Set amongst the storied rows of East Village tenements, 52 East 4th Street (aka 351-353 Bowery) looks somewhat out of place. The building, while all not that tall, towers over the surrounding brick buildings. Its modern aesthetic makes it look a bit overdressed for the part. It’s a dash of new in a sea of old. So, here’s to standing out in the crowd. This looker makes the latest edition of our “Buildings We Love” series.
The eloquent steel and glass building sits at the corner of East 4th and Bowery Street. The building actually wraps around a handful of walk-up buildings, including Phebe’s Tavern and Grill, a local landmark. Just to the south is the divine Bowery Hotel. Across the street is Rivington Guitars, a testament to the neighborhood’s past.
52 East 4th Street is a visual landmark that can be seen for blocks. Steel trusses brand the building with a series of vertical X beams along the east and west sides of the structure. For those fortunate enough to reside here, there are steel trusses that also crisscross the interior walls of these fabulous homes. Designed by Scarano & Associates, the property won the Society of American Register Architects 2008 Design Award. It has since retained its beauty.
Aside from the intriguing architecture, this boutique condo offers its residents a comforting level of privacy. The building’s entrance and driveway (leading to a private parking garage) is set back from the sidewalk and access is controlled by an automated steel gate.
Completed in 2009, this full-service condominium has 14 apartments across 15 floors. The bulk of the units are full floor residences (at 1359 square feet), including the three penthouse units. All apartments above the sixth floor are serviced by a keyed elevator which opens directly into the lofts. Tall ceilings (up to 13 feet in height) add volume while floor-to-ceiling windows provide incredible light and multiple exposures. Absorb the views, you can see across the city landscape from most of these homes.
Contemporary interiors by award-winning designer Andres Escobar are smartly conceived; given the ceiling heights and the abundance of light, these apartments feel larger than the actual square footage. Additional features include the steel tresses, dark wide plank flooring and open eat-in windowed kitchens. Well-appointed baths are graced with tiled walls, huge windows, floating vanities and stall showers.
Building amenities include a glamorous rooftop deck with heated pool and private cabanas, a landscaped entry courtyard and a parking garage.
The East Village of today is not your father’s East Village. The grit of the neighborhood and the edgy history of the Bowery itself has been supplanted by upscale restaurants, new residential buildings and an aura of chic. The punk rockers and hippies of decades past have been replaced by NYU students and recent grads. And while the neighborhood is still defined by its pre-war tenement-style buildings, boutique developments continue to sprout in the area.
Should you feel the need to explore other interesting parts of the city you’re flanked by a host of interesting neighborhoods like the Lower East Side and NOLITA to the east and the iconic Greenwich Village to the West.
Since there are only 15 apartments in this building, there isn’t much turnover. In 2021, two full floor units have graced the market. Residence 8, with an ask of $3.1 million is currently under contract and Residence 9 at $3.195 million is available through Jason Walker at Douglas Elliman. At 1359 square feet, the value is $2350 per square foot.
To learn more about 52 East 4th Street and view current availabilities please visit linecity.com.