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American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue (Image: American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue (Image:
The uniquely designed American Copper Buildings from JDS Development Group and SHoP Architects has more than 700 apartments in hundreds of unique layouts spread throughout its two towers - and a number of units are currently listed for rent.

Besides the condo-level finishes, which include SHoP-designed custom-kitchens with Miele appliances and marble bathrooms, the property boasts a 60,000-square-foot amenity package that is simply unprecedented. Listings show net effective prices for studios from $3,240/month, one-bedrooms from $4,611/month, two-bedrooms from $6,232/month and three-bedrooms from $8,960/month.
American-copper-buildings-2 Typical full-height window-walls (Image: JDS Development)
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Residents enter through two soaring attended lobbies, highlighted with commissioned artwork. Other noteworthy amenities include the rooftop infinity pool and indoor skybridge lap pool, the double-height fitness center with a climbing wall, the children's playroom, and the residents lounge. Homes have wood floors, smart features like keyless entry, and floor-to-ceiling windows with custom shades.
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The property has a porte-cochere that provides access to an underground parking garage and atop this structure and between the two buildings is a landscaped plaza for relaxation and play. Designed by SCAPE, the space is known as the First Avenue Water Plaza and is not only a plaza, but also a water filtration system. It includes features to cool the space and also to mitigate noise from the FDR. During heavy rain, the design collects storm water before gradually releasing it to the East River. Most noteworthy is the plaza's ability to facilitate a floodwall to protect the building from coastal flooding events.
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Our in-house architecture critic Carter Horsley gave us his rousing review of the new landmark dedicated to the perfection of urban living:
"Imagine putting Manhattan inside a very large wok and swirling things around (fast, like stir-fry) or the Michelin Tire Giant bumping his way through Manhattan (with a smile, of course). No, this isn't a Coney Island Fun House but an interesting flourish from SHoP Architects. The jaunty, slanting rental towers, known as the American Copper Buildings, teeter over the East River between 35th and 36th streets —they seem to dance like topless, tipsy, sun-tanned beauties."
626-First-Avenue-23 View from St. Vartan's Park across First Avenue (Photo: CityRealty)
"It may not be as spectacular as Moshe Safdie’s curved, triple-towered Marina Bay Sands extravaganza, straddled with its 1,120-foot-long SkyPark and 490-foot-long infinity swimming pool, in Singapore. But for the moment, it’s New York’s most sensational new construction project —even though its two towers are not cloud busters, only rising to 41 and 48 stories high, and don’t qualify to join the city’s supertall club.

They’re sensational not because of their long, north/south facades are elegantly clad in copper in an almost lilting fashion —but because they are joined at their high waists by a three-story skybridge. Skybridges, of course, are not new to the city, but they are rare and none have ever reached this height. Not to mention, this particular skybridge is 'wedged' at a dramatic 45-degree angle between and houses a 75-foot-long swimming pool and residential terraces."
American-Copper-2 View from the East River waterfront; Image Credit: JDS Development/ SHoP Architects
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The two rental towers contain 761 apartments, 160 of which are set as affordable housing units.

That’s a lot of apartments, but still less than the 817 at the nearby, 57-story Corinthian, which was erected by Bernard Spitzer, Peter L. Malkin, and Kriti Properties & Development in 1988. Also in the area are two sleek and handsome apartment towers: 1984-built, hexagonal slab tower known as Manhattan Place, with 486-units, and the 1988-built, L-shaped 44-story/444-unit tower known as The Horizon —both of which were erected by the Glick Organization.
The American Copper Buildings were developed by JDS Development Group, which commissioned SHoP Architects to design a 1,400-foot-tower adjacent to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street. That tower is now under construction. SHoP’s other major projects include the mid-rise The Porter House apartment building on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Ninth Avenue, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar plant on the East River in Brooklyn.
A New York Times article reported that JDS got 79,000 applications for the 160 subsidized units within the buildings. The article also noted that the building placed emergency generators on the 48th floor of one of the towers in order to provide power for a refrigerator and a telephone in every apartment in the case of a power outage.
See listings and more photos on CityRealty’s American Copper Buildings profile. You can also contact the leasing office directly at (646) 934-8949 or visit the building's official website.
626-First-Avenue-234 East-facing views; SHoP Architects

The Copper Leasing

The Copper Leasing
The Copper
626 First Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(646) 934-XXXX

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