Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What neighbor of Katz's has a new $250,000 roofdeck with private hot tub?

This press release came over the transom yesterday...

New York City-based Town and Gardens, Ltd. and green wall manufacturer greenscreen® collaborated to transform two city rooftops into inviting spaces with great views and green benefits. The uniquely designed East Village Penthouse Terrace and Museum Towers Terrace, located in Manhattan, feature greenscreen® green walls to provide privacy in the form of aesthetically appealing vertical gardens. Town and Gardens contributed to both the design and build of each project.

The East Village Penthouse Terrace, located across from the well-known NYC eatery Katz’s Delicatessen, consists of roughly 3,000 square feet. The $250,000 project, which began in 2008, was designed to feature a play area for kids, space for entertaining and a large hot tub. The rooftop is part of a private residence that had recently been completely renovated on the interior.

Lead designer Eric Greenblott of Town and Gardens worked with the facility owner to develop the owner’s vision for the building’s terrace. The goal was to create a clean look with various levels. Town and Gardens helped to design and install a sunken play area covered in rubber mats as well as a private space for the rooftop hot tub. Because of the hot tub’s location, privacy was a main concern.

The client wanted something different than traditional parapet walls to surround the terrace,” Greenblott explains. “Town and Gardens was familiar with greenscreen® and suggested using greenscreen® green walls and clips to attach the wire trellising structures to the parapet walls.”

The vertical gardens created by greenscreen® feature a mixture of vines and grasses that, according to Greenblott, only require maintenance twice a month. The green walls increase privacy and camouflage graffiti on the surrounding buildings. Additionally, the installation creates a lush backdrop for the enclosed hot tub while the natural city skyline and Empire State Building serve as the background for the rest of the East Village Penthouse Terrace.

What, exactly, is the East Village Penthouse Terrace? And where is it? Plenty of clues in the press release... and I did a search on Google, but the aerial view is old...

(And why is the listing for Max Fish in the middle of Houston?)

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