[The pool at the construction site for Deborah Berke's 48 Bond in Noho]
With all the talk about pools in the sky, we thought it prudent to remind ourselves that NYC always offers an alternative. That's no regular foundation they're digging at the new residential condo going up at 48 Bond Street in Noho. No way. As we reported a while back this is going to be one sweet little swimming hole, the most serene and tranquil lap pool this side of 40 Mercer . And better yet, this one will be at street level (all the better for those quick snack runs to the new Whole Foods opening soon just around the corner).
[A rendering of the pool at 48 Bond]
The sales office has opened up right next door at 50 Bond. It's got all sorts of goodies: Full scale mock-ups of the Master Bath (lots of watery tile everywhere) and the Guest Bath (with some beauteous wood-grained porcelain tile). Plus there's a cute little model of the whole building, complete with those crazy canted windows.
Some folks have voiced concern that the "rear" units at 48 Bond will be butt-up against their neighbor on Great Jones Street, making them all dark and gloomy. But not to worry. The developer grabbed up some air rights by incorporating an adjoining lot facing Great Jones, which will secure scads of precious NYC light and air. And architect Deborah Berke has set the whole building on a pedestal, creating a nifty terrace at the rear. Perfect for getting some sunshine into the north-facing units at the back. Worried about privacy? Hey! This is New York. Get over it. But come to think of it, anyone who is considering buying here might want to settle in for another viewing of Hitchcock's Rear Window.
[Views of the model of 48 Bond showing the north facade]