The sun was setting over New York harbor, and behind it, the coast of New Jersey. From the 17th floor of 11 Broadway, through the not-floor-to-ceiling, turn-of-the-last-century office windows, the Statue of Liberty was plainly visible. She appeared to be waving through the late-summer haze. Milling about and sipping champagne were some of the city’s biggest developers and their employees, names emblazoned upon apartment towers from this end of Manhattan to the other and beyond.
Silverstein, Ratner, Extell, Elad, Milstein, Glenwood, Trump. All the big firms were there, along with many other machers and dealmakers. It could have been a convention of The No Nonsense Apartment Builders Association of the Greater Five Boroughs. Instead it was the third anniversary party for Goldstein, Hill & West and the unveiling of their new downtown offices.
The foyer is painted a slick graphite gray, with a globular chandelier overhead, but beyond that, the designer pretense fades away. There are no amoebic benches, no plywood bookcases, no 3D printer for producing models of unusually torqued and cantilevered buildings. Little hangs on the walls besides drafting templates and zoning handbooks. It is this simplicity of design, aesthetic and attitude that draws the city’s biggest developers to the firm.
Critics often deride the buildings of Costas Kondylis as bland and developer-driven, putting price-per-square-foot above style or substance. But the architect, to whose credit it must be said has built far more in the city than probably all Pritzker winners combined, sees his conservative style of construction as more in line with the great Read More
Fun With City Records
Our daily roundup of the most notable high-end residential transactions from the past 24 hours.
– Another sale bites the dust at Superior Ink! The six-room condo on the 15th floor has sweeping waterfront views and sold to a Jhami LLC for $8,064,540. The apartment was listed with the Superior Ink Sales Gallery. Filed Read More
Back in 2004, Howard Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers pledged to leave the U.S.A. if George W. Bush was re-elected. Last November the shock-jock’s wing woman did sell her Staten Island home for $1.2 million, but it appears Ms. Quivers only intended to flee the borough, not the country.
She has paid $2.4 million for Read More
A botched apartment renovation at 610 Park Avenue is pitting one of Los Angeles’ most generous art philanthropists against Donald Trump and renowned New York architect Costas Kondylis.
The case stems from art collector Audrey Irmas’ 1999 renovations to her apartment in her tony condo building, the Mayfair, on Park Avenue and 65th Street, which Read More
HOUSE LEONARD STERN “BUILT” SNAGGED BY SWISS WATCH PREZ There’s really nothing Park Avenue about it: a four-story private house that started out as a stable, was modernized in 1976 by Robert A.M. Stern and John S. Hagmann and was rebuilt internally by the condominium king of architects, Costas Kondylis, after a fire in 1992. Read More