Moving day inches closer for those looking to claim a module in the city’s first micro apartment complex. As of this week, My Micro NY is fully stacked, rising 120 feet from its site at 335 East 27th Street at the border of Gramercy in Kips Bay. The project, also known as Carmel Place, is the product of a city-sponsored design competition launched by former mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012 as a way to test out if micro dwellings could be an answer to the city’s housing shortage, and in turn give enough reason for adjusting NY’s dated building codes to allow for smaller units better suited for today’s shrinking households. As it stands, the legal minimum is 400 square feet, while My Micro NY’s apartments measure a mere 260 to 360 square feet.
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Paging “Downton Abbey” fans. This Gramercy Park apartment looks more like an English estate than a New York co-op. Located at 44 Gramercy Park North (h/t Curbed), each room is decked out with extravagant features that manage to outdo the others. Elaborate wood carvings, soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, fireplace mantels with sculpture work, the list goes on and on. The listing says, “There is no other place like this.” We think they’re absolutely right.
It’s unusual for a small apartment to come with such a big private outdoor space, but that’s the case at this one-bedroom co-op apartment up for sale at 22 Irving Place. This Gramercy Park pad is cute on the inside, but even better with its 500-square-foot garden. Not only is it beautifully landscaped, with enough space for a table and barbecue, it’s also got its very own koi pond. How much for this little oasis in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Manhattan? $999,000.
When we think of Gramercy Park it calls to mind stately 19th-century mansions, brownstones and carriage houses—and of course, the elusive crown jewel in the middle of it all, the park itself. But sharing the stage with the neighborhood’s turn-of-the-century aesthetic are a number of newer developments that have an elegance all their own.
We admit it: We’re a bit obsessed with mid-20th century modern design–its architecturally and socially advanced concepts so often result in a perfect mix of aesthetic appeal and livability. Sometimes met with suspicion and derision in its earlier days, modernist architecture has endured the test of time and is having an enormous resurgence in popularity and appreciation. How else could you explain fans’ obsession with the award-winning and pitch-perfect mid-mod sets on Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men.”
It’s often said that the best ideas in home design are the ones that make the home a great place to live; the origins of modernist design had that idea at their heart. We’ve rounded up a few of the city’s mid-century architectural treasures and a handful of homes that embody modernist style.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, famous for his portrayal of neurotic lawyer Mitchell Pritchett on the sitcom Modern Family, has scooped up a $1,232,500 Gramercy Park co-op with his husband Justin Mikita, according to city records released today. The one-bedroom apartment at 200 East 16th Street is pretty standard, but will still make a lovely home for the couple when Ferguson isn’t in LA filming.
There’s a gorgeous new penthouse available at 215 East 22nd Street, right in the heart of coveted Gramercy Park. Interior designer Joseph D’Urso went for a minimalist industrial take on this duplex, which is part of the Gramercy Habitat condominium. And with rich wood to add warmth, this lofty $3.35 million condo is a surefire winner.
Everyone’s favorite theoretical physicist, Sheldon Cooper—or Jim Parsons when he’s not playing his famous character on “The Big Bang Theory”—has purchased a $2.9 million Gramercy Park penthouse with his partner, Todd Spiewak, according to city records. In fact, this is the couple’s fourth buy in 36 Gramercy Park East. Yesterday, they also picked up a $815,000 unit; in 2011 they bought a $1.8 million, two-bedroom unit on the 12th floor; and in 2012 they bought an apartment on the same floor for $2.8 million.
36 Gramercy Park East opened in 1906, becoming notable for its ornamental terra cotta façade. In 2009, the building underwent an interior overhaul and sales began on the 53 co-op units. Residents receive a key to Gramercy Park–certainly a selling point for Parsons, whose main residence is Los Angeles.
[Via The Real Deal]
Tatiana von Furstenberg, singer, filmmaker and daughter of fashion mogul Diane von Furstenberg, has sold her luxury co-op at 1 Gramercy Park for $4,240,000, according to city records. She purchased the home in 2006, and since her address of record is in Los Angeles, perhaps she’s becoming a permanent West Coaster–or moving to her mother’s beloved Meatpacking District neighborhood.
The four-story Italianate brownstone mansion was originally home to Dr. Valentine Mott in 1849. He founded Rutgers Medical College and was president of the New York Academy of Medicine. Luckily for Tatiana, if she misses her private keyed access to Gramercy Park, she can now digitally tour the storied green space thanks to Airbnb and Google Maps.
Image via Daytonian in Manhattan
For the vast majority of New Yorkers, the closest look they’ve gotten into Gramercy Park is peering through the perimeter wrought iron gates. As one of the most elite and inaccessible outdoor spaces in the city, only those who live in dwellings circling the park have keyed access via an annual fee. That is, until now. Thanks to a rule-breaking Airbnb-er, the world can now revel in the verdant splendor that is Gramercy Park.