340 East 23rd Street, New York City
The Gramercy Starck in Gramercy, Manhattan
|Architect||Philippe Starck, Gerner Kronick + Valcarel|
|Management Company||Douglas Elliman Property Management|
|Number of Units||207|
|Number of Floors||22|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|340 East 23rd Street, New York City|
|Distance to Public Transit||53 nearby routes|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Zoning||C1 - 9A|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The neighborhood of Gramercy Park, or Gramercy for short, is known for its traditional coops and historic townhouses, and is one of New York City’s most sought after residential neighborhoods. The building of Gramercy Starck brings a modern look to this traditional area, as well as some star power by way of the project’s famed architect, Philippe Starck.
Known colloquially as a starchitect, Starck designed the interiors of this luxury condominium residence, giving residents a chance to live among history, while retaining all of the conveniences of modern day. Due to zoning regulations, Gramercy Starck is one of the tallest buildings in the area, and therefore residents also enjoy stunning views of their famed neighborhood.
Located mid-block on East 23rd Street between Second and First Avenue, Gramercy Starck finds itself in the neighborhood of Gramercy Park, often shorted to just Gramercy. While the area’s name comes from the private park that sits on Lexington Avenue between East 20th and East 21st, the neighborhood itself is much larger, bordered by Park Avenue to the West, the East River to the East, 14th Street to the South, and 23rd Street to the North. Home to many prewar coops and townhouses, walking through Gramercy is like stepping back in history. Zoning regulations have kept buildings in this neighborhood to around 20 stories, thereby maintaining the neighborhood’s historical ambiance. Gramercy is also notable for its numerous high end shops and restaurants, including the original location of the famous Shake Shack. Gramercy is also home to the famous Player’s Club, a social club that was founded by actor Edwin Booth in 1888, and the National Arts Club, notable for being one of the few private clubs in New York City that admitted women as full and equal members since its founding in 1898.
It should be noted that the famous Gramercy Park, from which the neighborhood takes its name, is not a public park. Instead, it is one of two private parks in New York City, and access is gained through key ownership. Only residents of designated surrounding buildings may purchase a key, and with the locks to the park changed every year, members must re-purchase their key annually. To those not able to gain access to a key, the park is opened to the public once a year on Christmas Eve.
With a walk score of 98 out of 100 and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of Gramercy Starck do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance to numerous food, shopping, home services, and transit options. With a bike score of 82 out of 100, cyclists will find many excellent bike lanes nearby and will love the flat grades.
Gramercy Starck takes its name from both the neighborhood in which it is located, but more importantly, from the famed architect that was responsible for the interiors of this building, Philippe Starck. Already, known for his Financial District project, Downtown By Starck, with Gramercy Starck, Starck brought his trademark chic to a neighborhood not normally associated with luxury condominiums.
Developed by Victor Homes, the building itself was designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarel, while Starck was responsible for the interior design. Construction on this project began in 2007 and was completed in 2008, with Bovis Lend Lease heading up the construction contract.
Layout and Features
Standing 22 stories, Gramercy Starck is a high rise condominium residence that holds 207 apartments. Designed in the Modernist style of architecture, Gramercy Starck has a glass curtain wall exterior facade with some setbacks, white elements, and curved balconies on the top floors. The lobby of the building has an 18 foot high ceiling, white stone walls and floors, a Venetian mirror fireplace, and over sized pendant lamps. The elevators in the building are made from Starck’s signature yellow glass.
Apartments in Gramercy Starck range in size from studios to three bedroom units and feature floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, and stunning views, with select apartments having balconies. Within the building, the apartments were designed in one of three different design packages, named Classic, Culture, and Nature. Their design schemes are as follows:
- Dark, fumed oak flooring
- Pale gray niche wall accent
- Walnut finish on the bathroom vanities
- Limestone sink tabletops
- Polished chrome fixtures
- Violet accent color in the living rooms
- White custom kitchen cabinetry
- Venetian glass bathroom mirrors
- White bathroom cabinets
- Polished chrome fixtures
- Oak flooring
- Pale green wall accent
- White oak and white stone bathroom finishes
- White stone kitchen counter tops and back splashes
With over 130 floor plans available, a selection is presented.
Gramercy Starck offers its residents a long list of luxury amenities, including:
- 24 hour doorman
- Concierge service
- Live in superintendent
- Resident lounge
- Screening room
- Roof deck
- Fitness Center
- Steam room
- Game room
- Children’s playroom
- Business room
- Landscaped garden
- Personal storage facilities
- Cold storage
|Gramercy Starck Bylaws|
- This building allows rentals, sublets, and pied-a-terre.
- This building is pet friendly.
- There are no age restrictions for this building.
To date, this building has not received any LEED certifications, and therefore it is not designated as a green building. Residents who wish to help improve the Gramercy Starck’s overall sustainability can do so in several ways, including:
- Participating in New York City’s recycling programs
- Installing more energy efficient materials and appliances when updating/renovating their apartments
- Forgoing car ownership in favor of walking and taking public transit
- In February 2013, a Texan couple who owns unit 3K in this building were hit with a lawsuit claiming that they are illegally renting out the apartment to tourists, with over two dozen different guests staying in the apartment over the past 18 months.
- Gramercy has been home to many famous residents over the years, including Edwin Booth, Edward Sheldon, Thomas Edison, James Cagney, Margaret Hamilton, Gregory Peck, John Steinbeck, John Barrymore, Stanford White, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Rufus Wainwright, Uma Thurman, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar Wilde, Ann Curry, Kate Hudson, Joshua Bell, and Amanda Peet.
- US President Theodore Roosevelt was born in Gramercy and his birthplace at 28 East 20th Street is now a National Historic Site.
- Wikipedia - Gramercy Park
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- City Realty
- New Construction Manhattan
- Street Easy
- Manhattan Scout
- Manhattan Scout
- New York Post
- Wikipedia - Gramercy Park
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