1 Great Jones Alley

1 Great Jones Alley: life down a private, gated, residents-only alley in the middle of Noho, a life of private entrances and living room windows that face out onto awfully pleasing section of lower Broadway as the building has a multi-use ground floor unit with an address of 688 Broadway, New York, NY, 10012, giving this condominium building a multitude of facades, spaces, and faces with which to interact and engage. From the Alley entrance, the artist’s renderings depict delicate, sculptural barriers and gates set between the pilasters and rusticated limestone foundations of the neighboring buildings, which creates a welcoming, distinctly Noho entrance to the building. It is only once down the cobbled alley, which culminates in a wall of sculptural succulents and ferns, a wonderful leafy addition which is carried throughout the building. The division and interplay between public and private, inclusive yet exclusive, structural yet organic, its dashing industrial milieu, is what I am truly delighted by and find in every nook and cranny of this building.

The exteriors of 1 Great Jones Alley are distinct and provide unique attributes and qualities to their separate spaces and functions. While the Alley side façade is designed to welcome, to place the human in a human-sized world within the big, big city, a space set with lush hanging gardens, a dream world, an east-facing, cloistered world.

This intimate alley world is completely metamorphosed into a lively, revival-inspired, interpretive façade that is an interplay between old and new, brick and iron, along a wonderful section of lower Broadway. While of substantial height, the Broadway façade still retains a human-sized joy and elegance in its interaction with the street and surrounding skyline, a trait this building retains on both frontages.

Once inside the building, you are met by a long, richly textured and furnished attended lobby, a lobby where richly grained wood paneling mingles with moody blue tiles and prominent, artistic lighting. The shared community spaces include a large, elevated garden, a green room even further removed from the hustle and bustle of the world at the end of the alley. Also sunken within the building is a community swimming pool, an amenity which continues the theme of cinematic lighting and azure spaces.

The interiors of the units are similarly sleek and photogenic; seemingly endless slabs of marble, smooth walls of refined, inset, Scandinavian-inspired cabinetry, and walls of glass provide an optimal setting for artistic, creative, family, social, and entrepreneurial accomplishments. These condominiums truly allow a new owner to customize the space and its interactions with the building and the neighborhood setting.

Of the four unit types in 1 Great Jones Alley, one faces east over the alley court, one face west over Broadway, and the remaining two units span entire floors, allowing them the advantage of having both exposures. The first three, above, represent the two, three, and four bedroom units within the building. I cannot reiterate it enough, but I am the BIGGEST floor plan aficionado—I cannot get enough of them. The way in which they help me navigate, interact with, and how to personalize spaces. The plans display a clear, deft hand was behind the design process, and this would be the hand of architecture firm BKSK. The sleek, open, yet private qualities of the exterior are carried into each and every unit in the building.

Similarly, the penthouse duplex provides ultimate seclusion and private exterior space. Each floor of the penthouse house an outdoor area, a feature that I, as a Californian and once upon a time New Yorker, deeply appreciate. The views, vast glass walls, and spacious floorplan are all quite enviable and enchanting in their own separate ways, and especially when viewed as a composition.

Centrally located near Washington Square Park, an enviable location, especially as I am quite the Henry James fan, this home is a wonderful, sophisticated downtown address with all the qualities a downtown address can bestow—relaxed seclusion in the anonymity of the big, big city.

Number 2A in the building, a 1,778 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit that faces out over Broadway, is currently pending sale with a list price of $4,600,000, courtesy of the office of Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes with Douglas Elliman.

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