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


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

Staff Working Behind Counter In Busy Coffee Shop

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


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

The Lobby at 88 & 90 Lex

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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Workshop/APD’s architectural face lift blends old and new


When tasked with combining two buildings from different eras into a cohesive whole, Workshop/APD knew it was in for a challenge. The result was well worth the effort: 88 & 90 Lexington, the new NoMad development from HFZ, retains the prewar styling of 88 Lexington while taking modern inspiration from the 1960s-era 90 Lexington to create something that is uniquely Manhattan. The entire project is clad in a limestone façade that preserves the older aesthetic while allowing for floor-to-ceiling windows in the newer building. Inside, the former offices in 90 Lexington have been converted into condominiums that still feature a diversity of layouts without sacrificing convenience or comfort. Read Article

Blog: Rocking Out at Gramercy Theatre

Designed by Charles A. Sandblom and opened in 1937, the Gramercy Theatre is a Manhattan gem. Over the years, the artistically and culturally significant institution has transformed from a movie theater and art house to an off-Broadway playhouse and, finally, to its current incarnation as a hard-hitting concert venue.

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Curbed: See the First Model Apartment of HFZ’s 88&90 Lexington Avenue

French furniture company Ligne Roset provided the furnishings for the gorgeous model unit at 90 Lexington, the modern half of the two-building NoMad development 88 & 90 Lexington from HFZ. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment shows off the building’s sleek, modern interiors via neutral colors that match the hardwood floors and stainless appliances. Generous floor-to-ceiling windows provide iconic Manhattan skyline views. When purchasing their condominium, residents will have the option of getting a design consultation from Ligne Roset, as well as a special discount if they choose to fill their home with the company’s beautiful furnishings. Read Article

The Spruce: House Tour: A Modern Pre-War In the Heart of Manhattan,

Old meets new at 88 & 90 Lexington, where two buildings from Manhattan’s storied architectural past come together to form a uniquely New York development. Taking inspiration from both buildings, the NoMad residences retain the best aspects of prewar design—high ceilings and oversized windows—within a modern aesthetic that provides breezy, comfortable living spaces with plenty of room for customization. One model unit, a three-bedroom apartment in 88 Lexington, showcases how perfect modern furniture looks inside the space: neutral fabric and exposed woodgrain complement the condominium’s sleek cabinetry and oak flooring, and a few splashes of color really bring out the best in the stone and glass bathroom. Read Article