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A Peek Inside The Continental, Midtown's New Glass Houses

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[Photos by Will Femia.]

An impossibly glassy 53-story tower called The Continental just made its debut on the rental market, with move-ins slated for February. Haven't heard of it? That might be because this Costas Kondylis-designed skyscraper was once called Tower 111 before the credit crunch left it battered but not beaten. Now The Continental stands tall on Sixth Avenue and 32nd Street, right on the fringes of Midtown's madness. The 338 apartments are divided up into studios, 1BRs, 1BRs with home offices and 2BRs, and rents range from approximately $2,550 to over $6,100 per month. The location is slightly suspect (unless you love crowds or have Knicks season tickets) and competition among new luxury rentals is fierce, so what's The Continental offering? Amenities galore, amigos.

Construction continues, but this spring residents will get the Continental Club & Spa, featuring a 50-foot heated lap pool within a glass-enclosed atrium. There will be a gym with a yoga studio, "cardio center," locker rooms and his-and-hers treatment rooms, which are probably not as kinky as we're hoping. The atrium opens up to a landscaped terrace with lounge chairs. There's also a landscaped terrace (with seating and dining areas) just beyond the residents' lounge, which will have a fireplace, Wi-Fi and media stuff. Another terrace is way up on the 48th floor, for those not susceptible to vertigo.

The apartments themselves have high-end finishes (and each comes with Asko washers and dryers), and based on the model studio and 1BR w/ home office we saw on our tour, we're guessing it's nearly impossible to wake up angry at the world with all that sunlight pouring through floor-to-ceiling windows that go as high as 10'. You'd think you were in some sunny oasis and not Midtown if it wasn't for all the equally tall neighbors dominating the views. But what views they are! Check the place out in the gallery above.
· The Continental [Official Site]
· Tower 111, With a New Name, About to Start Leasing [Curbed]

The Continental

885 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10019 Visit Website