Laureate

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2150 Broadway, New York City, NY

Laureate
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Laureate in the Early Evening Light
Building Information
Developer The Stahl Organization
Architect SLCE Architects
Number of Units 71
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 2011
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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2150 Broadway, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C4-6A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Laureate at 2150 Broadway, centrally located in the Upper West Side, is yet another installment of the growing list of luxury New York condominiums. This distinctive building on the southeast corner of 76th Street is immediately distinguished by its rounded corner and elaborate balconies. The French limestone clad building, designed by SLCE Architects, takes its essence from pre-war classic features.

The 20 story structure, although modern, blends in to the predominately pre-war designs of the neighborhood. Due to the angle of Broadway, The Laureate is situated on a narrow corner of the intersection that is slightly less than 90 degrees. The design of the building takes advantage of this by softening the angle of the building with a rounded corner. It is by no means as narrow as a flatiron structure, but may remotely share the concept.



Location

The Laureate in the Upper West Side of Manhattan is very central to all that this area has to offer. Central Park is about 2 and a half blocks away, along with many other Green spaces. It is not far from the Lincoln Center where performance arts include The Chamber Music Society, the Film Society, the Juilliard School, the New York City Ballet, and the The Metropolitan Opera, to name a few of the choices.

Dozens of shops, schools, restaurants, and markets are all within a half a mile. A Walkscore of 98 out of 100 is easily awarded to this address. As well, there are 24 bus and rail routes nearby.

Construction

The Laureate consists of a limestone and granite base and incorporates inset Juliet balconies and an fenestrated panels. The top four floors form a set back allowing for terraces and adding even more character to The Laureate. The exterior is clad with French limestone and its overall pre-war influenced design allows the building to blend in with the surrounding architecture.[1]

Apartments in The Laureate range mainly from 2,100 to about 4,000 square feet. Ceiling heights are mostly around 10 feet and walls were constructed with mold-resistant sheetrock. The penthouses feature terraces of almost 2,000 square feet, fireplaces, multiple Juliet balconies, and barbeque gas grills.

Layout and Features

The lobby of The Laureate enters from 76th Street and features a piano lounge. The Amenity level and has a sound proof music room, a fitness area, and a children's playroom.

Apartments are filled with light as a result of the floor-to-ceiling sound-attenuated, energy-efficient windows. Doors, closets and corridors are strategically placed to not interfere with natural light.

Floor plans

Oddly, there are 74 floor plans available in a building that advertises 71 apartments. It's likely that the developers are offering more than one choice of floor plan for a few of the suites. Here's a sampling:

Amenities

The Laureate has a long list of amenities and features for its residents. They include a bike room, cold storage, community recreation facilities, gym, parking is available, and there are laundry facilities in the building. Staffing for the building includes a concierge, a doorman, and a live in superintendent.[2]

Bylaws

Laureate Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • As The Laureate caters to families, there are no set age restrictions for residents.
  • Pets are allowed.
  • Rentals are permitted.
  • Barbecue gas grills are pre-installed on the terraces of the penthouses.

Sustainability

Although not LEED certified at the time of opening, there is conjecture that the building may pursue a green certification.

Certainly, many of the ground requirements have already been met during the construction.

The installation of sound-attenuated energy-efficient windows, mold resistant sheet-rock, dimmer switches throughout, and multi-zoned HVAC systems all contribute to greener and more energy conscious environment.

Residents may also help to lower their carbon footprint by utilizing New York's recycling programs.

Trivia

  • Due to the high demand for combination residences at the Laureate, the building offered an exclusive opportunity to combine four penthouse units into one large triplex featuring 10-bedrooms, over 7,000-square-feet of interior living space, and 2,600-square-feet of outdoor space.
  • Maurice Mann was the original developer for the condominium conversion that occurred at the Apthorp. He filed a lawsuit against his former partners, alleging they reneged on an agreement that would allow him to buy an apartment in the building.
    • At first, Broadwell Management agreed to sell him apartment 2C, but then refused and offered him 6A.
    • Mann and his business partner, Lev Leviev, had acquired the Apthorp for a record $426 million, which made it the single largest purchase of a residential property in United States history.
    • Following weeks of public litigation and the replacement of Mann Realty by the Feil Organization as the managing agent, Mann's apartment was put back on the market for $12 million. The building's owners, including Africa Israel USA, have ceded control of the building to lender Area Property Partners.[3]
    • Instead, Mann purchased penthouse 3A in the Laureate for $7.5 million, with a view of the Apthorp a few blocks further along Broadway.


References

  1. NY Condo Blog
  2. The Laureate
  3. NY Curbed


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