Blue

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105 Norfolk Street, New York City, NY


Blue
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Exterior shot of Blue Condominium
Building Information
Developer Norfolk Hudson LLP
Architect Bernard Tschumi
Number of Units 32
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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105 Norfolk Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The location of 105 Norfolk Street was the parking lot for Ratner's, a famous Jewish kosher dairy restaurant, formerly located at 138 Delancey Street. The restaurant operated from 1905 until closing in 2002 and played host to many popular Jewish actors, performers, musicians, and gangsters.[1]


The Lower East Side, in general, was originally a hub for immigrants and the working-class. The mid 2000's saw a rash of new condo developments which led The National Trust for Historic Preservation to declare the neighborhood on America's Most Endangered Places list.


Construction on the Blue Condominiums began in 2005 by Norfolk Hudson LLP and was completed in 2006. With such a modern and unique design, Blue certainly stands out in a neighborhood dominated by tenement housing.[2]


Location

Through much of the 20th century, the Lower East Side of Manhattan was a hub for immigrants and working-class families. But since the mid-2000's, the neighborhood has undergone a speedy gentrification process, that has led to many new building developments.[2] Indeed, the Lower East Side has become one of the most trendy and up and coming neighborhoods in Manhattan with the Blue Condominiums as its flag-ship.


Located on Norfolk Street, between Delancey and Rivington streets, a host of bars, music venues and other nightlife hubs are just blocks away. The renowned Katz Deli is a quarter of a mile distance and the Essex street market is even closer. The neighborhood also plays host to many art galleries.


Gentrification in the area has also led to the streets being much safer to travel, which is a plus, considering most daily errands can be done without the need for a vehicle.


There are also many schools, both public and private, located mere blocks from the Blue Condominiums.


Construction

The New Acropolis Museum in Athens

Construction on Blue Condominiums began in 2005 and was completed in 2006 with residents moving in the following year. The building was built by Norfolk Hudson LLP, a joint venture of John Carson and Angelo Cosentini. Blue is built of concrete and glass, with a distinctive, pixelated blue hue on the windows. Standing 169 feet tall, the building features eye-catching curves and angles and has become a distinct landmark on Manhattan's Lower East Side.[1]

Blue was designed by architect Bernard Tschumi who is based out of both New York and Paris. Tschumi is renowned for building in the deconstructivism style. Deconstructivism is an architectural style that accentuates non-linear manipulation of a structures surface, creating a distorted effect. The style is often referred to as "controlled-chaos" and generally flies in the face of standard architectural practice.[3] Despite Tschumi's long resume of building designs, Blue was his first condominium project. The peculiar design forced the contractors to purchase the airspace above neighboring properties to accommodate the buildings bulge.

Other notable buildings designed by Tschumi include, The New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, Parc de la Villette in Paris, France and Vacheron Constantin Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Layout and Features

The layout of every suite at Blue Condominiums has been designed with the view in mind. All suites feature floor to ceiling, energy efficient, blue privacy-tinted windows. The views from the building are remarkably unobstructed, with the higher-end units featuring nearly panoramic views.

Each kitchen comes equipped with stainless-steel Viking appliances, quartz counter tops and white lacquer cabinets. The higher-end units kitchen's are equipped with Boffi cabinets and counter tops. There are stack-able Bosch washer and dryer units in all suites.

Sustainable bamboo-wood flooring is featured in all suites. All bathrooms have Zuma deep soaking tubs, glassed-in showers and fixtures by Toto and Duravit.[4][5]

Floor Plans

Here are 5 examples of floor plans at Blue Condominiums. There are over 20 plans available.

Amenities

Blue Condominiums offer many amenities such as a bike room, elevator, 24 hour doorman and live-in Super. There is also storage space within the building as well as a cold storage for fresh-direct deliveries. High-speed, Fios internet is also offered to every unit in the building. There is also 8000 square feet of outdoor terraced common-area located on the 2nd and 5th floors.

Bylaws

Blue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Blue Condominiums allows pets
  • Barbecues can be used
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are permitted

Sustainability

Blue Condominiums were built with green in mind. The flooring is authentic bamboo, considered a highly sustainable choice do to its fast growing and replenish-able nature.

The windows feature, state of the art, energy efficiency. All condos in the building feature energy efficient Bosch washers and driers and Viking kitchen appliances.[6]

With so many neighborhood amenities within walking distance, most daily errands can be accomplished without the use of a vehicle.

Trivia

  • Actor Justin Long, best known as the Mac Guy in Apple commercials and for his role in Live Free and Die Hard, owns a suite at Blue Condominiums.
  • The cast of The Jersey Shore has been seen partying in one of Blue's suites with Arrested Development star Michael Cera.
  • One of the Blue's penthouse suites is slated to be on an upcoming episode of HGTV's Selling New York.[7]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 City Realty
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wikipedia - Lower East Side
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Curbed NY
  5. New York Times
  6. Manhattan Apartments NY
  7. Curbed NY


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