The East Village's Copper Building at 13th Street and Avenue B?not to be confused with the Far West Village's copper (little "c") building?has always been a bit standoffish with the neighbors. For example: It wiped Stuyvesant Town off the face of the earth. And as for the housing projects next door, the luxury building's way of dealing with those is to make buyers feel protected by sticking the lobby entrance behind a locked gate. Or at least that's how it looks to us. But don't worry, there' some balance to those menacing bars!
There's a calming "Zen garden" to greet those granted passage beyond the gates (check it out in the gallery above), which looks pretty much like the one that was rendered back when construction was kicking off. The formerly gritty Avenue B now has a pair of luxury bookends in the Copper Building and the older One Avenue B down at Houston Street (the converted Christodora House is the meat in the foie gras sandwich), but is anyone buying up the Copper? Yep! Closings kicked off in August,and so far 8 sales have been recorded?three of which were over $1 million. Impressive, but imagine what those price tags could have been had the developers squeezed in a tennis court.
· Copper Building coverage [Curbed]
· The Copper Building at 215 Avenue B [StreetEasy]