Inside downtown Manhattan's best-kept secret

Inside downtown Manhattan's best-kept secret

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Q&A with the 70 Charlton Sales Team 

Q: What can residents of 70 Charlton most look forward to as Hudson Square becomes one of Manhattan’s most exciting new neighborhoods?

A: 70 Charlton residents can enjoy discovering all that Hudson Square has to offer. At the moment, it’s downtown Manhattan’s best-kept secret. The neighborhood is full of architectural character, green spaces, and great shops and restaurants. Since it sits right at the intersection of SoHo, TriBeCa, and the West Village, Hudson Square provides the perfect home base for navigating and enjoying classic destinations like the Blue Note Jazz Club, The Bitter End, or Le Poisson Rouge. Hudson Square is also home to the Film Forum and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, and is within walking distance of the Cherry Lane Theatre. That’s what’s great about the neighborhood: it has thought-provoking cultural offerings, educational museums for kids, public green spaces like the Hudson River Greenway, and close proximity to the best shopping in the city, from Uniqlo to Chanel. There’s a mix of the familiar and new here that makes it exciting.

Q: What sets 70 Charlton apart from other developments downtown?

A: It’s rare to find a luxury building that’s designed so thoughtfully. 70 Charlton is built around a private courtyard and garden that includes a feature wall of plants, a boxwood garden, and a birch tree arbor, making it the ideal urban escape. Its two towers were designed by architects Beyer Blinder Belle to cohere visually with the existing urban landscape of Hudson Square. They’re clearly new and modern, yet their brick exteriors make contextual sense within the neighborhood. The interiors, designed by Workshop/APD, are finished elegantly and luxuriously, featuring large-scale windows and a sophisticated aesthetic. Each of 70 Charlton’s 92 residences also has appliances by Sub-Zero and Miele as well as oak hardwood floors, doors, baseboards, and trim. The master baths have marble floors, walls, and countertops, and the kitchens are similarly luxurious, with white lacquer or stained oak cabinets, glass backsplashes, and Caesarstone countertops.

Q: What are some of 70 Charlton’s most enticing amenities?

A: The care and imagination that shaped the design of 70 Charlton is immediately apparent when one enters the lobby, which is almost sculptural in its curved proportions. Every surface is inviting, from the wood paneling and marble concierge desk to the glass-curtain walls and comfortable seating. Further exploration of the building reveals a sixty-foot indoor saltwater swimming pool that is a definite rarity for a downtown luxury apartment building. The 1,100-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center, steamroom, outdoor sports court, children’s playroom, and bicycle storage also contribute to the impressive quality of life at 70 Charlton, and the private garden at the heart of the development provides a lush retreat in the middle of what is already a leafy and attractive neighborhood.  

Q: Fashion, art, and design play a big role in Hudson Square and its surrounding sub-neighborhoods; tell us about some of the influential brands and artists currently shaping downtown culture.

A: Hudson Square is home to nearly 170 firms in the fields of architecture, engineering, design, and the arts, according to a 2015 report by the Hudson Square Business Improvement District. An astonishing number of internationally renowned architects have their studios here, including Rafael Viñoly, Gluckman Mayner, Matthew Baird, Ahuja Priya and CCS Architecture. Located so close to SoHo, Hudson Square also has its share of top fashion designers. Alvin Valley, the master of chic women’s suiting and flawlessly sophisticated pants, has a boutique at 515 Greenwich Street and, just above Hudson Street, Thakoon Panichgul has an an unassuming but treasure-filled showroom at 225 Varick Street. Favored by the likes of Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker, Thakoon was extensively featured in the 2009 documentary The September Issue. And the eternally creative Agatha Ruiz de La Prada, whose whimsical collections are made for men, women and kids, brings a welcome splash of color and fun to Greenwich Street just below Canal.

Q: How would you describe the perfect day in West Soho?

A: With so many delightful breakfast options in West SoHo, it’s almost hard to choose. For a special treat, Dominique Ansel Bakery on Spring Street is the local source for heavenly French baked goods, and just happens to be Zagat’s highest-rated bakery in New York City. Ansel worked for the Fauchon bakery in Paris before venturing out on his own, and some of his creations include the Salted Pistachio Religeuse, the Frozen S’more and, of course, his shop’s famous Cronut. After breakfast and coffee on Spring Street, a visit to one of the nearby contemporary art galleries is always inspiring. Kate Werble Gallery on Vandam Street is a great option. One of the younger gallerists in New York, Werble blends sculpture and painting into programs that are usually minimalist, and nearly always a visual feast. After gallery hopping, if the weather is nice, a bike ride or walk along the Hudson River Greenway is beautiful and great for people (and dog) watching. On your way home, stop by La Colombe Coffee Roasters on Vandam for a quick espresso or cappuccino. La Colombe is lauded as one of the best coffee shops in New York. It is located footsteps away from your new home at 70 Charlton.

Q: And how about the perfect night out?

A: After a day of shopping, galleries and people-watching in West SoHo, it’s fun to visit one the neighborhood restaurants for a leisurely dinner. For meeting friends, drinks at Lazy Point on Spring Street (named for a spot on Long Island) offers a summery selection of cocktails and small bites such as Oysters Rockefeller and Hamachi Crudo Nicoise year round. Their signature drinks include Lomax Paloma, which is made with tequila, lime, grapefruit and lavender. For dinner, a local favorite is The Dutch on Sullivan Street, which serves delicious and unpretentious American food in its cozy, Roman and Williams-designed interior. The fried chicken at The Dutch has something of a cult following, and the seasonal salads, seafood, steaks, and chili always hit the spot. And if the night is still young, SOB’s (“Sounds of Brazil”) on Varick Street has live performances most nights featuring the music of the Afro-Latino Diaspora, with great food to go with it.