4 West 21st Street

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4 West 21st Street, New York City

4 West 21st Street
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View of 4 West 21st Street from the man on the street
Building Information
Developer The Brodsky Organization
Architect Hugh Hardy
Number of Units 56
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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4 West 21st Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Over 60 Options Nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-6
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Completed in 2006, 4 West 21st Street is a beautiful condop building (a co-operative building that has condominium-like rules). The handsome 17-story, mid-block, residential building was designed by leading US architect Hugh Hardy.

The building stands out amongst its neighbors due to an interesting and unusual façade of flush and indented windows that make alternating two-story-high window rectangles. This fenestration pattern overlaps a three-story-high grid creating repetitive and pleasing themes.

Create meals in your designer kitchen
4 West 21st Street has 56 apartments ranging in size from 1,073 to 1,674 square feet. Units are a mix of five one-bedroom units, 37 two-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units with terraces, five three-bedroom units and two penthouses. 

Apartment layouts embody flexibility through the use of sliding pocket doors. Open kitchens feature Poliform Varenna high gloss lacquer cabinets with Sub-Zero and Miele appliances and Pied Auberge stone counter tops. Large and luxurious bathrooms, designed by Antony Todd, have Robern medicine cabinets and Kohler Tea For Two bathtubs.

The building has an ample garage with space for more than 100 cars, a gym and a landscaped terrace. [1]



Location

Flatiron District as seen from the Empire State Building
4 West 21st Street is located in the heart of the Flatiron District, a neighborhood replete with with outstanding cast-iron architecture. Named for the Flatiron Building, a beautiful and distinctive 1902 skyscraper whose three-facade design prominently overlooks the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

By day, the Flatiron District is a well known stomping ground for design buffs, consumers on the hunt for quirky items and foodies in search of some of New York City's best cuisine. Artistically inclined shoppers prowl the streets daring into well-known design, photography, clothing and stationery stores, stopping their hunt to visit one of the abundant contemporary restaurants. However, the neighborhood really heats up at night, when successful hipsters descend upon its lounges, clubs and cabarets. And no visit to the Flatiron District is complete without a trek through Madison Square Park, a green oasis that hosts an array of concerts, readings and public art exhibitions in warmer months.[2]



Construction

4 West 21st Street was developed by Alexander Brodsky and J. Dean Amro of The Brodsky Organization. Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Amro are grandsons of Nathan Brodsky, the founder of the Brodsky Organization, which was the developer of the BridgeTower Place condominium building near the Manhattan entrance to the Queensboro Bridge and has developed several major high-rise rental towers south of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Design was the work of by Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and SCLE Architects for The Brodsky Organization. Hugh Hardy is a leading American architect who was born in Majorca, Spain in 1932. He is best known for his work designing theaters, performing arts venues, public spaces, and cultural facilities across the United States.[3]

Construction was completed in 2006, 4 West 21st Street is a modern Jewel with up to date interiors and amenities while still blending in with the vintage charm of surrounding architecture.


Layout and Features

4 West 21st Street is a modern and clean building with 56 units ranging in size from 1,073 to 1,674 square feet. Residents have a choice of five one-bedroom units, 37 two-bedroom units, four two-bedroom units with terraces, five three-bedroom units and two penthouses. There is, however, no communal or rooftop terrace.

Layouts are open and flexible, featuring sliding pocket doors to open or close spaces. The open kitchens have Poliform Varenna high gloss lacquer cabinets, Sub-Zero and Miele appliances and Pied Auberge stone counter tops. Antony Todd designed bathrooms have Robern medicine cabinets and Kohler Tea For Two bathtubs. Many apartments feature solid core doors and quarter sewn oak flooring.


Floor Plans

The building features a wide array of different floor plans. Here is a small sample.


Amenities

4 West 21st Street is a modern building featuring a state of the art security and video system, CAT-5 wiring, central AC and enormous windows throughout as well as top of the line appliances including garbage disposal and in suite laundry in most units. Large bathrooms and generous closet space make them especially livable.

This full service building has a 24-hour concierge service, fully equipped gym, landscaped private garden, on-site parking and a live-in superintendent.


Bylaws

4 West 21st Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



4 West 21st Street is a pet friendly building and allows rentals of units.

Sustainability

Recent construction means that the building should stand the test of time well and need little in terms of repairs or updates for many years to come. Living in the heart of the Flatiron district means that most of the residents needs can be met within walking distance, and indeed 4 West 21st Street has a walk score of 100 out of 100[4].

Walk Score also rates this building at 100 and 89 for transit score and bike score respectively so residents would have little need to drive and spew greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.


Trivia

  • The designation "Flatiron District" for this area is relatively recent, dating from around 1985 when it became more residential.. Before that, the area was primarily commercial, with numerous small clothing and toy manufacturers and was sometimes called the Toy District. When much of this business moved outside the U.S., the area began to be referred to as the Photo District because of the large number of photographers' studios and associated businesses located there. As of the 2000s, many publishers have their offices in the district, as well as advertising agencies and the number of computer- and Web-related start-up companies in the area caused it to be considered part of "Silicon Alley" or "Multimedia Gulch", although this usage declined considerably after the dot.com bubble burst.[5]


  • The Museum of Sex and the Gershwin Hotel, both located on 27th Street, add a bit of color to the area. The Gershwin is a tribute to the late pop artist Andy Warhol, and features some of his art and memorabilia throughout the hotel.

References

  1. City Realty
  2. NYC Official Guide
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Walkscore.com ratings
  5. Wikipedia


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