202 8th Street Brooklyn by JDS Development Group & Michael Stern

Gowanus Gettin’ its Groove with Snazzy New Apartments

Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue, spanning Park Slope and Gowanus, has undergone a vital transformation recently, with new residential construction altering the formerly industrial character of the area. A group of new luxury condo buildings istaking shape here, including 202 8th Street, a rental building from JDS Development and Property Markets Group [CUT] that was designed by CetraRuddy. 202 8th Street is a cut above many of its neighboring developments, according to managing director Steve Laurelli, who notes that its interior finishes are of a much higher quality than is typically found even in luxury rentals. In addition, there are appliances by Liebherr, Blomberg, Electrolux, and Bosch and fixtures by Moen, Duravit, and Kohler. A large roof deck features green space and panoramic views of the New York City skyline—just one of three outdoor spaces that this unique building offers its residents.

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Construction Update: The Fitzroy

JDS Development Group's 10-story luxury condo building The Fitzroy has been completed up to its 6th floor. The tower, which has interiors by Roman and Williams, sits adjacent to the High Line Park in Chelsea. This eye-catching building, which sports a vivid green terra-cotta facade and large, copper-clad oak windows, was inspired by the great art deco skyscrapers of New York City in the 1920s and ‘30s. When complete, it will house just 14 luxury residences, ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms.

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Luxury Rentals Use Apps to Pique Interest

Luxury residences in New York City, competing for renters at the top of the market, are increasingly offering amenities of a virtual sort: apps. Residents of some high-end buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn can send messages to their doorman, book a fitness class, set up pet care services, and more, all from their smartphone. JDS Development is one of the top real estate developers in New York City that has made apps a seamless part of their residents’ experiences,​ including at the American Copper Buildings,​ and they’re witnessing robust engagement.

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In resi development, “Other People’s Money” no longer cuts it

The use of “other people’s money”—equity that comes from someone other than a project’s developer—is on the decline, thanks in part to increased caution in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, but capital is still flowing into the United States from all corners of the world. According to JDS Development Group’s Michael Stern, the activity level of investors from different countries, particularly Russia, China, and South America, ebbs and flows. “There’s always a country of the moment,” he said. “There always seems to be an alternative.” Stern is also optimistic that land sales are going to increase, noting that the recent lack of land sales has made an oversupply of new condos less likely.

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111 West 57th Street Comes Into View: Supertall Emerges on Central Park Skyline

The southern boundary of Central Park—otherwise known as “Billionaires’ Row”—is preparing for the completion of several high-profile luxury condo residences, including JDS Development’s 111 West 57th Street. Built adjacent to the landmarked Steinway Building, 111 West 57th is ​one of the most anticipated because of its magnificent heights. The SHoP Architects-designed tower is 82 stories tall, and it is the world’s ​slenderest h​igh-rise. Its exterior is sheathed in a luxurious terra-cotta and glass-curtain wall with bronze-filigree elements. 111 West 57th houses 46 full-floor and duplex residences with ceiling heights ​up to 14 feet ​and spectacular views of Central Park. Apartments range from $14 million to nearly $100 million.

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Monad Terrace at 1300 Monad Terrace

Jean Nouvel: Sustainable Architecture of the Future

Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel has designed the new Miami Beach luxury condos at Monad Terrace to be sustainable, contextual, and one-of-a-kind. “Every façade is unique, corresponding to a different sun exposure,” Nouvel says: “inside, each apartment has its own strategy and a singular blueprint.” This sensitivity to the natural world extends to the 14-story building’s innovative exterior, which surrounds a lagoon and has a hanging screen lush with vegetation on one side. According to Michael Stern and Simon Koster of JDS Development Group, who built Monad Terrace, this idiosyncrasy and imagination is precisely what makes Nouvel such a rare talent. “With him, no two buildings are ever the same,” says Koster. Monad Terrace was built with climate change in mind, and its resilient design means that it sits at the new, revised flood elevation of Miami. Nouvel’s approach is to combine aesthetic pleasure with practical problem solving, and responding to what he calls the genius loci, or “the spirit of the place.”

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NYC real estate loves old tricks for new homes

Expert woodworkers, stained glass artisans, and marble carvers are as busy as ever in New York City, thanks to the robust demand for the restoration of historic architectural details in the city’s housing stock. In 1965, right around the time that buyers began renovating brownstones in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Landmarks Preservation Commission was established, ensuring that historic neighborhoods would retain much of their original character. Developers, for their part, have found ingenious ways to combine preservation projects with new buildings, sometimes within a single complex construction initiative. At 111 West 57th Street, JDS Development is restoring the landmarked lobby of the Steinway Building, while a new, ultraslim tower housing 60 luxury Midtown residences will rise above it. And at JDS’s nearby Stella Tower on West 50th Street, eight craftsmen worked to restore the geometric “crown” that sits atop the classic art deco building. According to Marci Clark, JDS’s architectural historian, the benefits are twofold: “We want to make a building shine to its best possible capacity,” she says. “Not only to provide a premier living experience for residents, but also for New Yorkers to enjoy as they walk past.”

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SHoP’s American Copper Buildings bring leisure and luxury to Manhattan

With the first residents moving into their new apartments, American Copper Buildings are finally opening their doors to an admiring public. The copper-clad dancing towers have already made a bold statement along Manhattan’s East River waterfront, and, with amenities that include a double-height fitness center, a rooftop infinity pool, and a lap pool along the skybridge itself, what’s inside is just as groundbreaking as the exterior. JDS Development Group, the residential real estate developer behind American Coppery Buildings, worked with SHoP Architects to create a living space that combined luxury and leisure, ensuring that residents are provided with the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day.

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"Dancing" Copper Towers Offer Luxury and Peace of Mind

The new American Copper Buildings, built by JDS Development Group and designed by SHoP's Architects, stand out even in a city full of tall skyscrapers. These “dancing” towers, with a distinctive angled design meant to maximize views of a nearby landscaped park and fountain, as well as the waterfront, are now welcoming new residents to their 761 luxury apartments. As time passes and the metal oxidizes, the 4.25 million pounds of copper that clad the buildings’ exteriors will slowly acquire a green patina. The American Copper Buildings, which top out at 41 and 48 stories respectively, were built with the memory of Hurricane Sandy very much in mind, and many of their features are designed to protect residents from flooding. Gas-powered generators will supply enough electricity for residents to power their electronics and run their refrigerators for up to a week following a major power outage. Heating and cooling systems are housed far above the legal minimum height to mitigate the risk of flood damage. In addition, residents will enjoy access to a suite of amenities, including a unique three-story skybridge, which connects the two towers and houses a lap pool, Turkish-style hammam, and bar and lounge, as well as a fitness center with its own climbing wall and an infinity-edge pool with an outdoor shower. Apartments in the American Copper Buildings range from studios to three bedrooms.

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Monad Terrace at 1300 Monad Terrace

The Vertical Gardens of Jean Nouvel

For French architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel, nature and the built environment go together. For his new project, Monad Terrace, which is taking shape on Biscayne Bay in Miami Beach, Nouvel designed a curtain wall of lush vegetation. The structure of the building often seems to flow and “disappear into nature,” according to Simon Koster, an engineer and principal with JDS Development Group, which is building Monad Terrace. Nouvel’s work with “living facades,” or green walls, began with a project he completed for the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in 1998, and he’s found new ways to incorporate vertical gardens in subsequent projects across the world, from Australia to Paris. At Monad Terrace, the plants almost act as living curtains, framing the view of the bay from behind a window. “The foreground and the background are created not by me,” Nouvel says, “but by nature itself.”

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