One Kenmare Square

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210 Lafayette Street, New York City, NY

One Kenmare Square
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One Kenmare Square in SoHo, NYC
Building Information
Developer Andre Balazs and Cape Advisors
Architect Richard Gluckman
Management Company Cooper Square Realty
Number of Units 56
Number of Floors 11
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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210 Lafayette Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Over 40 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning M1 - 5B
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

One Kenmare Square is a mid rise residential building located on Lafayette Street at Kenmare Street in the neighborhood of SoHo (South of Houston Street). The name One Kenmare Square is a bit of a misrepresentation, as there presently is no such location as Kenmare Square in New York City. Moreover, the building’s official address and location is along Lafayette Street. However, this building sits overlooking the triangle shaped park bordered by Lafayette, Centre, and Kenmare Streets, and this park was once known as Kenmare Square.

Joseph Petrosino

This was changed in 1987, when the park was renamed the Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park, in honor of police lieutenant Joseph Petrosino. Petrosino was the first Italian-American police lieutenant and was a driving figure in the fight against organized crime, a career that would ultimately cost him his life. He was assassinated in 1909 during a trip to Sicily, Italy.


This was likely due to his position as head of the Italian Squad, a group of Italian law enforcement officials dedicated to stopping the Italian mafia, and a position Petrosino achieved in 1908. One particularly notable event in Petrosino’s career was when he uncovered the plot to assassinate US President William McKinley. Petrosino alerted the Secret Service, but his warning went unheeded, and McKinley was assassinated on September 6th, 1901.


With Petrosino Park’s new name, Kenmare Square ceased to exist, and therefore when the name of One Kenmare Square was announced, many surrounding business owners were reportedly confused as to how the developers had acquired the name. However, the issue never came under dispute, and the name One Kenmare Square has remained to this day, despite the building’s physical location on Lafayette Street.[1]


Location

One Kenmare Square is located along Lafayette Street at the terminus of Kenmare Street, a road that has recently undergone a revival of sorts. Once the home of parking garages and mechanics, the gentrification of Kenmare Street began in the mid-2000s, when those businesses began to be replaced by restaurants and retail boutiques. Since then, rents for both commercial and residential space has been going up, signifying a surge in interest in this stretch of land.[2]


This building’s location along Lafayette Street places it on the border of SoHo and Nolita, although technically it just falls within the SoHo borders. Known for its loft residences and artist residents, SoHo has the distinction of starting the combination naming trend that has become so popular in New York City, with places like TriBeCa, Nolita, NoMad, NoHo, and DUMBO all as examples. Once a gritty corner of New York City, SoHo is now home to an array of upscale retail stores, fashionable boutiques, and trendy restaurants, and this neighborhood has been looked to as the blueprint for inner-city gentrification for cities across the United States.[3]


With the abundance of food and retail options within walking distance of One Kenmare Square, residents do not require a car to complete their daily errands. There are over 40 nearby transit routes, including the Spring Street subway station that is mere steps away.[4]


Construction

Andre Balazs

Hotelier and developer Andre Balazs had been a resident of SoHo for about 25 years when plans for One Kenmare Square were put into place. Balazs already had one prominent building in the neighborhood with his Mercer Hotel, the sister hotel of the famed Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, California. As the CEO and President of Andre Balazs Properties, Balazs owns and operates a long list of hotels and restaurants, as well as a small charter sea plane service from Manhattan to the Hampton. Balazs has also expanded his business into developing residential buildings in New York, such as the William Beaver House, 40 Mercer Street, and One Kenmare Square.[5]


Balazs originally brought in architect Jean Nouvel to design One Kenmare Square, although this project was eventually given over to architect Richard Gluckman of Gluckman Mayner Architects. Gluckman produced the building’s now famous wavy exterior facade for its Lafayette frontage, composed of a curving glass curtain wall. Construction on this building began in 2004 and was completed in 2005, and the building’s 56 units sold out quickly.[6]


Layout and Features

Standing 11 stories tall, One Kenmare Square holds 56 units ranging in size from studios to five bedroom penthouse suites.

Features within the apartments include solid ash hardwood flooring, ceiling heights of up to 12 feet, floor to ceiling windows, individually controlled heating and cooling systems, and in suite laundry.

Select units have terraces, and all windows have been triple glazed to keep out the sounds of the bustling SoHo neighborhood.

The kitchens come equipped with Bosch, Miele, Sub Zero, and Thermador appliances, grey lacquer cabinetry, and marble counter tops, while the bathrooms feature standing glass showers, soaking tubs, and marble finishes.[7]


Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans is presented.


Amenities

The view of Manhattan from One Kenmare Square
  • 24 hour Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Live in superintendent
  • Fitness Center
  • Storage facilities
  • Laundry facilities

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Bylaws

One Kenmare Square Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This building allows rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.
  • This building is pet friendly.

Sustainability

To date, One Kenmare Square has not received any LEED certifications, and therefore this building is not designated as a green building. Should residents wish to help improve their building’s overall sustainability, they can do so in several ways, including:

  • Participating in New York City’s recycling programs
  • Updating their appliances to more energy efficient models as they become available
  • Using environmentally friendly household products and cleaning materials
  • Using sustainable materials when renovating their apartments
  • Favoring walking and taking public transit over the use of a car

Trivia

The line of Cuddle Me Condos
  • Owners and residents of this building include Susan Bloomberg, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, and club owner Lou Marinelli.
  • One Kenmare Square was part of a line of building plush toys that were released in 2007 by Pandiscio Industries, titled “Cuddle Me Condos”. The other buildings in this line included 40 Mercer Street, Cipriani Residences, and Urban Glass House.[9]
  • The apartment owned by DJ AM has a tragic history, as the apartment’s first owner, Lou Marinelli, was killed in a motorcycle accident. DJ AM bought the apartment after this incident, and later died of an accidental drug overdose in the apartment.[10]

References

  1. NY Times
  2. The Real Deal
  3. Wikipedia - SoHo
  4. Walk Score
  5. Andre Balazs
  6. City Realty
  7. New Construction Manhattan
  8. Streeteasy
  9. Daddy Types
  10. Observer


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