This week we’re sharing some prescient words from Ralph Walker, the late influential architect who is the subject of Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century, the new exhibit on display within 212 West 18th Street, which has been renamed Walker Tower in his honor. This sign hangs in what will soon be Walker Tower’s residential lobby, and was created by Let There Be Neon, the legendary TriBeCa signage shop. See it before the exhibit closes on May 1!
Tuesday night marked the celebratory opening of Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century, the first exhibit honoring the work of the influential architect Ralph Walker, who helped shape New York’s skyline in the 1920’s and ’30s. That name should ring familiar thanks to all the attention surrounding Walker Tower, the conversion of one of Walker’s classic buildings at 212 West 18th Street in Chelsea into 53 luxury condominiums. CORE will launch sales in the building later this spring, and the ground floor of Walker Tower is currently housing the exhibit, which is open to the public, by appointment only, through May 1. Go to the exhibition website for information on making a reservation.
The event also doubled as a book signing to benefit the Museum of the City of New York by Kathryn Holliday, whose book on Walker, also called Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century, will be published by Rizzoli in September. For more on Walker’s contributions and the exhibition, check out the fantastic coverage by Dwell and New York magazine, and to see photos from the event — including notable faces in the crowd, and the impressive model of what Walker Tower will look like when the restoration and conversion is finished — see the gallery on CORE’s Facebook page.
After last week’s look at homes for book lovers we thought we’d throw the spotlight on another form of collecting. New York is famous for its cultural institutions and museums, but there are just as many great works of art hanging on the walls of private apartments as there are in the Met. High ceilings and sturdy walls with spaces for canvases are some of the most sought-after real estate features these days. Here are our favorite properties on the market that are ideal for displaying your collection.
What better place to start when discussing than Chelsea, the gallery capitol of New York City? This full-floor penthouse in the ultra-modern Yves building has plenty of glass walls, but the interiors provide ample space for even the largest paintings to be installed, as witnessed by the current décor. The grandiose scale of the apartment means that it won’t get overwhelmed by even the largest installations.
It’s pretty rare to find a great one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side, as the housing stock is primarily composed of larger apartments and townhouses. So, naturally, this home at 140 West End Avenue caught our eye with its practical layout and sun-splashed interior. Laid out to have some separation between the living room and dining area, it feels much larger than the typical 1BR. What else caught our eye? The asking price, especially when considering the immaculate condition of this turn-key apartment.
A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.
“Houses of the week”
New York Post
The very cool full-floor loft at TriBeCa’s 77 Hudson Street, where historic wooden beams intersect with opaque glass walls (above), was spotlighted by the Post, which talked about the “contemporary floor plan in a classic loft space.”
“Goodbye Malaria, Hello Condos”
New York Times
In his Big Deal column on the luxury real estate popping up along the north side of Central Park, Alexei Barrionuevo cites CORE’s new 1280 Fifth Avenue project as one of the buildings where an amazing Central Park view can be had for relatively cheap, and he speaks with CORE’s Tom Postilio and Parul Brahmbhatt about the building.
“Slide home: stairs optional at this East Village pad”
New York Daily News
The East Village penthouse with an indoor steel slide, listed by CORE’s Lindsee Silverstein and Elizabeth Kee, is fun for all ages, the Daily News reports, including people in their 70s. The unique duplex has been getting some unique press, as we mentioned last week, including a very cool video made by Curbed, and write-up by New York magazine.
“3 tips to seal the deal on your new home”
CORE Managing Director Tom Postilio offers advice for first-time buyers.
If you build it, they will come. And by “it,” we of course mean a penthouse with a steel slide connecting its two luxurious levels, and by “they,” New York City’s real estate media. CORE’s “Slide Penthouse” listing at the East Village’s A Building is receiving another wave of press, including AOL’s House of the Day and a profile with some great photos in the New York Daily News. But the coolest mention might just be from Curbed videographer David Sherwin, who stopped by the $3.99 million, 2,400-square-foot penthouse to capture the slide in action. His video can be seen on Curbed and directly above, and for more on the penthouse, check out the Elizabeth Kee and Lindsee Silverstein listing.
The rising 1 World Trade Center is changing the face of the Lower Manhattan skyline as it climbs all the way up to 1,776 feet, which will make it America’s tallest building. On the Lower East Side, another downtown neighborhood, but one known more for nightlife and historic tenements than tourists and office towers, the view from 195 Bowery is perfectly unobstructed, giving you a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the changing cityscape. Looking out over the rooftops, all the way to the skyscrapers of the Financial District, the view cuts to the core of what New York City really is: a collection of diverse neighborhoods.
HGTV’s “Selling New York” follows CORE agents as they navigate the country’s most competitive—and compelling—real estate market. Here’s our behind-the-scenes look at Episode #509, which first aired on March 22, 2012. For more SNY recaps, click here.
In “Strategic Marketing,” CORE Managing Director Vickey Barron was faced with the challenge of listing a Fifth Avenue penthouse that two brokers had previously failed to sell. With her seller stressing the importance of getting the $6.995 million penthouse into contract quickly to facilitate his move to Florida, and with a fairly strict building policy of no public or broker open houses, Vickey had to get her creative juices flowing. In order to come up with new ideas on how to market and sell her new listing at The Brevoort in Greenwich Village, Vickey decided to enlist the help of her fellow CORE brokers by hosting a friendly marketing competition. The two teams of two toured the penthouse and partnered up with architects and designers to create a new marketing strategy.
After a few weeks, both teams regrouped and presented their marketing strategies to a group of colleagues, potential buyers and the competition’s judges – Vickey, CORE CEO Shaun Osher and The Brevoort’s board President, Diane Nardone. Each team presented a variety of marketing strategies that ranged from architectural renderings of possible renovations to historic information on the building and surrounding neighborhood. After much debate the judges picked a winning team, and just three weeks later, Vickey had an accepted offer on the penthouse and a very happy seller. Keep on reading for some exclusive behind-the-scenes information about what didn’t make it into last night’s episode of “Selling New York” and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling!
Not everyone thinks that Kindles are the future. For those who still love the feeling of curling up with a book, or at least giving off the impression that they do, we’ve found the perfect apartments. Wondering what walls can hold a new bookshelf when stepping into a new apartment? Wonder no more with these three.
The lower level of this Chelsea duplex is all living and entertaining space, and features a beautiful cherry wood built-in bookcase. It brings a touch of old-world charm to a contemporary apartment, and adds some ideal storage space to an urban living environment. There are also a pair of balconies for when the weather is too nice to read The Hunger Games indoors.
As Curbed points out today, some signage has just gone up at Walker Tower, where CORE will be launching sales of the 53 luxury condominiums in this grand pre-war Art Deco building later this spring. The press has been following the project closely, but the new signs reveal an exciting facet of the project that hasn’t yet been mentioned. Beginning next week, the building will host Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century, the first exhibit exploring the life and career of the influential architect Ralph Walker, whom Frank Lloyd Wright called “the only other honest architect in America.” This exhibit on Walker, designer of the Barclay-Vesey Building, Irving Trust Building (aka One Wall Street) and of course Walker Tower, will be open to the public, by appointment only. It will feature large models of Walker’s masterpieces, along with archival drawings and plans, and interactive digital displays guiding visitors through Walker’s landmark career. For a taste of what to expect, and to make a reservation, visit the exhibit website.