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 condos 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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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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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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