July 28, 2020
A Summer at Sessanta__ Read article
A Summer at Sessanta
With a season of sheltering in place already under our belts, Americans are looking at their homes with new appreciation, and interior space is becoming increasingly premium. With sleek, spacious interiors and a suite of amenities that rival most resorts, the no-fee rental apartments at Sessanta are some of the most desirable homes in Manhattan right now. These modern homes combine comfort, security, and recreation without sacrificing proximity to New York City’s best public spaces.
The building’s 301 homes range in size from studios to three bedrooms and feature spacious terraces—dependent on availability and residence type—as well as interiors decked out with the finest finishes and equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. Conveniences like the in-unit washer/dryer and stainless-steel appliances make doing chores a treat, while bathrooms clad in Italian porcelain tile with Kohler fixtures make the morning routine a joy. Floor-to-ceiling windows admit ample natural light and provide unobstructed Upper West Side views, while private terraces allow residents to take a breath of fresh air from the safety of their own home.
Sessanta also really comes to life and summer living in the amenity spaces*, which give residents the ability to exercise and relax without leaving their building. Social distancing of six feet and masks are, in fact, required in all common spaces, and the building has also installed sanitation stations. In the fitness center, Sessanta residents will find a full-size indoor lap pool as well as an exercise room with a full range of modern equipment. Outside, Sessanta features a full-size tennis court for exclusive use by the residents, an exceedingly rare amenity in Manhattan and one that sets the building apart from the competition. Next to the court, a peaceful English garden, with perennial and annual flowers, paints the colorful backdrop for taking a break during a day spent working from home. Residents will also love enjoying their morning coffee or an evening cold brew in the garden, which brings a verdant, cool vibe to the concrete and edgy Manhattan landscape.
The building was named “Sessanta,” which means “sixty” in Italian, because of its address on 60th Street between Amsterdam and West End Avenues, a location that grants residents convenient access to some of NYC’s best outdoor spaces. After all, Sessanta sits just two blocks from the border of Central Park, which holds more than enough activities and exploration for any summer, while Riverside Park South is just a block in the opposite direction. Whether they desire a cool stroll along the Hudson River or a ramble down park paths beneath tall trees, residents will appreciate how close these famous green spaces are to Lincoln Center.
Contact the Algin leasing team to check the availability at Sessanta and start a summer of safe and convenient fun in your new Upper West Side home!
* Common Areas Subject to Reopening with Socially-Distanced Guidelines
July 16, 2020
Surprising a Loved One in Murray Hill__ Read article
Surprising a Loved One in Murray Hill
Now more than ever, people are appreciating the simple gestures in life. Show someone you love how much they mean to you by arranging a romantic evening in. Plenty of nearby places, including restaurants, florists, and cocktail bars, can help you throw together an intimate occasion in your Algin Management apartment in Murray Hill.
Nothing says “I love you” like a beautiful assortment of flowers, so get your surprise underway with an order of blooms. Gabriela Wakeham offers same-day delivery on upscale bouquets: think arrangements of orchids, tulips, and lisianthus—or red roses with long stems presented in nautilus vases. Sahola will deliver to your apartment at short notice too: their artfully concocted bouquets include themes on Monet, Orchid Obsession, and Moulin Rouge—and will leave your Murray Hill apartment looking splendid (and smelling fragrant) for days after.
Missing your favorite Midtown cocktail bars? Some will bring their drinks to you. While your partner is still enjoying their flowers, galvanize your wooing moves with drinks couriered directly from Patent Pending. Usually dishing up the liquid goods in their Radio Wave Building venue, right now they’re serving up the likes of an Illuminated Manhattan (an explosive mix featuring Campfire Whiskey, aged rum, scotch, Madeira, gunpowder tea, and mole) or an AC/DC (Blanche Armagnac, peach, fennel, and genever—among other things). You may notice the names all relate to electricity: Patent Pending is based in the building where Nikola Tesla performed his experiments on radio waves. One or two of these concoctions will certainly spark up your evening.
It’s no secret that New York City is great for eating out, but right now, many of its best restaurants are offering at-home eat-in. Imagine the look on your partner’s face when they answer the door to a dinner for two of short rib spring rolls, followed by filet mignon served with frizzled onions and grilled tomato from high-end steak restaurant La Brochette. If you’re after a spicier evening, order in from Baby Bo’s Cantina, a beloved Mexican eatery that’s been serving Murray Hill locals for 25 years. ‘Wow’ your better half’s taste buds with smoky black bean soup, grilled green chile shrimp fajitas, and tortillas loaded with chicken, sweet plantains, Monterey Jack, and mole poblano. Then relax in your Murray Hill residence with romantic music playing and your stomachs—and your hearts—full.
Learn more about Algin Management’s no-fee apartments in Murray Hill, a lively neighborhood, centrally located for life, work and play, by contacting the Leasing Team today.
June 29, 2020
Contactless Food Delivery on the Upper East Side__ Read article
Contactless Food Delivery on the Upper East Side
The Upper East Side is celebrated for its high-end dining; name almost any type of cuisine, and this NYC neighborhood does it with panache. And in the current circumstances, many are doing contactless food delivery directly to your door.
Four of Algin Management’s no-fee apartment buildings—330 East 85th St., 96th Street Brownstones, The Parkview, and The Pearl—have the honor of being in the delivery area of the following restaurants. Time to get your orders in.
Mediterranean dishes—with a particular focus on Greece and Cyprus—are realized with exceptional care at Korali Estiatorio. Commence your feast by sharing a meze of grilled octopus and scallops with asparagus and onion soubise. For main dishes, feast on Papoutsakia (braised eggplant stuffed with ground beef and smothered in bechamel) or the Shrimp Santorini (in which jumbo shrimp, tomato, and feta masterfully combine). For the full experience, select a Greek wine from the menu: we recommend the Assyrtiko Hatzigiannis white.
In 10 successful years, Libertador has become something of an Upper East Side institution for those who adore juicy, melt-in-the-mouth steaks. The mixed grill for two is a good place to start: share this mouthwatering chef’s selection of short ribs, New York strip steak, and chicken breast with a side serve of French fries Provencal. The Libertador chefs will cook the meat to your exact liking—just as they would do if you were sitting at a table in their Manhattan restaurant. And for decadent lunch eats, check out the range of grilled meat sandwiches or salads tossed with cheese. A tasty end-of-week treat.
A trip to Japan might be off the cards in the current situation, but the reviews for dishes delivered by Meijin Ramen are near-impeccable—and if you haven’t yet ordered any of their out-of-this-world food, it’s time that changed. For a wholesome meal, opt for the veggie ramen—loaded with green spinach noodles, Enoki mushrooms, and tofu—with an appetizer of spicy edamame. In a more daring mood? You’re catered for with the Japanese fried chicken or pork loin katsu curry, washed down with a lychee mojito. (Warning: you’ll be drinking these all summer long.)
You can also bring the taste of freshly prepared sushi into your NYC apartment, thanks to Poke. Tantalize your taste buds with red snapper sashimi, sweet-tasting Kumamoto oysters, and spicy crab tempura hand rolls—delivered at zippy speed to your home. A highly satisfying yet healthy banquet is guaranteed. If you’re ordering on the weekend, be sure to have a bottle of sake on hand.
Learn more about Algin Management’s no-fee apartments on the Upper East Side, one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, by contacting the Leasing Team today.
June 18, 2020
At-Home Activities at Hilary Gardens__ Read article
At-Home Activities at Hilary Gardens
At Hilary Gardens, staying home isn’t just a choice—it’s often a preference. Elegant interiors and finishes, stunning views of New York City, and enviable residents-only amenities make this one of Manhattan’s most covetable destinations for no-fee apartments.
With a Hilary Gardens apartment, you can let Manhattan come to you. Oversized windows look out onto breathtaking skyline views. Relax in your living room with hardwood floors, pour yourself a drink, put on a quintessential NYC soundtrack—think The Velvet Underground, Billie Holiday, Wu-Tang Clan, and Vampire Weekend—and admire the city from your armchair. You can also relax in the leafy, landscaped plaza in front of Hilary Gardens, watching the world go by. And when you’re ready to head back inside, there’ll be a 24-hour doorman to greet you.
Although Hilary Gardens apartments are packed with “wow” factor, they’re also wonderfully homey spaces. Now is a better time than ever to learn how to cook, and Hilary Gardens offers the perfect gourmet area to do so. Make the most of the kitchen, with its stainless-steel appliances and stone countertops, by following the lead of fiery Brit Gordon Ramsay on MasterClass. Once your culinary masterpiece is complete, why not crash out and enjoy it in front of a quality TV show? Now’s a good time to get an Apple TV+ subscription and delve into the brilliant Aniston/Carell TV anchor drama, The Morning Show, or the 10-part docuseries Dear…, which hones in on world-changing legends, including Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, and Stevie Wonder.
Crowning this 35-story Manhattan residence is a two-level rooftop sky deck.* From up here, you can luxuriate in 360-degree views of NYC while soaking up the summer sun. Chat with your fellow Hilary Gardens residents or simply get lost in a podcast. Best of all, the sky deck boasts a heated rooftop pool, meaning you can do laps while admiring the iconic Manhattan skyline. Then recline on one of the pool-side loungers with a drink. Rather than jogging along the Manhattan streets, make the most of the treadmills and weights at the Fitness Center. And, as evening sets in, you can hunker down in the on-site sauna. Everything about Hilary Gardens gives you a warm feeling.
Contact the Algin leasing team and discover your new home at Hilary Gardens!
* Additional fees may apply.
Common Areas Subject to Reopening with Socially-Distanced Guidelines
May 18, 2020
Neighborhood Highlight: Upper West Side__ Read article
Neighborhood Highlight: Upper West Side
Life for an Algin resident on the Upper West Side is one of convenience. Everything you could want in or near a no-fee apartment in Manhattan is on-site or just a moment away.
With three of Algin’s properties located in the Upper West Side, including Sessanta, 461 Central Park West, and 242 West 61st St., you’re never more than a few minutes from world-class facilities such as Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Columbia University. And the amenities at all three locations are second to none. The Upper West Side is the perfect place to become a part of a vibrant community.
In addition to the finest performance spaces and internationally renowned institutions, all three of these properties put you close to Central Park. The seemingly endless expanse of the world’s most famous green space makes for the ultimate playground. Explore miles of paths, lounge on the lawns, or play your favorite sport on one of many fields or courts. In the winter, ice skating sets the mood for the season, while spring flowers, summer sun, and fall festivals and leaf viewing put you in close touch with nature.
Gaze at beautiful views of the park from your home at 461 Central Park West. Then make a feast like no other in your stunning kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. A subway stop is a short two blocks away, ready to take you where you need to be.
The residences at 242 West 61st St., too, have elegant stainless-steel appliances that provide clean, contemporary styling and performance to your kitchen, while the laundry room with commercial washer and dryer eliminates having to go out to have those bulkier items cleaned. For those needing extra storage, storage bins are also available for an additional fee.
Families will find Sessanta to be an irresistible base for all sorts of excursions. Pier 96 with its kayak and canoe rentals and Pier 90 with its cruise terminal sits to the east for those looking for adventures on the river or even the high seas. The Hudson River Greenway and its miles and miles of scenic waterfront paths are perfect for running, walking, or biking. And if you feel like staying home, the 40-foot indoor pool, spa, outdoor tennis courts, and Sessanta Club are sure to keep you entertained. Residents from the other properties are welcome to use the amenities at Sessanta for an additional fee.
For those looking for no-fee apartment rentals in NYC, Algin has the perfect Upper West Side home for you. Conveniently located near shopping, culture, outdoor adventure, and entertainment, these homes provide the best of New York right at your doorstep. What’s more, the convenience and access to essential and luxury amenities such as an indoor pool are another bonus to calling one of these Algin properties home.
Contact the Algin leasing team and discover your new home on the Upper West Side!
May 4, 2020
Sunsets at The Parkview__ Read article
Sunsets at The Parkview
Manhattan boasts some world-beating sunsets. The combination of iconic cityscapes and languid summer evenings is the stuff dreams are made of. Even more so, when you’re gifted with somewhere special to watch it unfold. Residents of The Parkview—a 19-story luxury rental apartment building, steps away from Madison Avenue and the historic Carnegie Hill neighborhood—have just the alfresco on-site destination to drink in an NYC sundown.
While the city is more subdued than usual—and the usual rooftop restaurants and bars remain closed—what a joy it is to have your own spacious roof deck, festooned with pretty planters. After a hard day working from home (or harder still, doing the childcare), the roof deck’s comfortable wooden benches are ideal for reclining with a chilled beer or wine. Put a podcast or playlist on your headphones and watch the majestic skyline gradually change color.
The roof deck also features stylish picnic benches. On the weekend, why not whip up a few tasty salads and pasta dishes—in your contemporary kitchen with granite countertops—and pack them up in a basket? You don’t have far to go: your park in the sky awaits, with vistas of the East River, Upper East Side, and Central Park stretching out before you. And as a predinner aperitif, why not mix up a tequila sunset cocktail? Certainly fitting for the occasion.
We’ve already mentioned children—and if you do have little ones, they, too, are accommodated by The Parkview’s roof deck. If they aren’t yet worn out from playing in the nearby Central Park during the day, they can continue their escapades on the roof deck’s playground. How many kids can say they have their own outdoor recreation ground, 19 stories up?
The roof deck is there for you any time of day: a spot for early-morning yoga while the sun rises over the river, the right place for some fresh air while you’re on a long conference call or taking a half-hour lunch break with a view. Or maybe you’re doing a bit of bird or plane watching with the kids. You could even take a sketchbook up there one afternoon and recreate the dazzling summer views on paper.
Even as Manhattan begins to get back to normal—and the cornucopia of museums, shops, and bars surrounding The Parkview start to reopen—residents know that whenever they need it, their rooftop oasis is waiting for them.
Learn more about The Parkview by contacting our Leasing Team for more information and current availability.
April 24, 2020
Springtime Decor at ARO__ Read article
Springtime Decor at ARO
Spring is here, bringing with it fresh breezes, warm sunlight, and that yearly urge to give your living room a makeover. This year, with many of us sheltering in place, our homes have taken on additional importance, giving new urgency to our decor goals while making us appreciate any time spent outdoors.
Residents of the Midtown West luxury apartments at ARO have ample outdoor access, but filling their homes with the perfect furniture presents additional challenges this spring. Fortunately, the worlds of online retail and design are filling the gap, using cutting-edge digital modeling and customization to reproduce the in-person experience via a tablet screen.
But how can you decide which home office setup or throw pillow is right for you without the knowing eye of a designer to guide you? One option is to bring your apartment into the digital space with a program like Modsy, which creates a detailed 3D model of your space that can then be filled with furniture to give you a sense of what those items would look like in your rooms. Modsy employs designers to work with customers in their digital space and then recreate it in their actual home, all without ever stepping into their building!
Residents who know what they want in a sofa should head to online retailers like AllModern and Restoration Hardware, where customers can choose between a range of timeless collections, each featuring a variety of highly customizable furniture, case goods, furnishings, and more. Whether you’re looking for a rich leather sectional sofa, a stylish reclaimed wood coffee table, or a shearling footstool, these brands have you covered.
When the time comes to furnish your kitchen, head over to Sur La Table’s online store, and peruse their selection of stylish and useful cookware. Order a new set of colorful Le Creuset stoneware to complement your new dining table or upgrade your coffee grinder to a top-of-the-line De’Longhi to breathe new life into your kitchen.
This year, giving your decor a little freshening up has an extra level of urgency, so make sure to take full advantage of the tools and websites listed above to beautify your ARO residence with items that make it feel even more comfortable and special.
Learn more about Algin Management’s 3,500 no-fee apartment rentals in Manhattan by viewing the current availabilities or calling the Leasing Office at (212) 213-1727.
April 10, 2020
Laurence Towers: A Jewel in Murray Hill__ Read article
Laurence Towers: A Jewel in Murray Hill
Like Murray Hill itself, Laurence Towers has undergone a few transformations over the years, and the latest round of renovations has made the building one of the finest in its neighborhood. Rising 32 stories, this white brick residential tower is nestled in the center of the Murray Hill/Kips Bay area, providing residents with spectacular views as well as easy access to the 6 subway and much more.
The residences themselves are some of the best no-fee rentals on the market in NYC. Ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, these luxury homes feature spacious layouts with an abundance of closet space and stainless-steel appliances, including dishwashers, a rare treat in Manhattan. Along with admitting ample natural light, the windows reveal skyline views of the Empire State Building and East River, with Long Island City and Greenpoint beyond. Select homes, including all the two- and three-bedroom residences, feature private terraces.
Residents love the suite of amenities. The building software system keeps them connected, notifying them when a package has arrived and allows them to make service requests from the resident superintendent with the tap of a finger. The 24-hour doorman will assist residents in coordinating a valet pick-up/drop-off laundry service, guest access, and more. Many residents of Laurence Towers have cited the doorman as one of their favorite amenities and being greeted by a friendly face as you enter and exit is a long-standing New York City tradition for a good reason. Laurence Towers also features a state-of-the-art fitness center*, allowing residents to keep up their workout routine without leaving the building.
Once a well-heeled neighborhood, Murray Hill began to draw in university students in the late 1990s, and it’s now home to a wide range of New Yorkers who bring taste and culture to this small corner of the island, while easy subway access and walkability bring the rest of NYC within striking distance. The building is just a few blocks from the Tisch and NYU hospitals on the East River, as well as entertainment options, including the Kips Bay 15-movie theater and green areas like the East River Esplanade.
Check out the current availabilities at Laurence Towers and get better acquainted with these Murray Hill apartments today!
* Additional fees may apply.
March 27, 2020
Sessanta: Upper West Side Immersion__ Read article
Sessanta: Upper West Side Immersion
Quite simply, we have to stay inside right now. That means that if you are living in one of the luxury no-fee residences at Sessanta, you are temporarily missing the rich and dynamic street life, the cultural attractions, and memorable dining experiences that help define the Upper West Side lifestyle. During this period of collective withdrawal from much of the physical reality of New York City, the city still looms large, though. And you can take some time to deepen your appreciation of your neighborhood by learning more about it and some of the other New Yorkers who have called it home.
You might begin in your Allmilmo kitchen, preparing food on your Caesarstone countertops, deploying the GE Profile stainless-steel appliances to create the meals (or maybe the desserts) you never had the time for before. Eater New York recently curated a list of cookbooks by New York restaurants and chefs, an excellent resource that will elevate your NYC cooking skills and may inspire you to hunt down recipes that can recreate your favorite meals at your favorite Upper West Side restaurants.
With the gorgeous cityscape views from Sessanta as your backdrop and a snack or two in hand, you can then settle down for a different kind of Upper West Side immersion. You could channel your childhood and read Madeleine L’Engle’s The Young Unicorns, which features the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, where L’Engle worked for many years, among other UWS highlights. Or you could take another route and Seize the Day with Saul Bellow’s Tommy Wilhelm as he navigates through his complicated life and the UWS. Bellow’s Mr. Sammler’s Planet also plants its main character firmly in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Mark Helprin’s time travel masterpiece, Winter’s Tale, gives a prominent place to the UWS.
This may also be the opportunity to find out more about the history of your home base. Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig’s The Park and the People: A History of Central Park illuminates some of the stories behind the nearby park, including the history of Seneca Village, a 19th-century settlement of African Americans, Irish Americans, and German Americans that was demolished in order to clear the site. If you prefer to study espionage, you may be fascinated by the tidbits about the UWS in Spy Sites of New York City by H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace.
As you wind down for the day, you could put on some Miles Davis, who lived in a brownstone at 312 West 77th Street for more than two decades and soak in your bathtub, surrounded by Italian porcelain tile and Kohler fixtures. Or you could simply binge-watch Seinfeld and try to identify all its Upper West Side locations.Both inside and outside your home at Sessanta, the Upper West Side is an intriguing and exciting place to be. Stay safe and well.
March 6, 2020
A Taste of History: Dining Out in Greenwich Village__ Read article
A Taste of History: Dining Out in Greenwich Village
With its cobbled streets and classic architecture, Greenwich Village has retained that feeling of Old New York better than most neighborhoods in Manhattan. While high-end housing like the Greenwich Village luxury apartments at the recently renovated Hilary Gardens make the Village a desirable place to live, the area’s rich history and unique personality make it feel like a wonderland. Hilary Gardens residents are in the ideal location to regularly taste this history at one-of-a-kind bars and restaurants that either recreate the past or were themselves part of it!
The Village first came onto the cultural and culinary scene in the prewar years, when it was the center of the Bohemian movement of artists and writers in New York. Dining options included traditional European tables d’hôtes, where guests dined with the host family and ate what was prepared without ordering off a menu. These (mostly) Italian diners were the heart of the Bohemian artist’s diet and also provided opportunities to converse about issues of the day over good food and mediocre wine. This experience, combined with better vino and an upgraded seafood menu, is available today at spots like Il Mulino and Babbo, which preserve the area’s Italian heritage.
Near the middle of the 20th century, with Prohibition having come and gone, the Village became home to a new group of artistic outsiders and the hub for a proliferation of nightclubs and gay bars that catered to a wide range of aesthetic interests. Both Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan got their starts playing in these hip joints, which often stood on the same block as classic chophouses where the upper crust puffed cigars and sipped brandy in oak-paneled parlors. One Village gay bar, The Stonewall Inn, eventually made history with a riot that kicked off the LGBTQ civil rights movement that has altered the course of history. The Stonewall Inn still stands and celebrates that momentous event each year, encouraging Villagers and visitors to take their part in history.
Today, Greenwich Village combines historically relevant venues and cuisines with new and exciting restaurants to create one of the most dynamic culinary neighborhoods in the world. For history lovers and dedicated foodies, there’s no place like Greenwich Village, and the luxury apartments at Hilary Gardens are the perfect base from which to explore this deep well of cuisine.
So, head over to the building’s website to check availability and begin your new life as a Villager today!