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208 Delancey Street tops out

A few months after sales launched, 208 Delancey Street topped out construction at 12 stories high. The building is located near bustling Lower East Side nightlife and the Essex Crossing megadevelopment, but New Empire Corp. Chairman and CEO Bentley Zhao says their goal was “offering residents a calming oasis to come home to.” Indeed, the oversized windows and curved balconies in the 85-unit, ODA New York-designed building indicate an emphasis on light and open air. He was in attendance for the topping out ceremony, as were Ken Zhao of New Empire Corp., Eran Chen and Christian Bailey of ODA, and members of the building's sales and marketing team at Compass Development Marketing.

208 Delancey development team from the topping out ceremony in late November 2021

A number of contracts have already been signed, and current availabilities range from $625K for studios to $2.655 million for a two-bedroom penthouse with two private terraces and a roof deck. At an average price of $1,933 per square foot, it is not far above the Lower East Side average of $1,851 per square foot (per CityRealty data). An offering plan accepted in February 2021 lists a $107.56 million sellout.

While there are echoes of Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th Street at first glance, Mr. Chen cites Bauhaus as an inspiration for 208 Delancey's curved glass and undulating facade. The brass and copper artfully reflect natural light to create a sophisticated urban sanctuary. Additionally, the team studied the Lower East Side grid, from the restaurants to the nightlife to the galleries, to incorporate an angulating geometry in the interiors.

Photo via Jared Siskin

208 Delancey's topping out ceremony took place a few weeks after "A Taste of the Lower East Side," an event held by the building in partnership with notable Lower East Side eateries and hosted against the backdrop of model homes staged by ASH NYC. Guests enjoyed refreshments from Nom Wah, Veselka, Boulton and Watt, Riverdel Cheese, and Mille Nonne, all of which are located a short distance from the building. The building is also close to the International Center of Photography, Regal Essex Crossing, The Gutter, and the new green space at Essex Crossing.

It is also situated in what has become an architectually adventurous section of the Lower East Side. A few blocks west, the ODA-designed 100 Norfolk Street took the Lower East Side by storm and set new standards for luxury living in the area; a two-bedroom in the building is available for $2.75 million. On the same block, Blue is distinguished by its angular form and blue glass facade.

↓ Interiors by ODA were designed to follow the curve of the exterior architecture, and a light-toned color palette complements the abundant natural light.

↓ Apartments feature flexible layouts to make the most of space in response to the pandemic.

↓ Sleek custom kitchens feature center islands, marble countertops and backsplash, soft white lacquer cabinetry, and Miele appliances.

↓ Baths are outfitted with Duravit soaking tubs and custom vanities.

↓ In two-bedroom apartments and larger, primary baths feature custom vanities, mirrors with integrated lighting, walk-in showers, and radiant heated Blue De Savoie marble flooring.

↓ Studios start at $625K.

↓ One-bedrooms start at $1.035 million.

↓ Open living rooms seamlessly integrate with private balconies in select units. This two-bedroom is listed for $1.5 million.

↓ “Those seeking prime real estate in Manhattan with comfortable floor plans and expansive green space will be attracted to 208 Delancey’s wraparound balconies, lushly landscaped rooftop and meditation area” - David Chang, Sales Director, Compass Development Marketing Group

↓ The attended lobby connects to a Parlour Lounge.

↓ The fitness center has state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and access to an outdoor meditation terrace.

↓ The Resident Lounge seamlessly connects to the building's courtyard and features a catering kitchen, billiards area, and glass-enclosed private room that can be used as a dining space or business center.

↓ The rooftop terrace offers a fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, several seating areas, and dramatic skyline views.


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