By Carter B. Horsley
Marketing started in 2008 for
650 Sixth Avenue, a residential condominium conversion of the
handsome, red-brick, 1892 loft building on the southeast corner
at 20th Street.
The 7-story building is across
20th Street from the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion
that was designed in Gothic Revival style circa 1850 by Richard
Upjohn and was converted into the Limelight disco. It is also
across the avenue from the former O'Neill Department Store that
is being converted to residential condominiums by Elad Properties,
which is also converting part of the Plaza Hotel and which also
had bought this property in August, 2005 for about $47 million
and then sold it for more than $70 million about a year later
to its current owners, K-W 650 Associates LLC of which Klaus Kretschmann
is president, according to records on file with the Department
The building has a 16-foot
high lobby that has art shows organized by the Jack Shainman Gallery
and the building's marketing theme is "White Space,"
which is echoed in the minimalist white apartments. The lobby
is highlighted by an aluminum sculpture of slanted elements.
The location is in the heart
of the Ladies' Mile Historic District and the Chelsea and Flatiron
neighborhoods. There is excellent shopping and public transportation
in this area as well as many restaurants and boutiques.
The building has a roof deck,
a gym, wine storage, and a concierge service.
The 67 apartments have ceiling
heights ranging from 10 ½ to 12 feet and sliding glass
walls between living rooms and bedrooms.
Kitchens have high-gloss Poggenpohl
cabinetry, Corian countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Thermador
ovens, and Miele dishwashers. Bathrooms have Waterworks Chord
bathtubs and wall-mounted polished chrome fixtures.
Perkins Eastman is the architect
for the conversion.
Occupancy is anticipated for