A Very Special Real Estate Thursday – Behind the Scenes at 685 First Avenue

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This was a special #Realestatethursday for me as I got to put on a hard hat, take a hoist for the first time, and see the bones of the new Richard Meier and Partners Architects building, @685firstavenue. This all black building is the first condo for Solow Building Company, and they will also be managing this incredible East River property. Let’s get to it.

You all know from my television days, that I truly admire the works of Richard Meier. I have rolled down the hills at his home in East Hampton, explored his fluid gardens, interviewed him at his office, and visited his model museum a few times. 685 First Avenue is such an exciting property. It has an unprecedented interplay of black and light. It’s also a paradox: from the outside it appears completely black and from the inside it is transparent.

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This 43 story building of layered black glass rises 460 feet above First Avenue. It has epic views of the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, and the East River. Its close proximity to the United Nations and Grand Central, and 34th street helipad makes it highly accessible. One of its most distinguishing features is the clear glass cut out on the 28th and 29th floors that lights up at night. These light-filled apartments with unobstructed views have built-in Osbee powered by Crestron home automation systems and smart home capabilities. This is the first building of this scale in New York City to be outfitted with a fully integrated home automation system – all controlled by a single app! The operable floor to ceiling window panels allow for an elegant façade. Custom-engineered insulated windows control the transmission of energy, light, and sound.


The kitchens feature white Calacutta Lincoln marble, have Gaggenau appliances, and Dornbracht fixtures. The soft wide-plank oak floors create a soft and airy interior. The ceilings rise more than nine feet and up to 20 feet in the duplexes. Amenities include a full time doorman, porte-cochere, pool, fitness room, 15,000 square foot amenities suite, and private dining facilities.Another one of my favorite additions are the Richard Meier collages. Some his clients own collages that are fill an entire wall. They are eclectic and a nice foil to soft warm Meier inspired decor. See, he likes black and even likes color, too! And, a special thanks to Stephan Stefan Scheiber-Loeis, RA, BDA, Senior Associate at Richard Meier & Partners Architects who told us all why Richard decided to use black for the new building as opposed to his Leonard Street West Side Highway white buildings.

The PRICE TAG: Apartments start at 1.4 million, and they even have some rentals. I can’t wait to take you for a visit. Xx kkb

For more info: https://685firstave.nyc/






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