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When NY By Gehry, Mercedes House and MiMA Just Don't Cut It

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If reading The Hunt stokes your deepest hopes that someday everything in life could work out, then you, too, are obsessed with the New York Times Sunday Real Estate section. Join us as we venture into the depths of this weekend's installment.

Richard Rethemeyer had grown tired of his life in DUMBO. First, the $1.16M loft he bought at the Clocktower at 1 Main Street for him and his girlfriend unfortunately devolved into a bachelor pad when the relationship went sour. He sold it for $1.125 and rented a place nearby for $3,900 a month. After deciding DUMBO was behind him, Richard went on a hunt where he checked out several of Curbed's perennial favorites. The catch? He needed the place to suit his dog. After looking at places in Mercedes House on West 53rd Street, New York by Gehry and MiMA, he turned them all down. That is until he found the perfect studio in the Edge in Williamsburg for $2,200/month.

His new neighborhood, as well as the building, would have to be dog-friendly, for 14-year-old Topeka, an Australian shepherd mix. A move to No. 25 Washington, the newly opened Gair2 building, where one-bedrooms start around $2,400, would be a cinch. But when Mr. Rethemeyer was told that dogs weren’t allowed, he replied, “This is ridiculous, because the whole point of being in Dumbo is either to have kids or have dogs.”

Glass-and-steel Mercedes House on 53rd Street near 11th Avenue was sleek and lovely. But the amenities wouldn’t be completed for a year. There wasn’t much of a neighborhood, either. Though DeWitt Clinton Park was nearby and had a dog run, it had little green space.

Mr. Rethemeyer moved on to the soaring tower called New York by Gehry, at 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan

But the neighborhood had too much traffic for Topeka.

MiMA, on West 42nd Street, included Dog City, a dog spa with a full array of services. But traffic was also a problem there.

Then he saw the Edge, a twin-towered building on the waterfront, and was instantly taken, both with the apartments and with the amenities — plenty of fitness equipment, spa facilities, game rooms, movie rooms, even a swimming pool.

All went quickly, including the 490-square-foot studio with a sweeping view of Manhattan that Mr. Rethemeyer took for $2,200 a month, plus $50 a month for the dog.


· A Neighborhood for Man and Dog [NYT]