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Countering New York's spurt of glass-enclosed buildings, a new genre of hand-laid brick enclosed condo buildings have emerged Countering New York's spurt of glass-enclosed buildings, a new genre of hand-laid brick enclosed condo buildings have emerged
What’s old is new again - we’ve seen it happen in the fashion world often enough, and so it is the case with New York architecture. Following the great fire of 1835, New York mandated that all buildings be made of non-combustible materials. This led to a brick building boom with architecture luminaries like J.E.R. Carpenter, Emery Roth, and Rosario Candela setting new standards for residential living with brick and limestone cooperatives rising on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side.
Glass towers had lately seemed to be the new luxury standard (ahem, One57 and Central Park Tower), but hand-laid brick facades have started to make a comeback in recent luxury projects throughout New York. Some of the city’s most highly coveted neighborhoods happen to be part of historic districts, and it is true that brick buildings tend to get Landmarks approval more easily than their glittering counterparts. But even in non-designated neighborhoods, today’s luminaries are turning to hand-crafted, hand-laid bricks to bring a new level of bespoke craftsmanship to their new buildings. As Joe McMillan of DDG told The New York Times, “You’d think you couldn’t tell [a difference between hand-laid and paneled brick], but you know where you could? The apartments.”

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Front & York, 85 Jay Street
Front & York, 85 Jay Street DUMBO
135 East 79th Street
135 East 79th Street Carnegie Hill
196 Orchard Street
196 Orchard Street Lower East Side
180 East 88th Street
180 East 88th Street Carnegie Hill
Beckford House, 301 East 81st Street
Beckford House, 301 East 81st Street Yorkville
45-East-7th-Street-1 No. 45E7 circa March 2020 via CityRealty
A prime example of this commitment to craftsmanship can be seen at No. 45E7, a Morris Adjmi-designed condominium that has risen on the site of the 2015 gas East Village explosion that leveled the pre-existing walk-up building. The netting is coming down to reveal a beautiful brick facade and large but traditional windows. Lower Manhattan neighborhoods have seen an influx of glass buildings that look copied from Midtown and pasted onto lots, but Mr. Adjmi is known for his respect of historic neighborhoods. The new building looks like it has always been a part of the block, but a passer-by gasped, "I can't believe it went up so fast. There was no building there the last time I was here."
A sellout price is not listed on the offering plan filed for No. 45E7; nor are details about the condos within. However, a new crop of high-end buildings throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn has embraced the practice of hand-laid brick. We take a look at listings below.

45 East 7th Street
Developer: Nexus Development Group | Architect: Morris Adjmi Architects | Under Construction 2020
21 Condos | Sales Pending

No 45E7 Rendering credit: Morris Adjmi Architects
East Village condos

200 East 95th Street
Developer: Extell Development Company | Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle | Completed in 2019
6 three- to five-bedroom units from $4.3M

200-East-95th-Street-1 All images of The Kent via Beyer Blinder Belle/Extell Development
From the listing:
This exceptional 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom residence offers 3,564 square feet of living and entertaining space. Enter this gracious residence through a formal gallery and enjoy the spacious eat-in kitchen and expansive living and dining room. Expansive south, east and west-facing exposures offer open views of the city and East River. See floor plan and full details here.

76 Schermerhorn Street
Developer: Lonicera Partners, Orange Management, and The Davis Companies | Architect: Studio DB | Completion estimated for 2020
7 one- to four-bedroom units from 805K

76-Schermerhorn-Street-1 All images of The Symon via Compass
From the listing:
An inviting foyer with an inlaid oak wood flooring medallion with a basket-weave motif leads to and open concept living/dining and kitchen with three large windows. Custom cabinetry, white Statuarietto marble slab backsplash accented by white dove quartz countertops and polished nickel fixtures by Kallista are all signature details in this beautifully designed kitchen. Appointed with top appliances, the kitchen features BlueStar chef’s range, integrated Liebherr refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal.

The open layout and high ceilings gives this one-bedroom a lofty feel. The master bedroom is well-proportioned with ample closet space and abundant light through two southern windows. A spacious bathroom offers a Studio DB-designed vanity with Bardiglio marble countertop, Carrara Crema marble European tub and shower with a custom diamond-pattern, Waterworks fixtures in an antique brass finish and an inset, vintage-inspired medicine cabinet.
See floor plan and full details here.

110 Charlton Street
Developer: Strategic Capital, Cape Advisors, and Forum Absolute Capital Partners | Architect: Loci Anima | Completed in 2020
12 one- to three-bedroom units from $1.6M

110-Charlton-Street-1 All images of Greenwich West via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Perched on the 23rd floor, residence 23C at Greenwich West is an exceptional three-bedroom three and a half-bathroom condominium home which offers West, East, and North exposures with both city skyline and Hudson River views. An open kitchen and expansive triple exposure great room with 7 windows will make entertaining an everyday joy! Every detail of Greenwich West's interior has been carefully conceived and designed by Parisian architect Sebastien Segers.

Over-sized casement windows allow for abundant light to stream across wide-plank European white oak floors. In the kitchen, Miele appliances nestle into custom walnut integration, with metal lacquer and fluted mirror casework upper cabinetry crafted by Molteni&C. Uniquely formed islands unify bookshelves and are topped with a honed Carrara marble which continues across the counter-top and back-splash. The master bathrooms are sanctuaries clad in marble with engineered-rosewood wall hung vanities and polished nickel hardware.
See floor plan and full details here.

959 First Avenue
Developer: Toll Brothers City Living | Architect: Hill West | Completed in 2019
1 one-bedroom unit for $5,595/month

959-First-Avenue-1 The Sutton via Toll Brothers
The Sutton condos (CityRealty)
From the listing:
The apartment comes fully furnished with modern eclectic decor that has such a relaxing comfy feel to it. Upon entry, you will notice the space is flooded with spectacular sunlight from its oversized 9' windows that provide breathtaking east, northeast, and southeast river views (including the iconic Pepsi Cola sign). It features high ceilings and wide plank floors throughout. The open kitchen is perfect for entertaining and is all top of the line with custom cabinetry, stone countertops and island.

It features brand new Gaggenau appliances, including five-burner range, touch controlled oven, refrigerator, wine cooler, microwave and dishwasher. The king-sized bedroom has large windows for wonderful natural light. It has large custom Elfa closets that provide excellent space.
See floor plan and full details here.

Developer: DDG | Architect: DDG | Completed in 2020
3 two- to three-bedroom units from $2.9M

100-Franklin-Street-1 All images of 100 Franklin Street via Elliman
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From the listing:
A discreet, keyed elevator entry and gracious foyer leads to the Great Room featuring 10-foot ceilings and oversized, east-facing windows boasting unrivaled light, airiness and quintessential Tribeca views. The open kitchen boasts a custom-designed backsplash, marble surfaces with state-of-the-art Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances along with a beautiful, center island perfect for entertaining.

The master bedroom suite provides a spacious walk-in-closet, beautiful oversized windows and a luxurious ensuite bathroom showcasing marble with porcelain detailing, solid-surface double vanity with integrated sink, custom-mirrored medicine cabinet and Hansgrohe fittings in polished chrome.
See floor plan and full details here.

301 East 81st Street
Developer: Icon Realty Management | Architect: Studio Sofield | Completion estimated for 2020
9 two- to five-bedroom units from $2.5M

301-East-81st-Street-1 Renderings via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
From the listing:
A spacious entry foyer featuring herringbone flooring welcomes you, leading to a separate custom-designed Christopher Peacock eat-in kitchen with a stunning Statuary marble countertop and backsplash. The elegantly-appointed kitchen features a sophisticated appliance suite including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, freezer, wine refrigerator; Wolf six-burner gas range with a fully vented hood, microwave oven; and Miele dishwasher. A Franke sink is equipped with Dornbracht polished chrome fittings and an Insinkerator garbage disposal.

Adjacent to the kitchen, a spacious and airy living and dining room takes shape with meticulous detailing by Studio Sofield throughout, generous ceiling heights, and rift and quarter-sawn 4-inch wide white oak flooring with herringbone pattern.
See floor plan and full details here.

Developer: DHA Capital | Architect: Andre Kikoski | Completion estimated for 2020
6 one- to three-bedroom units from $1.8M

75-Kenmare-Street-1 All images of 75 Kenmare via Elliman
From the listing:
This bright and airy split corner residence features white oak floors throughout, expansive windows and a concealed laundry closet with washer and dryer. The well-appointed kitchen is outfitted with Gaggenau appliances, a marble island with a custom oak bar top, accented by a rear pewter topped counter, marble backsplash, matte-white cabinetry and an integrated oak paneled refrigerator. The master bedroom boasts an expansive walk-in closet and en-suite five fixture master bath; a true urban oasis. A freestanding Devon&Devon tub and frameless glass enclosed shower surrounded by French Vanilla marble and titanium Travertine walls and radiant heated floors, a custom floating elm dual vanity with Bianco drama marble countertop and sinks with brushed-nickel fixtures and a dramatic custom backlit satin bronze and nickel framed mirror. See floor plan and full details here.

Developer: DDG | Architect: DDG | Completed in 2020
5 two- to four-bedroom units from $3.7M

180-East-88th-Street-1 All images of 180 East 88th Street via DDG
From the listing:
Pre-war style inspired detailing has been refreshed to meet modern luxury expectations, including a formal elliptical entry gallery with coved ceilings and custom plaster wainscoting complimented by herringbone flooring. The primary entertaining areas feature custom-designed plaster cove ceilings, wainscoting and picture rails are paired with rich 7.5-inch wide Austrian White Oak Flooring, and expansive tall tilt & turn Albertini Italian window frames. Residence 10A features an open-plan living and dining area encompassing a custom-designed kitchen with white lacquered cabinetry by Molteni & C Dada for DDG, Statuario marble countertops, as well as a full suite of Gaggenau appliances and brass fixtures by Fantini. See floor plan and full details here.

Developer: Magnum Real Estate | Architect: Ismael Leyva | Completed in 2019
6 one- to three-bedroom units from $6.5M

196-Orchard-Street-1 All images of 196 Orchard Street via Nest Seekers
From the listing:
Features of this apartment include designer-selected wide plank white oak flooring, unique concrete ceilings, oversized casement windows with southern exposure, warm color tones and textures, high-end fixtures and finishes, and a convenient in-home washer/dryer.

Beyond a tasteful foyer adorned with a reach-in coat closet, the home flows into a spacious, open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen. The custom kitchen is equipped with an eat-in peninsula, bleached European walnut millwork, onyx lacquer cabinetry with under-cabinet LED lighting, sleek quartz countertops and backsplash, and a suite of fully-integrated appliances from Miele.
See floor plan and full details here.

85 Jay Street
Developer: CIM Group | Architect: Morris Adjmi Architects | Completion estimated for 2021
21 one- to three-bedroom units from $975K

85-Jay-Street-1 All renderings of Front & York via Morris Adjmi Architects
85-Jay-Street Front & York condos in the distance across the East River (CityRealty)
From the listing:
Elegant and refined interiors are graced with approximately 10’ ceilings and chevron-patterned white oak flooring. The custom designed chef’s kitchen seamlessly integrates with the dining area and living room and is equipped with a pantry and a full suite of state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances adding luster to the custom Morris Adjmi designed white oak cabinetry in a tobacco finish and hand-selected Calacatta Caldia marble counter tops and back splash. The master bedroom suite features a large walk-in closet and wide-plank white oak flooring. The master bath is a luxurious oasis that is adorned with Bianco Bello marble stone and radiant heated Grey River marble floors in a chevron pattern. See full details here.

Developer: The Brodsky Organization | Architect: Studio Sofield | Completed in 2013
3 three- to five-bedroom units from $7M

135-East-79th-Street-1 All images of 135 East 79th Street via Compass
From the listing:
With ceilings of over 10-ft, central HVAC, Lutron, Sonos, this apartment has the modern upgrades while maintaining the beauty of a classic build. Enter through the private elevator landing that leads into the public space of the home and be greeted by the sun spilling from 9’ x 9’ oversized windows in both the gracious 23-ft deep living room and formal dining room with Southern exposures. The eat-in kitchen is outfitted with Christopher Peacock cabinetry, marble countertops and backsplash, a Wolf six-burner range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and Miele dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

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