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Carter's View

The Flowerbox Building at 259 East 7th Street The Flowerbox Building at 259 East 7th Street
Friendly faces in windows or on fire escapes make for kind, lovable neighborhoods, according to Jane Jacobs's brand of urban understanding. Just imagine what friendly faces admiring their blooming window flower boxes can do.

Unfortunately, flower boxes have not yet entered the official real estate agent's "amenity" blue book—or should we say "green book?" They are found only irregularly on elegant townhouses, or not-so-elegant tenement buildings, and proposed for super structures that stretch hundreds of feet in the air where they cannot be easily admired by passersby.

Turning the tide toward increased flower boxes is the Flowerbox Building at 259 East 7th Street, between avenues C and D in the East Village, built anew in 2007.

Designed by Derek Sanders of CAN Resources, the building, with eight condominium apartments, has a glass-and-metal entrance marquee and large, multi-paned windows that recall some of the handsome pre-war industrial buildings in Soho and Tribeca. Its window planters are 18 inches deep and run the width of the lower floors.

The tree-lined block on East 7th Street is one of the nicest in the East Village, with several handsome townhouses and proximity to several of the area's very lush and impressive community gardens.

The Flowerbox Building is among the most attractive low-rise buildings in the city, and easily the most appealing in the East Village—even more so than the huge Lower East Side Consolidation II developments nearby that boast three-story red-brick buildings surrounding large communal gardens.
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Currently available in the building is Unit #4W, a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath duplex loft with a private keyed elevator, 12-foot-high ceilings, casement French Doors, and the building's signature self-irrigating flowerboxes. The home is on the market for $4.195 million or $1,694 a square foot.
52 Riverside Drive (l); 160 Riverside Drive (r)
Other buildings with flower boxes include 30 East 85th Street, where they can be found on ledges flanking the entrance—a convenient solution to providing sidewalk landscaping on very narrow sidewalks.

The prettiest flower box in Manhattan is probably at 52 Riverside Drive, and perhaps the cutest is at the base of the curved corner of 160 Riverside Drive.
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41 Bond Street, a DDG design and development in NoHo, livens up the bluestone facade with beautiful matching planters integrated into the stone of its deep inset windows.
A former stable, Chelsea's Carriage House takes a more traditional approach with its overhanging flowerboxes that decorate each window.
Flower boxes help soften the edges of our brick-and-mortar environment, and thanks to perennials, they can add visual warmth even in winter.

Indeed, their pretty presence in even the most humble surroundings is a sign of optimism and of the indomitable power of beauty to make us smile, knowing that someone cares.
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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.