Event: Opening party for the Brodsky Organization's 135 East 79th Street sales center
In the house: Lots of brokers and PR people, plus the building's designer, William Sofield, and the developer, Daniel Brodsky
Dress code: Suits. Lots of black. Wintry chic.
Menu: Very fancy, very tiny food, like short ribs over sweet potatoes served on two-inch platters. Plus white wine and Prosecco.
Overheard: "This food is adorable." "It's a really pretty sales office! Just look at these flowers!"
The big news at the sales launch was that the penthouses on the 19th floor are now being offered as a combination for $50 million. The units are still available separately as well, if 9,000-square-feet is just too much space to bear. Since the building is not yet complete, the sales office is located at 654 Madison Avenue. Finishes and furnishings, all chosen by Sofield, represent what will be in the units, but on a smaller scale. Two big talking points at the party were wrought iron gates that will be installed on the facade, as well as a gorgeous grandfather clock from London. The gates were created by the same foundry that made the gates for Buckingham Palace.
The building is a completely new construction, and the facade is made from hand-laid bricks with limestone detailing. Two 22-foot-tall limestone pear tree sculptures created by Sofield will flank the entrance. The structure is split into east and west wings, and the units each have private elevator foyers. If the penthouses are sold separately, the building had 30 units, 17 of which are currently in contract. A rep told us that most of the buyers are New Yorkers, drawn to the building because it has the feel of a classic Upper East Side co-op, but with the conveniences of a condo.
Renderings of the interiors are included in the gallery above, and you can read more here. You can find floorplans here and on the building website.
· 135 East 79th Street coverage [Curbed]
· 135 East 79th Street [official]