Monthly Archives: May 2014

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“That 70′s style still lives in lobbies and living rooms”

While he confesses to never having seen an episode of Mad Men, Scott Aaron believes this season’s Sterling Cooper crew would get a kick out of the funky downtown 70s arts scene that he commissioned interior designer Andres Escobar to create for 56 Fulton.

“It’s photography based inspiration from the downtown New York 1970s and 80s scene. Think Patti Smith, The Ramones, Andy Warhol ,” said Aaron, a partner on the venture with the Brauser family which has owned the site, currently a parking garage, for over 30 years.

“I was walking through SoHo looking through photos at the Morrison Hotel Gallery and the John Varvatos store and was inspired to do something that was very downtown New York and thought the candid images of iconic rock and roll artists from that era were really edgy. I brought the idea to Andres and he came up with some really amazing designs and we went with it.”


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“Stonehenge, SL Green Complete 1080 Amsterdam Renovation in NYC”

New York—Stonehenge Partners and SL Green Realty Corp. have opened 1080 Amsterdam, a rental apartment tower in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. It’s the seventh property by this particular partnership—in this case a redevelopment of an older structure.

The property is just south of Columbia University, and dates from the early 1930s. It was formerly staff housing for the nearby St. Luke’s Hospital Center; Stonehenge and SL Green leased the property for 99 years in late 2012.

The 95 apartments at 1080 Amsterdam range from studios to two-bedrooms, including some terraced residences with private outdoor space. At the top of the tower is a full-floor penthouse with two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms, a formal dining room and wrap-around terrace with views from Columbia University to the Financial District.

Monthly rents range from $2,500 to $12,000, and move-ins starting around the beginning of June. The partners haven’t released pre-leasing figures yet.

The 20-story property was renovated by Steven Kratchman Architects and re-envisioned for the Upper West Side with interiors by designer Andres Escobar. The two-year renovation project included revamping the building’s mechanical systems, as well upgrades to windows and corridors.

Each apartment includes various high-end finishes, such as hardwood floors, Scavolini Italian cabinetry, and Caesarstone countertops. Common amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby, fitness center with a private studio, a media lounge with a flat-screen TV, and a bike storage hub. The property’s residents will also have access to events at the property and other Stonehenge properties, such as fitness classes, dinner parties with noted chefs, and private movie screenings.


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“Harlem Hospital Housing Turned Rentals Start at $2,500”

Developer-slash-property manager Stonehenge seems to like turning hospital staff quarters into apartments for laypeople non-medical professionals with a decent budget. Last summer St. Vincent’s staff housing completed its conversion to 160 rental apartments downtown, and now, leasing just started at the company’s newest project, which is… St. Luke’s staff housing converted into 95 rentals. In the 1931-built Art Deco tower at 1080 Amsterdam, renovated by Steven Kratchman Architects with interior design by NYC darling Andres Escobar, Stonehenge and developer-teammate SL Green are offering studios range from $2,500 to $2,800 a month, one-bedrooms from $3,500 to $4,000, and two-bedrooms from $6,495. The photos above and below offer the first look at the apartments’ interiors, in which sunken living rooms and hardwood floors seem to be a thing; the first move-ins are slated for June 1.