Sometimes it Really is About the Views.

Sometimes it Really is About the Views.

Location, location, location. So they say in the real-estate  lingo. I will say right up front – I love NYC. I was born in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and spent many happy and enjoyable visits to the Big Apple. I think it is one of the most interesting cities to both live in and visit. Also one of the most expensive. They talk about dollars per square inch here. One often thinks or perhaps assumes that living in crowded, busy, big cities means giving up light, privacy, views and often outdoor spaces. Sometimes it does. But in some cases, it is hardly the case at all. I happened upon this condominium and wanted to post, not just because it has tons of light and space, but also because it has architectural details that are probably one in a million…….at least those odds, and incredibly interesting ones at that. I love that the address is 1 Main Street, NYC. Makes it sound like small town America doesn’t it? First take the very short but awesome video tour and then there are photos below with more details. Oh my………

 

This three level Brooklyn condo has 3 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths and 11.5 rooms in a total of 6,813 sq. ft. The amazing NYC views can be taken in from north, south, east or west. The ceiling heights vary from 16 to 50feet.

If you look at the photo below, this covered and modern Widow’s Walk, is what you see at the very, very top of the building. The 360 degree views allows you to see all the iconic views of NYC, including the Verrazano and Manhattan bridges, the Empire State Building and more! Can you imagine this at night? And the water views as well.


You reach the top viewing area via a glass enclosed elevator. So if it is raining or windy, you can stay in the elevator and sip a drink, taking it all in.


The glass elevator is visible to the right of the staircase. The floors are quarter sawn 5 inch white oak planks.


There are 4 of these 14 foot tall glass clocks around the apartment, and they all work. Never again can you offer up the excuse “I didn’t know what time it was.”


Wide open space, flooded by light and views. Notice how the stairs encircle the glass elevator.


Huge dining area. Wonder if you can set the clock to chime when it is time for guest to leave? I would love to design a dinner party to take place in this space, and I would do it for free. Notice the view of the Bridge, which is lit at night.


More and different views, including the new Freedom Tower that replaces the Twin Towers.


The kitchen is by the high end Italian firm Canova and includes white lacquer cabinets, stainless steel and Pietra Cardosa sandstone countertops, and sub-zero and Gaggenau appliances. I love the amount of counterspace.


Even the stove hood does not block the amazing views.


The bath fixtures are by Dornbracht. The natural stone floors have radiant heat. The tile is glass.


The views from the soaking tub include the Manhattan Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Two additional bedrooms each have private baths. There is also recreational space. The apartment itself is housed in an iconic building, with the Clock Tower seen easily crossing the bridge and is considered a landmark. Very few know that indeed, the tower contains an amazing living space. The original building, built in 1915, used to house a cardboard box factory. It now contains 126 loft conversions, topped by this tower. Below is an exterior view, and following the floor plan.






 

I hope you enjoyed this special tour of a unique architectural space. Thank you as always for stopping by.   Laters, charisse

 

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Comments

  1. sally leonard :

    Hard to believe such a place exists! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Victoria Moores :

    OMG!! You go girl. Great Idea, the proposal. They should hire you to arrange it!! You could design a New Year’s Eve Party too!! All of the clocks would be synchronized. No spilling of drinks in that White Castle!
    Victoria

  3. Victoria Moores :

    Fascinating!!!!!!!! Imagine a NY snow scene at Christmas!
    These r great pics. Talk about the WOW Factor!
    Victoria

    • I decided that this apartment could be an ultimate and unique site for a wedding proposal. Imagine your boyfriend asking you, on a clear NYC night, to step into the glass elevator, filled with Hurricane lanterns and candles and taking you for the first time to the top viewing area, where there are more candles and flowers all around the viewing tower and proposing under the moon and stars. A nice touch would be fireworks, all white ones. If you can afford to buy this apartment, you can afford to have fireworks above your tower and the water!

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