Once upon a time, in the financial district of New York City there was a nine-story giant that looked down upon its neighboring structures. Although The Beekman is no longer considered a giant in height, it is considered a behemoth in history. Built back in the 1800s when the Financial District was nothing more than a few buildings occupied by companies, The Beekman has survived the overwhelming waves of change and remained a timeless landmark to this very day. Developers, GFI Capital Resources Group has made it their mission to bless The Beekman with a hint of modern magic without completely erasing the traces of history in the building. They have made it possible for those who appreciate classical and modern beauty to live out their dreams behind the terracotta and brick structured 16 feet walls of The Beekman Residences. Surrounded by the bustling streets of New York’s very own Financial District, the condominium and hotel presents itself as a safe haven for those who want to get away from the city that truly never sleeps. Posing as an office building for lawyers in its earlier years, The Beekman has transformed into one of the most sought out residential and hotel properties. The building has already received an immense amount of spotlight with highly anticipated renovations finally underway and is expected to be completed in mid-2015. Clad with two restaurants and bars, four distinct event spaces, a beautiful lounge, accessible rooftop lounges and its trademark sky-light; The Beekman will be the hottest of hot-spots in the years to come.
The perfect home doesn’t exist exclusively in your dreams, your Pinterest pins, or in the pages of a magazine — new Boerum Hill hotspot The Boerum House & Home is allowing Brooklyn residents to have an home design dream that’s well within reach, and, for many Brooklyn residents, just down the block. The brainchild of design studio and creative agency Partners & Spade and architecture and development firm Plank, Boerum House & Home is the perfect addition to this dynamic and diverse neighborhood. Like many other enclaves in the so-called “better borough,” Boerum Hill is a haven for independent business, welcoming pioneers in clothing, cuisine, and, of course, home design. Focusing on the work of Brooklyn residents, this 130-vendor space will enable local artists, designers, and other vendors to ply their wares in a supportive, community-enriching establishment. While Boerum House & Home’s business model may be more than enough to entice buyers and sellers alike, the store’s community focus is sure to be a draw for both Boerum Hill residents and those who commute from the easily-accessible Atlantic Terminal station. With events on the menu from the Children’s Museum of the Arts, the store’s vendors, and even world-renowned authors, there’s something on the menu for everyone at this vibrant venue.
It’s clear why Relevance NY founder Suzanne Rosnowski has become one of New York City’s most sought-after real estate marketing experts — she can accurately anticipate the needs of her clients before they even ask her. The founder of the Manhattan-based boutique PR firm earned her sterling reputation during her many years working in the real estate industry, and it seems as though the world has taken notice of her firm’s unique gifts. Hailed as an innovator by PR News on their “Top 15 to Watch” list, in addition to winning Bulldog Reporter’s Gold Award for Excellence in Public Relations and Publicity, Suzanne and her team of experts at Relevance weave the highly tailored brand marketing strategies that clients expect from larger firms, accompanied by the attention to detail that only a small operation can provide. Whether they’re trend spotting, crafting digital resources for their clients, or getting in at ground level with a guerrilla marketing campaign, Relevance puts the needs of its clients front and center with everything they do. Rosnowski says of the firm’s PR strategy, “A relevant brand should make customers feel like they just heard their favorite song and want to turn the volume way up. It resonates and makes them want more.”
When developers CBSK Ironstate and the world-renowned architects at COOKFOX teamed up to create 301 East 50th Street, it was already clear Midtown Manhattan would soon have a game-changer on its hands. The 29-story condominium tower, located at the corner of 50th Street and 2nd Avenue in Turtle Bay, seamlessly combines elegant design with eco-friendly features from the ground floor storefront space to the exquisite full-floor penthouses occupying the building’s top floors. While the building won’t open its doors until the end of 2015, the tower’s unique features are already garnering plenty of interest from potential residents. With an excess of amenities, including a fitness center, spa, sauna, steam room, tea lounge, and meticulously manicured terraces, in addition to eco-friendly features like a heat-dispersing rooftop garden, a built-in water and air filtration system, and sun-reflecting exterior panels, 301 East 50th will please even the most discerning residents. Whether it’s the lure of eco-friendly features or living in luxury that draws tenants, it’s clear that Midtown marvels won’t stay on the market long.
Whether you’re walking the cobblestone streets of Tribeca or strolling down Las Vegas Boulevard, chances are, you’re never far from a Bazbaz Development building. The real estate development company has quickly made a name for itself, designing some of the most exquisite architecture in the United States, with buildings from coast to coast. Founded by Sonny Bazbaz, Bazbaz Development has quickly become one of the most highly praised institutions in architectural development, earning contracts across the country, and making a name for itself in the process. In New York City, Bazbaz Development is responsible for multiple sought-after addresses, including 84 Kent and 515 East 72nd Street, in addition to 101 West 87th Street, and Tribeca’s Warren Lofts. Like many before them, Bazbaz bet the house in Las Vegas, and, luckily won big. Sonny Bazbaz led the team that morphed Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel from a dream into a reality, ushering in a new age of prosperity and unparalleled luxury to Sin City.
8 Octavia is a slender, glass condominium in San Francisco that glows softly at night, and glints in the sun by day. It is designed to achieve a balance between engaging with the lively neighborhood around it, and maintaining a tranquil haven for its residents. Stanley Saitowitz, Natoma Architects and Marta Fry Landscape Associates have woven architecture and landscape design together into a modern, urban retreat. A jewel-box viewing garden welcomes residents home and offers a glimpse of the restaurant beyond the glass. Residents of these new condos in San Francisco are granted access to vertical courtyards, enhancing its sense of openness. Residents can also enjoy sweeping city views from the open-air rooftop lounge. 8 Octavia residences’ “pod” concept floor plans, designed to maximize living space by containing the kitchen, bath and washer/dryer within a single efficient module, are a hallmark of Natoma Architects’ designs. Condominium amenities include keyless entry, entry into individual residences via smartphone, sliding movable wall panels, user-controlled window louvers to modulate solar heat and privacy, and energy-efficient lighting and appliances. Interior finishes include European cabinetry, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Warm details such as wide oak plank flooring finished with natural oils give this modern structure an inviting feel. All residences come connected with premium, synchronous 200 Mbps internet service. A roof-terrace hot spot brings service outdoors. The flexibility of 8 Octavia’s design invites condo residents to make each dwelling a unique home, where amenities are intuitive and comfort is paramount.
Downtown Miami is about to undergo a fashionable facelift, thanks to real estate developer Ugo Colombo’s latest vision, the Brickell Flatiron luxury condominiums. The 60-story tower, designed by noted Miami-based architect Luis Revuelta, is changing the look of the downtown area with its sleek style, combining floor-to-ceiling glass windows and 11-foot deep balconies into its unique design. While the 750-foot tower’s exterior architectural elegance may change the look of the highly coveted waterfront neighborhood, the building’s luxe interiors will similarly transform the area, drawing both fashionable new residents and business owners alike. In addition to the Brickell Flatiron’s 552 residences, which will each measure an average of 1,250 square feet, the building will be highly business friendly, offering up 40,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. For those who choose to make the building their home, the size, location, and gorgeous views of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic are far from the only amenities — in addition to the apartment interiors being beautifully outfitted in marble, when the Brickell Flatiron reaches completion, residents can enjoy communal lounge space and the best views of the city from the building’s rooftop pool area.
New luxury condominiums are on the rise in New York City and Toronto. Two exceptional real estate developments worth noting are Huys in New York City and 1 Yorkville in Toronto.
Huys is a historic loft building situated on the corner of 28th and Park Avenue South that has been masterfully converted into luxury penthouses and condominium residences by the Kroonenberg Groep. The six Huys penthouses, which were crafted with meticulous attention to detail by renowned Dutch designer Piet Boon, are highlighted by elegant features and finishes. The residences, located below the penthouses, are also exceptional featuring millwork framing, Chambolle marble kitchen countertops as well as custom closets intended to maximize space. In addition, the amenities of the building such as the roof terrace garden, state of the art fitness center and children’s playroom are top-notch.
1 Yorkville will showcase spacious luxury condominiums designed for the discerning buyer. These 1 Yorkville condos have been masterfully redeveloped by Bazis and Plaza and promise to transform the Toronto skyline for the better. Situated at Yorkville and Yonge, residents of the building conveniently find themselves within close proximity to tasty restaurants, trendy boutiques as well as subway lines. Besides the ideal location, residents can also take advantage of certain impressive building services. To mention just a few, these include: fitness training, housekeeping as well as event ticket booking.
Office location is vital to any successful business. Being close to clients and potential clients, as well as proximity to international airports, makes all the difference. That’s why the new availability of 600 Community Drive, Manhasset, Long Island, will prove such an exciting prospect to businesses in New York State – particularly those within the medical profession.
600 Community Drive – a contemporary premises that has recently benefited from $5 million of improvements – is located just a quarter of a mile from the Long Island Expressway. That means an expedient ride into Manhattan, and to both John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia International Airports. Getting to business meetings either in New York City or abroad couldn’t be simpler. The state-of-the-art property is also adjacent to North Shore University Hospital.
An extraordinarily desirable neighborhood, Manhasset is acclaimed for its boutique luxury shopping, world-class dining, and sought-after properties. 600 Community Drive’s location means it is just a short drive to Manhasset’s ‘Miracle Mile’, plus the neighborhood’s green spaces and coastline. As if that wasn’t temptation enough, 600 Community Drive is a short walk from Deepdale Golf Club and Fresh Meadows Country Club.
Location isn’t all 600 Community Drive has going for it. The 252,000 square foot complex boasts 24-7 on-site security and 975 parking spaces. This really is the complete package.
To get away from it all in Manhattan isn’t easy. Apart from losing yourself in Central Park or looking down on the city from your Huys Penthouse, there are few opportunities to escape that feeling of immersion. Enter the High Line, the public park with a difference.
Created on the old elevated freight rail that runs along West Manhattan, and was once instrumental to the way goods came into the city, the High Line has proved one of the most successful regeneration projects of recent times, not just in New York, but the world. It just goes to show how effective a little bit of recycling can be.
Some things are meant to be. As one of the High Line’s creators, James Corner has claimed, it was more cost effective to make use of the existing structure, rather than to demolish it anyway. Since the 1950s, the freight rail itself saw a massive drop in use. During the 60s, parts of the line were abandoned, and in 1980 the last train ran. Attempts to have the entire structure demolished were made, but eventually the Friends of the High Line (formed in 1999) got their way, and the concept for a greenway was green-lighted.
The one-mile ribbon of park snakes alongside buildings on the West Side including 505 West 19 Street and 500 West 21 Street. Over 200 species of plants – including sumac, smokebush, coneflowers and birches – spring up among disused tracks. Specially-commissioned displays of public art pop up amongst the shrubbery. Performers fill the air with music, while handpicked food vendors sell salads, tacos, ices and tea. It’s an impossible paradise.
Like the plant life that inhabits it, the High Line has grown and flourished. The first section, from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street opened in 2009, with the second –running between West 20th and West 30th Streets – following in 2011. A third section plying northward has been proposed.
The High Line’s success is more than the mere creation of another park, however. This is a paradisiacal link between three Manhattan districts. It’s also a new way to view the city. Areas like the urban theater on 10th Avenue and 17th Street provide the opportunity to be above the traffic, and observe it, rather than be in the thick of it. On the High Line you are at once a part of the city, and at a distance from it.
Like any great idea, the High Line has stirred much interest from other quarters. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has noted his enthusiasm to carry out a similar project in his own city. Meanwhile, there is excited talk amongst Londoners about their potential High Line. Sometimes, ideas that are up in the clouds are the best ones.