June, 2019 | Midtown West Luxury Rentals | 555TEN
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Travel Made Easy At 555TEN

New York City has one of the best, most robust transportation systems on the planet. With subways, buses, taxis, pedicabs, and the rest, there are myriad ways to navigate the 302.6 square miles of the city.

With that said, however, not every region of the city is created equal — not by a long shot. And when it comes to getting around town, or getting out of the city and heading to Upstate New York, or Connecticut, or New Jersey, or out to the Hamptons, there’s really only one part of the city that has it all, and that’s Midtown West. And when it comes to Midtown West apartments, it’s hard to find one more centrally located than the 555TEN luxury rentals. Let’s explore the transportation options nearby.

There are seven (yes, seven) bus stops within a 10-minute walk of 555TEN, and many more just a few blocks farther away. And subways? There’s an incredible number of choices: You have the A train at the Port Authority Bus Terminal; the C and E trains over at 50th Street and 8th Avenue; the 1 at 50th Street and Broadway; the 2 at Times Square; the 7 at 34th Street and 11th Avenue (Hudson Yards); the N, R, and W at 49th Street and 7th Avenue; the B, D, F, and M at 47th Street (Rockefeller Center); and the 4, 5, and 6 at Grand Central Terminal. With only half of those options you could easily get anywhere in the five boroughs, but having so many choices means that any delays due to construction or other issues are easy to avoid. You’ll be able to fly around the city without having to think twice about how you’ll reach your destination.

And when it’s time to get out of the city, 555TEN makes it simple. The building is just a short walk from Grand Central Terminal, which is home to the Metro-North Railroad — the largest passenger railroad in the country. It’s an easy way to get to the Hudson Valley and Connecticut: two stellar areas for a weekend away.

Also nearby is the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which has buses and rail service going all over the country — expanding your travel options exponentially. And just in case that isn’t enough, there is also Penn Station, which is the place to catch the Long Island Rail Road or an Amtrak train to take you out east or in a number of other directions.

 

Being at 555TEN makes moving around the city or escaping for a weekend away a cinch. It’s a luxury that truly cannot be overstated.

 

 

Midtown West Art Culture

The eclectic Midtown West arts scene is vibrant year-round, but summer may just be the best time to get out and get into some of the best galleries in the city. Just blocks from 555TEN’s luxury rentals you’ll find multiple showcases for new, emerging, and established artists. Discover a modern masterpiece, explore new perspectives, or learn how to improve upon your own capabilities as a curator with an outing to some of the excellent galleries and art spaces near the Midtown West apartments at 555TEN.

Fountain House Gallery
New York is a city of artistic opportunity, and nowhere is that better represented than Fountain House Gallery. Fountain House Gallery and Studio is a place where artists living with mental illness can explore their own artistic pursuits and showcase their works for all to see. The gallery in Hell’s Kitchen sells these pieces, and works hand-in-hand with a number of other curators and institutions to create further possibilities for their artists. They aim not only to give a voice to those challenged by mental illness, but to confront the stigma of it head on. Each year, six in-house exhibitions come through the Ninth Avenue gallery, with some of the work also being showcased at their annual benefit event, Mad About Art. Impressively, works from Fountain House are represented in more than 400 public and private collections. Fountain House Gallery stands ready to help foster an artist’s creative vision, be they trained or self-taught, established or new, and make known the vital contributions of those suffering from mental illness.

Last Rites Gallery
The name of this space suggests the macabre, and the work inside Last Rites Gallery delivers that and more. Known for contemporary surrealism, Last Rites has established itself over the past decade as a venue for the display of work by “artists who are not afraid of exploring and dissecting every aspect of the human condition” and those investigating “the invisible, the unintelligible, and the inexplicable, with a focus on the most recondite twists and turns of reality.” While death and its many faces make an appearance in the works here, it’s most often in the guise of questioning what truly constitutes the end of existence — if there’s an end at all — and what that end looks like, both materially and metaphysically. The gallery describes their perspective as an “unconventional interpretation of the human existence that seems to escape any definition of what is real, unreal, or unknown.” We call it thought-provoking and worthy of multiple visits. The exhibition schedule is on a monthly rotation. Each new opening also boasts a reception where connoisseurs and artists can come together and engage one another directly.

The New York Museum of Contemporary Art
Dedicated to “living, working artists and the cultural preservation of the artist person,” The New York Museum of Contemporary Art is both an exhibition space and a marketplace for art. Wander through cutting-edge exhibitions that span techniques and styles from across the contemporary art spectrum. While we enjoy browsing the curated collections that line the walls, we’re absolutely enamored with the museum’s new app. It’s free to use and allows you to upload original artwork for the enjoyment of all. Whether you created it yourself, found it, or collected it, add the image to this online “gallery” along with the details of its media, creator, and location, and help to curate an ever-expanding array of work from around the world. You can also track your preferences, review your own art history, and manage collections for your viewing pleasure — all from the convenience of your smart device. It’s like having your own private gallery right in the palm of your hand.

Sean Kelly Gallery
Founded in Soho in 1991, Sean Kelly Gallery is curated by none other than British-born Sean Kelly, and represents both the established artist and those in “mid-career.” The gallery is housed in a Toshiko Mori-designed, two-story, 22,000-square-foot space at 36th Street and Tenth Avenue. As you’ll readily see, the work found here is focused on installation and performance. Artists from the founding period include the likes of Marina Abramović, Joseph Kosuth, James Casebere, and Robert Mapplethorpe, with most still represented there to this day. In addition, the gallery recently premiered a media campaign, known as Collect Wisely, aimed at resetting the dialogue for collecting and connoisseurship with an aim to refocus these pursuits on the appreciation of the art itself and not short-term monetary interests. The campaign also features a monthly podcast series, with each episode devoted to a collector interview and an exploration of that individual’s personal passions surrounding the art they collect.

Whether you’re a serious collector looking for the next Jackson Pollock or new to art with a strong appreciation for new perspectives and challenges to the artistic status quo, Midtown West has a wide selection of galleries sure to please your senses and fulfill your needs. Get out this summer and take in a new exhibition at any number of spaces around the neighborhood.

Beat the Heat at These Rental Developments with Outdoor Pools

As the summer heat descends on Manhattan, Lux Exposé highlights rentals where New Yorkers can cool off by jumping into a stylish outdoor pool. No building offers a better swimming experience than 555TEN, the collection of Midtown rentals at the intersection of Hell’s Kitchen and Hudson Yards. The 650-foot-tall tower boasts an exclusive all-seasons rooftop club with a spacious pool, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, private cabanas, and a bar, all with unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River. Available luxury rentals range in size from studios to three bedrooms, and in addition to the rooftop deck, residents enjoy access to a suite of amenities that includes a full health and wellness floor and on-site pet care from Throw Me A Bone.

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Taco Fiesta at 555TEN

With the hottest restaurants, clubs, and live entertainment at your feet, living in Midtown West means that you are at the epicenter of fun in Manhattan. Since the weather is (finally) getting warmer in New York City, you’ll want to get out and experience all of the diversions this vibrant neighborhood has to offer. But the good times will often come to you, as 555TEN hosts frequent parties and gatherings where residents of these luxury Midtown West apartments can meet their neighbors, see friends, and feast on some delicious food.

Recently, 555TEN’s residents were treated to a taco fiesta in the building’s all-season rooftop club — a space 650 feet above the city that offers stunning panoramic skyline views. This wasn’t just your typical “Taco Tuesday.” As with most things 555TEN, this was a next-level experience.

This fiesta began as all fiestas should: with drinks. Beer and wine flowed like the Rio Grande. The liquid highlight of the evening had to be the margaritas — salt-rimmed glasses filled to the brim with fruity watermelon and tart classic margs were a hit. But everyone knows that you shouldn’t drink tequila on an empty stomach.

Guests didn’t have to as they indulged in and raved about gourmet dishes from south of the border, such as tacos stuffed with slow-cooked brisket, perfectly prepared chicken, and mouthwatering steak — all served with traditional fluffy rice and beans. And the sides and salsa were flowing, too. Partygoers dipped into the buttery guacamole, that had the slightest but most welcome kick to it, and cascaded rich, tomatoey salsa on their tacos and their tortilla chips. There was even a spicy spin on french fries. Between the fries, the chips, and crispy taco shells, there was a whole lot of crunching going on. Muy crujiente!

Things really got into full swing once the mariachi band — yes, a real mariachi band — started playing. While residents could have burned off those taco calories with a workout session in 555TEN’s world-class gym, or by swimming a few laps in the building’s pool, many chose to dance to the soaring sound of the band — especially the children who grabbed maracas and looked like mariachis in training.

There are many things that make a building a desirable place to live — like singular design, excellent location, stunning apartments with sweeping views, and world-class amenities. And you’ll find all of these at 555TEN. But it’s the community events, like this one, that make these Midtown West luxury apartments really feel like home.

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