Monthly Gem | 40 Bleecker

Noho’s new 12-story condo at 40 Bleecker Street is our pick for February’s Gem. Broad Street Development brought on Ryan Korban as the interior design master, who Architectural Digest just named on its AD100 list yet again.

While Korban is predominantly known for his work with celebrities like James Franco, Kanye West, and Alexander Wang, along with top fashion labels, the interiors at 40 Bleecker mark his first full condo building. The overall design team on the project is rounded out by Rawlings Architects and Hollander Design, the latter of which will work on landscape at the project. When complete, this 12-story building will bring 61 one- to three-bedroom apartments to the in-demand neighborhood.

The photo the developers shared in the hyperlink above is a mock-up of the building’s lobby that’s currently located at the sales gallery for the project, which is nearing completion. Sales of the condo are expected to be underway early next year.

This is Jeff’s new development obsession for 2018, and rightfully so. It’s a must-see!

Monthly Gem | 135 W. 79th Street, #12C

We often feature shiny new developments as our monthly gems, but they’re not the only kind of real estate that inspires us.  This month, we want to highlight a listing of ours that has truly caught our attention:  apartment 12C at 135 W 79th Street.

There are many reasons why we’re enamored with this 1-bedroom gem.  First is the combination of 10-foot ceilings and abundance of natural sunlight that floods the apartment.  Second are the custom beams and dark hardwood floors which create a wonderful blend of elegance and pre-war charm, augmented by exposed brick walls and custom beamed millwork. (Those looking for modern touches will be pleased by its windowed kitchen featuring dark granite countertops, a Viking four-burner stove-top and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, among other updated features) Third is the location of the Lyons, which is on one of the most desirable blocks on the Upper West, moments away from Central Park. Last, but most definitely not least, is the flexible co-op policy that allows both pied-a-terres and pets.

The combination of these features have created a special place in our heart for this listing, that we’re certain will create incredible memories for the next owner to live here!

Monthly Gem | 527 W. 27th Street

This month’s gem is paying homage to the summer, and reveling in the indoor/outdoor experience that is all too often rare in the city.  We’re focusing on Jardim at 527 W. 27th Street.  This West Chelsea development truly is a little oasis in the heart of one of the most dynamic neighborhoods of the city.  Home to Hudson Yards, the High Line, and plenty of galleries, this City nook is rapidly developing into its own destination.  When we say it’s a little oasis, we are also referring to its size of 36 units, ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms, albeit at a generous average of 2,500 square feet.  Isay Weinfeld designed it to maximize the use of greenery in our concrete jungle (which is also the visual reference of its concrete boxy exterior).  An interior garden, the roof top and its terraces will all be overflowing with trees, plants and hanging, lush greenery.  Its interiors are defined by simplicity and warmth, two attributes that rarely come together in such a complementary way.  Amenities include a stunning indoor pool, a spa-like fitness center with a steam-room and sauna, a children’s playroom, and automated parking.  All of this comes at an attractive, accessible price-point as a contrast to the ultra-luxury new development inventory that has dominated the market for the past several years.  If you’re in the market to buy, Jardim will be well worth a look.

Monthly Gem | The Bryant

Bryant Park … it’s one of the go-to destinations in NYC, and it’s no wonder.  Its European-style seating, its fountains, its programming and nibbles, they create a year-round draw to the area.  Its location only elevates this destination status, with the diverse shops, public spaces and transportation options that abound in its neighborhood.  It is why we were moved to name as our monthly gem the last available development space on the park and the first in NYC to be designed by the award-winning British architect, David Chipperfield.

Located at 16 West 40th, Street, The Bryant sits high above a new boutique hotel, with nearly every residence enjoying a panoramic city skyline or park views. This is true NY living at the literal center of it all: Grand Central and Times Square are steps away yet un-intrusive. Deceptive simplicity, representative of Chipperfield’s brand, abounds in this impressive new development marked by crisp frames, concealed storage and appliances, herringbone floors and full floor-to-ceiling windows.  The Bryant offers 57 units over 34 full-height stories soaring above the park, itself.  At an average of under $3,000/sq. ft., it’s no wonder that so many of the units are already in contract.  All in, this is one of the more spectacular monthly gems we’ve shared in some time!

Monthly Gem | The Chatsworth

Give me an E! Give me an X! Give me a C! Ok, it’s going to take too long to spell out “exclusive”, but we wanted to celebrate our team’s exclusive sales representation of The Chatsworth, our new development project!

Open for immediate occupancy, the Chatsworth was designed by Pembroke & Ives as a modern classic, at the intersection of old and new, with impeccable functionality and style. Nestled near Riverside Park, the building is located at 344 W. 72nd Street, in the prime of the Upper West Side. This majestic development boasts a landmark building status, brimming with historical elegance in a timeless way, on the inside and out.   State-of-the-art kitchens and Italian marble bathrooms meet stunning crown moldings and herringbone floors, across small and large apartment foot-prints, alike. Better yet, buyers get the stability of a co-op with the freedom that comes with condo rules. What can get better than that!

Give us a call to give you a personal tour of the Chatsworth, and everything that this unique property has to offer!

Monthly Gem | 135 W. 52nd Street

This month’s Monthly Gem is in a very unique, mostly office-building dominated midtown location on 52nd Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. You shouldn’t scrunch your nose at that, however, as it’s one of the few “reasonable” price-points we’ve seen in some time, with plentiful amenities to enjoy. We’re talking a 12,000 square foot Residents’ Club, private dining area, a 75-ft. pool with integrated seating, natural-light filled kids’ playroom, golf-simulator, yoga studio, and a gym with private locker rooms and outdoor oasis. Not too shabby, eh?

In terms of the residences at 135 W. 52nd Street, there’s a significant design focus to their lay-out, from sliding glass doors that transform living spaces on demand to radiant heat flooring in the bathrooms. The building offers a contemporary but warm aesthetic, with all of the top-name appliances you might find at higher price-points, including Miele and WaterWorks.

The building is centrally located to actually take advantage of the quintessential NYC experience, with Central Park, Bergdorf Goodman, Carnegie Hall, MOMA and Rockefeller Center all a hop, skip, and a jump away. Or, you can dance-step your way to Broadway shows after your Michelin-rated meal. It’s truly one of the best of all worlds: location, luxury and price.

Monthly Gem | The Inkwell

If you’re loyal readers of The Apple, Peeled, you are experts in the market. You know that, over the last few years, a vast majority of new developments have come in above $2,000/sq.ft., with price-tags well above the $5 million mark to start. It’s our pleasure, therefore, to offer up an outlier to this trend via our Monthly Gem: the Inkwell, in Hells Kitchen. At approximately $1,400/sq. ft., the building represents an amazing deal for a new development in a rapidly transforming section of Hell’s Kitchen. Formerly a schoolhouse, the building boasts 13-foot ceilings and offers up a modern-industrial aesthetic, with refined mixed materials like American Black Walnut floors, bronze door hardware, Calacatta marble vanities and steel-framed cabinetry. A part-time doorman and paired with fantastic amenities make this building an intimate, off-the-beaten-path offering for those who value high-end living without paying for the extras they would never use. With the pipeline of developments in this pricing tier so narrow, if you’re in the market, Inkwell is a must see!

Monthly Gem | Double Feature

It may not be readily apparent from our ranking, awards or a quick run-down of our listings, but we are price-agnostic when it comes to providing world-class real estate brokerage services. More bluntly put:  we handle the entire spectrum of price points in NYC real estate.  We don’t believe that quality service should be limited to the highest priced, the most star-studded names, or the most luxurious of properties.  We take great pride in leveraging our experience and expertise to the benefit of all of our clients.

To underline this point and highlight two wonderful listings, we’re showcasing two properties in different market segments as our “Monthly Gems”.

The first is 45 E. 30th Street, #PHB, coming back on the market at $14.95M. Designed for grand entertaining and breathtaking views, this 6,387 sq. ft., 4-story home (4,412 interior sq. ft. and 1,975 sq. ft. exterior) is known for its Midtown brilliance.  With ambient lighting, Sonos speakers, built-in shelves, wall-to-wall space for a dozen wardrobes or more and unparalleled views, the apartment exudes an enviable lifestyle. The magic of this apartment is evident in all the consideration every detail has received, including its 1,000+ sq. ft. outdoor terrace (one of 6), featuring an outdoor bar, fire-pit perfect for breezy summer nights and the most dramatic Chrysler and Empire State Building views found in Midtown.

The second is 255 W. 23rd Street, #6BW listed at $1.175M.  This corner apartment at Chelsea Gardens fuses prewar charm with modern luxury and is an immaculate one-bedroom, one bathroom home. With 10 foot ceilings, dark hardwood floors throughout and a dedicated dining area which overlooks the sunken living room – this apartment transitions seamlessly boasting a brilliant layout. Located next to the E/C, 1 and F/M trains, an abundance of restaurants, grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Fairway, multiplex movie theaters and much more in the famed Chelsea neighborhood.

Monthly Gem | 196 Orchard

This month’s gem finds itself in one of the most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods of NYC: the Lower East Side. It is against this bustling backdrop that 196 Orchard sits.  Our monthly gem is everything you’d expect a building in the neighborhood to be:  sophisticated but in a textured, industrial way, overflowing with grounded luxury.

Designed by Incorporated Architecture and Design, the building is crowned by rooftop gardens and features oversized, dramatic metallic bronze industrial-styled casement windows, surrounded by imported gilded bronze glazed Spanish bricks. The aesthetic pays homage to the neighborhood’s past and its vibrant present, punctuated by an equally lively Equinox gym on the ground floor.

Why did we choose 196 Orchard?   First, we believe that the Lower East Side will be the next Chelsea.  The neighborhood has the unique mixture of grit and glamour, home to a diverse population of young and old, along with city newbies and veterans.  Further, it is well served by public transportation, while also sitting at the intersections of some of the most vibrant communities in the city: the East Village, Nolita, and Chinatown, and a stone’s throw away from Soho and the West Village.  Until now, very few new developments have broken ground here, so we believe this to be a great opportunity to gain a foothold in this up and coming hood.  Further, the varied mix of price points and sizes among its 93 residences make it very appealing for residents and investors, alike.


Monthly Gem | 45 E. 22nd Street

This month’s hand-picked gem is 45 E. 22nd Street. At a soaring 777 feet into the air, the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed building stands head and shoulders above the Flatiron District’s competition as its tallest tower. As per Curbed, “it’s also one of the most unusual, with a narrow, cantilevered base that rises to a wider, slightly to-heavy pinnacle.” Among the 83 condos offered in the building, the priciest is a 6,032-square-foot duplex penthouse for $38 million, from which all can be seen at almost all angles: the Empire State Building, the Met Life tower, and the Lower Manhattan skyline, to name a few.

A few notable excerpts from its website:

  • “… homes that deliver a life in the clouds, above a park, in the center of New York City. Kohn Pedersen Fox designed from the inside out; the angular building silhouette optimizes the views and light that bathe each residence. The tower soars to accommodate ceilings over ten feet in the residences while floor-to-ceiling glass walls capture 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.”
  • “The fluted silhouette rises above a manor house-inspired base with five levels of leisure, social and fitness amenities crowned by The Upper Club, and the private dining room and kitchen, perched fifty-four stories in the sky. The Upper Club gives every resident a Penthouse-worthy experience. This will be one of the most elegant and coveted residential amenities in New York City. The entertainment suite with catering and demonstration kitchens can be reserved. Floor-to-ceiling windows capture north, west and south facing views.”
  • “The Flatiron District at Madison Square Park is the centerpiece of New York’s most quintessentially stylish neighborhood, at the intersection of Gramercy Park, Chelsea, and NoMad. The park is an outdoor sanctuary, emblematic of the creativity that resides in this Manhattan neighborhood, home to Michelin-starred dining, heralded shopping, and avant-garde art. It is a desired destination for connoisseurs of design and taste.”