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LUXURY

REAL

ESTATE

THE STERLING MASON - CLASSIC TRIBECA WITH MODERN SENSIBILITY

Taconic Investment Partners upped the ante on loft-style living in this newly minted area build.

PROLIFIC PROPERTY POOL

JDS Development’s Michael Stern dazzles the market with luxury rental that takes living the high life to a whole new level.

REAL ESTATE NEVER SLEEPS

Howard Lorber talks property, 432 Park, and his own future digs in this Midtown jewel.

ARQUITECTS OF FORTUNE

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CONTENTS

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Charles R. Bendit,Taconic Investment Partners The Sterling Mason

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Joseph M. Mattone Sr., The Mattone Group, Alan C. Sullivan, The DeMatteis Organizations Azure

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Joseph Beninati, Chris Jones, Bauhouse Group 515 West 29th Street

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Joseph Klaynberg, Wonder Works Construction Corp 540West

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Michael Stern, JDS Development Group 626 First Avenue/ 111 West 57th Street

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Zach Vella & Justin Ehrlich, VE Equities 11 North Moore, 290 West Street

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Steven Della Salla, Bizzi & Partners Development 400 Fifth Avenue

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R. Ramin Kamfar, Bluerock Real Estate The Charles

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Ziel Feldman, HFZ Capital Group Halcyon

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Cary Tamarkin, Tamarkin Co. 508 West 24th Street

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Mitchell Moinian, Moinian Group The Residences at W New York-Downtown

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Dov Barnett, Nicholas Silvers, Tyler Wilkins, Tavros/ Quinlan Development Group One Vandam

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Howard Lorber -

THE CHARLES

Douglas Elliman/Vector Group Ltd.

59 AT HOME

71 INSIDE

Francis Greenburger, Time Equities

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72 74

Exclusive Property

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Scott Shnay, SK Development 10 Bond Street

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Elad Group 22 Central Park South

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Elizabeth Stribling Stribling & Associates

Lilian Leong Boffi David Howell

Stephen Mitchell DESIGNLUSH

Douglas Elliman Market Report Shaun Osher CORE

Michael Schoeller, Joanna Darling

DHD

Dottie Herman Douglas Elliman

Christopher Peacock

Schoeller + Darling Design

Douglas Elliman Market Report

Town Real Estate

Daniel Hollander, DHA Capital 12 East 13th Street

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Jared Della Valle, AJ Pires, Alloy Development 1 John Street

Town Real Estate

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Ralph Pucci Lee Stahl The Renovated Home


96 TOOLS OF THE TRADE 97 100 102 104 106

Bernardo Fort-Brescia Arquitectonica Chris LaGuardia LaGuardia Design Nino Cohen New York Stone Arthur Lasky HearthCabinet M. Paul Friedberg MPFP

HITCHING A RIDE AT EXOTIC CLASSICS

108 AROUND TOWN 109 110 112 114

Jennie Enterprise CORE: Will Branston Exotic Classics Omar Hernández OMAR’s La Ranita Dangene Enterprise Dangene The Institute of Skinovation

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Jenene Ronick Luxury Attaché Tom Schiff, Jeannine Harrington Golf & Body

120 PILLOW TALK 121 122 123 124

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park The Setai Club & Spa Wall Street The Surrey The Mercer

126 OFF THE WALL 127 86

Barlas Baylar Hudson Furniture

88 90 92

Gilles Bonan

130 BEYOND

Roche Bobois

131 134 137

Marcia Harris

Douglas Elliman Exclusive Property Chris Meyers Houlihan Lawrence

Melanie Charlton Clos-ette

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Craig D. Wood, Cape Advisors The Watchcase, Sag Harbor

Stephen Alton SAA

IBR Shop

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Mark Borghi Fine Art

Christophe Caillaud

138 IN TOUCH

Christian Liaigre

139 ROCHE BOBOIS - THE TRAVELER CHAIR

Listings

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Dear 9fi5th readers, followers, and new discoverers, Here we are at the cusp of a new addition to our roster of swanky cities. New York has been long in the making, if in our minds only, and is finally here to dazzle you with well-selected property gold. The city that never sleeps (excuse the so-very-obvious cliché), has done us proud with a grouping of downtown real estate gems, mid- to uptown class, and a Brooklyn foray to boot.

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We’ve had fun touring some of the finished assets we feature and spent hours daydreaming about those to come within the next 12-18 months. We sat down to chat with industry heavy-weights Charles Bendit, Francis Greenburger, and Michael Stern, while advisors and investors like Howard Lorber gave us some much appreciated insider info. Looking through our At Home chapter you’ll find seasoned words and tidbits of advice from Dottie Herman and the team at Town Residential, as you’ll also get to tour one heck of a West Chelsea penthouse currently for sale. We made sure to open and close all the doors of Christopher Peacock’s

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lines from Boffi and Roche Bobois. ART & DE S I G N

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Sure, New York property had us up in the clouds, quite literally at times, but we stuck to the basics and plated up those technical details that make or break a project. You’ll be excited to see our questions answered by iconic, internationally renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, as we discuss what keeps Arquitectonica designs so global yet local at the same time, and take a peek at his current New York and Miami projects. Satiated with all the luxe interiors and exteriors? No problem. Keep going and you’ll find out about CORE:, the city’s most influential private

We think you’ll agree that this first New York edition lives up to 9fi5th standards - past, present, and future. With Miami and New York standing strong as valued fixtures you can look forward to 9fi5th London and 9fi5th Dubai by early next year. Excited? Us too!

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Exotic Classics

REPUBLIC AIRPORT

LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT

BROOKHAVEN CALABRO AIRPORT

FRANCIS GABRESKI AIRPORT

EAST HAMPTON

WATER MILL

LaGuardia Design

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Mark Borghi Fine Art

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ADDITIONS

16 CLASSIC TRIBECA

28 PROLIFIC PROPERTY POOL

Taconic Investment Partners upped the ante on loft-style living in this newly minted area build.

JDS Development dazzles the market with luxury rental that takes living the high life to a whole new level.

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38 ATTAINABILITY PLUS AMPLE AMENITIES The busy bees at HFZ keep buyers interested with Halcyon in Midtown East.

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CLASSIC TRIBECA

WITH MODERN SENSIBILITY Taconic Investment Partners upped the ante on loft-style living in this newly minted area build.

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TriBeCa. One of Manhattan’s hottest neighborhoods, oozing with culture and vitality. An area characterized by its cobblestone streets and residential lofts, TriBeCa boasts some of the city’s most famous restaurants, historic warehouses, and, now, coveted homes. Right in the heart of this desired district, sits Taconic Investment Partners’ latest project, The Sterling Mason. Seemingly mingling as two separate buildings, the Sterling Mason

is in fact one large structure with a unique dual concept created by Taconic and Morris Adjmi Architects. “It was Adjmi’s idea to come up with the concept of a photonegative image of the existing building,â€? said Charles Bendit, Co-Founder of Taconic. “And to do so in a metallic versus a masonry substance, created something unique and interesting.â€? The façade of the Sterling Mason, one part lustrous metallic and one part earthy brick, pays a direct homage to the building’s history as a masonry warehouse. And, keeping to the design trend of “why fix what isn’t broken,â€?

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this 33-unit building was also designed to harbor the loft-style homes many buyers vie for in this downtown haven. Knowing the area and clientele, Taconic decided to up the ante. The Sterling Mason was created with a unique mindset: to maintain functionality and sensibility, while also encompassing the type of high-end loft living environment buyers are looking for through quality craftsmanship and building amenities. Welcomed into the building by an alluring fireplace and an enchanting view of the courtyard garden, the lobby sets the tone for the relaxing and intimate environment Taconic wanted to create. Not to drown out the sound of the babbling fountain or disturb the calming Deborah Nevins-designed landscape, both the

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cooking (hopefully) delectable meals. After you’ve slaved over the stove and it’s time to relax, you can draw yourself a nice bubble bath in Paired up with American white oak

your master bathroom’s grand Lefroy

flooring and high ceilings, the energy

Brooks freestanding tub or loosen up

efficient, double paned windows

with select residences’ steam shower

light up the generously proportioned

system. Each Bianco Dolomiti-

living rooms. But if a dimmer setting

tiled master bath is styled with two

lobby and each residence have access to the courtyard, but

is what you crave, your Savant home

separated white oak vanities and

by window view only. A 24-hour doorman, concierge, and

automation system with Lutron con-

medicine cabinets (Gachot-designed

porter offer the feel of hotel sophistication, yet the building’s

trols can customize all your shade,

and Henrybuilt made), a custom wall

private parking garages and two separate elevators establish

lighting, HVAC, and AV desires.

towel warmer, and radiant heated

a sense of privacy. Maybe this is why the Sterling Mason has

Bundling up to an old book in inky

tile floors, all hand-laid in a beautiful

peaked the interest of many a TriBeCa real estate shopper.

cool surroundings, even when it’s a

herringbone pattern. If this doesn’t

Even as a boutique development, Taconic’s latest offers a

sunny 90 degrees outside, just got a

help you unwind, you can always

whole lot more viable.

head to the master bedroom’s small

“BUYERS WHO CAN AFFORD THIS KIND OF HOME ARE ALSO THE ONES MAKING SURE THEIR KIDS HAVE THE BEST EDUCATION.” - CHARLES BENDIT

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fully equipped fitness center, library, and a uniquely crafted play area for children. Not just your typical kiddie hang-out,

The kitchens, designed by husband

outdoor balcony, open up the French

the inception of the children’s area came from an educa-

and wife team of John and Christine

windows and gaze into that peace-

tional standpoint. Enlisting the 92nd Street YMCA, host

Gachot and Seattle-based cabinet-

ful courtyard garden we teased you

of the city’s best pre-kindergarten program, the space was

makers Henrybuilt, boast custom

with earlier. For those of you who

engineered to engage children intellectually more so than

walnut cabinetry, Lefroy Brooks

hold interest in one of the Sterling

physically. “Buyers who can afford this kind of home are also

brushed nickel faucets, and Honed

Mason’s three penthouses, you can

the ones making sure their kids have the best education,” said

Imperial Danby marble countertops.

not only look forward to the court-

Bendit. “Why not give them the opportunity to be able to

As an avid home chef himself, Bendit

yard view, but your own Deborah

do that right in their own home from the very start?” If this

wanted to preserve the notion of

Nevins-designed wraparound terrace.

academic aspect intrigues, but concern for space ensues, let

functionality. By coordinating the

The thousands of square feet in lush

the gracious floor plans of two to five-bedroom residences

Viking-made stainless steel natural

greenery right outside your door pro-

ease your mind. Ranging from 1,800 to 5,500 square feet,

gas stove, Wolf-integrated wall oven,

vide a scenic realm that can only be

each residence has the capacity and the sensibility perfect for

Franke under-mounted stainless steel

rivaled by the unit’s incredible sweep-

a single buyer alone, a couple or a growing family.

sink, and all of the other top-of-the-

ing views of the Hudson River. Loft-

Just through the front door of each unit sits an entrance

line appliances in a way that allows for

style living, impeccably designed,

foyer, a concept conceived to give homeowners the feeling

the most efficiency, even novice chefs

spacious, serene, and in the heart of

of arrival without walking straight into your living room.

among us can be more at ease while

TriBeCa. Need we say more?

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With the completion of the 2nd Avenue Subway line, The Mattone Group and The DeMatteis Organizations give us insight as to why Azure is the Upper East Side’s best pick.

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tags. For just over $2 million, you can unpack in one of the

by James Rixner and BjĂśrn

1,500-square-foot two-bedroom units, or call home one of the

BjĂśrnsson, also hold the

3,000-square-foot four-bedroom units, with a price tag hover-

option to be combined into

ing around $5 million. No matter which floor plan you choose,

one mega 5,300-square-foot

each of the residences boast incredible floor-to-ceiling win-

unit, totaling five bedrooms,

dows, offering open views of the East River, Queens Borough

five baths, and a 360-degree

Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and the Triborough Bridge. “We

view of the city. And that for

bought a lot of the air rights around us to make sure these

around $13 million.

views will never be impeded,� said Alan Sullivan, Executive Vice President at the DeMatteis Organizations. Between each unit’s ten-foot ceilings and Brazilian Afromo-

Aside from individual residence features, the developers ensured Azure

“You want to know what’s so great about Azure?� asked Mat-

sia flooring, you will find a professional grade chef ’s kitchen,

would be a family-oriented

tone Group CEO, Joseph Mattone. “Let me show you.� Wise

featuring Viking and Sub-Zero appliances, CaesarStone

space. A children’s playroom

words spoken prior to our very special tour of this Uptown

countertops, and a built-in pantry complemented by custom

and game center make for

skyward Addition.

European cabinetry.

an area where kids can relax

The Mattone Group and Dematteis Organizations’

The master bathrooms were designed with beautiful Italian

long-awaited joint venture joins the ranks of Manhattan’s

marble walls and countertops, Kallista fixtures, soaking tubs,

iconic Upper East Side luxury condos, or “cond-ops,� rather.

and double vani-

“We know co-op’s have a reputation for being difficult to get

ties (for select

through board approval, so we created the cond-op concept,�

residences). Pay-

explained Mattone. “We run the building legally as a co-op,

ing close atten-

but from a practical aspect you can resell, rent or do anything

tion to the details

you want.� Speaking of practicality, this 34-story building,

of each finish

perched on 91st Street and 1st Avenue, comes just in time

and fixture in

for the fruition of the 2nd Avenue subway line, making your

the home played

soon-to-be daily commute more convenient than ever. The

a huge part in

added value of said soon-to-be finished transportation addi-

the design, but

tion will not only increase property prices, but is also a major

the developers

force behind the renaissance of Yorkville. An area not only

also wanted

known for its great dining, shopping, and history, Yorkville

to cater to the

and the Upper East Side also offer the quiet and safe environs

residents’ busy

many look for, especially those with wee ones running about.

lifestyles. Each

Sitting in the epicenter of “school valley,� Azure’s large floor

home offers

plans cater to buyers with large families, therefore creating

substantial closet

a building with one of the greatest concentrations of family

space, helping

units in all of Manhattan.

to maintain a

and let loose while the building’s fitness center allows for

concept of functionality and convenience. “Everybody raves

some adult sweat time. The

of the building’s 128 residences ensures the utmost level of

about two aspects of this place,� said Sullivan. “The first is the

lounge, dining area, rooftop

comfort and convenience, all while bearing competitive price

finishes and the second is the outdoor space of the penthouses.�

terraces, and meeting rooms

If you are lucky enough to take ownership of one of the build-

are available to all residents,

ing’s two penthouses, you will be enamored with the sweeping,

offering over 6,300 square

landscaped terrace, allowing for over 180-degrees of unmarred

feet of amenity space. But

New York City skyline views. And on a windy day, you may let

if the neighborhood’s art

the weather stay outside and instead let that sunshine stream

galleries, museums or parks

right in as you sit in your media room watching not one but a

are what you fancy, you can

slew of historical fiction flicks.

head straight through the

Designed by SLCE Architects and Studio MORSA, each

Not only are the views an entire amenity in themselves, but

lobby’s Weil Studio marble

the insides boast an open-layout chef ’s kitchen, spa-like baths,

floors, walnut wood panel-

and along with each bedroom having open city views, each

ing, and Xorel wall cover-

master bedroom also comes with its own private, glass-enclosed

ings, into the Upper East

balcony. Any avid entertainer will fall in love with the spacious

Side’s bountiful district.

dining room, living and great rooms. This combined effort cre-

Well done Mattone/

ates the perfect atmosphere for hosting a small Sunday lunch or

DeMatteis team, we’re

a multifamily graduation bash. The newly designed penthouses

convinced!

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Mighty HIGH LINES Bauhouse developers Beninati and Jones have two park facing sides ready for dapper occupancy in 2015.

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MAJESTIC 515 WEST 29TH STREET


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If upmarket greenery is close to your real estate honing heart, you may want to take a look at what we have for you next. The mile-long High Line and adjacent areas are about to go big‌ real big. “West Chelsea is gearing up for something game changing and like a lot of New York upsurges, this one will be hard for many to spot until it has already blossomed,â€? explained Bauhouse Co-Founder

BRIGHT AND AIRY INTERIORS

and Managing Member, Joseph Beninati. The Bau-

feel; something they wanted to build upon when taking the

for parties; something very

Residential Tower at Man-

house Group, a real estate

project on. “We consider ourselves very lucky to have the High

English,� added Jones, him-

hattan West will be going in,

development and invest-

Line Park on two sides,� explained Bauhouse Partner Chris

self an Englishman in New

while just a block up from

ment firm, aims to take

Jones as he revealed the subtleties that will make 515 West

York. “The chef ’s kitchen is

us you will have the Culture

everything that defines the

29th Street such an unprecedented and exemplary Addition.

going to become very New

Shed, where Fashion Week

“Bauhouse will be taking a boutique approach here, but will

York,� interjected Beninati

will be held; Time Warner,

that essence into their 515

be offering sizable spaces,� explained Jones. The lower floors of

(born in New York) who sees

L'OrĂŠal, and SAP are all

West 29th Street project to

the project will be comprised of half floor units (at 2,200 square

it as a feature that is long

coming in,� said Beninati.

spearhead the movement,

feet) and full-floor units (at 4,400 square feet), which will be ac-

overdue around these parts.

“But that is just a sliver of

boutique-style. Sounds

companied by private elevators opening directly into each unit.

This astute facet will provide

what is going on here.�

like Bauhouse, Ă la Walter

The upper floors will house one simplex and two duplexes, both

caterers with a full facility

Gropius, is about to make

of which will overlook the whole Hudson Yards development

in which to prepare hot and

tentatively set for a 2015

one heck of a stop along

and offer extensive roof terraces. Price points for these gems

this urban park line with a

will start at $4.5 million for the least expensive half-floor while

‘Bauhaus’ twist.

the most expensive unit will likely sell for between $25 and $30

area and seamlessly work

Now, you may already

million. An obvious tribute Bauhouse is paying to the High Line

know that Bauhouse has

is a glass-wrapped exterior that will endow all of the residences

purchased the (only) prop-

with a view of the green from their principle living spaces. But

erty along the High Line

this homage is also about rendering the correct ambiance and

that shares two borders with

one that will see a combination of West Chelsea’s industrial

the park from the Jangana

heritage with contrasting light and dark colors.

family and added onto that

515 West 29th Street is

“We will be bringing in bleached oak floors, lava stone for

three separate air rights

the bathrooms, and a lot of bronze detailing to ensure that we

purchases totaling just over

capture a deep, natural feel,� explained Jones. The Bauhouse

$30 million, all told. The air

Group will be ensuring that the architecture, graphics, and de-

rights will enable Bauhouse

sign function are in unison as per Walter Gropius. In fine line

to take the building to new

with this natural feel, we will see a fire pit on every terrace and

cold dishes and then simply

completion, and it seems

heights and provide a lofty

an aesthetic palette of stone, wood, cotton, linens, and leather.

take up to the residences.

safe to say, Bauhouse has

Each unit will come with very elegant standard finishes that

Forward thinking ideas bor-

found the right ingredients

rowed from the old world.

for a well-thought-out

Jones and Beninati believe are designed to exceed even the highest of standards. The kitchens will include

Bauhouse is certainly not

project. But the team has

the only one who has got a

three more projects that

out of blond oak. For a little taste, feast

piece of this hot apple pie –

are making very strategic

your eyes on the renderings that tease

Zaha Hadid and Soo Chan

and intuitive entrances in

will be squaring off once

three distinctly different

standalone bathtubs, Azul limestone

again with respective prop-

areas. Want to know what

walls, lava stone floors, and custom-

erties in the neighborhood.

the Bauhouse Magic Eight

designed hardware.

Beninati, who is uncon-

Ball reads? Looks like a

cerned about competition

Sutton Place, Brooklyn, and

with such a lovely, boutique

possible TriBeCa coming

jewel box, is astutely aware

up. It would be prudent to

foot gallery to include art that will work

of the positive impact the

keep your eyes on the High

with the architecture and design aesthetic.

Hudson Yards Redevelop-

Line – and tune into a little

ment Project will have on

elevated plant life for your

the environs; “Brookfield's

real estate fortune.

Miele appliances and cabinetry will be crafted

five-fixture bathrooms endowed with

On the ground floor, Bauhouse will be installing its residential entrance but also a unique, unnamed 4,000-square-

“In the basement there will be a gym, steam room, and a chef ’s kitchen to provide serving wares

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Livable Luxury WONDER WORKS COOKS UP

IN HELL’S KITCHEN

With 110 highly desirable units in tow, the team at Wonder Works is bringing downtown cool to this Midtown purlieu.

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With prices in Ăźber-trendy Chelsea finding ever more room to soar, the shrewd buyer is mostly likely looking at just north of this western neck of the woods. Hell's Kitchen has some piping hot fare coming out at the end of the year, and buyers are interested to see more. 540West with its dual package

DUPLEX UNIT

of mid-rise buildings that offer upscale, amenity-rich condos shouts Hell-o to

building was designed by S9, an affiliate

and some beautiful outdoor space to

style. We had the chance to sit down

of Perkins Eastman Architects PC, who

literally top 540West off. Residents will

with Joseph Klaynberg, Founder of

finessed the double tower power feature

be able to enjoy the expansive roof deck

Wonder Works, to get the scoop on just

along with the glass and steel façade that

with reclining chairs and a landscaped

why 540 is in demand and what makes

reflects the brownstones across the street.

garden for sunning and other endeavors,

it so noteworthy for Clinton. To start

“What the units offer is no less

while the penthouses will have their own

with, Klaynberg himself is a Civil Engi-

impressive than the amenity list,� said

special outdoor offering. Each of the

neer, trained and educated in Moscow

Klaynberg, who rightly takes pride in,

ten penthouses will come with outdoor

with a front-to-back understanding of

“doing more than justice to the render-

space from which owners will be able to

the construction process – so the man

ings,� (the renderings do look pretty

barbecue and entertain alongside some

knows how to talk to builders. This is

sweet to us). Units start at $725,000

nice features that include Liebherr wine

how Wonder Works (along with Fortis

for the coziest 501-square-foot studio

coolers to procure their own select vinos.

Property Group) has managed to bring

apartment with white oak hardwood

“With the building height restrictions

things together for a fiery 540West that

flooring and floor-to-ceiling windows

in Clinton, these penthouses will offer

is well-suited to the neighborhood and

that should do a good job at roping in

great, unobstructed views, given that 540

in short supply in the area.

all of that natural light that hits the

nudges right up to that 66-foot cap on

area (the maximum building height in

both towers,� enthused Klaynberg.

540West possesses a unique, sevenfloor, two-tower layout with a lobby

Clinton is 66 feet). All of the apart-

that is set to span two floors and lead

ments will have kitchens outfit in silver-

veloper, contractor, design-builder, and

out to a 6,000-square-foot, groomed

stone quartz countertops, imported cab-

project manager, Wonder Works has

courtyard to afford plenty of space for

inetry from Italy, Bertazzoni gas ranges

been able to spearhead some of the best

wining, dining, and relaxation. “We

and ovens, integrated dishwashers, and

sites and projects, such as 540West and

went with the two tower option to allow

Liebherr refrigerators. The bathrooms

Chelsea Club Condominium at 444

this large expanse of courtyard space

will bring another Italian connection

West 19th Street, along with two that

for amenities and provide that special

with porcelain walls and floor tiles, plus

they have their sights set on next in Wil-

something,� noted Klaynberg. The

deep soaking tubs in units with master

liamsburg. “We have over 1,000 units

addition of a reflecting pool adds a

bathrooms. But this is just the start, be-

under construction at the moment and

dimension of meditative ambiance to

cause 540West has some hot penthouses

as for all of our projects, we actively

the list that makes us think of Miami

on top of the studios, one and two bed-

seek the best products,� added Klayn-

(you should see the rooftop at Wonder

rooms and duplexes for those looking

berg, who has a true loyalty to Italian

Works’ District Condominium at 111

to shell out a bit more – but not quite

craftsmanship. With this attention to

Fulton Street if you really want Miami

as much as having "Chelsea" written on

craft and design, Clinton is a welcome

in New York). At 540West, the extras

the monthly electric bill.

recipient of some elegant residential

With a respected position as a de-

include a 24-hour attended

Of the 110 units (down from 114

fare. Currently, 70 percent of the units

lobby with a fireplace

after a few were combined), ten will

at 540West are already under contract,

grace the A-list as penthouses, the most

so you can bet that move-in day is go-

expensive of which will run you $3.5+

ing to be a success for New York’s own

million for 1,625 square feet of glory

wonder workers.

and a cozy lounge, fitness center and two landscaped roof decks - oh yeah, there is also a pet spa (yes, everyone’s locks are in order here) and a movie screening area for you film buffs out there. The

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Prolific

PROPERTY POOL JDS Development dazzles the market with luxury rental that takes living the high life to a whole new level.

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Springing from 9.2 acres in the eastern mid-30s like two coppery phoenixes, come JDS Development’s new luxury rental towers at 626 First Avenue. The foundations of this full city block development are complete. It will be approximately 800 units, and it will be, in a word, stunning. “The façade will be punched copper,â€? said Michael Stern, the head of JDS Development. “It will have a sky bridge that will include all

THE FITNESS CENTER AT 626 FIRST AVENUE

the amenities including a lap pool that floats between the

a hammam that will offer you that vigorous scrub-down to

ture, complete with a fountain and seating. The screening

two buildings.�

emerge smooth as satin and ready for anything. “It will have

room will meet all your Superbowl or Oscar Party needs

an incredible lounge,� said Stern. “There will be indoor

and you will learn to perfect your bĂŠarnaise or flan in the

the backstroke in Cloud

and outdoor pools. The outdoor pool will be infinity-edged,

on-site demo kitchen. If it’s starting to sound like your

City just came true. Factor

and will offer views of the East River.� Said pool will be

entertainment needs may be so fully met that you’ll never

in the punched copper,

surrounded by a 10,000-foot deck with an outdoor bar, if

leave your building again, then you’re probably right.

the graceful curve of the

you feel like tasting a cocktail after getting a taste of infinity.

Residents will be able to head to the gym, squash room,

buildings, and the never-

Private cabanas and an outdoor kitchen for barbecues will

world-class weightlifting room, or yoga and pilates studios

ending list of amenities

complete the feeling of being on your own island paradise.

to burn off last night’s dinner (or those infinity-poolside

Your dreams of doing

and you’ve arrived. There’s

A private park on site will provide tranquility and na-

mojitos they sipped earlier.) The pampering, like the pool, is seemingly infinite - besides a spa, there is a treatment room where you can refresh. Containing a range from studios up to three-bedroom units, 626 First Avenue doesn’t fall victim to a target audience but rather, in the words of Stern has, “incredible mass appeal.� Is the appeal domestic or foreign? It’s both, and more. “We have the UN, which is in close proximity to us, so you get a lot of diplomats and those affiliated with the UN and we also have the nearby NYU Medical Center.� Is there a doctor in the house? At 626 First Avenue, the answer will most likely always be yes. However, Stern said, “anybody looking for the quality of a condominium without making the financial commitment of buying a condominium,� would

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111 WEST 57TH STREET - STEINWAY

JDS Development Group, which has constructed over four million square feet of property in New York and Miami, has also partnered up with PMG on a development at 111 West 57th Street; something you no doubt have heard about. This build will consist of a newly erected tower and the adjacent Steinway building, which has serious architectural pedigree. Designed by Warren & Wetmore of Grand Central Terminal fame, the Steinway building is the old New York in JDS’ vision of “old vs. new.” Juxtaposition is everything in this project.

“WE WANTED TO HAVE A BUILDING WITH THE DEPTH, RELIEF, AND CHARACTER OF THE OLD NEW YORK BUILDINGS, BUT IN A MODERN WAY.” - MICHAEL STERN

“We wanted to have a building with the depth, relief, and character of the old New York buildings, but in a modern way,” said Stern. The tower, at close to 1,400 feet, will be taller than the Empire State building,

111 WEST 57TH STREET

styled in a way that Stern dubs “hyper set-back.” This radical stepping, is evoca-

“Carnegie Hall is across the street,” said Stern. “Con-

tive of old New York with a fresh twist.

cert pianists who play at Carnegie Hall would always, and

Also juxtaposed will be the materials

still do, rehearse in one of the rehearsal rooms at Steinway

used. “We took an old world material, terra cotta, but curved it into ribbons. The newest tech-

Hall. We want to continue that by having those pianists

nology allows them to have shape and curve and we have a beautiful bronze under-liner. So we

come into our recital hall and practice.”

have old world, rich materials in a very 21st century way,” said Stern. Inside this palace of old

The most melodious amenity we can imagine sounds

meets new will be two lounge areas, a terrace, and a bar. An Olympic-sized pool will grace the

like music to our ears. But more, much more, on this one

seventh floor in a dramatic double-height space. There will be the necessary gym and spa, as

in our next edition. Can’t wait that long? Fret not, it will

well as a recital hall, all alongside a very distinctive note of New York’s heritage.

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A DD IT IONS

WHERE MOORE IS MORE AND WEST IS ACTUALLY BEST A closer look into VE Equities’ latest projects shows us exactly why they are on top of the boutique building game.

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Within the first few moments of meeting Zach Vella and Justin Ehrlich, it’s easy to see that these guys have history. Friends since college, the dynamic pair had a mutual love for the art of development and design, joining forces in 2009. The organic ebb and flow of their interactions instantly becomes a clear indicator as to why VE Equities has been so successful. With boutique developments running the gamut of their portfolio, the duo has become a predominant force in the coveted little area of TriBeCa, rebranding the

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word “luxury” to its original

reach nearly 4,900 square

has their own taste so we just

significance.

feet and the building’s four

provide a sleek palette with

Having teamed up with

duplex penthouses boast

the best materials possible.”

architects Morris Adjmi and

around 3,500 square feet

Projected by Ehrlich to be

Aldo Andreoli for multiple

of living space along with

one of their most luxurious

projects before, VE Equities

private terraces, where a

projects yet, VE Equities

was confident the pair’s eye

handful of lucky owners

partnered with Sawyer Ber-

for high-end design would

can dip their toes into their

son to create the building’s

be exactly what their buyers

private rooftop pool. Per-

sophisticated and modern

were looking for. Catering

spiring summer months are

aesthetic. “There was no

to families and those with

about to be a balmy thing

budget,” joked Ehrlich. A

hefty disposable incomes,

of the past.

the craftsmanship of newly

One magnifi-

constructed 11 North Moore

cent penthouse

is peerless. “Most develop-

with 18-foot

ers build things that are

ceilings and an-

easily sold, but we develop

other lush private

a completely different prod-

pool located on

uct,” explained Vella. “We

approximately

build very large apartments

3,100 square

with extremely high-quality

feet of rooftop

materials and we cater to the

terrace, will offer

sophisticated, design-savvy

just over 7,000

buyer.” Flocking in from all

square feet of

over the city, buyers have

grandiose living

interest in TriBeCa’s latest

space. “North

hot spots, are there for the

Moore is the best

top-notch schools, or already

street in TriBeCa

own homes in the neighbor-

and it has tons

hood and are eager to own

of natural light,”

a piece of VE’s latest and

said Vella. Work-

greatest development.

ing this into the

11 North Moore has no

design, the gen-

problems living up to that

erous windows

tall order. The ten-story

and oversized

building consists of 18 gen-

doorways will

erous floor plans ranging

fill each unit with massive

seemingly risky idea, this

views at 290 West Street are

notch, even if that means

from 1,900-square-foot

amounts of natural light

no-budget mindset offers

unparalleled,” said Ehrlich.

that no expense is spared.

three-bedroom homes to

creating a bright, crisp feel.

the potential for incredible

“In one direction you see the

Spending time on the par-

3,000-square-foot four-bed-

Supplementing the luminous

design. Basaltina stone floor

Statue of Liberty, and from

ticulars, choosing fixtures,

room homes. A small cluster

interiors of the residences,

tiles, Carrara Marble wall

another you can look down

and working closely along-

the siberian wood flooring

tiles, and Grohe polished

Canal Street.” New York

side the architects isn’t just

and the kitchens’ Italian

chrome finishes make it clear

City sights tour, right from

a part of the daily routine

Dada gray oak and white

why buyers are coming from

the comforts of your couch -

for Vella and Ehrlich, it’s

as close as down the block to

convenience at its best.

something they truly enjoy.

of six-bedroom residences

matte lacquer cabinetry with stainless steel

unpack here.

Catering to the views

“We manage every single

appliances will

With this same design

while staying architecturally

one of our projects,” said

give residents

strategy in mind and Adjmi

contextual with the area,

Ehrlich. “It’s critical to not

that pristine

& Andreoli architects in

290 West Street bears mas-

skimp on certain things, you

aesthetic.

tow, another 11-story condo

sive window boxes designed

have to keep the focus on

“Design wise,

building is gearing up for

to look like those of an old

quality.” And on that note,

we try to keep

occupancy at 290 West

factory. From the lighting to

we’ll leave you with a tinge

everything

Street. Set to be finished in

the flooring to the paint on

of excitement, ‘cause this

2015, this property will be

the walls, everything in this

one’s sure to be yet another

all about the views. “The

building is created to be top-

game-changing Addition.

clean,” said Ehrlich. “Everyone

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A LIFESTYLE FIT FOR ICONIC

Fifth Avenue B

Luxury condo 400 Fifth Avenue offers brilliant architecture, panoramic city views, and five-star hotel amenities.

Bizzi & Partners Development has officially taken stock in the New York

its storied architecture and sense of place – commanded,” he said. “We created

development world, and so far, they’re soaring. With one conversion and one

a contemporary landmark.”

building under construction, Steven Della Salla, the New York Managing

Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, 400 Fifth Avenue

Principal for Bizzi & Partners Development, grew nostalgic when talking about

pairs a collection of luxury condominium residences with the world-class

400 Fifth Avenue. “Many developers had their vision for the 400 Fifth Avenue

Langham Place, Fifth Avenue hotel. The 60-story tower permanently changed

site, but only Davide Bizzi understood and celebrated what the location – with

the New York City skyline when it was completed in 2010, with its stunning

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WHAT A VIEW TO WAKE UP TO

Rivers,

unit it

and

needs

beyond.

to feel

“We

right for

really put the

you,� said Della

neighborhood on the map as a luxury residential destination,� said Della Salla. “Be-

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Salla. “After all, it is your home.� One of the major perks of living

fore we started construction in 2008,

at 400 Fifth Avenue is that you can

Midtown South was considered a

enjoy a night out without actu-

stagnant corridor with a 9 to 5 popu-

ally having to leave the building.

lation. The wide range of buyers at

Langham Place is home to the

400 Fifth Avenue is proof of just how

Michelin-starred Ai Fiori, renowned

much that has changed.�

chef Michael White’s celebrated

limestone façade, textured stainless-

Italian cabinetry, hand-laid black

Despite the copious panoramas

restaurant, and Measure, a sophisti-

steel panels, and sculpted floor-to

oak flooring and stone countertops.

available, the building’s four studios,

cated cocktail lounge. A full-service

ceiling windows soaring above Mid-

The custom Poliform kitchens offer

which were originally not suggested

Julien Farel Salon is onsite, with a

town. Today, it plays second fiddle

Sub-Zero and Miele appliances

to be a part of the design, turned

special menu of express services for

in movie backdrops, in photographs

and Mont Blanc stone counter-

out to be quite the crowd pleaser.

those who need a quick mani/pedi

and posters, and even had a starring

tops. Beautifully appointed bath-

Through the sales process, Bizzi &

touch-up. A resort-caliber spa offers

role in Lacoste’s latest ad campaign

rooms feature Zuma soaking tubs,

Partners also found that the combina-

a sanctuary of stress-relieving treat-

(shot on an adjacent rooftop). “New

separate shower stalls, Haisa marble

tion of two one-bedroom residences

ments for men and women mak-

York has embraced 400 Fifth Avenue

flooring, and Grohe fixtures.

on the Southeast/Southwest end of

ing it the destination of choice for

Scaling the entirety of 400 Fifth

the building created the perfect floor

luxurious pampering. But if you are

Avenue are its floor-to-ceiling, dia-

plans. After converting the two units

the kind of person who sweats out

mond-angled windows that allow for

into one for a resident, other buyers

stress, the hotel’s 3,100-square-foot

which range from studios to three-

a view that is so rightly envied. The

liked the floor plan so much, the

fitness center is open to residents

bedrooms, located on floors 31- 60

unique shape of said windows allows

building sold nine more combined

and hotel guests around the clock,

are accessible through a private

residents a direct vantage point down

units with the same footprint. “We

making sticking to an exercise regi-

residential lobby. With privacy at

the bustling city streets without all the

typically try to build with flexibility to

men almost too easy. Second serving

the forefront, floor access is granted

anxiety that comes with leaning over a

be able to combine units in all of our

of pizza, coming right up.

for residents of each respective floor

windy balcony. Each residence yields

buildings,� said Della Salla.

only, meaning that you’ll never be

its own unique and breathtaking view

met with the meandering footfall of

of New York City, including a collec-

one-bedroom with another to

start to live out the meaning of a

any hotel guests.

tion of penthouses that offer unprec-

double the size and customize your

“staycation.� And when iconic Fifth

edented panoramas, from the rising

needs rings like a smart investment

Avenue is right outside your front

interiors at 400 Fifth Avenue feature

1WTC tower to the upper reaches of

and shows faith in the value of the

door, where else could you want

an artistic mix of finely crafted

Museum Mile, the Hudson and East

building. “When you walk into a

to go?

and that was exactly what we were aiming for,� said Della Salla. The condominium residences,

Designed by DAS Concepts, the

Combining a 780-square-foot

Living in such close quarters to this plethora of amenities, you will

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Space AMPLE

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLAN

When investing in an Upper East Side property intro’ed by a former financier, you can trust that your chips will fall in the right spot.

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If the close to the ground,

somewhat dim nature of a townhouse in Manhattan isn’t quite your style, then you might like to know that Bluerock Real Estate is defying gravity to develop said same townhouse size in the sky. In a smart move that challenged real estate norms, Bluerock is set to deliver. The company is helmed by former investment banker, Founder and CEO, R. Ramin Kamfar, who has asserted his proficient powers of perception to hone in on some desperately needed space the market is asking for, namely 26 sizable units that boast at least one floor per unit for what Kamfar calls, “townhouses in the sky.” With a sound record of investments Kamfar confessed that, “it is the expression possibilities in real estate,” that drew him from finance, “into this career.” His point is fair enough especially when you see the daring picks he has made to ensure his vision of The Charles comes to fruition. With all of the location possibilities, 1355 First Avenue might sound like a curious choice, however, like a seasoned investor, Kamfar caught the scent before the rest – with the new Second Avenue Subway line on track, First Avenue is picking up speed.

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“The importance

ting aloft the gorgeous

of diversification of

Ismael Leyva Architect-

residence sizes is what we

designed structure, these

are taught and what the finan-

residences feature arresting ter-

ciers like to hear, but it is not what

races and the feel of more than just

the market wants now,” proclaimed

a home but a castle in the clouds.

Kamfar. “The market needs luxuri-

Price points for The Charles run

ous space.” We couldn’t have said

from $6.25 million for the lowest-

it better. “But it is more than just

polished

the square footage that delivers this

chrome

spacious feel,” he explained further,

fixtures, those

“it is the attention that we gave to

spacious living

accentuating and to amplifying that

rooms will sparkle like

space in design, lines, and angles.”

the Manhattan skyline.

Nothing demonstrates Kamfar’s

Even though the kitchens retain

statement more poignantly than the

an impressive sense of durability,

with unparalleled services,” said

7,200-square-foot duplex (which

beautiful interiors designed by Da-

they too offer striking views and are

Kamfar. With 24/7 on-site building

recently sold for the ring of $20

vid Collins Studio. A sophisticated

accompanied by the likes of Miele

management and attended lobby

million) is noticeably larger. It is

reinterpretation of classic style with

and Sub-Zero appliances. These

plus a technogym, lounge, and game

nice to see a development where

a bright, open and slightly Europe-

eat-in kitchens retain a notable

room that meet five-star hotel stan-

there is not one unit where space is

an sense of pride, the team crafted

caliber of elegance with silky white

dards, Kamfar is quite right. The

in short supply (although inventory

lots of husky-blues and gentle metal

Corian countertops and backs-

neighborhood itself adds more than

will be in very short supply with

tones, to soothe the senses with a

plashes along with mirror-polished

just a bit of charm to the exclusive

more than 60 percent of the units

cool sensibility.

high-gloss lacquer cabinetry.

feel with the quainter streets of the

already spoken for).

David Collins Studio brought

Comfort was not an after-

and privacy

priced unit on the third floor all

of a townhouse are rivaled at this

the way up to the $37 million that the aforementioned 11,740-square-

Upper East Side ad-

foot quadruplex garnered in its

dress.

Fall 2013 sale. The full-floor units

“We offer privacy that is

vary very little from between 3,100

equal to that of a townhouse along

Upper East Side having housed

and 3,700 square feet, however the

“Today’s New York is a wonderful

in a number of influences bor-

thought at The Charles and the

the not so quaint homes of many

place to raise a family,” said Kamfar,

rowed from their London base by

corridors provide ample doses of

a Rockefeller, Carnegie, Astor, or

“and people are really starting to

articulating the vistas, volume, and

space while master bedrooms come

Duke. The (sadly for us) already sold

look for places to do just that.” It

symmetry along with well-chosen

standard with radiant heating. The

top-floor quadruplex and duplex

turns out the Giuliani and Bloom-

materials. With white oak oyster

abundance of windows and smart

penthouses represent the epitome of

berg years have proven kind on

gloss flooring and Lefroy Brooks

floor plans ensure that the feeling

this exclusive, well-located feel. Sit-

home buyers and refreshing for real estate. So now, can we say goodbye to a glut of bachelor pads and hello to an era of mansions in the sky? Well, Bluerock sure seems to be giving us plenty of reasons to believe…

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AMPLE AMENITIES

The busy bees at HFZ keep buyers interested with Halcyon in Midtown East.

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With HFZ buildings going

non-extremes. Ample natu-

up in every different neigh-

ral light will flow through

borhood all over Manhat-

the residences during the

tan, HFZ Capital Group

day, while the city skyline

doesn’t even seem to be

will play backdrop on star-

breaking a sweat. Steering

ry nights. Ranging from a

a development firm that

750-square-foot studio to a

used to be the largest de-

3,500-square-foot four-bed-

veloper of pre-war building

room penthouse, residents

conversions, HFZ Capital

can expect the most bang

Founder, Ziel Feldman,

for their buck. “Halcyon is

loves a good architectural

one of the nicest amenity

challenge. “I like the archi-

buildings within its class,”

tectural integrity of taking

called, “an affordable

one of a kind,” said Feld-

to take occupancy in early

said Feldman. The build-

a building and moderniz-

luxury condo,” in the heart

man. “The quality of the

2015. The exterior glass

ing’s 21st and 22nd floors

ing it. The harder it is, the

of Midtown East, an area

building coupled with an

tower and limestone base

provide a fitness center

more we like it,” he said.

growing to be one of the

average price point around

will be amplified by steel

with private training rooms

HFZ’s latest project with

most progressive residen-

$2,000 per square foot, truly

and bronze accents, and

and a 52-foot lap pool,

its equity partner CIM

tial neighborhoods in the

makes Halcyon stand out.”

lined with rows of double

complete with spa and

Group, Halcyon,

city. This 32-story building

on 305 East 51st Street, is what Feldman

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will house 123 units ranging from 750 to 3,500 square feet. “Our project is

SLCE Architects and

paned, energy efficient

sauna, where you’ll never

interior designer S.Russell

windows to keep those

have to worry about over

Groves teamed up to design

pesky winter/summer

the sophisticated and clas-

months at

sically modern building, set

decent

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crowded, under-serviced

land to gather your closest

gyms again. The residential

dinner guests for drinks. All

lounge with a full catering

the appliances will be pan-

white marble walls and

kitchen, the fire pit gleam-

eled to blend in seamlessly

flooring will make for a

ing through the common

with the cabinetry and a

touch of decadence. A

courtyard garden, and the

Sub-Zero wine cooler and

glass enclosed shower,

building’s sky lounge will

a stainless steel microwave

radiant heated flooring,

completely change the way

drawer will be available to

and a bleached walnut

select residences. The master bathroom’s

you entertain guests. Not to

vanity will transform the

exclude the rest, the second

space further into a spa-like

floor’s amenity space will

retreat. Yet, designing a

also offer a roomy library,

space that captures said

concierge service, and a

essence is no simple task.

children’s playroom to

“We pride ourselves in our

keep your little rascals busy

architectural integrity, good

while you sit down for a

taste, and edgy art,� said

good read. And, last but

Feldman. “You develop a

certainly not least, Halcyon

brand by what you deliver

offers on-site parking. A

to the consumer and art

rare gem in the overflowing

and architecture is a big

urban scene, the garage

part of it.�

brings the building’s con-

Quite the connoisseur,

THE SKY LOUNGE

THE COURTYARD

venience and service to a

Feldman always tries to

whole new level.

incorporate artistic pieces

a love for the craft that is

quality of craftsmanship,

not only in the buildings

quite clear. His is an artistic

be it a $1 million unit

but into the branding of

palate that ranges from great

or the $11.75 million

HFZ Capital as well.

contemporary Warhol pieces

penthouse. So, whether it

to the likes of bronze cast

is finishing up a project on

sculptures by Gimhongsok.

the High Line, working on

Aside from what you’ll be able to do outside of your home, let’s talk about what you can expect inside of it. Solid core wooden doors will lead you into a space of wide plank oak (heated) floors and 10-foot

With his admiration for fellow developer, Jorge Perez’s

Applying the same level of

a building on the Upper

collection,

detail and visual appreciation,

East Side, or completing

each home will come with

sales on Halcyon, HFZ

Feldman has

ceilings. Each home will

Capital Group al-

feature kitchens designed

ways seems to have

by Poliform that will boast

a capacity greater

Calacatta Gold Lignano

than the load.

marble countertops, a stainless steel undermount sink, and a customized is-

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Architectural and development firm Tamarkin Co. creates elegant High Line property without gimmicky extras.

“Our buyers are self-confident, successful people

property that is designed for buyers with refined

harkens back to the industrial warehouse days,

– not the kind who get amenity envy,” said Cary

tastes, who are not interested in mere pomp.

when buildings had a utilitarian function as much

Tamarkin, Founder of lauded Tamarkin Co.

With just 15 boutique residences allotted, three

as an aesthetic one. Here, Tamarkin has added

Wondering how that plays into his latest project,

of which are penthouses, 508 West 24th Street is

some raw touches like large casement windows and

508 West 24th Street? Well, that confident attitude

well positioned in West Chelsea and right next to

a concrete exterior for both visual appeal and a,

is part of an end-to-end process that means Ta-

the High Line. “When I designed 508, I wanted

“solid, heavy feel.” The building’s stepped shape is

markin Co. doesn’t need to airbrush its buildings

to create a rock that would visually anchor the two

the result of a careful study of views and light – a

with glitz and glam. 508 might just be the project

dancing buildings on either side of it,” explained

real amenity in New York. If the beautiful, yet

that reflects that approach best through perfect

Tamarkin who is very considerate of what his

humble design was not enough, a gorgeous clock (a

proportions, access to light, and simplicity where

architecture will offer to the neighborhoods in

Tamarkin signature) graces the building (facing the

it really and truly counts. Exactly the kind of

which he builds. 508 brings in a composition that

High Line) and provides a watch-less generation

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with a reminder of both bygone minutes and eras. “The idea was to have the building communicate and be part of the neighborhood,� said Tamarkin. What has Tamarkin conjured up for the residences? The large units offer high ceilings and an east-to-west floor orientation to provide unsurpassed views of the High Line along with excellent exposure to light. The continuous ribbon windows and 10-foot ceilings give a lofty feel and foster a

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soothing and spacious ambiance. The floors sport solid five-inch-wide rift and quarter sawn white

and Hudson River and 12-foot ceilings to add even

residence, and a courtyard for a bit of barbecuing,

oak with a natural matte finish, while Tamarkin

more space to the 3,000 to 3,300-square-foot spaces.

but no excessive flash here folks.

designed the custom kitchens, which come with

Wraparound terraces stretch around the units to

“I do projects that are beautiful and make

walnut cabinetry,

provide versatility along

money. I don’t do art that has no chance of pro-

Calacatta Gold marble,

with access to the out-

ducing a return and I don’t do shopping plazas in

Sub-Zero refrigera-

door kitchens that prove

New Jersey,� revealed Tamarkin, who is not just

to be exceptional areas

developer but architect on all Tamarkin projects.

for outdoor entertaining.

With his early career in the financially difficult

Priced between $10.5

world of architecture, he moved into develop-

and $12.5 million re-

ment and started Tamarkin Co. in 1994. Cary

spective to their size and

Tamarkin wanted to call the shots – and that is

is not so much about the

position in the building,

exactly what he has been doing since then. Today,

brand recognition but

these beauties are sure

the firm’s architectural and development efforts

the fundamentals). The

to go quickly (if they

have proven financially and artistically rewarding,

tors, freezers and wine refrigerators along with Viking 6-burner commercial-grade gas ranges (Tamarkin insists that it

“THIS IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE THE DOORMAN DOESN’T WEAR A SUIT - HE’S A COOL GUY IN A BLACK SHIRT.� - CARY TAMARKIN

master bathrooms have custom white oak double vanities with Italian Calacatta Gold marble slab

haven't been snapped up by the time we print!). “This is the kind of place where the doorman

heck, the man has a list of accolades and people throwing money at him. “We do not shout for

countertops and Zuma soaking tubs to complement

doesn't wear a suit – he’s a cool guy in a black

attention,� he said. “By being good at what we do,

an air of straightforward luxury.

shirt,� answered Tamarkin when we asked what

we get a lot of it.� We’re putting our money down

he meant by a “unique kind of boutique.� In fact,

on the fact that you will hear a lot more about

2,300 square feet while the largest pushes up to

508 is about being the best in every step of the

Tamarkin Co., probably really soon and certainly

3,300, more than half of which boasts nice helpings

process. There are some amenities at 508 but they

in New York City as he is working on three more

of outdoor space. At the top of the building sit the

are not the main selling point. There is a gym, the

projects at the moment‌that is of course if your

three penthouses with stunning views of the skyline

cool 24/7 doorman, a large storage space for each

Tamarkin radar isn't flashing already.

The smallest of the units starts at a generous

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Vandam e n O t a o b m t so poetic. a o n re d g in o x H a o S w t ft u d we were le ious cliché, b e v s s b o re p e th im n o o s Pard had us

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SoHo has had its share of lofty aspirations over the years, but many forget that the district was once quite a far cry from what it is today. We’re thinking it’s about time to write a whole new chapter on SoHo, starting with the $28 million penthouse (one of three penthouses) and 25 gorgeous apartments at One Vandam. This masterpiece was born out of a joint venture between Quinlan Development Group and Tavros Development Partners; the building, a contemplated vision of what has been, what is, and what will be – is wrapped in a stunning package dreamed up under the careful guidance and direction of BKSK Architects. Rising up a generous 14 floors at the crossroads of Vandam and Sixth Avenue, One Vandam will be home to 25 select apartments including three top tier penthouses. The attraction of the residences is that each and every unit comes with a really sexy view of attractions in all directions – a pretty big deal around these parts of SoHo where most buildings don't quite reach that high. If that wasn’t enough, the property’s amenities lie comfortably aloft the second floor, as opposed to squeezed into a stuffy basement (yes, you can stop blaming yourself for not feeling inspired to go to the

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gym). The artfully crafted exterior of

change with the seasons to reveal

the building is impressive, striking an

new colors and shades. No, there

image with its variegated limestone

are no robots involved; this is simply

and glass sheen that alternate for

very good landscape architecture

an eye-catching effect. “We felt that

that applies the principles of natural

BKSK had exceeded all expectations

ecology to make sure things run

in their previous two projects by cre-

smoothly. Affording residents with

ating both beautiful and contextually

smaller units all the space they could

brought in to install the heart and

seeking functional elegance. And the

relevant architecture – and that was

wish for, the terrace will also find

soul at One Vandam for interiors that

last and most extravagant penthouse

why we chose them,� rationalized

plenty of plus points with fitness

speak the language of SoHo. “DB

is a 5,286-square-foot stunner that

Dov Barnett, founding partner of

junkies who’ll rejoice when they

Studio is a design duo that knows how

features an outdoor fireplace on its

Tavros Development Partners. The

gaze at the 6,400 square feet of

to cater to downtowners; they are not

1,996-square-foot terrace. Add to

visually striking blend of materials

outdoor greenery whilst training for

just going to throw marble around

that a spa, a private elevator, and

made it through quite a few airport

that marathon. Refreshing, isn't it?

to give it an uptown feel,� explained

an outdoor shower, and you’ll never

controls, as limestone was brought in

Aside from the rare amenities,

Nicholas Silvers, Founding Partner

have to leave your house again. All

from Alabama, fabricated in Texas,

the units are impressive in and of

at Tavros. Residences whisper with

of the penthouses offer those special

then shipped to Italy where it was

themselves. Starting with the smallest

St. Germain marble slab sinks in the

One Vandam touches in form of

737-square-foot one-bedroom unit

powder room, floor-to ceiling win-

bathrooms decked in oxidized maple

priced at $1.54 million and going all

dows in the bathrooms, and kitchens

vanities, Heath Ceramic tiles, and

there a fitness center with a view but

the way up to the largest penthouse,

in soft-grey marble featuring solid

floating soaking tubs. "This is the

also a residents’ terrace designed by

One Vandam has something for

bleached walnut cabinets comple-

best downtown penthouse available

Mathews Nielsen with a self-sustain-

everyone. “These cozier apartments

mented by Bertazzoni cooktops

on the market. Period. Full stop,�

ing garden set atop. The 50 varieties

have flown off the shelves because it is

and ovens. DB Studio even custom

affirmed Silvers. We agree; Hillary

of native plants will essentially (and

really hard to find new, luxury spaces

designed hardware produced by Wa-

might even do well to start throwing

intelligently) manage themselves and

in SoHo that are still economically

termark for this momentous occasion.

fundraisers off the terrace of this

accessible,� explained Tyler Wilkins,

Details, details‌

penthouse for 2016‌

incorporated into the curtain wall. At One Vandam, not only is

But here we are telling you all

With availability dwindling on an

about the other fun facts of One

already scant number of units and a

Vandam, when you’re probably

move-in date set for the second quar-

ments offer either three or

aching for some more intel on the

ter of 2015, there is little time to grab

four bedrooms and from

penthouses. So, let’s get on to them

a slice of this apple pie. The Quinlan

the 11th upward, you’ll

and tell you more. The first of this

and Tavros partnership is one that

be greeted by the supe-

top floor triple threat, is a full-floor,

will be getting a whole lot more atten-

rior penthouses.

five-bedroom masterpiece with two

tion with One Vandam and one for

terraces, a library, and an eat-in

the books about truly lofty ambitions.

kitchen. Number two is a duplex

Here’s to projects pulled off with that

that offers four bedrooms and a

cohesiveness that makes magic. Mis-

stunning rooftop terrace for those

sion accomplished.

Partner at Quinlan Development Group. Once you get up to the sixth floor, all of the apart-

DB Studio was

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Elliman, which is the largest broker-

real estate junkie, that’s how I got

age company in the Northeast. I am

involved in Douglas Elliman. I know

chairman of Nathan’s Famous, and

a lot of developers and I go to a lot

I am also the Vice Chairman with

of pitches with our new development

Ladenburg Thalmann, which is an

team as well as brokers.

investment bank. 9fi5th: Let’s talk about 432 9fi5th: We’re sure this is a com-

Park Avenue. How did you get

mon question for you, and not

involved with CIM Group and

to go for the obvious cliché, but

Macklowe Properties?

how did you become involved with Nathan’s?

Howard Lorber: One of the founders of CIM is a fellow

Howard Lorber: Douglas El-

named Richard Ressler. He and

my office and when I move into 432

liman was founded in 1911 and

I worked together for a while in

Park I’ll walk three blocks east. It’s

Nathan’s back in 1916. I took

prior companies and when he

a convenient place. Some people

Nathan’s private in 1987 and took

started CIM we were still in touch.

like uptown because their kids go to

it public again in 1993. It’s interest-

We [Douglas Elliman] were hired

private schools in that area, but if

ing because the one thing they have

as a consultant to 432 Park and

you don’t have those circumstances,

in common is that they are great

Macklowe was doing the sales. We

there’s no better place to live than in

brand names. What I’ve learned

have now joined Macklowe and

the epicenter of the city.

over the years is that when you look

are handling sales together.

at brand names, no matter how

9fi5th: Who is buying at

bad the management may be, they

9fi5th: What is it about this

survive. I like buying brand names

building that you really like? It

with not particularly great manage-

is going to be the tallest resi-

Howard Lorber: There are some

ment because then we can change

dential building in the western

families. I predict about one third

management and bring in great

hemisphere, making it unique

to be foreign buyers and two thirds

people to create a better business.

in height alone.

domestic. A lot of locals are attracted

9fi5th: How do you find time to

Howard Lorber: Yes, it’s going to

balance all of your positions?

be 1,400 feet straight up into the sky.

9fi5th: You are taking residence

It’s a very classic design thanks to

in 432 Park. When will you be

Howard Lorber: I am in a unique

well-known architect Rafael Viñoly.

able to move in?

position to be looking at it from

It has huge ten by ten windows and I

above. I don’t get involved in a lot of

think it’s beautiful.

432 Park?

to Park Avenue.

day-to-day operations, so I can be

Howard Lorber talks real estate, 432 Park, and his own future digs in this Midtown jewel.

Howard Lorber: At the end of 2015. I’m taking the 67th floor.

the critic. I have great operators at

9fi5th: What are the ameni-

the companies; both Dottie [Her-

ties like?

man] at Douglas Elliman and Eric

9fi5th: We hear there is only one penthouse. How large is it and

Gerloff at Nathan’s are fantastic. At

Howard Lorber: They have every-

what is the square footage of

Douglas Elliman, I love new develop-

thing. They have a massage room, a

the rest of the units?

ments so I’m very much involved

private club, outdoor dining, indoor

with the developers on a day-to-day

dining, a business center, movie the-

Howard Lorber: The penthouse

basis. Whenever they have problems

ater, swimming pool, staff quarters,

is about 8,600 square feet. They are

they give me a call.

and a library with a piano.

re-doing some of the lower floors so those are around 2,300 to 2,400

9fi5th: You hold many different

9fi5th: What attracts you to a

9fi5th: And what is it about this

square feet. I have half of a floor,

titles; can you tell us

new development?

area that you like?

which is very popular and those are

Howard Lorber: New develop-

Howard Lorber: Midtown is very

have three bedrooms, a library, den,

Howard Lorber: Well, I am the

ments in general are interesting

hot and people like convenience.

and great layouts.There are two

President/CEO of Vector Group, a

because it is a lot more creative than

I currently live at the Sherry-

halves of the building so you either

public NY Stock Exchange Com-

just getting involved in the sale of

Netherland, which is on 59th and

buy one side or the other. Both of

pany, I am the chairman of Douglas

one apartment. I’ve always been a

5th, so I walk three blocks south to

the halves have the bedrooms facing

about them?

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south but the more expensive ones

myself a developer. I am an investor.

you have a driver, it’s just more

Howard Lorber: It changes! I

are the ones that look north to the

I’m in a great position where I

convenient to live up here and go

have my place in the city, I have a

park and west to see the sunset.

am. I’m very good with pricing in

downtown when you want to as

60-acre piece of property in North

Looking east, it is basically flat. You

markets I know. I look at projects

opposed to living there and coming

Salem, which is northern Westches-

can see the river, the airports, and

and I know what it costs to build

up here. I think people are more

ter. I have a house in Southamp-

Long Island.

them, what they paid for the land,

inclined to be in the center towards

ton, I love South Florida, and I’m

and what you need to make a good

Central Park. The closer you get,

building a ranch in Okeechobee,

9fi5th: What are the

profit. If I like the numbers and

the more expensive.

Florida. Nassau, Bahamas will be

price points?

Douglas Ellliman is handling sales,

my first international home and if

I would be interested in invest-

9fi5th: What is your outlook for

I were to go elsewhere I’d probably

Howard Lorber: The half floors

ing. We have about 55 projects in

Manhattan luxury real estate?

go to London.

range from $30 to $32 million and

New York and Florida (plus two in

the full floors are over $70 million.

California), and I’ve only invested

Howard Lorber: Things are good.

9fi5th: If you weren’t in

in five - 101 Murray, 215 Chrystie

The market will slow down for a bit

investments what would

9fi5th: Tell us about the details

Street, 11 Beach Street, 11 East

at some point. The price for land is

you be doing?

that went into the kitchens,

68th Street, and a property on

very expensive right now and new

bathrooms, and rest of

Leroy Street.

product coming to the market varies;

Howard Lorber: Probably getting

it has gone up from roughly $3,000

in trouble because I’d be bored.

the residences. 9fi5th: What do you think about

per square foot to about $8,000 per

Howard Lorber: They are beauti-

the recent move toward luxury

square foot. You need big prices to

9fi5th: Do you work every

ful. Recently there was a trend

buildings on 2nd and

substantiate buying land and build-

weekend?

toward ripping everything out or

1st Avenue?

ing these days.

buying it as a white box and spend-

Howard Lorber: Depends on what

ing a fortune for finishes. These are

you call the week. If I’m going out

fully finished and I believe people are

to the Hamptons and a broker or

going to keep them that way.

developer wants to meet me then I will meet them. Is that work? I guess,

9fi5th: Do you have any other

but I don’t look at it as work.

new developments on which you are currently working?

9fi5th: What do you do for fun?

Howard Lorber: We have the

Howard Lorber: A lot of my hob-

former Sony building on Madison

bies are politically incorrect these

Avenue and 56th, which is fantas-

days. I love bird hunting, and I have

tic. We have a project on the East

gone big game hunting as well. I’m

Side, where we will be selling new

a dog lover and I breed English

apartments on the former site of

Spring Spaniels. I play golf and I

the Cabrini Medical Center. We

play tennis, neither of which very

will also be opening sales for the

well [smiles]. I go boating, fishing,

old Flatotel, on 52nd between 6th

and I’m “OK” at most of them but

and 7th Avenues, which has been

Howard Lorber: You call them

9fi5th: How is the Hamptons

I like to diversify. I’m very happy

completely renovated from top to

luxury because of the pricing but

market doing?

going out a few nights a week with

bottom. Additionally, next year we

anything new today is at least $2,000

will open sales on what is going to

per square foot. The least expensive

Howard Lorber: The Hamptons

be one of the tallest new residential

pockets today are parts of the Upper

market is very strong on the low

buildings downtown at about 65

East Side, which traditionally was the

end as well as the high end - low

9fi5th: And we have to ask, do

stories at 101 Murray Street. It’s a

most expensive market. The most

being under $3 million and high

you eat a lot of hot dogs?

great project and we are partners

expensive market is downtown.

being over $10 million. In both

with the Fisher Brothers and the Witkoff Group.

some friends and then staying home

the Hamptons and in Miami the in-

Howard Lorber: I love hot dogs

9fi5th: Why don’t you

expensive inventory is sold so now

but I don’t eat a lot of them. I get to

live Downtown?

prices are going up.

test the new products but I’m very

Howard Lorber: I always

9fi5th: You have many homes

threaten that I’ll try it, but I spend

(including one in Southampton).

most of my time in Midtown. If

Do you have a favorite?

9fi5th: Would you want to get into developing? Howard Lorber: I wouldn’t call

a couple of nights a week.

traditional - just mustard and sauerkraut for me. And on that note, bon appétit!

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50 WEST

A WIN FOR L U X U RY B U Y E R S Time Equities brings amenityrich luxury living to Lower Manhattan.

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No doubt we feature some pretty ac-

complished developers, but it is not every

day that one of the best we know launches

a luxury property in the most iconic city in

the world. We’re talking about Time Equities’

50 West, a 64-story 191-unit luxury residential tower in Lower Manhattan literally stuffed with high-end amenities, the likes of which you rarely see in the city’s residential buildings. If this were Miami or Chicago, we’d tell you something about how this building is, “sleek and modern,” and no doubt we’d be telling the truth. Nothing against those fine cities, but New York is New York, and 64-story towers like this don’t go up without some big names attached. 50 West has starchitect written all over it. The 780-foot tower with its sleek curved glass façade, designed by Helmut Jahn, will be an iconic Addition to the Lower Manhattan skyline. But as slick as this modern tower looks, it’s the views residents will have looking out to New York harbor and the Hudson and East rivers that will put it in a category all its own. “These are beautiful residences, but you’re also buying a view,” said Francis Greenburger, Founder and guiding force at Time Equities. We’re going to go ahead and call that the understatement of the year. Having seen properties from Miami to Dubai to London, we’re pretty impressed with 50 West’s floor-to-ceiling feast for the eyes. When you’re not staring out your window contemplating the meaning of life, we’re guessing 50 West’s unrivaled amenities will keep you busy. Extras are SELECT RESIDENCE WITH DOUBLE HEIGHT CEILING

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WATER CLUB

way you cut it. Why not go the extra

entertainment floor with its library,

mile to score the best amenities and

lounge, kitchen, and dining terrace

high-end finishes money can buy?

or skip straight to the cocktails

We think Greenburger and his all-

on the ornately landscaped roof

star team read our minds, because

lounge towering 730 feet above

in a city with some of the priciest

Manhattan. Each amenity level will

square footage in the world, Green-

feature a full schedule of profes-

burger has remained uncompromis-

sionally programmed events, activi-

ing in his luxury vision. What is that

ties, and classes.

vision, you ask? Thousands of square

Greenburger and his team have

feet of world-class amenities. We’re

also made ace accommodations for

talking four full floors of them.

your kids. In-the-know urbanites

Fitness center? Try fitness floor.

will tell you that Lower Manhattan

There you’ll find a fully outfitted

is no longer a playground strictly

and staffed fitness complex com-

for young professionals and aspir-

plete with state-of-the-art training

ing wolves of Wall Street. That’s

facilities, spin and yoga studios, a

why Time Equities has designed

golf simulator, and spa treatment

amenities especially for the younger

facilities. Care to go for a swim?

set including a teen game room, arts

50 West’s Water Club should have

and crafts studio, and children’s play

Kevin Costner on staff because it’s a

room where your kids can safely chill

veritable water world featuring a 60-

out in comfort. No adults allowed!

foot lap pool, experiential showers,

50 WEST DOUBLE HEIGHT KITCHEN

With the kids out of your hair,

hot tub, sauna, and steam room.

we think you’ll be perfectly happy to

When it’s time to kick back

spend some quiet time in your taste-

and relax, have your pick of the

ful luxury residence. When it comes to the interiors, Greenburger was involved every step of the way. “I design a building as if I am going to

L-SERIES BEDROOM

live in it,� he told us. Working with acclaimed designer

high-end appliances, custom walnut

the same sentence but with prices

Thomas Juul-Hansen,

cabinetry, and granite countertops as

starting at $1.6 million plus these

they’ve turned out a

well as bathrooms with marble vani-

views and amenities, we think we’ve

brilliant combination

ties, marble floors, and rain showers.

finally got just cause. Needless to say,

of 191 residences

We dig their style and apparently

we weren’t at all surprised to learn

from one bedrooms

they dig it too because Greenburger

that 30% of the residences have sold

to penthouses chock

and Juul-Hansen have both pur-

after only a month on the market.

full of classy, modern

chased residences in the building.

"People have realized the value of

How’s that for a vote of confidence?

this combination of quality, ameni-

finishes. All residences will have fully decked out kitchens equipped with

We don’t very often get to use the words “value� and “Manhattan� in

ties, and pricing,� said Greenburger, “and they have responded.�

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Bond,

A D DITIONS

10 BOND A

A “labor of love,” as Scott Shnay called it, 10 Bond Street sits right in line, literally and figuratively, with the company of acclaimed architecture in the heart of NoHo. Partnering with Ironstate Development and the Chetrit Group, Abe and Scott Shnay, the father-son duo of SK Development, have been crafting this 11-unit masterpiece for the past two years. After rave reviews from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in first paragraph, construction commenced in late 2013 and is set to be completed in the Spring of 2015. Having worked with her in the past and knowing the neighborhood, the team chose Annabelle Selldorf as the project’s architect for seamless integration. “Bond

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Street has become an ar-

mentally friendly and we

on a cleaner and qui-

they will echo the rest of

have a lot of energy efficient

eter sense. The kitchens will

10 Bond Street’s elegantly

features here,� said Shnay.

feature sleek and modern

neutral yet striking finishes.

“The HVAC systems are all

cabinets, by GD Cucine,

Taking part in the design

independent, so if you go

offset by dark douglas fir

side and paying attention to

away, you can control them

flooring. “We like to design

the details of the residences

remotely.� Each residence

clean and neutral interiors.

is something SK Develop-

contains a smart home sys-

Otherwise, you get into the

ment has always done. “We

tem and, most uniquely, its

arena of designing someone

get a little more granular on

own set of exterior shades

else’s home,� said Shnay.

the construction, engineer-

set against the gigantic trip-

“You don’t want to put too

ing, and design side. It’s not

tych windows. “Being on the

much of your taste and

just numbers and financing

corner we get a lot of sun so

preferences into a space.�

for us; we get very involved

town-

being able to pull the exter-

But don’t worry, the kitchens

and like that part of it,�

house will

nal shades down helps keep

won’t be completely bare.

said Shnay. “At one point

the energy consumption

Those who cook will be

we were going to do more

impressed to find that these

units and make them a little

also take owner-

chitecturally significant two

ship of the building’s only

down and maintain a little

block stretch,� said Shnay.

garage, along with a private

more privacy,� explained

will be kitchens that will play

bit smaller, but we decided

“We were very excited

backyard, fireplace, and

Shnay. Something about

second fiddle to any and all

that we are only able to

when we acquired the site

summer kitchen.

these shades brought to

pot-swinging aspirations.

build on this corner once

mind the Colosseum’s iconic

Sub-Zero appliances, two

and we didn’t want to cram

townhouse isn’t your style,

Velarium - an expertly

ovens, a bread warmer, and

everything in there. People

block as we are the corner

maybe the full-floor pent-

designed shade system that

a wine cooler - what more

really appreciate walking

building.� Given Selldorf

house will tickle your sky-

kept many a gladiator sup-

can a Manhattanite ask for?

into a space and feeling an

Architects’ previous work

ward fancies. For just around

porter blissfully cool during

with SK Development on

$15 million, you could have

what surely were some

quarters - a more inter-

the Urban Glass House and

3,000 square feet of master-

heated battles. We digress.

esting choice than the

enjoying your spacious

Reade Chambers, Shnay

fully crafted living space,

typical marble-clad drop-in

downtown pad, you’ll find a

bathtub, will come in form

neighborhood filled with ex-

to contribute to that trend and be the gateway to the

If the bravado of said

Although “green� is the

As for the bathing

expanse of room.� And when you are not

is confident Annabelle’s

along with 2,000 square feet

obvious tone set, there is

work will exceed many of

of private rooftop, and the

a dichotomy between the

of freestanding tubs and

citing restaurants, exclusive

the other projects that have

kind of view that will make

outside of the building and

stall style showers. Designed

hotels, and trendy boutiques

gone up in the area.

the rest of the building want

the inside of the units. Apart

with radiant heated floors,

just waiting for your pres-

The exterior of the

to come up for sunset drinks.

from the building’s natural

custom mahogany vanities,

ence, right outside your terra

boutique building will be

The unit’s giant Sky-Frame

feel, the residences will take

and Corian countertops

cotta-framed building.

comprised of weathered

sliding doors will open up to

steel and terra cotta, creat-

an outdoor space, complete

ing a natural, earthy feel

with a summer kitchen sur-

to mesh with the prop-

rounded by lush landscaping

erty’s surrounding historic

by MPFP (see our Tools of the

façades. A mahogany wall

Trade chapter for more

will outline 10 Bond Street’s

on them).

one townhouse maisonette,

The affinity towards

adding a dash of character

being green is apparent at

to the ground floor unit’s

10 Bond Street and not just

private entryway. Whoever

thanks to leafy views of the

is lucky enough to snatch

courtyard. “We do a lot of

up this uniquely positioned

things to remain environ-

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A VIEW OF ITSELF Brooklyn-centric development team Alloy, takes strides with riverfront development sure to dazzle your every panoramic wish list.

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What if you could have all the greatness that is

The property will allocate 5,000 square feet of roof

(or that most people believe to be) Manhattan,

and ground floor terraces, to create rather bountiful

wrapped up in a spacious, less crazed package - one

amenity spaces to soak in all that fresh, park-sur-

that incidentally gave you the views of said great

rounded air and the accompanying panoramas. The

island? Sound like too much to dream of ? Not if

common rooftop lawn will provide the air of outdoor

the folks at Alloy have a say. Their latest neighbor-

escape without having to leave your building, where

hood project, 1 John Street, is a show-stopping

you will also be able to barbecue in your privately

waterfront development right in Brooklyn Bridge

owned rooftop cabana (think island living, just twelve

Park. Literally, since 1 John Street is one of only

stories up). But don’t worry, if the outdoors isn’t quite

two buildings in New York located inside of a city

your thing you’ll have an exquisite home that once

park. “You can actually walk out of your build-

you enter, you may never want to leave again. The

ing into a public park,� said Alloy President Jared

kitchen’s double islands made from chattered wood

Della Valle. “It’s almost its own section of the park,

create a space perfect for entertaining while cooking

which makes it very exclusive and undoubtedly,

up the latest in organic fare. The beauty here also

very special.� And there is so much more “special�

lies in the unseen details. Specialized cement-finished

to this building than location alone. The park, ma-

cabinetry will grace the pantry area, which with its

terial palates, and general approach to Alloy’s latest

smooth, polished exterior will allow for concealing of

property are all about

all everyday appliances

embracing nature and

and knick-knacks. “Ev-

creating that suburban

erything is meant to disap-

feel in the bustling

pear to a certain extent,�

backdrop of Brooklyn.

said Della Valle. But, sleek uniqueness

“There is a value proposition here,� said Della

doesn’t just stop in the

Valle, “and a quality of

kitchen. The building

life that is different and

itself is made from custom

less hectic.�

bricks flown in from Nor-

Partnering up with

way. Inside the bathroom

Monadnock Construc-

you’ll find Cyprus walls

tion, 1 John Street is

and double showers. As for

Alloy’s fourth project

the penthouses, a hand-

in Brooklyn’s Dumbo

ful of lucky residents can

neighborhood. And for

look forward to their own

great reason: “Most of

private courtyard, each

Dumbo’s product is all

with access to private roof

converted warehouses,�

space. It’s the details that

said Alloy Principal AJ

turn this property into

Pires. “As a new building

something spectacular.

we have fairly unfettered and perfect layouts where

“We are conservative economically, but not on the

there are no issues of having that deep office or

design side,� said Della Valle. “We are making choices

misplaced hallway.� This blank canvas allows for

about value, to see if we can do something interesting.

full design control and freedom to create the high

Each project has to have its own moment and fit into

performance building that Alloy likes to deliver.

our portfolio in its own way.�

Contributing to the building’s LEED Gold certifica-

A true message to their confidence and excitement,

tion, the oversized, high-performance triple glazed

Alloy always takes ownership in their buildings. Della

windows eliminate the need for perimeter radiation

Valle, himself, will be joining a few lucky neighbors at 1

and allow residents to enjoy the most important

John Street. And, he’s not the only one who has fallen

amenity the property offers - unobstructed views

in love with the area. Dumbo has become a bustling,

of the East River and the city that lies beyond.

cultured neighborhood, all at two-thirds the cost of

“Development companies are usually affiliated with

living mere minutes away from Manhattan. Celebri-

dollars, but for us, it’s the value of the work and the

ties take haven here from the constant glare of media

value we ascribe to our work,� Della Valle explained.

lights, and families come to seek a less hectic environ-

One look at the massive windows, chattered wood

ment while maintaining that urban appeal. And, of

detailing, and concrete finishes shows the “value�

course, Brooklyn has something that Manhattan will

referenced can be seen very clearly.

never have: a view of itself. And what a view that is.

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DHA Capital presents 12 East 13th Street a neighborhood stunner. Dreaming of a townhouse? Dan Hollander,

and a show-stopping triplex. “We are not

in a polished Calacatta gold marble counter-

Managing Principal of DHA Capital, has

calling the plexes penthouses since we are

top complemented by Waterworks fixtures.

made a serious case for buying at 12 East

pretty sure that these are not going to need

Then there are the 48- to 60-inch ranges

13th Street instead. With a record of finding

any explanation,� clarified Hollander.

by Ilve (sized specifically for each unit) set

the right property for every real estate need –

The asking price of the 5,700-square-foot

aside quarter sawn walnut veneer paneling

Hollander is proposing some well-positioned

triplex is set at $30.5 million but with five

in the kitchens to deliver a thick, rich luster.

real estate sophistication in Greenwich

bedrooms, six bathrooms, and some very

The finishes are embedded within a slightly

Village. DHA is taking an eight-story,

seductive renderings, we agree – this one

industrial-inspired ambiance that pays hom-

45,000-square-foot parking garage and beef-

will speak for itself and to its buyer.

age to the building’s previous life.

ing it up with some sizable full-floor units.

“We have incorporated touches that will

With the sales office just starting to take

And these are not just any units, they are the

appeal to celebrities and by this we mean

inquiries for the completion date in the

variety that will make buyers forget all about

solitude and style,� noted Hollander. “One

second quarter of 2015, these eight units are

those townhouses they had their hearts set

feature that will really lend to privacy will be

going to be hunted down – and Hollander

on‌Ready to find out more?

the automated parking system,� he added.

knows it. “We are feeling really bullish here,

The robotic parking system will be a first in

but also in New York generally, there is a

tinental Properties and Ramius Capital

New York and one of very few automated

serious lack of inventory and people are hun-

to form East 13th Street LLC specifically

parking methods in the city. Curious how it

gry.� The good news is that DHA Capital has

to develop 12 East 13th Street. After they

works? Just drive up to the first floor and step

got a few more in the pipeline and if we are

bought the space for $32 million in Decem-

out into the lobby where you authenticate.

reading our crystal ball correctly, Williams-

ber of 2012, Hollander and company have

DHA Capital partnered up with Con-

Before you can get to your apartment, your

burg will be the next stop on the list. With a

been taking these

vehicle is safely delivered, scratch-free to your

record of intuitive choices like 12 East 13th

eight, 67-foot-wide

private garage. Want it back? Call the Bat-

Street, we will keep the welcome sign on the

by 70-foot-deep

mobile with an iPhone app and have it wait-

door and coffee hot for these folks.

floors and have

ing for you on the ground

been pumping them

floor in 90 seconds – we’re

up into massively

pretty sure Bruce Wayne

upscale, luxury resi-

will still be struggling with

dential units. They

his bat-tights while you are

have added four

cruising Gotham. Sweet.

floors by way of a

But 12 East 13th Street

stylish glass-topper

isn't about gimmicks, it

to make a 12-story

will cater to even the most

boutique project.

refined palates with a

“We will offer up eight very special apart-

plethora of well-chosen

ments that we know buyers here are starving

finishes and CetraRuddy’s

for – they are almost like townhouses – but

impeccable interior and

with all the services of a condominium,�

exterior senses. “We

teased Hollander.

have really taken time

With price points that get warmed up

to choose and secure the

at around $7.5 million, 12 East 13th Street

right materials,� ex-

is going to serve up four full-floor units,

plained Hollander. For a

one half-floor residence (which will be the

little taste, check out the

smallest at 2,800 square feet), two duplexes,

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The higher you climb, the better the view, right? Well, as with many of the finer points in life, a little can go a long way and nowhere is this more true than at the brand new 22 Central Park South’s nine floors of pure, unadulterated views. Folks, we think this one might just set a new par for the course… and that course is Central Park. Trading in height for a lot more boutique, these gorgeous, spare-nothing units boast walnut millwork, architectural casings and ceiling details, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and the very first residential Bergdorf Goodman partnership. First things first. The Bergdorf Goodman connection is the first in a residential development and offers residents a personalized interior design service to help curate art, china, linens, and virtually anything else that could cross their interior design inspired minds. Given that the name Bergdorf Goodman is synonymous with personalized service, it adds a level of elegance to a development that is already the superlative in its class. Just imagine, you’re in Paris feeling especially moved during your tour of the Louvre and want to spice up that new unit back on Central Park South – there is no need to wait, you are a mere call away from your Bergdorf connection. Picture how you will return home with inspiration running hot all the way from the Venus de Milo to your own (newly) curated selections. The service is impressive, but it only hints at the attention to detail paid to every angle of 22 Central Park South. With the top two floors claimed by the stunning 2,943-square-foot duplex penthouse that boasts a triple attack of bedrooms and landscaped terraces (totaling 909 square feet) – this residence is the epitome of boutique luxury. The lucky resident, looking for a little inspiration before retreating to his/her private library, will find ample space (on an adjoining terrace), a Kallista Monte Carlo wet bar, and a U-Line 24” under-counter refrigerator. If that is not enough, the largest of the three

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terraces offers truly unparalleled views of the treetops from which to flex one’s mind or simply meditate in front of the green. The price of this jewel is set at just shy of $25 million and is both the most expensive and the most impressive unit in the building. That being said, the other floors are anything but average‌ Trust us when we say that the cold New York winter feels positively cozy when standing on radiant-heated floors throughout the residences. The six full floor units (with price points from $7.95 million and up) are spacious, serving up a full-floor (2,021 square feet) of boutique goodness housed under 9'3" ceilings and gorgeous solid walnut herringbone-pattern floors in the great room and foyer to boot. Upon entering the units, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the classic, yet ever so relevant great rooms with their wrought iron Juliet balconies and oversized casement windows. Top-class appliances by Miele make the kitchens shine

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with both elegance and an intuitive design that is well deserving of their Carrara marble countertops and SieMatic gloss nickel cabinetry. Functionality and style define the kitchens while the master bedrooms offer a soothing ambiance achieved with oversized windows, recessed ceiling lights, and solid walnut flooring. And then there are the en suite bathrooms that flaunt double sinks, Sicis mosaic tile floors, Lefroy Brooks water closets and fixtures to maximize that cushy comfort in aesthetics and utility. With so much going for the units, one could almost forget what ideal location 22 Central Park South is; Fifth Avenue is just a block away and the lush greens of Central Park provide a natural hospitality. It is no wonder the Elad Group had its sights set on the property and acquired it along with the Plaza Hotel (next door) with the full intention of keeping it boutique and capitalizing on the superb location. To perfect the building (originally built in 1908), just two floors were added, affording space for the penthouse, but not spoiling the design. 22 Central Park South is one development that is likely to attract buyers looking for a centrally located primary home while also drawing in those thinking about adding an elegant fifth or sixth to their repertoire. The personalized luxury of these spacious, classic while cuttingedge units will provide a hard to best home for only seven buyers. Given the rumor that we have heard about combining units, that number might even drop from there. This is one where less is the new more – and where less is not a compromise.

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INDEX NAME

PLACE

PROPERTY

PLANS

PERIOD

TriBeCa

33 Residences

1,800 - 5,500 square feet

2013

24-hour doorman, concierge, private courtyard, fitness center, private storage lockers, bicycle storage, children’s play area

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Upper East Side

128 Residences

1,500 - 3,000 square feet

2014

Fitness center, children’s playroom, game room, dining area, lounge, bike storage, rooftop terraces, separate storage units available

20

515 WEST 29TH STREET

West Chelsea

12 Residences

2,200 - 4,400 square feet

2015

Proximity to High Line, basement chef’s kitchen, private elevator access, gym, steam room

22

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Clinton/ Hell's Kitchen

110 Residences

501 - 1,625 square feet

2015

6,000-square-foot central courtyard, film screening area, gym, reflecting pool, pet spa, owners’ lounge, bike storage

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626 FIRST AVENUE

Midtown East

~ 800 Units

550 - 2,100 square feet

2015

Indoor/outdoor pools, hammam, screening room, on-site park, outdoor bar, outdoor kitchen + barbecues

28

11 NORTH MOORE

TriBeCa

18 Residences

1,900 - 7,100 square feet

2015

Fitness center, concierge, garden, library

32

290 WEST STREET

TriBeCa

13 Residences

Square footage to be released

2015

Fitness center, concierge, garden

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400 FIFTH AVENUE

Midtown

184 Residences + hotel component

780 - 3,600 square feet

Completed

Hotel amenities, spa, concierge, housekeeping, restaurant, fitness center, hair salon, 24-hour doorman, live-in resident manager

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Upper East Side

26 Residences

3,100 - 11,740 square feet

2014

Technogym, lounge, game room, 24-hour attended lobby, basement storage, refrigerated perishables delivery storage

36

HALCYON

Midtown East

123 Residences

750 - 3,500 square feet

2015

Aqua spa, gym, sauna, movement studio, sky lounge, on-site parking, children’s playroom, fire pit, library

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508 WEST 24TH STREET

West Chelsea

15 Residences + 1 Gallery space

2,300 - 3,300 square feet

2014

Gym, doorman, storage, courtyard, building clock, outdoor kitchens in PH units

40

Lower Manhattan

223 Residences, 217 hotel rooms

606 - 1,400 square feet

Completed

WHATEVER/WHENEVER service, 24/7 in-room dining, private gym & spa, movie theater, café, dining room, full-service WIRED business center

42

SoHo

25 Residences

737 - 5,286 + 1,996 (terrace) square feet

2015

Gym, terrace, indoor/outdoor lounge, street-level retail, full-time concierge, bike storage

44

Lower Manhattan

191 Residences

1,045 - 9,000 square feet

End of 2016

Four floors of lifestyle amenities including fitness floor, entertainment floor, water club, and observatory

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NoHo

11 Residences (including PH/Townhouse Maisonette)

1,900 - 3,295 square feet

2015

The NoHo Historic District, fitness center, bike storage, private storage, roof deck (PH), summer kitchen (Townhouse Maisonette, PH)

50

Dumbo, Brooklyn

42 Residences

1,500 - 3,600 square feet

2016

Park surrounded, 5,000 square feet of roof and outdoor deck space, rooftop kitchenettes/barbecues, LEED Gold property

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Greenwich Village

8 Residences

2,800 - 5,700 square feet

2015

Automated parking, private elevator access

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Midtown

7 Residences

2,021 - 2,943 square feet

2014

Central Park views, first residential Bergdorf Goodman partnership, proximity to Plaza Hotel services, doorman, Crestron home automation/ pre-wired

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What might possibly be one of the most spectacularly designed penthouses in the city could be yours – for a night or a lifetime.

Wendy Maitland and Jeff Appel give us insight into what makes Town Residential the guiding force in today’s luxury real estate market, along with a few well-placed pointers for up-and-coming NYC developments.

Douglas Elliman’s Dottie Herman, talks real estate past, present, and future to help clients decide on the right property fit.

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COCKTAILS AT 520 WEST 19TH STREET What might possibly be one of the most spectacularly desig n e d pent houses in t he city could b e your s, for a nig ht or a lifet i m e .

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THE VIEW FROM 520 WEST 19TH STREET


There are a whole lot of cool penthouses in NYC. We are not going to blow the alarm and claim that we have found the best one, but 520 West 19th Street, PHB more than checks every box required for über-cool penthouse status. This West Chelsea gem boasts five bedrooms of bliss and unparalleled panoramic city and river vistas to boot. But it is the sheer craftsmanship and space that really set this property apart – we are talking about perfection in finishes like charcoal granite and teak floors and a layout that makes 4,054 square feet feel like twice that amount. Interested what a party might look like at such an abode? Well you have just been invited.

THE DINING ROOM

Entering through the long foyer and into the dining room, you notice guests engaged in conversation provoked by the backdrop of arresting views and

AMPLE ENTERTAINING SPACE

stunning finishes. Is that the…? Yes, that is the High Line – right

Street is none other

there. The perfect pro-

than that of Selldorf

portion of the social

Architects – the

area affords stimula-

renowned firm that has

tion and careful calm

delivered projects like

to define the art of

the Lower Manhattan

luxury. The adjacent

Tower and 10 Bond

living room features a

Street (featured in

double fireplace as its

our Additions chapter).

centerpiece and white

RIVER VIEWS

The driver stops and a

statuary marble to

Imagine your driver

doorman who reminds

add an ambiance of

you of Clark Gable

impossible perfection

leads you through an

and balance. You walk

elegant lobby. Your eyes

out onto the massive

move to the stunning

outdoor terrace, accessible from the grand

pulls into what might

terracotta walls, granite

just be Chelsea’s most

and marble details, and

living room and li-

charming quarter for

Venetian plaster that

brary just as a cocktail

an evening of superb

provide a classic, yet

server sweeps by and

wining and dining. You

elegant interpretation

delivers your martini.

gloss up to the entrance

to what lies at the pin-

You feel yourself being

and notice that the

nacle of this property.

pulled into the rhythm

trademark architecture

You are taken up to the

of an engaging con-

of 520 West 19th

10th floor…

versation.

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Word has it that this PH boasts an incredible kitchen – and your nose provides good reason to investigate. As you make your way towards the kitchen, you see the chef ’s source of inspiration – an amazing view of the Hudson River. Jealous yet, Gordon Ramsay? Upon entering the open chef's kitchen that faces south and west, you admire the breakfast area with white Carrara marble and Arclinea Italian cabinetry. Boffi fixtures, a Viking range with a vented hood, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator make for an arsenal that could make any chef want to bust a move. The charcoal granite floors that sweep through much of the entertaining space on the first floor provide a substantial CHEF’S KITCHEN

elegance that shouts substance and style.

But your curiosity leads you

marble walls, and Boffi

on to tour the prem-

impressive splendor

ises, moving to the sec-

of the secondary

ond floor where four

bedrooms that also

of the five bedrooms

flaunt beautiful views

are located. The

and en suite bathrooms

master bedroom is

complete with custom

more like a sanctuary

stonework. The teak

in and of itself with

and stainless steel

its spectacular views,

cabinetry offer the

a colossal teak closet,

bathrooms some very

a master bath that

balanced tones but also

the First Lady would

allow elegance and

be envious of, ribbed

luxe to shine.

fixtures. As you wander further, you notice the

THE MASTER BATH

But the party calls you back

THE MASTER BEDROOM

– and that is what 520 West 19th Street, PHB is very much about. With 4,054 square feet of space that is laid out to

perfection, you can live the life of the party and feel as balanced as a Zen master. This renovated building has been so well done, it hints at the history of Chelsea, while providing a retreat that allows for careful and meditative escapes. As the evening draws to a close and your coat is returned, you make your way out through the grandiose lobby. One question still begs, “Who was the host of that spectacular fête?” Well friends, the future host could be you… Property represented by Town Residential, currently on the market for a cool $21.5 million.

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Manhattan Sales, Quarterly Survey of Co-op and Condo Sales

2Q-2014 PENDING PRICE INDEX

MANHATTAN

PENDING SALES INDEX

200

200

35

180

180

30

160

160

140

140

120

120

100

100

80

80

60

60

40

10

11

12

13

14

25 20 15 10

(8.4 Month Rate, 10-year average)

5 0

40

<500K

$500K$999K

2Q-2014

%Chg (QTR)

1Q-2014

%Chg (YR)

2Q-2013

$2,626,156

4.6%

$2,509,619

16.5%

$2,253,372

$1,435

-0.8%

$1,447

15.5%

$1,242

$1,850,000

-6.0%

$1,969,015

4.8%

$1,765,000

216

-9.6%

239

-17.2%

261

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

51

-54.5%

112

-68.7%

163

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

3.0%

Listing Inventory (Active)

423

41.9%

298

21.9%

347

Absorption Rate (Months)

5.9

59.5%

3.7

47.5%

4.0

LOFT MARKET MATRIX Average Sales Price Average Price per Sq Ft Median Sales Price Number of Sales (Closed)

CO-OP CONDO

MANHATTAN MONTHLY ABSORPTION RATE

2.5%

$10M+

$1M$1.5M$2M$3M$5M$1.49M $1.99M $2.99M $4.99M $9.99M

LOFTS KEY POINTS ♦ Prices rose across all indicators ♦ Sales declined as inventory expanded

3.5%

♦ Marketing time decreased

Note: This sub-category analyzes all co-op & condo loft sales available. The data is also contained within the co-op & condo markets presented.

CONDOS

CONDO MARKET MATRIX

KEY POINTS

Average Price per Sq Ft

♦ Modest price growth

Median Sales Price

2Q-2014

%Chg (QTR)

1Q-2014

%Chg (YR)

2Q-2013

$2,012,820

-7.9%

$2,185,548

6.3%

$1,892,924

$1,484

-6.7%

$1,591

7.5%

$1,381

$1,260,000

-7.0%

$1,355,000

0.8%

$1,250,000

1,352

-0.1%

1,353

2.8%

1,315

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

133

-5.0%

140

-18.4%

163

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

2.4%

Listing Inventory (Active)

2,941

19.1%

2,469

42.9%

2,058

Absorption Rate (Months)

6.5

18.2%

5.5

38.3%

4.7

Average Sales Price

Number of Sales

♦ Inventory rose as sales edged up ♦ Marketing time contracted

Condo Mix

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

Studio

11.9%

$605,000

1 bedroom

36.5%

$930,000

2 bedroom

33.4%

$1,740,000

3 bedroom

14.8%

$2,995,000

3.4%

$7,000,000

4+ bedroom

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

2.8%

NUMBER OF SALES

MANHATTAN CONDO

$1,600,000

3,000

$1,400,000

2,500

$1,200,000

2,000

$1,000,000

1,500

$800,000

1,000

$600,000

500

$400,000

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4.0%

04

05

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

13

14

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Town Residential

QA

I met the man who is now my husband, and I closed on my

9fi5th: How many large

first apartment the day I moved here.

developments will you

Wendy Maitland and Jeff Appel give us

&

insight into what makes Town Residential the guiding force in today’s luxury real estate market, along with a few well-placed pointers for up-and-coming NYC developments.

take on at a time? 9fi5th: How did Town itself come about for the

Wendy Maitland: We

both of you?

can take on as many high

Jeff Appel: Wendy and I were colleagues before Town.

quality new develop-

There was a moment in time when we were almost television

ments as needed. That

personalities together. Fast forward to ten years later, we are

being said, in July we

sitting with the founder of Town and two other colleagues,

announced the hiring of

talking about what this company could be. It is basically a

David Lipman as Chief

return to what I like to call a new fashion, old-fashioned idea.

Creative Officer of Town

Real Estate suffered from a movement toward technology.

Creative, LLC. He is an

New York is a market with a lot of affluent, high net-worth,

icon in the industry, with

very busy people, who were frustrated by trying to transact in

unrivaled creative genius

this new way. We wanted to take the model back to a more

and insight into brand

knowledge-based brokerage, which really had a much higher

strategy. David, along

level of commitment to quality and care. It has been wildly

with a best-in-class team,

successful since the moment we launched.

will focus on luxury real

Wendy Maitland: I was a luxury broker at a firm that was

estate and real estate

branded to serve the most prestigious and established faction

development clients

of wealth in New York. Having that level of clientele, expec-

worldwide.

tation, and repeat business, I knew what clients were looking

Wendy Maitland

Jeff Appel

President of Sales

President and COO

9fi5th: You have seemingly opposite backgrounds, how

for. Town was created from the mind of brokers who served

9fi5th: Do you turn

clients with five star expectations to provide best in class and

down projects?

raise the bar on the standard in the industry. Whether it be a

Wendy Maitland: We

$40 million home or a $2,500 a month one-bedroom apart-

have turned down multiple

ment, clients are all treated the same. We are a business that

listings, because it may

caters to every level of need in the market and treats every

have been a market we

piece of business with care and quality.

were not experts in or it was a product that was so

9fi5th: How many brokers do you have?

divergent from our brand

Wendy Maitland: About 600. We are the fastest growing

that it would not have

real estate brokerage firm in the history of New York City.

been the right fit. When

did you get from where you were before to your positions here at Town Residential?

we get in early with a de9fi5th: And what makes a Town broker?

veloper who has an open

Wendy Maitland: I originally went to school studying

Jeff Appel: You need to be networked. It’s such a competi-

mind and with whom we

journalism, which then morphed into psychology. I wanted to

tive landscape in which to operate and it’s very difficult

can collaborate, it’s very

understand what makes people tick. In the real estate business

without the benefit of strong relationships. You need to be

exciting because we can

that is also something that is a driving force - the ability to un-

fearless. When I say fearless it doesn’t mean reckless. The

be a part of developing

derstand the residential market, particularly at the luxury level

business pushes you in a lot of different directions and you

the DNA of the building.

where there are many factors. It has always been fascinating

have to get out of your own way. If you don’t, it’s going to

It’s a very big and long-

to me to put people where they envision themselves. I also love

be a very long road for you. And lastly, you have to be self-

term commitment, so we

design and architecture and I love New York City.

aware. You have to immediately be willing to accept responsi-

have to be very passionate

Jeff Appel: My interest in real estate came about much

bility for your part in the success or failure of the moment.

about it. In New York City,

more practically. I was a struggling television entrepreneur

Wendy Maitland: Emotional intelligence is important. You

the best protection against

in California and the only reason I owned a home to begin

are working with people at a time in their lives that is hugely

risk is to offer high-quality

with was because my mother won the lottery and gave me

anxiety provoking no matter what level you are on and no mat-

that is going to withstand

a down payment to buy my first home. I flipped the house

ter what the investment. You have to be trustworthy. The best

the test of time and mar-

about a year after and made, what at the time seemed like

brokers in this arena are excellent at maintaining relationships

ket fluctuation.

an unimaginable profit. I realized that I should be doing this

with their colleagues and not burning any bridges. The real

Jeff Appel: The market

professionally. So, I transitioned, signed my business over to

estate profession really has become respectable and at Town

just won’t tolerate an infe-

my mother and flew to New York. I was walking down Cen-

it is distinctly so. We are not looking for part time brokers; we

rior product today. Better

tral Park West, looking at the architecture of the buildings

are looking for career professionals. Our mission is reflective of

building always wins out

and wanted to go through those doors. I moved to New York,

giving this industry the professionalism it deserves.

over a better price tag.

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9fi5th: What about building amenities? There don’t seem

It can be a very long process but there’s never

to be as many here as there are elsewhere, e.g. Miami.

been a point where a client has been abandoned.

Jeff Appel: In New York, your home is your bedroom. Your living room is the city. You walk through a lot of very large

9fi5th: What’s the longest client relationship

apartments and see a lot of rooms no one lives in because

you’ve ever had?

people live the city. You’re going to walk out of your building,

Wendy Maitland: The Charles. The day of our topping

you’re going to get some fresh air, and walk a block or two to

off party, back in February, was seven years to the day from

your gym. It’s a completely different mindset.

the acquisition of The Charles. That was really a testament to the loyalty and dedication from both sides.

9fi5th: What are some pitfalls you would warn people about with developments?

9fi5th: What involvement did you have in

Wendy Maitland: Any amenities or concepts that aren’t

The Charles?

actually contextual enhancements. This is a market of savvy

Wendy Maitland: You have to understand and

individuals. There’s no gimmick that’s going to pull the wool

identify with the mindset of the demographic

over someone’s eyes. It’s important to know your market be-

of the buyer. BlueRock saw that something was

cause you can’t just copy and paste amenities from the Upper

happening on a project downtown that was

East Side to the West Village.

setting records breaking prices and they didn’t understand how. So, they called me and asked

9fi5th: Can you give us examples?

me how I was doing it. I said I would be happy

Jeff Appel: On-call car and driver service is perfect for a

to take a look at their project and asked them to

premier condominium on “Billionaires Row” (57th Street).

send me the floor plans. They sent me the floor plans

For an efficient, chic Williamsburg project, consisting of one

and I thought, “How could anyone representing you,

and two-bedroom homes, this wouldn’t play as well…howev-

understanding who the buyer is, think that this is what you

er, building bikes would work extremely well in that market.

should be doing?” They also didn’t have the right designer to capture the sensibility of the demographic. At the time,

9fi5th: Have you had any clients come to you from other

I was working with a very high-profile entertainer, and

companies with buyer’s remorse?

I knew she was a friend of the person I wanted. I

Wendy Maitland: All the time.

called her and asked if she would do me a favor. She asked, “Whose autograph do you want me

9fi5th: What are their biggest complaints?

to sign?” and I said, “actually, I want [designer]

Jeff Appel: The number one complaint about real estate

David Collins.”

professionals, nationally, is that no one calls back. It is the lack of attention that is beyond shocking. It is an ever-shifting

9fi5th: What are some completely “out

net of priorities and there’s an ambitious nature to the

there” requests you’ve had?

business where brokers want to do more. They are afraid to

Wendy Maitland: Recently, we had a baseball

sit back and take a moment to take stock of what they've ac-

superstar and we were given two days to find him

complished, so they keep filling up their time and it becomes

the right property. He didn’t speak any English and

unserviceable. Mentalities start shifting from, “I’m here to

his requirement was that he didn’t want to see any

be of service to you,” to, “you are imposing on my time.”

people from his window, not a single human being. So

Then you start making judgments on the value of a client’s

we found him a property with a river view. Then he said he

questions. When we pick up clients it is often that they come

wanted every toilet changed out by the end of the day. The

9fi5th: So how do you see

cocked and loaded with a little hostility because they haven’t

broker called about fifteen different companies and in about

Town growing?

had a good experience and they want us to know they expect

three hours all eight toilets were replaced!

Wendy Maitland: The best is yet to come. I’m most

it to be better. And our answer is, “well, we will do our best and let’s begin now.” 9fi5th: Who are your clients?

9fi5th: What has been the highlight of your career

excited about where Town

so far?

is going. We have unbeliev-

Jeff Appel: Tomorrow.

able evolution in play at this turning point. We can’t tell

Wendy Maitland: Everyone. Our clients are foreign, local, 9fi5th: What is tomorrow?

you about it just yet but it

Jeff Appel: I don’t know. It is every tomorrow. I can tell you

is going to be beyond what

9fi5th: Have you ever had to move on from a client?

that we’ve seen what’s coming next in these developer meet-

any firm has ever achieved.

Wendy Maitland: I’ve never given up. A lot of brokers do

ings. Truly, the sky is the limit in New York. The highlight

give up. I may not find that perfect house, but it’s about edu-

is just being able to be privileged enough to watch what is

9fi5th: I guess we will

cation. You coach someone up or you coach him or her out.

coming next and be a part of it.

have to stay tuned…

all ages, every walk of life.

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REAL E S TAT E NEVER SLEEPS Douglas Elliman’s Dottie Her man, talks real estate past, present, and future to help clients decide on the right proper ty fit.

W

e are everything real estate and everything re-

glass doors. Dottie Herman tells the story of how she found her-

lated to real estate,” said Dot-

self heading one of the most

tie Herman, President and

powerful real estate broker-

CEO of Douglas Elliman.

age firms in the United

“But we built the company

States like it’s no big deal. By

to be more than that. We

now, the story is well known,

wanted home owners to be

but that doesn’t make it any

able to get all manner of ser-

less impressive.

vices from us and never really

She’d been working for

have to go any other place.”

Merrill Lynch’s real estate

With pure information, the

division. When Merrill

sales and rental brokerage,

Lynch sold the operation

financing, commercial, and

to Prudential, and then

new development all under

Prudential was looking to

one roof, this all-inclusive

franchise, Herman had to

mantra is one that is as true

figure out a way to hang on

as ever for clients walking

to the job she loved.

through Elliman’s polished

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“Someone I was talking

DOTTIE HERMAN


to told me to buy it. I told

was shooting through the

them I didn’t have any

roof. With that kind of

money, I was only 29. And

gumption, it should be no

they said to ‘just write a

surprise that she now leads

letter,’ and say I did,” said

the largest, most success-

Herman. And that’s exactly

ful real estate and property

what she did— years later,

management firm in the

we can safely say, it worked.

greater New York City area.

A decade after Herman

Clearly, Dottie Herman

purchased her real estate

is a woman whose instincts

firm from Prudential, she

can be trusted and Douglas

had met and teamed up

Elliman has a reputation

with Howard Lorber, the

for being a trustworthy

business tycoon, to grow the

brokerage that takes its

of-the-art gym and con-

amounts of partial, inac-

firm. Together they bought

customers’ needs seriously.

cierge services. “Clients like

curate, and conflicting infor-

Douglas Elliman, the most

With AskElliman.com, you

to have everything at their

mation available online can

prestigious brokerage firm

can take advantage of the

(iPad-wielding) fingertips,”

be quite the burden to say

in New York City, expand-

incredible stores of infor-

Herman explained.

the least. Even the savviest

ing their business from

mation the firm has avail-

Long Island and the Hamp-

able and receive individual-

will expect an expansive

in need of guidance. “We

tons into New York City.

ized answers to any and all

kitchen and several finely

give people the correct

That was in 2001, at a

DOTTIE HERMAN AND HOWARD LORBER WITH BROKERS

While all high-end buyers

clients might find themselves

questions related to buying

fitted bathrooms, there are

information, and help them

time of uncertainty after the

property in New York,

some things that will put a

interpret and navigate that

9/11 terrorist attacks, which

Florida, and California.

“We wanted home owners to be able to get all manner of services from us and never really have to go any other place.” - Dottie Herman

luxury residence ahead of

information in a personal-

Backed by vast knowl-

the competition. “If you

ized way,” Herman said.

of the country on edge. But

edge of the market, Herman

have any outdoor space,

Herman’s risk paid off—big

proclaimed that these days,

you’re ahead of the curve,”

of the Douglas Elliman

rates you’ll continue to see

time. Within a year, the New

“buyers are looking for

said Herman.

philosophy is to listen to

growth, but it’s sustainable

York City real estate market

luxury.” They want a state-

clients and come up with

growth,” she said. Manhat-

solutions to fit their lives

tan remains a very sought-

and dreams. As a full service

after place in which to live

company, Douglas Elliman

and buy property.

had investors and the rest

Parsing through the vast

That means that part

can help you decide where to buy and when, whether

a perch on Central Park

to buy or rent, and how to

South, where she likes to

deal with banks, financing,

spend her rare free mo-

and all the other complex

ments perusing the racks

logistics of the property pur-

at Bergdorf ’s, flitting off to

chasing process. Douglas El-

the Hamptons for work or

liman even goes as far as to

pleasure, or peddling away

include a relocation depart-

at SoulCycle, where she has

ment that can assist spouses

worked out many a business

moving for a partner’s job to

deal before. “I incorporate

find work in a new city. Full

my life and my work into

service - guaranteed.

one,” she said. “Real estate

As for her own predic-

DOTTIE HERMAN AND CO.

HERMAN IN THE CENTER

Herman herself has

never sleeps.” While that

tions, Herman sees the real

might be true, Douglas Elli-

estate market holding steady

man can help you decide ex-

in the coming years. “We

actly where to lay your head,

hit bottom probably a year

and make your home in this

or two ago. Then there was

concrete jungle or any num-

pent up demand, and now

ber of locales in America

with the rise of interest

and around the world.

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ELLIMAN REPORT

Manhattan Sales, Quarterly Survey of Co-op and Condo Sales

2Q-2014

LUXURY

LUXURY MARKET MATRIX

KEY POINTS

Average Price per Sq Ft

♦ Strong double-digit price increase

Median Sales Price

%Chg (QTR)

1Q-2014

%Chg (YR)

2Q-2013

$7,254,472

-1.8%

$7,390,037

38.3%

$5,246,773

$2,735

1.1%

$2,706

36.3%

$2,006

$4,973,306

-13.6%

$5,753,112

18.4%

$4,200,000

Number of Sales (Closed)

334

0.9%

331

6.4%

314

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

137

4.6%

131

-25.5%

184

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

3.7%

Listing Inventory (Active)

1,393

0.9%

1,380

20.4%

1,157

Absorption Rate (Months)

12.5

0.0%

12.5

12.6%

11.1

$3,250,000

-12.5%

$3,715,000

10.2%

$2,950,000

2Q-2014

Average Sales Price

♦ Marketing time decreased ♦ Entry threshold moves higher

Entry Threshold Luxury Mix

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

Co-ops

34.7%

$4,687,304

Condos

65.3%

$5,000,000

6.9%

New Dev.

93.1%

Re-sales

$17,000,000 $4,495,000

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

♦ Prices post large gains ♦ Inventory rose sharply ♦ Larger unit sales begin to close

New Dev. Mix

Sales Share

Median Sales Price

< $1M

34.6%

$551,279

$1M - $3M

39.4%

$1,742,399

> $3M

26.0%

$6,838,800

Douglas Elliman Real Estate 575 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022 (212) 891-7000 elliman.com

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NUMBER OF SALES

MANHATTAN LUXURY

500

$6,000,000

400

$5,000,000

300

$4,000,000

200

$3,000,000

100 04

05

NEW DEV. MARKET MATRIX Average Sales Price

06

07

08

09

10

11

12

13

14

0

2Q-2014

%Chg (QTR)

1Q-2014

%Chg (YR)

2Q-2013

$3,520,735

24.3%

$2,832,812

66.3%

$2,116,759

$1,900

3.6%

$1,834

33.1%

$1,427

$1,580,000

-8.7%

$1,731,025

13.3%

$1,395,000

Number of Sales (Closed)

231

-37.1

367

-40.6%

389

Days on Market (From Last List Date)

117

2.6%

114

-30.4%

168

Average Price per Sq Ft Median Sales Price

KEY POINTS

3.9%

$7,000,000

$2,000,000

NEW DEVELOPMENT

0.9%

13.4%

2.9%

Listing Discount (From Last List Price)

3.2%

Listing Inventory (Active)

1,396

26.7%

1,102

68.8%

828

Absorption Rate (Months)

18.1

101.1%

9.0

182.8%

6.4

Sales Share of Overall Market

6.9%

AVERAGE PRICE PER SF

16.1%

12.4%

MARKET SHARE

MANHATTAN NEW DEVELOPMENT

2,000

30%

1,800

24%

1,600

18%

1,400

12%

1,200

6%

1,000

10

11

12

13

14

0%

For more information or electronic copies of this report please visit elliman.com/marketreports. Email report author Jonathan Miller at jmiller@millersamuel.com with questions or comments. Report Methodology: www.millersamuel.com/research-reports/methodology

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VIEWPOINT S H AU N O S H E R , C O R E

W

ondering what’s selling in New York City

these days? The answer is

anything and everything - for the right price. And prices are higher than they have ever been. Ever! We are also seeing a number of rookie developers delivering generic product in an exuberant market, and while the demand continues to outweigh the supply, they will continue to look like superstars, and sell their property in record time. Fortunately, there are also some experienced developers who are active. A number of them take their task of building responsibly with an understanding that this is the greatest city on

SHAUN OSHER

the globe, and what they is our ability to pioneer projects in new residential neighbor-

become the norm in the

on our skyline for years to

hoods. We help define and shape them. 520 West 19th Street

high-end market.

come. For those who want

was one of the first projects on the High Line, which is now

build will have an impact

What is driving this

any kind of legacy, this is

one of the fastest-growing residential neighborhoods in the city.

market then? The $50 to

all about tenacity, honesty,

We coined the term “West Chelsea” with Annabelle Selldorf ’s

$100 million-dollar deals?

and integrity – the three

beautiful design. This is the kind of project that sets the tone

In terms of being impactful,

ingredients that brought

organically and helps each neighborhood define itself. Today,

they are almost meaningless

CORE to the top.

Chelsea is hot and it is because projects like 520 West 19th

(other than their ability to

The market currently

Street took a responsible approach. We did this most recently

grab headlines). The signifi-

holds record lows in inven-

with Walker Tower, where we created a brand for a building

cant deals are those made

tory. Properties that are

with our vision and shattered all price records downtown.

between developers, sellers,

The city also seems to be turning upside down. Some of

and people who live and

sibly tailoring architecture,

well-suited to their neigh-

the most desirable locations and buildings are downtown. If

work here. New York is a

design, amenities, units, and

borhoods but also incorpo-

you wanted to buy a really expensive property just 15 or 20

global destination and a cos-

prices to each neighborhood.

rate genuine luxury have a

years ago, you had to go up to Park Avenue and it meant

mopolitan city where nearly

Sounds simple, but remem-

very good chance of success

buying two apartments, gut-renovating them, and marrying

every buyer is international,

ber, luxury is by nature hard

in the upscale market.

the two. The first neighborhood to start turning was SoHo,

however, they are not the

to create – and that’s what

Luxury is something inher-

mainly because there was the architecture and huge amounts

big investors who are propel-

makes it valuable.

ently difficult to create and

of space in former warehouses. This is when developers were

ling this market. New York is

appropriately designed and

keen enough to provide the very first amenity - a doorman.

still defined by New Yorkers.

One of the things that

Today, New York is by no means an amenity-rich market,

Creating excellent real estate

has made CORE successful

but a doorman, storage, a gym, and parking options have

in New York means respon-

that is why it is expensive.

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TRADITIONAL

TA S T E S Veteran real estate firm Stribling &

W

e don’t usually do interviews,” said Elizabeth Stribling, affectionately known as the definitive authority on New York real estate. After 34 years

as Chairman of Stribling & Associates and another 13 as a

space,”

globe,”

suggested

noted

Stribling. Parlez-

real estate broker in New York, Elizabeth Stribling took a few

Stribling who

moments with us to reflect on some current trends – less neigh-

studied at the University of

vous l'architecture? Wall

sticks to the all-

borhood specific but more product focused buyers. Oh yes.

Cambridge, is Chair of the

space for art, larger baths,

Stribling has been known to predict the future before – and

French Heritage Society,

spacious closets, updated

important ABCs

this time she sees a “sky-scape” lighting up the night. Stribling

and has the middle name,

kitchens, and smaller master

& Associates is one company that anyone who has ever been

French. Oui, c’est la verité.

bedrooms are examples

interested in a New York property has heard about – but not

“In Paris, privacy is of the

where tangential space is

one that many hear from – so listen up because we got Eliza-

upmost importance; people

growing considerably. Strib-

beth Stribling and Vice Chairman, Kirk Henckels, to open up.

do not mind walking up two

ling knows that developers

flights of stairs if it is to ar-

succeed when they anticipate

they are willing to live today than they were 40 years ago,”

rive at an enormous, elegant

the market – an old rule that

explained Stribling, who sees a buyer with a vision of their

space,” stated Stribling, who

holds fast even when the

home in mind – not a neighborhood where they want to live.

sees about 20 percent of her

market changes. Words of

In transactions, buyers are increasingly seeking out a particular

clientele hailing from foreign

wisdom, wouldn’t you agree?

product, be it a view of Lady Liberty or a substantial amount

countries and (is very well

of outdoor space, rather than TriBeCa or Chelsea.

regarded among them).

Associates

when dealing with varied clientele.

“People are much more adventuresome about where

Stribling & Associates treat their brokers better than

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her emotions take over in business, that is why she

anyone in the business. Period. “We hire the best brokers

of developments coming

works magic, time and time

and by that we are talking 250, 24-carat employees with

onto the market, many

again,” applauded Henckels.

everything from law degrees to MBAs – and these people all

of them condos of 45 to

Even in changing times, the

love real estate,” said Kirk Henckels. These mavericks drive

80 units, we are going to

company continued to treat

a business with an iron backbone – one that supports them

see a number of changes,

its customers and employees

with mobile applications and technology, a global network,

not least of which are the

with extraordinary consid-

and a rock-solid reputation.

huge glass towers that are

eration and stayed ahead

trending. “One thing that

of all the curves. There is

cording to Stribling, there is no denying the different tastes of

is going to really take off

something to be said for the

international clientele. “We are known for a lot of national and

is the sky-scape; a different

power of good. As for the

international buyers. We sell properties in Paris and Southern

atmosphere at a very high

future, Stribling is gearing

France and we receive a lot of inquiries from buyers around the

level,” enthused Stribling.

up for big things, having

But these cool, new features

just opened the doors to its

hardly mean that the ABCs

totally hip office in Brooklyn

of real estate are changing –

and revamped its Chelsea

quite the contrary – Stribling

office with a swish, art-

feels that a good product still

gallery feel. Whether you are

starts with a well-designed

a New York hipster looking

floor plan that caters to the

for a Parisian abode or an

client’s dreams. “Developers

artiste Parisienne moving

often do well when they work

to New York, Stribling will

with a broker, because the

speak your language and do

broker can interpret what the

all of the translation along

customer is looking for in a

the way.

The cosmopolitan flare of New York is well known and ac-

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Given the large number

“Elizabeth never lets

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Christopher Peacock hones classic cabinetry with handcrafted woods and elegant hardware.

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DOOR to

DOOR Christopher Peacock hones classic cabinetry with handcrafted woods and elegant hardware.

A

sk Christopher Peacock if he still creates all of his designs by hand and he’ll confess that he’s, “the king of the felt tipped pen.” Traditional in both

creation and conception, Peacock’s company oozes classic quality. “I’m not a fan of autoCAD, but hand me a pen and a piece of tracing paper and I can be fluid and creative.” That organic, classic elegance pervades Peacock’s designs—and believe us, what he creates, you will covet. Peacock’s cabinetry—which he often describes as “transitional,” a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary—is all hand-built in his factory in West Virginia, a world away from the Manhattan glitz and glam that houses Peacock’s flagship showroom. “The workshop is in the middle of the countryside, and people there CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK KITCHEN

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are living a very simple life. The thing about our company is that we


do everything, from start to finish,” said Peacock with pride. As such, a Christopher Peacock kitchen, dressing room, powder room or other cabinetry is 100% American-made. “We design and manufacture our own product.” The process is earthy and natural, the way manufacturing used to be. “We bring in raw materials, raw lumber, and just start cutting pieces of wood,” he explained. But it is the special touches that really separate a Peacock kitchen from the rest. “What truly makes cabinetry stand out is how you dress it up. The paint finish, the tiles - it’s like painting a whole picture,” he continued. And these are the little details where things start to get exciting. Peacock’s company, for example, specializes in hand-painted finishes, which means that every single kitchen they produce is actually unique. “If they’re all hand painted, they

HANDCRAFTED CABINETRY

can be painted any color. It’s our sweet spot, we’re able to play with

designs. Explaining

and really fine finishes,” Peacock will

finishes and we are doing really

how one particu-

include distinctive pieces of hard-

high-end, customized, beautiful

lar kitchen model

ware and different surface materials

finishes,” he said.

came together, Pea-

to procure, “an eclectic look,” that

cock told us, “I saw

will still be “tactile.”

Peacock isn’t interested in outfitting what he describes as, “cookie

this slab of marble,

cutter high-rises,” even when they

and we put it in

Peacock outfits all variety of house-

are very high-end. His designs are

place. I then pulled

hold spaces. “Kitchens are what

more likely to be found in luxury

the grey color

everyone latches onto, but we also

boutique developments, where their

from it, and found

design butler’s pantries and master

unique caliber truly stands out.

these matching

bathrooms. We do a lot of whole

Keep in mind that Christopher

It’s understandable why Peacock

taupe colors for the

house projects with dressing rooms,

gets animated discussing the minute

walls.” He brought

libraries, laundry rooms, etc.”

accents that make his designs spe-

in other naturally

cial. “I’m really into talking about

fitting elements

spanning the many metropolises of

our hardware,” he said with a laugh.

such as leather

America with outposts in coastal

In these touches, passion joins

paneling and,

San Francisco and New York as

together with pragmatism. “I really

“African Walnut,

well as Greenwich, Connecticut,

think of it as jewelry. You can have

which is not your

Boston, and Chicago. Rounding

everyday wood.”

out the list is the international Pea-

He currently has showrooms

a very simple, beautiful cocktail

the simplicity,” he said, “but then I

dress, but you put the right piece

think, can I really see a family going

of jewelry with it and it looks like a

in and using this minimalist space

kitchen give a little hint about what

soon-to-open its no doubt beautiful

million dollars.”

with two dishes on the shelf ?”

might be coming in the future from

doors location in Peacock’s native

this particular aspect of his company.

London, England.

Peacock’s dreams for his own

cock showroom in Cannes and a

Essential to the Peacock design

Peacock’s kitchens tend to em-

ethos, is that cabinetry should be able

phasize the beauty of raw materials

“For myself, I like mixing very old,

to grow with you and with the times.

over clean sterility. He loves distinc-

organic materials and other materials

store a thing or two, Christopher

Peacock designs for life, that will last,

tive woods, stones and metals, and

together,” he told us. Currently in

Peacock can help you do it, with

and can be lived in. “I love looking at

likes to find ways to use leather

the works to develop a product that

class. Question is, which door will

really contemporary kitchens. I love

in the details. Materials guide his

he describes as, “a clash of old wood

you open?

So, wherever you might need to

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A

s we spent the few moments riding up the elevator at Joanna Darling’s Manhattan abode, we didn't know

what to expect. Interior designers are known for crafting remarkable spaces, making their homes the kind you’ll want to call your own. Once we rang the doorbell and the adjacent door slowly opened, we knew this one would be just that kind of space. As we walked in, we were met with a gargantuan photograph of historic warrior, Geronimo, in black and white; humble yet majestic, his image was draped in a sparkling dust that made for poignant refinement. One of artist Russell Young’s

DARLING’S MASTER BEDROOM

latest pieces, the dark mural is just the kind of glitz that makes the

architecture and garden design,”

if a child’s room

typically monochromatic stylings of

said Schoeller. “Right now we are

is entertaining

Schoeller + Darling Designs sleek

designing a 2,000-square-foot Man-

enough, it will keep

yet glamorous.

hattan terrace.” With luxury terrace

them from joining

space garnering both popularity and

you in yours. Isn’t a

and Joanna Darling, with back-

frequency, landscaping will most

little alone time all

grounds in the fashion and makeup

likely become more norm than trend

that parents really

industry respectively, found them-

even here in Manhattan.

wish for?

Years ago, Michael Schoeller

But back to Darling’s silky

From search-

work, both eventually becoming

apartment designed in the team’s

ing for the perfect

contributing designers at DESIGN-

signature modern aesthetic. A soft

piece to com-

LUSH. With similar yet distinct

purple, the living room’s sleek lines

design aesthetics, Schoeller errs

and minimalist décor somehow still

the cityscape that Darling worked

ing items, the pair constantly tries

on the side of inky sophistication,

offer a warm, inviting feel. Slabs of

into the room’s visual panel. Placed

to balance function and luxury.

while Darling will always add a

Amethyst (to help spark creativity

against the window rather than the

Designing for more than just the

touch of, you guessed it, sparkle.

and for the Aquarius in her) glisten

wall, the bed (designed by Darling)

likes of Manhattanites, the duo

The natural synergy between the

in the corners and the dark hard-

has an almost non-existent head-

also scales the coast, creating

pair is one you’ll notice within the

wood floors create a rich yet clean

board to allow for views up, down,

incredible spaces from the shores

first few minutes of meeting them.

feel. In the corner sits a sophisticated

and all around, all without even

of Fire Island all the way down to

selves transitioning into design

pletely customiz-

dining table with the kind of view

getting out of bed. Another floor-to-

Amagansett. A change of scen-

all the way to those final touches

that doesn't require a meal to sit

ceiling-sized piece of wall art hangs

ery offers a completely different

that create progression, Schoeller +

and enjoy. And her charcoal sofa is

to the right of her bed - a modern

mindset and with that come new

Darling are highly sought after from

flanked by a black, natural wood cof-

appropriation of an Angelica Kauff-

colors, textures, and fabrics. “We

New York to L.A. They know the

fee table that evokes an organic yet

mann, customized by Darling, for

default to cashmeres, wools, and

importance of having a complete de-

polished feel.

that wow factor as you walk in. Often

chenille velvets, but if we’re at the

Following projects from inception

sign plan even when clients only ask

Moving through the kitchen into

used in children’s rooms, the grand

beach we get to use durable fab-

for one or two rooms to be finished.

her husband’s den, you can feel the

proportions of such pieces anchor

rics made for a lot of traffic and

“It’s important for us to give clients

personality of the space heighten.

the room. “Sometimes when clients

weather,” said Darling. Most will

a finished design, incorporating all

Sitting under the colorful artwork

want something big and dramatic

agree (especially those of you with

of the spaces within a home,” said

of Christopher Beane, is a func-

but on a budget, we will buy a stock

children) that these are the details

Darling. “This way, if they want to

tional day bed that is a Schoeller

photo, have it blown up to enor-

that create a long-lasting home.

approach the other spaces in the

signature concept.

mous proportions, and base mount

future, they have a plan.” And said

Looking further through the

Children or not, one bedroom or

it. It conveys the feeling of pop art,

four, city condo or vacation home,

plan doesn't just stop at the front

space, we discovered Darling’s master

it’s very modern, and the kids get

perhaps it’s time you started rethink-

door. “We do a lot of landscape

bedroom with its incredible view of

something fun,” said Schoeller. And

ing those four or fifty walls of yours.

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that great design stands the test of time - just take a look at best-selling kitchen Xila, straight from kid you not.

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talian brands are sought after for their quality of craftsmanship. Boffi is no exception to that rule. Opened in 2000, Boffi Soho occupies around 10,000 square feet of articulately designed

showroom, filled with kitchen and bathroom collections bearing that Italian quality we love paired with a technologically superior product we simply wouldn't want to do without. After meeting Boffi S.p.A. CEO Roberto Gavazzi through a mutual friend, Boffi Soho President Lilian Leong helped open Boffi’s downtown showroom doors, and witnessed first hand what it’s like to work for such a seasoned company. “Boffi is probably the most innovative in design and in materials used,” said Leong. The showroom displays five kitchen displays, six vanities, and endless à la carte accessories such as bookshelves, bathtubs, fixtures, mirrors, and sinks. The recent addition of couches and tables by Living Divani,

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BOFFI’S 60S DESIGN - XILA


ELEGANCE materials, new technologies, and new hardware to give clients something different. It’s really about

buying a kitchen that will last 30 to 40 years.” And she wasn't kidding. Paying homage to this longlasting design concept is the Xila collection. Created in the 1960s, this collection still stands proudly right in the center of the showroom. With just minor changes to proportions and materials, one would never know the sleek and modern Xila design was one created over 40 years ago. “From time to time we introduce some things that are more trendy, like reclaimed wood or handmade tiles, but the base of our collection is a timeless design,” said Boffi Soho Vice President, Brigida Barraco. Boffi’s team of interior designers and architects plan, deliver, and install every last detail of your custom-made space. This supportive network of trade professionals turn what can be a daunting remodeling affair, into an exciting process from beginning to end. “We can say this is the Xila line, this is K20, K14, and that is Aprile (one of Leong’s personal favorites), but what sets us apart from other companies is that we can mix and match everything,” said

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“WE DON’T LIKE TO SPEAK TO TRENDS. WE LOOK FOR NEW MATERIALS, NEW TECHNOLOGIES, AND NEW HARDWARE TO GIVE CLIENTS SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IT’S REALLY ABOUT BUYING A KITCHEN THAT WILL LAST 30 TO 40 YEARS.” - LILIAN LEONG

completes the showroom, creating a walk-through

Barraco. The flexibility and dynamic nature of each

environment closely mirrored with one’s own home.

collection is the driving force behind the company’s

With materials like Corian countertops, thermo-

lack of true competition. Quoting Gavazzi himself,

treated wood, and stainless steel finishes, clients can

Barraco describes the mindset as, “we don’t sell

easily create everything their dream kitchen might

products, we sell solutions.” Solutions that are imi-

hold without sacrificing any of that daily functional-

tated all throughout the industry, but don’t quite live

ity. Each product winds up being not only state-of-

up to the same quality as the Boffi original. Then

the-art, but useful as well. Making sure their designs

again, imitation is the best form of flattery.

are always relevant Leong told us that Boffi Soho

It’s this envied aesthetic that keeps Boffi busy

does a showroom renovation each year, “to incor-

not only with private clients, but hard at work with

porate the most recent kitchens and bathrooms.”

developments like Hakimian Organization’s 75

The latest creations all come straight from Italy,

Wall Street and in upcoming projects alongside the

designed by Boffi’s famed in-house Art Director,

Related Companies. “We love to be able to say we

Piero Lissoni. Although design aesthetics tend to

are a part of the uplifting of the design in a cookie

differ throughout different countries and regions,

cutter apartment,” said Leong. “But we won’t just

Lissoni creates the Boffi Soho pieces tailored to the

produce anything for the price demand. It has to be

New York design aesthetic, while maintaining the

the right fit.” Always keeping true to that modern

Italian foundation Boffi is known for. “We don’t like

sense of production with the old school mentality

to speak to trends,” said Leong. “We look for new

of quality over quantity.

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To Thine Own

ARCHITECTURAL SELF

BE TRUE architectural characteristics

W

e’re not trying to be the smartest kid on the block, especially here in New York,” chuckled David Howell, Owner, Founder and registered architect of DHD Ar-

chitecture and Design. As a New Zealand native, Howell believes that by remaining devoted to craft, choosing smart projects, and not letting egos get in the way, DHD can create beautiful architecture and interiors that serve the client. “We are not trying to be Norman Foster,” said Howell. Modest? Very, because we (and a whole slew of others) know that they are doing some pretty cool stuff. DHD Architecture and Design offers interior design and ST. LUKE’S PARLOR

“NEW YORK IS BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS MORE THAN JUST THE ‘GOOD OL’ TOWNHOUSE’ TO EMBODY A LUXURY RESIDENCE HERE IN THE NORTHEAST.” - DAVID HOWELL

architectural solutions, both of which deliver projects that aim for cunning efficiency and a design aesthetic that takes traditional New York concepts and shakes ‘em up to create something meaningful, sustainable, and remarkable. “When I first arrived in New York, I was surprised by how conservative the architecture here (and in the Northeast in general) was,” noted Howell, “but that is starting to change.” Howell and DHD Architecture and Design (founded in 1995) have always tried to bring astutely chosen gravies to their interior design and architecture to serve the spectrum of residential, commercial, hospitality, and retail spaces. To get a little hint of their approach, take the TriBeCa Loft where How-

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ell revived an archetypal aesthetic that had gone astray by revealing the exposed, exterior brick walls and ensuring that the full ceiling height had been exploited to strip the space down to its true essence and then accessorize it with modern features. The project affords a little perspective into how DHD Architecture and Design turned limitations into sweet caramel for a sexy reinvention of the former 1853 Sugar Refining Warehouse. “Although DHD Architecture and Design is based in New York, we work with people whom I

… AND THE MASTER TUB

TRIBECA LOFT


DHD-DESIGNED GRAMERCY LOFT

know throughout the world,” said Howell. They

luxury property 20 years ago, DHD Architecture

angular forms with opulent Victorian-era moldings,

take an algorithmic approach to ensure that DHD

and Design’s West Village Townhouse opted for

fireplaces, and woodwork from her birth in 1850. “It

creates well-suited aesthetics in every locale. How-

a remarkable blend of sleek modern finishes and

has taken New York a while to adapt the Old World

ell is hardly interested in getting his 15 minutes,

concept of wealth for herself, but people are starting

but with some of the work he (and his team, for

to go for these kinds of projects and it is nice to see

whom he is full of praise) have done, they run

history and innovation come together,” explained

the risk of getting a whole lot longer than that

Howell. The West Village Townhouse’s bathroom

in the spotlight. Integrating the indoors with the

features abundant and striking whites and neutrals

outdoors is something we New Yorkers are rarely

dressed in Dornbracht fixtures for quite an effect.

gutsy enough to do, but Howell’s work on the

David Howell claimed, “What sets us apart is that

Gramercy Loft is a taste of how masterfully cho-

we always get there first – we are the fastest in town,

sen lighting angles and schoolroom-sized windows

we are sensitive to the client’s budgetary constraints

capture a delicate continuity between the project’s

and we deliver quality.” Generally, penthouses and

interior and seductive outdoor environment.

townhouses take about two years while interiors run

Howell began work on

at about six months for

the Gramercy Loft in

standard DHD Architec-

2007 and it proved to

ture and Design projects.

be his first, albeit very

“We are working on a

successful ground-up

ski-house in Alta, Utah

commercial project.

for a couple who reside in

Howell’s commit-

Manhattan,” said Howell.

ment to each individual

This is a project that has

property is married with

to be able to withstand

an innovative twist. “New

lateral forces (avalanches)

York is beginning to

and even earthquakes,

understand that there is

so the place will be a

more than just the ‘good

high-altitude, but ever so

ol’ townhouse’ to embody

stylish, bunker. This time

a luxury residence here

around, New York might

in the Northeast,” said

do well to root for the

Howell. Where we may

good guys… don’t worry,

have seen a very tra-

these superheroes are

ditional rendition of a

pretty capable.

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hose of you who fit into the category

picked up during his studies in Fashion De-

of the discerning furniture connois-

sign and International Business at the Amer-

seur but have not yet heard about

ican College for the Applied Arts – London.

Stephen Mitchell’s movement are

Not to be outdone by the unique furniture

about to become serious design-aholics.

pieces, DESIGNLUSH also offers lighting,

“DESIGNLUSH is all about creating a

rugs, and accessories as an interior service

movement,” said company President, Ste-

for prestigious homes including the Tresarca

phen Mitchell. “I wanted to bring together a

residence and a current 8,500-square-foot

group of artists and designers who could ar-

residential property in Amagansett, Long

ticulate an important part of the American

Island. Mitchell’s sources of inspiration

design aesthetic.” Said movement is a one-

shine through at Tresarca in the bronze and

two of interiors (also see Schoeller+Darling)

smoked-acrylic hydraulic barstool, custom-

and fully customizable furniture. But what

dyed Patagonian and Tibetan sheepskin

sets DESIGNLUSH apart from the troves of

rugs, and custom fiberglass

other interiors or design firms, is the selec-

outdoor pantera bench.

tion of artists and designers that Mitchell

“At our

handpicks to produce and represent this

showroom, we

complete experience.

curate much

Sure, DESIGNLUSH offers furniture, but

like a gallery,”

the pieces that make it into the company’s

mused Mitchell.

prestigious collection are curated by Mitchell

“I identify a style

himself. “I try to capture an organic and

and draw from my

sophisticated yet minimal sense of luxury,”

network to bring

explained Mitchell who draws inspiration

in designers who

from nature, insects, and marine life. Take

epitomize that

the Nolita brass, resin, and black walnut cof-

aesthetic.” As the

fee table - a striking and seamless fusion of

go-to-guy for inter-

nature and design. He selects pieces of this

esting, inventive or

caliber by incorporating his innate sense of

totally unique piec-

style, unique taste, and acquired knowledge

es (we point you in

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the direction of a life-size

sibilities that Mitchell has

metal – this one truly made

giraffe in his New York

taken so far as a four-way

us pander for more.

Design Center showroom),

multi-unit sofa that permits

Mitchell receives about

views right, left, up, down

ter how much fun you’re

30 to 40 applications per

and all around.

having at the ‘party,’ artistic

But dear reader, no mat-

month from artists hoping

Options flock in partly

to have their work consid-

thanks to DESIGNLUSH’s

nomically viable, as we (and

ered. Mitchell’s background

partner facility program,

Mitchell with his business-

in fashion is evident in that

which increases the in-

savvy mind) are well aware.

he keeps a lineup of design-

house range while also

“In order to build long-term

ers while fine-tuning and

slicing some of the fat off

relationships with custom-

sifting through the pieces in

the process. “If a client

ers, we work with about 30

the showroom based on the

wants eco-friendly, non-

designers to provide each

season. The latest of which

toxic materials, we can

with fair representation and

was all about black and

do that. It is more costly,

to promise stunning, cus-

bronze tones and materi-

but we are fully equipped

tomizable pieces,” explained

als; polished and blackened

to deliver,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell. Typically, he has

steel, woods and, of course,

These eco-friendly pieces

exclusivity agreements

actual bronze. The beauty

employ health-conscious

with the artisans, many of

of this arrangement is that

and environmentally-

whom have worked with

these concepts often provide

minded foams, woods, and

him steadily for the last

ideas for discerning buy-

even glues that run at just

ten years. Their pieces are

ers who may then ask for

20 to 100 percent over

separated into three tiers:

movement

in Miami. Currently,

customization. There is no,

the standard cost largely

Standard, Custom, and

is growing.

working on trade shows

“but if only I could have

thanks to Mitchell’s partner

Modern Masters, the latter

“I wouldn’t

around the US includ-

that in… pink,” because

facilities. For a little natural

of which are the absolute

mind having a

ing the West Edge outing

you can. Take the black and

inspiration, take the Wood

premium-grade, hand-

separate interior

in Los Angeles, Mitchell

bronze Groove Sofa Sec-

Waterfall Writing Desk that

designed items that come

design division

aims to expand in select

tional that cuts a sleek pro-

cascades with its perfect

signed by the artisan and

as part of the

secondary markets. Until

file with its rhythmic design

santos rosewood veneer.

represent the crème de la

expansion process, which

then, the design lushes

punctuated by some suave

For a customizable piece

crème of interior greatness.

would involve Joanna

in us will have to be

upholstery options like mo-

that will win your heart

[Darling] and Michael

content with the Mitchell

hair, leather, wool, velvet,

(and has won a design

of possibilities and a

[Schoeller],” said Mitchell

powerhouse in New York

linen, and ultra-suede. And

finalist award), Mexican

clientele that is seeking ev-

who is enthusiastically

– and a few very welcome

then there are some very

artist Orfeo Qaugliata has

erything from ecologically

looking at trade building

appearances around

exciting customization pos-

created a glass coffee table,

sound coffee tables to – yes

locations including the

the country.

made from boiled glass and

– a diamond-encrusted

Design District

ventures have to be eco-

With such a wide range

horse, the DESIGNLUSH

PANTERA BENCH

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urning what was once a small family business of mannequin repair into what is now an internationally received

vision of contemporary fine art and furniture, Ralph Pucci’s massive 30,000-square-foot showroom spread over two separate floors sits in the epicenter of Manhattan’s popular Flatiron district. A design buff ’s hotspot for the most unique pieces, trendiest digs, or even those classically timeless works of art; the Flatiron district is the place to go to for any home decorating needs. And if you were thinking of sauntering

and authentication on each piece personalize the space in such a charis-

through Pucci’s two floors of flaw-

matic yet subtle way that we had to take a few snapshots ourselves. Much

lessly designed spaces, we insist you

of Pucci’s success started from a chance meeting with Putman and a man-

get on that phone and make that ap-

nequin show for Barneys. Joining forces and taking over the world of ultra

pointment, because you will want to

high-end furniture, Pucci has since rubbed elbows with Andy Warhol and

see what mingles in this showroom

collaborated with fashion industry moguls Anna Sui and Christy Turling-

of furniture mastery.

ton. Pucci, in turn, has been putting other designers on the map.

The showroom boasts around 500 different unique and timeless pieces, all created by Pucci’s team of 18 artists. “I like to call them artists not designers,” said Pucci. “They are true original thinkers.” The 12th floor showroom features many of Pucci’s European designers such as Michael Anastassiades, Herve Van der Straeten, Paul Mathieu, and the late Andrée Putman. Your eyes will wander toward their dark oak finishes, bronze accents, lacquered tops, and sparkling gems all incorporated seamlessly within the room. “This is all my vision,” said Pucci. “It’s all about putting the pieces of the puzzle together.” He attributes his sculptural ideology not only to his background in the mannequin business, but also to artistic idols like Giacometti, Brâncusi, and

the spot for you.

Henry Moore. What really steals the focus of this grand space is the limited edition, Andrée Putman exhibition entitled “Time Flies.” A wall filled with snapshots of Putman’s life, the iconic coffee table included in each collection, and the signature

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The 9th floor showroom hosts a completely different look than the 12th. Fea-


turing the likes of Chris Lehrecke,

not only unique pieces, but pieces

ing. “We do not follow trends, we

best pieces from each.” Despite

Jim Zivic, Vladimir Kagan, and

that aren’t mass-produced and sold

create trends,” said Pucci. With a

being smaller than New York,

Jens Risom, this space boasts more

by the hundreds in stores just down

recent expansion to Miami, Pucci

Pucci’s Miami space easily

material play within the collections

the block. Whether you gravitate

has mastered the art of know-

makes up for it by featuring only

of Zivic and Lehrecke. “Here, we

towards the fine European aesthetic

ing when to take on prospective

the best, most coveted elements

like imperfections. Bronze tarnishes,

of Van der Straeten, or you envy

designers. “If they have something

of each designer.

leather that’s been distressed, woods

the woodwork of Lehrecke, within

new and fresh that fits into our

that crack - it’s beautiful,” said Pucci.

mere months you can own a piece

aesthetic, and it’s in the right spirit,

creative ideas, executed in an

Balancing earthy charm, the aesthet-

you will one day pass down to your

I am certainly interested in rep-

old-world technique,

ics of mid-century modern giants,

grandchildren.

resenting them,” said Pucci. And

you may want to

rather than opening in Miami’s

take a peek

well-known Design District, Pucci

at Pucci’s

opted to debut the collection in the

offerings

Kagan and Risom offer that coveted clean, minimalistic feel. Each collection being exclusive to Pucci, you can expect to find

With introductions of new collections becoming available almost every three months, the aesthetic of

So, if you are on the hunt for

up-and-coming Wynwood Art Dis-

either

Pucci is ever

trict. In keeping with the brand’s

up here

chang-

clean look, the Miami showroom

or down

boasts 20-foot ceilings and white

in sunny

gallery-style walls, allowing the

Miami.

pieces to showcase themselves.

We’d

“In New York we have about five

gladly

to ten pieces from each designer,”

wager that

said Pucci. “Our Miami showroom

you won’t

will only have one to five of the

be disappointed.

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creates perfect spaces tailored directly to your needs.

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ocation, location location!

of moonlighting as a rock star out

We’ve all heard that one be-

the window? Not quite. If you work

fore. Possibly even within one

with Stahl you can expect him to

of 9fi5th’s earlier editions. It’s

be involved in every aspect of the

the age-old mantra that pervades

project, interacting with clients

any and all real estate platforms. So,

during every stage, even if it means

say you’ve got the spot down, but

taking phone calls well past the

your dream location doesn’t exactly

work day’s end. “I don’t want to

house your dream home? That’s

take on work for the sake of vol-

where Lee Stahl of The Renovated

ume, I just want to do a few jobs a

Home comes in. An expert in home

year and do them well,” said Stahl.

renovation, Stahl can turn any space

And, with a bandwidth of just five

into the complete lifestyle you’ve

to seven projects at a time, Stahl

imagined. Having an affinity toward

can dedicate his time to the quality

design at a young age, Stahl grew up

of a project versus the quantity of

constantly rearranging furniture in

jobs. This non-layered sensibility

his childhood bedroom. In his early

creates an environment where ev-

twenties, having just graduated with

eryone knows exactly what’s going

a degree in finance from George

on and exactly what is going into

Washington University School of

their home.

Business, Stahl found himself working with his stepfather’s cabinetry business, falling in love with the craft. “I loved everything about this

A company with the majority of

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clients residing in the well-coiffed streets of the Upper East Side, the definition of luxury is paired with

work from designing to driving a

that old-school, roll up your sleeves,

truck, and delivering cabinets on

work mentality. In an area that

my very first day of work,” said Stahl. From his first 250-squarefoot showroom in 1991, to his now state-of-the-art Upper East Side

“AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF I’M HAPPY BUT YOU’RE NOT, I LOST.” - LEE STAHL

headquarters, Stahl proves you

traditionally exudes extravagance, clients who work with Stahl tend to be less about show and more about substance of the product. “I won’t use a $250 a gallon can of paint if

don’t need a warehouse to show-

Hamptons-style nauti-

it’s unnecessary,” said Stahl. “For

case beautifully designed kitchens,

cal arrangement.

me, luxury is all about spending

bathrooms, and dining rooms.

The company’s

money on substance, not spending

collaborative approach

money on window dressing.” And

bathroom with black marble

to renovation means

when you are spending anywhere

countertops greets the eye when

you get exactly what

from 6 to 12 months plus at least

entering The Renovated Home

you wish for and more

$500,000 on a renovation, you

showroom. In the entrance

importantly what you

need to be sure you are getting the

hallway, a colorful mosaic tiled

need, rather than a

highest quality, period. Whether it

floor adds spunk and charac-

space created for the

be a small 600-square-foot kitchen

ter to the seating area, which

sake of dollar signs.

or a 8,000-square-foot Madison

holds what might be the most

“I’m never going to

Avenue townhouse, each renovation

comfortable chair in the world.

live in your house, so

is completely customized to fit your

You know, the kind of reclining

it’s important for me

need. “People live in this crazy city,”

chair that can take you hostage

to make your house

said Stahl, “because they are willing

for hours. We know, we tried.

what you want it to be,

to live here and they are willing to

A massive monkey’s wrench

make sure you don’t

build and renovate what they want.”

chandelier hanging over a white

screw it up, and make

So, when searching neighborhood

A pristine white tiled

wood dining table shows that the

sure you don’t waste money where you don’t have to,” said Stahl. “At the

upon neighborhood, scouring for

design aesthetic for The Reno-

end of the day, if I’m happy but you’re not, I lost.” Just because you might

that perfect spot, keep in mind that

vated Home ranges anywhere from

wish for a chef ’s kitchen, library or guitar room, doesn’t mean that it’s what

you can have it all. It just takes a

urban chic to classic comfort, to a

you actually need and Stahl makes that motto his primary focus. Dreams

little time and a little renovation.

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OF-AKIND WILL

NEVER GO

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n a world filled with mass

customizable upholstery and a high-

produced fare and mass con-

gloss bronze base, it fits in effortlessly

sumed product, it is nothing less

with the adjacent lacquered shelving

than refreshing to walk into the

on the Pierre coffee table.

decidedly one-of-a-kind Meatpack-

The craftsmanship is unrivaled.

ing District showroom of Hudson

And with wood slabs that take three

Furniture. Spanning a footprint that

to five years to dry or a lacquer that

could seemingly house three midsize

takes 12 to 13 days to fully coat, Bay-

families, this massive space only

lar has to be the epitome of quality

holds about 15 unique and hand-

them for their flagship store, and

harvested - all natural and entirely

versus quantity. “I check every detail

crafted furniture pieces designed by

after that, things just took off.” Hav-

unmatched.

because it’s not manufactured,” said

company head, Barlas Baylar.

ing the British fashion house as his

Filled with a juxtaposition of

Baylar. “With a dining room table

first client easily cemented Baylar’s

modern and organic, timeless and

you have to know where to put the

furniture line.

fresh, masculine and feminine,

bow ties, how to sand it, all the struc-

Hudson Furniture seamlessly blends

tural details; it’s a lot of work.” No

sculptural tree trunk benches so wide

fort in grand proportions. Sourced

in with most design aesthetics. A

wonder he only comes out with six to

they could play center stage as tables

exclusively in the U.S., Baylar favors

walnut slab top with a high polish

seven new designs a year!

themselves. Once we maneuvered

tempered walnut and generally errs

bronze base, the Bangle Dining

our way into our handcrafted seats,

on the side of eco-friendly product.

table creates a sleek masculine look

love with just won’t fit in your living

Baylar told us that a table similar to

His designs usually exude a natural

atop while holding an elegant femi-

room? Fret not, each piece is custom-

this one got him his first job.

warmth thanks to organic lines and

nine flair below. Finding inspiration

ized to fit the exact shape and

The 24-foot long Walnut Knight Oak dining table, along the side

Hudson Furniture oozes com-

of the showroom, is flanked by

How did he get there you ask? For

But what if that table you fell in

a preserved sense of character. The

Baylar, it was in his blood. From a

Meat-

young boy in Istanbul whose father

packing

built factories for furniture makers,

show-

to learning the ropes of architecture

room

while living in Brazil, to working the

houses not only functional furniture

shops in London, Baylar’s trade by

pieces, but also showcases sculptural

name soon turned into a passion.

work such as the Teak Tree root we

With a liking for stronger more

were met with when we walked in.

substantial pieces, Baylar eventually

Once used for ship building, teak

through past

landed in the U.S., founding Hudson

trees would be dug up with their

era designs and fashion, Bangle

size of what you are looking for. “90

Furniture in early 2004. “It was

roots left behind. As an artist, Baylar

takes a cue right from a woman’s

percent of our pieces are customized.

really scary,” said Baylar. “I thought

finds these unique forms and re-pur-

wrist. Just above the table hangs

It takes about 20 weeks for a dining

I was going under. Then, one day, a

poses them as wall separators. Most

the Dragon. A powerful name

table and about 24 weeks for a sofa.

buyer from Burberry just walked in.

of his wood pieces are repurposed

is just what this statement piece

So if you want the Pierre sofa, and

They really liked the table I offered

logs, trunks, and slabs, and are legally

needed. Draped in over three miles

you want it L-shaped or crescent

of nickel-plated chain, the Dragon

shaped, we give you exactly what you

chandelier is dripping in under-

want,” said Baylar.

stated elegance. But if your inclinations favor Art

Living in a city that is distinguished by its character and spirit,

Deco designs, you may want to take

why not match your interiors to the

a look at the Pierre sofa. With its

same concept?

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Anniversary

THE TRAVELER CHAIR

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e think it’s safe to say that

look, then perhaps

the folks at Roche Bobois

take a peek at this

seem to know what they are

year’s Fall/Winter

doing. With over 250 stores

collection. Tipping a

throughout 50 countries and a new

hat back to the roots

location opening up every month,

of Roche Bobois,

Roche Bobois CEO, Gilles Bonan,

this collection is all

who has been with the company since

about the 70s. “We

2008, has managed to maintain the

went through the

original company philosophy while

old catalogues and

helping it evolve into an internation-

wanted to reinvent

ally recognized brand. “The values

what was done then,”

were based on the overall creativity of

said Bonan. Pulling

the brand,” said Bonan. “The quality

items designed in

of the manufacturing, the diversity of

the 70s and reviv-

the collection, the relationship with

ing them with more

the designer, and the humanity of the

modern textures and

company are all within that.” Having

colors, these pieces

maintained Roche Bobois’s values,

pay direct homage to

Bonan is now looking to, “project

the stylistic genius of

them into the future.” And said future

the time, while stay-

is looking pretty good from where

ing grounded in the

we’re standing.

modern world. One

combining it to move craft traditions

sustainable. On the market for ten

With a wide range of products

of the company’s bestsellers world-

into the future. Creating the chair by

years now, the company’s completely

and styles, the most recent collections

wide happens to be the Mah Jong

hand, trying different postures, and

eco-conceived collection, “The Leg-

were formulated to pair classic yet

sofa, which was designed in 1971.

generating spaces for bag placement

end,” has led the team to take further

are all important details that go into

eco-conscious steps. “It was a mani-

mainstream finishes, with creative

But back to present day. Celebrat-

and cutting edge pieces. “Being

ing their 40th anniversary in the Unit-

every piece in this line. “The chair

festation for Roche Bobois to move

present all over the world we can see

ed States, Roche Bobois has taken

itself becomes more than just a chair,

toward sustainability,” said Bonan.

the trends everywhere,” said Bonan.

onboard American designer Stephen

it’s a symbol of your freedom, of your

“We can’t claim we are totally eco

“What people want right now is the

Burks. Debuting his line “The Trav-

liberty, and imagination,”

conceived, but every time we design

fusion of style, because no one is

eler,” Burks's pieces articulate what he

said Burks. “It’s a place where you

a new collection we want to improve

monolithic in their design approach.”

calls “contemporary man’s fascination

go and get away.”

upon previous craftsmanship.”

Should you care to take part in

with the other.” Inspired by Thomas

Since we are on the topic of trans-

Having an open mind towards

this fusion, you might look at the

Struth’s series of photographs titled

porting yourself into another world,

designers, trends, and what buyers

Ora-ito dining table. Coated with

“Paradise,” Burks takes the idea of

a beach or jungle perhaps, it would

are looking for, have all played an im-

polyurethane on steel ballast, with

regular furniture and transforms it

only seem fitting to mention Roche

portant part in setting Roche Bobois

a clear tempered glass and stainless

into a small oasis, fulfilling all your

Bobois’s eco-friendly line. “When we

apart from others. “We don’t want to

steel base, it offers a modern twist to

relaxation needs. “This chair is actu-

first came up with it, it was very rare

be like other very prestigious brands,

your normal dining endeavors. Its

ally called ‘The Traveler Chair’ and it

to be interested in eco conception,”

who speak only to a micro-niche of

small circular base makes it appear to

holds the idea of setting up camp in

said Bonan. With oak that comes from

people,” said Bonan. “We want to

be defying gravity, turning this piece

your living room,” said Burks. Taking

sustained forests in Burgundy and

have a wider position in reference to

into a great conversation starter. But

cues from his own Manmade line,

pieces that are assembled without any

design.” We surely are excited to see

if you just don’t find yourself brave

Burks designs with the concept of

hardware, the concepts were extreme

what they come up with in the next

enough to tackle the eclectic, modern

taking old school/handmade fare and

but the end results beautiful, and

40 years!

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tive buyer see themselves as, ideally? Is it James Dean or Coco Chanel?” Alton uses the phrase, “emotive of aspiration,” to describe what luxury is built on. Luxury, to Alton, is the stuff dreams are made of. 400 Park Avenue South, however, is not simply made of dreams. The building—described by Alton as “spectacular”—is helmed by the Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc.

S

tephen Alton, Principal of

Avenue South is slated to become a

process with an enthusiastic

landmark building. In fact, due to its

eloquence. “What distin-

unique elegance, it doesn't conform to

guishes my firm is that we

the zoning regulations of New York

have an analytical process,” Alton said. “It's an experiential and emo-

The residential floors of 400 Park Avenue South are comprised of

at that tactile level you can’t tap into

apartments up to the twentieth floor,

what makes the buyer excited.”

and condominiums from the twentieth to the forty-second floors. SAA’s

al thing,” is comparable to method

work was interior. “We studied the

acting. Alton walks around the

architect’s approach, supporting the

neighborhood of any new develop-

‘brand’ of Christian de Portzam-

ment, soaking in the atmosphere of

parc,” said Alton.

the restaurants and the shops. If you

The key to helping complete the

walk a mile (or a few city blocks) in

architecture of a building so unusual

the prospective buyer's shoes, you

that it literally bends the law lies

begin to understand them. Or, at

with finding common elements. The

least, you begin to understand who

adjective that Alton used most fre-

they aspire to be.

quently in his discussion of 400 Park

“We try to figure out early on who

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Due to its striking shape 400 Park

SAA, speaks of his design

Avenue South was “sculptural.”

is going to live in the apartments,”

“One of the things that you'll

said Alton. “Who does the prospec-

immediately understand when you

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see the building is it has an angular,

Avenue South is Alton's work on

sculptural quality,” said Alton. In

The Tourraine at 132 E. 65th Street.

order to enhance this quality, Alton

SAA designed the interiors of the 22

stressed openness. “The volume

residential units, as well as all public

internally has a sculptural nature to

spaces and amenities areas, with a

it,” he stated.

blend of, “traditional quality con-

This translates to an open living room and open kitchen, all with

struction and modern appeal.” “I'm a contextualist,” said Alton.

floor-to-ceiling glass. The rooms are

“I really like my buildings to feel

slightly slanted and the cabinetry

like there's a sense of reason.” Said

is sloped in response. The bath-

reason he speaks of refers to a feeling

rooms continue this theme of the

of cohesion and correctness: in the

sculptural, with 6-inch-thick marble

details of the lobby and the ways in

countertops and one wall created

which the living spaces fit the outside

from sandblasted, tinted mirror.

architecture. “This isn't just a sig-

The forms that are reflected by the

nature piece for me to demonstrate

sandblasted mirror are ethereal and

what I can do without thinking about

have a smoky coloring.

the families who will live there.”

Alton, who grew up in Nashville

Since the building is stylistically

and studied architecture at the

inspired by Haussmann, Alton

Rhode Island School of Design,

chose to include, “turn of the cen-

drew inspiration for 400 Park Av-

tury touches.” This means rift cut

enue South from his time in Japan.

oak floors, trim, and custom mold-

The minimalism inherent in the

ings over the doors. SAA designed

design is Japanese-influenced, as in

all the bathrooms, kitchens, floors,

the attention to detail of the “rich,

and ceilings. It's a traditionally

natural” materials.

molded aesthetic that fits the Upper

“Materials are an interesting conversation. The easy thing to say

East Side. “Our buyers have families and

is that they should all be function-

they're not just looking for what

ally the best solution. (But) you need

mom and dad had,” said Alton.

to incorporate some distinguishing

“There's consideration of how to

small things that create a resonance

make this fresh.” The Tourraine

and sense of uniqueness,” said Alton.

certainly impressed its intended de-

Contrasting sharply to the modern-art aesthetic of 400 Park

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mographic: the 22 units sold within three months.

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WHEN

Furniture

up version of “Eloise at the

that, Harris also creates

Plaza,” the Classic line is

color recommendations for

streamlined and elegant with

four other lines called Man-

a feminine shine. A touch of

hattan, Aspen, Nantucket,

southern flair, it does well in

and Bel Air.

more suburban and country-

When you are ready to

themed backdrops, while

order one of your personal-

the Modern line feels very

ized pieces, it takes a mere

Plays Multiple Roles

urban and sits pretty in any

four to five weeks to arrive,

Manhattan apartment. With

a time frame you no doubt

inspiration for the Modern

will revel in after having

line coming from iconic

waited for months at a time

automobile brand Porsche,

with a select few differing

Multi-faceted furniture line Itsy Bitsy Ritzy, introduces functional options, in an agile product line-up.

the dark stainless steel and

providers. Sourcing all mate-

platinum finishes present a

rials from the Northeast and

more masculine, clean feel.

producing the furniture right

Each collection has about

in Connecticut, Harris en-

eight to ten multifunctional

sures quality of production

A

n interior designer for many years, Marcia Harris stumbled upon the inception of her company through a client who had very specific needs. After taking on a job to transform a 600-square-foot space for a young woman living near NYU, Harris realized what little product was out there. “We went to tons of furniture stores but couldn’t find anything for smaller spaces,” she said. “So, I designed the furniture, I scaled it appropriately, and I made sure everything had storage built in.” The client’s desk had to serve double duty, as did her bed, and pretty much any and all other

pieces had to transform for both space and design. Being the crafty designer Harris is, she spotted the need many a Manhattanite has experienced at least once before. And born was Itsy Bitsy Ritzy, the furniture design shop that makes your every furniture piece as multi-functional as can be.

“WE WENT TO TONS OF FURNITURE STORES BUT COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING FOR SMALLER SPACES. SO, I DESIGNED THE FURNITURE.” - MARCIA HARRIS

A passion for transforming spaces and making them more comfortable and functional, one job led to another and business steadily grew. Although still a small, family-run business, Itsy Bitsy Ritzy now works with architects and designers, boutique hotels, and projects like the Centurion creating custom pieces to personalize any living space. The collection lines consist of two different looks, the Classic and the Modern. Inspired by a grown-

and completely customizable pieces, and can be adapted as needed. A current favorite comes in form of the Round Multi-use Storage Ottoman that flips over and turns into a coffee table while the underbelly remains for extra storage. Another is the Vanity Desk with optional jewelry draw-

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ers, makeup drawers plus

while trying to keep things

room for a printer, desk

green and maintaining a low

supplies, and a charging

carbon footprint. But if you

station housed within a

don’t have the time or don’t

finished back to be used as a

want to be bothered with a

room divider. Harris creates

decorator, you can opt for a

under-bed storage drawers,

turnkey design that has ev-

modular banquettes, pedes-

erything pre-coordinated for

tal table bases with interior

convenience. “It’s very grati-

storage, and even bedding

fying to be able to transform

and drapery panels. “I think

these small spaces,” said

any problem has a solution,”

Harris. “It doesn’t take that

she said, “you just have to be

much furniture to make your

creative about it.” Beyond

little place truly special.”

MANHATTAN CLASSIC


Melanie Charlton,

deemed it as a high-end space yet, so we really created a design process around it. It’s about the inventory versus

Clos-ette, creates custom spaces to house your most precious possessions.

W

the geometry of space.” In just four to six months, a poorly designed closet or dressing room, that may have caused its fair share of headaches and jumbled belt buckles, can be transformed into a beautifully customized place of peace and function. Trademarking what she

hen it comes to fit-

calls a “Holistic Organization-

ting and placing all

al Design,” Charlton and her

your most precious

boutique team of designers

accoutrements, it

and production staff, create

can be quite daunting to find

spaces that originate from the

just the right environment

details of the pieces displayed

to house and display your

and housed within. “It comes

possessions. Add to that the

down to what’s being stored,

local backdrop of high-rise,

what you wear, and how

low square footage Manhat-

you wear it,” said Charlton.

tan condo living, and space

Stilettos or flats, mid-calf or

will most likely always be a

knee-high, hats, lighting, and keeping those jewels of yours safe

Not to be limited in area

commodity. In this city where

and sound - everything is dissected and becomes the foundation

of expertise, dressing rooms

professional organizers have

for Clos-ette designs. Creating a color scheme to enhance a dis-

account for only 50 to 60

carved out a hefty niche,

play wall, magnifying natural light, and installing once futuristic,

percent of Clos-ette’s busi-

home owners can spend a lot

now quite-the-norm ocular recognition security systems, are the

ness. “We are known for our

of time looking for perfect

kinds of details that personalize spaces and keep clients coming

dressing rooms and closets,”

storage solutions, trying to

back for more.

said Charlton, “but we are

create the perfect dressing

Whether your tastes are modern and you prefer the sleek lines

functional space design-

room, and always on the

of a Corian countertop or you fancy a more traditional styling of

ers. We do everything from

hunt for that special secret

stained wood, your options are pretty limitless. How so? Charlton

dressing rooms to collection

to configure their whole lives

once designed a space made entirely out of rose quartz for a cli-

rooms, laundry rooms to

into a few thousand square

ent who wanted a dressing room that resembled a jewelry box.

chef ’s kitchens.”

feet of city luxury. Melanie

Defining themselves as a

Charlton, Founder of Clos-

company that always places

ette, has found the way to

function before form, you

combine the latter. Once a

can be sure that whether you

fashion editor and freelance

are spending $200,000 or $2

interior designer, Charlton

million, the quality is never

worked as a creative design

sacrificed. “All of our spaces

director for retail showrooms

are custom-designed,” said

in New York City where she

Charlton. “We’ve turned

found her calling in archi-

down projects because

tecture and the process of

the clients are not process

designing spaces. Building on

oriented and quality driven.”

her passion for design and the

But for someone who has

high demand for well planned

designed spaces for the

space, Clos-ette was born.

likes of Michael Jordan and

“People had focused on

Beyoncé, we’d be inclined to

closets but very generically,”

say that success has already

said Charlton. “No one had

been achieved.

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LIFE TO BE C LIVED IN

SUPER YACHT VERTIGO

Interiors guru Christian Liaigre

thristian Liaigre has long been

he is intimately involved with the

their locations. The Liaigre town-

bringing that je ne sais quoi to

production of every piece. “Chris-

house in New York is situated right

New York; a dose of incom-

tian is still very hands on,” said

off Madison Avenue on Manhat-

parable French elegance, infused

Caillaud, “with the artisans and

tan’s prestigious Upper East Side.

with that cool New York sense of

with production, since so much is

Although New York is known for its

chic. Created around rich textures,

finished by hand.”

fast paced environment, when you

exotic woods, and fine materials,

Liaigre is a man who thinks

Liaigre’s furniture pieces remind

about furniture in the context of

location, you’ll find a rare stillness

us of what, exactly, we should

complete interiors. “Christian is

and peace in pure Liaigre form.

be expecting from anything that

an interior architect,” explained

You’ll see subdued tones, with deep

claims to be luxurious: it has to feel

Caillaud. “Each piece of furni-

and richly textured finishes, as you

as good as it looks.

ture is designed to be part of an

walk through the various living and working spaces. Designed

“EACH PIECE OF FURNITURE IS DESIGNED TO BE PART OF AN ENVIRONMENT AND TO BE MIXED WITH OTHER PRODUCTS.” - CHRISTOPHE CAILLAUD

personally by Christian Liaigre, the showroom brings to life the artistic identity of the company with architectural details, intricate reveals on the ceilings and walls, along with a signature curved grand staircase. Custom built desks blend seam-

continues comfortable,

walk into the four-story flagship

lessly into the furniture collection. Liaigre himself checks every sofa to make sure it meets his own

environment and to be mixed with other products.”

To bring some extra New York refinement and urban flair into Lia-

(very high) standards of cushiness.

That means Liaigre showrooms

igre’s typically neutral color palette,

elegance on

“Christian tests every single piece

are complete spaces, with pieces that

wife Deborah Liaigre recently intro-

prior to production,” company

come together to transform whole

duced a new line of fabrics. “The

New York’s

Président Christophe Caillaud

rooms. “You feel that you are enter-

Deborah Liaigre Collection allows

sophisticated

assured us. This means paying

ing a home, a place where you feel

us to add a dose of fashion into

such attention to particulars as to

comfortable. You don’t have rows of

our pieces. There are more linens,

personally check that armrests are

chairs or sofas,” said Caillaud envi-

more silks, and basket weaves,” said

at precisely the right level and seat

sioning a company philosophy that

Caillaud. Liaigre’s trademark exotic

heights don't disappoint either.

is, “best when we sell not products

woods paired with silk, linen, and

Now that is what quality control

but the brand environment.”

textured prints? Yes, please!

Upper East Side.

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should be. Christian Liaigre is not

As such, Liaigre’s showrooms

A Christian Liaigre piece can

just the vision behind the company,

around the world are responsive to

be the inspiration for redesigning a


LIAIGRE INTERIORS AND GALET COFFEE TABLE

whole room. His furniture is created to be versatile, but distinctive. “He

our personal favorites for sure. Not one to limit himself or his

can garner.

he’s still making furniture for you

“In terms of quality of the

to live in, on, and around. “There

mixes pieces of his line with antiques

namesake company, Liaigre also

product and the refinement, there

is the Galet coffee table in leather,

from the 18th century, or from the

designs and furnishes luxury yachts

are really not many people doing

which your kids can walk and

1920s and 1930s, and gives them

such as the stunning super yacht

what we’re doing,” said Caillaud

jump on,” said Caillaud. “When

this multifaceted consistency,” mused

Vertigo, which with its poised yet

with pride.

Christian’s son was young, he was

Caillaud. “Any piece you buy here,

child-friendly interiors received

will match something else you buy

not one but several of the highest

here, and it will all work together.”

awards aquatic play

The ebony, bronze, and leather that are Liaigre’s trademark materials emanate an 18th Century, Louis XIVinspired sumptuousness that’s housed in such a subtle, modern design as to be at home in the most minimalist spaces. Liaigre's minimal and elegant can come with a dash of opulence. Take, for example, pieces like the striking new Riva Coffee Table or the Corvette Desk, made of Jamaican Dogwood and finished in high gloss so that the spectacular grain of the wood creates a breathtaking but all natural pattern—eye-catching and understated at the same time. Some of

things

But keep in mind that even though Liaigre uses only the most precious materials and finest finishes,

jumping and running on it, and the table held up perfectly.” There you have it - impeccable French taste with real life in mind.


TOOLS OF THE TRADE

97 ARQUITECTS OF FORTUNE

100 A MEADOW FOR MY CASTLE

Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica crosses borders and turns building trends inside out.

Over-coiffed lawns are a thing of the past, as LaGuardia Design rolls in with sleek yet natural vistas, designed to meld with existing backdrops.

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106 WHEN URBAN LANDSCAPE IS ABOUT URBAN LIVING Landscape Architecture and Urban Design specialist M. Paul Friedberg talks urban spaces and how they affect our everyday lives.

606 WEST 57TH STREET


ARQUITECTS OF FORTUNE MIAMI ARCHITECTURE

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

shopping malls. Today the

FIRM ARQUITECTONICA

Nothing and everything

firm has ten far-flung of-

CROSSES BORDERS

for Bernardo Fort-Brescia,

fices, managing projects in

AND TURNS BUILDING

of globetrotting architec-

44 countries. Among them

ture, planning, interior

are the Miami Heat Arena,

design, and landscape

Microsoft Headquarters

architecture firm Arqui-

in Paris, and hundreds

tectonica. “Everyone

of other innovative eye-

misspells it. It’s too long.

catchers that, even if you

It doesn’t fit on a letter-

can’t spell the firm’s name,

head,” griped the architect

you’d most definitely know

good-humoredly in a re-

by sight.

TRENDS INSIDE OUT.

cent interview. “But we’ve

During our sit-down

built too much with the

with Co-Founder Fort-

name to change it now.”

Brescia we talked about

It’s true that in its

the firm’s precocious start,

nearly 40 years of practice,

its current and future

Arquitectonica has built

super-projects, and the

just about everything from

multitudes of cities, sites,

airports to stadiums and

and structures in between.

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just out of school back then, rent was $600, and we struggled to pay it! Now we have 150 architects in our main Miami office and 800 worldwide. 9fi5th: Even at the age of 26 you were doing skyscrapers. How did you build your business so quickly? Bernardo Fort-Brescia: You can blame the media for this. Soon after we opened the firm we did a house that got published in every magazine, on every cover. It was modern, rectilinear, and

THE INFINITY SAN FRANCISCO

brightly colored when everyone

ONE BRICKELL CITY CENTRE

was doing revivals. We called it

do good for society and improve

We bring what is happening in

the Pink House. Then Miami Vice

lives. I admired their resolve and

Monaco or Ibiza to Miami. I am

had our Atlantis Condominiums

conviction. Maybe I feel some

doing two residential towers in

in its opening sequence and an

affinity toward Niemeyer since I

Paris now; the first built in thirty

entire episode. The power of

grew up in South America.

years. The client wants a similar lifestyle to the US. They are

television is incredible. Suddenly 9fi5th: Tell us something about

we had ten projects to our name.

your background and the beginnings of Arquitectonica. Bernardo Fort-Brescia: I was

9fi5th: In addition to Miami,

looking to change old ways. We

New York and Los Angeles, Ar-

offer that kind of worldly vision

9fi5th: Which architects have

quitectonica has offices in Paris,

that is difficult to have if you are

had the biggest influence on

Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai,

in your town’s bubble.

your work?

Sao Paolo, and Lima. Did your

educated in Peru and Europe, so I

international background in-

9fi5th: Tell us about your most

spire you to expand abroad?

challenging projects of all time.

the architects of the modernist

Bernardo Fort-Brescia: Yes,

Ber nardo Fort-Brescia: In

school, where I met my wife

period. I admire architects of the

and I think it benefits our clients

terms of foot-traffic (the kind

Laurinda Spear, who was at MIT.

early Modern movement like Le

and projects. They like that we

you don't see in America), we

Together with a group of school

Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer.

bring in ideas about what is going

did the development of the

friends we started Arquitectonica

They were not just court architects,

on elsewhere. We cross national

Kowloon Tong station in Hong

boundaries. We bring ideas from

Kong. It's the building where

speak Spanish, French, German,

Bernardo Fort-Brescia: I

and Italian. I went to Princeton

have been influenced by many of

first then Harvard for graduate

in 1977 in Miami. We were five young architects

they were people trying to

San Francisco to Paris.

the international train from China meets the Hong Kong metro. When we started there were 26,000 passengers per hour crossing this place, a 7-story mall with shops, theaters—everything. There are 85 escalators in the building. I thought that was too much, but they were packed at all times. The building looked organic—it was broken up like a palisade and has natural light and crystals that project the view of the city. All of those aesthetic things are great, but dealing with the level of traffic was the truly interesting challenge.


9fi5th: You’ve said that risktaking has been a big part of your

9fi5th: Your firm is known for

success. What are some of the

the Westin Times Square. Tell us

biggest ones you’ve taken?

about some of your other projects in the area.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia: When Bernardo Fort-Brescia: Right now

we did the Atlantis Condominiums we took a huge risk. There was color, a huge grid, and a hole in

MiMA

the middle of Manhattan on 57th Street. At 1.1 million square feet, we

the building with a palm tree in it.

REGALIA, MIAMI

we have a new building going up in

People were doing revival buildings

of what we do and the Miami

were told it is the largest residential

in beige and brown with cute little

market always wants outdoor

project in a single building in the

balconies, and suddenly they saw

space. There, the balcony is living

history of the city. The concept is a

these bright, exuberant colors. For

space, whereas in New York,

series of rectangular prisms, piling

the new One Brickell City Centre

historically, balconies are very

on top of one another. At one point,

in Miami, an 80-story tower, we are

small and the really nice places on

the prisms don't meet, so there is a

creating a very minimalist building

Park Avenue didn’t have them at

void with thin glass bridges on top

- a square with a cut-out cube at the

all. That’s all changing, though,

of which the third prism is teetering.

top; just one move, when everyone is

partly due to the influence of

You will see people crossing the void

doing Dubai-style stuff with twisting

Miami. In New York and even in

in profile. Another project is a tower

shapes and curves, trying to be

Toronto, developers are starting

called Ellipse in New Jersey, which

outrageous. When we propose these

to incorporate outdoor space,

overlooks Manhattan and undulates

things people often criticize us. But

even if it can only be used for

above the water. Some other recent

the Dubai era is over; we are taking

two months out of the year! The

projects include the Bronx Museum

a different approach. One of our

Gansevoort in New York has an

and the master plan for the Hudson

biggest risks was opening an office

outdoor theme and people think it

Yards development—from 42nd Street

in New York City—the toughest

is great. In terms of how we work,

onwards. We also did MiMA on 42nd

market in the world!

in New York we have cold-weather

Street for Related Companies, which is

experts, of course. The buildings

a pure black building, with one piece of

9fi5th: Speaking of which, what

freeze, then thaw. If the ice gets in,

silver. It’s really minimal, compared to

considerations do you have to

they explode! For every location,

the Westin, that is very Times Square

make for the New York market

the details are unique. Our work

exuberant. Every project is designed

as opposed to, say, Miami?

in New York is very different from

uniquely for the site, the moment in

what we do in California, which is

history, the content, and its purpose.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia:

seismic, and what we do in Miami,

We don't like designing everything the

Landscape architecture is a big part

which is humidity and wind.

same way.

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DANIEL’S LANE RESIDENCE

over-CoiFFed lAwns Are A thing oF the pAst, As lAgUArdiA design rolls in with sleek yet nAtUrAl vistAs, designed to Meld with existing bACkdrops.

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P

aul Friedberg once told me I was too shy to make it as

a landscape architect,”

I lIkE lONg SUSTAINEd lINES. ThAT IS why yOU

revealed Chris LaGuardia, Principal and Project Manager of LaGuardia Design, a firm with over 100 projects under its belt, many

FAIA. “This is a craft,”

into Flying Point to conjure

LaGuardia said, “that one

the sounds of the bay and

does not fully blossom in until their late thir-

ocean with a waterfall wall. “I like long, sustained lines.

ties or early forties,” and

That is why you will see

it was right around that

many 75 or 80-foot pools

point (who’s counting)

on my projects,” reaffirmed

that he moved on to start

LaGuardia.

his own firm, LaGuardia Design. Neither showy nor

“We apply a formula to our projects in order to make

overly spare, LaGuardia

the whole process of design-

Design has been bringing

ing a landscape fun for the

landscapes – and anything

client,” he said. By research-

‘outdoors’ – to homes since

ing, analyzing, and synthesiz-

1992. The firm’s projects

ing, the firm is able to deliver

run from small gardens to

projects that take the needs

full-blown international re-

of the landscape and archi-

sorts like the Legend Hotel

tecture into account properly

in Tonglu, China.

and efficiently. It is this expe-

When we sat down for

rience and professionalism

of which have exceeded

a chat and a cup of tea with Chris LaGuardia to inquire about a few of his latest projects, he

that lands LaGuardia Design

the $1 million mark. While

smiled and said, “I want to tell you about something a bit quieter.” And so he took us on a

the best clients. “Clients

LaGuardia admitted that

visual tour of the Deerfield Residence. The geometry of the landscape features long lines in

come to me because I am

you do have to be a bit of

the yard, pool and meadow, making the property quite possibly one of the finest examples of

a good designer, but I also

a showman (or woman) to

LaGuardia’s trademarked sleek, elongated geometry. LaGuardia stated, “we built this aesthetic

know how to make a project

sell your ideas, landscape

from materials like buxus or boxwood and what I call Van Gogh cedar trees.” Ever cautious of

run smoothly,” clarified

architecture that is subtle,

overblown landscapes, LaGuardia insists that some of the oases in the meadows that he often

LaGuardia who feels that

mature, and contemporary

brings in are very subtle statements of luxury.

estimating project timelines

often does best. The firm

Sensitive to environmental impact, LaGuardia Design strives to deliver luxury in an envi-

has a knack for integrating

ronmentally sustainable landscape. Trading in hedges and expansive lawns for more delicate

site landscape and archi-

features, he has learned to gently manicure the natural environment. More meadows mean

tecture – particularly in the

less irrigation and pesticides but also a landscape that survives the harsher New York sea-

and budgets accurately is as important as winning awards. “We will plant just one tree, if the relationship calls

Hamptons – with a tasteful

sons. Take the Norman Jaffe-designed Daniel's Lane Residence, set amongst the meadows in

for it,” joked LaGuardia

and elongated design

Sagaponack, which beautifully infuses red fescue meadows to bring the farm fields right up

who may have outgrown his

aesthetic and is doing very

to the dunes. LaGuardia often blurs the lines between natural environment and architecture;

shy, young self, into a man

well catering to a successful

at Sagaponack he melded the two with gorgeous native plants and a manmade pond stocked

who knows how to create

clientele of second-home

with local fish and aquatic plants to ensure a healthy ecosystem.

center-stage designs free of

buyers in the Hamptons. LaGuardia cut his teeth

“Our objective is to assimilate the landscape with the home, rather than to simply decorate it,” said LaGuardia. “My background in architecture helps

more than three decades

me to speak with the architects.” Take the Flying Point Resi-

back with the landscape

dence in Southampton, where the multiple French limestone

architecture firm M. Paul

terraces serve to bring out the beauty in the views and the

Friedberg & Partners

unique landscape positioned between the bay and ocean. A

Urban Design and polished

signature that LaGuardia often leaves on many properties

them with Norman Jaffe,

is a vanishing-edge pool – and fittingly, he incorporates one

unnecessary flamboyance.


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stone not yoUr AverAge: new york stone oFFers Up rAre roCksolid slAbs And More in its sleek ChelseA showrooM.

W

hen we sat down with New York Stone, we were glad to find out that Founder Nino Cohen and CEO Erez Shacham were not only specialists in their field, but also had some spare time to go through minute details with us. With marble, granite, onyx, limestone, and natural quartzite to choose from, we wondered; what causes a

material to go in and out of fashion? The answer to that question, informed Cohen is often as simple as supply and demand, and stone quarries have limitations. As we walked through New York Stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s display-ready Manhattan showroom, we found out more.

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THE INSIDE OF A QUARRY


“If you want to select the right stone, experience counts – stones are a

quarries in Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Greece, Belgium, and Namibia to ensure that only the best

Stone, it is composed of

materials are imported.

quartz and resin where the

The company offers a plethora of rare options. Lumix (a natural Brazilian quartzite) is nearly

quartz delivers the strength

natural resource and what

translucent when lit from behind – it’s dark brown veins emerge from a crystalized golden back-

and durability, while the

many people don’t realize

ground bringing the stone to life. Unlike translucent materials similar in appearance, Lumix is

manmade nature affords

is that geologically the

extremely durable - and won’t scratch, stain or crack. “The emergence of quartzite has allowed

a very adaptable color

quarries change,” explained

for previously unimaginable possibilities of design and aesthetics. Lumix looks like Onyx, which

palette – it’s also conve-

Cohen. As a veteran of the

is notoriously fragile, but is stronger than Granite (one of the strongest stones) – to me this is

niently ready to install in

business who has person-

incredible,” revealed Cohen.

ally visited almost all of

“What is amazing about

the quarries the company

stone is that it can be used

sources from, Cohen knows

for anything; from façades and

the best regions that have

floors to kitchens to bath-

driven the market over the

rooms,” said Cohen who is a

last quarter-century, and

particular fan of the versatility

what new materials could

of marble. For a hint at the

suddenly spark a hot trend.

possibilities, have a gander at

Experience is just one of

the new Courtyard New York

the reasons New York Stone

Manhattan/Central Park at

is now one of the largest

1717 Broadway - at sixty-eight

suppliers of natural stone

stories it’s New York’s tallest

on the East Coast. Cohen

hotel. You can’t miss the black

opened the company’s first

African Saint-Laurent marble

showroom in the Meatpack-

that decks the lobby in out-of-

ing District in 1988. At first

this-world elegance.

he focused on fabrication -

Cohen stressed the im-

he frequented the New York

portance of guiding clients

homes of clients like Liza

through a purchase; “We do

Minnelli, Whitney Houston,

a needs assessment, tak-

and Robert Redford. Once

ing color preference into account and then provide recommendations. Every stone can look

under seven days. “If you

his company was established

brilliant if it’s used in the right way.” For clients looking for an indoor-outdoor solution, the

have a specific color or

he entered the wholesale

options can include limestones, travertines, granites, and certain marbles. As for interiors,

shade in mind, I can have

business in 1993. Within the

there is a strong trend as of late in exotic quartzite, particularly in white. “These days, blacks,

it produced and shipped to

wholesale market, Cohen

greys, browns, and beiges are in high demand,” said Cohen. But clients may also seek advice

us in six to eight weeks,”

aimed to deliver a high-end

on the finish they choose; polished for an elegant refined feel, honed for a subtle matte look,

said Shacham. Exactly what

variety of the most unique,

or a flamed finish for a deeper texture, each suited to a different application. As if these

the designer ordered.

rare, top quality stones

options didn’t suffice, New York Stone offers a number of materials that have been brushed,

available. To provide at such

leathered, acid washed, tumbled, or grooved to provide a truly one-of-a-kind appearance.

standards, New York Stone relies largely on superior

Aside from the highest-grade natural stone, New York Stone offers something that is almost a natural wonder, namely the New York Stone Quartz collection. Similar to Caesar-

New York Stone has got some killer advantages that position them uniquely in the market; their massive stock allows for quick purchasing, which then can be delivered by one of their trucks the following day. Designer’s dream, right? “Currently we have over two million square feet of tile and 500,000 square feet of slabs in our warehouse – located only ten minutes away from Manhattan,” said Cohen. So designers, don’t say that we didn’t tell you – hit New York Stone’s showroom, listen up, and you’ll fall in love with natural stone before you even get to the warehouse.

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HEARTHCABINET VENTLESS FIREPLACE

W

inters in New York are something we all know to be harsh and sadly inevitable. The visions in our heads always feature snow gently cascading over the streets, while we cozy up to the

fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. In reality, the snow never ends. The temperatures

plummet and unless you set your kitchen ablaze, you are probably not very close to a roaring fire. Condo living can be a wonderful thing filled with incredible views, spacious interiors, and endless building amenities. The one thing many a condo unit can not afford its owner is that beautiful roaring fireplaceâ&#x20AC;Ś until now.

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Solving this problem with ventless finesse is exactly how HearthCabinet came into play. When asked by a friend to design a fireplace for his chimney-less loft, architect Arthur Lasky created an innovative and ingenious solution to the problem at hand. Lasky and that same friend, a product liability attorney, spent two years perfecting the design and safety of HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces and are staking claim to this easy flames execution. As the only New York City approved ventless fireplace, HearthCabinet’s fireplaces are not only thriving in private residences, but all over Manhattan in stores like IWC, hotels like The Surrey (see our Pillow Talk chapter), and luxury condo-

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miniums such as the Puck Building, just to name a few. And, if they’re good enough for a Trump, HearthCabinet must really be hitting the

our standard models are slightly customized,” said Lasky. “Everyone has different size

or clean up after, you have

nail on its fiery head.

needs, some want rounded backs or a brick interior and some want the units to match their

more time to cozy up on

mantles.” Ranging anywhere from $4,000 for a standard model to $40,000 for that unique,

that couch and sip your hot

varies in style, design,

tailor-made fireplace you have your heart set on, your home can host as many units as you

chocolate. Because, after

and architecture, so do

deem suitable. And if safety is your concern, you needn't worry. HearthCabinet fireplaces

all, isn’t that what winter is

HearthCabinet ventless

burn as clean as can be. “Alcohol burns

Just as each home

fireplaces. Rather than

at a lower temperature and it burns very

mass-producing product,

clean,” said Lasky. “You are basically get-

Lasky opted to create two

ting water vapor coming out.”

standard modular designs,

Whether a brassy, contemporary look

really about? The real attraction to these fireplaces not only lies in the customization, but in their convenience.

traditional or contempo-

that suits your trendy downtown condo or

With no need for a chimney,

rary, which then can be

a powder-coated piece with white birch

gas line, or electrical con-

modified for a completely

logs to complement your traditional Park

nection, the unit can be

custom product. Clients

Avenue penthouse, HearthCabinet design

installed virtually anywhere.

can choose the size, color,

options are limitless. So, what happens

With just a few screws in

building materials, and all

when aforementioned harsh winters turn

tow, the installation process

decorative elements along

into balmy, high-heat summers? Easy - just

with flame scents such as

switch out those log inserts and replace them with river stones or glass beads for a serene summer

pine, vanilla, and cin-

feel. Don’t you love it when people think of various nifty options to cater to your changing needs?

namon. If none of those

All the materials and units are produced in Brooklyn, except for the gel fuel in the

scents appeal to you, you

cartridges, which is sourced from Washington State. Each cartridge contains a non-toxic,

can opt to have your own

odorless, alcohol gel, which is easy to light and extinguish. “They emit lively flames that last

takes mere minutes and units can easily be removed and reinstalled should you change residences or change your mind. With a fireplace this

personalized scent created

about two hours,” said Lasky. “These fireplaces were all designed to emulate a real wood

effortless, your old winter

and wafted through your

burning fire.” A fire imitated so well, you would never know the stacking logs inside aren’t

revery can now become

flickering interiors. “Even

real wood. And when you have a fireplace that you don’t have to continuously throw logs on

winter reality.

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whEN URbAN is AboUt

URbAN lIvINg

lAndsCApe ArChiteCtUre And UrbAn design speCiAlist M. pAUl Friedberg tAlks UrbAn spACes And how they AFFeCt oUr everydAy lives.

M. Paul Friedberg, of landscape architecture and urban design firm MPFP, first became involved in landscape architecture in 1958, when the field was in its infancy. “The only real urban space in the country was Rockefeller Center,” he said, drawing an important distinction between parks and estates and the more modern idea of ‘urban space.’ His interest in plants came from his father, which drew him into a career in horticulture. Finding himself stranded in New York due to military service and therefore lacking plants to work on, a friend suggested the idea of landscape architecture to him. This was then a virtually unknown occupation as, “there was no openspace landscape culture in American cities,” at that time. One of his earliest commissions was for a Nathan Strauss housing project in the city, where he redesigned a tangled front yard into an open plaza, something Friedberg remembers as a personal turning point. “I didn't have any sense then that I was doing something with a social purpose,” he reminisced, “but I went there after it was built and I saw it filled with people. I could add a line on a drawing and it would affect people's lives - it was an epiphany.”

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THE HUB AT CYBER CITY, GURGAON INDIA

Today, he passionately believes that people should be at

one of the hottest areas in

the heart of public space architecture. A designer should use

India, where tech firms like

light, materials, and plants to create, “a shared space in the

Microsoft and Ericsson have

city,” something Friedberg links to the changing social system

based their call centers and

of the 1960s. “People are more important than design,” he

facilities. However, the plan-

emphasized. “Clothes and attitudes were changing so rapidly

ning of the public space had

and public space design changed to reflect that.”

not been thought through

The climate of New York, as we’re all too well aware, does pose a problem for public space, since our harsh winters tend to keep people indoors. “If I want to bring people together, I have

properly, so Friedberg was called in. DLF wanted to land-

to create a situation where people can encounter each other,

scape an open food court

but not be forced to,” said Friedberg. Spaces have to provide an

area called The Hub, but

outlet for people coming out for the first time after a long winter,

naturally, Friedberg had

as well as be functional throughout the inclement weather.

much bigger ideas. There

In New York, his big vision for the future is to make better use of the waterfront, which is hugely under-appreciated. “We

were more than 80,000 people working within ten

have nothing on the East River except one marina, all the way

minutes of this area, which

down to Battery Park,” said Friedberg. He blames the American

is bigger than a small city.

mindset for this, which he believes hinders commercial invest-

“We extended the buildings

ment in public space. The divide between the public and private

with glass projections and

spheres needs to be broken down and new developments should

improved the flow of the

have to incorporate a public space in their designs.

space, redefining the way it

To preserve this much-needed public space, Friedberg rec-

worked.” Now, it is a busy

ommends public-private partnerships, where city councils can

and fashionable meeting

work with commercial companies to fund the upkeep of parks

point, the add-on value has

and plazas, for example by leasing land to cafés and restaurants.

multiplied, and a vast sec-

“This is really the way cities should be designed,” he said. Friedberg maintained that landscape design is sometimes undervalued, because it does not seem to create profits directly. “The landscape has no intrinsic value, but it creates

ond level plan for the whole area is being proposed. For Friedberg, it is this sort of forward-thinking

value. The rents go up, there are reduced vacancy periods,

landscape architecture that

and the economic value rises,” he said pointing to The Yards,

will lead the way in chang-

a waterfront mixed-use residential and commercial complex

ing public spaces across the

he designed in Washington, D.C. Due to his innovative

world. He mentions the

design of the exterior areas - creating a total urban environ-

High Line in New York as a

ment which is pedestrian friendly - the public space has

perfect example. “They are

IF I wANT TO bRINg

been opened up, the land value has soared, and the area has

creating a model for future

become highly desirable.

development,” he said,

TO CREATE A SITUATION

tensively in different American cities as well as international

bUT NOT bE FORCEd TO.

Mainly based in New York, Friedberg has also worked ex-

where the productive way in which well-designed urban

hubs. In all of his work, he focuses on cities as shared spaces,

landscapes work in harmony

while at the same time incorporating individual characteris-

with their surroundings

tics in his designs. He still sees his work as a constant educa-

becomes the defined goal,

tion and as a constant learning process.

rather than an accidental

One recent accomplishment that showcases this, is a project in India with developer DLF. Over the last 20 years, DLF has

by-product. Sounds like things are moving in the

created Cyber City in Gurgaon, just outside of New Delhi,

right, urban direction and

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Private dining club OMAR’s caters to a select few members in intimate Village location.

Sit back, relax, and make sure you take a good look in the mirror, because you’re about to drop a few years.

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? PERHAPS IT’S TIME TO GO CHECK OUT MORE AT EXOTIC CLASSICS


CORE: Strength

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MIDTOWN MEMBERS OASIS CORE: KEEPS AFFILIATES APTLY ENGAGED WITH TITILLATING STREAM OF CULTURALLY STIMULATING AND INTRIGUING OFFERINGS.

perusal. Reciprocal clubs include

B

just don’t want to leave, the “club”

London’s Home House and KEE in both Hong Kong and Shanghai. And should you be enjoying your time at CORE: so much so that you also offers a selection of suites to

een wondering where

and Tunicks strewn

welcome you and your gear during

to turn for your weekly

about the place.

your next layover.

dose of cultural hap-

Sure, the initial

penings and intel-

Jennie Enterprise not only heads

membership fee of

up this successful venture with her

lectual thrills? Well, wonder no

50 big ones and the

partner Dangene Enterprise (both

more. We have just the right spot in

annual dues of 15K

are serial entrepreneurs with the last

mind for you. No secret of course,

thereafter may be a

name Enterprise after all), but they

CORE: has been around for close

tad higher than say

also have some other polished cards

to a decade, and has been churning

some other cultural

up their sleeves. We hear there may

out quality happenings ever since.

havens in town, we

soon be an up-market launch cater-

refer of course to

ing to sporting-events and the lack

A private members “club” of sorts, if you’re willing to put labels on it,

a particular Meatpacking destination that caters to its fair share of Hollywood

of connective programming. The

CORE: caters to those who look for

types, but CORE: is well worth the investment if in power lunches alone.

whispers were pretty exciting, we’re

musings of the varied kind. “It is not

Attracting magnates of every industry, CORE: welcomes the upper echelons

just waiting for the full-blown launch.

a club at all,” said Jennie Enterprise,

of each of them, making said power lunch truly pack a punch. And not to be

Founder and CEO of CORE:. “We

outdone by the cultural programming, the Midtown mecca does of course offer

future, you may want to keep tabs

actually took the word club out of

strategic partnerships with pristine Zoomtion fitness center as well as Dangene

on this one as the New York concept

the name because it is an ethos, a

- The Institute of Skinovation, alongside the in-house Paul Labreque spa and

may soon open up shop in interna-

culture, and a philosophy.”

salon. Delectable dishes are served up through CORE: dining, where award-

tional locations, and then possibly

winning Executive Chef Bernard Liberatore cooks up an enviable feast.

in other locations within the U.S. as

And said philosophy runs deep. “What I saw was a democratiza-

“We knew that everything we did had to be highly concentrated into extraor-

As for CORE:’s bright and glitzy

well. “We are always interested in

tion of life,” explained Enterprise.

dinary layers,” said Enterprise. “You cannot have an exceptional space that is not

transformational ideas and experi-

“It was about this idea that I could

supported by extraordinary food and beverage and truly customized service.”

ences, and while we do offer an

create a sense of community by

Just how customized are we talking? Well, as you’re well aware, any upper

international membership in con-

bringing together people doing

crust establishment is trained to know its clientele. It’s the bread and butter of

junction with our reciprocal clubs,

incredibly interesting and inspiring

high-end service to know how clients take their scotch and just what type of

we’re excited about an international

things, through a combination of

turn-down service is appreciated. At CORE: however, said mantra is taken

rollout of CORE:,” said Enterprise,

unique spaces and curated pro-

to another level. “Members appreciate varying degrees of formality and our

“because then people will be able

gramming. It’s what I call experien-

service staff must have the sensibility that caters to that varying degree of

to choose a group of cities to be

tial architecture.”

requirements,” explained Enterprise. “Some members require both types of

connected to. When we rollout into

relationships depending on whom they are with.”

a digital format, that will change as

As such, you’ll find everything from the latest movie screenings (di-

Now, aside from the ample benefits of membership at the actual brick and

well. CORE: 2.0 will be the inter-

rector’s cut and commentary includ-

mortar building just off Park Ave, CORE: members also enjoy a plethora of

national aspect while 3.0 will be the

ed), to artistic ventures in form of

perks through CORE:’s well-picked partnership programs. Need to arrange

digital rollout.”

exhibitions, musical entendres, and

chauffeurs, top-tier travel plans, golfing endeavors, or your next private jet?

of course the daily dose of Warhols

CORE: will have those and many more options ready for your pampered

Judging by our crystal ball, things are about to get grand.

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ANYTHING YOU JUST A CAN’T FIND EXOTIC CL ASSICS BRINGS YOU THE RAREST AND MOST SOUGHT- AFTER CARS TO TUNE THAT COMBUSTIBLE HEART OF YOURS. ny automobile aficionado will be able to identify what sets French Montana’s music video for “88

Coupes” apart – and that is a serious

set of cars. From the video’s rapid-fire shots back and forth between a whole lot of rare classic cars,

one of which – the 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Roadster

(just might have) made French late for a date with

Khloe Kardashian (cue time lag for when this goes to print). You can’t blame French, it’s dressed in

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elegant yellow satin inside and out and runs a 6-cylinder Willys L-Head 161 CI engine with a three-speed gearbox and overdrive. Come to find out that these showroom scenes were shot on location at Exotic Classics, a dealership of luxury pieces that caters to the serious collectors and is well positioned between the Hamptons, Manhattan, and the North Shore of Long Island. We took a trip over to THE 1965 SHELBY CSX 3016 FACTORY 427 COMPETITION CAR

meet the owner, Will Branston, who is pretty much a consultant of cool who seeks out rarity and provides cars twenty homes. Some have up to 3,000 cars in their inventory. These cars are

EXOTIC CLASSICS WAREHOUSE

back again and again. Exotic Classics also provides

their babies. They want someone to

maintenance, sales, and works very

treat them as though they were taking

hard to find the specific models

their kids to school,” said Branston,

clients desire. Once they have located

who offers transportation services all

it, they can deliver a car to any loca-

over the world. Not just moving these

tion. “Wherever the car is around the

babies, Branston also offers storage

world, we’ll get it,” said Branston.

for his clients, making owning more

When asked whether he has ever not

than just a handful of rarities not only

been able to locate a vehicle, Bran-

possible, but very convenient.

ston gave us a monosyllabic, “No.”

And when Branston says all over

Their top-of-the-line photo booth,

and services to people who take their

been in business for only four years,

the world, he is not being hyperbol-

used to shoot all these precious

vehicles seriously.

but sells 30 to 40 cars per month. Its

ic. Exotic Classics had a rare 1966

metals, “is the reason French came

We pressed Branston about the

40,000 square feet of indoor inven-

Brabham Formula 2 on its way to

here,” said Branston. “No one else

video shoots and he brushed it off

tory house 150 cars and $30 million

Australia when we spoke and was

has this type of capability.”

and said, “We do [video shoots on lo-

worth of rare cars ranging from

arranging a little logistical support

cation] all the time. French Montana

the 1962 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet

for a Nigerian hedge fund manager

and top-gear capabilities, it’s easy to

was here for twelve hours and that

to a 1936 Ford Custom Street Rod

who just purchased a Mercedes 190

understand why Exotic Classics has

was all it took before he fell in love

Roadster Boyd Coddington for a

SL. Branston knows how to speak

become so successful. They have a

with the 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Road-

depression-era stimulant.

the language of logistics; moving

strong presence at all the main auto-

cars to and from places like Saudi

mobile events in the area and repre-

ster,” said Branston. The car was

Partly due to the nature of the

With such an impressive inventory

actually owned by Howard ‘Dutch’

game, business is by appointment only

Arabia. However, Exotic Classics

sentation with some major brands.

Darrin himself in 1958, an architect

and transactions are made between

also handles domestic transporta-

Branston, strives to show iconic cars

by trade who released the prototype

fellow car enthusiasts who trust Bran-

tion. “People in Palm Beach are up

like the Competition 427 Cobra, that

for the car before the Corvette or

ston’s curated collection. And that he

here during the summertime and

are both extremely rare and really

Thunderbird. Sounds like Branston

has… From the cutting-edge technol-

want their cars transported home,

sexy. He is, however, not fixated only

approved of French’s taste (in cars).

ogy of the 2013 Ferrari 458 Spider’s

so we take care of them.” Great

on classics. “Its about anything that

V8, 4.5L-liter engine and 7-speed

service is what it’s all about, since

you just can’t find – that’s where we

to differentiate a bona fide car en-

dual clutch F1 transmission to one of

most of Branston’s clients come

step in,” he said.

thusiast from a weekend poser than

only 135 1970 Plymouth “Superbird”

Will Branston. Born on Long Island,

Road Runners ever made – and one

the self-described “car fanatic” grew

of just 28 surviving 426 CI/ 425

up immersed in automobiles. “There

horsepower, 2x4-bbl Hemi Super-

are pictures of my dad and I with his

birds made with the 727 Torqueflite

sports cars,” remembers Branston.

automatic transmission - there’s

“I knew what I wanted to do since I

automobile royalty lined up. “Most of

was a little kid.” Exotic Classics has

our customers have five, ten, fifteen,

Surely no one is more equipped

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very once in a while,

thing along the lines of the Arts

usually right after a

Club, Tramp, etc. Then again, it

trip to London, we

seems the ever so popular way to

wonder why that

court and be courted over in the

whole private members restau-

English capital has slowly made

rant/club thing hasn’t caught

its way over to American shores,

on here in New York. You know

with the arrival of OMAR’s.

what we’re talking about - some-

Mystery solved. LIBRARY BAR


We were pretty excited when

and Grilled Pork Chop, as our next

doing our preliminary research on

delectable experiences.

this Greenwich Village comfort spot.

Spicy and marine fresh, the

It had all the right ingredients for

clams and squid of the Loup de

that European sense of exclusiv-

Mar were expertly paired with the

ity, with a Latin twist of hospitality

piquant hint of chorizo, making this

and warmth. “Each experience at

both a steamy and fresh combina-

Omar’s is unique,” said Owner and

tion. The Pork Chop did not disap-

Founder Omar Hernández. “You’ll

point either - adorned with cherries

always meet new and interesting

and cippolini onions, it mingled in a

people, try new exotic dishes, try

sweet to savory ratio.

new fine wines, and generally have a

While open to the public,

good time.”

OMAR’s is decidedly preferential

As we arrived at the 21 West

to members. “We have a private

9th street location and descended

members-only entrance,” explained

the stairs leading down to sunken OMAR’s La Ranita, we were met

Hernández. “We store our wine in WALKING OMAR’S HALLS

a private wine cellar and members

with warm tones of rich wood and

can also bring their own bottles to

cushy red leather chairs. It had an

all that cooking themselves or host

intimate and secluded ambiance.

the party at their home. We ask them

felt immediately at ease in this

Partitioned into two sections, one

what they want, what they don’t

informal yet plush set-up. The staff

for restaurant guests and another

want, and address all of their prefer-

at OMAR’s La Ranita was well-

we had the difficult yet divine choice

for diners who are members of the

ences. Then we handle the rest.” Tip

informed and courteous in answering

between desserts. We opted for tastes

club, we were seated in the latter of

top, taken care of.

Secluded and comfortable, we

store. The service is only offered to select members.” As our evening drew to a close,

our many, obviously article-related

of the Cloumage Cheesecake and

But back to our evening. Our

questions. Up next was the creamy

the Chocolate Decadence Cake.

culinary experience started off with

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with a

Clearly, we went for gold. And gold

from the “solarium” or backyard

two beautifully arranged Mush-

hint of basil. Chilled to perfection,

we received. Our personal favor-

dining area that can accommodate

room Croquettes that were crispy

with an ambrosial drop of olive oil

ite? The cheesecake. A dessert that

parties up to 25, or your most inti-

on the outside and didn’t disap-

to top, this summer soup cooled an

can often fall victim to unnecessary

mate of soirées. “The salon is where

point with a well-blended creamy

otherwise balmy evening.

weight, this particular rendering had

all the members come to eat dinner

mushroom center.

the regions. OMAR’s members also benefit

Dinner was well balanced and

no such troubles, balancing easily on

fruitfully fragrant. We were in the

our palates, for that perfect end to a dinner well done.

regularly,” said Hernández. “Our

We paired them with a bright

members like to throw parties, but

glass of Pinot Grigio, one of our

trusty hands of Chef Julian Projan-

sometimes they might not want to do

favorite go-to whites.

sky, who selected the Loup de Mar

Our evening continued slightly thereafter with tastes of more wine and the La Ranita in-house cocktail. We shared stories and tidbits with Hernández and discussed the finer things in life under dimmed lighting in presence of lovely company. ¡Salud!

OMAR’S LA RANITA

“OUR MEMBERS LIKE TO THROW PARTIES, BUT MIGHT NOT WANT TO DO ALL THAT COOKING THEMSELVES… WE ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT. THEN WE HANDLE THE REST.” - OMAR HERNÁNDEZ

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THE INSTITUTE OF TRANSFORMATION W

e keep the doors open

would like to try. Rather the trained

removal, zapping of said cherry

here,” said Samantha,

professionals on staff, or Skinova-

angiomas, and some skin resurfacing.

our trusty Skinovator

tors, will pinpoint your requirements

We were left to relax underneath a

at Dangene - The Institute of Skino-

based on an assessment of your

combination of soothing and skin-

vation. “This is not your typical type

skin type and trouble zones. Sounds

rejuvenating LED lights. Post treat-

of spa,” she continued. And she was

more daunting than it is.

ment, our skin was refreshed and had

right. The Institute (we’ll call it that

DANGENE ENTERPRISE

up first for our treatment and were

from the spas we’ve had the pleasure

of course hoping for a, “wow you

of visiting over the years. The staff

have great skin,” type of comment.

whether clients have any important

is delightful and you feel an instant

Granted, years of SPF 100 and a gen-

upcoming events or cocktail parties

flush of freshness when walking into

eral distaste for extended periods of

to attend. Because, folks, beauty takes

the bright sixth floor space at 66 East

sun time, have made this Editor come

time. The normal healing period

55th Street. But this is more than an

away with rather pale but freckle/

post treatment ranges from roughly

institute, this is a place for change.

wrinkle free skin. High five for that.

10-14 days, during which one must

So, aside from the handful of

choose greatness in vocable for great-

freckles and a blackhead or two,

ness in methodology.

we also had to tend to some cherry

the 40 minutes that had just passed. The Skinovators will always ask

not exfoliate but rather let skin regenerate and “come clean.” With a proprietary protocol that

The very first distinction you’ll

angiomas. The pesky red ones we

Dangene Enterprise – the woman

notice is that The Institute does not

had been covering up with dabs of

behind The Institute – herself cre-

provide clients with a spa menu.

foundation for quite some time.

ated, it’s no wonder The Institute

Nothing to pick or choose treatments you may think you need or

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from now on) truly does stand out

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Gentle cleansing and exfoliating, led to oxygen therapy, blackhead

has garnered a serious following of clients, who will stop in for regular


Dangene - The Institute of Skinovation - a real life experience After walking through the doors of Dangene - The Institute of Skinovation, greeted by a ENTERING BLISS

team of flawlessly skinned women, I knew this appointment was going to be promising. Talya, a Skinovator at The Institute, asked me a few questions about my skin care regimen,

treatments, and most likely happen to look like they hang out with Bieber, when in fact they were probably around during the bicentennial. “Our philosophy is that you shouldn’t even let your fist wrinkle come,” said Enterprise. “If you never

and after a quick change of clothes I was off to start my full consultation. As a woman of Irish decent, who lives for the outdoors and washes her face with a bar of soap, I was expecting them to shriek in horror as they glanced at my fair, freckled skin. But, as it turns out, things were not as dour as I imagined. Samantha, my appointed Skinovator, casually pointed out a few trouble spots and asked me what I would like to take on first. I was

let a wrinkle come and you’re always

excited about the possibility of addressing the signs of aging, but nervous to tackle the

taking preventative measures, you’ll

problems on such a public area of my body. I thought about her suggestions for a few

have none or very few by the time

minutes and just decided to go for it. After all, when in Rome…

you’re in your fifties or sixties.” With years of experience treating and perfecting skin, she prides herself on

Starting with an exfoliating cleanse, my face was massaged with what seemed to be a

creating the best acne protocol in the

pencil-sized vacuum. It was explained to me that this system of pulling off the top layer of

industry, where now even dermatologists refer their “impossible acne

skin cells tricks your body into producing new ones, giving you a more fresh-faced look.

cases” to The Institute for its services.

A little extra time was spent on my forehead to stimulate collagen, and decrease the

Bringing in the latest techniques and

presence of a few permanent lines that have recently appeared. After the exfoliation,

machinery as well as the best talent

I was covered with a cool, calming mask, exposing nothing but my lips. I stayed tucked

in the beauty business to tend to skin and sun damage, she wields a powerful wand of ageless refinement. “Every treatment is customized especially for you,” said Enterprise. “We start with a full body consultation,

away while we did a quick LED light therapy, to enhance the plumpness of my lips. This infrared treatment is used in many aspects and each color of light affects your skin in different ways. The red light was used on my lips for about five minutes after which we moved on to an oxygen treatment - a cool, steady flow of air emitted from a small tube,

during which a program is designed

replenishing my skin with essential vitamins and nutrients. After that, it was time for the big

for your precise needs. We examine

one. Grabbing what they call “the zapper,” Samantha then slightly scraped off my two

every square inch of your skin and

trouble spots. Less painful than I expected, the procedure also only lasted mere minutes.

work based on our goal to both treat and eliminate every imperfection.” Herself free of any and all skin imperfections, Dangene has made non-judgmental advice and services her mantra. As such, you’ll never be

She gave me instructions on how to care for the spots and I was told they would heal in seven to ten days. The last thing on our agenda was more light therapy, this time for my full face. With colors geared towards sensitive skin, I finished my treatment under red, orange, green, and yellow lights for about 20 minutes, bringing me into full relaxation mode.

scolded for the hours you spent baking in the sun, trying to achieve that

With no idea or expectations on what this would be like, I was fully impressed and

golden tan we have yet to ever sport.

satisfied. My skin felt clean and revived. And, hopefully, just a little bit younger.

Rather, Dangene and her team of Skinovators are there to take care of the side effects of your daily routine, without attempting to shame you into changing it. So bake away dear reader, The Institute will take care of the rest.

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AHEAD of the Pack LUXURY ATTACHÉ HOLDS THE GOLDEN KEY TO ANY AND ALL YOUR LEISURELY ENDEAVORS.

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uxury Attaché is in the business of magically smoothing out all the wrinkles

in your life, and then adding in an extra dose of pampering and fun. Their hope is that you will never again have to worry about getting a reservation at a popular restaurant, deciding on a caterer, arranging for a driver, finding a perfect location for your party, choosing a reliable babysitter or housekeeper, or, really, any of the little logistical details of life. But it’s not all business—they can also help you find ways to en-

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“ W E ’ V E D O N E D O Z E N S O F W E D D I N G S, C R A Z Y R E L O C AT I O N S , A N A F R I C A N S A FA R I , S K I VAC AT I O N S, P R I VAT E A RT SHOWINGS, BUT EVERY DAY BRINGS SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT AND SPECIAL.” - JENENE RONICK

joy yourself you might never have thought of on your own.

hotel, chatting with mixologists, etc.” said Ronick. Agents are continuously building their knowledge base so that they can be an all-encompassing source of information and

Founder Jenene

solutions for anything their clients might need. There is very

Ronick got her start in

little that falls outside the scope of Luxury Attaché’s services.

guest services at CNN

What’s more, they bring the clout of their high net-worth

and gradually picked

clients to bare all around town. People tend to want to accommo-

up clients as the celeb-

date their needs—which, if you are lucky enough to have access

rity guests she worked with discovered all of the little ways she was able to make their lives easier and more enjoyable. Ronick founded Luxury Attaché and started servicing her first

to their services, are your needs too. “When restaurants open, they vie for the same kinds of clients that we service, and we want our clients to be able to go

building, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, around ten years ago. It

there, so it is synergistic.” said Ronick. “People tend to make

was a beautiful new development, but in an area that wasn’t quite

room for us,” she continued.

residential enough to really feel like a neighborhood, so Ronick went about making it feel like home for her clients. “We developed relationships with all of the local restaura-

And while we could sit here all day telling you about all of the amazing things Luxury Attaché has done in the past, it probably won’t even compare to what they’ve got up their

teurs, set up delivery services, and got a car service to be avail-

perfectly tailored sleeves for the future. “We’ve done dozens of

able at all times. We got different interior designers involved,

weddings, crazy relocations, an African Safari, ski vacations,

and brought in fashion editors to take a look at the finishes and

private art showings, but every day brings something a little bit

the closets,” she said.

different and special,” said Ronick.

After that first great success, Luxury Attaché’s team of attachés now fulfills these and many other services at 50+ luxury

Luxury Attaché starts service offerings before you even move in, so that stressful time is made easy. “We do a full

residential buildings in New York City, with a recent expansion into the Miami market. Luxury Attaché’s success and rapid growth over the years has expanded brand presence not only to new cities, but to new pillars of business as well. From working closely with developers such as Extell during pre-opening sales stages on Carlton House and One57 to providing destination management with iconic luxury goods labels Cartier and Dior, the client portfolio continues to evolve. At the core of Luxury Attaché’s business is a myriad of key elements, including personal relationships with both clients and vendors as well as a wide range of expertise and talent. The firm works directly with powerhouse developers, taking on entire buildings as clients and operating on a contractual basis while working closely with the developer throughout the building process. “We’ll assign a dedicated attaché to each

move in program,” said Ronick. “We talk about what we

account based on personality, background, and client demo-

can do to help you move into your building, whether it is

graphic,” explained Ronick. “Our CRM reporting along with

scheduling the freight elevator or holding keys, or helping

logistic capabilities make for seamless operational procedures.

you curate the art for your new home and talking about

Additionally, our corporate office provides an essential sup-

interior designers.”

port system of in-house travel and event specialists as well as

Ultimately, the business couldn’t be more personalized.

our marketing team. Our attachés in the field know that they

Luxury Attaché gets involved in the intimate details of your

can call back here and get something taken care of quickly.”

life, which means they get to know your quirks and needs. “We

Being an attaché means constantly networking and keep-

moved you in, we know that you don’t watch TV, you love

ing up to date on New York City happenings across the board.

theater, and your husband loves the Knicks,” said Ronick.

“Our attachés are all around town, meeting the Maître d’ of a new and noteworthy restaurant or the general manager of a

Sounds like family, except it’s that special kind of family that can always get you moved to the front of the line.

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ABOVE

PAR FROM T H E

REST

MANHATTAN MEMBERS CLUB GOLF & BODY SHOWS US WHY THERE’S MORE TO YOUR GOLF SWING THAN 18 HOLES ALONE.

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SIMULATED GOLF

olf and Body. Two words that go hand in hand yet

over again,” explained Golf & Body General Manager,

have never been officially put together. Well, since

Jeannine Harrington. “We don’t just give instruction, we

2012 that is. Golf & Body, a private membership

create a program that adds fitness into the equation.”

club located one block east of Penn Station, was founded

Weekend golf course, weekday training? Something like

by a man who had a deep love for the sport. A sport, which,

that. The team at Golf & Body is looking to add to your

unfortunately didn’t love him back. Until now.

real life golf course experience, not replace it.

Tom Schiff developed back pain brought on by playing golf a few years back. After finding a physical therapist who

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Each member, having different needs and constraints, is given a personally designed fitness program, which is easily

finally connected the pain to his golf swing,

accessible online. The private fitness center

the seed was planted. Schiff designed a

provides all the machines your regular gym

club for golfers to better their performance

would hold, but without the equipment

through understanding, training, and

wait time. Different types of spin sessions

conditioning. “We attach the body to golf,”

are offered to help build endurance and

he said. “A lot of people don’t look at golf

Thai Yoga Bodywork sessions are avail-

as a physical sport but it’s so important to do so. Your body

able alongside tissue work to help facilitate movement and

wasn’t built to do the movement of a golf swing over and

increase range of motion. All one-on-one or semi-private


“YOUR BODY WASN’T BUILT TO DO THE MOVEMENT OF A GOLF SWING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.” - JEANNINE HARRINGTON

of course. And, if injury prevention is your main concern, not to worry. Sports medicine therapists keep close watch to ensure the overall well-being of members. Massage therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy can be incorporated into an individual’s program à la carte, depending on their specific issue. And with limited membership of a very selective 200 members, Golf & Body creates an environment that focuses attention on where it’s really needed - the members and their game. “Golf is what brings them to us and they come because they want to play better,” said Schiff. After an assessment process to identify the

a pro or condi-

the opportu-

member’s needs, the highly sought-

tioning in spin

nity to embark on

after staff at Golf & Body get to work

class, the poten-

a one-month trial

on optimizing performance through

tial for growth

membership, which

a series of steps. And just who will be

is ever present.

includes full use of

taking you through these steps? Big

With state of

the club’s facilities,

names in the golf world like golf pro-

the art hitting

training services,

fessional, Darrell Kestner and one of

bays stocked

and full access to

the best trainers in the business, Ben

with Doppler

the fitness center

Shear. With another thirty individu-

radar, cameras,

and hitting bays.

als on staff, Golf & Body offers every

and launch monitor technology you

center, hitting bay access and golf

type of accoutrement for your golfing

can putt your way to progression at

club diagnostics. Yearly memberships

a few hoops, or in this case, putt a

needs, even custom club fitting for

the PGA just by hitting some balls

start at $12,500 for the first year, and

few golf balls, Golf & Body offers

that truly bespoke feel.

after work. And, if you don’t feel

settle down to $7,500 per year there-

that convenience right in the heart

“Everyone here is integrated,”

like gearing up, you can just hang

after based on the individual. Mem-

of town. “People think that going to

said Schiff. “The trainers and golf

out leisurely, watch some TV with

bership also gives you access to the

play on a golf course replaces train-

professionals always communicate

friends, and play a casual, simulated

club’s full bar/café, storage for one

ing, but it doesn’t,” said Schiff. “It’s

and relay progression. Everyone is

game of nine holes.

set of clubs, and the benefits included

about introducing the understand-

As a member, you can look

in Golf & Body’s partner companies.

ing that you have to work out and

forward to priority use of practice

But if you are still not sure how Golf

respect your body to play great golf.

and what we are all about.” But

equipment as well as the rental spaces

& Body can fit into your busy lifestyle,

We don’t replace outside golf, we

even when you are not training with

for entertaining, full use of the fitness

possible members are also awarded

complement it.”

on the same page so the power of bringing them together is significant

So when you just want to shoot

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123 THE SURREY

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THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK


WHAT A VIEW

THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK IF OLD NEW YORK GRANDI-

with telescopes (a nice touch) and

OSITY is your guilty pleasure, look

bird-watching manuals. This hotel is the epitome of lux-

no further than The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. This hotel

ury, but we feel its standout feature

has perfected the art of unostenta-

is the staff. Every aspect – and yes,

tious glamour (It’s the Ritz-Carlton

your pooch can stay too – is tailored

New York, Central Park, so hey, you

towards providing an unbeatable

know what you’re getting!). Remem-

experience. No wonder the above-

ber, the word “ritzy” comes directly

DINING AT THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, CENTRAL PARK

and-beyond personalized service makes this renowned establishment

from the hotel’s name. park views, a great bar and bistro

distance of the main haunts. It’s a

popular with celebs (just try not to

by horse-drawn carriages and a

restaurant (where you can partake

busy street during the day, but come

stare). Every member of the staff

wood-paneled lobby, this 259-room

of that classic tradition of afternoon

dark it’s rather tranquil. In the city

is friendly and knowledgeable and

luxury hotel offers all the elegance

tea at the Ritz), and an excellent La

that never sleeps, we guarantee you’ll

utterly professional. Take Norman

and charm of a plush private home

Prairie spa.

get some here.

Bukofzer, the legendary bartender at

Right from its entrance flanked

Which brings us to the rooms.

the Star Lounge. Legend has it that

smack in Midtown Manhattan on

No surprise, of course: large and

you visit once, and 10 years later he

the Ritz-Carlton New York,

the southern cusp of Central Park,

tastefully decorated, with amenities

can remember your drink. Well, Nor-

Central Park (the ritzier of the two

where upmarket dining, shopping,

aplenty such as big flat-screen TVs

man’s just one of the reasons why the

New York locations, we reckon),

and cultural sites abound in all direc-

and separate showers and bathtubs.

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

in a 33-story elegant limestone

tions. We think the Ritz-Carlton New

Did we mention the high-end bath

continues to appear on several lists as

building, was bought by Ritz-

York, Central Park is ideal for those

products and the deluxe linens? The

one of the world’s top hotels. We’re

Carlton in 2000 and reopened in

wishing to avoid the chaos of Times

striking panoramic park views avail-

not in the least surprised: this brand

2002. It boasts rooms with striking

Square while remaining in walking

able from the rooms come complete

has comfort nailed.

in the heart of the Big Apple. Formerly the St. Moritz Hotel,

CENTRAL PARK

But really, it’s about location:

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THE SETAI CLUB & SPA IN THE HEART of Manhattan's bustling Financial District is an unexpected urban sanctuary. Opened in 2010, The Setai Club & Spa Wall Street is part of the deluxe Setai Wall Street, which includes a club lounge, fitness center and over 150 residential condominiums with hotel-style amenities such as room service and concierges. Private membership of The Setai Club is really the way to go. Fit in mind, body, and spirit is everyone's ultimate ambition and as a member you'll have access to the Wellness Studio and the fantastic Mind-Body classes to get all that happening. No worries if you aren't a member, you can still visit The Setai Spa and get to leave your worldly troubles at the door. Everything in this private oasis is designed to lavishly pamper and nourish, and you may think it's a haven of tranquility, but it screams luxury and pure

Couples Suites" (don't be shy to

unadulterated

ask) and eight multi-service care

indulgence. So,

suites with enormous soaking tubs,

what's not to like?

rain showers, and massage tables.

Situated only

The service menu runs the gam-

a few steps from

ut from a deep-tissue massage with

the New York

"trigger-point therapy" massage to

Stock Exchange,

skincare and body treatments. But

it's a thousand

you really should try the Moroccan

miles from all

hammam experience, or red-clay

that real world

THE SETAI ENTRANCE

hustle-bustle.

wrap and rosewater massage. We also like the fact there are

Discreetly locat-

champagne, a heated neck pillow,

to the Orient but very definitely

male-friendly grooming options like

ed on the third floor of a 34-story

and delectable morsels as you wait

state-of-the-art Manhattan.

a back wax and "Power Ready Gen-

building, the moment you step out

for your treatment of choice.

Or maybe your bent is the Setai

tleman's Facials" â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a deep cleanse,

of the elevator and amble down

You can of course just soak out

Couples Massage, which includes

recharging exfoliation with bioactive

the dimly lit dark wood-paneled

your stress in the blissful AquaGrotto.

a customized massage, dual flutes

silt, followed up with a shoulder and

corridor and into the windowless

These enormous, gender-specific wet

of champagne and a plate of rich

neck massage. Wonderful.

Zen-inspired minimalist space, you

areas offer a sauna, eucalyptus aro-

chocolates and luscious fruits. If

are in another world.

matherapy steam room, and Italian

this is divine decadence, we say

will emerge walking on air ready

After changing into a plush

marble Jacuzzi in a space decorated

bring it on!

to face the hurly-burly world below

robe and slippers, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be offered

with tasteful minimalism with a nod

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After a blissful hour or two, you

once again.


THE SURREY PENTHOUSE SUITE

THE SURREY

LOCATED IN A POSH 'HOOD

Rottet-designed interior has the

JUST OFF CENTRAL PARK on

perfect understated palette to show-

the Upper East Side, The Surrey

case a veritable gallery of art. We're

shares its street not with a multitude

talking more than 30 contemporary

of shops and other hotels, but with

works sprinkled throughout, from the

multimillion-dollar townhouses. New

black-and-white images by concep-

York doesn't get much more exclusive

tual artist Jenny Holzer behind the

than this. Back in the day, as a

leather-upholstered front desk to

residence hotel, the original hosted

Chuck Close’s giant tapestry portrait

celebrities such as Bette Davis and

of Kate Moss by the metal elevator,

John F. Kennedy.

which looks as if it is right out of a

poetry. Combined with the hotel’s

1920s movie Metropolis.

secluded location, we reckon it will

This renovated Beaux-Arts hotel has the distinctive whiff of an art col-

Continuing the understated hues,

THE SURREY

be your best sleep ever.

BATHING WITH CLASS - THE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE BATHTUB

For those who crave something

lector’s elegant abode, with that easy

the chic and stylish guest salons

sophistication that comes with the ad-

(starting at a spacious 330 square

truly special, the specialty suites

before adjourning to watch the sun-

dress. Its extreme makeover in 2009

feet) and suites, including Presiden-

offer private terraces, kitchens, and

set from the 17th-floor roof garden.

(costing a cool $60 million, we're told)

tial and Penthouse, go beyond your

fireplaces. And there's even The Posh

has catapulted the 190-room hotel

standard fare. Few hotels can boast

Pets program that welcomes your

Coco Chanel-inspired Bar Pleiades,

onto the books of Relais & Chateaux.

luxurious white marble bathrooms

furry friends with a biscuit, a bed,

dining at master chef Daniel Bou-

A real badge of honor since it's New

with hand-blended products by UK-

and food and water bowls so they

lud’s Cafe Boulud, (we love that his

York's only hotel to be listed.

based company Mitchell + Peach

won't feel left out.

Michelin-starred restaurant does 24-

On fine days, you can grab a

Whether sipping cocktails at the

hour room service) or gazing down

Enter, and the Art Deco vibe

and Pratesi bathrobes. But the pièce

hits you, from the sink-into paisley

de résistance is the Dux by Duxiana

table on the sidewalk, a great spot for

on the mad men of Madison Avenue

carpets to the silver velvet sofa with

mattress topped with Sferra linens.

people-watching. Then after a day's

from the sanctuary of the private

its film-star glamour. Done up in

One particularly nice touch is that

traipsing round the city, you can

roof garden, this is the Big Apple at

black, white and gray, the Lauren

the pillows are embroidered with

pamper yourself in the Cornelia Spa,

its tastiest.

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THE MERCER OPENED IN 2001 BY TRENDSETTING HOTELIER ANDRÉ

and buzzing nightlife.

Come evening, and the low-lit

The hotel oozes taste and

lounge morphs into a favorite

BALAZS, The Mercer is the first

intimacy, yet stays coolly modern

hangout for trendy young players

hotel to provide a true taste of

as befits the locale. The Christian

in New York’s entertainment and

New York loft living. Sister hotel to

Liaigre-designed lobby, featur-

media scene.

Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont,

ing high ceilings, low couches,

The Mercer in swanky SoHo oc-

and bookshelves heaving with

cupies a six-story redbrick Romanesque revival building that is surrounded by

art books, is perfect for chilling out during the day.

If the scene is too much to handle, try the consistently raved-about onsite restaurant, where renowned chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s The

chic shopping,

Mercer Kitchen serves his signa-

top-notch

ture cuisine to a loyal clientele.

eateries

Sit at one of the communal tables and people-watch as you sample the famed mint and coriander infused sea

bass carpaccio. Maybe a good idea to bring along the oversized sunglasses to blend in. At some stage you will want to sleep, and it’s worth it. Guests can choose from 75 rooms and suites, all with the seductive qualities of high ceilings and large windows. The understated, modern design and Liaigre furniture make the rooms feel like deluxe versions of the area’s many studio lofts. If you want to go all out, the penthousestyle Loft Suite has gorgeous exposed-brick arches over the windows, a fireplace, and mirrors that cover entire walls. Like most of the rooms, there is an enormous marble bathroom with a tub big enough for two, if not more, and the large windows with French doors open out onto a bamboo courtyard or the cobblestone streets. So with trendy design, personalized service, and creature comforts – talking of which, pets and smoking are allowed – this is the ideal choice for those of you who want something with a bit more edge than your standard boutique hotel. Plus it’s got attitude – something you’d be hard-pressed to find on the Upper East Side or in Midtown Manhattan.

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WHERE ART IS LONG AND LIFE IS SHORT

Mark Borghi is where the gallery set goes to splurge.

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ooking for sunset art? Beach house chic?

crinkles. Nor does Borghi cater his inventory

Or just something to match your new

to suit Manhattan hipsters, Bridgehamp-

cranberry living room set? Art shoppers

ton holidaymakers, or the Palm Beach elite.

with home décor in mind may want to give

“Good taste travels,” he told us. And with

Mark Borghi’s swank galleries a pass. His show-

three thriving locations he definitely has plenty

stopper paintings are significant in their own

of it to go around.

right, and trust us, once your guests see them, they’ll forget you even have a couch. Simply put, Borghi exhibits the biggest names

Borghi aims to provide an aesthetic education through his exhibits, so if you slept through Art History class in college, any one of

in American post-war, modern, and contem-

Borghi’s galleries is a good place to start from

porary art—Calder, Warhol, Francis Bacon,

scratch. Our grand tour in Bridgehamp-

Basquiat—no flash-in-the-pans or hot young

ton began with a chronological wall:

things for this second-generation gallerist, who

Gene Davis, Ken Nolan, Franken-

grew up in the art world, and knows all of its

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the master of art said, guiding us through the progression, “then comes minimalism, then abstraction.” Et voila! “There’s forty years of American art.” On an adjacent wall we admired a 2013 George Condo sandwiched between two Hans Hofmanns from 1944. (“If the quality is the same, you can hang disparate styles together.”) Still farther along, we saw sculpture: two Frank Stellas, a John Chamberlain, and, for dessert, a “cute” little Calder ashtray that costs as much as all of our cars.

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Of course, you shouldn’t expect to see this exact line-up when you pay

It won’t be long before you figure

Michelangelo? “He did fantastic

house he has some of Richard

Borghi a visit. “Curation is ongo-

out what you like.”

things with marble,” said Borghi,

Prince’s work, a Calder mobile, a

who’ll always covet his own little

Warhol, a Frank Stella for the foyer,

patch of the Sistine Chapel. In his

and two Francis Bacons. “Some

ing,” said the inveterate rearranger,

For the art man himself that’s

who very frequently makes house

everything from Renaissance draw-

calls to rehang the pieces he’s sold.

ings to artists working today, all of

At his galleries, he overhauls his

which he collects in his full-

exhibitions weekly and rehangs

time residence in Palm

the pieces daily, sometimes twice

Beach. His favorite?

per day! “When I make a sale,” he

Who else but

stuff,” he continued, struggling to list it all. “It’s jam-packed.” And, yes, he rearranges it all the time, too.

joked, “it screws everything up.” Speaking of sales, what types of buyers go for Borghi’s high-class canvases? Wealthy ones, to begin with, since price points for most pieces range from $20,000 to $2 million. About 80 percent of his customers are in, “banks, hedge funds, investments, and the like.” Millionaires-in-training may invest in one of the select up-and-comers that Borghi champions; Tom Dash, for example. “The price tag is $1,800,” he told us. “But he happens to be a very talented artist, so I forgive him.” In general, buyers run the gamut from art authorities to “collection-minded” novices, for whom Borghi plays the willing guide. His most sincere advice to newbies? Don’t blow your fortune on this year’s 28-year-old phenomenon because those guys come and go by the boatload! On another token, he advises clients to, “see as much as you can see. Go to Art Miami, go to Art Basel, go to Pulse before you start collecting.

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134 TWO MILES OF LUXURY

Cape Advisors introduces limited edition Sag Harbor gem to finesse all your Hamptons reveries.

An East Hampton Village estate beckons to those who want expansive luxury, modern sensibilities, and a classic Hampton cool.

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Those who frequent the Hamptons will certainly be familiar with fairy tale-esque Sag Harbor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a village small, quaint, and beautiful enough to inspire just

A WATCHCASE BEDROOM

about anyone (including Herman Melville). Set in this picturesque fishing village and steeped in history is a

Cape Advisors introduces limited edition Sag Harbor gem to finesse all your Hamptons reveries.

new development called The Watchcase, a full-service luxury condominium project housed in a restored factory building, conceived by Cape Advisors. With so few condo options in the Hamptons and this one being carried out under such masterful watch, we just had to get a few of the secrets out of the Cape Advisors

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visionaries themselves. In the words of Co-Founder Craig D. Wood, “This project just feels right.” We have to agree, the Watchcase feels as if it always should have been and we think you’ll concur. The romance of the Watchcase comes from the judiciously preserved spirit of the building, an 1881 factory that once made Bulova watchcases. But that is not all. Cape Advisors made magic by restoring, remodeling, and most importantly, retaining the bare brick walls, high ceilings with exposed beams, and oversized arched windows. Cape Advisors has actually built its reputation on accentuating both existing architecture and neighborhoods by bringing touches that add to both. Here at the Watchcase, Wood and Senior Executive David Kronman decided that the project would offer amenities that would make this historic restoration an irresistible sell. Many of you who are contemplating a move to the Hamptons start to get cold feet when you think of all of the headaches that come with buying a second (or fifth) full-on family home; it can be like running another company. But then again, there are those embellishments that make homes there so endearing. “You can have both,” posed Wood. “We have set up an impressive amenity list to alleviate all of the headaches while still offering that classic ambiance and spaciousness,” he further explained.

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We have to agree; from the pavilion with its year-round heated outdoor pool and lush, landscaped gardens to the fitness studio and private spa treatment room, on to a stunning lounge designed and furnished by Steven Gambrel, the amenities do tick all the boxes. “The work Gambrel has done is crucial to bringing our vision to fruition – he understands the Watchcase,” explained Wood. The

THE OUTDOOR HEATED POOL

superior interiors are in keeping with the pre-1900

houses in a moment). Price

Kronman. These newly built

warehouse feel but also flex

points for the units will run

townhouses are the largest

some hints of modern tech-

from just over $1 million up

of the Watchcase’s 64 units

nology with plumbing and

to $10.2 million for the most

at between 3,012 and 3,638

heating nicely tucked under

expensive of the beauti-

square feet of carefree luxu-

those rich, fumed oak floors.

ful penthouses. What can

ry. “The townhouses are not

The kitchens for instance,

these lucky owners expect?

the industrially inspired lofts

strut their stuff in Therma-

Well, certainly superior

like the other units, however,

dor appliances and feature

style and an even loftier

they have been carefully

2-inch stone slab counter-

air of confidence with the

considered in order to stay

tops along with an open

expansive outdoor terraces.

perfectly in line with the

feel that challenges any

The most expensive unit on

atmosphere of our village,”

family room. The plantings

the property boasts an il-

explained Wood. Beyer

were designed by Quennell

lustrious 1,848 square feet of

Blinder Belle Architects

Rothschild & Partners and

outdoor area with views of

prudently warranted that

add lush greenery that is

the village and the spectacu-

the townhouses’ wraparound

also very Sag Harbor.

lar waterways below. Still

terrace and 10-foot ceilings

want a family home? Okay,

work seamlessly with the

Watchcase start at 700

well Cape Advisors is even

130-year old architecture of

square feet for the smallest

going to make that wish

the other 55 units.

garden lofts and run all of

exceedingly easy. “We are

the way up 3,500 square

offering nine townhouses in

their charm but inspiration

feet for some very spiffy

keeping with the sea captain

often comes from freeing

The 64 units at the

penthouses (we will get to the town-

spirit of the neighborhood,” added

Sure, private homes have

COOKING AT THE WATCHCASE

up the Watchcase for the

sound classic appeal and

Holiday House Hamptons

a long-term vision many

Opening Night White Gala

times over. The next secret

fundraiser (with proceeds

is that they are heading to

given to the Breast Cancer

Manhattan for some serious

Research Foundation), Cape

ground-up condo projects.

Advisors has demonstrated

We’ll keep you posted!

the mind of the mundane – and that is where the Watchcase shines with amenities and services. “We really wanted to create a place where residents could have both a home – and the joy that comes with it,” concluded Wood. With 37 of the 45 units that were released last summer now sold, Cape Advisors have their stuff straight. Topping that off by offering

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An East Hampton Village estate beckons to those who want expansive luxury, modern sensibilities, and a classic Hampton cool.

38 TWO MILE HOLLOW ROAD

TWO MILES OF LUXURY

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If you have ever

further, you might just

dreamt of owning

start to carve out the spe-

property in the Hamp-

cifics – let’s say an eight-

tons, we would guess

bedroom home with three

that your mind conjured

acres on the oceanfront in

up images of a sizable,

East Hampton Village –

elegant estate with ten-

do we have things about

dencies that harken back

right? And just for the

a couple of centuries. Are

sake of it, we are going to

we correct? We’re betting

help you along with your

that if you let your imagi-

daydream and call it

nation wander a little

“38 Two Mile Hollow.”


Allow yourself to drift off to a crisp, late-August afternoon, when the golden late-day sun bounces off the hood of your Bentley as you round the bend toward home. Passing a few more trees reveals the familiar sight of your private tennis court – set on your Hampton estate’s private three acres where you have enjoyed besting friends while onlookers cheered from the covered sitting

THE PROPERTY AS YOU ARRIVE

area on warm Sunday afternoons. Pulling into the driveway, the impeccable shingle-home design by AM-L Architects fused with the well-crafted build by Gazda Construction graces your eyes with thoughts of New York’s upper echelons two centuries ago. As you complete the ever enjoyable cruise toward your estate, you slow your vehicle down to be greeted by the pleasant summer smile of your valet, who takes the helm of your collector’s piece at the porte-cochère to stow it safely in the attached threecar garage.

ELEGANT ENTRY

The butler lets you in, you gaze into the impressive entry hall with Gazda’s intricate expressions abound – a reminder of what a lovely way it is to receive guests during those summer bashes you are so well known for. You make your way over the polished wood floors through the vast great room and toward the wet bar to fix yourself a drink before you head out to inspect your property from the gorgeous covered outdoor deck. If the weather was just a tad warmer, you would be sprinting to the beach cabana where your wet suit hangs and surfboard is stowed but this afternoon will be better spent flexing your well-toned social and culinary muscles. With a passion for l'art de la cuisine, you especially appreciate the outdoor and indoor options this amazing abode offers.

ENTERTAINING IN STYLE

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In preparation for the

strong point here. But with

evening’s festivities,

the elegant aforementioned

you decide to take care of

wet bar and stunning din-

the grillwork in the out-

ing hall designed for dinner

of-doors while your chef

parties, your gatherings

handles the slightly more

are more than suited to the

arduous tasks in the indoor

most formal of occasions

world-class kitchen. As

as well. As the afternoon

guests begin to trickle in,

cocktail hour closes in

you are quickly reminded

toward dinner, the large

of how such a fantastic

expansive dining room

design and so many op-

more than comfortably

tions for entertaining make

accommodates all of your

your estate such a popular

guests. You know that when

draw for friends. From the

the fork and knife orchestra

seaside infinity pool and

stops playing, the six fire-

spa, to the tennis court you

places can ably light up the

are famous for dominat-

after-dinner conversation

ing, sports are a particular

with a homey glow.

THE MASTERFUL KITCHEN

WAKING UP TO THE DREAM

With eight en suite bedrooms and two more bathrooms on top of that, letting your twenty-something kids stay overnight is a pleasure for you and for them – no stepping on toes with all of this space. Complementing the abundant sleeping and bathing options are some gorgeous outdoor porches and as the fires start to slowly dwindle, your massive chamber calls. After seeing the last of the guests off, retirINDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING

ing to the master suite’s covered, ocean view deck with one more single-malt is a fine way to wind down. Gazing off toward the slow rhythm of the waves as they caress the shore of your property, you realize appreciating the rarity of your circumstance is easy. You are well aware that each day here provides a stately existence accentuated by East Hampton Village itself…

TENNIS ANYONE?

If that is a rhythm you think might just work for you, we are pretty happy to tell you that it’s not Neverland but the very real 38 Two Mile Hollow Estate – and the latest word is that it is on the market for $39.5 million. Interested in living this dream? Time to get in touch with Douglas Elliman.

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TECH-SAVVY TARGETING are interested in moving to

added almost two points of

the suburbs but wondering

market share between 2007

who your neighbors are go-

and 2010, at the height of the

ing to be (don’t start imagin-

downturn,” explained Meyers

ing scenes from the Seth Ro-

who attributed this stunning

gen and Zac Efron movie). It

performance to Houlihan’s

turns out that primary home

use of proprietary data to

buyers make up 90 to 95 per-

help clients react more quickly

cent of Houlihan Lawrence’s

to changes.

clientele, often people in

SHOREHAM CLUB ROAD, OLD GREENWICH, CT

Innovative brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence brings all the newest apps to your home purchasing process.

T

“New developments are

finance, media, and technol-

few and far between around

ogy who are very successful,

these parts, but, those that are

working in the city, but are

going up are in hot demand,”

either tired of it or ready

said Meyers, who touched

to start a family. Given that

on how the Cambium is one

Greenwich is the hedge fund

particular new development

capital of the world, New

to watch. This lack in supply

York’s northern suburbs are

is simply because there is very

a logical move for successful

little space that can be devel-

couples looking to freshen

oped, as many of the newer

the air while retaining a very

condominiums being built are

cosmopolitan and interna-

tear-downs of existing build-

million a year to $4 billion

Houlihan Lawrence uses its

tional flavor in their neigh-

ings. Meyers admitted that

(and yes, this was in 2004).

long and well-known history

borhood. “Concerns like

this does pose a bit of an issue

Houlihan Lawrence had

in the New York region

these are perfect examples

for couples looking to simplify

acquired 37 percent of the

(founded in 1888) coupled

of where our technology can

and adopt a pedestrian life-

leafy, prestigious, Westchester

with less well-known inven-

save the day – we not only

style after the kids have moved

market (with top rankings in

tive, digital platforms to

have the information but we

out, but efforts are underway

the other high-end northern

read the market and aid its

can access it very quickly,”

to remedy this.

suburb markets of Fairfield,

clients and agents. Chris

added Meyers.

Putnam, and Dutchess).

Meyers gave us a little demo

“Other than the market,

of the firm’s own social

Day, Houlihan Lawrence

Houlihan Lawrence knows

history, and clientele we

media application, the In

launched a new smartphone

how to stay relevant and in

serve, the things that really

Crowd that works similarly

and tablet app integrating

touch with its clientele. By

set Houlihan Lawrence apart

to Twitter in that it enables

augmented reality, meaning

understanding New York

are innovation, technology,

live feeds and uses hash tags

that you can simply aim your

City, Houlihan has been able

Just after Independence

From 1888 to 2014, augmented reality, and drones,

and data tracking – and these

to identify key listings to

camera toward a street and it

to identify properties and

Those ready to bust out

carried us through the crisis,”

notify other agents about

will indicate which properties

neighborhoods that meet the

of New York but afraid of

said Meyers. Houlihan Law-

the details of properties

are available for sale. Hou-

expectations of those who have

finding themselves in a scene

rence has harnessed the latest

opening up. Sounds fun,

lihan Lawrence developed

lived there – but also those

from The Stepford Wives would

software apps, technology,

right? Sure, but just imagine

this technology with a tech

from outside the country. For

do well to know a little more

and smart analytical methods

the number of emails it

firm and holds the exclusive

international buyers, Houlihan

about Houlihan Lawrence’s

(and hush, hush, drones)

helps cut down. “It also

right to use it within their

has a globally curated network

real estate approach. We

to follow trends and bring

provides a launch pad for

jurisdiction. But, Houlihan’s

of partnerships that helped sell

had the chance to chat with

clients what they want.

selective sharing; only those

technological edge on the

an off-location $3.5 million Ai

who want certain informa-

competition is hardly new;

Weiwei home in less than 60

CEO, Chris Meyers, who

stepped in to further ramp

Behind this technological powerhouse is a team of

tion receive it because users

during the downturn their

days – yet another testament to

up Houlihan, just after a

1,200 agents and 26 offices

have to follow other users,”

ability to track offers was

Houlihan Lawrence’s perfect

ten-year period where they

spread throughout New

explained Myers.

integral to ensuring their

marriage of classic discretion

sellers were educated. “We

and cutting-edge innovation.

had gone from doing $400

York’s northern suburbs.

So, let’s just say that you

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