Galerie 515

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515 Ninth Avenue, New York City, NY

Galerie 515
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Rendering of Galerie 515
Building Information
Developer Assa Properties
Architect Costas Kondylis & Partners
Management Company Rosedale Equities
Number of Units 165
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 2013
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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515 Ninth Avenue, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less then one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1-5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Galerie 515 is a new 12 story low rise building clad with glass and metal built in 2009 in the neighborhood of Clinton, but also known as Hell's Kitchen. It houses a boutique hotel with 99 rooms, 96 condominiums, and retail space at the ground level. There are two levels below grade that contain an 8,000 square foot parking garage, a sub-cellar, and a catering hall.

The building was designed by Costas Kondylis who is renowned for such buildings as 985 Park Avenue, 110 Central Park South and The Plaza Hotel and Residence. The project was estimated to cost about $150 million and was developed by Assa Properties. The three story Supreme Macaroni building was demolished for the project to proceed. Guido's Supreme Macaroni Company was a popular Italian specialty shop with a long history of famous customers and its use as a movie location. Although it was considered to be a 'shop', and licensed as such, it also housed a popular restaurant in the back that skirted the edges of legality.

Real estate developers and marketers have offered more 'genteel' names for this neighborhood, like Clinton and Mid-Town West, but the informal name of Hell's Kitchen seems to stick.[1]


Location

Galerie 515 is located in Midtown Manhattan in the rapidly changing Hell's Kitchen District. Hell’s Kitchen has a history that’s rich with gangsters and ghosts, streetwalkers and speakeasies, mysterious disappearances and gruesome murders. Today, Hell's Kitchen is no longer notorious as the seedy underbelly of Manhattan, but is becoming a trendy neighborhood attracting young professionals and where old brick tenement buildings are giving way to new hotels, condominium developments and high end rentals.

Galerie 515 offers a lifestyle where everything is within your grasp. Residents have almost anything they could desire within half a mile including numerous restaurants, grocery stores, parks and entertainment. Times Square is only a short walk from Galerie 515 and the 'Port Authority Bus Terminal' is just three short blocks away.

With its central location, the address of Galerie 515 is close to more than 90 bus and rail options.[2]

Construction

From breaking ground to completion

During the excavation of the property, approximately 17,000 cubic yards of bedrock was removed to a depth of 30 feet. Some construction complications were encountered with the adjacent structure's older foundation which was resting on a rubble bed over 100 years old. To avoid further settling and redistribution of the rubble, the foundation of the neighboring building had to be underpinned, causing some delays.

Costas Kondylis and Partners, wanted to design the proposed 170,000 square foot structure as an iconic addition to the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. They achieved this by introducing different colored glass into the facade to create some geometric patterns. The window walls have alternating panels of dark colored glass and contrasted by light colored metal panels.

Zoning regulations for building heights in Hell's Kitchen have been kept deliberately lower. Hence, Galerie 515 standing at 12 stories is considered a low rise building in Manhattan. The sleek design of the exterior carries into the lobby and the rest of the building. Contrasting natural materials such as teak and onyx were used in the lobby to create an interesting and elegant space.

Condominium interiors feature walnut and white lacquer finishes that provide dramatic contrasts. Stainless steel appliances fill the kitchens and bathrooms are done with marble floors and basaltina stone counter tops.

The hotel's terrace acts as an extension of the lunge and is decked with Ipe Brazilian hardwood and feature planters with three foot hedges around the edges. Floor slabs were thickened to accommodate the additional weight of the gardens.[3]

Layout and Features

Residents of Galerie 515 enjoy the benefits of being in the same building as a boutique hotel. Hotel services are available to residents such as five star restaurant room delivery for in room dining, Garde Robe services, spa services by Cornelia Spa, fitness center, and housekeeping.

Other features include the rooftop SkyLounge which offers Manhattan skyline city views, wet bar, jacuzzi whirlpool and barbecue area, and valet parking, and even pet care services. The building has a laundry room and there is storage available for residents.[4]

Floor Plans

Galerie 515 offers over 20 different floor plans. Here are a few examples:

Amenities

A sampling of a la carte services available:

  • Spa services provided by Cornelia Day Spa
  • Wardrobe storage and consultations by Garde Robe
  • Business services
  • Personal shopping services
  • Housekeeping services
  • Shoeshine service
  • Childcare and babysitting services
  • Five star restaurant offering in room delivery service to residents
  • 24-hour doorman and concierge available to greet and assist residents and their guests
  • SkyLounge offers city views, wet bar, Jacuzzi whirlpool and barbeque area
  • State of the art Fitness center superbly equipped with cardiovascular and weight-lifting machines shared by condo/hotel and residential owners
  • Valet parking for your convenience
  • Storage bins


Bylaws

Galerie 515 Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed at Galerie 515 and residents may take advantage of the hotel's pet care services.
  • There are no rentals nor any age restrictions for residents.
  • The SkyLounge terrace area has a barbecue area.


Sustainability

Galerie 515 does not appear on the list of projects on the United States Green Building Council website (USGBC), and is therefore, not considered a 'green' building.

However, residents are able to contribute to a greener environment by participating in New York City's recycling programs and my limiting the use of their cars for day to day needs.


Trivia

  • Galerie 515 is built on the former site of the Supreme Macaroni Company. Now closed, the Supreme Macaroni Company was a well known classic Italian restaurant owned by Tommy Scarola.[5]


  • Many urban legends exist for how Hell's Kitchen got its name. Despite efforts to soften the impact of this informal name using Clinton, first proposed in the 1960s, or Midtown West, in use by the municipality of New York City, the Hell's Kitchen moniker continues to live on. One theory of the area's name, was the story of Dutch Fred The Cop, a veteran policeman. He, with his rookie partner, were watching a riot on West 39th Street near Tenth Avenue. The rookie is supposed to have said, "This place is hell itself," to which Fred replied, "Hell's a mild climate. This is Hell's Kitchen."


  • In the 1930s, some of the local lads worked as West Side Cowboys. Their task was to ride their horses ahead of trains waving red flags to warn off pedestrians and automobiles. The cowboys' efforts were effective to some degree, but still enough accidents occurred that Eleventh Avenue became known as Death Avenue until the tracks were removed in the 1930s.[6]


References

  1. Wikipedia - Hell's Kitchen
  2. Walk Score
  3. New York Construction
  4. Street Easy
  5. Dine Site Supreme Macaroni Company
  6. Wikipedia - Hell's Kitchen


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