Spotlight: 685 First Ave

East Side’s Gleaming Black Box

Midtown is ready for Solow Building Company’s tall, dark, and handsome property between East 39th and East 40th streets. With sharp lines and layered black glass, 685 First Avenue rises like an obelisk 460 feet above the city, with views of the East River. The 28th and 29th floors are made of clear glass, making a unique cut-out visual that is lit at night for a dramatic effect. Where glass is absent, the builders used Tivoli-sourced travertine hand-selected by Sheldon Solow.

The interiors are equally impressive. Floor-to-ceiling insulated windows let in the light, while keeping out the heat and cold. Ceilings rise 9 feet in most homes, while duplex residences feature 20-foot heights. Additionally, each duplex has its own private elevator. Crestron home automation systems enable smart-home integration for lights and electric shades, and every home is pre-wired for sound systems. All of the homes feature radiant wood floors throughout, and kitchens are outfitted with Dornbracht fixtures and Gaggenau appliances in Italian white lacquer, with Calacatta Lincoln marble. Master baths are composed of Blue de Savoie stone floors and walls and countertops of Calacatta Lincoln marble. Duplexes feature freestanding Blu-Stone tubs, as well as staircases with wood treads. Some units have balconies with curtain walls that keep them functional year-round.

The amenities of the building stand out, as well. A porte-cochere offers a private entrance off the street, and an underground motor court offers discretion and private access to residences. The double-height front lobby is attended 24 hours a day. A second floor amenities suite includes a fitness center with Technogym equipment, yoga and training room, 70-foot indoor lap pool, cedar sauna, and steam room. A private Club Lounge has a widescreen TV and dining and lounge seating, while the Resident Lounge and Game Room feature private dining with an attached catering kitchen, a billiards table, and entertaining and co-working space. A children’s playroom is set up for little ones, and The Screening Room can accommodate 12 viewers.

Located close to the United Nations complex and Grand Central Station, the building’s site is convenient for downtown workers. It also provides access to the East River Esplanade, as well as top-tier restaurants like Cipriani, Il postino, Zuma, and Kajitsu. Some of the best shopping in the world can be found just steps away at Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Lord & Taylor, and more.

Pricing as of May 1st, 2018:
One-beds start at $1,495,000
Two-beds start at $2,875,000
Three-beds and up start at $4,860,000

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  • Well appointed bathrooms

  • Double-height front lobby

  • 70-foot in-door lap pool

  • Private screening room

  • Children's playroom

  • Porte-cochere offers a private entrance for residents