I know you can hardly control yourself, being so patient and all, waiting for my incomparable pictures from this year’ OpenHouse, right? – how can I disappoint you?
Well, now you can see the whole bunch in the usual low right corner of this page, in the Flickr’ window (or you can look directly at the set here). I’ll add a few notes below for explanation.
This time in addition to site photos I added the ones I took along the way – so you’ll be able to walk with me from one site to another, gawk at colorful NY’ characters and, have a quick lunch in a pastry shop, rest a few minutes near a fountain, and so on.
First several pictures taken at the extreme West side of Manhattan, at the loft occupied by Morton family. A husband (computer consultant turned manufacturer of ginger liqueur), a wife (an artist – her pieces decorate the walls), a 8yo son and a dog live in 900sq.ft of former garage space in W. Village. Their architects renovated the space 13 years ago, gutting it slab to slab and then bringing in re-purposed oil tank cut in two: one part used horizontally for bedrooms (sides are open and close hydraulically), another – as vertical shaft containing baths on 2 levels (bottom has washer/dryer, top – shower).
Getting out, we now move to Chelsea, passing ready-for- renovation buildings and architectural salvage’ stores and come to a different apartment – refined, elegant dwelling of renown textile designer Lori Weitzner and her family. All upholstery, rugs and drapes are designed by the owner; the views are spectacular and her magnetic wallcovering is installed in the kids’ room, to great success.
Exiting that pleasant place, I walk downtown, arriving to Jefferson Market Library, an ornate building with history to match, and carelessly got involved into a dubious adventure: climbing the library’s clock tower. Said to be of 149 steps , the inner spiral stair is not so much high as inconveniently tight; besides, there is no railing, the brick walls and stone steps are dirty, dust is everywhere and only one person can fit on the stairs at a time. You got it: I was extremely uncomfortable and after initial spiral part didn’t climb all the way up, to the bell’s landing. You can guess by the pictures how scared I was, aren’t you?
That being Village in October, down on the street we come across more frightful stuff: mani-pedi prices, dozing bull-terriers, hukka-stores, a human crow, working and empty fountains and newest Bloomberg achievement: citywide network of rental bikes.
Walking back to 20th street and 5th avenue we wait at the entrance to be admitted to a model apartment prepared by a developer in charge of the innovative apartment building 35XV, currently in the final stages of construction, only few blocks from here, on 15th street. Designed by famous architects FxFowle and interior designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the building is full of wonders -starting with structural supports (using largest available standard beam and brace profiles), beautiful finishes and clean, logical space planning, wine cellar and dining hall, gym and concierge services. Should I mention that when one sits on the window sill, the shades get lowered automatically by motion sensor? And that glass enclosure for a gorgeous white marble shower cab has awning panel tilted for ventilation? And that all speakers are recessed flash with the wall? I know you like it…now you can check out the prices, under Floor Plans…try not to choke!
Finally, we are back on the street again- and we can now relax with a tuna sandwich on a bench next to Flatiron and do some people-and-dog watching…then go to a closest pastry shop and have a coffee and a mini-cupcake (peanut butter or red velvet? your choice). Then get up, stretch and go home, until next time…so long!