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Lower East Side Condos with style Lower East Side Condos with style
Widely known for its tenement buildings, the gritty and "real" Lower East Side might be trading those in for swanky new residential developments. And while that typically means a lot of cookie-cutter condos, the neighborhood has allowed (or forgiven) some cutting-edge designs to rise.
While architecturally adventurous new buildings have altered certain streetscapes, the Essex Crossing mega-development is guaranteed to transform the Lower East Side as a whole. Described as "the anti-Hudson Yards" by The New York Times, it has brought the International Center of Photography, a new Regal Cinemas multiplex, new office and retail space, a sprawling new home for Essex Market, the new Market Line food hall, and a 15,000-square-foot public park to the neighborhood. By the time the project is complete (estimated for 2024), it will also have brought 1,079 new housing units, more than half of which will be permanently affordable, to the area.
Essex-Crossing-01 Rendering of Essex Crossing via Delancey Street Associates
Most recently, One Essex Crossing is winding down construction and getting ready to house a portion of the Market Line food hall, 175,000 square feet of office space, and 83 condos on floors 6-14. A sellout was not listed on an offering plan, but prices are said to range from $975K for studios to $4.1 million for three-bedrooms. Select units will have private terraces, and amenities will include a green roof, lounge, and fitness center. Occupancy is estimated for early 2021, and a sales launch is expected for this fall. While we wait, we take a look at some of the most architecturally inspired and eye-catching new buildings on the Lower East Side.
202-Broome-Street-01 Rendering of One Essex Crossing via VMI Studio
202-Broome-Street-02 Construction progress circa October 2020 via CityRealty

Designed by SHoP Architects | Built in 2018

55 Units | 14 Floors

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242 broome street architecture (CityRealty)
Closings have commenced at 242 Broome, the first condo offering within the game-changing Essex Crossing development. Designed by SHoP Architects, the building's signature champagne-aluminum façade gently torques to the west, enhancing views while beautifully reflecting the neighborhood's surrounding architecture. The 14-story, 55-unit building has one- to three-bedroom residences refined by DXA Studio. Shared amenities are specifically designed to promote socialization, wellness, and relaxation. They include an entertainment lounge which can seat 18 guests in a kitchen and dining area, a fitness center, a children's playroom, and a pool table. To top it all off, the building has a landscaped and furnished rooftop with grills and sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
242-Broome-Street-02 Interiors via Compass

Designed by Adamson Associates | Built in 2019

811 Units | 80 Floors

One- to three-beds from $1.25M - $7.86M

one manhattan square, 252 south street All images of One Manhattan Square via Extell
Extell Development’s gargantuan One Manhattan Square at 252 South Street is one of the largest ground-up condos every constructed in Manhattan. The 811-unit, glass-clad tower, designed by Adamson Associates Architects, is now a defining presence in the Lower Manhattan landscape. The 80-story building has more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities on offer, spanning four floors. Those amenities include a spa, 75-foot swimming pool, a full basketball court, a two-lane bowling alley, a squash court, and a 70-person movie theater.

Designed by ODA Architecture | Built in 2017

38 Units | 12 Floors

One- to two-beds from $1.4M - $2M

100 Norfolk street ODA (ODA)
Located across the street from Blue, Adam America's cantilevered glass and truss condo hosts 38 studio through three-bedroom residences. Strict zoning laws and a narrow lot forced ODA architects to get exceptionally creative; the team maximized the floor area towards the top of the building, resulting in a top floor that has double the footprint of the ground level. No two units are identical, but they all boast double pane floor-to-ceiling windows, oak flooring, a washer and dryer, and custom kitchens with Quartz countertops and backslashes and appliances by Gaggenau. 100 Norfolk offers a concierge, fitness center, yoga room, a common roof deck, outdoor garden lounge, and more.
100-Norfolk-Street-04 Interiors via Douglas Elliman

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron | Built in 2016

11 Units | 28 Floors

Two- to six-beds from $6.5M - $14M

215 Chrystie Street Herzog de meuron (CityRealty)
This exoskeleton structure was designed by the Swiss Pritzker-price winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, known for designing 56 Leonard. The 314-foot-tall building houses a 367-room hotel called Public on the lower floors and just 11 condos above. Apartments feature column-free interiors by renowned minimalist English architect John Pawson, 270- and 360-degree unobstructed views, 10' ceilings, and fully-integrated kitchen appliances from Miele and Wolf. Residents have access to hotel services and amenities, including concierge service, in-apartment dining, two landscaped gardens, a fitness center, and communal workspaces.
215-Chrystie-Street-02 Interiors via Olshan Realty

Designed by Bernard Tschumi with SLCE Architects | Built in 2007

32 Units | 16 Floors

One- to two-beds from $1.05M - $2.5M

blue tower 105 norfolk street (Sotheby's International Realty)
Finished in 2007, Blue at 105 Norfolk Street is a 16-floor, 32-unit condo tower designed by Bernard Tschumi. Notable for its pixelated facade of varying shades of blue, the sculptural tower juts into the low-slung Lower East Side skyline with sharp angles and bold color. Apartments have great views, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bamboo floors. Kitchens have glass-fronted cabinets and bathrooms have pebbled floors and raised sinks. Amenities include individual storage units, communal outdoor spaces on the second and fifth floors and a plaza with bamboo trees.
(Douglas Elliman)

Designed by GLUCK+ | Built in 2018

45 Units | 7 Floors

Two- to three-beds from $1.6M - $2.65M

150 rivington street rendering (GLUCK+)
The building rises to 7 floors with 45 units and construction is expected to finish this year; it was developed by Cogswell Lee with a design by Gluck+. The exterior features a gleaming glass facade with alternating glass and opaque panels to provide a balance of light and privacy. Homes have spacious living and dining areas with wire brushed oak flooring and translucent sliding glass doors to create flexible living spaces. Building amenities include a bike room, fitness center, and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen and stunning city views.
150-Rivington-Street-03 (Compass)

Designed by AA Studio | Built in 2018

28 Units | 11 Floors

One- to three-beds from $1.1M - $5M

287 East Houston architecture (AA Studio/ Hogg Holdings)
The façade of 287 East Houston Street, said to be inspired by Italian design trends, sports floor-to-ceiling windows and features blackened steel and black bricks. AA Studio is responsible for the design and Jeffrey Cole Architects was the architect of record. The 27-unit condo, developed by Vinci Partners and Hogg Holdings, has washer/dryer units in each apartment and heated flooring in the master baths. Amenities include a landscaped rooftop terrace, a bicycle room, a fitness center, and a part-time doorman.

Designed by Ogawa Depardon Architects | Built in 2008

9 Units | 11 Floors

Two-bedroom for $2.3M

30 Orchard Street (Sotheby's International Realty/ Ogawa Depardon Architects)
An expansion of this building in 2008 added several floors to produce an 11-story condominium with nine homes. It features a spiffy modernist facade designed by Ogawa Depardon Architects with stunning fenestration that combines wood window frames and corten steel. An elevator brings you to the full floor homes which have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies or terraces. Convenient amenities include a virtual doorman, a package room and private storage.
30-Orchard-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman

Architect: nARCHITECTS | Built in 2005

5 Units | 7 Floors

The Switch Building’s lively, angled front façade designed by nARCHITECTS has awarded 106 Norfolk Street recognition by the American Institute of Architects and Lower East Side locals alike as the neighborhood’s newest landmark. Amenities such as bay windows, air conditioners, and balconies have been incorporated into the cladding for a unique look that creates subtle variations in shadows and reflections, not to mention enhances the full-floor apartments within. Additional features include state-of-the-art chef’s kitchens, home theater systems, in-unit washer/dryers, and abundant storage space.

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Designed by INC Architecture & Design | Built in 2017

94 Units | 11 Floors

Studio to three-beds from $1.2M - $6.5M

196 Orchard Street rendering (Magnum Real Estate Group)
In the case of 196 Orchard Street, some of what glitters is gold – hand-laid bricks in the façade are infused with gold dust, which will become more pronounced over time. Ismael Levya’s design pays tribute to historic Lower East Side architecture, but the apartments are rich in contemporary luxuries such as soaring ceilings, oversized windows, generous closet space, custom kitchens with Miele appliances, and luxe marble baths. The building is topped with a 4,200-square-foot landscaped roof deck, and residents will be eligible for a special discount at a flagship Equinox fitness center.
196-Orchard-Street-02 Interiors via Nest Seekers

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