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555 West 23rd Street nearing completion
By Carter Horsley   |   From Archives Monday, July 11, 2005
Finishing touches are being applied to the handsome 14-story, red-brick apartment building at 555 East 23rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

The building originally was conceived as a rental development, but recently submitted plans to become a condominium. Douglaston Development, owned by Jeffrey E. Levine and the project's architect, Stephen B. Jacobs, is the developer. Interior designer Andi Pepper collaborated on the project with Mr. Jacobs as she did at the Ganesvoort Hotel in the meat-packing district to the south.

It is the second major building on the block just to the west of the High Line elevated rail road tracks that will be converted into a park to be erected as a rental and then changed to a condominium. The other is the Marais at 520 West 23rd Street on the north side of the street. Another large and impressive rental building, the Tate, is just to the east of 555 West 23rd Street. Two other small lots on the same side of the street are also being developed as condominium projects, the Avant at 559 West 23rd Street, and the High Line 519 at 519 West 23rd Street.

These buildings are at the epicenter of Chelsea's art gallery district and convenient to the Chelsea Piers.

555 West 23rd Street has 337 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments, some with terraces on the upper floors. The building, which extends through to 24th Street where it has 12 floors, has a doorman, a concierge, valet services, a fitness room and a landscaped outdoor courtyard.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.