Event: Launch party for the condominiums at 432W52.
In the house: Developer Christopher Okada, the brokers, the marketing and PR people, and friends of the above.
Menu: A feast from Hell's Kitchen eateries including Southern Hospitality, Genuine Roadside, Empanada Mama, Casellula Cheese & Wine Café, Noodies Thai food, and Amy's Bread.
Overheard: "I'm an empanada pusher."
432W52, located unsurprisingly at 432 West 52nd Street (south side, between Ninth and Tenth avenues) used to be an annex building for the now defunct St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village. The hospital may have died, but the building has been reborn as 55 condos by developers Okada Acquisitions, JVL Property Group, and Zion Enterprises. Sales are being handled by Stribling, and units are currently on the market, starting at $610,000. The event showed off the building's new rooftop deck and gave a look inside several model units.
There are studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom duplex, and two-bedroom units with a variety of layouts.
Here are the price and size breakdowns:
· Studios from 436 square feet at $610,000 to 448 square feet at $670,000.
· One-bedrooms from 594 square feet at $865,000 to 683 square feet at $1.035 million.
· Two-bedrooms from 918 square feet at $1.325 million to 1,189 square feet at $1.66 million.
· One-bedroom duplex units have 1,454 square feet of interior space and 1,153 square feet of exterior space, which is spread out on both floors, and they are listed at $2.395 million.
The party, billed as "A Taste of Hell's Kitchen," took place on the roof deck, which has a neat view, a grill, a variety of seating options, and a "cooling shower" for the summer months (there is no pool, but you still might want some cool water on your body). Other building amenities include laundry and video intercom in every unit, a fitness room, bike storage, and a lounge complete with meditation garden, wine refrigerator, television, and wi-fi.
The model units were on the second floor, but most of them felt pretty quiet (probably won't be able to say that for the first floor units). The full bathrooms don't really vary in size, whether you have a standup shower or a bathtub.
—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
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