Hudson Hill

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462 West 58th Street, New York City

Hudson Hill
HudsonHill-NYC-Front.jpg

Hudson Hill's unique facade
Building Information
Developer Alchemy Properties
Architect FXFowle
Management Company Pan Am Equities
Number of Units 67
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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462 West 58th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Twenty nearby options
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R-8
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The front entrance


The historic Columbus Circle, the central point from which all official distance measurements are made in New York City, has been one of the city's major attractions since its completion in 1905. Known for its central statue of Christopher Columbus, its proximity to the Time Warner Center, and its award-winning 2006 redesign, which added new fountains, benches, and plantings, what was once a famous tourist destination is developing an increasingly distinct sense of neighborhood.[1]

Once the site of warehouses and tenements, Columbus Circle emerged in a time of building boom for the area, caused primarily by the Dakota, an experiment in co-op luxury housing which elevated Central Park West as a real estate location. Over the decades, Columbus Circle's neighborhood gradually transitioned from a chaotic, playhouse- and vaudeville-driven area to a more uniform and high-end location which more resembled the nearby Central Park West.[2]

In 1889, sixteen years before the completion of Columbus Circle, and the same year the Circle's designer, Frederick Law Olmsted, developed Sudbrook Park in Maryland, the Poughkeepsie Bridge was opened on the Hudson River. At the time, Poughkeepsie was the longest bridge in the world, spanning a 315-mile river which was a vital waterway for centuries of aboriginals, settlers, and soldiers.[3][4]

The site of Hudson Hill, formerly a low rise brownstone, rests just off 10th Avenue, squarely between these two pieces of history. With its highly contemporary appearance and emphasis on modern aesthetic, the building is representative of the changes to the area, an example of the trend towards high-end residential living in the area.

Location

Central Park and Columbus Circle are the most obvious nearby attractions, but not the only ones. [5] Concert venue Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts are also New York landmarks within walking distance of Hudson Hill, and the building is also close to all the shopping necessities, including New York's biggest Whole Foods market.

The building is across from St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center and is noted by some in the neighborhood to encounter some hospital foot traffic. As well, the corner is a prime location for right turns onto 58th Street from 10th Avenue, which causes concern for some about taxi traffic, especially between 8:30 and 10:00 AM.[6]

The proximity of the Hudson river, which gives the building its name, makes for partial river views on the upper floors, and Hudson Hill enjoys a particularly walker-friendly stretch of the river. Aside from the nearby DeWitt Clinton Park, and a dog park slightly further away, the Hudson River Greenway, the most used bike-way in the United States, stretches along the river. The nearby Downtown Boathouse even offers free and opening kayaking to the public.

Not surprisingly, given its location, Hudson Hill has a walk score of 98 and a transit score of 100. Residents can complete daily errands and enjoy the sights of Central Park or Hudson River without a car.[7]

Construction

Hudson Hill was designed by architectural firm FXFowle, which designed several notable Manhattan buildings, including Griffin Court on Tenth Avenue and West 54th Street, and the Isis on Second Avenue at 77th Street. The building was developed by Alchemy Properties and replaced a low rise residential building, prompting curiosity from some locals, who noted the elegance and good condition of the existing apartment complex.[8]

Even during construction, however, Hudson Hill was surrounded by positive buzz, based primarily on the generally positive reputation of its developers. Construction was completed in 2008.[9]

Layout and Features

A ten-floor, mid rise condo of 67 apartments ranging from 760 to 3,253 square feet, Hudson Hill is immediately distinguishable from its neighboring buildings owing to its unique trespa facade, a panel design which simulates a redwood appearance.[10]

The facade also incorporates three major indentations and several angles along the length of the building, excluding the first floor, creating a layered look which further allows the building to stand out on its block.[11]

Residents of the building are able to enjoy the fitness center and steam room, or attend the elite nearby health club. Residents may also relax without leaving the building in the recreation room and on the outdoor patio. Both of these areas are common to residents offer an opportunity to meet and chat with neighbors.

Apartments are varied, with some units offering terraces and balconies and some offering dens or offices. The building has five penthouses, each of which have their own rooftop terraces offering views of the area, including the Hudson River. Priding itself on architectural innovation, Hudson Hill offers rooms with unique looks, curving stairwells, and hardwood floors. In keeping with the high-end look of the building's exterior and lobby, the building places special emphasis on luxury in the kitchens and bathrooms, with Poggenpohl cabinets, Frigidaire washer and dryers, and Kohler soaking tubs and vanities.

Floor Plans

Here are a few of the floor plans available at Hudson Hill.

Amenities

The building has a 24-hour doorman and concierge, and a live-in superintendent.

Amenities in the building include:

  • Central AC
  • Elevator
  • Fitness center
  • Video intercom system
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor patio
  • Recreation room
  • Roof deck
  • Steam room


Bylaws

Hudson Hill Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • The building is pet-friendly.
  • Sublets and pied-a-terre are allowed.
  • There is no age restriction at the building.

Sustainability

Aside from its unique appearance, the Trespa paneling was chosen by FXFowle as a notably sustainability-dedicated option. Trespa, a high-pressure compact laminate, is manufactured with a blend of up to 70% wood-based fibers, and reduces air conditioning usage by blocking solar gain and accommodating continuous insulation.

Trespa's company is committed to a small environmental footprint and sustainable business practices, and has demonstrated this commitment by undergoing a Life Cycle Analysis in order to help maximize their products' sustainability. Life cycle analyses are performed by third-party groups and help a company to identify environmental impacts throughout the lifespan of a product.[12]

Trivia

  • Roosevelt Emergency Room, inside the St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center across the street from Hudson Hill, was the site of John Lennon's death on December 8th, 1980. Minutes after being shot, Lennon arrived at the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.[13]
  • The 57th Avenue Greenmarket is just on the next block. One of many green initiatives by the non-profit GrowNYC, the market offers fresh local produce on Wednesdays and Saturdays.[14]
  • The CBS Broadcast Center, home to beloved soap operas like "As The World Turns" and the oldest soap opera in the United States, "Guiding Light", is only a block away.
  • The building launched in 2009, which was considered by real estate writers to be one of the most difficult times in recent history for real estate due to the recent recession.[15] In October 2008, NY Mag surveyed new condominiums in the Manhattan area, including Hudson Hill, to see how they had sold. At that time, not a single unit had been bought; in June 2010, the building was 72% sold, a symbol of the recovering economy.[16]

References

  1. Columbus Circle
  2. "Close-Up on Columbus Circle"
  3. Hudson River
  4. Riverkeeper
  5. Hudson River
  6. NY Condo
  7. Walkscore
  8. City Realty
  9. NY Condo Blog
  10. NY Condo
  11. City Realty
  12. Trespa Sustainability
  13. Death of John Lennon
  14. Greenmarket
  15. Curbed
  16. NY Mag


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