The Wall Street Journal

October 29th 2018

Harlem Penthouse Sale Sets Uptown Record at More Than $9 Million

Curbed NY

October 29th 2018

Harlem penthouse sets uptown sales record

The Real Deal

October 29th 2018

Harlem development sets record for most expensive uptown condo

New York Business Journal

October 30th 2018

Penthouse sale sets record north of Manhattan's 96th street

Mansion Global

October 29th 2018

Harlem Penthouse Sale Sets Uptown Record at More Than $9 Million

City Realty

October 1st 2018

Last Week's Top Closings & Contracts

Olshan Realty Inc.

September 30th 2018

Top Contracts Signed - #3 Circa Central Park PH $9,800,000

The New York Jewish Week

August 1st 2018

From Real Estate Gold to Hollywood Gold

Mansion Global

June 11th 2018

Steve Gold Says Buyers Can ‘Score an Incredible Deal’ Right Now

Metro

May 23rd 2018

Developers Ride Into Future with Expanded Bike Amenities for Residents

Upscale Living Magazine

May 22nd 2018

Art in Real Estate

World-Architects: Profiles of Selected Architects

May 14th 2018

Reviews - FXCollaborative - Circa Central Park

CityRealty

March 8th 2018

Circa Central Park Receives Last-of-its-Kind 25-Year 421-A Tax Abatement

Unique Homes

March 5th 2018

BEST NYC HOMES FOR EVERY STAGE IN A RELATIONSHIP

citybizlist

March 2nd 2018

200+ Attended Steve Gold's Event at Circa Central Park

Aspire Metro

February 23rd 2018

TOWN Residential | Circa Central Park in Upper Manhattan

6sqft

February 22nd 2018

NYC developments get smart: A look at the latest residential building technologies

FIELD CONDITION

February 15th 2018

Building Tour: 285 W 110 - Circa Central Park

DUJOUR

February 12th 2018

Bathrooms With Spectacular Views

Real Estate Weekly

January 12th 2018

DONE DEALS: Roundup of the week in residential sales

Architectural Digest

January 5th 2018

A Day with FXFOWLE's Dan Kaplan

citybizlist

December 25th 2017

Circa Central Park Closes on an Expensive Penthouse

The Wall Street Journal

December 20th 2017

Harlem Fixer-Upper Sets Price Record

Curbed NY

December 18th 2017

The most outrageous amenities at NYC apartments in 2017

CityRealty

December 6th 2017

Coming Full Circle: FXFOWLE's Circa Humanizes a Central Park Corner

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December 16th 2017

Top Ten Tax Abatement Condos in NYC

New York Lifestyle Magazine

October 17th 2017

A Great Location-By Daniel J. Bollinger

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October 2nd 2017

Resort Round Up-Top Properties

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September 26th 2017

5 Prime Residential Properties that Pampers Your Pets

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September 18th 2017

Homes Perfect for Labor Day BBQ

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September 18th 2017

Circa Central Park Emerges on the North West Corner of Central Park.

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September 18th 2017

10 Residential Developments that Celebrate your Furry Friends

Curbed-New York

September 17th 2017

First Look at Circa Central Park's Refined Amenity Spaces

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September 15th 2017

NEW Development-Circa Central Park

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September 1st 2017

Zen and The Art of Real Estate

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August 15th 2017

Unique Places

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May 31st 2017

Green Building Flourishes in U.S. Luxury Developments

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May 29th 2017

Green Building in U.S Luxury Developments Continues to Flourish

Curbed

May 25th 2017

Harlem's Circa Central Park is nearly complete

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May 15th 2017

Circa Central Park Unveils Two Model Residences

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May 12th 2017

A Delicious Point of View

Proud Green Homes

May 2nd 2017

High Rise Residential Buildings Leading the Way for LEED

Life Style Magazine

April 28th 2017

The Most Luxurious Lighting

Curbed NY

April 4th 2017

Harlem's Circa Central Park reveals its casually elegant interiors

Haute Living

March 7th 2017

Power Architects Redefining the New York Skyline

Haute Living

February 8th 2017

A-List Architects The New Luxury Market

Manhattan Magazine

January 17th 2017

"Northern Lights"

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January 6th 2017

What Milennials Want

GOTHAM

December 7th 2016

An Insider's Guide to the Upper West Side's Emerging Manhattan Valley

New York Spaces

December 5th 2016

Luxury Condos Near Top Universities in New York City

New York Post

October 26th 2016

"Camp Kids"

CURBED

October 21st 2016

NYC Buildings where buyers can get tax breaks thanks to 421-a

Unique Homes

November 17th 2016

4 New York City Residential Spaces for Leaf-Peeping This Fall

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November 16th 2016

High-End Amenity Spaces Designed for Natural Light

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November 21st 2016

6 Spacious NYC Apartments to House all Your Holiday Guests

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September 14th 2016

Field Condition- Circa Central Park 285 W 110th

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September 9th 2016

Fortifying the Front Door

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September 1st 2016

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August 30th 2016

10 Questions with...Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE

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August 29th 2016

A Revealing Q&A with NYC Starchitect Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE

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July 8th 2016

The Master Bathroom Is the New Master Bedroom

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July 8th 2016

The Master Bathroom Is the New Master Bedroom

The New York Times

May 6th 2016

Buildings Get Bike Friendly

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May 4th 2016

NYC Residential Buildings Take Family Amenities to the Next Level

The New York Times

April 4th 2016

“Flatiron Building, Admired but Rarely Copied, Inspires Developers”

CURBED

March 23rd 2016

“New NYC Apartments Hitting the Market, Spring 2016”

New York Post

March 17th 2016

“The Last frontier”

New York Post

March 17th 2016

“This forgotten corner of Central Park is actually affordable”

The Real Deal

March 15th 2016

“Inside the fight for Manhattan’s most valuable new development exclusives”

The Wall Street Journal

March 3rd 2016

“A Condo Project Provides a Study In Modernism”

The Wall Street Journal

March 2nd 2016

“Harlem Condo Project Is a Study in Modernism,
Circa Central Park is changing the look of Frederick Douglass Circle”

DNAinfo

February 9th 2016

“5 Ways Luxury Buildings Are Trying to Woo Tweens”

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February 1st 2016

“MAP, See Development Boom From West 96th to West 115th Street”

Yimby

January 5th 2016

“11-Story, 49-Unit Mixed-Use Building Tops Out At 285 West 110th Street, Harlem”

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January 4th 2016

“ARCHITECTURE CIRCA TOPS OFF AT 110TH STREET”

CURBED

January 4th 2016

“Condo Tops Out On Central Park's Last Undeveloped Corner”

The New York Times

December 13th 2015

“Making a Circle Whole”

The New York Times

December 11th 2015

“In Harlem, a New Condo at Frederick Douglass Circle”

CURBED

December 11th 2015

“New Looks at the Concave Condo Rising Along Central Park”

NEW YORK FAMILY

November 2nd 2015

“The Sky's The Limit”

CURBED

October 15th 2015

“New Look at FXFOWLE'S "Luxurious" Harlem Condo”

The Wall Street Journal

October 29th 2018

Harlem Penthouse Sale Sets Uptown Record at More Than $9 Million

Well-heeled property hunters are expanding their search criteria

The penthouse is 3,734 square feet, not including 1,200 square feet of outdoor space, or about $2,531 a square foot.

That price is a bargain compared with the per-square-foot price of some large units with outdoor space in new buildings on the Hudson River or along Central Park South, running between 30% to 50% more.

But the Circa apartment also comes with a huge advantage: a 25-year tax abatement, that is no longer available to new luxury buildings. Mr. Gold said it would be worth more than $2 million tax savings over 25 years.

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Curbed NY

October 29th 2018

Harlem penthouse sets uptown sales record

The crowning penthouse at Harlem’s Circa Central Park sold for a record $9.45 million

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The Real Deal

October 29th 2018

Harlem development sets record for most expensive uptown condo

Artimus Construction sold apartment at Circa Central Park for $9.4M

A penthouse in Harlem sold for $9.4 million, setting a new record for the most expensive uptown condominium.

Developer Artimus Construction closed last week on the 3,734-square-foot apartment at its Circa Central Park at the corner of West 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“Harlem isn’t a value play anymore,” said Corcoran’s Julia Boland, who was not involved in the sale. “People with $9 million to spend have choices, they can live anywhere in Manhattan, but they chose Harlem.”

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New York Business Journal

October 30th 2018

Penthouse sale sets record north of Manhattan's 96th street

A New York City penthouse has set a record for the most expensive uptown condominium sale at over $9.4 million.

The price is about $2,531 per square foot.

The apartment, which spans 3,734-square-feet, is located at West 110th Street and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. It features five bedrooms, a full dining room and two terraces. It also has an outdoor space of about 1,200 square feet.

Real estate broker Corcoran Group told The Wall Street Journal that this is the most expensive condo sale of a property above 96th street on Manhattan’s West Side and above 102nd Street on the East Side.

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Mansion Global

October 29th 2018

Harlem Penthouse Sale Sets Uptown Record at More Than $9 Million

Well-heeled property hunters are expanding their search criteria

At a time when the luxury housing market is in a slump across Manhattan, a sprawling new penthouse on the edge of Harlem set a record for the most expensive uptown condo sale at more than $9.4 million.

The penthouse at Circa Central Park on the corner of West 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard has five bedrooms, a 30-foot living room, a full dining room and two terraces looking out over Central Park above the tree line. It was the most expensive condo sale above 96th street on Manhattan’s West Side and 102nd street on the East Side, according to real- estate broker Corcoran.

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City Realty

October 1st 2018

Last Week's Top Closings & Contracts

Circa Central Park, 285 West 110th Street, #PH – $9,800,000
5 beds, 3 baths | 3,734 square feet
The crown jewel of Circa Central Park, spanning the entire 11th floor, this five bedroom, three-and-on-half bathroom Penthouse enjoys 3,734 square feet of interior space and a 1,219 square foot private terrace overlooking Central Park and Morning Side Park with views Midtown and the George Washington Bridge.

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Olshan Realty Inc.

September 30th 2018

Top Contracts Signed - #3 Circa Central Park PH $9,800,000

Circa Central Park, 285 West 110th Street, #PH – $9,800,000
5 beds, 3 baths | 3,734 square feet
The crown jewel of Circa Central Park, spanning the entire 11th floor, this five bedroom, three-and-on-half bathroom Penthouse enjoys 3,734 square feet of interior space and a 1,219 square foot private terrace overlooking Central Park and Morning Side Park with views Midtown and the George Washington Bridge.

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The New York Jewish Week

August 1st 2018

From Real Estate Gold to Hollywood Gold

Steve Gold says the key to his success is that he’s learned to role with the punches. Of course it helps when you have big arms, a big heart and a huge resume to back it up. The 33-year-old, who stars on Bravo’s hit show “Million Dollar Listing NY” sold more than $500 million of real estate with Town Residential. But things took a turn when Town unexpectedly closed up shop in the middle of a potential $141 million sellout of Circa Central Park, a 38-unit building on 285 West 110th Street.

Gold is now working hard on Circa and said he now has a contract out on one apartment that will be record breaking.

“Circa overlooking Central Park, it’s really is a one of a kind building with the views and with Central Park in full bloom,” he said. “People are really resonating with it.”

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Mansion Global

June 11th 2018

Steve Gold Says Buyers Can ‘Score an Incredible Deal’ Right Now

The “Million Dollar Listing New York” star and broker says to not be afraid to make a big move.

Steve Gold joined The Corcoran Group in New York several weeks ago from Town Residential, bringing his seven-person Gold Group with him.

A former model, Mr. Gold, 33, has over a decade of experience in the sales and marketing of co-ops, condominiums, townhouses and new development homes.

He and his team are currently leading sales at Circa, a 38-residence new luxury condominium on Central Park and 110th Street in Manhattan, which is expected to have a $141 million sellout.

Mr. Gold is most recognizable as one of three brokers who stars in “Million Dollar Listing New York,” a reality series on Bravo that starts its new season Monday. We caught up with him to discuss the allure of downtown Manhattan, homes on Central Park and more.

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Metro

May 23rd 2018

Developers Ride Into Future with Expanded Bike Amenities for Residents

As city cycling continues to surge, buildings are going beyond bike storage to offer resident-only bike tours, house-branded bikeshares and more.

Circa Central Park, developed by Artimus Construction on 110th Street, offers a fleet of Circa-branded bikes, something resident Janet Cohlmia expects take advantage of soon with guests.

“It’s a very nice amenity,” said Cohlmia, who currently uses the building’s storage facility, which she said offers easy access and “they don’t mind if we take them right out the front door.”

Koenig expects building bike amenities to evolve as cycling continues to rise in the city.

“Residents are extremely savvy these days when they’re hunting for an apartment, and offering these things, hopefully we can meet their needs,” she said.

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Upscale Living Magazine

May 22nd 2018

Art in Real Estate

Circa Central Park, a residential development located in Upper Manhattan, partnered with Art in FLUX, a program that works with artists in the local neighborhood, to commission an oversized painting that was recently installed in the lobby space. The artist is Stan Squirewell, a locally based painter, photographer, installation and performance artist. This is not the first time Circa has given back to the community through art, as the developer worked with Art in FLUX last year to curate paintings throughout the modeled homes.

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World-Architects: Profiles of Selected Architects

May 14th 2018

Reviews - FXCollaborative - Circa Central Park

Manhattan's pervasive grid logically leads to rectilinear buildings. Exceptions exist where Broadway intersects the grid, creating Flatiron-shaped buildings, and instances like Frederick Douglass Circle, at the northwest corner of Central Park. Here sits Circa Central Park, whose southwest facade follows the circle and stands out among the numerous apartment buildings being built in Manhattan this decade. FXCollaborative answered a few questions about the building.

Project: Circa Central Park, 2017
Location: New York, NY, USA
Client: Artimus Construction
Architect: FXCollaborative, New York
Design Principal: Daniel J. Kaplan, FAIA, LEED AP
Project Architects: Fatin Anlar, AIA, TMMOB, LEED AP; Yasmeen Shamsuddin, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager: Stephan Dallendorfer, RIBA, LEED AP
Project Team: Alfreda Radzicki, AIA, LEED AP; Michael Cho, AIA, LEED GA, CPHD; lana Judah, AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD; Carol Hsiung, LEED AP; Lauren Zailyk; Haley Cohen; Alissa Countryman
Structural Engineer: WSP
MEP/FP Engineer: Ettinger Engineering Associates
Landscape Architect: Future Green Studio
Lighting Designer: One Lux Studio
Interior Designer: FXCollaborative
Construction Manager: Artimus Construction
Geotechnical/Civil Engineer: URS Corporation
Environmental: Environmental Business Consultants
Code/Permit Expeditor: William Vitacco Associates
ADA-FHA Review, Energy Modeling Services: Steven Winter Associates
Acoustics: Longman Lindsay
Facade: Frank Seta & Associates
Site Area: 0.31 acre
Building Area: 125,000 sf

Please provide an overview of the project.
Occupying a remarkable site on the northwest corner of Central Park in New York City, Circa Central Park is an 11-story, mixed-use residential building at the nexus of Harlem and the Upper West Side. Its confident, contemporary design — an architectural essay in arcs and lines — is a memorable addition to Manhattan’s cityscape and promotes sustainability through green building practices, innovative technology, and superior design.

Circa’s façade of tiered, arced bands of glass and colored metal fins curves in response to the traffic circle in front of the building, and gradually sets back and peels open, shifting in orientation from the circle toward the park. The environmentally-responsive skin incorporates large expanses of glass for views and sun-filled interiors, while discrete shading elements temper unwanted glare and heat gain.

Inside, design of the residences — 38 luxury and 10 inclusionary housing units — is inspired by light, air, and openness, with special attention to site lines and progression through space. Apartments feature high ceilings, generous windows, and sustainably sourced interior finish materials. Residential amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, children’s playrom, common roof terrace, and landscaped inner courtyard. Retail and community facility spaces maximize benefits to the neighborhood.

What are the main ideas and inspirations influencing the design of the building?
Circa Central Park is inspired by the vibrant culture of the surrounding community, the unique geometries of its curved site, and its adjacency to Central Park. The building champions its particular place in the city and community through site-specific design, and promotes sustainability through the use of green building practices. The design of Circa Central Park was also influenced by the need for increased residential housing — both market-rate and affordable units.

Circa Central Park transforms a previously underutilized site into an asset for the neighborhood. The residential development encourages density, respects the area’s heritage of brick architecture, and responds to the vitality and character of Harlem and the Upper West Side. The formal design responds to the curve of Frederick Douglass Circle, peels open to offer views of Central Park, and provides both contextual masonry and colorful, modern expressions. A series of fins on the main glass façade (which optimize views and block glare and heat) are dual-colored to add visual interest and movement from primary approaches; on the park side, the fins are green, and from the city side, they are a burnt orange color.

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CityRealty

March 8th 2018

Circa Central Park Receives Last-of-its-Kind 25-Year 421-A Tax Abatement

In the New York real estate market, developers and brokers are fond of saying that residents cannot get certain perks anywhere else. In the cast of Circa Central Park, however, that happens to be true: The Harlem condominium got the final certificate for a 25-year tax abatement, one of the longest recently given to Manhattan buildings.

While the tax abatement is a powerful draw, it is one of many that have lured residents to one of the city’s most eye-catching buildings. A unique curved design by FXCollaborative makes the most of views of Frederick Douglass Circle and Central Park, as seen through floor-to-ceiling windows that fill the apartments with natural light.
All apartments have open floor plans, high ceilings, hardwood floors, radiant floor heating in baths, and in-unit washer/dryer. Kitchens feature custom Italian cabinetry, Kohler fixtures, and state-of-the-art appliances. Master baths have white marble floors and walls, vanity with double sink, and Grohe fixtures.

Amenities such as a bike share program, children’s scooters, remote control boats, and fully equipped picnic baskets make the most of the proximity to Central Park. Building amenities include a roof deck, landscaped courtyard, state-of-the-art gym, lounge, children’s playroom, and dog grooming station.
Of the few remaining availabilities, three-bedrooms start at $2.815 million, four-bedrooms start at $3.995 million, and five-bedrooms start at $8.495 million. An average price of $2,057 per square foot puts them at nearly twice the Harlem average of $1,037 per square foot.

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Unique Homes

March 5th 2018

BEST NYC HOMES FOR EVERY STAGE IN A RELATIONSHIP

WHETHER YOU’RE CELEBRATING A FIRST HOME OR ENJOYING LIFE AS NEW PARENTS, THESE ARE THE BEST NEW YORK CITY HOMES FOR ANY ROMANTIC SITUATION.

WELCOMING LITTLE ONES
Circa Central Park is the perfect place for young families to call home. The Upper West Side residential development has an array of amenities conducive to inspiring the minds of youngsters. In addition to a children’s playroom and tween room, Circa offers an environment that stimulates education, socialization and fun. Residence 3G, priced at $4.5 million, boasts a spacious layout outfitted with 3-bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, the perfect setup for a family-friendly environment.

THE SINGLE LIFE
The one bedroom apartment at 525W52 offers residents hotel-like amenities, making each day a new adventure for those living the single life. The team at 525W52 works to curate attention-grabbing experiences for residents and their guests including book club in the library, film series in the screening room, social events on the rooftop and day trips. For those newly living on their own, 525W52 offers opportunities to connect with neighborhoods.

EMPTY NESTING
Retirees living at the d’Orsay will appreciate the building’s classy interior design by renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom Residence 5B, priced at $3,175,000, has the perfect amount of space for couples wishing to host friends and family visiting from out of town or spend quality time with the grandchildren.

MOVING IN TOGETHER
Couples shacking up together for the first time have a lot on their plate, but Fifty Third and Eighth offers a stress-free move-in process through a unique partnership with Design Within Reach, where buyers can purchase a unit fully-outfitted.

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citybizlist

March 2nd 2018

200+ Attended Steve Gold's Event at Circa Central Park

The developers of Circa Central Park (Circa), the Upper West Side’s newest condominium development, along with Steve Gold, leading broker with TOWN Residential (TOWN) and main cast member of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York, hosted an exclusive event this week at the building. Throughout the evening, over 200 guests enjoyed Svedka cocktails served by Carlyle Catering, desserts by Macaroons by Danielle, had photo booth fun and entered raffles to win over $2,000 dollars of giveaway prizes. Hosted in residence 8A, a three bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home offering 1,968 square feet and sweeping terrace views of the surrounding neighborhood, Gold, along with Andrew Heiberger, founder and CEO of TOWN, announced new sales incentives for only six of Circa’s homes. The residences included:

2A—1,506 square feet at $2.825 million
6B—1,608 square feet at $2.995 million
6D—1,614 square feet at $2.815 million
8A—1,968 square feet at $4.995 million
3G—2,113 square feet at $1.995 million
9A—3,348 square feet at $8.495 million

Throughout the evening, guests were able to tour the development, including its amenities and Circa’s two modeled homes, residences 4G, a 2,113-square-foot home with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half-bathrooms overlooking the tip of Central Park and 4A, a 1,596-square-foot home with two bedrooms and three bathrooms. As guests lingered throughout Circa, flowers by B Floral set the mood of the event with its lavish candle and flower display. See high-res link to images below here.

Circa truly celebrates park living as well as an abundance of amenities including a fitness center, an exclusive resident lounge, a landscaped courtyard, a rooftop terrace, a 24-hour doorman and cold storage. The development is anticipating a rating of Silver LEED certification; as well as a 25-year 421-tax abatement, which serves as an added incentive with the new tax law.

For more information visit the website at http://www.circacentralpark.com/ and follow the development on Instagram @circacentralpark.

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Aspire Metro

February 23rd 2018

TOWN Residential | Circa Central Park in Upper Manhattan

TOWN Residential (TOWN), a leading New York City-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in luxury residential sales and leasing, announced today that one of their leading brokers, Steve Gold, who is also a cast member on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York,” will be leading the sales efforts at Circa Central Park (Circa) located at 285 West 110th Street on Central Park.

Developed by Artimus and designed by FXCollaborative, Circa is an 11-story building situated on Central Park and featuring a tiered profile of one- to five-bedrooms residences – many with private terraces – and a unique curved glass façade, offering floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Central Park, Morningside Park, and New York City’s iconic skyline. Most recently, TOWN New Development closed on PH2A for $7,238,750, which is the most expensive condominium sold since 2010 north of 86 street on the west side.

“Steve’s business savviness and network is exactly what Circa’s sales team needs,” said Andrew Heiberger, Founder and CEO of TOWN “We are confident that with his experience in luxury real estate, level of customer service and track record of results for his clients and buyers, him and his team will sell the few homes left at Circa.”

Gold is known for his renowned business background, expertise in luxury properties throughout downtown Manhattan and has had great success throughout the years. Examples include the penthouse he sold for a record-breaking price for the neighborhood – north of $26 million – at 66 E. 11 Street and his involvement with TOWN on the sales and marketing of 212 Fifth Avenue, where he helped bring in more than $185 million in sales. Additionally, he has played a role in many marquee new developments, including selling units at Jean Nouvel’s 40 Mercer and the Superior Ink building in the West Village.

“I’m excited to continue working with TOWN on Circa and help make it the development to live at in Upper Manhattan,” stated Gold. “With its incredibly enviable and convenient location sitting atop Central Park with so many cultural offerings, I am eager to find residents that can call Circa home.”<

Residents of Circa are steps away from various opportunities for dining, culture and transportation with easy access to the B, C, 1, 2 and 3 subway lines and 20 private self-parking spaces in the building. The area is home to the 843 acres of Central Park, American Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum Columbia University and an amazing array of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and speak easies. Circa celebrates park living as well an abundance of amenities including a fitness center, an exclusive resident lounge, a landscaped courtyard, a rooftop terrace, a 24-hour doorman, and cold storage. Special attention was paid to curating amenities for Circa’s younger residents; in addition to a children’s playroom, a tween room outfitted with gaming console and a quiet study room plus bicycles, picnic baskets, and remote control sailboats for enjoyment in the park. The building also features an on-site resident manager, ample underground parking, electric car charging stations, bike and private storage, and a pet washing station.

What’s more, the building embraces a mindset of sustainability and is anticipating a rating of Silver LEED certification; as well as a 25-year 421-tax abatement, which serves as an added incentive with the new tax law.

Residences at Circa range from three- to five-bedroom homes with beautiful park views and immediate occupancy. For more information, visit www.circacentralpark.com or call 212-280-0285.

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6sqft

February 22nd 2018

NYC developments get smart: A look at the latest residential building technologies

In a refreshingly non-“Black Mirror” way, many NYC residential developments are taking advantage of new technologies, like keyless door entry systems and digital concierges, not to replace humans but rather enhance them. These building technologies are making residents’ lives easier while prioritizing the importance of face-to-face interaction.

According to a joint cnet/Coldwell Banker survey, “81 percent of current smart-home device owners say they would be more willing to buy a home with connected tech in place.” Clearly, developers got that message. Many new buildings in NYC are incorporating technology into their developments to enhance service as well as increase residents’ personal security and privacy.

Phillip Gesue, Chief Development Officer of Strategic Capital, explains that the Newport, Jersey City condominium development Park and Shore uses technology not to replace humans but rather to allow humans to be human.

“We use technologies to take mundane tasks that don’t require a person. We standardize that task and let the building staff do what they do best: customer service. If someone wants to get a package from a doorman, they can but we want people free to do what they do best. If the concierge/doormen have the task of letting people in the front door, then they can’t focus on their lifestyle enhancement duties. We don’t want to automate experiences but automate the services that technology can do and free up humans to enhance the services only they can provide.”

Park and Shore use a few different building technologies: LATCH, ButterflyMX and Package Concierge.

LATCH

LATCH is a smart access system for homes (aka a smart doorknob/key entrance system). It was developed by two former Apple employees and, as is common with Apple products, is very sleek.

Gesue says one of the main reasons he chose the LATCH M system is because of its look and feel. “People are very design-oriented. They want something that looks good and is the same level of quality to match rest of their home’s interior design and architecture. Your door handle is the first thing people see in a condominium. Design was very important to us.”

To that end, Latch’s Vice President of Business Development Scott Andersen says, “Latch was designed to bring seamless digital access to physical space. In a single apartment building, you have hundreds of doors and hundreds of people moving through them each day. Residents, guests, staff, maintenance, delivery personnel, service providers all have distinct needs for access in that building. We address that full spectrum of needs with a simple and flexible solution that works for every user at every door.”

LATCH operates via the cloud, saving battery power, and enables residents to manage their guest flow through a mobile app that creates temporary access codes for them to share with any individual entering their home (delivery people can get access with time-limited door codes). LATCH devices are also installed on the building entrance doors and amenity spaces which allows the building operators to use the system as well. In addition to temporary access codes, each LATCH device is installed with a small camera that takes a photo each time someone enters. As a security measure, LATCH documents each entrant and shows each homeowner, or staff member, who exactly has come into the building, residence or amenity space.

ButterflyMX

Park and Shore and Urby both use ButterflyMX, “a smart intercom solution.” Urby, a Staten Island development, is a residential concept with a focus on experience and community that offers specially curated social spaces. Because the Urby experience is very appealing to the younger crowd, having the latest technology is essential.

According to their website, ButterflyMX “was built from the ground up with developers, property managers, and tenants in mind. Our cloud-based smartphone intercom format is efficient, customizable, and cost-effective, providing game-changing functionality to existing and new construction projects.” The system allows residences to see who is at the main door, grant them access from their smartphone app, and logs visitors.

Hello Alfred

Journal Squared, the luxury rental tower in Jersey City’s historic Journal Square neighborhood, offers the app-based service Hello Alfred. The Hello Alfred platform provides a suite of services that residents control via a mobile app. A dedicated “Home Manager” then visits the user’s apartment each week to complete the tasks, which can include home cleanings, errands, and special requests, and learns to anticipate their needs over time.

Residents of Journal Squared can even experience Hello Alfred’s services before they live in the building. The platform offers digital move-in coordination, where “Home Managers” assist with sourcing movers’ quotes, arranging telecom services set-up, and packing and unpacking. Once they move in the building, residents can rely on Alfred’s digital hospitality platform for last-minute planning and errand assistance, or its daily in-home package delivery to lighten the burden of carrying boxes after a day’s work. For a premium membership, residents can receive a weekly Alfred visit, which includes apartment tidying, grocery shopping, laundry, dry cleaning, clothing/shoe repairs, prescription pick-ups, and shipping packages or outgoing mail.

Jeremy Kaplan of Kushner Real Estate Group says, “We looked thoughtfully at all of the many technology offerings available, not just to see how they might work on their own but how they integrate with our management philosophy. For us, we look to see if the fit is right so that we are able to concentrate on other areas where we’re enhancing the tenant experience.”

According to Kaplan, with technology offerings like Hello Alfred the building management are free to offer events like music nights, wine and cheese evenings, and potlucks. Journal Squared also houses visiting musicians and in exchange for rent, the musicians offer shows to the residents at no cost.

Kaplan believes a combination of old and new school offerings for tenants work best for their buildings, i.e. pairing building technology with the friendly and informative exchanges with concierges that make residents happiest.

Package Concierge

Package Concierge is another service Park and Shore offers. Similar to Amazon lockers, Package Concierge is a wall of lockers with a scanner on it. A resident is notified of a package delivery and when that resident comes home, she puts her phone to the scanner and the locker opens with her package. Gesue explains what a time saver this system is for the building staff, “it gets rid of someone spending the entire day categorizing, delivering and retrieving packages.”

Amazon Echo

At Circa Central Park, a residential development located just north of Central Park, residents will each have their own Amazon Echo for a full smart-home environment.

Additionally, the developer installed features to be controlled remotely via a mobile app, including Insteon lighting switches to set scenes, music to greet homeowners when entering and blinds that can be controlled via specific lights to open and close and set specific temperatures.

Smart Appliances

Time Equities is converting a single unit at 315 East 88th Street into a fully connected smart home where the resident will be able to manage his or her living space via phone or voice command. Everything in this unit is controlled by Alexa (lowering shades, turning on the kettle, locking the doors, etc.). In addition, this unit has a Samsung smart fridge, which is described as being more than just a refrigerator but a “family hub.” The fridge tracks groceries, kids’ activities on a calendar, and plays music.

Other features in this digital condo include lighting with colors selected to fit any mood or occasion and an LED bathroom shower head that turns red, blue or purple depending on water temperature.

50 West, the downtown tower designed by architect Helmut Jahn with interiors by Thomas Juul-Hansen, and the Grand at SkyView Parc, located in Flushing, both have “experiential showers.” Javier Lattanzio, sales and rentals manager at 50 West, explains that these showers offer different themes, ranging from jungle storms to light rain and mist. “They’re purely experiential and we find people love them because they are unique and hard to find in the United States.”

Via a touch screen, residents can choose from six different types of shower experiences and depending on your choice, you get an array of mists, showers, steams, and changes the temperature – the lights even change colors and sound effects related to your experience buzz through a speaker.

Virtual Tours

The sales team at K.Hovnanian’s Nine on the Hudson in West New York, New Jersey use Opto Interactive and VR goggles for virtual tours of the 278-unit condominium building. The virtual tours have generated signed contracts from as far away as California.

Since the development is still in the construction phase, the in-house team at K. Hovnanian created, tested, deployed, and maintain a website of 3D renderings/images to be showcased via an iPad, remotely or via two large displays located in the sales gallery that pop-up a 3D model of the building and its units. The sales team provides prospective buyers with VR Google goggles for take-home packets, along with a link for an Opto tour – or they walk the building site with prospective buyers and allow them to imagine their future home on-the-spot.



Although New York Times journalist Tim Wu just argued that too much convenience has a dark side that can enslave us (and here is where Black Mirror takes over), the purpose of these building technologies seems to be reducing mundane tasks, like looking for your keys for the thousandth time and filling your refrigerator, so that residents can go and spend time having meaningful interactions. If that is the case, then there is less evil enslavement and more time for the building social hour.

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FIELD CONDITION

February 15th 2018

Building Tour: 285 W 110 - Circa Central Park

At the northwest corner of Central Park, construction is complete at the final site surrounding Frederick Douglass Circle, Circa Central Park. Designed by FXCollaborative, the 11-story, 38-unit residential condo building at 285 West 110th Street replaces a former gas station. Developer Artimus Construction has helmed numerous projects in Morningside Heights and the larger Harlem neighborhood, including 5th on the Park and the renovation of the Corn Exchange Building.

FXCollaborative's design features a massing that follows the concave curve of the site's southern perimeter and steps down from west to east with cascading private terraces. A faceted glass curtain wall on the southern facade affords ample light and Central Park views while the vertical and horizontal fins mitigate solar heat gain in the units. When viewed from the west, the vertical fins appear orange, while a view from Central Park reveals a green tone on the opposite side. Floor slabs are expressed on the facade with white metal spandrel panels that include thickened c-channel profiles.

On the northern half of the site, the facade shifts to a punch window and brick wall assembly that references the neighboring masonry structures. Two gray tones of brick clad the two main volumes of the northern massing, with a darker blend at the lower volume and a lighter blend at the upper volume on the northwest corner.

Model Residence
Residences feature custom Italian kitchen cabinetry, Kohler fixtures, Bosch appliances, and brushed oak flooring. Master baths feature polished white marble tile on floors and walls, Duravit bathtubs and vanities, and Grohe fixtures.

Amenities
Residents will have access to a full slate of amenities including: resident's lounge, gym, children's playroom, study room, landscaped courtyard, common roof deck terrace, residential and bike storage, a bike share program, on-site parking, electric car charging stations, and dog washing and grooming stations.

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DUJOUR

February 12th 2018

Bathrooms With Spectacular Views

The perfect excuse to soak in the tub for a little longer.

Circa Central Park

Circa Central Park, an Upper Manhattan residential development, offers spa-like bathroom amenities including a heated towel rack, vanities and glass-enclosed showers. Those living at Circa can come home from a long day at work and unwind with a glass of wine while soaking in a Duravit bathtub, taking in the exquisite greenery views of Central Park.

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Real Estate Weekly

January 12th 2018

DONE DEALS: Roundup of the week in residential sales

Town New Development managing director Elaine Diratz believes a new Harlem price record could have a domino effect at Circa Central Park.

Her team recently closed on the $7,238,750 sale of penthouse 2A at the West 110th Street apartment building (pictured top).
It’s the most expensive condominium north of 86th street on the west side since 2010, and the highest price paid for a condominium in Harlem since 2008.
Penthouse 2A is a 2,271 s/f five bedroom, 4.5-bath home with a 550 s/f terrace that has a fireplace and overlooks Central Park. It was listed at $7,477,500.
“We are thrilled to hit a milestone of this caliber for Circa and the surrounding neighborhood,” said Diratz. “We are confident that with this sale being the most expensive closing in almost a decade, it will lead to an even greater increase in interest for the neighborhood.”
Developed by Artimus Construction and designed by FXFOWLE Architects, the recently completed 11-story, 38-unit building offers one- to five-bedroom apartments, many with private terraces, and views of Central Park, Morningside Park and New York City’s skyline.
Amenity spaces include a fitness center, resident lounge, landscaped courtyard, rooftop terrace, 24-hour doorman, and cold storage.

MANHATTAN
Upper East Side
520 E76th St. #3G
$625,000
One bedroom apartment with fully renovated kitchen, foyer with large closet, living room and dining area. Kitchen has stainless steel LG double ovens, gas range, dishwasher, and GE refrigerator. Renovated marble bath. Building has a part-time doorman, live-in super, central laundry, bike room and private storage bins. It is pet friendly and has roof deck. Asking price: $625,000. CC: $1,506. Time on Market: 96 days. Agents: Seamus McCotter, Rutenberg NYC; Eileen Angelo, Brown Harris Stevens

Tudor City
320 E42nd St. #1904
$333,000
Studio apartment in Woodstock Tower, a landmark, pre-war luxury doomar building. Located on a high floor, this unit has beamed ceilings, two large closets and a four-burner oven. It offers views of the East River, hardwood floors throughout. Utilities included in the maintenance. CC: $974.29. Asking Price: $339,000. Time on Market: 34 Weeks. Agents: Elliot Adler & Robert Bernstein, City Connections Realty; Compass.

Flatiron
240 Park Ave. South, #12C

MANHATTAN
Upper East Side
520 E76th St. #3G
$625,000
One bedroom apartment with fully renovated kitchen, foyer with large closet, living room and dining area. Kitchen has stainless steel LG double ovens, gas range, dishwasher, and GE refrigerator. Renovated marble bath. Building has a part-time doorman, live-in super, central laundry, bike room and private storage bins. It is pet friendly and has roof deck. Asking price: $625,000. CC: $1,506. Time on Market: 96 days. Agents: Seamus McCotter, Rutenberg NYC; Eileen Angelo, Brown Harris Stevens

Tudor City
320 E42nd St. #1904
$333,000
Studio apartment in Woodstock Tower, a landmark, pre-war luxury doomar building. Located on a high floor, this unit has beamed ceilings, two large closets and a four-burner oven. It offers views of the East River, hardwood floors throughout. Utilities included in the maintenance. CC: $974.29. Asking Price: $339,000. Time on Market: 34 Weeks. Agents: Elliot Adler & Robert Bernstein, City Connections Realty; Compass.

Flatiron
240 Park Ave. South, #12C
$2,800,000
Two bedroom, 2.5 bath condo with 10 ft. ceilings and oversized windows. Loft-like living room with hardwood floors and a separate dining area. Kitchen with stainless-steel appliance package, including wine fridge. Master suite with dressing room and Carrara marble bath. Smart lighting, home theatre and sound systems. Amenities include a full-time doorman, playroom and residents’ fitness center. Asking Price: $2,850,000. CC: $2,250. Days on the Market: 37 weeks. Agents: Elaine Tross, Halstead and Mike Schulte, Citi Habitats.

Gramercy
340 E23rd St. PH2F
$1,775,000
Two bedroom, 2-bath penthouse condominium with high ceilings, two private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and dark oak wood floors throughout. Bath has limestone finishes and Duravit fixtures. Euro-style kitchen with Sub-Zero and Fisher-Paykel appliances. In-unit Bosch washer/dryer. The Gramercy Starck has a 24-hour doorman and fitness center, library, screening room, landscaped outdoor terrace and roof deck. Asking Price: $1,850,000. CC: $1,644. Days on the Market: 18 weeks. Agents: Sara Moose, Halstead; Brian Morgan, Citi Habitats.

Battery Park City
2 River Terrace #6K
$1,350,000
One bedroom, 1-bath in Riverhouse Green. Open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows. David Rockwell-designed kitchen with Sub-Zero, Thermador and Miele appliances. King-size bedroom with walk-in closet and master bath with double sink vanity. Apartments have fresh filtered air and water. The full-service building is rated Gold by the LEED program. It has a 24-hour concierge, parking garage, salt-water lap pool, fitness center, bicycle storage, billiards area, interior courtyard and outdoor terrace, media cafe, and pet grooming area. Asking Price $1,375,000. CC: $1,278. Time on Market: 14 Days. Agent: Brian Cushman, Rutenberg NYC.

BROOKLYN

Fort Greene
174 Vanderbilt Ave. #213
$1,160,000
Two bedroom, 2-bath condo at the Clermont Greene. Underground deeded parking, doorman, concierge, fitness center and refrigerated Fresh Direct storage. The home features hardwood flooring, open chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, and stainless steel Electrolux appliances. Bedrooms has walk-in California Closets. Central air, washer/dryer, extra storage. Asking price: $1,175,000. CC: $845. Time on market: Four weeks. Agents: Justin Dupree, Corcoran; Danny Nassi, Nest Seekers.

Kensington
215 Parkville Ave. #4A
$595,000
Fourth floor one bedroom, 2-bath unit with home office. French doors open to a balcony with space for al fresco dining. Modern open kitchen with stainless steel GE Profile appliances (including dishwasher), double sink, granite countertops, and breakfast bar. Master en suite bedroom. Second full bath with Jacuzzi tub. Hardwood floors throughout, custom closet organizers, central air, and Bosch washer/dryer. CC: $204. Asking Price: $595,000. Time on Market: 12 Weeks. Agents: Emily Cohen, The Corcoran Group; Yona Srour, City Connections Realty, Inc.

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Architectural Digest

January 5th 2018

A Day with FXFOWLE's Dan Kaplan

Whether you know it or not, chances are, you've seen—or will soon see—one of Dan Kaplan's buildings. As senior partner at FXFOWLE, the architect is responsible for such groundbreaking residences as The Greenwich Lane, the cream-of-the-crop luxury condo building decorated by Thomas O'Brien, and Circa Central Park, an arched architectural feat offering some of the city's best views. These days, Kaplan's hard at work on 1 Willoughby Square (or, for those in the know, 1WSQ), Downtown Brooklyn's upcoming office building, which will be the first of its kind in decades (and where Kaplan's own team will eventually move its offices). AD shadowed Kaplan for a day to learn how he finds inspiration and juggles multiple large-scale projects (hint: it involves Nespresso and New york City views).

6:00 A.M. After getting up and showering, I begin my day with two essentials: feeding the cat and making an espresso with my beloved Nespresso machine. While my wife meditates and reads the paper, I spend two hours or so of quiet time reviewing design progress on various projects. I compare it to looking at the "dailies" in the movie business. I have a beautiful view of Washington Square Park from our living room. I get my best, most creative thinking done while sitting on my sofa as the sun rises over the city.

8:00 A.M. Since my wife and I moved back to Greenwich Village from the suburbs, I relish my walk to work: up University Place, through the farmers market in Union Square—where I pick up a fresh Pullman loaf from SheWolf Bakery—and then a few blocks to the office in Chelsea. It’s a feast for the eyes. I like to find some good architectural detail or moment to shoot and share on Instagram. And then, just before I head upstairs to our office, I stop in at Gotham Coffee for my second cup of coffee and arguably the best scone in the city.

8:30 A.M. Once in the office, I dive into multiple work sessions with project teams. On a typical day, I will have three to four focused project reviews. My role is editor, teacher, and critic to some of the most intelligent, committed, and creative designers in the world. In some cases, every hour I spend with a team corresponds to 200 hours of their collective time—so there is a great deal of pressure to make our time together count.

Lately, I am spending lots of time looking at details and profiles of the façade panels for 1WSQ, the first new office building in Downtown Brooklyn in a generation. Our model shop has created some beautiful mock-ups of the unique blue glazed brick we are considering for the tower’s exterior surfaces. The tactility of these mock-ups and models is so helpful; they always tell you something that computer renderings or hand drawings never can.

12:30-ish P.M. During one of these work sessions, my assistant, Ram, will appear at just the right time with my lunch smoothie (a special concoction that the smoothie place downstairs calls "the Dan"). My team rolls their eyes. . . .

2:00 P.M. I run out to Downtown Brooklyn with a developer to look at a site he is considering for a new residential tower. This neighborhood, one of the most dynamic in the country, is a fascinating combination of the historic, the gritty, and the brand-new. The site under consideration presents all of the complexities and interests inherent in the context.

3:30–4:30 P.M. On the way back to Chelsea, I stop in at JEMB, the 1WSQ client, to talk about the possibilities for synergies between our design for 1WSQ and the design of an adjacent park. JEMB—like many of my clients—is a multigenerational family business. In this case, three generations of the family are at the table in most meetings. I grew up in a large, boisterous family and have a natural affinity for this environment.

5:00–6:30 P.M. Making calls, returning calls, and beating back the tsunami of emails!

6:30 P.M. On a day when I don't have an evening presentation or an event, I look forward to the walk home (while also looking for a good pic to post on Instagram!). I then change and go to the gym, which overlooks Astor Place. As I work out on the elliptical, I look out on Morphosis’s 41 Cooper Square building at Cooper Union; in a fit of admiration and competitiveness, I pick up my pace.

8:00 P.M. My wife and I recently moved back to Manhattan from New Jersey and, more often than not, we will go out for dinner. Our adult children are a bit bemused by their parents’ newfound spontaneity. Tonight, it’s a casual dinner at Loring Place on 8th Street. Food is a very important part of our lives.

10:00 P.M. After a few more emails, I crawl into bed and read for about an hour. I read almost exclusively nonfiction, alternating between history and that curious genre of leadership: self-help. I just finished an engrossing book about Edward Curtis, who took iconic photographs of Native American tribes between the 1890s and the 1930s. I am now in middle of Ray Dalio’s Principles.

11:00 P.M. Lights out.

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citybizlist

December 25th 2017

Circa Central Park Closes on an Expensive Penthouse

Circa Central Park (Circa), the Upper West Side's most stunning new condominium building located at 285 West 110th Street on Central Park, has closed on the most expensive condominium north of 86th street on the west side since 2010, and is marked as the highest price paid for a condominum in Harlem since 2008. The unit, penthouse 2A (PH2A), boasts 2,271 interior and 550 exterior-square-footage and closed at $7,238,750.

“We are thrilled to hit a milestone of this caliber for Circa and the surrounding neighborhood,” said Elaine Diratz, Managing Director of Town New Development, the exclusive sales and marketing firm of the development. “We are confident that with this sale being the most expensive closing in almost a decade, it will lead to an even greater increase in interest for the neighborhood.”

Developed by Artimus Construction and designed by FXFOWLE Architects, the 11-story, 38-home building features a tiered profile of one- to five-bedrooms residences, many with private terraces, and a unique curved glass façade, offering floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Central Park, Morningside Park, and New York City's iconic skyline. The building embraces a mindset of sustainability and is anticipating a rating of Silver LEED certification; as well as a 25-year 421-tax abatement.

Amidst the ample natural light, the elegant residences showcase high ceilings and oak flooring. Sleek kitchens feature custom Italian cabinetry, white quartz islands and Lagos blue stone countertops. Sub-Zero refrigerators and Bosch microwaves and dishwashers are seamlessly integrated into the overall design, and Bosch ranges with vented hoods make the homes ideal for entertaining. Baths and powder rooms provide a spa-like experience with white marble floors and walls, as well as a white limestone tile accent that wraps from floor to wall. Most bathrooms feature a Duravit bathtub with a separate glass enclosed shower, illuminated medicine cabinets, white lacquer vanities with double sinks, heated floors and Grohe fixtures.

Further enhancing the lifestyle at Circa are thoughtfully programmed amenity spaces including a fitness center, an exclusive resident lounge, a landscaped courtyard, a rooftop terrace, a 24-hour doorman, and cold storage. Special attention was paid to curating amenities for Circa's younger residents; in addition to a children's playroom, a tween room outfitted with gaming console and a quiet study room plus bicycles, picnic baskets, and remote control sailboats for enjoyment in the park. The building also features an on-site resident manager, ample underground parking, electric car charging stations, bike and private storage, and a pet washing station. The development was just recently included in a feature about buildings with the most outrageous amenities in NYC in 2017.

With its enviable location, Circa offers a prime destination in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods. Residents of Circa are steps away from various opportunities for dining, culture and transportation. The area is home to the 843 acres of Central Park, American Museum of Natural History and the Children’s Museum as well as Marcus Samuelsson’s Streetbird Rotisserie, Row House, Le Monde, and Harlem Food Bar, among many others. In addition, residents will find eased access is provided by subway lines B, C, 1, 2 and 3.

Circa has a select number of residences left. Remaining homes range in size from three- to five-bedroom residences with beautiful park views and immediate occupancy. For more information, visit www.circacentralpark.com or call 212-280-0285.

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The Wall Street Journal

December 20th 2017

Harlem Fixer-Upper Sets Price Record

The 1890 Queen Anne-style house was sold for $4.59 million

When Bruce and Holly Brittain purchased the shell of a townhouse on Lenox Avenue in Harlem in 2010 for $825,000 it still had flashes of its former glory.

The 1890 Queen Anne-style house in a historic district had a peaked mansard roof, but the windows were bricked up. The fire department had spray-painted “no floors” across the facade.

The Brittains rebuilt the house, a massive do-it-yourself project in which they controlled nearly every facet of engineering, design and construction, and moved into the top two floors.

Their efforts were rewarded a few weeks ago, when they sold their three-family home for $4.59 million, a record price for Central Harlem and the second-highest price for a townhouse across all of Harlem.

Ms. Brittain, an associate broker with Rutenberg NYC, listed and sold the house herself, and even took the listing photos. She is also a licensed architect, and she designed the restoration and walked it through the complex city approval process herself. Her husband, Bruce, who worked in finance, took over day-to-day construction and financial management.

Their renovation odyssey shows the potential of a project when the interests of the professionals and the client are closely aligned or, in this cases, identical. It also illustrates the strength of the uptown market this year, a time when prices in other higher-priced markets in Manhattan have flattened.

Harlem set records in 2017 for average and median prices and price per square foot for one-to-four-family townhouses, according to brokerage Brown Harris Stevens.

With a string of seven sales for $4 million or more this year, the average price of a Harlem townhouse rose 34% to just over $3 million, more than double the price at the peak of the last real estate boom in 2007.

The median price was $2.44 million, up 3.7% from last year. Gregory Heym, chief economist for Brown Harris Stevens, said townhouse transactions in Harlem fell because available units were in short supply.

The Brittains met in 2009 at a boot camp for entrepreneurs set up by the city following the financial crisis. Bruce Brittain had worked in fixed-income trading and sales at Bear Stearns, an investment bank that failed in 2008. Holly was an architect who had just finished a real-estate development program at Columbia University.

They began roaming the streets of Harlem, where they lived, in search of for-sale signs and vacant property. They came across a man installing a for-sale sign on behalf of a mortgage company, Ms. Brittain said, at the house at 208 Lenox Ave., just north of West 120th Street in the Mount Morris Park Historic District.

“You could see the sky from inside,” Ms. Brittain said.

They poured all their resources into the $825,000 purchase price and obtained an $835,000 construction loan. Ms. Brittain brought her paperwork from office to office in the Department of Buildings herself, rather than hiring an expediter as most architects do. She said she wanted to learn everything about the process.

They restored the facade of the 20-foot-wide house, installed wood-framed windows, put in new floors, and added a rear balcony and a roof deck paved in porcelain tiles. They designed each apartment with condominium finishes, with the idea of perhaps turning it into a condo eventually.

They put efficient boilers in each unit, with radiant underfloor heating to keep maintenance costs down, and added marble details in the bathrooms.

The building had been listed as a rooming house with more than a dozen units, but they converted it to a three-family house.

Being both the designer and the client is particularly efficient, Mr. Brittain said. “When you are the client you focus on every detail,” he said.

They lived there for four years with their two young children and turned their passion into a business. Ms. Brittain has worked on several other houses for clients, and they are on the prowl for other properties.

The buyer, an investor, put their apartment on the rental market even before the closing, with a listing rent of $7,000 a month.

Townhouses aren’t the only real estate attracting high prices in Harlem. A penthouse at Circa Central Park, a condo facing the northwest corner of Central Park on West 110th Street, sold at the end of November for $7.24 million.

That was the highest price paid for a condo in Harlem since 2008, when a penthouse at 111 Central Park North sold for just over $8 million.

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Curbed NY

December 18th 2017

The most outrageous amenities at NYC apartments in 2017

From picnic baskets for park trips to a six-figure chauffeured car, here are the most ridiculous perks offered this year

It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the 14th Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: the most over-the-top amenities developers offered residents this year.

New York City’s real estate market has seen its share of highs and lows over the course of 2017, but one thing hasn’t changed: the amenities offered at new luxury developments continue to get more and more ostentatious.

Over the years, we’ve seen everything thing from concierge jet service to luxury yacht service; and while this year’s crop of developments didn’t include anything quite that over-the-top, we did see high-end experiences, chauffeur service, and a fair number of fancy pools.

Here now, nine of the most exorbitant amenities offered to residents this year:

Sky’s chauffeured Volvo
Penthouse residents of the Moinian Group’s enormous Sky development get access to a $105,000 chauffeured Volvo XC90 Excellence. The Sky Volvo features massage chairs with heating and cooling capabilities, crystal champagne flutes, and beverage warmers/coolers. This rarefied perk is only available between 4 and 9 p.m. and only travels between West 14th and 72nd streets between Sixth and Twelfth avenues.

Circa Central Park’s curated kids amenities
FXFOWLE’s semicircular condo building, Circa Central Park just might be home to some of Harlem’s showiest amenities. The Artimus Construction-developed building offers residents of its 38 pricey condos fully equipped picnic baskets that you can use during a trip to Central Park, remote controlled boats, kids scooters, and a study room (with MacBooks) for kids.

ARC’s 70-foot saltwater pool
Few buildings in Queens are as amenity-packed as Lightstone Group’s 10-story building, ARC, in Long Island City. The crowning jewel here is the rooftop’s 70-foot-long saltwater pool, accompanied by barbecues and bocce courts. Other highlights include a game room with vintage arcade consoles, a golf simulator, and a “dedicated outdoor exercise space.”

Waterline Square’s “club” with skate park
When starchitects Richard Meier, Kohn Pedersen Fox and Rafael Viñoly teamed up to design the trio of buildings known as Waterline Square, it was a sure thing that it would be anything but basic. Aside from boasting a pet spa and a dog training studio, there’s a shared amenity space, known as the Waterline Club, that comes equipped with an indoor tennis court, 30-foot rock climbing wall, swimming pool, an art and music studio, golf simulator, basketball court, indoor skate-park, indoor soccer field, “gardening studios,” and mini bowling alley. Fancy.

Urby Jersey City flower-arranging workshops
After last year’s debut of Urby in Stapleton, Staten Island, we’ve come to know a bit of what to expect from this community-focused brand. Urby Jersey City offers familiar amenities like a community coffee shop and cooking classes, but it also has a few new, slightly ridiculous perks—namely the the Urby Creative Lab, a corner one-bedroom that’s staged as a space for small workshops like flower arranging and Feng Shui.

Henry Hall’s jam room
The site that’s now home to Henry Hall, a high-end rental developed by Imperial Companies and designed by Ismael Leyva and BKSK Architects, was once where Legacy Records, a recording studio, once stood. To “pay homage” to that bit of history, the developers kitted out the building with a jam room for residents, with instruments and a karaoke set-up. That’s in addition to other over-the-top amenities like a roof deck, 24-hour concierge, a fitness center with “customized fitness programs,” and more.

555Ten’s bowling alley and pet spa
When it comes to amenities, Extell has earned a reputation for being the most extra, so it’s no surprise that its massive Midtown rental, 555Ten, is packed with over-the-top perks. Some are fairly standard—a rooftop pool and lounge, a sun deck, a high-end fitness center, a children’s playroom, and a game room. Others are a little more over-the-top: there’s a two-lane bowling alley as well as the pet spa/veterinary clinic run by Throw Me a Bone (get it?!).

125 Greenwich’s pool with panoramic views
The amenity spaces in this Rafael Viñoly-designed skyscraper are being brought to life by superyacht designers March & White, so of course they’re over the top. The so-called “wellness amenities” at 125 Greenwich Street include a relaxation lounge, a spa, and a pool with a panoramic view of lower Manhattan. Other perks include a screening room, a private dining room, and a lounge.

300 Ashland’s “Apartment Stories”
Two Trees Management is experimenting with a slightly different approach to the amenity-sphere and looking to promote “experiences” as the hot new thing. The developer launched a program called “Apartment Stories” where “influencers” (like Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson) promote their buildings by hosting special experiences exclusively for residents. (The building also opened its expansive outdoor plaza this year, but that’s a little less exclusive.)

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CityRealty

December 6th 2017

Coming Full Circle: FXFOWLE's Circa Humanizes a Central Park Corner

Circa Central Park is now finished, and like Time Warner Center, the building hugs and enriches a ceremonious corner of Central Park. The four corners of the park each have become grand public spaces whose unique road configurations have shaped the buildings and amenities around them.

Manhattan has faced issues when deviating from its famous street grid. The “squares” created by diagonal Broadway became triangular islands surrounded by congestion, and its few traffic circles were deserts of asphalt dangerous to pedestrians. Over the last two decades however, our squares and circles have been humanized. The 4 corners of Central Park: Grand Army Plaza, Columbus Circle, Duke Ellington Circle and Frederick Douglass Circle have each been tamed through multi-million-dollar renovations that give more leeway to the pedestrian rather than exclusively to the car.

Circa is an 11-floor condo wrapping the northeast corner of Frederick Douglass Circle. In 1950, the then-derelict intersection of 110th Street and Eighth Avenue (aka Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Central Park West) was named in honor of the great African-American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The intersection wasn’t always a circle, and prior to 1940, it was dominated by the Ninth Avenue “El” whose exhilarating S-curve ran downhill from Ninth Avenue to 110th Street to Eighth Avenue. The track opened as the highest in the system — a point that made it so popular with jumpers that it became known as “Suicide Curve.”

In 1993, residents from the adjacent co-op buildings, Towers on the Park, approached the Central Park Conservancy to develop a new design for the traffic circle and build a long-planned memorial to Frederick Douglass. Quennell Rothschild & Partners led a team of artists and designers to shape a $15.5 million plan that in addition to the memorial would restore a Central Park entrance and improve the surrounding streetscapes. The memorial consists of an eight-foot bronze sculpture of Douglass by Gabriel Koren, and a large circle and fountain with ornamental and symbolic features designed by Algernon Miller.

The project opened in 2010 and the now symmetrical circle is anchored by a horizontal fountain and a statue of Douglass. Controversially, the memorial featured a quilt-like stone pavement inspired by quilts sewn by slaves to guide their way north to freedom. Historians have come out to say that these quilts are a myth.

Two years after the circle’s reopening, the city’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) sought proposals to redevelop a BP gas station at 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The new development would involve affordable housing as well as affordable retail space.Then-NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky said in a 2012 release, “The redevelopment of this site could offer a unique opportunity to enhance the surrounding community while also increasing economic activity throughout the entire area,”
285 West 110th Street

Through a bidding process, Artimus Construction was chosen to redevelop the 13,500-square-foot site in 2013. They drew up plans for a 12-floor, 80/20 apartment building with 8,000 square feet of space for the Millennium Dance Company. The project was christened Circa Central Park and an arcing design that embraced the site’s geometry and context was conceived. Building permits later revealed that FXFOWLE are the selected architects who are renowned for their work involving environmental sustainability.

Dan Kaplan, Senior Partner at FXFOWLE, led the design team of Circa. The building’s variegated facades are an immediate response to its context. Overlooking the circle and park are horizontal ribbons of windows shielded by a colorful gradient of fins to reduce solar heat gain. The building cascades down in scale towards its side-streets and its Harlem-facing elevations are clad in brick.

After an arduous soil remediation process, the 12-story superstructure began to rise in late 2015 and topped out in January. Sales launched that April on 38 market-rate condos ranging from 647-SF one-bedrooms to 3,348-SF five-bedrooms. Many units offer season-changing panoramas of the circle and Central Park. Later in 2016, a 5-bedroom penthouse went into contract as the most expensive condo sale in Harlem. Also in July of that year, an affordable housing lottery launched on its 10 below-market-rate condos.

Today only 2 homes remain on the market. They are #6F: a 3-bed/3-bath for $3.425M, and #3B: a 2-bed/2-bath for $1.995 million. Just yesterday, a 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath penthouse went into contract with an ask of $7.477 million. The home spans 2,771 square feet of interior space and has a 550-square-foot private terrace overlooking Central Park. All homes have custom kitchens with Italian cabinetry and high-end appliances. Baths have radiant heated floors, double vanity sinks, Duravit bathtub with a separate glass enclosed shower.

Circa’s roster of amenities includes a room for tweens equipped with gaming consoles, a study lounge with computers, a fitness center, and a lounge. Residents can borrow remote-control sailboats, bikes, and picnic baskets when going to the Central Park. Common outdoor spaces include a landscaped courtyard and rooftop terrace with a grill.

The building and adjacent circle is at the entrance of a revived Frederick Douglass Boulevard which over the years has been transformed into a thriving mixed-use thoroughfare of restaurants, lounges and bars. The Times profiled the artery in 2013, saying, “New York has had its share of neighborhood turnarounds in the last 20 years, but few have been as rapid and transformative as that of Frederick Douglass Boulevard, a formerly blighted corridor of often-abandoned tenements interspersed with rubble-filled lots and tire-repair shops.” As for the circle itself, unlike Central Park’s two southern circles, the roundabout feels sparse with its plethora of hardscape and lack of commercial activity and shops. Perhaps this will change one the Millennium Dance Company opens their storefront in Circa and the trees along its plaza grow in.

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CityRealty

December 16th 2017

Top Ten Tax Abatement Condos in NYC

New York City has in place several programs that temporarily reduce buyers' carrying costs for condo and co-ops. Taking advantage of such incentives can save some condo owners / co-op shareholders thousands of dollars a year in property taxes.

One overarching program for apartment buyers is the New York City Cooperative and Condominium Tax Abatement where qualifying co-op and condo unit owners can receive a property tax reduction ranging from 17.5% to 28.1% a year. The amount of the abatement is based on the assessed value of the residential units. The condo owner /co-op shareholder must use the unit as their primary residence and cannot qualify if the unit already benefits from a J-51 exemption, 420c, 421a, 421b, or 421g tax abatement programs.

Check out the list and map below to find the best Tax Abatement deals right now in NYC.

10. SoHa 118, 301 West 118th Street
2 Apartments Priced From $1.299
Tax Abatement Ending 2035

9. On Prospect Park, 1 Grand Army Plaza
1 Apartment Priced At $3.5M
421-A Tax Abatement Is In Place Until 2035

8. The Edge North Tower, 34 North 7th Street
2 Apartments Priced From $1.275M
421-A Tax Abatement Through 2036

7. The Edge South Tower, 22 North 6th Street
2 Apartments Priced From $799K
421-A Tax Abatement Through 2036

6. Toren, 150 Myrtle Avenue
1 Apartment Priced At $1.545M
25-Year Tax Abatement Until 2035

5. 854 Putnam Avenue
1 Apartment Priced At $1.059M
Expected 421A 20-Year Tax Abatement

4. One Riverside Park, 50 Riverside Boulevard
4 Apartments Priced From $2.4M
Tax Abatement Ends June 30th, 2037

3. One Manhattan Square, 252 South Street
21 Apartments Priced From $1.213M
20-Year Tax Abatement

2. Circa Central Park, 285 West 110th Street
7 Apartments Priced From $1.995M
25-Year 421A Tax Abatement

1. The Greenpoint, 21 India Street
29 Apartments Priced From $835K
25-Year 421A Tax Abatement

In the map below, you’ll mostly find two provisional tax-abatement programs that are attached to a qualifying apartment or building. They are typically acquired by the sponsor developer or owner and are passed down to units within the building. The 421a tax exemption program was started in 1971 to encourage the development of underutilized or vacant property by dramatically reducing property taxes for a set amount of time. Developers who qualify can benefit from exemptions that usually last between 10 and 25 years. For condo developments the abatements are passed on to the apartment and gives their owners a 100 percent exemption from any increases in their property taxes for the first two years and then taxes are incrementally increased.

The 421-g Tax Incentive program was a real estate tax exemption and abatement for the conversion of commercial buildings, or portions of buildings, into multiple dwellings. It applied to areas of Lower Manhattan south of Murray Street, City Hall, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Read more about the exemption here.

The J-51 property tax exemption program is granted to residential buildings (typically rent regulated) to encourage and subsidize renovations. According to the city’s website, a J-51 property tax exemption effectively freezes a building’s assessed value in its pre-renovated state. Thus the owner or shareholders do not have to pay the increase in property taxes caused by the increase in assessed value from the rehabilitation work. See the length and value of J-51 tax benefits here.

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New York Lifestyle Magazine

October 17th 2017

A Great Location-By Daniel J. Bollinger

On the northern border of the Upper West Side is a new development, Circa Central Park, located right on the traffic circle of Frederick Douglass Boulevard on 110th Street. Consisting of 38 units from one-to-five bedrooms in an eleven story structure it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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Unique Homes

October 2nd 2017

Resort Round Up-Top Properties

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Robb Report

September 26th 2017

5 Prime Residential Properties that Pampers Your Pets

Pet-friendly are a prerequisite for owners thinking about moving, and developers are responding with creating residences that integrate pet facilities and services as an essential part of the urban community experience.

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Unique Homes-Luxury Living

September 18th 2017

Homes Perfect for Labor Day BBQ

The residential development on the Upper West Side boasts an immense rooftop terrace with landscape by Future Green. The shared space also offers a fully equipped kitchen and BBq perfect for downtime.

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Unique Homes-Luxury in Living

September 18th 2017

Circa Central Park Emerges on the North West Corner of Central Park.

Arriving to one of the remaining undeveloped corners adjacent to Central Park is Circa Central Park.

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Unique Living-Luxury Living

September 18th 2017

10 Residential Developments that Celebrate your Furry Friends

Today's National Dog Day, and what better way to celebrate your POOCH than by looking for a new, dog-friendly home?

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Curbed-New York

September 17th 2017

First Look at Circa Central Park's Refined Amenity Spaces

Circa Central Park, the semicircular condo on Central Park's Last undeveloped corner, began welcoming residents in June. Back in April, we got a look at a couple Model Residences that gave the idea of what the elegant Artimus Construction-developed building's market rate units would look like.

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Real Estate Weekly

September 15th 2017

NEW Development-Circa Central Park

Closings Underway-Artimus-The New Condominium at 285 West 110th Street has officially started closings.

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The Mann Report

September 1st 2017

Zen and The Art of Real Estate

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Unique Homes

August 15th 2017

Unique Places

Built By FXFOWLE Architects, CIRCA CENTRAL PARK, is a brand-new residence on one of the remaining undeveloped corners next to New York City's coveted Central Park

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Mansion Global

May 31st 2017

Green Building Flourishes in U.S. Luxury Developments

In recent years,luxury real estate developers and architects in the United States, have been increasingly using advances in green building technology

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Mansion Global

May 29th 2017

Green Building in U.S Luxury Developments Continues to Flourish

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Curbed

May 25th 2017

Harlem's Circa Central Park is nearly complete

The condo on the erstwhile last developed corner of Central Park seems like it's just a few months away from welcoming it's first residents.

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The MANN NEWSWIRE

May 15th 2017

Circa Central Park Unveils Two Model Residences

"Circa Central Park (Circa), Manhattan's nature-inspired Upper West Side residential...."

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LIGHTSTYLE

May 12th 2017

A Delicious Point of View

"Cutting Edge Kitchens Overlooking Everything from Coastal Scenery to City Lights...."

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Proud Green Homes

May 2nd 2017

High Rise Residential Buildings Leading the Way for LEED

As commercial buildings, high-rise residential projects are pursuing LEED and other green building certifications to reflect their environmental impact.

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Life Style Magazine

April 28th 2017

The Most Luxurious Lighting

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Curbed NY

April 4th 2017

Harlem's Circa Central Park reveals its casually elegant interiors

The swanky FXFOWLE - designed condos start at $1.3M and feature panoramic views of Central Park

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Haute Living

March 7th 2017

Power Architects Redefining the New York Skyline

In the last of our series on power architects who are redefining the New York skyline, we talk to David West and Stephen Hill, founders of Hill West Architects; Eran Chen, founder of ODA; Dan Kaplan, senior partner at FXFowle; and Morris Adjmi, founder of Morris Adjmi Architects.

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Haute Living

February 8th 2017

A-List Architects The New Luxury Market

The biggest names in the field discuss the trends and projects to know about now.

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Manhattan Magazine

January 17th 2017

"Northern Lights"

FXFowle Architects' new luxury condo building at 110th Street and Central Park West, Circa Central Park, paves the way for new development along the greenspace's northern border-and beyond.

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Mansion Global

January 6th 2017

What Milennials Want

Onsire co-working spaces boasting coffee bars and Mac computers.

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GOTHAM

December 7th 2016

An Insider's Guide to the Upper West Side's Emerging Manhattan Valley

Manhattan Valley is entering the scene as Morningside Heights' cooler younger sister.

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New York Spaces

December 5th 2016

Luxury Condos Near Top Universities in New York City

Investing in real estate might be the best gift you can give yourself.

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New York Post

October 26th 2016

"Camp Kids"

FAMILY-friendly NYC developments have discovered a new sales strategy

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CURBED

October 21st 2016

NYC Buildings where buyers can get tax breaks thanks to 421-a

For about 45 years, the 421-a program spurred new residential development in New York City, offering tax abatements of up to 25 years.

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Unique Homes

November 17th 2016

4 New York City Residential Spaces for Leaf-Peeping This Fall

Fall's ambiance has officially set upon New York signaled by the crisp breeze, cozy scarves and the breathtaking viewsof the trees changing into a gorgeous array of colors.

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New York Spaces

November 16th 2016

High-End Amenity Spaces Designed for Natural Light

These high-end amenity spaces in luxury developments around New York City are designed for natural light.

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GOTHAM

November 21st 2016

6 Spacious NYC Apartments to House all Your Holiday Guests

Hosting a holiday party in your New York City home comes with one daunting challenge: enough rooms and bathrooms for all your guests to feel comfortable.

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Field Condition

September 14th 2016

Field Condition- Circa Central Park 285 W 110th

At the northwest corner of Central Park, construction has made significant progress on the final site surrounding Frederick Douglas Circle, Circa Central Park.

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Luxury Listings NYC

September 9th 2016

Fortifying the Front Door

NYC may be safer, but affluent buyers take no chances with latest security systems

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Mann Report Residential

September 1st 2016

NYC Spaces

Want to take a peek into some of NYC's hottest buildings and apartments?

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Interior Design

August 30th 2016

10 Questions with...Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE

This year marks Dan Kaplan's 29th at FXFOWLE Architects, an architecture firm with offices in New York City and Washington D.C. Now a senior partner, he's designed numerous skyscrapers and buildings that have come to define the New York City skyline and beyond.

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New York Spaces

August 29th 2016

A Revealing Q&A with NYC Starchitect Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE

Dan Kaplan, one of the starchitects behind FXFOWLE, talks about his projects and their focus on respecting the street, celebrating the sky, and creating urban sculpture.

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Mansion Global

July 8th 2016

The Master Bathroom Is the New Master Bedroom

Luxury bathroom upgrades grow more expensive and more lavish

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Market Watch

July 8th 2016

The Master Bathroom Is the New Master Bedroom

Luxury bathroom upgrades grow more expensive and more lavish

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The New York Times

May 6th 2016

Buildings Get Bike Friendly

One recent morning Erik Harrison, a vice president of the Patrinely Group stopped by 535W43, a rental complex nearing completion that his company is developing with the USAA Real Estate Company between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan. But it wasn’t the 280 units in the two 14-story brick towers designed by CetraRuddy that were on his mind.

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Mommy Nearest

May 4th 2016

NYC Residential Buildings Take Family Amenities to the Next Level

At the just-opened-for-sales Circa Central Park at the northernmost tip of Upper West Side, owners will be able to rent remote-control sailboats, bikes and picnic baskets before going across the street to Central Park.

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The New York Times

April 4th 2016

“Flatiron Building, Admired but Rarely Copied, Inspires Developers”

New York is awash with architectural imitators: the rows of identical 19th century brownstones, the spires and setbacks of the Art Deco era, the Seagram Building knockoffs strewn around Midtown. Manhattan in the 1960s and '70s, the luxury fishbowls rising now.

Yet one of the city's favorite landmarks, the Flatiron Building, with its prow looming over Broadway and Madison Square Park, has been rarely copied. At least. not until now.

New York developers prefer to stick to the grid. This results in buildings that are square — in ambition as much as aesthetics — but as the cost of land, particularly in Manhattan, has increased, builders have begun to look to odder-shaped plots.

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CURBED

March 23rd 2016

“New NYC Apartments Hitting the Market, Spring 2016”

The weather is turning warmer and flowers are finally in bloom, which can only mean one thing: spring has arrived.

And that can only mean one thing: it's time to look at the many, many, many apartments—both rentals and condos—that will be hitting New York's real estate market in the next few months. Across more than 40 developments, there are starchitect-designed condos (your Selldorfs, Sterns, and Pianos among them) and super-pricey, family-friendly apartments, along with under-the-radar outer-borough rentals and apartments that are deemed "affordable luxury."

It's a lot to take in, and as always, if we missed anything, the tiplin e is right this way.

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New York Post

March 17th 2016

“The Last frontier”

It's hard to consider $2,000 per square foot a bargain, given that $1,645 is the average for Manhattan. But when those square feet sit right across the street from Central Park, a bargain it just might be.

While the thoroughfares lining New York's most famous green space — Fifth Avenue, Central Park South, Central Park West — are among the most expensive and exclusive in the city, real estate along the park's northern border of 110th Street has long lagged behind.

That's changed in recent years as developments like Robert A.M. Stern-designed One Museum Mile, which opened in 2012, set new area price records, and projects like Artimus Construction's One Morningside Park and, now Circa Central Park have brought new levels of luxury to the area.

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New York Post

March 17th 2016

“This forgotten corner of Central Park is actually affordable”

Projects Like Circa Central Park are classing up a long-neglected corner of Central Park.

It's hard to consider $1000 per square foot a bargain, given that $1,645 is the average for Manhattan. But when those square feet sit right across the street from Central Park, a bargain it just might be.

While the thoroughfares lining New York's most famous green space — Fifth Avenue, Central Park South, Central Park West — are among the most expensive and exclusive in the city, real estate along the park's northern border of 110th Street has long lagged behind.

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The Real Deal

March 15th 2016

“Inside the fight for Manhattan’s most valuable new development exclusives”

Condominium construction hit record highs in Manhattan over the past year, with hundreds of new high-end homes rising across the borough.

With luxury condo inventory at an all-time high, developers need top broker talent to help sell all these pricey residences: and brokerages are fighting more fiercety than ever to go home with the spoils.

The Real Deal took a look at all Manhattan condominium offering plans approved by the New York Attorney General from January 2015 through the end of February 2016, weeding out all projects with sellouts of less than $25 million.

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The Wall Street Journal

March 3rd 2016

“A Condo Project Provides a Study In Modernism”

In some places swords are beaten into plowshares. In New York, gas stations are leveled, decontaminated and turned into condominiums.

This time, the site of a onetime BP gas station is being transformed into a curved condominium with a distinctive modern look that is changing Frederick Douglass Circle, on the northwest corner of Central Park at West 110th Street.

When it opens next year, with both market-rate and affordable units, the condo will have set-back walls of tinted glass and protruding white horizontal metallic bands that wind around the traffic circle and curve gently round the corner toward Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The street, one of Harlem’s main avenues, is home to a new wave of condo and rental buildings, restaurants, cafes and bars.

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The Wall Street Journal

March 2nd 2016

“Harlem Condo Project Is a Study in Modernism,
Circa Central Park is changing the look of Frederick Douglass Circle”

In some places swords are beaten into plowshares. In New York, gas stations are leveled, decontaminated and turned into condominiums.

This time, the site of a onetime BP gas station is being transformed into a curved condominium with a distinctive modern look that is changing Frederick Douglass Circle, on the northwest corner of Central Park at West 110th Street.

When it opens next year, with both market-rate and affordable units, the condo will have set-back walls of tinted glass and protruding white horizontal metallic bands that wind around the traffic circle and curve gently round the corner toward Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The street, one of Harlem’s main avenues, is home to a new wave of condo and rental buildings, restaurants, cafes and bars.

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DNAinfo

February 9th 2016

“5 Ways Luxury Buildings Are Trying to Woo Tweens”

MANHATTAN — Having a children's playroom for tenant use — for the elementary school set and younger — has been a standard amenity in new developments for more than a decade. But now developers have realized that if they want to attract families and keep them longer, it's all about providing what tweens and teens want.

Mini arcades, study rooms, kids fitness rooms and even a soundproof music studio where kids can jam without their parents worrying about offending their neighbors are just a few of the amenities on the rise in luxury buildings that have been increasingly catering to older children, experts told DNAinfo New York.

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DNAinfo

February 1st 2016

“MAP, See Development Boom From West 96th to West 115th Street”

UPPER WEST SIDE — While the luxury boom in the southern end of the neighborhood continues, developers have rushed to its northern edge as well, and local families are feeling the pinch of escalating prices, experts said.

Investment in the northern section, from roughly West 96th Street to West 115th Street — which some argue was set off by the arrival of the Columbus Square development in 2009 — has accelerated in the past two to three years, said Shlomi Reuveni, managing director of Town New Development.

In that 14-block range, there are no fewer than seven residential developments either soon to be under construction, currently under construction or already accepting applications to rent or buy units.

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Yimby

January 5th 2016

“11-Story, 49-Unit Mixed-Use Building Tops Out At 285 West 110th Street, Harlem”

In December, the 11-story, 49-unit mixed-use building under construction at 285 West 110th Street (a.k.a. 2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard), in Harlem, was nine stories in height.

Today, the structure is topped out, Harlem+Bespoke reports. The building will boast a variety of unit configurations and 10 of the condos will be sold at below market rates.

Retail and community facility space will also be located on the cellar, ground, and second floors. Artimus Construction is the developer of the building, which is dubbed Circa, and FXFOWLE Architects is designing it. Completion is slated for 2017.

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Harlem Bespoke

January 4th 2016

“ARCHITECTURE CIRCA TOPS OFF AT 110TH STREET”

Harlem's most ambitious architectural project to rise this year has topped off at the corner off FDB and 110th Street.

The development called Circa on the Park has 11 floors all together if one counts the penthouse levels and there will be a total of 49 condos. Reportedly 38 of those units will be market rate and an affordable element will be part of the mix.

One to five bedroom apartments will be available starting at $970.5K at the semi circular new construction with Central Park views when finished up along with community space on the ground floor. This location is also just by the 110th Street local train stop and thus is quite ideal for this residential tower that sits on a former gas station lot at the southern border of Central Harlem.

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CURBED

January 4th 2016

“Condo Tops Out On Central Park's Last Undeveloped Corner”

Harlem's much talked about concave condo building Circa Central Park has topped out,Harlem + Bespoke reports. Located at the intersection of West 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the FXFOWLE-designed building now stands 11 stories tall.

The development features a total of 49 condos, of which 10 will be set aside for affordable housing. The Artimus Construction-developed project features one to five bedroom condos with prices starting at about $1 million. And while that might seem pricey for the neighborhood, one look at the amenities offered in the building shows you why.

Apart from the fact that it's located right across from Central Park, the building also offers residents access to remote controlled model boats that can be used at the Harlem Meer at the park.

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The New York Times

December 13th 2015

“Making a Circle Whole”

In New York, a checkerboard of blocks, circles are hard to come by. Even so, Frederick Douglass Circle, at the northwest corner of Central Park, has long suffered from inattention.

From the late-19th to the mid-20th century, elevated trains clattered across 100-foot-tall tracks there. And in recent years, the intersection’s barren islands were often relegated to unofficial parking lots.

But a new 12-story, 48-unit condominium called Circa Central Park, rising on the northeast edge of the circle, should help give its namesake new stature.

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The New York Times

December 11th 2015

“In Harlem, a New Condo at Frederick Douglass Circle”

In New York, a checkerboard of blocks, circles are hard to come by. Even so, Frederick Douglass Circle, at the northwest corner of Central Park, has long suffered from inattention.

From the late-19th to the mid-20th century, elevated trains clattered across 100-foot-tall tracks there. And in recent years, the intersection’s barren islands were often relegated to unofficial parking lots.

But a new 12-story, 48-unit condominium called Circa Central Park, rising on the northeast edge of the circle, should help give its namesake new stature.

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CURBED

December 11th 2015

“New Looks at the Concave Condo Rising Along Central Park”

The slow, steady leak of information surrounding the new luxury condo that's rising on the northwest corner of Central Park continues.

The New York Times has now profiled Circa, the FXFowle-designed semicircular building, bringing way more information about the "luxurious" condo than previously gleaned through its bare-bones teaser site.

The Times says condos in the development will ask from $1 million for a one-bedroom; a high water mark for the neighborhood, but on par for new developments elsewhere in the city with Caesarstone quartz counters, master baths with marble floors, and building perks like a fleet of remote-controlled model boats intended for use at the nearby Harlem Meer for the borrowing.

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NEW YORK FAMILY

November 2nd 2015

“The Sky's The Limit”

Once again, the city is bursting with new residential developments - here's a list that families will love.

Amazing new buildings are cropping up all over New York City, and from a Brooklyn condominium with private individual outdoor spaces to an Upper West Side building with a communal room just for tweens, many of these new developments also include impressive arrays of family-friendly amenities, adding to the ever-growing list of typical building features. "Children's playrooms, lounges, media rooms, game rooms, storage rooms, bike rooms, state-of-the-art gyms, conference rooms, and concierge services are all standard features in new, high-rise condo buildings," says Valerie A. Lettan, a licensed associate real estate broker with Douglas Elliman. And if you're hunting for that elusive Manhattan three-bedroom, don't give up hope. "I see a trend in more three-bedroom units since there is a deman for them," Lettan says.

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CURBED

October 15th 2015

“New Look at FXFOWLE'S "Luxurious" Harlem Condo”

Architect FXFOWLE and developer Artimus Construction have been quietly carrying out plans for a new curved glass condo building right on the border of the Upper West Side and Harlem along Frederick Douglass Circle.

Other than a singular rendering of the project that showed up just about a year ago, details for the building have been few and far between—until now. The building's teaser site just launched, and while it isn't a wellspring of information, it does offer up some new, exciting details.

The building at 285 West 110th Street (formerly2040 Frederick Douglass Boulevard) will go by the name Circa and will contain 38 "luxurious" one- to five-bedroom condos, many of which will have private outdoor space. Along with word of the teaser site comes a new rendering of the building's curved facade .

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