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Carter's View

The almost finished building in a bluestone suit at 41 Bond Street in Noho is the latest addition to one of the city's most spectacular blocks.

While its "pin-stripes" are horizontal rather than vertical, this very elegant building sedately, and very nicely, fills a gap on this cobblestone block that was already noted for its architectural distinctiveness.

Although brownstone has long been the relatively fragile facade of choice for much of the city's townhouse inventory, this 9-story building's bluestone is a welcome alternative. Its seven apartments have already sold out.

In June, 2007, Adam Gordon, a self-service-storage magnate, purchased the property at 41-43 Bond Street for $7.7 million and the ornate and very handsome Bouwerie Lane Theater at 54 Bond Street on the northwest corner of The Bowery for $15 million.

He then commissioned Steven Harris, the architect who designed his townhouse at 92 Jane Street, to design a new building at 41-43 Bond Street with shutters on its front facade and a very modern glass, a metal rear facade, and a deep overhang above the set-back top floor to create shadows like a cornice although it does not extend beyond the building line.

In 2009, Mr. Gordon sold the site to DDG Partners, and its architects, DDG Design decided to clad its front with bluestone that also covers the protruding window surrounds that also contain flowerboxes.

The lobby has a bluestone concierge desk and sculpted seating.

Residences feature private elevator entry, soaring 11-foot ceilings, and 7 1/2-inch plank oak floors and radiant heating. Apartments have expansive, south-facing 45-foot-long "great rooms with three-sided fireplaces with floor-to-ceiling windows leading to 33-foot-long angled balconies.

The building has a 24-hour doorman/concierge.

The modern rear facade is a feature it shares with 25 Bond Street, one of the block's larger and more prominent buildings whose unusual street frontage conjures an abacus. The building is also notable because each apartment has four fireplaces and 89-foot-long entertaining spaces and two parking spaces.

As spectacular as 25 Bond Street is, it is not quite in the same league as 40 Bond Street whose luscious, curved, green-glass window surrounds dominate the block. Like 25 Bond Street, the top few floors are setback at 40 Bond Street, but its double-height street-level facade is its coup de grace: a graffiti-inspired fence runs across the bottom of the building in front of the three-sided townhouse entrances that are finished with embossed bronze with graffiti-like scrawls.

The building contains 27 condominium apartments, many with terraces, including five townhouses with private front entrances and rear gardens, and a triplex penthouse.

The building, which was developed by Ian Schrager and Aby Rosen and his partner Michael Fuchs, was completed in 2007. Mr. Schrager gained famed as Steve Rubell's partner at Studio 54, the famous New York disco of the late 1970s, and for his subsequent career as a hotelier whose projects included the Royalton and Paramount hotels in New York and the Delano in Miami.

Mr. Rosen is a major figure in New York City real estate who is an owner of the Seagram Building and Lever House on Park Avenue.

40 Bond Street was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural firm famous for its design of the Tate Modern Museum in London and the main stadium for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Architect Jacques Herzog has said that "the idea of gates came to us first," adding that they "gave us a signature, a scale and an individuality."

"Then we came up with the idea of something very chaotic which we thought could be seen as coming from urban street culture, where graffiti is part of the landscape," he added.

Residents of 40 Bond Street have access to all the services, amenities and privileges of the Gramercy Park Hotel that was also a Schrager project including worldwide concierge service, 24-hour telephone switchboard, guaranteed entrance to all bars and events available to hotel guests, and signing privileges for all hotel services.

At 40 Bond, they have housekeeping service, bathroom amenity services, catering services, supervised childcare and babysitting services, messenger services, newspaper delivery to door, pet walking and sitting services, fresh flower service, valet parking, limousine service, and room service.

At 48 Bond Street, Don Capoccia of BFC Partners built 48 Bond, a sedate, dark granite condop building with 17 apartments and a 60-foot-long swimming pool with a dramatic undulating ceiling. The design by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects LLP for the 11-story residential condominium building at 48 Bond Street incorporates some windows that slant downwards and project outwards from the facade.

The 7-story building is across the street from the handsome and curved residential condominium building at 57 Bond Street on the southwest corner at The Bowery.

This striking 6-story building was designed by Meltzer/Mandl Architects for Alchemy Properties and has a curved facade along Bond Street where it is across from the Bouwerie Lane Theater building that was designed by Harry Engelbert in 1874. The penthouses have wood-burning fireplaces, four-person hot tubs and outdoor showers.
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.
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