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Tempo, 300 East 23rd Street

At The Southeast corner of Second Avenue

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Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

Tempo is an attractive, 19-story residential condominium building at 300 East 23rd Street on the southeast corner at Second Avenue. 

It was developed by Quantum Partners of Manhattan and the Menolly Group of Ireland. 

It has 98 apartments and was completed in 2009.

It was designed by Kutnicki Bernstein. D’Apostrophe Design, which is headed by Francis D’Haene, handled the interior design.

Bottom Line

A slick glass tower that is convenient to Gramercy Park and the Flatiron District and good public transportation with large living rooms.

Description

The building has a mostly glass façade but there are mid-façade, balconies angled inwards as if the building were taking a giant breath of air. The building has a setback with more traditional corner balconies. 

The lobby has a 25-foot-high ceiling.

Amenities

The building's concierge services are provided by Abigail Michaels and it also features a fitness center designed and outfitted by Gym Source, a 2,000-square-foot garden with a screening area for films, a library, a sky lounge with outdoor kitchen, a bicycle room and storage units.

Apartments

Apartments have 10-foot-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, monitored security system by Unitone, black Merbau wood 5-inch wood floorings, Bosch washers and dryers.  Many apartments have balconies. 

Kitchens have lacquer cabinetry by Gruppo Italia, SMC stone countertops and backsplashes, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Bosch dishwashers and Bosch stainless-steel gas cooktops and ovens. 

Bathrooms have terrazzo walls and floor, glacier glass tile accent wall, and over-counter mounted sink and Zuma tubs.

Apartments 3C to 12C are one-bedroom, one-bath units with 30-foot-living/dining rooms with open kitchens with an island. 

Apartment 14C is a two-bedroom unit with a 27-foot-long living/dining room with an open kitchen with an island and a 1,809-square-foot wrap-around terrace and a 11-foot-long library. 

Apartment 14B is a three-bedroom corner unit with an 831-square-foot terrace and a 33-foot-living dining room with an open kitchen. 

Apartment 3G to 12B is a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath unit with a 26-foot-long living/dining room with an open kitchen, a 10-foot-long home office and a 55-square-foot balcony. 

Apartment 14A is a two-bedroom unit with a 32-foot-long living/dining room with an open kitchen and a 417-square-foot-terrace and a 105-square-foot terrace.

History

According to a September 21, 2008 article in The New York Times by C. J. Hughes, the centerpiece of the building's sales office was a "suitcase-size three-dimensional building [that] appears to spin in midair while words like 'home' and 'love' flash intermittently," a hologram.

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