By Carter B. Horsley
Occupancy began in the summer
of 2006 at the Cielo, a 27-story condominium apartment building
at 450 East 83rd Street on the southwest corner at York Avenue.
The building has 128 units
ranging in size from 626-square-foot studios to 3,221-square-foot
three-bedroom apartments that were initially priced from about
$700,000 to $5 million.
Perkins Eastman is the architect
and the J. D. Carlisle Development Corporation, of which Jules
Demchick is the principal, is the developer.
The buildings tower is
setback on a five-story base and it has many corner windows and
its verticality is highlighted by piers.
The building has a large lobby
with paintings by Betsy Eby commissioned by the buildings
interior designer, Philip Koether, and buyers were given free
memberships to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The buildings
marketing also highlighted its art concierge.
In 2005, Mr. Demchick extended
the buildings artistic" purview across 83rd Street
by commissioning Richard Haas, the famous photorealist muralist
of urban scenes, to create a 77-foot-wide trompe loeil mural
on the graffiti-laden wall of a tenement building.
Mr. Demchick made an agreement
with George Papoutsis, the owner of the tenement building directly
across 83rd Street, to permit the mural, which was completed at
an estimated cost of about $200,000.
The mural consists of a painted
glockenspiel, or animated clock, flanked by New York City police
officers. The glockenspiel was intended as a nostalgic flourish
to the Germanic history of the Yorkville neighborhood.
Mr. Haas is perhaps best known
for his mural of the original New York Times Building at the south
end of Times Square that was painted across 42nd Street from that
building that had undergone several drastic façade transformations.
That mural was lost when that site was redeveloped for an office
The light-colored tower has
a fitness center, a garage, a childrens playroom, a stroller
room, a bicycle room and about 4,000 square feet of medical office
space. Apartments have Bulthaup kitchens with Pietra Cardosa countertops
and SubZero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Bathrooms have Villefort
limestone floors and custom ebonized black walnut cabinetry and
double Kohler sinks with Waterworks fixtures.
The 307-foot-tall building
is three blocks south of the 86th Street crosstown bus and one
block west of Carl Schurz Park.
Other projects by J. D. Carlisle
include Morton Square in the West Village and the Wellesley on
East 72nd Street.