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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.

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. Furthermore, plantings help cool our cities and apartments by offsetting the urban heat island effect and preventing heat gain.
Unfortunately, flower boxes and green walls are only now beginning to enter the official real estate agent's "amenity" blue book—or should we say "green book?" They are occasionally found on elegant townhouses, accidentally on the sides of not-so-elegant tenement buildings, and act as trim for superstructures that stretch hundreds of feet in the air where they cannot be easily admired by passersby.

However, with a wave of green and sustainable thinking sweeping across the city, a number of architects and developers have begun to incorporate greenery into their designs to trap heat, improve air quality, and bring a touch of nature to city streets. Last month, we brought you buildings with interior green walls and now, with spring finally here, we take a look at buildings with flower boxes and vegetated facades.
305 Twenty Third Flower boxes under windows at 305 Twenty Third by Marin Architects

259-East-7th-Street-01 The Flowerbox Building via Can Resources
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.

Finished 1930, London Terrace Towers offers the ultimate in pre-war architectural details and a level of amenities that distinguish it from most others. Amenities include a full-time doorman, numerous porters, and a resident manager. One of its most famed features is the half-Olympic-sized pool in a windowed room surrounded by the original Craftsman tiles. There are also steam rooms and saunas, a landscaped roof deck, a laundry room, a bike room, and a private gym accessible with a small annual fee.

From the Listing: LIGHT, VIEWS, TERRACE - all-inclusive in a very stylish West Chelsea apartment!. This two-bedroom, two-bath home presents a rare opportunity to live near the top of the famed London Terrace Towers, the epicenter of the wonderful Chelsea neighborhood. The apartment encompasses a perfect blend of pre-war architecture and modern sensibilities. Moreover, the luminous sunlight, expansive views, and gracious terrace create a most unique residence. See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completed in 1908
1 available listing for $1.7M

159-West-24th-Street-01 Fake plants but at least they tried...
Carriage House is a landmarked building that was originally erected as a stable in 1901. The interiors have been masterfully converted to a highly modern boutique condominium, though not at the expense of such timeless touches as its light-colored facade, cornice, or flower boxes.

From the Listing: Today you will find a fabulously and exquisitely designed Ultra-modern functional Smart Home with beautifully preserved architecture from it's past. At approximately 1100+ sq. ft. this home has an open loft-like layout, ready to convert to a 2 bdrm if needed. Complete with 2 full bathrooms, a Bosch washer/dryer, blackout shades on all of the over-sized windows, stunning newly installed lighting, radiant heated bathroom floors, a Wolf gas cooktop, and convection wall oven, along with a Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher & wine cooler. See floor plan and full details here.

345-West-14th-Street-01 345 Meatpacking entrance via CityRealty
New condo construction is few and far between in the Meatpacking District, but this is not the only reason 345 Meatpacking took the neighborhood by storm. The building presents a modern take on the traditional architecture of the Gansevoort Market Historic District and features a hand-laid brick facade and green entrance marquee.

From the Listing: Welcome to this 1,301 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home. With Northern and Western exposures, this corner unit enjoys amazing light and open views of Chelsea. This home greets you with its large living and dining area adjacent to its open kitchen. The master bedroom is a generous size and features a large walk-in closet as well as an en suite, Spanish Travertine Marble covered bathroom with two sinks, a Clarke soaking tub and a separate rainfall shower. See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completed in 2007

Condo | Completed in 2018
1 available listing for $6M

152-Elizabeth-Street-01 152 Elizabeth Street via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
152 Elizabeth Street is Pritzker Prize laureate Tadao Ando's first residential work outside of Asia, and brings a peaceful, Zen-inspired aesthetic to a bustling downtown block. Mr. Ando has said that he wanted this building to produce "a very tranquil feeling," and a living ivy wall can surely help with that. The organic design features several seasonal vines, and grows and changes according to the different seasons.

From the Listing: Residence 2E features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one powder room. With gracious proportions at 2,015 square feet, the interiors evoke a thoughtful sense of craft and refinement never found in new development. Private, key-operated elevator access opens to a serene entry gallery laid in Pietra Cardosa stone. Recessed, ambient, and cove lighting by celebrated designer Cooley Monato provide a soft glow, and a state-of-the-art humidification system is ideal for the preservation of artwork. The residence is framed by 14-20' Dinesen Heart Oak flooring and wrapped oak corridors, concealed ventilation systems, and architectural wall reveals throughout the residence. See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completed in 2015
1 available listing for $4.2M

325-West-Broadway-01 XOCO 325 via DDG
Fresh off its successes at 41 Bond Street and 345 Meatpacking, DDG turned its attention to Soho with XOCO 325, a LEED-certified boutique condominium inspired by the 19th-century cast iron buildings around it. The cast aluminum facade features vertical gardens, and the amenities package includes a private garden, fitness studio under a green roof, and landscaped roof.

(Photo credit: Robert Granoff)
From the Listing: Residence 4B at the iconic Soho XOCO 325 is a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom apartment with high ceilings and windows, Austrian white oak floors, and views over SOHO's West Broadway from every room.

The open kitchen features white lacquer cabinetry, honed Black Saint Laurent marble center island, Bianco Greciale marble countertop and backsplash, and a full suite of Gaggenau appliances. This space flows into the large living and dining room that boasts natural light from its southern and western exposures.
See floor plan and full details here.

Co-op | Completed in 1920
4 available listings from $2.4M - $4M

210-West-90th-Street-01 Astor Court courtyard via Corcoran
One of the Upper West Side's original grand apartment houses, Astor Court's residents-only courtyard can be glimpsed through side street entrances. This spans a full block and features flowering plants, shade trees, and seating areas.

From the Listing: The perfect West Side Story you have been dreaming, of has arrived! Extraordinary Prewar home with extensive custom detailing. Built and customized by artist Allison Eden for both entertaining and comfortable living. Three extra-large king-sized bedrooms, separated for maximum privacy each with its own bathroom accommodations. Incredibly beautiful custom tile work designed by artist Allison Eden embodies the bathrooms and kitchen. ; See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completion estimated for 2021
12 available listings from $620K - $4.2M

Renderings of Saint Marks Place via Grain London
58-Saint-Marks-Place-01 Rendering of Saint Marks Place via Grain London
In a stretch of Brooklyn best known for its historic brownstones and rowhouses, a full-block condominium is taking shape at 58 Saint Marks Place. The landscaped entrance gives it a more congruous appearance on its tree-lined block. This was designed by Terrain, as was the building's central courtyard and roof deck with seating, lounging, grilling, and screening areas.

From the Listing: Introducing PH1105, a 1718 square foot 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom duplex home with western exposures, 10' ceilings. The residence also features a 197 square foot full-length terrace with electric outlets.

Designed by INC Architecture & Design, each residence at Saint Mark's Place features carefully detailed finishes and fixtures. 7" White Oak floors with sound canceling insulation, solid core interior doors, and double glazed windows provide a quiet and serene environment. Thoughtful touches include independent thermostatic controls for each room provided by a split-system HVAC, pre-wired built-in shade pockets, and junction boxes in the living, dining, and bedrooms.
See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completed in 2020
4 available listings from $1.6M - $2.1M

305-23rd-Street-01 305 Twenty Third via Marin Architects
Across the street from the historic Greenwood Cemetery, a new boutique condominium is a green oasis in and of itself. Its stately brick facade is punctuated by windows with flower boxes, and the building is topped with a leafy roof deck. All apartments have private outdoor space, and the building's lounge opens up to a landscaped garden.

From the Listing: Residence 4E is an expansive home with a generously sized living space, three comfortably proportioned bedrooms, and two and a half baths. This modern home features a large 8 x 13 outdoor terrace that faces south over lush 23rd Street with protected treetops views of the beautiful Greenwood Cemetery, an arboretum, and green refuge with a wonderful park-like setting. Thoughtfully laid out with a loft-like airy great room and large open kitchen this home offers wonderful flow. The kitchen is appointed with generous storage through the use of custom cabinetry that add utility and maximizes the space. There are Trambiserra honed marble countertops, dual-tone custom cabinetry, and top-of-the-line appliances by Liebherr, Bosch and LG. See floor plan and full details here.

Condo | Completed in 2011

41-Bond-Street-01 41 Bond Street via CityRealty
41 Bond Street livens up its bluestone facade with matching planters integrated into the stone of the deep-set windows. The importance of nature extends to the full-floor apartments inside, all of which have private outdoor space.

Condo | Completed in 1913

640-West-End-Avenue-01 640 West End Avenue via CityRealty
On the Upper West Side, 640 West End Avenue brings a touch of greenery to its block with lush landscaping on the majority of the building. Residents enjoy high ceilings, gracious hallways, rich architectural details, and convenient access to Riverside Park.

Condo | Completion estimated for 2023

89-Schenectady-Avenue-01 Rendering of 89 Schenectady Avenue via YossiG Design
On the border of Stuyvesant Heights and Crown Heights, work is underway on a highly nature-oriented new boutique condominium. Renderings show a facade bedecked with greenery, and the building is set to feature private balconies, a lobby with a green wall, and a roof terrace.

Monarch Sanctuary, 23-25 Cleveland Place, Nolita

Commercial | Proposed

At the beginning of March 2020, non-profit Terreform ONE presented a proposal for a commercial building that would feature a butterfly sanctuary as its facade and the lining of its atrium. Open plantings of milkweed and nectar flowers on the roof, rear facade, and terrace would provide a natural breeding ground and habitat for monarch butterflies, while semi-enclosed colonies in the atrium and facade would foster population growth. LED screens at street level would provide magnified live views of the caterpillars and butterflies, and a lushly planted facade would bring new greenery to its downtown block. It is unclear how such a project would fit in on this block in a landmarked district, but we can say that this would be an incredible opportunity to help save the monarch butterfly and bring a pioneering building to the city. The project is currently navigating city approvals.
Monarch-Sanctuary-01 Rendering via Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joaquim, PhD

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