From Future New York Friday, April 27, 2018 [caption id="attachment_25876" align="aligncenter" width="1004"] Rendering of 125 Greenwich (MARCH) and construction photo (CityRealty)[/caption] The Financial District’s incoming condo tower at 125 Greenwich Street is...

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In the years following the events of September 11th, Manhattan's Financial District has rebuilt and become stronger than ever before. Prices in the FiDi's condo market are no exception. 125 Greenwich Street, a U.S. Immigration Fund project, located in the FiDi, is filled with million dollar amenities.   Robert Clark Mar 13, 2018 Downtown Manhattan, and the Financial District (FiDi) in particular, have seen a real resurgence in the years following September 11, 2001. Development has amped up, retailers have moved back in, and home prices have bounced back with a vengeance. The Westfield at World Trade Center, AKA the Oculus, opened a little over a year ago, bringing many high-end stores like Charles Tyrwhitt and John Varvatos. Trendy grocer Whole Foods has also since called the neighborhood home. FiDi has seen its share of natural disasters as well, suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. But despite the challenges, the area’s population has grown from 23,000 in 2000 to 43,000 as of 2015. And development has risen to meet the demand. Fidi saw the highest level of new condo construction in 2016 of all Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods. And yet, in the shadow of Sandy, prices remain (for now) somewhat cheaper in FiDi than many of its neighbors, most notably Tribeca, which is the most expensive neighborhood in Manhattan. Here’s a brief round-up of what you can buy for under $3 million in the FiDi new construction condo market:
1. 101 Wall Street
[caption id="attachment_25552" align="aligncenter" width="712"]101-Wall-Street-us-immigration-fund PHOTO: BUZZ BUZZ NEWS[/caption] 101 Wall by The Claremont Group has a total of 52 units, sizes range from 706 square feet to 3,146 square feet. Its elegant brick and bronze facade is a stylish throwback to the area’s past, brimming with Art Deco construction. Residences were designed by celebrated Dutch designer Piet Boon, and feature Boon’s trademark of sophistication and graceful simplicity. The lobby was carefully restored using many of its original design components. Units boast bespoke entry and interior doors, oversized casement windows, tall custom baseboards and beamed ceilings. Amenities include: a sauna, fitness center, private storage space, and a golf simulator. Pricing starts at $1.1 million.
2. 246 Front Street
[caption id="attachment_25553" align="aligncenter" width="715"]246-Front-St-us-immigration-fund PHOTO: BUZZ BUZZ NEWS[/caption] Developed by Andreas Giacoumis, 246 Front Street has five units, ranging in size from 935 square feet to 1,698 square feet. It’s located a few blocks away from Pier 17, which offers high-end retail, dining and creative and performing arts experiences. The development was rebuilt from the ground up and each residence features custom cabinetry, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, Kallista brand fixtures and Bosch washers and dryers. Pricing for available units starts at $1.3 million.
3. 49 Chambers Street
  [caption id="attachment_25554" align="aligncenter" width="701"]49-Chaambers-Street-us-immigration-fund PHOTO: BUZZ BUZZ NEWS[/caption] 49 Chambers Street is developed by Chetrit Group, and houses a total of 81 units. Residences vary in size from 968 square feet to 3,924 square feet. The building is in the heart of Downtown, a stone’s throw from the Westfield at World Trade Center, mass transit and a wealth of eateries. The unique H-shape of 49 Chambers Street helps to optimize natural light and offers stunning views. Residences boast elevated ceiling heights, solid wood doors, and up to eight-foot curved and bay windows. Amenities include: a yoga room, steam room, rooftop park, pool, and a screening room. Pricing starts at $1.9 million.
4. 125 Greenwich Street
[caption id="attachment_25555" align="aligncenter" width="612"]125-greenwich-st-us-immigration-fund PHOTO: BUZZ BUZZ NEWS[/caption] Developed by SHVO , Bizzi & Partners Development and New Valley Realty, 125 Greenwich Street houses a total of 273 units, which range in size from 418 square feet to 1,933 square feet. It was designed by renowned architect Rafael Viñoly with unique interiors by March & White. From inside its shimmering tower, oversized windows offer stunning panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. Residences feature a bold, modern design, with distinctive lighting. Amenities include: a spa, screening room, sky pool, rooftop deck, and a private dining room. Pricing starts at $1.3 million.
5. The Beekman Residences
[caption id="attachment_25557" align="aligncenter" width="648"]The-Beekman-USIF PHOTO: BUZZ BUZZ NEWS[/caption] The Beekman Residences is located at 5 Beekman Street and was developed by GFI Development Company and GB Lodging. It houses a total of 68 residences, ranging from 1,393 square feet to 1,809 square feet. Set in one of the city’s most exceptional landmarked buildings, The Beekman Residences seamlessly mixes turn of the century and modern architecture and design. Residences offer panoramic views, floor-to-ceiling windows, 16-foot ceiling heights in the living room, custom fireplaces, and spacious living areas. Amenities include: a media room, rooftop terrace, housekeeping services, a valet, and fitness center. Pricing for available units starts at $2.9 million.    

It has been six months since sales launched for 125 Greenwich Street, a U.S. Immigration Fund project. With increased momentum, Developers, Bizzi & Partners, are revealing the three different residences of the building. Interior finishes, designed by March & White (pictured below), reflect the surrounding neighborhood elements such as the Hudson River and Downtown.

By Tanay Warerkar | Mar 1, 2018

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It took a while to get off the ground, but when it finally did last fall, things started moving pretty quickly for 125 Greenwich Street. Six months after sales launched, the development is now ready to show off its sales gallery, which gives us a peek at the three different types of residences the building will have to offer.

The sales office is located on the 84th floor of One World Trade Center, and looks out on to the construction site. The developers, Bizzi & Partners Development, have built out three residences—two one-bedrooms, and one studio—that are reflective of the palettes future residents can choose from. Interior design firm March & White have labeled these finishes Aqua, Terra, and Stratus as a nod to the Hudson River, the Downtown area, and the sky. Here’s a peek at the three different finishes:


The renderings of the kitchen palettes above also show off the different marble finishes the developers will offer namely Ancient Grey, Silver Brown Wave, or Fior di Pesco Carnico.

125 Greenwich Street has a total of 273 residences that range in size from studios through three-bedrooms, including several penthouses. Prices on currently available units range from $1.275 million and go up to $5.55 million.





The 88-story, Rafael Viñoly-designed building will also have a robust amenity package that will take up the top three floors of the building and be known as The 88. The amenities, renderings of which were first unveiled in November last year, include an indoor lap pool, a spa and sauna, a fitness center, a private dining area, and a theater, among others.

When we last checked in with the construction site, the building was just get getting off the ground; the building is now at its 21st floor, and will eventually soar to 912 feet. Construction is expected to wrap in the fall of 2019.


The world's most famous skyline is getting skinnier and U.S. Immigration Fund projects, 125 Greenwich Street and 101 Tribeca, are no exception. Both projects, featuring luxury amenities, will stand out as iconic structures with their thin facade.

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13th February 2018 | by Andrea Lo, CNN

The Empire State Building, the Art Deco Chrysler Building, the super-tall One World Trade Center. New York City is home to some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers.
But the buildings entering its famous skyline today are doing something unusual. They're getting skinnier.

Take 111W57 on 111 West 57th Street. Upon completion in 2019, the 1,428-foot-tall (435-meter-tall) building in Midtown Manhattan will not only offer unobstructed views of Central Park, it will also be the slenderest skyscraper in the world, with a width-to-height ratio of 1:24.

Russia, meanwhile, is building its first supertall skinny skyscraper also in Midtown. Moscow-based architectural firm Meganom's "shelves in the air" will top out at 1,010 feet (308 meters) at 262 Fifth Avenue and boast a slenderness ratio of 1:20.

Both buildings are part of a tribe of slender climbers sticking their skinny necks into the city's architectural conversation.

What is a slender skyscraper?

Slenderness is not in the eye of the beholder when it comes to skyscrapers, at least. In this field, it is a technical engineering term. Whether it can be applied to a building is determined by the structure's base width to height ratio, according to Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City.

"Structural engineers generally consider skyscrapers with a minimum 1:10 or 1:12 ratio to be slender," Willis says.

In 2013/2014, the Skyscraper Museum museum presented its "Sky High & the Logic of Luxury" exhibition, documenting the rise of skinny structures in Manhattan. Slender buildings featured in the show included the 1,396-foot-tall (425.5-meter-tall) 432 Park Avenue; One57 aka "The Billionaire Building;" and the distinctive "stacked homes" 56 Leonard tower.

"New York's slender buildings are unique as a development in skyscraper history -- they're different to simply tall buildings," Willis says, adding that when deciding which skyscrapers to include in the show her team "accepted the slenderness ratios provided by their engineers."

Why slim down?

So when did developers start slimming down their skyscrapers -- and why?

Willis says the "engineering and development strategies of slenderness were first seen in around 2007." She pinpoints luxury residential condominiums One Madison Park, on Broadway and Park Avenue, and Sky House, between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, as the first "slenders" to have cropped up in New York.

Complex zoning laws in the city were a motivating factor, Willis explains. While such regulations restrict the amount of land that can be built on within an area, a loophole allows for the transference of "air rights" from one plot to another. So developers could buy a small parcel of land, then buy air rights from adjacent plots and stack these to gain permission to build a tall tower. For example, if an existing building is shorter than its maximum allowed height then the developer of a new adjacent property could purchase the unused air rights, and stack them to the air rights of their existing plot -- such a transaction is called a "zoning lot merger."

Technological advancements also contributed to the rise of the skinnies.

"Over the past decade, advances in materials and engineering have made building 'supertalls' possible, specifically those with smaller footprints," says Jonathan Miller, president and CEO of New York real estate consultancy Miller Samuel. Towers between 980 feet (300 meters) and 2,000 feet (600 meters) high fall into the "supertall" category.

Standing out from the crowd

While developers typically strive primarily for return on investment, they often also want to create a structure unique enough to get the market's attention, says Miller. Slender designs, which come in all shapes and sizes, tick that box.

Take 111 Murray Street, in Tribeca, which will feature a curved, glass exterior and boast access to luxurious amenities including a concierge private jet service. Or 125 Greenwich Street, designed by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly: the structure is supported by two beams that act as the framework of the building, resulting in minimal use of columns and more space in the interiors. Meanwhile, the 800-foot-tall (244-meter-tall) 130 William tower in lower Manhattan, by architect David Adjaye, will forgo a glass façade altogether in favor of stone and masonry, materials that pay homage to the history of the street it's located on.

"They are competing with other developers to stand out. The stakes are high financially, so design becomes a big part of the effort," says Miller.

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Tall, skinny and good looking

Though the slenderness of a building is not defined by its height, slender towers do tend to be tall -- the "runway models" of the real estate world.

"Out of my window I can see one of these slender towers, which is 60 stories tall," Willis says. "The 30 stories at the top have an uninterrupted view of the skyline. So you're just setting the bar higher ... raising someone's neck, head and eyes above a crowd. "It lends a level of prestige that people are willing to pay additional money for."

Miller agrees. "In many cases this new generation are nearly twice as tall as the prior generation, going from 50 stories to nearly 100 stories, yet sitting on a much smaller footprint."

Supertall slenders can increase the desirability of their neighborhoods. "As a new class of building, they are not always in (traditionally) premier locations -- in fact, their tallness is often used to 'blaze a trail' in an untested residential location," says Miller.

He cites "Billionaires' Row", on 57th Street in Manhattan -- home to many slenders -- as an example.

"It is the central business district and (previously) not known for residential luxury buildings. The introduction of supertalls helped this location morph into a new identity as 'Billionaires' Row.'"

Setting an example?

New York is not the only place with a taste for slender skyscrapers.

In 2003, the 828-foot-tall (252-meter-tall), 75-story luxury residential tower Highcliff was opened in Hong Kong -- a city that, along with New York, has one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, and a distinct lack of space on which to build. Highcliff has a slenderness ratio of 1:20. Upon completion, its developers claimed it was the slenderest residential property in the world.

Meanwhile, the 73-story Elysium Melbourne -- which measures just 12 meters wide at its narrowest point -- is set to become that Australian city's tallest and slimmest building. Its construction has been approved, although the completion date has yet to be confirmed.

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, AIR Madalena is a decidedly skinny residential property -- the 12 story building has a façade that is narrower than the average single-car garage.

It remains to be seen how long skinny stays in style.

From picnic baskets for park trips to a six-figure chauffeured car, here are the most ridiculous perks offered this year
By Ameena Walker  Dec 18, 2017 [caption id="attachment_24604" align="aligncenter" width="709"] Photo Credit- March.[/caption] New York City’s real estate market has seen its share of highs and lows over the course of 2017, but one thing hasn’t changed: the amenities offered at new luxury developments continue to get more and more ostentatious. Over the years, we’ve seen everything thing from concierge jet service to luxury yacht service; and while this year’s crop of developments didn’t include anything quite that over-the-top, we did see high-end experiences, chauffeur service, and a fair number of fancy pools. Here now, nine of the most exorbitant amenities offered to residents this year:
 Sky’s chauffeured Volvo
Penthouse residents of the Moinian Group’s enormous Sky development get access to a $105,000 chauffeured Volvo XC90 Excellence. The Sky Volvo features massage chairs with heating and cooling capabilities, crystal champagne flutes, and beverage warmers/coolers. This rarefied perk is only available between 4 and 9 p.m. and only travels between West 14th and 72nd streets between Sixth and Twelfth avenues.
Circa Central Park’s curated kids amenities
FXFOWLE’s semicircular condo building, Circa Central Park just might be home to some of Harlem’s showiest amenities. The Artimus Construction-developed building offers residents of its 38 pricey condos fully equipped picnic baskets that you can use during a trip to Central Park, remote controlled boats, kids scooters, and a study room (with MacBooks) for kids.
ARC’s 70-foot saltwater pool
Few buildings in Queens are as amenity-packed as Lightstone Group’s 10-story building, ARC, in Long Island City. The crowning jewel here is the rooftop’s 70-foot-long saltwater pool, accompanied by barbecues and bocce courts. Other highlights include a game room with vintage arcade consoles, a golf simulator, and a “dedicated outdoor exercise space.”
Waterline Square’s “club” with skate park
When starchitects Richard Meier, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Rafael Viñoly teamed up to design the trio of buildings known as Waterline Square, it was a sure thing that it would be anything but basic. Aside from boasting a pet spa and a dog training studio, there’s a shared amenity space, known as the Waterline Club, that comes equipped with an indoor tennis court, 30-foot rock climbing wall, swimming pool, an art and music studio, golf simulator, basketball court, indoor skate-park, indoor soccer field, “gardening studios,” and mini bowling alley. Fancy.
Urby Jersey City flower-arranging workshops
After last year’s debut of Urby in Stapleton, Staten Island, we’ve come to know a bit of what to expect from this community-focused brand. Urby Jersey City offers familiar amenities like a community coffee shop and cooking classes, but it also has a few new, slightly ridiculous perks—namely the the Urby Creative Lab, a corner one-bedroom that’s staged as a space for small workshops like flower arranging and Feng Shui.
Henry Hall’s jam room
The site that’s now home to Henry Hall, a high-end rental developed by Imperial Companies and designed by Ismael Leyva and BKSK Architects, was once where Legacy Records, a recording studio, once stood. To “pay homage” to that bit of history, the developers kitted out the building with a jam room for residents, with instruments and a karaoke set-up. That’s in addition to other over-the-top amenities like a roof deck, 24-hour concierge, a fitness center with “customized fitness programs,” and more.
555Ten’s bowling alley and pet spa
When it comes to amenities, Extell has earned a reputation for being the most extra, so it’s no surprise that its massive Midtown rental, 555Ten, is packed with over-the-top perks. Some are fairly standard—a rooftop pool and lounge, a sun deck, a high-end fitness center, a children’s playroom, and a game room. Others are a little more over-the-top: there’s a two-lane bowling alley as well as the pet spa/veterinary clinic run by Throw Me a Bone (get it?!).
 125 Greenwich’s pool with panoramic views
The amenity spaces in this Rafael Viñoly-designed skyscraper are being brought to life by superyacht designers March & White, so of course they’re over the top. The so-called “wellness amenities” at 125 Greenwich Street include a relaxation lounge, a spa, and a pool with a panoramic view of lower Manhattan. Other perks include a screening room, a private dining room, and a lounge.
300 Ashland’s “Apartment Stories”
Two Trees Management is experimenting with a slightly different approach to the amenity-sphere and looking to promote “experiences” as the hot new thing. The developer launched a program called “Apartment Stories” where “influencers” (like Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson) promote their buildings by hosting special experiences exclusively for residents. (The building also opened its expansive outdoor plaza this year, but that’s a little less exclusive.)