Residents are afforded a curated selection of modern amenities including a 4,100 square foot rooftop with an outdoor living room, furnished for sunbathing or enjoying staggering views of the city at night. Serve a meal on the chef?s table prepared in one of the two outdoor kitchens. A 30,000 square foot Equinox occupies the base of the building and residents are offered a reduced membership price. There is a 24-hour doorman and a resident superintendent.
196 Orchard is a celebration of contrasts. Designed by globally acclaimed architect, Ismael Leyva and the self-described ?unholy trinity?, New York-based Inc. Architecture and Design, the fa?ade marries the turn-of-the-century New York industrial character of the Lower East Side with a lifestyle that is distinctly luxurious. The muscular fa?ade is layered in handcrafted black and real bronze glazed brick imported from Spain, while the vertical style of the windows are reminiscent of the diverse and eclectic artist?s studios and sophisticated indie fashion shops nearby. Proudly positioned on the southeast corner of Orchard and Houston, residents are seconds from many of the best boutique restaurants and the hottest, ever-evolving nightspots? in New York City.
Bursting with energy at every turn, the Lower East Side is one of the most historic neighborhoods in all of Manhattan. Rooted in immigrant history, the bulk of European and Eastern European migration that occurred in the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century took place here, where the Tenement Museum remains one of the best ways to become acquainted with how early residents of the neighborhood lived.
The unique and eclectic mix of building styles--ranging from low- and high-rises to luxury and historic buildings--begins immediately upon entering the area via the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge, known as Two Bridges, itself a neighborhood that has also long been known for its immigrant population. With its historic district placed in the National Register of Historic Places, many of its oldest churches, such as Mariners Temple and St. James Church remain a preserved part of the district’s storied past.
While the LES has long been a hub for aspiring musicians and artists, the area has increasingly transformed its demographic as it welcomes a more affluent sect of residents with the advent of condos and luxury spaces.