Bridge Tower Place

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401 East 60th Street, New York City

Bridge Tower Place
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Bridge Tower Place in Lenox Hill, NYC
Building Information
Developer Brodsky Organization
Architect Costas Kondylis
Number of Units 218
Number of Floors 38
Year Built 2000
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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401 East 60th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit More than 50 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4 - 7
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Bridge Tower Place is a luxury mid rise tower built at the entrance to the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and although it is a highly sought after address today, its path to construction was anything but smooth. Its location proved to be the first hurdle as the area was not considered to be prime real estate due to the heavy traffic off of the bridge and down Second Avenue. In the mid-1980s, the Glick Organization proposed a massive development on the land that is now occupied by Bridge Tower Place, but New York’s City Planning Commission reduced the scale of the project. Despite this scaling back, several civic groups sued New York City with the argument that such a large project would have a detrimental impact on the neighborhood and its environment.

The Glick Organization was forced to abandon the project when the economic recession of the early 1990s hit and the land was sold to Milstein Properties. Milstein subsequently sold the land to the Brodsky Organization, who became the ultimate developer of Bridge Tower Place. Today, its location at the base of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge is one of the building’s favored features and despite the traffic the bridge brings, the bridge itself is one of New York City’s most stunningly designed with Gothic themed towers and finials. The views of this display from Bridge Tower Place have become highly coveted.[1]

Location

Bridge Tower Place is located in the southeastern end of the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the neighborhood of Lenox Hill. In the early 17th century, Scottish merchant Robert Lenox amassed a large amount of land in the area, so much so that the neighborhood takes its name from the tenant farm he built in the area. It is believed that Lenox Hill added the “Hill” to its name to draw comparisons to the highly fashionable neighborhood of Murray Hill to the South.[2]

Located along the eastern side of First Avenue between East 60th and East 61st Street, Bridge Tower Place also holds the official addresses of 400-418 East 61st Street and 1101-1112 First Avenue. Residents of this building are treated to convenient access to the walking and jogging trails along the East River waterfront and the upscale food and home furnishing center Bridgemarket that opened in 2000.[3]

With a walk score of 97 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of Bridge Tower Place do not require a car to complete their daily errands, although it should be noted that this building is not close to any of New York City’s major subway lines. Therefore, the nearest transit routes are mostly bus services.[4]

Construction

Bridge Tower Place was designed by the architect Costas Kondylis, although this design was not the first that Kondylis had drawn up for the land. Originally hired by the Glick Organization, Kondylis produced a design for their project before it was scrapped. He was then asked to design a building for the location by Milstein Properties and when the land changed handed yet again to the Brodsky Organization, Kondylis produced his third design that ultimately became Bridge Tower Place. Construction began in 1999 and was completed in 2000 after nearly 15 years of planning, development, and three design proposals.[5]

Layout and Features

Bridge Tower Place is a 38 story tower set on a low rise two story stone base that spans the block between 60th and 61st Streets at First Avenue. The building is built with large dark glass windows and patterned facades with a structural frame built from concrete. Residents enter the building through a landscaped plaza that is reached through a marquee entrance. Inside the lobby is decorated with silver-tinted lace-wood walls designed by David Rockwell.

Apartments within the tower are spacious with no more than three or four units per floor. All apartments are built with over sized ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and patterned oak and maple wood flooring. The gourmet kitchens have granite counter tops, high end cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances, while the bathrooms feature granite and marble finishing, standing showers, soaking tubs, and two sinks.[6]

Many of the apartments have balconies and for those that do not, there is a roof deck for residents on the 11th floor of the building.[7]

Floor Plans

With over 65 floor plans available, a selection is presented.

Amenities

Bridge Tower Place comes with all of the amenities residents have come to expect from a luxury condominium. The building is fully staffed with a 24 hour doorman, an attended lobby with concierge, a live in superintendent, and a full service garage with valet parking. Residents also enjoy a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor roof deck, a landscaped garden, a children’s playroom, and a bicycle storage room. The amenities for this building are managed by Rose Associates.[8]

Bylaws

Bridge Tower Place Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



This building is pet friendly and allows rentals. There are no age restrictions.

Sustainability

Bridge Tower Place does not have an official LEED certification or a Green Eco-Leaf rating and is therefore not considered to be a green building. However, with a walk score of 97, residents do not require a car to run their daily errands and therefore, can reduce their carbon footprint in that regard.

Trivia

  • In addition to being a residential condominium building, Bridge Tower Place is host to several retail shops and the Oakwood Hotel.[9]
  • One of the Real Housewives of New York City, Jill Zarin, famously over decorated her apartment at Bridge Tower Place during extensive renovations that were captured by the cameras and aired as part of the show’s second season. The apartment was subsequently put up for sale.[10]

References

  1. City Realty - Review
  2. Wikipedia - Lennox Hill
  3. City Realty - Review
  4. Walk Score
  5. City Realty
  6. New Construction Manhattan
  7. NY Bits
  8. New Construction Manhattan
  9. New York Hotel Guide
  10. NY Post

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