A Lobby To Welcome You Home

The list of what to look out for during an apartment hunt can seem never ending. You probably attend each viewing with reams of paper reminding you about things like location and the quality of the view. The more bases you cover, the less chance there is of landing in an imperfect living situation, right?

But, despite a world of preparation, many of us forget to consider one crucial thing; the entrance lobby. It wouldn’t even cross many of our minds to spare this a thought. You aren’t buying the lobby, after all. Surely the apartment should be more important?

When you break it down, though, that lobby is the first thing you’ll see when you arrive home. It’s the first impression your guests will form of where you live. Hence why many landlords go all out by investing in expensive floor tiles, and even contacting aluminum canopy manufacturers to provide an entrance to come home to. The grander the entrance, the better the prospects. With that in mind, you may want to start your next viewing appraisal before entering the potential apartment. For proof of things to look out for, consider the prowess of these top New York lobbies.

The Galleria, 117 East 57th Street

From the moment you set eyes on The Galleria, it’s clear to see that this complex has something to shout about. This entrance canopy ticks all the boxes. Things only improve as you get closer, and spot the iconic swooping glass entrance. Without needing to set foot in the building, it’s clear these apartments come complete with dreamy contemporary designs. What more could a property hunter ask for?

The Osborne, 205 West 57th Street

Many would argue The Osborne has the best lobby in the city, and it’s difficult to disagree. Built back in 1885, this couldn’t be further from the modern glitz you’ll find at the Galleria. Instead, this lobby will put you in mind of a stately manner. The gilded ceiling is only the tip of this lobby iceberg. You also have brownstone walls and traditional paintings galore. You could go as far as to say this is the dream apartment block for fans of Downton Abbey.

River House, 435 East 52nd Street

Of course, New York’s most impressive apartment building had to find its place onto this list at some stage. A pillared stone gate leads you into this beautiful lobby, complete with gardens and river views. The highlight, though, is the cloakrooms which you’ll find there for all your party needs.

The Plaza


Whether you recognize it for its iconic appearance in Home Alone 2, or because you’ve marveled at it many times; The Plaza also deserves a look-in. The lobby for this apartment complex is about as grand as you would imagine. Again, the entrance brings to mind a stately manner house. This image is only furthered by the iconic chandelier you’ll fail to miss when you walk in. How does that sound for impressing anyone you bring home?


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Dave Vitali To Sell Ultimate Safe House with an Aspen Style

Known for his use of concrete and highly complex floor plans, Rudolph spared no expense to assure that the home was able to withstand all external forces and threats from the outside world. Thick slabs of concrete and reinforced steel were used for walling and flooring, while generators, wells and septic systems were installed to allow the property to go completely off the grid. 

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Where Developers Are Looking In NYC

According to a recent analysis by Localize.city, New York City’s residential development boom is rippling outward, up into the Bronx, further east into Brooklyn and deeper into pockets of Queens.


While Long Island City continues its furious pace of construction and remains the No. 1 area for new units with approved permits over the past 12 months, East New York came in second. The South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose placed third.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, where there are a lot of lower-rise buildings under construction, and the Financial District, where a handful of large skyscrapers are in the works, were next on the list.

This analysis pinpoints the neighborhoods expected to see an uptick in new apartments starting to open in 2021 and beyond. Many of the neighborhoods on the upswing have zoning that allows for greater density and incentives to build affordable housing.

“The Bronx is rising,” Localize.city data scientist Israel Schwartz noted. “Overall, neighborhoods in the Bronx are seeing a greater share of large-scale development than in previous years.”

The Localize.city data science team aggregated, decoded and analyzed tens of thousands of building applications for new residential buildings with four or more units residential from the NYC Department of Buildings’ database from January 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018. 

For more information read the full report here.

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Inside The Top Floors of Brooklyn's Tallest Building

Hub, the new 55-story residential skyscraper, and currently the tallest building in Brooklyn, has just revealed its very top floors with a newly completed penthouse model unit, and the grand opening of the building’s airy and beautifully-designed amenity space known as the Sky Lounge.


Located on the 53rd floor, the indoor/outdoor Sky Lounge, which opened to residents earlier this month, features plentiful seating, a bar area, an outdoor terrace and breathtaking panoramas of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. Penthouse apartments at Hub (with bigger layouts, upgraded finishes and stunning views) recently started leasing – and momentum has been strong.

Inside Penthouse 52C features condo-like finishes including: 10+ ceilings, kitchens are appointed with Caesarstone counter tops and carrara marble back splashes, Bertazzoni range and built-in microwave, panelized Bosch refrigerator and dishwasher, custom Italian cabinetry, master bathrooms feature Ruscello marble tile, oversized trough sink. All homes have a washer and dryer, 5' wide oak wood flooring, and custom window shades.

Amenities include a 75-foot year-round lap pool, lushly landscaped sundeck and lawn, grilling cabanas, a fully-equipped gym & yoga studio, bike storage, indoor and outdoor movie screens, programmed events in the club lounge, a dog run, children's playroom, party room, and library. Hub's 53rd floor features a sky lounge and terrace with breathtaking panoramic views.

Current monthly rent is asking $3,933 a month.

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Top Open Houses This Weekend

Looking for a new place to live or just curious about what's on the market? Check out our top open houses this weekend. 

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Carroll Gardens

WHERE: 90 Luquer Street

SIZE: 4 Beds | 5 Baths 

COST: $2,250,000 

WHEN: Sunday, September 23, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

ABOUT: As you enter the house, you're greeted by an open floor plan, anchored by the center kitchen. Separate living and dining spaces are created on either side. The kitchen features a suite of Thermador appliances including a professional grade six-burner range with hood, a 36" French door refrigerator, and a dishwasher. An under-counter microwave and wine fridge can be found in the large island which easily accommodates seating for five. Caesarstone countertops and abundant white oak and lacquer cabinetry provide ample work and storage space. A charming half bath is also located on the main floor, as is a thoughtfully large entry closet.

Up the windowed stairway, you'll find three gracious bedrooms, including one that could easily function as a master suite with en-suite bath. Both bathrooms on this floor feature subway tile, classic vanities with marble tops and tile flooring. A large washer/dryer and a convenient linen closet are also on the second floor. All the bedrooms are well-proportioned and offer generous closet space. The fourth bedroom is perched on the top floor and features a walk-in closet and its own en-suite marble bath with double sinks and a large walk-in shower.

Through sliding glass doors, the 425 square foot roof deck is your own personal outdoor oasis. Smartly adjacent is a wet bar, complete with Caesarstone counter, glass tile backsplash, stylish white cabinetry, and a wine fridge.

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WHERE: 108 Franklin St. 4th FL

SIZE:  4 Bedroom| 4.5 Baths

COST: $8,995,000

WHEN:  Sunday, September 23, by appointment only

ABOUT:   The sun-flooded, oversized unit at 110 Franklin Street is an architectural masterpiece where each individual detail was meticulously considered during the gut renovation process to transform it into a one-of-a-kind stunner. At nearly 85 feet in length and with 10 foot ceilings, the combined unit(s) took 2+ years and millions to renovate, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and DeZeen magazine. 

The design of the apartment evolved from the series of six archways that center the home, which once were full brick walls separating the two units. Over the course of three months, the contractors blasted through seven layers of paint to achieve the perfectly desired texture and color of white-washed red brick. The thought behind the renovation of the walls was to create an immediate focal point for the home and to strike a balance between the coloring of the bricks and the abundant light that floods the apartment. Each archway has steel framed double windowed doors that are completely custom fitted to match the other handcrafted steelwork throughout the apartment. 

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Midtown West

WHERE:  635 West 42nd St. 45th FL

SIZE: 2 Beds | 2 Baths 

COST: $85,000,000

WHEN: By appointment only

ABOUT:  Owner Daniel Neiditch and River 2 River Realty is offering a FULL FLOOR in the one of a kind Atelier Condo. Included in the sale is a 2 million dollar construction credit, a 1 million dollar Yacht with docking fees for 5 years as well as two Rolls Royce Phantoms (1 convertible,1 hardtop), a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster , Dinner for 2 weekly at Daniel Bolud's Resteraunt Daniel for 1 year, Courtside season tickets to the Brooklyn Nets for a year, A Hamptons mansion rental for a Summer, live in butler services for 1 year as well as private chef. The Atelier has become a Manhattan luxury landmark. 

The building amenities are 24-hour concierge/valet, tennis court, golf driving range , large lap swimming pool , sauna, residents' multi-media lounge and billiards room on the 47th floor, valet services ( laundry and dry cleaning on site) , state-of-the-art fitness center , yoga/pilates studio , fully-landscaped terraces/sundeck , building-wide wireless Internet system , on-site storage available , bike storage , pet friendly , valet parking available , basketball courts, bocci ball , free bicycle Usage , BBQ Grills , free daily breakfast and a cross town shuttle bus.

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Elliman’s Ryan Stenta Joins the Eklund | Gomes Team

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is pleased to announce that Ryan Stenta, one of the firm’s talented and well-seasoned solo agents, has joined the Eklund | Gomes Team, one of its most prestigious and highest achieving teams, co-founded by successful duo Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes.

 Ryan Stenta

Ryan Stenta

“We’re incredibly proud of the powerhouse team we have built and we’re so excited to welcome Ryan into the fold,” said Eklund. “He is not only a top-producer and an impressively successful agent in his own right, but an excellent communicator, powerful negotiator, and all-around terrific person and colleague.”

With fifteen years of overall industry experience – as both an agent and with a background in real estate finance – Stenta specializes in representing sellers and buyers in condo, co-op, and townhome transactions, as well as clients with luxury rental needs 

Last year, Stenta ranked in the top 4% of agents nationwide, and in 2016, he was one of the top five highest producing agents in New York City. The Eklund|Gomes Team has secured over ten billion dollars in closed residential sales and the successful sell out of over 50 new developments during their decade of success together.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to better serve my clients by working alongside the very best team in the business, equipped with superior tools and resources, and a more expansive spectrum of exclusive opportunities for years to come,” said Stenta. “While working individually has been immensely rewarding, I recognize the exponential value that comes from collaborating with a team of ultra-talented top-producers, and relish the opportunity to work on a collection of the most dynamic and exciting properties in New York City.”

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Walk Through 33 Notzel Road, Taghkanic NY

This week we are taking a virtual look through 33 Notzel Road in Taghkanic, NY. A 4 bedroom/ 4 bathroom house boasting 5,500 square feet and a 52-acre estate with a custom designed Craftsman-inspired home in, New York offers panoramic mountain views of the surrounding countryside. . The home is currently listed for $1,495,000

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A dramatic entry foyer leads to an over sized living room featuring a wood burning fireplace and adjoining screened porch that feels like a tree house. Chef's kitchen has custom cabinetry and abundant counter space. 60' wrap-around porch with perennial borders connects the main living areas. The first-floor master suite features large dressing room and ensuite bath.

There is also a second bedroom/office. A second-floor balcony leads to two large bedrooms with ensuite baths. Lower level spa has steam room and dry sauna. French doors leading to stone patio is a perfect guest room, recreation room or home office with abundant additional space for a home theater, gym or both. Convenient to state parks, ski slopes, music festivals, museums and fine dining.

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Amenities include a private beach, boat dock, badminton/mini-tennis/basketball court and a newly refurbished, 30' x 60' dark grey mosaic glass swimming pool with LED lit fountain jets and a built-in hot tub. There are also stone paved viewing terraces, two mahogany decks, a custom designed fire pit dining table for 16 with built-in banquette, mature growth trees, two wisteria-covered pergolas, a koi pond and a rose arbor.

Throughout the years the house has hosted numerous dignitaries and celebrities and most recently endured a multi-year renovation through which it was lovingly and meticulously restored, bringing it back to its former glory, while advancing it technologically and sustainability into the 21st century, including a new 14-zone geothermal heat and air conditioning system.

Vicki Wolpert at Keller Williams is the listing agent.

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