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Today's Featured Building: Galerie 515


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]


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.


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