By Carter B. Horsley
This handsome and modern 11-story building
houses the Dance Theater Workshop on its lower three floors and
its top floors have 12 condominium apartments ranging in size
from 2,158 to 2,675 square feet.
Designed by Ed Rawlings, the building's apartments
have have column-free, unpartitioned spaces that permit flexible
layouts of two to four bedrooms and up to three bathrooms. They
are distinguished by a 53-foot-long wall of windows that opens
onto private balconies.
Each apartment has an island kitchen by Builthaup
with Subzero, Thermador, Gaggenau and Bosch appliances and a windowed
master bathroom with marble finishes. The eighth floor apartment
has north and south roof terraces of 2,041 square feet and the
building's penthouse has a 53-foot-long southern balcony and a
1,226-square-foot south racing roof terrace above. The apartments
have insulated double walls and floors, wide-strip maple hardwood
floors, and high-speed data connectivity.
There is a residents' rooftop recreational
area and the mid-block building's lobby is finished in stone with
stainless steel features and a video security system.
The building is very close to the Joyce Theater
on Eighth Avenue, one of the city's premier venues of modern dance,
and this area is one of the city's liveliest with many restaurants
and art galleries.
The Dance Theater Workshop was started in 1967
by Jeff Duncan, Jack Moore and Art Bauman in a loft and in 1975
they moved to the American Theater Lab at this location and in
addition to present almost-weekly dance concerts it commissioned
dance works and in 1984 it began producing The Bessies, New York
Dance and Performance Awards. It bought the building in 1995 and
closed it in 2000 to demolish it and construct a new mixed-use
In a February 17, 2003 article in New York
magazine, Laura Shapiro wrote the following commentary about the
new Dance Theater Workshop facility in the base of this building:
"Speaking of transformations, if you haven't
been over to the new Dance Theater Workshop building yet, bring
sunglasses; it's dazzling. The endearing squalor is gone, but
with it went the entrance 'lobby' in a stairwell, the bleacher
seating, the cramped backstage areas, the hideous bathrooms. Now
civilization reigns in a glass-front lobby with café, and
state-of-the-art performance facilities. A family-friendly management
has even introduced 7 p.m. curtain times."
The Dance Theater Workshop is one of Chelsea's
most important cultural institutions and its new building is a
significant modern addition to the neighborhood.