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Today's Featured Building: Superior Ink


The Superior Ink condominium at 469 West Street was designed by Robert A. M. Stern best known for his work on 15 Central Park West, the Chatham, and the Brompton. This 17 story building housing 62 apartments facing the Hudson River, was developed by The Related Companies and is combined with seven townhouses along Bethune Street. The project was completed in 2009.

Layout of the Superior Ink recreation and amenities level
When he is not designing residential buildings, Robert A. M. Stern is the dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and a published author of a series of historical architectural series of books. Titles in his series include New York 1880, New York, 1900, New York, 1930, New York, 1960, and the recently published New York, 2000.[1] Stern's design incorporated more masonry than some of the other new developments in the area, more in keeping with the character of the West Village.

Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, and The Related Companies, famous for its co-development of the Time Warner Center, bought the former Superior Ink factory for $41 million in the fall of 2006. Upon completion, one of the penthouses was listed for $39.5 million.

The factory was a discrete warehouse on the corner of Bethune Street. Nostalgic locals were upset to see it leveled but reactions turned positive when the historically conscious condominium complex rose out of the rubble.

The townhouses feature garden terraces, elevators, and a few have variations like bay windows and stoops, causing them to be slightly unique. Overall, the townhouses relate well to traditional Greenwich Village townhouses whereas, the tower component reflects the industrial heritage of the the district.


Superior Ink is located right on the Hudson River with only the Lincoln Highway between the building and the Hudson River Greenway along the waterfront. Today, the Hudson River Greenway is the most heavily used bikeway in the United States. In addition to the Greenway, there are numerous other parks and green spaces for residents of Superior Ink to enjoy. The soccer fields of Pier 40 are nearby, Jackson Square, and also, the Village Green.


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