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ARTFUL LIVING: Fresh Design for a New York City Loft

Exploring AD100 Designer Bruce Bierman’s City Loft

Written by: Brett Williams / Photography: Axel Dupeux

A designer’s own residence affords the recherché opportunity to view their unadulterated, sans-client work. In his downtown New York City loft, Bruce Bierman created a live/work space—a perfect reflection of its inhabitants—where art and design intersect.

The Loft & Bruce

The worlds of art and design often overlap, but it’s not typically this straightforward.  Interior designer Bruce Bierman, with input from his husband, art collector and author William Secord, created a polished, tailored loft that doubles as residence and gallery. “While we have owned the co-op for many years, space now had to have a private aspect as well as an office and gallery to present Secord’s extensive collection of dog and animal paintings,” says Bierman. Bruce Bierman is celebrated in the world of interior design and remembers being drawn to this craft from a very young age. “At age four, I told a neighbor I didn’t like her new living room draperies,” he amuses. Later, his double degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design greatly influenced his ardor for Deco and his modernist approach, an approach he’s perfected since starting his eponymous firm in 1984. In 2000, a spotlight was shone on Bierman’s career when he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

The Vision

The tour de force of this live/work space is an extensive 30-foot gallery which cleverly conceals a series of storage cabinets running the same length. On the walls, beautiful art is plentiful and the intricate antique frames add interest to the clean lines of the hall. A custom Parsons table and two armchairs, with gorgeous movement in their wood-grain, provide a resting point midway.

Bierman’s interiors are marked by these thoughtful and intuitive measures. “We also needed to create a sense of privacy for our residence, so each area is divided by sliding glass panels which bring a soft, diffused light into the rooms,” explains Bierman. These examples highlight a balance in his design sensibility: that equal importance is placed on both form and function. Custom-designed upholstered pieces are plush and comfortable and many of the case goods, picked up during Parisian excursions, recall the work of venerable designers like Ruhlmann and Dupre-Lafon, two of Bierman’s favorites.

The Unexpected Depth

The palette, much a symbol of his interiors, is at once subdued and complex. At quick glance, it’s a mix of textural whites, creams, and warm woods. But upon further scrutiny, a certain depth is noticed, achieved through breadth of wood finishes: dark, light, variegated, and even cerused. An expert study of contrast navigates the eye; silky white rug on near-black flooring, dark vintage dining chairs abut- ting Dakota Jackson’s Wonder Table in Parchment, black spotlight fixtures on a white ceiling, and Mystery White marble atop ribbon-striped mahogany cabinets in the kitchen and bath.

One’s home is often a reflection of personality and experiences, but perhaps this apartment represents something on a slightly deeper level; a union not only of the couple themselves but of their true passions in art and design.

Taken from the Summer 2018 Issue of Blackman At Home.

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Lighting’s Modern Master: Robert Sonneman

An Interview With Robert Sonneman.

Robert Sonneman, “Lighting’s Modern Master,” pioneered contemporary lighting, turning it into an art form. His award-winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for almost five decades. Since their introduction in the 1960s and ’70s, many of Sonneman’s designs have become modern classics.

His work continues to be recognized and acclaimed by the design community, museums, and major retailers. Sonneman’s designs have been exhibited in museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York; Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; St. Louis Design Center and the Saskatchewan Science Centre, Canada.

Sonneman has lectured at design schools and professional organizations internationally. As an active contributor to design education as a guest lecturer and critic, he has served on the Advisory Boards of the Pratt School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design and the Art Center College of Design. Additionally, he has participated in the Stanford Forum on Design and served on the design advisory board of the Nissan Motor Corporation.

As a working designer, Sonneman divided his time between Milan, Tokyo and his New York home. Through the 1970s, he broadened his insight from the origins of the early European industrial aesthetic and the Zen of the Japanese architectural masters, through the de-constructivists, the American Post-Modernists and to- day’s architectural sculpturalism. Sonneman recently shared his thoughts about the early days of his career, to his inspiration and where he sees the future of the lighting industry heading.

How did you get your start in the lighting business?

Three days out of the Navy at age 19, I answered an ad in The New York Times to work as the sole employee for lighting retailer George Kovacs. Although my parents were in the lighting business, they came from a traditional perspective, and Kovacs introduced me to the European notion of Modernism. It was an awakening and I was immediately captured by the European minimal modern perspective, from the Bauhaus industrialism to the sensuality of the Danish modern forms.

With an art background in high school and exposure to manufacturing in my father’s factory, the connection between art and design became my focus and my passion. Lighting was the medium, but functional product design became the core of my design essence and lifelong pursuit. In the following years, I studied and worked in architecture and industrial design, but lighting was always at the center of my practice. Lighting is the most diverse, infinitely interesting and challenging activity. It requires knowledge in a broad range of materials, processes, technologies and disciplines.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your new ideas and concepts?

Everything inspires me. It is hard for me to not be inspired because I am naturally curious and I love the process of learning and discovering. I began my odyssey in Milan at age 22. The more unfamiliar the place, the more curiosity it stimulated to discover new things and ideas. I saw this sophisticated culture of living with a passion for life that moved easily between the traditional world and the modern design that challenged it.

Each place has its allure.  Tokyo is so different today than when I was first discovering it in the 1960s, but the detailing of its classical architectural framing provided me with an insight into the cultural basis of developing superbly executed wood joinery, artistically and functionally. Today you can see that connection even in the most adventuresome and risky architecture and product design. There is a discipline in the execution of design, regardless of scale.

New York is infinitely diverse in its irreverence to a dominant historical singularity. Short walks in local areas excite one’s sensibilities with little tasty bites from cross-cultural influences and points of view that work alone or in creative tension of their mismatch. It is energizing and limitless in its sources of inspiration. Shanghai is big, bold, and overstated in an almost cartoon-like contrivance of style and exaggerated scale, but it also has interesting old areas to discover. The juxtaposition of the ancient set against the modern provides an infinite diversity of style and texture to draw inspiration from.

Your products also available at Blackman, has that been a successful venture for your company?

At the forefront of the luxury kitchen and bath market, Blackman has played a significant role in showcasing SONNEMAN – A Way of Light products, providing outstanding service throughout the customer experience, and contributing to our exceptional growth year after year. Our partnership with Blackman is tremendously valuable to us, and we look forward to growing together throughout the rest of this year and into the future.

Do you have a favorite design or two from your past or present lighting collection?

I am always most excited about doing what’s next. It’s a continuum, and the pieces are moments in time which I see in the context of their evolution. I like the simplest, most direct incarnations of minimalism or simple sculptural forms. I don’t know if I have a favorite, except for what I am working on currently.

The designs we’re working on now are taking on an even more sleek, modern, and sophisticated aesthetic, and we continue to design with the most advanced technologies for superior lighting functionality. Architecturally- scalable lighting systems play a major part in our design vision.

Where do you see the future of lighting heading?

Integration is the key to understanding the future of lighting. Now that we understand that electronically generated illumination is a wave in the spectrum of energy, we can control, direct, and manage illumination as a component in a broad-based, integrated system of energy that can be deployed across multiple applications of a building system. We have moved our imagination of architecture, habitable spaces and urban centers into the limitless possibilities of the digital age.

In the five decades that I have worked, studied and learned my craft, the disruption of technology has never been more profound and more promising. My focus has always been on extending modern ideals through the language of design, and on creating relevant and functional products through a convergence of art and utility.

This is an energizing, interesting and incredibly rewarding time to be working in lighting design.  I am excited by the challenges, insights and added dimension of technology integration into the creative process. Enabled by new materials, processes, and technologies, we can now realize our imagination of innovative forms, structures, and applications in entirely new, innovative ways.

I have come to understand that science and technology can be enablers of art and design. The LED revolution re-energized and re-inspired me. Technology-driven design has opened an entirely new universe of imagination and possibilities. Now more than ever, I am excited to challenge the possibilities of what’s next in our pursuit of … illumination from the art of technology.

Taken from the Summer 2018 Issue of Blackman At Home


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Designer Spotlight: Drake+Anderson

Fearless Style With Drake+Anderson

“Hard, glittering materials abound in the desin, but all are softened by luxurious textures as antidote to our glorious urban jungle.” – Jamie Drake

By: Brett Williams  Photo credit: Marco Ricca

In many ways, New York City is defined as a race to the top; this is a mindset of its people, a philosophy of its businesses and in recent years, a trope to describe its residential towers. Nested high in one of these beanstalk buildings is an international client’s pied-à-terre, a project by designers Drake/Anderson directly inspired by the surrounding city. “The soaring towers of Manhattan sprawling in all directions were inspiration. Hard, glittering materials abound in the design, but all are softened by luxurious textures as antidote to our glorious urban jungle,” says Drake.

At the helm of New York-based design firm, Drake/Anderson is Jamie Drake, a long-celebrated master known for his fearless approach to color and Caleb Anderson, an award-winning designer with an eclectic, collected approach. Together, they created a space that both salutes and belies the practice of restraint, feeling clean and graceful with striking materials and exaggerated statement pieces.

A curatorial mix of antique, artisan and custom furnishings is modus operandi for Drake/Anderson and leavens the space with personality and place. Custom pieces are vital to their projects and Drake is no stranger to product design with, among others, collections at THG Paris, Labrazel, Boyd Lighting, and Theodore Alexander. In the master bedroom exists a design dialogue that Drake calls his favorite, “a lacquer dresser is home to an almost erotic marble lamp, while an exquisite mirror ringed in delicate white ceramic blossoms is cartoon-like in its charming whimsy.” Luxury wall finishes are seen throughout including a gray Teodorico Venetian plaster in the dining room, a Venetian plaster with silver speckling in the guest bedroom, and custom shagreen panels in the foyer.

Design development for the 4200 square foot apartment was an expeditious two months and the client afforded the designers a substantial amount of creative elbow room. “We only had one meeting prior to being hired, so it needed to be an extraordinarily quick study. Relying on that conversation, and a shared passion for contemporary masters of the decorative arts, we were emboldened to get to work,” says Drake.

Low-slung furniture playfully contradicts the surrounding high-rises and, in addition to the client-requested neutral color palette of black, white and grays, accentuates the sweeping city views. Anderson’s favorite piece plays perfect example, “the Fernando chair by Julian Mayor couldn’t be more fitting — it’s a statement, sculptural and keeps its weight low to the ground.” When the opportunity arose and they could muster client buy-in, they layered in additional colors in a discerning way: azure in the living room, a deep scarlet in the master bedroom, and emerald green in one of the guest rooms.

This getaway apartment may be in the heart of a city where cars and businesswomen race by, but the view from that altitude shows a city at near standstill. The design, while undeniably holding interest, has a breathability and is complementary to this calm.

This article was taken from the 2018 Summer Edition of Blackman at Home Magazine 

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Home Renovation Spotlight: The Luxe Southampton Farmhouse

Blackman Tackles a 14-Bathroom Renovation Project in the Hamptons

By Stephanie Ames

Every now and then a project comes along that really allows a designer to shine. That is precisely what happened when Rita Coleman, a sales and design consultant at the Blackman Southampton showroom, met Kerry Gaynor. After recently purchasing a farmhouse with her husband in nearby Sagaponack, Gaynor needed the kind of assistance, expertise and selection that Coleman and Blackman could offer for her home renovation.

The Farmhouse

“My husband and I boarded and rode our horses at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack,” Gaynor said. “So when a little farmhouse came on the market across the street with a huge potato barn, we thought it could be a home for both us and the horses. We did not want to tear down any of the old farm buildings, so we ended up building a new main house on the property and connecting our new house to the original farmhouse by an underground tunnel. This gives us a lovely little guest house. We moved barns around to use as a pool house, a party barn we call ‘Tavern on the Green,’ and we restored and outfitted the potato barn with stalls for our three Clydesdales.”

The expansive project included 10 buildings and a total of 14 bathrooms. Gaynor was understandably overwhelmed at the prospect of selecting kitchen faucets, sinks, tubs, mirrors and especially tile for all of those spaces. She had a vision, which she shared with Coleman. “As much as this was a farm project, it was also a house located in the Hamptons, so the finishes needed to have a certain amount of luxe,” she explained. With the assistance of Coleman and the Blackman team, the project began in the guest house.

The Project

According to Gaynor, “I wanted to use a tile that looked like wood for the baths in the guest house. We did the full shower walls and ceiling in a porcelain which was nice for the budget, as well. In the guest house master bath, we used a hand-made Italian subway tile which became my favorite. I used different sizes of it all over the property.” This hand-made tile was even used in the guest house kitchen which features walls of white ship lap with open shelving. “There is always a question about where to stop the backsplash,” said Gaynor. “It was Rita’s idea to take the tile completely up the wall so we didn’t introduce any other material. Everyone who comes in loves that wall!” Due to zoning regulations in Sagaponack, stoves cannot be installed in a guest house. “So we did under-counter refrigerators and paneled them. Without appliances in view, the tile is really the star of the show,” added Gaynor.

Gaynor and Coleman carried the same subway tile from the guest house into the main house guest bathrooms. They paired them with limestone floors in grey and sand colors. “I like really neutral colors and grey is my favorite color,” said Gaynor. “In one bath we even alternated the subway tile sizes, using 2 x 6 and 3 x 6 tiles. It is beautiful but the poor tile installer!” A fan of continuity in home design, Gaynor selected claw foot guest tubs from Blackman as a nod to the farmhouse roots of their new residence.

Better At Blackman

Gaynor credits Rita Coleman and the entire team at Blackman for their patience and expertise during the decision-making process. She cites little details that made a huge impact on the overall design of the space. For instance, the selection of a more square farmhouse sink in the main kitchen helped modernize the space. The use of Danby marble from Vermont on the master bath walls, which was paired with brown sable stone with a Parisian cut on the floors, ups the luxe factor.

When asked about her favorite parts of the renovation, Gaynor said, “I guess I’m with everyone else in loving the guest house kitchen wall, but I do love the black onyx marble floor in the mudroom and the guest bath subway tile, with its height and top caps. I’m really pleased with how everything turned out.”

The Last Word

Rita Coleman is a Sales Consultant at the Blackman Southampton, NY showroom. She specializes in kitchen and bath design, as well as total home renovation. Rita has a passion for tile and an eye for good design. Visit our Southampton Showroom to meet Rita and start your project. You can also make an appointment to meet with Rita.

*This article was taken from the Summer 2018 Edition of Blackman at Home Magazine

Photo Credit: Tim Cree @ Creepwalk Media Inc



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Making Magic: Alchemy Properties 

Making Magic: Alchemy Properties 

Alchemy continues its tradition of architecturally distinct buildings with a diverse trio of luxury condominiums in three Manhattan neighborhoods including the famed Woolworth Building.

The Woolworth Building

When the opportunity arose to acquire the tower portion on floors 29-58 of the world-renowned Woolworth Building, Alchemy Properties knew this was definitely in their wheelhouse. The Manhattan developer has been focusing on ground up development for the last 10 years producing sexy glass towers like 35XV at 35 West 15th Street. Office building-to-residential conversions were an important niche when Alchemy was founded in 1996.

These transformations often present unique challenges that new construction does not. They also provide opportunities for remarkable residences—especially when redeveloping an architectural icon like The Woolworth Building.

“A building like this couldn’t be built now. This is not a glass tower—you actually have wall space for large pieces of art—but there are enormous windows and captivating views. We designed the kitchen and bath layouts around the views and the windows. Some of them have beautiful polychromatic terra-cotta surrounds in the kitchens and bathroom. We wanted to emphasize those,” says Joel Breitkopf, principal of Alchemy Properties.”

Soaring high above City Hall Park, The Woolworth Building designed by Cass Gilbert was the tallest building in the world when it opened in 1913. Alchemy is reimagining the top 30 floors as The Woolworth Tower Residences with French architect Thierry W Despont. Thirty-three luxury condominium residences are topped by an extraordinary seven-story Pinnacle Penthouse.

Residential Conversion

Breitkopf notes that The Woolworth Building, from the point of view of layouts, is equal to or better than any brand new building. Many of the floor plates are nearly 6,000 sq. ft. so they work well for full floors or divided into two units. The design was perfect for residential conversion and all the rooms including the kitchens and bathrooms are spacious and spectacular and grand. When they walk into these apartments, brokers and buyers are amazed by the proportions and the elegance of the rooms along with the ceiling heights which are between 10 and 15 feet.

“For all our projects we do a very deep dive into the history of the neighborhood and then we try to understand it in the context of the city,” adds Breitkopf. “With The Woolworth Building that was even more of a national, historical review process.” Working closely with the city on this landmarked building, Alchemy is restoring portions of the facade as well as Frank Woolworth’s pool. The copper ceiling tiles from Frank Woolworth’s office on the 40th floor are being installed in the new building lobby.

Alchemy Projects

In addition to The Woolworth building, Alchemy is also developing The Noma at 50 West 30th Street designed by Fx Fowle Architects in the evolving Nomad neighborhood. “We have more of a Bauhaus theme there—very modern,” says Lauren Mantia, Vice President of Design and Marketing at Alchemy Properties Inc.

Also in the works is 250 West 81st Street designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects on the Upper West Side. Mantia describes this project as a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic Upper West Side residential building. The developer isn’t limited by one signature style, but there is a common thread that runs through its eclectic body of work. “We aim to develop architecturally distinct buildings that complement the neighborhood,” says Mantia.

“Nowadays we’re selling 18 months before the product is delivered, we usually build a sales gallery nearby with renderings of the amenities and photography. We also build out the kitchens and the bathrooms,” she adds. This enables buyers to see the aesthetic and functionality of the kitchens. “They want to touch and feel the finishes.”

Lifestyle Focus

Many of Alchemy’s kitchens are open to the living room, so the kitchen design becomes a focal point of the residence. Bathrooms are just as important. When outfitted with spa-like finishes and luxury features like larger showers, steam, radiant heated floors and soaking tubs, the master bathroom becomes a private oasis in the city.

“Buyers who come to the Upper West Side are frequently there because of Lincoln Center and a love of the arts,” says Breitkopf. “If they have children, they typically want them to be involved in the arts.” The building Alchemy is developing at 81st Street and Broadway has a full complement of amenities including a music rehearsal and recording room with a sound booth.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to learn piano or guitar, sing and record and write music in their own building,” says Breitkopf. “We always try to provide the amenities that residents will actually use and enjoy. And we’re happy to say they do.”


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High Rise Report: Manhattan

Our Favorite Luxe High Rise Homes in Manhattan!

Here are our pick for the most sophisticated high rise homes now avaiable in Manhattan. With impressive kitchen and bath spaces, they are ready to welcome you.

If there’s one thing New York City is famous for, it’s the dramatic, dynamic skyline filled with towering spheres of every shape and size. The city’s newest crop of high rises doesn’t disappoint, including a few standouts in Tribeca and NoMad we’ve profiled here. Bold name designers and architects from around the world are transforming the look of the city with their progressive buildings.

Ever changing, ever new, always in a state of renewal, that’s the New York we know. Dorothy Parker said it best when she noted: “New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it.” We’re happy to share that same feeling about Manhattan with you.

111 Murray Street, Tribeca

 “We’re creating an iconic new addition to the world’s most beautiful skyline.”- Arnold Fisher, Fisher Brothers Architecture

Situated the heart of Tribeca, 111 Murray Street is a 58-story tower rising 800 feet above street level. What sets it apart from other glittering glass-clad structures is a sinewy curved design inspired by modern fashion and glass vases from Murano and Venice. Visually arresting in all directions, it is crowned by a distinctive circular top. Scheduled to open this year, 111 Murray Street features 157 residences with multiple exposures to maximize the light and river views. Over 20,000 square feet of amenities include a fireside lounge with reflecting pool and waterfall, a lap pool, spa and private dining room.

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60 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013

45 Park Place, Tribeca

“We are extremely honored to be working with such a diverse and influential group of visionaries to bring this remarkable contribution to the evolving skyscape of the new downtown to life.” –Sharif El-Gamal, Developer, Soho Properties

 A modern residential destination, 45 Park Place is comprised of 50 luxurious condominiums offering three different living experiences: loft-like homes on the lower floors, full-floor tower residences, and two duplex penthouses. The high design caliber of the interiors was conceived by Piero Lissoni and Michel Abboud; the curving staircases in the penthouses are Lissoni originals. The building’s plaza, garden and adjacent future museum will be designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Tower Residences overlook landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor, and One World Trade Center.  A pool, spa, yoga studio, private lounge and children’s play space are among the amenities.

212 Fifth Avenue, NoMad

 212 Fifth Avenue is a 1912 neo-medieval skyscraper newly converted to 48 exceptional residences.

A true New York original, 212 Fifth Avenue is one of the world’s first skyscrapers, built in 1912 in an ornate neo-medieval style. Today, this still-opulent building features interiors from Pembrooke & Ives, and architecture from Helpern. As a result, these refreshed residences artfully combine pre-war and contemporary design. The more intimate scale of this 24-story dwelling offers 48 upscale condominiums including The Crown penthouse. Each home has high ceilings and windows overlooking the majestic New York skyline and Madison Square Park. Residents have use of an on-site fitness center, yoga studio playroom, game room, screening room, lounge and valet parking.



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Transformative Expansion at The Norton Museum of Art

Community Profile: Norton Museum of Art

Innovative, adventurous re-design for West Palm Beach’s cultural landmark

By Gwen Donovan

Excitement is in the air at The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. A newly expanded West Wing represents a 35% increase in gallery space, while other new additions such as a striking new entrance, state-of-the-art 210-seat auditorium, additional education space and a great hall to serve as a social hub are transforming this museum. Additionally, the renovation includes a sculpture garden and green spaces for future programming within its 6.3-acre campus.

What is Happening at the Norton?

According to Scott Benarde, Director of Communications for the museum, this modern renovation changes the look and feel of the Norton in a dramatic way. “The design by the renowned architectural firm of Foster + Partners is nothing less than eye-catching and substantially different, thus separating itself from the currently similarly-looking Palm Beach Atlantic University next door. The new design also infuses the Museum with more light and brightness and, as Norman Foster says, also creates ‘A Museum in a Garden.’ There’s simultaneously a airier and more sophisticated feel to the building.”

Innovation and Impact

One of the most impactful changes is the new entrance that sets the tone for things to come within the museum, Benarde says. “The canopied entrance is a showstopper that lets the community know where the entrance to the Museum is, so visitors will no longer have to search for its previously semi-hidden entrance. It is also more expansive and open, more welcoming, and certainly ‘greener,’ putting a spotlight on the majestic 80-year-old banyan tree that is literally embraced by the canopy.”

Art for All

Inside, the new spaces are designed to create a more inviting atmosphere for people who may be intimidated by an art museum, Benarde notes. “More gallery space means more art on view with improved sight lines and lighting. The new auditorium means visitors can better enjoy programs due to improved acoustics, sightlines and more comfortable seating. More classrooms mean room for more visitors to enjoy art-making, lessons and lectures. A great hall will serve as the Norton’s new living room, serving as a space people can rest, relax, meet friends and have a cup of coffee at the cafe before or after viewing the art — or not!”

You are Welcome Here!

Enriching the visitor experience and engaging the public is a philosophy that came directly from new museum director Hope Alswang, Benarde says. “The director views The New Norton as a community center that will be welcoming to everyone, whether they have an art history degree or are visiting an art museum for the first time.

To learn more about the Norton Museum of Art visit their website!




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High Rise Report: Brooklyn

New York’s Largest Borough Continues its Re-Invention

Truman Capote summed up the timeless appeal of the borough when he said, “I live in Brooklyn. By choice. Those ignorant of its allures are entitled to wonder why.” We are inclined to agree.

As the new millennium dawned, Brooklyn experienced a full-blown renaissance like no other. It became a hipster destination along with the resulting gentrification, higher real estate values, and slew of high rises. This borough has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high tech start-ups as well as a vibrant center of postmodern art and design.

Among today’s residential offerings is Brooklyn’s highest tower–The Hub– a new skyscraper enhanced an enormous amenity space. 160 Imlay is an adaptive re-use project of the historic New York Dock Building in Red Hook overlooking iconic views of the New York Harbor.

The Hub

When The Hub calls itself “The tallest building in Brooklyn for a short while,” their claim reflects the borough’s rapid-fire growth. Rising 610 feet above the street, this luxury skyscraper is located in the heart of Brooklyn where Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and DUMBO intersect.

On-site amenities in the 55-story tower are contained within the enormous 40,000 square foot Club 333. Club 333 offers a 75-foot-long pool enclosed in a glass pavilion, gym, and landscaped outdoor deck. You can also find a dog park, indoor and outdoor movie screens, yoga studio, grilling cabanas and a children’s playroom. A Sky Lounge with outdoor terrace located on the 53rd floor features breathtaking panoramas of Brooklyn and beyond. There’s also a penthouse collection of select upper floor units.

Current residential programming includes movie and game nights, breakfast socials, a book club, fitness training, swim classes, a doggie costume parade, seasonal get-togethers and kid-friendly activities, all designed to encourage a sense of community.

The Hub
333 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

160 Imlay: The New York Dock Building

The New York Dock building was built in 1910 as one of the first cast-in-place concrete structures. By retaining the aesthetic of the existing board-formed concrete columns, the original details of this structure will be exposed in key locations of the 70 luxury condominiums and throughout the building. Living spaces maximize the open loft feeling; they are designed to be a contemporary addition to an existing industrial shell.

Atop the iconic New York Dock Company building will be an extraordinary super-penthouse triplex. The fabulous open layout includes 4,124 square feet of interior space, 1,270 square feet of outdoor space, and 16-foot ceilings. The super-penthouse has four bedrooms, four-and-one–half baths, exposed concrete beamed ceilings in the living room, and 360-pamoramic view of the New York City Harbor, Governor’s Island, Lower Manhattan, The Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn.

Neighbors get to know each other in the fitness center, a beautifully landscaped roof deck and the hotel-caliber doorman lobby featuring designer furnishings like the bespoke sofa made of a light blue sheepskin-clad seat cantilevered from a blackened steel assembly.

The New York Dock Building
160 Imlay Street
Red Hook, New York 11231

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The Fields: Southampton Sophistication

Elegant New Residences in Southampton From Paramount Custom Homes

By Gwen Donovan

The Fields is a Hamptons-inspired collection of 28 new luxury homes situated minutes from Southampton Village and Southampton’s beautiful ocean beaches. Over the past two decades, Joe Criscuolo and Bill Locantro of Paramount Custom Homes have built hundreds of quality homes across Long Island. These accomplished builders have a strong passion for their business and take pride in constructing homes created with precise craftsmanship. Each residence at The Fields is skillfully made using high-caliber design elements and plumbing fixtures from Blackman. In fact, the homes here are so innovative that two models were included in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017, a fundraiser for Southampton Hospital that took place this past summer.

What makes this community different? “Each and every one of these houses is a custom home,” Joe Criscuolo says. “Quality is paramount to us, and we are proud to produce very high-end homes.” Customization is readily available at The Fields, he adds. “Whatever the homebuyer’s mind can think of and whatever their heart desires, we will provide.”

Stressing that The Fields is not just a place to call home, it’s a true destination, Criscuolo details the on-site features. “The 12-acre park we created is particularly notable; it’s like our own Central Park with tennis and sports courts, and a half-mile walking and jogging trail that goes around the perimeter of The Fields. It’s a nice extension to everyone’s home. Each home comes with a private gunite pool, and the park lets you take off your shoes and rub your feet in the grass.”

Close attention to detail is what homebuyers can expect at The Fields, according to Criscuolo. “These are not generic homes; they are all customizable when you work with our interior designer Greg McKenzie or our architect, Todd Nagy.” This is an important aspect of The Fields that sets it apart from other developments. “The 28 homes can be built from our customers’ own plans or they can choose from our customizable models.”

Criscuolo is proud of Paramount Custom Homes’ upscale approach to the building process. “What other builders call options, we call standard. We have custom kitchens with two-inch mitered stone countertops, custom kitchen cabinets, all trim custom-made, and all bath vanities custom-made. Kitchen appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf are also standard features. We offer a level of design normally seen in much more expensive homes. We worked rigorously to make the houses stand out. All tile areas and baths have a lot of marble and high-end tile. And Blackman provided all our plumbing fixtures.”

When homebuyers want specific design options, Bill Locantro says they are easily included. “Customers are looking at options like built-in wine cellars on the lower level or in the dining room, spas, saunas, and converting outdoor space to indoor space,” he notes. “We want to be flexible by design, whether our home buyers want to add a room or change a roofline.”

Locantro also emphasized the value of the initial price points at The Fields. “The entry price is under market right now, and as we sell these homes, we anticipate that the prices will go up.”

Greg McKenzie, Designer of Record for The Fields, brings his vast experience as an interior designer in the East End and beyond to this project.

While the homes are bright and spacious, they are also built on a human scale, McKenzie notes. “You don’t need a huge house to have a great home. There are no cookie-cutter looks in these eight different houses that come with everything from soup to nuts that you need, plus a private swimming pool.”

McKenzie brings his celebrated transitional style to every part of the floor plan. “Interiors include coffered ceilings, white oak floors, custom designed tilework, and lots of options to make the homes here very special,” he says. “Homebuyers can work with me to customize their house, it’s an option the builder is offering.” The generous builder’s allowance for interiors includes items like tile, kitchen cabinetry, plumbing projects and appliances.

“Blackman was very involved in the bathrooms, lighting, fixtures and faucets and the exterior lighting. They are a fantastic source for Paramount Custom Homes,” McKenzie notes. “It’s very important for us to have a great relationship with Blackman, especially with all the things we need to create custom homes.”

Smart design makes the layouts comfortable and livable, McKenzie says. “The homes at The Fields are very much about today’s living, incorporating lifestyle needs. The floor plans are open, airy and bright. The lower level can be finished with a gym, home theater, different flooring and a full bath; a powder room is already included. The true luxury of this new community is the fact that you can really make the house your own, all plans can be different, and there are a lot of options for every room.”

A sought-after destination, Southampton is one of the most desirable resort areas on the East Coast, McKenzie observes. “The Fields is in a fantastic location; it’s about a two-and-a-half hour drive from New York City, and is convenient to the village of Southampton and the ocean beaches. Southampton Village has great shopping on Jobs Lane and Main Street at J. McLaughlin, Brooks Brothers, London Jewelers and restaurants like Le Charlot and 75 Main. It’s just fantastic to be so close to everything offered there.”

Pete Criscuolo, Project Manager of The Fields, says quick closings are available at The Fields for buyers who act quickly. “We have two immediate occupancy homes; Lot 22 has the Dunemere and Lot 18, the Maidstone. These two homes give a good feel of what’s included, and they are ready right now, just in time to enjoy this summer.”

Weekend visitors will appreciate a location that’s easy to reach, Crisculo notes. “The beauty of The Fields is its position geographically. You don’t get caught in traffic once you get off Sunrise Highway. We are just south of the highway so it’s just a short distance from there and you’re home.” He adds that The Fields’ location is a sweet spot for day trips to Bridgehampton, Wainscott, Water Mill, Sag Harbor or even Montauk at the very end of Long Island.

Comparative values for a home of this caliber would be priced at around $4.85 million, Crisculo says. “We can offer a discounted rate since we are completing 28 homes and passing those savings onto the consumer. In the Hamptons, this is a great foot-in-the-door opportunity whether it’s your first or last home. We are happy to be able to offer this type of a value and extend our reach to a wider range of home buyers.”

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