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