Steinway Hall’s restored facade is revealed as supertall construction progresses

As progress on 111 West 57th Street continues apace, major construction milestones are being revealed at last. The JDS Development project, designed by SHoP Architects, combines the conservation of Steinway Hall, the landmarked 1925 structure, with the addition of an ultraslim, ultratall luxury residential tower that will top out at 1,421 feet and be clad in bronze and ceramic panels. Steinway Hall’s newly restored limestone exterior is the latest sign that the meticulous restoration of this historic landmark is nearing completion. JDS’s Instagram feed has revealed extraordinary bird’s-eye views of scaffolding being removed to unveil the ornate facade and the shimmering copper roof. Ultimately, the historic Steinway Hall structure will become a grand point of entry for the new residents of 111 West 57th Street.

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SHoP’s (Expanding) House

Since their show-stopping design for the Barclays Center turned an international design spotlight on SHoP Architects in 2013, the firm has been creating a range of innovative new residential projects in New York, including several major projects for JDS Development Group. JDS founder Michael Stern reached out to the SHoP team in 2013, noting with admiration that he had wanted to “meet the lunatics” who had designed Barclays. He was especially impressed that for a project under a great deal of scrutiny, and with complex politics involved, SHoP had made bold aesthetic choices rather than playing it safe. Four years later, JDS and SHoP have undertaken several high-profile projects together, including the ultratall 111 West 57th Street, which combines the landmarked Steinway Building with a sleek new tower clad in light-colored ceramics and brass. On the East River Waterfront, the firms have collaborated on the eye-catching American Copper Buildings at 626 First Avenue. And in another collaboration that deftly weaves a historic building into a new project, the luxury rentals at 9 DeKalb Avenue, which sit adjacent to the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, will soon be in Brooklyn’s tallest residential tower.

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A Blueprint for Seduction

The iconic skyline of New York City is once again in bloom, as world-renowned architects put their stamp on an exclusive group of ultraluxury towers. Five-star hotel-style amenities, jaw-dropping views, and record-shattering prices are giving these glamourous newcomers city-wide buzz. But they’re not just “trophy towers”: some, like JDS Development Group’s new project The Fitzroy, with just 14 residences (starting at $5.5 million), offer a tip of the hat to Manhattan’s great art deco heritage. The Fitzroy stands apart from its glass-and-steel neighbors with a deep green terra-cotta tile exterior, rich copper windows, and stylish chevron-patterned floors in every residence, among other thoughtful design choices. It all adds up to a contemporary twist on Jazz Age chic in the heart of Chelsea.

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First Look: Baltic

The elegant new Baltic, an 11-story luxury Park Slope condominium building with 44 residences is the latest project JDS Development, and it has brought a cosmopolitan sensibility to the leafy streets of this historic Brooklyn neighborhood. Baltic is perched close to numerous Brooklyn attractions, including the Park Slope Co-Op, the Barclays Center, and Prospect Park. It stands out to an extent, and that’s by design: Architect Brian McFarland of Stantec Architecture (formerly VOA) points out that the long, gray bricks used to clad the exterior were selected to create a visual break from the warm-hued sandstone that’s so ubiquitous in Park Slope. Inside, the subtle glimmer of granite, quartz, and labradorite glint from kitchen and bathroom counters, and deep brown oak is used throughout. Baltic’s exterior spaces are equally well-considered. The two-level ground floor garden and the roof deck are both by landscape designer Harrison Green, who is currently at work on a project for the Museum of Modern Art. And unlike most of Park Slope’s brownstones, Baltic offers amenities including a 24-hour doorman and a fitness center.

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How to Make an Unexpected Style Statement in the Kitchen

Developers and designers in New York City are turning their attention to metals—not just the kind used for structural support, but the gleaming finishes of brass and bronze, which can lend a touch of glamour to interior details. And there’s a new focus for this trend: vent hoods. Once considered a practical aspect of kitchen design that was best covered up, designers have chosen to enliven the design of range hoods, making them stylish centerpieces. At The Fitzroy in Chelsea, it’s all about copper. The latest residential project in neighborhood from JDS Development has luxurious interiors by Roman and Williams, which echo the building’s striking Art Deco-style facade. On the exterior, green terra cotta tiles complement large, copper-framed windows. Inside, the metal range goods have been crafted from the same metal, lending the kitchen a warm and classic aesthetic.

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NYC&G’s Apartment Art Tour

Contemporary art isn’t just for museums and galleries anymore: at a number of New York luxury residential buildings, developers have commissioned artists to create site-specific works that are well worth a visit. At Baltic in Parks Slope, ​ Brooklyn, JDS Development Group invited artist Anna Karlin to create a custom walnut, brick, and bronze sculpture that highlights some of the materials that were used to construct the building itself.

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JDS’s Park Slope Condo, Baltic, Offers a Peek Inside its First Completed Apartment

JDS Development Group has revealed the first finished residence at its luxury Park Slope condo Baltic, which sits at the corner of Baltic Street and Fourth Avenue. The two-bedroom, two-bath apartment has 10-foot-high ceilings, polished nickel hardware, and custom oak floors. The kitchens at Baltic are by the British company Brookmans, part of the Smallbone of Devizes family,​ which is a first for a project in the United States. The 11-story building houses 44 residences, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms.

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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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