings, and a large lobby. It has no garage, no sidewalk landscaping and no health club.
This development includes not only 62 Cooper Square but also the four-story buildings at 52 and 54 Cooper Square.
This is one of the city's most bustling neighborhoods. It is close to New York University and not far from Washington Square Park. There is excellent shopping in the area, including the great Strand Bookstore on Broadway at 12th Street and many boutiques along Broadway nearby.
There is excellent public transportation.
Between Second Avenue & First Avenue | Lenox Hill View on Map
This pleasant, red-brick, apartment building at 330 East 72nd Street was erected in 2004 and contains only full-floor or duplex apartments.
A mid-block building between Second and First Avenues, it has a central Upper East Side location that is convenient to shopping, schools, religious institutions, clubs and cultural organizations. It is not far from Sotheby s, the auction house, which is on 72nd Street and York Avenue.
The building, which has 14 condominium apartments, is distinguished by a handsome façade treatment of piers created by angled bricks. It has a two-story white stone base and a two-story white-stone top.
The canopied entrance is flanked by lanterns impeded in the entrance surround.
Elevators open onto apartments with ceilings that are almost 10 feet high. All apartments have wood-, or gas-burning fireplaces, walk-in closets and three full bathrooms. Two-bedroom apartments have a separate library and "grand" duplexes have an additional powder room and terraces. Kitchens have Subzero refrigerators, Miele cappuccino machines, Viking wine coolers, and granite countertops with Venato glass tile backsplaches.
The building has a 24-hour doorman, a physical fitness center, a community room and a storage facility.
Although this location is not very convenient to the subways, there is excellent bus service on 72nd Street.
Between Seventh Avenue & Eighth Avenue | Chelsea View on Map
One of Chelsea's landmark buildings, this 9-story structure for many decades housed the McBurney Branch of the YMCA until the 100-year-old building was converted to condominium apartments in 2004.
The YMCA of Greater New York sold this building to Time Equities Inc., which is headed by Francis Greenburger, and its former residential annex at 206 West 24th Street to Common Ground Community, a non-profit organization, in 2000 for $17,150,000 so that it could move to new quarters at 125 West 14th Street on the ground and lower levels of a former Armory site.
Time Equities converted the handsome structure on 23rd Street into condominium apartments while Common Ground refurbished the property's residential annex structure on 24th Street as a supportive residence for homeless and low-income single individuals and for a "Foyer" program for 40 young people aged 18-24 who have left the foster care system, or are otherwise at risk of homelessness.
The McBurney building had been named for Robert Ross McBurney, the first chief executive of the YMCA. The McBurney branch was first constructed on 23rd Street at Fourth Avenue in 1869 but moved to this located in 1904.
In 1999, the YMCA started a $3 million renovation of the McBurney building but discovered that renovation would cost much more and decided to sell the building. At the time of the building's sale, it still had about a dozen low-income residents who will stay on in the Common Ground facility.
Mr. Greenburger has been quoted as saying that where the two buildings were connected, "they were severed," adding that "I was only interested in the 23rd Street building…The exterior is very rich and historic, the ceiling heights are good and we think it's a wonderful location."
The building is adjacent to the handsome Muhlenberg branch of the New York Public Library designed by Carrere & Hastings in 1906, and across the street from the fabled Chelsea Hotel at 222 West 23rd Street that was designed by Hubert, Pirsson & Co., in 1885.
According to an November 8, 2002 article by Rachelle Garbarine in The New York Times, Time Equities hoped to find "an athletic buyer for a quadruplex apartment that would come with its own indoor basketball court, running track, swimming pool, steam room and sauna." "Or three energetic buyers who could choose from seven projected layouts that would income some of those amenities."
"The apartments with their own athletic facilities," the article continued, "would be carved from the top three floors, and would have approximately 6,125 to 20,515 square feet and cost an estimated $5 million to $12.5 million. A rooftop tennis court could also be built....The plan also calls for the lower floors to be divided into 13 apartments with about 775 to 2,680 square feet, priced from $540,000 to $2 million."
K Square Designs of Manhattan is the architect for the condominium conversions.
A David Barton gym occupies the building s lower three floors.
Apartments feature a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler, a Wolf range, a Miele dishwasher, marble baths, and wide plank wood floors.
The building, which has a handsome portico with large columns and a step-up-entrance, has a doorman and a concierge.
220 Riverside Boulevard, between West 70th Street & West 71st Street | Riverside Dr./West End Ave. View on Map
At a soaring 49-stories, Trump Place at 220 Riverside Boulevard is the tallest tower in the Trump Place development.
The residences at Trump Place offer varied and spacious floor plans suited to a range of buyer needs. Apartments were developed with an emphasis on two-, three- and four-bedroom units, each designed to maximize space and capitalize on the extraordinary river views and abundance of natural light. They are include such details as herringbone hardwood floors, oversized, sound-proof windows, individual climate control and state-of-the-art telecommunications and entertainment systems. Kitchens are equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances and master baths and powder rooms have topnotch vanities, fixtures and finishes.
220 Riverside Boulevard offers amenities that include a round-the-clock hotel-style doorman, concierge and valet service, a health club with pool and spa, on-site parking, a wood-paneled library, an English billiards room, an entertainment suite, a children’s playroom and a landscaped interior courtyard.
Trump Place offers residents access to Riverside Park and the Hudson River Esplanade. It is also close to the shops and restaurants of Columbus Circle and is near to excellent public transportation.
310 West 52nd Street, between Eighth Avenue & Ninth Avenue | Midtown West View on Map
The Link is a sleek, 44-story, mid-block residential condominium tower at 310 West 52nd Street that is most notable for its clear-glass "cube" entrance that is similar to the one erected in 2006 by Macklowe Properties for an Apple store at the GM Building on Fifth Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets.
It was developed by Elad Properties, of which Miki Naftali is a principal. Its other Manhattan projects include the residential conversion of part of the Plaza Hotel, the residential conversion of the former Gift Building at 225 Fifth Avenue and the former O’Neill Store at 655 Avenue of the Americas.
Costas Kondylis and Partners and Gal Nauer Architects were the design team for The Link.
The building has 215 condominium apartments and was completed in 2007.