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Thread: 8 Spruce Street - Beekman Tower - by Frank Gehry

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    February 16th, 2011

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    Entrance right this way...

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    Boy does that look bleak.

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    It will be livened up when the garden plaza goes in.

    The website has now expanded with lots of images and floorplans: New York by Gehry

    The bay windows are genius from the inside.

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    Monday 2/21 on HBOFE (their family channel) "Masterclass" is featuring Frank Gehry mentoring 5 students on a project. 4:45 pm but check your local tv provider listings.

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    Doesn't look quite as impressive on the inside.

    Behind the Curves of Frank Gehry's 76-Story Tower

    February 22, 2011, by Sara Polsky

    Inside a 36th-floor one-bedroom model unit.

    Inside the 2BR.

    The view from a 36th-floor two-bedroom.

    We've heard the critical raves (and rants), and we've shared some "prospective renter" feedback. So now it's time for the report from our own walk through New York by Gehry, the 76-story steel sensation that has the fun distinction of being the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere. How tall? 870 feet, full of 903 apartments in 200 layouts, a whopping 18 of which are now set up as model units. We checked out a representative three of them, all seen in the gallery above. (The amenities spaces, coming later this spring/summer, can be viewed online only for now.) Rent reminder: studios start at $2,630, one-bedrooms at $3,580, and two-bedrooms at $5,945, all with the first month's free. And DNAinfo drops the news that all of the units will be rent-stabilized for 20 years.

    We're not sure if the pleasant citrus-y smell in the first unit we entered was Frank's idea, but there are a few definite Gehry touches to be found in the interior design. We've already mentioned the sculpted door handles, for when you're just too far from a window to get a dose of those 8 Spruce curves. The kitchen cabinetry is made from Gehry favorite Douglas fir, in a color not dissimilar to that of the building's orange brick base. Overall, the interiors were a little less wacky than we were expecting from the facade. Of the units we scoped out, the ninth-floor studio had the best close-up view of the building's exterior and into other units. Hey, with 76 stories to choose from, the lower floors have to offer some incentive, right?

    Official website: New York by Gehry []

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    so starting rents for stu/1br/2br are $2,630/$3,580/$5,945, but what is the average price for each?

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    So much for starting at 4K.

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    Best looking tower ever built in New York after a very long time. One can only appreciate its true beauty when standning right in front of it.

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    well, if you were standing right in front of it you would actually be looking at a non-descript box that is the facade at street level. To trully appreciate it you have to view it from a few blocks away

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    That non-descript box is a school. They don't put heavy designs into school facades like that.

    In an area that is all about the art deco, I think this fits in smoothly.

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    Are those skylights on the Penthouse level we see here?

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    That's just a mechanical level, and it has no roof.

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    Most of this has been covered but the video is worth a look, and the Ping Ping table is different.


    02/24/2011 04:22 PM

    Frank Gehry's New Skyscraper Ready For Tenants

    By: Jill Urban

    New York By Frank Gehry, a new Lower Manhattan skyscraper with graceful curves that is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, is now ready to welcome tenants.


    By now, New Yorkers have seen a new skyscraper with graceful curves in the Lower Manhattan skyline, and now the building, called "New York By Frank Gehry," is ready to welcome tenants. NY1's Real Estate reporter Jill Urban filed the following report.

    Draped with undulating waves of stainless steel, renowned architect Frank Gehry’s first masterpiece skyscraper stands at a towering 870 feet tall in Manhattan's Financial District and is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.

    After much buzz, New York By Gehry is now open for business.

    The exterior of New York By Frank Gehry.

    "New York By Gehry is a 903-unit rental building. It is 76 stories tall," says Senior Vice President Susi Yu of Forest City Ratner Companies. "He was inspired by a [Gian Lorenzo] Bernini sculpture that had draping, but with sharp folds, and that's what the exterior wall emulates."

    NY1 got a tour of this modern marvel. The building offers 200 unique layouts that range from studios to three bedrooms, with large, free-form bay windows that offer unobstructed panoramic city views.

    They also have high-end finishes and top of the line amenities.

    Gehry’s high style is not just seen on the exterior. His hand is in every interior detail as well, from the lobby and model furniture, to even the curvy door handles.
    The building also includes a 22,000-square-feet amenity space set to open in late spring.

    "We have a swimming pool, we have a children’s play area, a 'tweens' den, three different sized fitness studios. We have a dining room that you can rent out," says Yu. "We have a 'men's den,' I like to call it, with a golf simulator, ping ping table."

    There is also a grilling terrace for the tenants' use.

    An architect's rendering of the Spruce Street School.

    Aside from the residential element, the building also includes a school. The Spruce Street School will run from kindergarten through eighth grade and will be the first public school on private land.

    "The school occupies the first four floors and they have an outdoor playground on the fifth floor," says Yu. "It's about 100,000 square feet, roughly 630 seats and it’s expected to open in September 2011."

    The building will opened in stages. Right now, about 120 units on the lowest floors are available. Studios start at about $2,600, one-bedroom apartments start just under $3,600 and two-bedroom apartments are about $6,000 and up.

    There is no word yet on what the higher floors will fetch.

    So with the look, the lifestyle and the price, it seems Frank Gehry is taking rental apartment living to new heights.
    Last edited by brianac; February 26th, 2011 at 07:43 PM.

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