The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

 The Afternoon Wrap: Tuesday

  • Glorious 2007 will bring us Brooklyn’s first gated community. Hoorah! Mill Harbor Waterview Residences (pictured above) will be a nine-building complex of 1-to-3-bedroom condos for between $400,000 and $700,000. The creepy community will even get a pool, patio, Jacuzzi, and “clubhouse.” [Multi-Housing News]
  • The juicy year-end recaps are still coming, and The Real Deal has summarized the “plenty of records [that] fell last year.” The numbers range from $66.65 per square foot (record average asking rent for Manhattan Class A office space) to $36,000,000,000 (biggest leveraged buyout). [TRD]
  • Who knew Brooklyn had its very own Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-designed Urban Renewal apartment complex? It’s sort of beautiful but imposing, or maybe even “clever and dull.” [Brownstoner]
  • Adam Platt picks his 10 favorite new restaurants of the year, which have fancy names like Sfoglia, A Voce and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. [New York]
  • Iridescent Black Brick is very hot right now in East Chelsea–and among modernist Australian architects. [See after the jump]
  • - Max Abelson

    Dazzling 10-Story Iridescent Black Brick Condominium, 100 West 18th Street, to Include 41 Luxury Units and Prime Retail on Sixth Avenue

    Modernist Australian Architect Garrett Gourlay Utilizes Unique Facade to Highlight Corner Property Featuring 23 Distinct Layouts and Abundant Amenities

    NEW YORK (January 2, 2007) – Designed by architect Garrett Gourlay as a distinct visual statement at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 18th Street, 100 West 18th Street, a new luxury residential condominium property, will rise 10-stories in an unusual multi-angled shape that creates chamfered corners, multiple setbacks, double-height windows and an array of private terraces, all sheathed in iridescent black brick.

    The building will consist of 41 condominium residences, with 23 distinct layouts and prime retail space at the base. Scott Aaron, director of Development for The Brauser Group Aaron points out, “The building reflects the originality of this truly eclectic neighborhood. The abundance of flexible floor plans will allow buyers to select homes that best suit their lifestyles.”

    Uncommon common areas will include such sophisticated elements as an art gallery-styled lobby; landscaped roof deck with outdoor shower and gas grill; club room with kitchenette connecting to an exterior Zen garden; dedicated package room with refrigeration for food deliveries; fitness center; private storage bins for each residence; and 24-hour concierge service.

    The units range from one- to four bedrooms, and most have flexible layouts. Two spectacular penthouses will include dramatic, glass-enclosed spiral staircases leading to private roof decks, 2,000 square feet and 1,500 square feet, respectively, each featuring outdoor gas grills, fireplaces and showers.

    The contemporary style apartments, ranging in size from 800- to 3,000 square feet, are designed to reinforce an experience of open space. Top-tier gourmet kitchens will include Miele appliances, Sub-zero refrigerators, wine refrigerators, Miele coffeemakers, and GE washers and vented gas dryers. The master bedrooms will include such unusual features as custom closets and iPod docking stations. Master bathrooms will feature Tea-for-Two soaking tubs and separate lava stone showers. Six of the units will contain wood-burning fireplaces.

    Luxury finishes and details abound in each residence, including wide plank white oak floors, Zephyr-Milano stainless steel and glass range hoods in the kitchens and floor-to-ceiling limestone master bathrooms.

    Located in East Chelsea, the project is being developed by The Brauser Group. Construction management is being provided by HRH Construction, Structural Engineering by DeSimone Consulting Engineers and MEP Engineering by MGJ Associates. The sales office opens in January 2007 and the anticipated date of occupancy is January 2008.