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!
February 27, 2020
Historic Charm and Downtown Cool at Hilary Gardens__ Read article
Historic Charm and Downtown Cool at Hilary Gardens
Situated in one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods, vibrant Greenwich Village, Hilary Gardens offers exclusive conveniences and amenities. These no-fee rental apartments in NYC possess a distinctly boutique feel that is both modern and comfortably inviting.
Rising 35 stories, Hilary Gardens provides unparalleled 360-degree views of Manhattan and beyond. As one of the most desirable addresses in the Village, the recently renovated building offers both one- and two-bedroom residences that are spacious and airy, yet intimate and cozy.
The lobby, with its 20-foot-tall, lofted ceiling, welcomes you to this reinvented property. Offering a 24/7 doorman and a modern security system with CCTV, Hilary Gardens also boasts a live-in property manager to ensure that your needs are always met — securely and conveniently.
The sanctuary of a beautiful home is made better with a state-of-the-art kitchen. Entertain or just enjoy cooking with your top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances set among the gleaming Caesarstone countertops and finely finished wood cabinetry. Expansive living spaces are made ever more open as light spills through the oversized windows, illuminating the beauty and warmth of hardwood floors. The renovated bathrooms are tastefully appointed and feature Carrera marble.
Stylish relaxation is just an elevator ride away on the building’s two-level rooftop sky deck, open seasonally and made available to residents for an additional fee. Take in the panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline or, in the warmer months, enjoy a dip in the climate-controlled swimming pool. Changing rooms are there for your convenience, and saunas invite you to stay for a little longer and focus on your wellness.
Convenient amenities make home a community. Take a membership at the in-house fitness center. Or, use the on-site laundry service. Those with a car will appreciate an attended parking garage with a 24/7 valet.
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, these no-fee apartments in Manhattan at Hilary Gardens are the premier choice for luxury living in NYC. Take a tour and discover what’s in store for you at Algin Management’s Hilary Gardens.
February 11, 2020
BLOG: How to Spend Valentine’s Day at ARO__ Read article
BLOG: How to Spend Valentine’s Day at ARO
Quaint candle-lit bistros, bouquets readily available on every street corner, evocative streets to saunter down as you’re bundled up. Can you think of a more poetic or charming city than New York City? Well, Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means celebrating this special occasion with your loved one. Whether it’s dinner out or spending some time indoors in ARO’s gracious and welcoming no-fee NYC apartments, these Midtown West luxury rentals are the ideal home base for all your amorous endeavors.
Here are Algin Management’s recommendations for making the most of Valentine’s Day near ARO.
Walk around the Park
At ARO, you’re in the center of Manhattan, with seemingly every major park at your heels. Take a long meandering stroll through Central Park or Riverside Park. And nothing says over-the-top romanticism like a horse-and-carriage or pedicab ride around the Loop in Central Park. More coordinated couples should strap on a pair of skates at the iconic ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Of course, you’ll want to wear a warm coat and gloves, but the brisk winter breezes will make you want to get a little closer.
Not As Sweet As You
After all that outdoor activity, you’ll want to heat up and maybe consume some of the calories you burnt off and have a pre-dinner snack. On your way back home to ARO, stop off at Maison Kayser and pick up a pastry at an international institution that’s become synonymous with buttery baked goods and flaky croissants. Pro tip: grab a cup of their frothy and thick hot chocolate that’s as luscious as it is soul-warming. Another neighborhood hotspot is the beloved Bouchon Bakery located at Columbus Circle, best known for traditional Parisian delights, such as chocolate confections, tarts, macarons, and seasonally curated cheese boards. For Valentine’s Day, Chef Thomas Keller and team are baking heart-shaped cookies—shortbread and sugar—and mini-sized cakes for two.
A Meal Made with Love
It’s often said that a way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. And a home-cooked meal with a bottle or two of wine is an easy way to show off your culinary prowess and show someone you really care about them. At ARO, state-of-the-art appliances, ample space, and gorgeous Caesarstone countertops elevate any meal to the next level. Prepare an uncomplicated meal with the best ingredients you can find at Whole Foods at Columbus Circle, which is less than five minutes away from ARO. And even though you may already have been indulging in sweets, there’s no better way to cap off a Valentine’s Day than with a box of chocolates from the nearby Neuhaus flagship store as you watch the city twinkle around you from the heights of ARO in Midtown West.
Learn more about Algin’s 3,500 no-fee apartment rentals across NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods by viewing the current availabilities today.
January 23, 2020
BLOG: Going Green in Murray Hill__ Read article
BLOG: Going Green in Murray Hill
Living in Murray Hill means comfort and convenience in a neighborhood of cozy brownstones and hip restaurants, where the beating heart of the world’s greatest metropolis meets a quieter lifestyle along the East River. But just because you make your home in the shadow of the Empire State Building doesn’t mean you can’t live a greener, cleaner life every day. Here at Algin Management, we encourage residents of our luxury no-fee apartment rentals in Manhattan to live the least wasteful and most efficient lives possible. And that starts with how we buy and store our food. Here are some simple steps Murray Hill residents can take when grocery shopping to help preserve a livable world for generations to come.
When shopping at a nearby grocery store, like the popular Trader Joe’s on Third Avenue, bring along reusable bags to carry and store what you buy. Single-use plastic bags are one of the most wasteful products used by Americans. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, “The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year.” By simply buying a few reusable bags and using them for everyday shopping trips, Murray Hill residents can effortlessly help put an end to this type of pollution.
While shopping, look for recycled paper products, such as the paper towels made by Seventh Generation. Made from at least 80 percent post-consumer recycled fiber, these paper towels help mitigate the impact that harvesting forests for paper has on the environment. Simple decisions made while shopping can have a big impact on your family’s carbon footprint, and choosing recycled paper products is an easy and inexpensive way to promote stewardship of the Earth.
But what about when you get home with your groceries in your reusable bag? Take a look at the range of environmentally conscious items at Flying Tiger Copenhagen just south of Madison Square Park, where you will find metal and glass lunchboxes and storage containers that are perfect for keeping your dry goods fresh without generating a ton of used recyclables. Plus, with a host of fun cookware and serving options, Flying Tiger Copenhagen will help you stock your new kitchen with unique items.
Best of all, these items are reusable, making them a smart investment when moving into your new home. We hope these tips have been helpful and that residents of the Murray Hill homes from Algin Management will take them to heart the next time they head to the grocery store.
We look forward to welcoming you to your new, no-fee NYC apartment rental. Rent with us today!
January 23, 2020
BLOG: Upcoming Performances at Lincoln Center__ Read article
BLOG: Upcoming Performances at Lincoln Center
For those fortunate enough to live in the luxury no-fee apartment rentals at 242 West 61st Street or Sessanta, Lincoln Center is a beacon of world-class culture right on your doorstep. Let yourself be lured away from the comfort of your living room to soak up the sounds of great performers bringing unforgettable moments to the hallowed stages of this legendary performing arts destination.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center | Feb. 7 through 18, Alice Tully Hall
Here’s a wonderful chance to familiarize yourself with the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven, courtesy of a series of concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Delve into the German maestro’s catalogue of string quartets, played in the order they were composed between 1798 and 1826. Come to each concert to appreciate the incredible groundbreaking leaps in imagination and technique Beethoven made from composition to composition, or just treat yourself to a one-off night of immortal music, impeccably performed by the Danish String Quartet.
Feb. 14 and 15 | Rose Theater
Could there be a more romantic way to mark Valentine’s Day than spending it in the company of jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves? The New York Times describes her as “The most admired jazz diva since Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.” Indeed, her talent for melting hearts with soulful vocals and hypnotizing storytelling is practically unsurpassed. Score a pair of tickets to this show and your partner will still be talking about it next Valentine’s Day.
Feb. 15 through March 14 | Metropolitan Opera House
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “fiancée swapping” opera arrives at the Metropolitan Opera House, with a distinctly NYC twist. Phelim McDermott’s staging brings the action to the raucous boardwalks of Coney Island — with a backdrop of big dippers and big wheels to go with the big voices of soprano Nicole Car, mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi, tenor Ben Bliss, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. This is a unique way to revel in a European opera classic, with all the fun of the fair.
March 11 through 20 | Bruno Walter Auditorium
So accomplished are Zeshan B’s Indo-Pakistani renditions of soul classics, urban love songs, Memphis blues, and civil-rights anthems, that he was invited to perform at the White House at the request of President Barack Obama. Though this incredible performer sings in a range of languages — from Urdu to Punjabi to English — his songs of heartache, injustice, and loss resonate universally. This series of six shows at Bruno Walter Auditorium is targeted at a younger audience and makes for the ideal family outing.
Become part of an engaged community in one of the city’s most well-rounded neighborhoods on the Upper West Side by viewing the current availabilities of Algin’s no-fee luxury rentals.
December 17, 2019
BLOG: A Slice of the Past: Winter Recreation in New York’s Central Park__ Read article
BLOG: A Slice of the Past: Winter Recreation in New York’s Central Park
Known for theater, picnics, and vigorous recreation during the summer months, Central Park changes with the first snowfall into a picturesque land of skating rinks and snowshoe trails. As the transformation moves across the park like frost up a windowpane, New Yorkers recall childhood snowball fights and skating expeditions and hope to recapture the joy of friends and family gatherings in the seasonal cold. Luxury no-fee residences in nearby buildings—like ARO or The Pearl—make for the perfect home base from which residents can explore this wintry landscape, safe in the knowledge that they can quickly retreat for a mug of cocoa and a blast of central heating to warm up their frosty fingertips.
Central Park features a pair of skating rinks, making ample space for New Yorkers whose preferred winter recreation takes place on the ice. In fact, New Yorkers have been skating in Central Park for more than 150 years, nearly the park’s entire history, although for the first century, daring skaters took to the frozen tops of ponds and lakes instead of gliding around dedicated rinks. Since 1950, Wollman Rink in the park’s south section—open late until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays through early April—has served as the city’s premier outdoor ice skating rink, as well as one of the best hot cocoa dispensers around. The north section of the park is home to the Lasker Rink, which was originally built in 1966 and was almost shuttered in the 1980s before being rehabilitated by a New York developer and turned into the modern, LEED-certified rink we know and love today. The holiday hours for Lasker Rink are extended until 11 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays leading up to the New Year.
More serious winter warriors will enjoy the vast tracts of land around Sheep Meadow, where the terrain is perfect for strapping on a pair of cross-country skis and setting off through the trees to explore the familiar park now blanketed in six inches or more of snow. The less athletic among us may prefer to traverse the same ground on snowshoes, another Central Park tradition. One destination perfect for winter exploration is the Arthur Ross Pinetum, a stand of 17 coniferous species that creates a tiny evergreen forest just north of the Great Lawn. Especially during the winter months, this four-acre forest is a slice of another world, bringing trees from around the world into concert to create a place where time seems to stand still.
Grab a pair of snowshoes, skates, or a travel mug of coffee or tea and head over to Central Park from your luxury rental apartment to make some winter memories.
December 3, 2019
Featured Listing: The Penthouse at ARO__ Read article
Featured Listing: The Penthouse at ARO
Penthouses, by nature, offer the best views of any high-rise. In Penthouse 65A, atop ARO’s no-fee luxury apartment rentals in Manhattan, views of Midtown West, the Hudson River, and Central Park are certainly front and center, acting as a dramatic backdrop to world-class design. Curved glass walls, vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and a floor plan with a natural flow heighten the already sky-high views and make this luxury penthouse a rare find.
This penthouse apartment has not just one terrace, not two, not even three, but four private terraces—a fact that gets a lot of attention. The largest terrace, a long balcony just off the living and dining area, feels like a natural space for communal activities, such as brunching alfresco or watching the sunset over cocktails with friends. A more private terrace juts out from the corner of the master bedroom, offering views in both directions and providing a space for personal moments, like taking in the scale of the glittering city before you retire for the night or doing some morning stretches before you and the city are fully awake. On the upper level, two other terraces open up from the media room and bar, perfect for entertaining guests.
If the terraces are the shining stars of the penthouse, the unsung hero may be its thoughtful and highly livable floor plan. The kitchen, dining area, and living room flow together in an open, airy layout, leaving no corners untouched by the flood of natural light coming in through the windows. Even when you’re preparing an epic charcuterie board at the kitchen island and reaching for a bottle of wine from your private storage, you’re submerged in sky, water, and light. A long interior hall connects the four bedrooms so that each has its own view—and its own bathroom—and there’s no shortage of private space drenched in natural light. Even the grand staircase, which leads to the media room and bar, is wrapped in sweeping views.
These views, of course, include ARO’s neighborhood: Midtown West. The district is a hub of museums, concert halls, lush parks, fine dining, and, of course, shopping. The holidays are quickly approaching, which means people are seeking out the perfect gifts for their loved ones. For some, that means a long trek across the city, and for others, it’s easier to stay home and shop online. But residents of the no-fee NYC apartments at ARO are just a five-minute walk from an exciting new retail experience: the Nordstrom Flagship site on 57th and Broadway. The store, encased in a glittering, reflective glass facade, is seven stories of high-end clothing, shoes, accessories, and home and beauty products, along with a collection of cafes, bars, and restaurants ready to fuel your shopping spree. The best part? They’ll wrap your gifts for you, so you can spend more time celebrating with your loved ones, back at the penthouse.
Inquire today about this high-floor penthouse home at ARO by calling us at (212) 213-1727.