Many New Yorkers count the Hudson as a comforting, familiar sight, a backdrop that they’ve viewed from any number of vantage points around the city. There’s one perspective, however, that only a lucky few have experienced: from the water itself. Even if you’ve traversed it by ferry or some other motorized vessel, we venture to say there’s no more intimate way to experience the water than by kayak.
Though he grew up in a small town, Charlie Palmer has been a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker from the moment he opened his first restaurant, the Michelin-starred Aureole, in 1988. The James Beard award-winning chef, boutique hotelier, and author has recently made a move to one of the luxury residences at 70 Charlton, and a quick look at some of the nearby world-class eateries proves why one of the world’s most renowned chefs would enjoy letting someone else do the cooking now and then. By choosing to make his new home in one of the West SoHo homes for sale at 70 Charlton, Palmer has put down roots in one of New York City’s true foodie meccas—just the latest step in a culinary journey that has radically reshaped American food from coast to coast.
When Metropolis featured a piece called “Room for the 21st Century” for their 35th-anniversary issue, they interviewed the field’s leading architects and designers to find out what they thought the city would look and feel like as we move further into the new millennium. It’s no surprise that they interviewed Andrew Kotchen of Workshop APD, the studio responsible for 70 Charlton’s interior design and landscaping. After all, Workshop APD has an ultramodern vision of cities that has often culminated in ingenious “pockets” of the natural world within their structures, as exemplified by the interior park at the 70 Charlton condos in SoHo. This green space takes the concept of the urban garden to new levels of elegance, in total harmony with the building that surrounds it.
Living in one of the luxury apartments in SoHo New York, you can feel the neighborhood’s joie de vivre that floats in the air like the silage of a fine perfume or the sound of a sax riff from a long-forgotten jazz tune. Here, the streets south of Houston evoke an urbane and elegant playfulness. Even its breathy-sounding name—“SoHo”—conjures quintessential New York magic: the young actress skipping over the glistening cobblestone streets after a sun shower, photographers in street-side cafes dining on world-class food and laughing as the sun sets over the Hudson, or the fashion editor dressed effortlessly in all black as she struts down the street after a shopping spree.
Hosting a dinner party for friends or family is rarely an effortless endeavor. There’s the planning, shopping, cleaning, prepping, and cooking. And, of course, the atmosphere: candles, flowers, music, drinks, conversation. Yet many of us have witnessed firsthand the host that seems completely unruffled as they deftly julienne carrots and amuse guests with a charming anecdote, pausing only for a sip of wine. Before you know it, the night has passed in a whirl of excellent food and unforgettable discussions. How do they do it?