TF Cornerstone partners with apple seeds to redesign their children’s playroom at 2 Gold Street

TF Cornerstone, the leading real estate development and acquisition company announces their collaboration with apple seeds to redesign the children’s playroom at the luxury residential rental 2 Gold St. This will be TF Cornerstone’s second collaboration with apple seeds, the first being a family-friendly amenity space being designed and built at TF Cornerstone’s new luxury building at 4545 Center Blvd., Long Island City.  The newly designed play space will be launched August 18th.

TF Cornerstone and apple seeds children’s playroom launch event at 2 Gold Street

apple seeds redesigned a spacious on-site children’s playroom for the luxury rental located in the  heart of the Financial District. The playroom will contain many of the same children’s museum-quality permanent exhibits found at the apple seeds flagship location (10 West 25th Street), including their “construction city” with Lego tables, “the neighborhood” with taxi and deli, “the park” with shape-sorter flower garden and infant-geared crawling area, plus much more focusing on constructive and imaginative play and large and fine motor skill development.

 

Mother and son playing ball at the launch event

“We have many families at 2 Gold Street and we want them to enjoy and benefit from a well thought-out and creatively designed space for the children,” said Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice President of TF Cornerstone. “Revamping the children’s playroom at 2 Gold Street made sense for the building and we wanted to do it in the best possible way. Having already established a relationship with apple seeds and seeing the great work they do and how they meticulously design their spaces sealed the deal for us,” she adds.

Father and daughter playing on the slide

“It’s been a pleasure working with TF Cornerstone and we are delighted to be creating a second children’s playroom for another building,” said apple seeds Co-Founder Bobby Berna.  “It’s impressive that developers like TF Cornerstone are including modernized children’s playrooms and are thinking about the whole family when building these new developments,” he adds.

 

Children’s mini playhouse

apple seeds Representatives

 

2 Gold Street parents stop by to check out the new children’s playroom

 

Kids playing on the Lego table at 2 Gold Street

New York by Gehry & Frank Gehry host NYC’s top brokers

Following the exceptionally successful springtime release of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom rentals on the lower floors of Eight Spruce Street, the focus moves skyward, to floors  40 through 76 with larger, family-friendly two-and-three bedroom residences, featuring unique layouts, expansive views and elegant finishes.

Frank Gehry and Bruce Ratner toast Gehry’s “love letter to New York City,” to applause from 150 specialty brokers, including Nancy Packes (far right) , and Scott Hustis and Mark Jovanovic of Corcoran.

During a sunset event held this Tuesday, July 26th, over 150 specialty brokers got their first look at New York by Gehry‘s upper floor apartments-floors 40 through 76- presented by developer Bruce Ratner and architect Frank Gehry. The party showcased a terraced three-bedroom model unit on the 52nd floor with expansive views of the city.  Guests enjoyed skyline panoramas featuring the Empire State Building to the North, the Freedom Tower and Hudson River to the West, and the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges to the East.  Guests also toured the building’s newly opened, 22,000sf of amenity spaces and new model apartments on the 45th floor.

This broker preview event was catered by renowned chef David Bouley, featuring selections from his newest venture, Lower Manhattan’s acclaimed eatery, Brushstroke, a much-anticipated culinary collaboration with Japan’s Tsuji Institute.

Gehry’s Design Vision, Inside and Out

In a rare arrangement, Frank Gehry not only designed the building’s exhilarating façade but all of the interiors and amenity spaces, curating all finishes and fixtures, and styling the building’s 20 model apartments. The artist’s hand is in evidence throughout Eight Spruce Street–from the striking sculptural concierge desk in the lobby to the screening room’s free-form amphitheater-style seating in the amenity space, constructed in Gehry’s signature honey-colored vertical grain Douglas Fir.

“I designed a building I would want to live in as a New Yorker.” Said Frank Gehry, “You could say this is my love letter to New York City. I’m thrilled we were able to do it in Lower Manhattan, which allowed me to be part of something so meaningful—to stand with this building’s neighbors, the residents and businesses of this neighborhood. We worked together over the past seven years to create a new icon for Lower Manhattan.”

Bruce C. Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies said, “There is a reason Frank Gehry is considered the world’s best architect, and we know from the enthusiastic response we’ve received that people from around the world want to experience Frank’s singular vision of a beautiful, functional, New York City lifestyle. Our residents are excited and proud to live here, and it’s been extremely rewarding to collaborate with Frank to bring his ideas to life.”

Fern Lazar of Lazar Partners, MaryAnne Gilmartin of Forest City Ratner Companies, and Cecile Le Goff enjoy the master bedroom’s view of the landmark Woolworth building.

Resort-like Amenities in a Rental Building

Residents of New York by Gehry have exclusive access to a host of lifestyle services extending from a full-service concierge, on-site valet services to health, wellness, social, and entertainment amenities across 22,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. A 6th floor Grilling Terrace with stunning views of the Woolworth building is outfitted with dining cabanas, picnic tables and café seating. The adjacent Game Room with billiard tables, gaming consoles and golf simulators is furnished with custom seating by Frank Gehry. On the 7th floor, a 50-foot sky-lit swimming pool is surrounded by fully-retracting glass doors, creating a seamless expanse of indoor and outdoor spaces that includes a wraparound sundeck.

Overlooking City Hall Park to the north, a large Drawing Room with a grand piano is adjacent to a Private Dining Room which can be reserved for resident events and serviced from a Chef’s Demonstration and Catering Kitchen. A Spa Treatment Suite and state-of-the-art Fitness Center with views of the Brooklyn Bridge are located on the 7th floor, with Group Fitness, Pilates and Private Training Studios on the 8th floor.  A Tweens’ Den and a Children’s Playroom are outfitted with games and toys to engage younger residents in the building. A Screening Room features Gehry-designed amphitheater seating and a Library with a well-curated collection of books and periodicals has seating nooks and reading tables for quiet enjoyment.

The amenity spaces are alive with robust programming tailored to tenant interests. Golfers can arrange a workshop with a top teaching professional. The pool hosts safety swim classes for children. The Fitness Center offers top tier personal training, Pilates instruction and Golden Gloves-winning boxing instruction. Post-workout, treatment rooms await those seeking world-class massages and facials. In addition to a speaking program in the Drawing Room and films in the Screening Room, the Chef’s Kitchen will be a venue for events presided over by some of the culinary world’s biggest names. Kids can look forward to weekly story-time and take part in art and music classes. The Tween’s Den is perfect for Gossip Girl Mondays, Rock Band Fridays and more.

Specialty brokers enjoy the 52nd floor terrace and views over the East River to Brooklyn.

Kelly Elivo of CitiHabitats and sister Ever Elivo share a moment by the bay window in the deluxe master bedroom.

Frank Gehry contemplates the extraordinary vistas from the 51st floor living room bay windows created by the building’s undulating stainless steel façade.

 

All photos by Philip Greenberg

The Renaissance – 100 John Street

The Renaissance is a luxury apartment rental building located in Manhattan’s Financial District. Full of studio apartments that are bigger than most Manhattan one bedrooms, The Renaissance offers units with walkout balconies that aren’t your average “I can barely open my door” size. Units feature high speed cable internet access 50 times faster than standard lines, while kitchens come complete with granite countertops, maple cabinets, and modern appliances. There’s also an enormous fitness center, a resident’s entertainment lounge, a doorman and more. If you’re sick of your apartment, head outside – The Renaissance is just steps from the cobblestone streets of the South Street Seaport.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no available units at The Renaissance, a testament to the popularity of the building. Previous rental units ranged in price from $2,095 to $3,900/month. The average price per square foot at The Renaissance is a mere $39, which is a total steal in any neighborhood.

Features and Amenities

Studio apartments at The Renaissance feature hardwood floors, high-speed telecommunications wiring, oversized windows, self-controlled heating and cooling and walkout terraces. Kitchens offer stainless steel appliances, gorgeous maple wood cabinetry and dishwashers, while bathrooms are marble with new soaking tubs and stainless steel fixtures. The building offers a doorman, concierge, valet service, laundry, a fitness center boasting over 20,000 square feet of space, a resident’s lounge, rooftop terrace and more.

Location

The Renaissance is at the nexus of all major subway lines and convenient to a rich and varied lifestyle. South Street Seaport is just down the street. Nearby Battery Park offers the unique serenity of green grass and water just a short walk away. Tribeca is also within steps, as is a vast array of museums, bistros and clubs.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The unique combination of location, space, luxury service and affordable rents makes Renaissance the ideal place to experience city life. At just $39/square foot, the studio units at The Renaissance are perhaps some of the cheapest in the entire city of Manhattan. If you’re looking for a deal but still want the benefits of luxury living, such as an on-site gym, entertainment lounge, doorman and more, you really can’t get any better than The Renaissance – especially when it comes to luxury Financial District apartments.

90W – 90 Washington Street

90W is a luxury apartment rental building located in the Financial District. Just steps from Battery Park City and Tribeca, the studio lofts at 90W offer luxury apartment rentals specifically designed with the urban professional in mind. 90W is a new 27-story apartment building with upscale amenities at affordable prices. Each residence features a gourmet kitchen with GE stainless steel appliances, granite counters and floors. Elegant baths boast deco subway tile walls and hexagonal tile floors. Apartments are wired for high-speed internet access with soaring 10’ to 13’ ceilings. Penthouse residences on the 27th floor feature expansive private riverview terraces with spectacular unobstructed views.

Units and Pricing

There are eight available apartments for rent at 90W ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms. The most inexpensive unit, a studio listed for $1,881/month, boasts 600 square feet, which is quite large for a studio apartment at such a low price. Other studio units are priced at $1,895 and $2,500/month. One bedrooms start at $2,540, while two bedrooms start at $2,996/month and go up to $3,600/month. The average price per square foot at 90W is just $44, which is extremely inexpensive for the city.

Features and Amenities

Each residence features a gourmet kitchen with GE stainless steel appliances, granite counters and floors. Elegant baths boast deco subway tile walls and hexagonal tile floors. Apartments are wired for high-speed internet access with soaring 10’ to 13’ ceilings. Penthouse residences on the 27th floor feature expansive private riverview terraces with spectacular unobstructed views. Residents enjoy CLUB 90, a 12,000+ square foot event center with hotel quality facilities and amenities including a sun-filled fitness center with the newest equipment and spectacular views through walls of glass, W Lounge’s glass-enclosed lounge with river views, large screen plasma TV, seating areas and billiards, and the golf range and landscaped riverfront rooftop sundeck with lounge chairs.

Location

This slice of the Financial District offers the great dining and fashionable shops of TriBeCa, plus easy access to transportation — including eight subway lines and express buses — and Staten Island, New Jersey, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island ferries. Residents also love being close to the World Financial Center, Chinatown, South Street Seaport, SoHo, Greenwich Village, and Battery Park Stadium’s 16 first-run movie screens.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

Apartments at 90W are a great deal – at just $44 per square foot to live on the cusp of the Financial District and Tribeca, these are some of the cheapest units around! They’re also quite well-sized. The finishes aren’t necessarily as high-end as some of the other buildings in the area, but the amenities are great and the location is even better. You’ll find a full galley kitchen, large windows and great views in every unit, and hardwood floors throughout. These loft-like units offer up a blank slate – so get decorating! If you’re looking for a great deal in the Financial District, these apartments are perfect.

Dwell95 – 95 Wall Street

Dwell95 is the latest luxury rental building from architect and designer Phillip Starck. Located at 95 Wall Street, Dwell95 marks the first rental project headed by international design company Yoo by Starck, and is home to some of the finest rental apartments in the Financial District. With hotel-style amenities and top design, Dwell95 is inhabited by many a young celebrity (Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, to name one). The building offers residents a choice between “classic” and  ”nature” apartment designs – one being dark and moody, the other, light and airy. No detail or expense has been spared in the amenities, the apartments or the building design, and so Dwell95 feels like the coolest boutique hotel in town.

Units and Pricing

There are currently just three available units at Dwell95: a studio listed at $2,250/month, a one bedroom listed for $3,400/month and a two bedroom that tops out at $4,950/month. The average price per square foot at Dwell95 is $63/square foot.

Features and Amenities

Dwell95 offers two different takes on the NYC rental experience. For those looking for a more classical living experience, Dwell95′s aptly named classic flats welcome you with rich oak wood flooring and are decorated with expansive windows with custom shades surrounding a beautiful Austrian crystal chandelier. Highlighted by custom cabinetry with Crème de Marfil marble countertop and backsplash, each gourmet kitchen features Jenn-Air cooktops and convection ovens and wood-paneled Liebherr refrigerators. Dwell95′s “nature” apartments, on the other hand, are brought to life with a combination of earth tones, organic materials and natural light oak wood flooring. Complementing the organic feel, each kitchen comes equipped with a Venatino honed marble countertop and backsplash along with the aforementioned Jenn-Air and Liebherr appliances.

From Dwell95′s residents-only lounge and terrace to the Yoo Fit gym, which offers top-of-the-line cardio and strength-training equipment by Technogym, no expense has been spared in providing its residents with the ultimate Manhattan luxury rental experience. Dwell95′s other hotel-style amenities include such familiar luxury rental building conveniences as a doorman and 24-hour concierge service, as well as posh surprises such as a stackable washer dryer in each apartment for rent and even daily complimentary breakfast.

Location

With a prime Financial District location at 95 Wall Street, Dwell95 is right at the heart of one of Manhattan’s most desirable residential neighborhoods. Dwell95′s proximity to mass transit – it’s just steps to several subway lines – and a wide array of upscale shops, world-class restaurants, laid-back pubs and colorful nightlife, both in the Financial District and nearby Tribeca, ensures that its location is a striking amenity in its own right.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

If you’re a person who appreciates interior design, high style and even higher status, Dwell95 is for you. Phillip Starck is a force to be reckoned with in the design world, and his buildings and projects just keep getting better. Dwell 95 has turned out amazingly, and has rightfully attracted many hot young things (like the aforementioned Gossip Girl star). The building offers the choice of two layouts and design plans, so it’s not as though all the units and cookie cutter residences with no room for personality. Dwell95 also offers a slew of incredible amenities, all of which have been designed, like the apartment units, to a tee. Not one “i” has been left undotted in Starck’s design, making Dwell95 one of the hottest Financial District apartment buildings.

The Metro – 17 John Street

The Metro is a 15-story luxury doorman apartment rental building featuring 111 loft apartments. The Metro is one of the first and finest examples of residential revival in the Financial District. The loft apartments at Metro are spacious and sunlit thanks to large windows, and feature hardwood floors, stainless steel chef’s kitchens with granite countertops, and marble baths with soaking tubs. They range in size from 500 to 1,300 square feet. There is a rooftop deck as well as an entertainment lounge with pool table and comfortable couches and chairs.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no apartments available at The Metro, but previous rentals ranged in price from $2,395/month for a one bedroom, one bath to $4,200/month for one of the largest units in the building.

Features and Amenities

Ten-foot-high ceilings, three floorplans, five elevators, a lounge with pool tables, hardwood floors, live-in superintendent, laundry service and rooftop terrace – all things you’ll find at The Metro, as well as stainless steel kitchens and marble baths. With open loft layouts, the rest of up to you!

Location

The Metro is located on John Street, just a few blocks from the heart of the Financial District, Wall Street. It’s just a block in either direction to a bevy of different subway lines, so getting in, out of and around the city is a total cinch. The Financial District is one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in the city, and with the residential growth comes the addition of Starbucks coffee stores, Duane Reade pharmacies, groceries, bars, restaurants and more. The beauty of the area is that while it’s full of loud, angry suit-wearing types during the day, come night, it quiets down.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The Metro isn’t chock full of amazing amenities, but the building offers spacious light-filled residences with updated kitchens and baths. It’s an old building that’s undergone a renovation, and those who converted it took great care to make sure they preserved the original grandeur of the building. These days, the Financial District is one of the greatest places to live – it’s up and coming enough to still be relatively inexpensive by New York standards, but it’s also full of hot spots and apartments big enough for a full dining room table. There’s a doorman and a concierge, there’s just not a gym. In other words, for the price and the looks of it, The Metro is a great Financial District apartment building.

37 Wall Street

37 Wall Street is a luxury apartment rental building located in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District. A meticulous renovation from architect Costas Kondylis has helped make 37 Wall Street one of the most sought-after rental listings in the Financial District, and among New York City’s most desirable pre-war rental buildings. This former bank building (built in 1904)  is enjoying a second life as a very modern, amenity-laden Financial District luxury rental, while retaining the pre-war elegance that first made it a Financial District favorite over a century ago.

Units and Pricing

There are currently twelve units for rent at 37 Wall Street, ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms. The smallest studio available, at 407 square feet, is listed at $2,025/month; the largest, at 520 square feet, is priced at $2,300/month. A one bedroom with 899 square feet is listed at $3,200/month (the highest priced unit currently available) while a smaller, 838 square foot unit with two bedrooms is priced at $3,025/month. The average price per square foot at 37 Wall Street is $55.

Features and Amenities

The kitchens at 37 Wall Street have been completely modernized while keeping with the pre-war feel of the original space, and are outfitted with white-lacquered cabinets framed in aluminum, natural stone countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Luxurious baths feature American Walnut millwork with Carrera marble and polished chrome. With the building restored to its original grandeur, a brass gate welcomes 37 Wall Street members into a nine thousand square foot private membership club. This exclusive space features an opulent lounge with vaulted ceilings, a grand fireplace, wireless internet throughout, a private screening room, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, all operated by American Leisure. Other amenities include a full-time doorman, a billiard room, a spa and a rooftop sun deck.

Location

The burgeoning Financial District retail scene is highlighted by the Tiffany’s located on the first floor of 37 Wall Street, and a host of restaurants and nightspots are just a short walk away. It’s also just steps from 37 Wall Street to a number of subways, which puts the rest of New York City within easy reach. The Financial District is one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in the city, with new developments sprouting up left and right. These developments in turn bring new restaurants, bars and groceries, making the Financial District one of the best (and cheapest!) places to live in New York City. When it comes to Financial District apartments, 37 Wall Street is one of the most luxurious rental buildings around.

15 Park Row

15 Park Row is a luxury apartment rental building located in the Financial District. Its cupolas are highly visible reminders of the great glories of Lower Manhattan’s pre-One Chase Manhattan Plaza skyline when topping buildings was important. The building has a 24-hour-attended Beaux Arts lobby, and laundry facilities on every floor. Apartments have high ceilings, large windows and pass-through kitchens with Golden Peach granite countertops and white wood cabinetry and GE appliances. The building has spectacular views, especially of the great Woolworth Building right across City Hall Park.

Units and Pricing

There is currently just one unit for rent at 15 Park Row, a two bedroom, 1,200 square foot unit listed at $4,000. Previous rental units ranged in price from $1,800 to $3,900/month. The average price per square foot at 15 Park Row is a mere $40.

Features and Amenities

Apartments have at 15 Park Row have high ceilings, large windows and pass-through kitchens with Golden Peach granite countertops and white wood cabinetry and GE appliances. The building has a 24-hour-attended Beaux Arts lobby, a fitness center and laundry facilities on every floor.

Location

15 Park Row sits just below Wall Street, an area that is by day filled with a sea of suits and is by night quite peaceful. The building is convenient to public transportation and not far from the South Street Seaport. New restaurants, clubs, and gourmet and specialty markets abound. From jogging and dog-walking to riverfront dining at the Seaport and late-night cafe hopping, the area offers everything you could want. Effortless commuting from a dozen nearby subway lines gets you where you want to go.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

15 Park Row might not have the most luxurious residences around, but the views from the building are to die for. Apartments in the building are spacious and have great natural light and you can see almost the entire skyline out your window. The building was converted in 2002 to a mixed-use building (the ground floors are for retail use) and so the kitchens are a tad bit out of date. That being said, the prices are beyond reasonable. $40/square foot to live basically right on the South Street Seaport is unbelievable – especially if you plan to do some renovations or small fixes down the road. In terms of Financial District apartments, 15 Park Row is a no brainer.

100 Maiden Lane

100 Maiden Lane is a luxury apartment rental building located in the rapidly growing residential neighborhood of the Financial District. The 25-story building was designed in 1929 and converted into rental apartments in 2005. Many 100 Maiden Lane apartments have 9- to 12-foot-high ceilings, terraces, exquisite river views, and home offices. All apartments have granite kitchens, stainless steel appliances, in-home safes and custom closet shelving. The building has a fitness center, 24-hour concierge and garage. The majestic centerpiece of 100 Maiden Lane is its 100-foot-high Atrium, topped by a faceted glass skylight that fills the area off the lobby with natural light.

Units and Pricing

There are currently three available units for rent at 100 Maiden Lane, all of which are one bedrooms. One is listed at $2,900/month while the other two are listed at $3,950/month. The average price per square foot at 100 Maiden Lane is $48.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at 100 Maiden Lane have 9- to 12-foot-high ceilings, terraces, exquisite river views, and home offices, as well as granite kitchens, stainless steel appliances, in-home safes and custom closet shelving. The building has a fitness center, 24-hour concierge and garage. The majestic centerpiece of 100 Maiden Lane is its 100-foot-high Atrium, topped by a faceted glass skylight that fills the area off the lobby with natural light. Residents also enjoy the Duplex Lounge,  an ideal place to meet your neighbors to shoot pool, play foosball, or entertain guests. Come summer, there’s the  landscaped 2,500-square-foot sun deck.

Location

100 Maiden Lane sits in the heart of Wall Street, an area that is by day filled with a sea of suits and is by night quite peaceful. The building is convenient to public transportation and not far from the South Street Seaport. New restaurants, clubs, and gourmet and specialty markets abound. From jogging and dog-walking to riverfront dining at the Seaport and late-night cafe hopping, the area offers everything you could want. Effortless commuting from a dozen nearby subway lines gets you where you want to go.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

100 Maiden Lane offers updated apartments and state of the art amenities in one of the fastest growing residential neighborhoods in the city. At just $48/square foot, the rent is still relatively cheap – but as with all new neighborhoods, its sure to skyrocket within the next few years, so jump in while you can. Units at 100 Maiden Lane are spacious and well equipped – perfect for young professionals. When it comes to Financial District apartments, this is a great deal.

20 Exchange Place

20 Exchange Place is a luxury loft apartment building located in the heart of the Financial District. Once one of the tallest buildings in the world, 20 Exchange Place is an art deco masterpiece known as the downtown area’s most prestigious residential buildings. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Cross and Cross. In 1996, the building was designated a City Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 20 Exchange Place offers a state of the art fitness center, a 24 hour doorman and valet/concierge services. Apartments boast 11 foot ceilings, oversized windows and modern kitchens and baths.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no available units at 20 Exchange Place; previous rental listings ranged in price from $1,875 to $5,250/month.

Features and Amenities

Homes at 20 Exchange Place boast soaring 11′ high ceilings and oversized operable windows that feature incredible city and water views. Kitchens feature state of the art stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom European cabinets; baths offer marble floors, contemporary tiling and custom sinks and vanities. The building offers a 24-hour doorman, concierge and valet service, and a state of the art fitness center.

Location

The Financial District is the fastest growing residential neighborhood in the city, and for good reason. By day, the streets are swarmed by tourists and Wall Street suits, but by night, the area quiets down, leaving only the residents and the beautiful water views of the South Street Seaport. The Crest is located a block away from the 2/3 train and a short walk from the J/M/Z and the 4/5.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The apartments at 20 Exchange Place are at once modern and classic, featuring pre-war details with gorgeous kitchens and updated baths. The in-house concierge in the building organizes recreational activities and takes care of laundry, dry cleaning, housekeeping and more. The neighborhood is still up and coming, but it’s growing fast, and the bevy of subway lines around the building mean you can get anywhere in the city – and fast!