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635 West 42nd Street, New York City


Atelier displaying reflective glass and key-like insets
Building Information
Developer The Moinian Group
Architect Costas Kondylis Architects
Management Company The Moinian Group
Number of Units 478
Number of Floors 46
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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635 West 42nd Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M2-3
Title of Land Condominium



The Atelier is a 46 storey slender structure containing 478 condominium residences. Overlooking the Hudson River in the neighborhood of "Clinton" in Midtown Manhattan, it offers spectacular views of the both the river and the city skyline. Costas Kondylis, the designing architect, has described this building as reminiscent of a great ship due to its glass cladding and wrap around balconies.

It was completed in 2007 and offers numerous amenities in addition to some of New York City's finest views. Atelier is the first phase of a two phase project that will include more condominiums and retail and commercial space. Ground has already been broken for phase two, a 57 storey tower with 938 condominium units at 605 West 42nd Street, the adjacent lot. The entire development is being undertaken by The Moinian Group working with MacFarlane Partners.

San Francisco based MacFarlane Partners is involved on behalf of their venture with the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) to invest in urban-infill properties in major metropolitan areas nationwide. CalPERS is said to hold the nation's largest pension fund with assets valued at $195 billion. MacFarlane Partners has also invested in other New York properties including TriBeCa Green, The shops at Columbus Circle, and the retail area of the Time Warner Center.[1]


Atelier is located on West 42nd Street just steps from the Hudson River. It is at the edge of the neighborhood of Clinton and close to Hell's Kitchen. Some reviews have suggested that this location is out of the way. However, it is still awarded a walk score of 91 out of 100, indicating that day to day needs and neighborhood amenities are not at all far.

Also, there are over 80 bus and rail options close by. In fact, a brisk walker could probably reach First Avenue and the East River in under an hour and Times Square in half that time. But Atelier provides a free shuttle service for residents who wish to visit other points in Manhattan.

Clinton is rapidly becoming one of Manhattan's exciting neighborhoods with many excellent eating places and galleries. Admirers of art and "foodies" will love the neighborhood.[2]


An atelier is described in the dictionary as follows: "at·el·ier (noun) - A workshop or studio, especially for an artist or designer."[3]

Many adjectives have been published describing the Atelier; sleek, svelte, high-tech, innovative, and bold. The nautically reminiscent design ideas from Costas Kondylis were taken from the ships that dock along the Hudson River. It's a slender building having an architectural "slenderness" ratio of 9-to-1. The higher the slenderness ratio, the more slender the structural element is. How slender a structural element is allowed to be depends upon the material it is made from. For example, steel can be more slender than concrete.

There are four two storey wrap around balconies that protrude from the smooth face of the glass facade. These striking features alternately protrude from the narrow facades of the building and extend about two thirds of the way into the building. The two broad flat facades have a bay outcropping that extends the height of the 46 floor structure.

478 apartment units are contained in the Atelier, from studio suites, to one and two bedroom units. There are a few larger units as well as some two level penthouse apartments. There is 15,700 square feet of retail space on the ground level and space for 100 vehicles underground. Phase two of this dual building project is underway on the lot beside Atelier and will add another 938 condominium units to the neighborhood.

Layout and Features

Atelier boasts a significant list of amenities. For a fit lifestyle, Atelier offers an indoor pool, a 12,000 square foot health club, a basketball court, tennis court, a golf driving range, and free bicycle usage. Residents can also indulge in the free daily breakfast before their workouts.

The building also has a rooftop lounge and terraces that have barbecue grills. The lobby displays contemporary art in a rotating series of exhibits and has a cross town shuttle bus service for residents.

The apartment units themselves are equipped with washers and dryers and feature over-sized windows to allow a maximum of natural light in. The apartments are ready for cable TV, telephone and internet. Sub-zero refrigerators and stainless steel cook tops are installed, along with a microwave, convection oven, dishwasher, sink disposals.[4]

Floor Plans

Atelier offers 239 floor plans. A select few are shown here:


Atelier offers numerous amenities such as:

  • Bike room and free bike usage
  • 12,000 square foot fitness center
  • Community recreation facilities
  • Cold storage
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Storage available
  • Concierge and doorman
  • Parking available
  • Virtual doorman
  • Sky-lit indoor swimming pool
  • Roof deck
  • Golf driving range
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • Yoga studio
  • Screening room
  • Free daily breakfast


Atelier Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Atelier allows pets.
  • Also, many of the apartments are available for rent.
  • People of all ages are welcome.


Atelier is currently under review by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC project list status has noted that Atelier condominium has a LEED Certification "in progress". The Atelier score card has not been completed yet. As part of the certification process, this suggests that this building has conformed to some, or all, of the requirements needed to achieve a LEED certification of a 'green' building, through the use of modern building techniques, materials, waste disposal, and energy conservation within the design of the structure.

Residents can continue to contribute the a greener environment by using public transit, cycling, and participating in New York City recycling programs. [5]


  • The New York Post reported that a strip club owner, Robert Gans, was using his 41st floor condo to run an escort service. Mr. Gans, who owns a sprawling strip club in Hell’s Kitchen, is said to have purchased the unit under the name of "Swingtime LLC". In the article, the Post points out, that the Atelier had already been named "New York City's sexiest building" by Prudential Douglas Elliman.[6]
  • Atelier condo board is suing the Moinian Group — alleging that the developer used funds from the West Side property to help complete an adjacent West 42nd Street tower. The board also alleged that the Moinian Group failed to replace a defective HVAC system, shut down the swimming pool in 2010 and allowed water to leak into a children’s playground. The board claims it replaced the HVAC system and repaired the playroom out of its own funds.
  • The board is also claiming that the developer failed get a 'permanent certificate of occupancy' from the Department of Buildings and that the developer was diverting electricity from the condominium tower to a construction trailer on the adjacent lot.[7]


  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Walk Score
  3. The Free Dictionary - atelier
  4. Street Easy
  5. USGBC - Atelier Score Card - Under review
  6. NY Curbed - Atelier Condo Doubles as Brothel, Lawsuit Alleges
  7. The Real Deal - Atelier condo board sues Moinian Group

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