160 East 22nd Street

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160 East 22nd Street, New York, NY

160 East 22nd Street
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160 East 22nd - Exterior
Building Information
Developer Toll Brothers City Living
Architect GreenbergFarrow
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens Management
Number of Units 81
Number of Floors 21
Year Built 2014
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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160 East 22nd Street, New York, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 60 options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R9A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Former Gramercy Park resident, Oscar Wilde.
Sometime park resident and penthouse owner, Julia Roberts


From Thomas Edison to Theodore Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde to John Steinbeck; from Julia Roberts to Wynona Ryder, Jimmy Fallon, and Chelsea Clinton: New York’s Gramercy Park and the neighborhood that’s taken its name have been home to some of America’s (and the world’s) most famous.

The neighborhood's boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south, First Avenue to the east, 23rd Street to the north, and Park Avenue South to the west. Within those boundaries, Gramercy Park itself is a two acre private, gated green space - a parcel of land that began as a swamp.

In 1831, Samuel B. Ruggles – a New York land developer and advocate of park spaces – bought the land, drained the swamp, and moved one million horse-cart loads of earth to fill it in. Even then, New York was stretching northward, and Ruggles saw a need to preserve some nature. Those who could afford to live near that nature were a very select few.

From the distant past, to the near future: In the fall of 2014, 160 East 22nd will open its doors as a condominium that aims to unite Gramercy Park’s rich history with the privilege of modern luxury living.[1]


Location

Near the corner of East 22nd Street and Third Avenue, 160 East 22nd has a lot more to offer aside from its proximity to Gramercy Park. Although, the combination of park space and midtown Manhattan excitement makes for a major selling point.

In terms of connection to the rest of New York, there is a subway station practically outside the building’s front door, and over 60 other public transit options nearby.

Gramercy Park.

For those less concerned about leaving the neighborhood, Gramercy Park certainly has no problem catering to its relatively elite clientele with some of the best restaurants and boutique shops in the city – including, of course, the renowned Gramercy Tavern. The National Arts Club, Stuyvesant Square, Irving Place, Union Square and Madison Square Park are also all within a short walk of 160 East 22nd’s front door.

The Gramercy Park neighborhood is difficult to summarize, except to say that in a city that can sometimes feel enormous and hurried, Gramercy offers a unique balance of open space and overall connectedness - a rare thing in New York.[2]

Construction

With a relatively modest 81 units over its 21 floors, 160 East 22nd exists on a fine line between belonging among the older buildings in the Gramercy neighborhood, and pointing toward the neighborhood’s future.

The building itself is concrete, with Indiana limestone facing, and floor to ceiling windows. The clean, modern lines of its exterior walls vary near the upper floors, giving 160 East 22nd a slight post-modern twist.

Most notably, the building features a unique 25 foot cantilever. The cantilever not only draws attention to the varied upper levels, it also frames 160 East’s lower (and much older) neighboring structures. In effect, it draws attention to both itself and to them. An interesting architectural nod to 160 East's place in Gramercy Park's long history.[3]

Layout and Features

160 East 22nd is among a relatively small number of buildings in New York to offer a full spectrum of apartment sizes, from studio to three bedroom. The larger units feature master and guest bathroom arrangements with marble floors, Every suite has been laid out to allow for maximum usable space.

With regard to finishes and accents throughout the rest of each unit, the building's interior designers have spared no expense. Floors are five inch solid white oak, and doors are solid core walnut.

Bathrooms feature glass enclosed showers with natural rain heads, and counter/worktops are polished marble. Giving a small nod to resident lifestyle, many of the units also feature 15 bottle wine chillers.

Some might say that this is a fair trade in exchange for the absence of private balconies. This, and the fully landscaped common rooftop deck.

Floor Plans

A selection from among 160 East 22nd's unique floor plans:

Amenities

160 East 22nd's list of amenities includes:

  • Concierge
  • Full service door staff
  • Fitness room
  • Lounge
  • Rooftop deck/garden
  • Children's play area
  • Storage
  • Parking

NB: These images are 3D renderings of common areas still under construction.

Bylaws

160 East 22nd Street Bylaws
Rentals TBD
Pets TBD
Age TBD
Barbecues TBD


The building is managed by Brown Harris Stevens Management, phone: (212) 452-6289


Sustainability

Scheduled for completion in late 2014, 160 East 22nd will open its doors as a 'Green Building' where sustainability and attention to environmental impact are at least as important as any other design element.

Projected for LEED Certification from construction to completion, the building itself is made from locally sourced sustainable materials. It's also been fitted with a high efficiency HVAC system, rooftop rain retention apparatus, low-flow toilets, and UV protected windows.

Even the paint is low VOC (volatile organic compound) emitting. For more on VOCs and why they're particularly unwelcome in the construction of sustainable buildings, see the reference section at the end of this article.[4]

Along with the less stylish practicalities, each suite will include top end Energy Star appliances by Bosch and Miele.[5]


Trivia

Stuart Little - a lesser-known resident of Gramercy Park.
  • Julia Roberts and Oscar Wilde are better known on the list of Gramercy Park residents, but E.B. White's 1945 children's book turned Hollywood blockbuster features another much smaller Gramercy celebrity. Stuart Little and his family live at 22 Gramercy Park, which White describes as "[A] pleasant place near a park in New York City."
  • In the 1999 film Notting Hill, real life Gramercy Park resident Julia Roberts plays a famous actress who's shooting a film called Gramercy Park. Gramercy Park was also the name of the production company for Notting Hill. Ironically, since the park is private, most film companies aren't actually allowed to shoot there. Other parks often stand in for it.


References

  1. Gramercy Park on Wikipedia
  2. 160 East 22nd Online
  3. Street Easy
  4. How Stuff Works - Low VOC Paint
  5. Buzzbuzz Home


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