Lux Expose: One-Of-A-Kind Luxury NoMad Condo Couples Classic With Contemporary

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Workshop/APD, the acclaimed architecture firm behind contemporary residential projects such as The Printing House in Manhattan’s West Village, has done something truly unique by seamlessly blending two separate buildings from different architectural eras into one at 88&90 Lexington in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood.

The two buildings had separate identities in their previous lives, one being a rental building and the other office space, before being reimagined by Workshop. The firm saw the two as a blank canvas and as an opportunity to bridge old with new, restoring the pre-war façade of 88 Lex while giving 90 Lex, the modern post-war half, a “face lift” in addition to creating classic interiors with a modern twist to resonate with the architecture of both.

Workshop maintained the unique pre-war and post-war identifies of 88&90 Lexington while uniting them with a shared expansive lobby and over 8,000 square feet of underground amenity space. The firm completely gutted the basements of both buildings to make way for the collection of amenities, even adding in an L-shaped indoor pool in what was previously vacant space. Workshop also introduced a private cinema, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, children’s playroom and entertainment lounge completed with a pool table, games, a flat screen and catering kitchen.

Haute Residence: New York City Buildings With Spectacular Screening Options For Football Season

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Football season is upon us, and fans are eager to see their favorite teams triumph on the big screen. New Yorkers, lucky enough to live at 88 & 90 Lexington, will have the option of tuning in to their games in the building’s private cinema which features an HD screen, surround sound, and several rows of large armchairs. Residents of these new luxury NoMad condos have access to a suite of amenities, including an indoor pool bathed in natural light, a residents’ lounge with a collection of classic games like foosball, and a fully equipped fitness center when they want to take the field instead of just spectating.

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Blog: Live the Lex Life: A Saturday at 88 & 90 Lex

 

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Summers in New York City are often synonymous with weekend trips to the Hamptons, or other popular retreats. But for residents of 88 & 90 Lex, weekends are often better enjoyed locally. Not only does 88 & 90 Lex offer the finest condos for sale in NoMad; it’s also located in a haven of retail therapy, outdoor relaxation, culture, and dining. There is simply too much to see, do, and enjoy in NoMad, as well as neighboring enclaves of Gramercy, Flatiron, and Murray Hill. Plus, 88 & 90 Lex offers a suite of amenities that make it all too easy to get some R&R right at home. Join us for a perfect Saturday at 88 & 90 Lex, and see what it’s like to live the Lex Life.

Morning

Rise and shine. Start your day by taking a plunge in 88 & 90 Lex’s 60-foot swimming pool. If a few dozen lengths doesn’t wake you up, then the pool’s ambiance—drenched in natural light from the double-height atrium above—will. Soothe your muscles in the whirlpool, followed by a stop in the steam room. Then, put in a couple of miles on the treadmill in the fully equipped fitness center.

Exercises completed, it’s time to take a well-earned shower in your private bathroom with heated floors, before whipping up a light breakfast in your open-plan kitchen, replete with premium millwork and bold stone surfaces. It’s easy to keep a well-stocked fridge in NoMad, as you’re within walking distance of Kalustyan’s, Eataly, Whole Foods, and countless other foodie-friendly shops.

Mid-Morning

Time to step out into the effervescent ambiance of NoMad in the summer. If you’re hoping to add an extra personal touch to your luxury condo, stop by New York Design Center and peruse the antique home furnishings at your leisure—from sculptural leather rock sofas crafted by Gerard Van Den Berg in the 1970s to the French decadence of the Elle W Collection.

If you aren’t in the mood to shop, go ahead and take a stroll in Madison Square Park, enjoying this neatly bordered historic urban oasis. Grab an iced cold brew from Gasoline Alley Coffee for the ideal pick-me-up.

Lunch

The dining scene in NoMad could almost overwhelm you with choices. For refined dining, Park Avenue A/W & S/S makes for a distinguished option, with its soft-lit, tree-ensconced interior and a menu that boasts the inimitable Park Avenue Steak Tartare, made with foie gras and Perigord truffle.

For food with soul, opt for Blue Smoke’s baby-back ribs served with collard greens or side of buttermilk biscuits. As for dessert, why not take it home with you? Buy one or two boxes of Penelope’s sour cream raspberry coffee cakes and see how long you can make them last…

Heading Home

It’s time to wind your way through NoMad’s beautiful streets back to 88 & 90 Lex. You’ll never tire of entering its high-ceilinged, attended lobby, or of the 24-hour concierge service that is always ready to assist you.

With a few hours to spare before dinner, it’s a great time to explore the rest of 88 & 90 Lex’s amenities. Recline in the building’s private cinema, with its top-of-the-line HD screen and surround sound, and then relax in the Residents’ Lounge with a magazine. There’s a pool table, too—ideal for friendly rivalries with your NoMad neighbors. To top off the day, pour yourself a glass of vino and lounge around, or head up to the newly completed rooftop with a good book and relax.

A picture-perfect Saturday in NoMad – now you’re living the Lex Life! Make this a reality and contact our sales team today for our current availability, and to learn more about 88 & 90 Lex.

Blog: A Unique Neighborhood Amenity

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88 & 90 Lex’s on-site amenities, which include a 60-foot swimming pool, fitness center, childrens’ playroom, screening room, and 24-hour concierge, need no introduction. However, there is one element of life at 88 & 90 Lex that may go overlooked: its proximity to several of New York City’s most celebrated educational institutions, which grants residents of these NoMad condos all the benefits of living within an academic and intellectual nexus.

We’ll start with the esteemed Baruch College, which is only a five-minute stroll from 88 & 90 Lex. Though it was founded in 1919, Baruch traces its roots all the way back to 1847, when the City College of New York originated as the Free Academy, the first free public college in the country. Baruch now hosts students representing 160 countries, and that diversity brings a special vitality to the neighborhood – especially when it comes to artistic endeavors. Residents of 88 & 90 Lex will enjoy a rich, wide-ranging roster of public events at The Baruch Performing Arts Center. The 2017-2018 season was one for the books, with an incredible program of music, film, theater, and dance, and the 2018-2019 season calendar will be announced shortly. For those who prefer the written word to performance art, check out The Sydney Harman Writer-In-Residence Program, which brings legends like Mary Gaitskill and Edward Albee to campus for readings and workshops.

Equally treasured by NoMad residents is the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Founded in 1947, SVA was originally the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, and its founder’s guiding philosophy was that the faculty should be made up of working professionals and artists, a principle that guides the school to this day. As a premier art and design school, the SVA campus serves as a hub of creativity and innovation in the city. This is apparent in its jam-packed calendar of events and exhibitions, most of which are open to the public. Be sure to check out the Gramercy Gallery, which offers students a venue for displaying and selling their own work. And for the 88 & 90 Lex buyer who is inspired by their new condo’s modern and luxurious aesthetic, SVA offers plenty of Continuing Education classes (including those in Interior Design).

88 & 90 Lex is perfectly positioned in relation to these two renowned institutions. Baruch College and the School of Visual Arts act as a unique amenity for residents of these NoMad apartments, bringing world-class cultural events and experiences to one’s doorstep. Learn more about 88 & 90 Lex’s on-site amenities, or explore NoMad’s other hotspots.

Robb Report: Iconic Prewar Architecture of New York City Is Reimagined for a Modern Audience

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Live in residential developments steeped in the history and elegance of the beaux-arts and prewar style.

New York City’s eclectic skyline of old and new is epitomized by 88 & 90 Lex, conjoining two distinct developments in the NoMad district. Workshop/APD architecture restored both the 1927 prewar and the 1958 postwar buildings, giving them their own unique character and contemporary upgrades. Access to 8,000 square feet of shared amenities space includes a 24/7 concierge and a 60-foot swimming pool under a double-height atrium.

The taller 88 Lex address offers spacious living areas for entertaining, art gallery walls, and high ceilings typical of the prewar style. Next-door, a new face-lift for 90 Lex offers oversize windows and a ’50s look and feel reflected in the mid-century-modern lines and sand-colored stone exterior.

Available residences at 88 & 90 Lex range from one to four bedrooms; 797 to 2,606 square feet; and approximately $1.25 million to $5.87 million through Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.

Blog: Coffee Central in NoMad

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Finding a local go-to coffee shop is one of New York City’s great pleasures; beyond a reliably great cup of coffee, these places often feel like home, with familiar faces and a welcoming ambiance. That’s why the truly great coffee houses often find themselves at the center of a community. If you live at 88 & 90 Lex, finding your own coffee community has never been easier, with a wealth of quality coffee shops within a few minutes of your new NoMad condominium.

We’ve rounded up the elite coffee shops within a quick walk from your NoMad condo, and each caters to different tastes and aesthetics. Whether as a part of your weekday commute, or to kick off a weekend stroll in Madison Square Park, a cup of coffee from these innovative venues will put some pep in your step.

Gasoline Alley Coffee – 24 East 23rd Street

Rated by Forbes as making the best espresso in the city, Gasoline Alley uses beans from Intelligentsia – but they brew with a special roast that’s lighter, meaning each cup has less acidity, but more caffeine. They also serve donuts by Dough, so if you’re in search of the perfect breakfast pairing, look no further than a large black coffee and a glazed poppy seed donut.

Black Press Coffee – 100 Lexington Avenue

Black Press serves flat-out amazing coffee in a well-lit, midcentury industrialist space. The music is light; the Wi-Fi is speedy; and there’s great window seating, perfect for NYC people-watching. The courteous staff make fabulous coffee with beans from Parlor, considered one of the very best roasters in the city. For something a little different, try a Cortado or a Flat White; pair with one of their absurdly tasty pastries, like a blueberry cornflake muffin.

Gregory’s 327 Park Avenue South

There may be more than a few Gregory’s Coffee spots in the city, but that’s simply because New Yorkers can’t get enough of what might be the best coffee in the city. Gregory’s features a rotating selection of single-origin (read: delicious) beans. Their baristas are incredibly knowledgeable about what they’re brewing, so don’t hesitate to ask for tasting notes, or geek out about growing regions. When you stop in, be sure to try one of their nut-seed espresso balls; they’re decadent, protein-packed, and a great breakfast on the go.

Birch Coffee – 21 East 27th Street

This supremely laid-back coffee shop has a superb staff, and some serious drip coffee; their house blend features notes of cocoa and nuts, with a balanced, smooth finish. And if you’re in the mood for something other than coffee, Birch also serves high-quality loose-leaf teas. Leave your laptop at home, as there is no Wi-Fi, but that makes it an even better place to chat, meet someone, or do a little writing.

Blog: Sweat Like You Mean It

When it comes to fitness, it’s hard to beat what NoMad has to offer. Residents of 88 & 90 Lexington’s NoMad condos enjoy convenient access to boutique spin classes, yoga, trampoline, barre, Pilates, HIIT workouts, aerobics, and boot camps.

If you’re a fan of the more popular names in fitness, 88 & 90 Lex is just 2 blocks from Equinox Gramercy and 3 blocks from SoulCycle.

And this is all in addition 88 & 90 Lexington’s state-of-the-art fitness center, which is raising the bar for in-home studios and gyms altogether. If you’re prioritizing fitness in your search for a new luxury condo, consider some of our favorite fitness options right in the neighborhood:

Shen Tao Studio

Shen Tao is a beautiful, serene studio that offers an array of classes. They are widely known for their ballet lessons, which include not only dance instruction but conditioning for ballet. Shen Tao also offers trampoline yoga and one- and two-hour special conditioning classes. The studio is filled with equipment you won’t find anywhere else, and, as a result, the fitness experience is truly one-of-a-kind.

Tapout Fitness

Maybe a zen workout isn’t your thing; instead, take a look at high-intensity boxing, spin, and interval training classes at Tapout. Tapout features a wide array of classes all aimed at providing an energetic and fun fitness experience. One night you could attend Zumba; the next could be cycling, or boot camp, or even “Insanity,” the max-interval class that is not for the faint of heart. The bottom line: if you’re looking to get that heart pumping, Tapout is a great choice.

Gramercy Pilates NYC

Gramercy Pilates is one of the most dynamic Pilates studios in the city. They provide 12 different classes that range from straightforward beginner, intermediate, and advanced, to butt camp class, EXO chair class, prenatal Pilates, Pilates for back pain, and even Pilates for “text necks.” Yes, that last one is a class specifically designed to combat neck and back pain related to smartphone usage—and people love it.

Barry’s Bootcamp

The famed Barry’s Bootcamp has a studio right around the block from 88 & 90 Lexington’s NoMad condos. The classes are designed to target every muscle: each class during the week targets a specific muscle group, while weekend classes are full-body events. If you’re serious about getting into great shape, Barry’s Bootcamp will do the trick. It’s intense, but the trainers are great motivators, and the vibe is tough but nurturing. If you want a challenge, give this a serious try.

The Fitness Center at 88 & 90 Lexington

By far the most convenient option of them all—given that it is located right at home—the fitness center at 88 & 90 Lex is filled with high-end machines, free weights, spin bikes, various areas for private training and small group classes, a steam room, and a sauna. Let’s not forget the 60 foot pool that’s perfect for taking a relaxing soak or getting your laps in.

It’s hard to imagine a luxury residence with a more robust menu of fitness options, just downstairs or around the corner. So if your workout routine is a top priority, 88 & 90 Lexington can help you save time with its conveniences, switch things up with its variety, and reach new levels of fitness with elite training and equipment.

Downtown Magazine: Developers And Designers Team Up With Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply refreshing your current one, turning your dream interior scheme into reality can be a challenge. Thankfully, luxury home goods furnishers like RH and Design Within Reach are there to supply beautiful unified collections that provide buyers with a wide variety of stylish decor choices. One such selection of items from the RH Modern collection is currently on display in a three-bedroom model residence at 88 & 90 Lex. This gorgeous Gramercy home is decked out in a striking contemporary fashion, where neutral-tone linens are complemented by wall hangings, including a brass deer skull and avant-garde canvases.

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The New York Times: Park Avenue South: The Other Park Avenue Comes Into Its Own

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While its name refers to another storied Manhattan neighborhood, the area known as “Park Avenue South” has come into its own in the last decade. With eateries like Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe in its heart, and neighborhoods like Gramercy Park and Flatiron just blocks away, Park Avenue South is a vital organ in the middle of Manhattan. With an eye toward updating the neighborhood’s historic housing, HFZ Capital Group and Workshop/APD have developed 88 & 90 Lex, a unique combination of two buildings–one from 1927, the other from 1958–into a single collection of new luxury condos. The buildings are home to 120 residences, each with its own unique layout, as well as over 8,000 square feet of shared amenities.

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The New York Times: Prewar, With a Twist

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The New York City prewar apartment is something of an icon: the unique layouts and traditional charm of these classic residences make them the Holy Grail of housing for many Manhattanites. With this in mind, HFZ Capital Group, the developer of 88 & 90 Lex, has preserved the charm of those older homes while modernizing the rest of the building to create a contemporary New York living experience. 88 Lexington is a 1927 building with a limestone facade, while 90 Lexington was erected in 1958. The project offers new luxury condos in one of the two differently styled structures, complete with a shared lobby and 8,000 square feet of amenities by Workshop/APD.

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