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13 Renovated Rentals Debut Above the Now-Closed Elaine's

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The first listings are out for the reimagined rental units in the building where the beloved Elaine's restaurant once stood, and the team decided that the name of the building's new restaurant, The Writing Room, was so great, they'd use the same one. Behold, the Residences at the Writing Room. Robert Skolnick purchase the buildings at 1703-1705 Second Avenue in late 2011, about a year after Elaine Kaufman, the restaurant's namesake and proprietor, passed away. There was talk of Skolnick possibly expanding the building, but instead, he embarked on a renovation of the 16 units. He previously said that rent-stabilized tenants would be able to stay-put, and since the Post reports that only 13 units will come to market, it seems that they did.

UPDATE: The brokers reached out to say that 14 units will come to market, not 13.

The gut-renovated units are mostly two- and three-bedrooms, but there is a single one-bedroom apartment as well. Construction is nearly complete, and move-ins should start at the beginning of July. Two listings are currently live, both are 2BR/1BA units. They are floor-through units with 9-foot-tall ceilings, exposed brick walls, double-paned windows, and white oak floors. All units have washer/dryers, marble bathrooms, and stainless steel kitchen appliances. There are only two apartments on each floor of the building, which doesn't have any amenities, but there is a video intercom system.
· Rent an apartment at the now-shuttered Elaine's [NYP]
· Listings: The Residences at the Writing Room [Town via StreetEasy]
· Elaine's coverage [Curbed]
· Elaine's coverage [Eater NY]


1703 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10128 212 534 8103