250 East 53rd Street, New York City, NY
Veneto - Exterior
|Architect||Davis Brody Bond|
|Management Company||Related Residential Sales|
|Number of Units||137|
|Number of Floors||34|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|250 East 53rd Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Less than one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
BackgroundRelated Companies, also responsible for the Chatham, and Time Warner’s Residences at the Mandarin Oriental), the Veneto’s 137 luxury apartments opened for sale in 2008. The building combines clean lines and modern functionality with the richly appointed, “high-living” feel of the 1950s.
The Veneto stands within shouting distance of one of the most exclusive enclaves of affluence and wealth in the city: Sutton and Beekman Place. From Marilyn Monroe, to Freddie Mercury; from Aristotle Onassis to Sigourney Weaver, the Veneto’s famous corner of Turtle Bay has been home to fame and fortune for decades. Both Davis Brody Bond and Interior Designer Adam D. Tihany certainly kept that in mind from the ground through each of the building's 34 beautiful stories.
Some of the city’s oldest and most storied buildings are also near at hand. In addition to Beekman and Sutton Place, The Ansonia, The Apthorp, and the Barbizon Hotel for Women, now called the Barbizon 63, are all close by.
The Apthorp, in particular, is hard to miss. Completed in 1908, the building takes up an entire city block. As for the Ansonia, its famously thick walls made it a favorite home for musicians like Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Yehudi Menuhin.
For a building with such an elite clientele, the Veneto’s exterior isn’t boastful at all. Using warmly textured stone and brick, Architect Davis Brody Bond opted for a more classic cosmopolitan approach to the outside.
Rather than mirror the pre-war architecture of the surrounding area, Bond chose simple flares, like the 9th floor “wedding cake”: the four apartments on that level are set back, pulled in slightly to allow for a terrace.
Layout and Features
Not unlike its exterior, the Veneto’s interior showcases the kind of wealth that comes from clean, beautifully appointed quality.
A double-height lobby, complete with chandelier; marble flooring, granite worktops, and etched glass all come together to invite – rather than impress – residents.
Interestingly the building’s interior designer, Adam D. Tihany, has a passion for the Culinary Arts. The Veneto’s kitchens, including the one in the building’s private residents’ club “Terzo Piano”, are particularly stunning. 
A selection of the Veneto's one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans:
Put simply, this building has most everything. In addition to the residents’ private entertainment lounge, there’s “Giardino” (a serenity garden) and the “Arcobaleno” children’s playroom. Other luxuries include an on-site gym complete with fitness concierge, a 24 hour doorman and full-time regular concierge services. On-site parking and storage round out the list.
On the smallish downside, only the 9th floor is terraced. There are no other balconies. And since the neighborhood is so affluent, less public transportation means significant traffic from private vehicles.
- Apartments at the Veneto are available for both rental and purchase.
- The building is pet-friendly.
- There are no age restrictions on residency.
From a standard IRMA roof, to less common UV protected glass, The Veneto meets – and, in some respects, surpasses – sustainability requirements in New York.
All apartments feature top-of-the-line appliances, equipped with water and energy conservation options.
As noted, however, the neighborhood’s affluent status means a limited number of public transit options and a relative increase in emissions from private transit.
- After Babe Ruth was “sold” to The Yankees, the nearby Ansonia Hotel became his first home in New York. Legend has it that The Babe chased ladies in the halls and hired a hotel employee specifically to sort his fan mail, with these instructions: "Keep the dough and the pictures of the broads, and throw the rest out.”
- Formerly The Barbizon Hotel for Women, no men were allowed above the ground floor until 1981, when it began admitting them as guests. Even after its current renovations in 2005 to become Barbizon 63, there are still a small number of women living under the hotel’s old arrangements.
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