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From Yonkers to Hell’s Kitchen: Lured by a luxury building that checks all the boxes

Residents of the Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN are in awe of the wealth of amenities the building offers at every turn. The doorman-attended building is home to a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bowling alley, a rooftop deck, and a covered dog run, perfect for getting those furry friends some convenient exercise. Inside each apartment, residents can enjoy an in-residence washer and dryer, as well as stunning city views. Just steps from the building’s front door, residents also have easy access to the best the city has to offer, from restaurants like Empanada Mama and Totto Ramen to the bright lights of Times Square and the peaceful sanctuary of the High Line.

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Learning and Reimagining the City with CUNY Graduate Center

We’re fully embarked on the third decade of the 21st century, and New York City and its people have exciting decisions to make about how we’re going to grow and thrive in an increasingly complex and sophisticated society. Residents of the luxury Midtown rentals at 555TEN will reap many of the benefits of living in our world city/cultural mecca, including the beauty of Hudson River Park to the west and the attractions and delights of the Theater District seemingly everywhere around them. A walk of just over 20 minutes to the east will also bring them to CUNY Graduate Center, one of the academic institutions that help define New York City.

Like many colleges and universities, CUNY Graduate Center has a public programming component. Its Public Events Email List keeps interested New Yorkers apprised of future happenings at the school, and a tax-deductible Community Membership allows them to support and “receive special access” to the programming, which is often free to the public.

The Center’s spring semester 2021 public events are virtual, although many require an RSVP. On April 21st at 4 pm, “What Matters Now? CUNY Teaches Living History” discusses “transformative activism” as a response to health emergencies like COVID-19. Later in the evening (at 7:30 pm), “City of Science” will reveal the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence.

In May, there will be an exploration of hip hop activism (on May 7th), a dissertation showcase (on May 19th) in which Graduate Center students are challenged to present their scholarship “in language for a general audience,” and a presentation (on May 20th) on Asian American New Yorkers’ contributions to “educational equity and diversity.”

The Graduate Center’s YouTube channel is a resource for live broadcasts and archives of past events like the recent four-part “Rethinking NYC” series, which discussed bias in the city’s criminal justice system, economic “opportunity escalators” to move the city forward, the central role of the city’s “abundant cultural activities and its magnificent public spaces,” and the challenges of leadership as the city prepares for the mayoral election.

In the coming months, CUNY Graduate Center will continue to serve as an anchor and icon in Midtown. Its Italian Renaissance Revival building, located on a stretch of Fifth Avenue, is itself an example of NYC reinvention. For decades, it was the site of B. Altman & Co., one of the most elegant of the Midtown department stores in the 20th century. Evolution is surely a constant in the city, and learning and reimagining your own place in New York City (both metaphorically and physically) will keep you engaged in its transformations. If you want to inhabit a stylish home in a neighborhood with deep history, a vibrant present, and a strong sense of the future, contact us to find out more about the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN.

Midtown West: The Backbone of the Performing Arts

Hollywood may still be the film capital of the US, but NYC’s Theater District is the theater capital. Midtown West is also the home to many institutions and organizations that have supported the performing arts and performing artists and creators, both within and outside the theater world. The neighborhood of the luxury Manhattan rentals at 555TEN is teeming with performing arts history and backstory, and we’ve created a brief guide to just a few of the nearby buildings of interest. With 555TEN as your starting point, it won’t take you long to track them down. In fact, you may pass them every day.

Feeling utterly alone in a big room with a large audience of strangers, actors have been known to pray (silently), and that may be why the Actors’ Temple and the Actors’ Chapel are so close to many performers’ Broadway workplaces. After its establishment as the West Side Hebrew Relief Association more than a hundred years ago, the Actors’ Temple/Congregation Ezrath Israel, located at 337 West 47th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, began to attract famous performers like vaudeville’s “Red Hot Mama” Sophie Tucker.

Ultimately, everyone from Jack Benny, Milton Berle, and Harpo Marx to Shelley Winters (and at least a few of the Three Stooges) worshipped at this synagogue. Proud of its heritage, the Actors’ Temple welcomes members from all walks of life and doubles as an off-Broadway theater.

Meanwhile, Saint Malachy’s Church/the Actors’ Chapel, housed in a Gothic Revival-style building between Broadway and Eighth Avenue on 49th Street, became the place of worship for Catholics in the entertainment industry in the same era that the Actors’ Temple became popular. In recognition of the “unusual hours” worked by performers, the chapel even “sought and received special permission to celebrate Mass at 4 am, a practice that was banned by canon law at the time.”

The church has been the site of celebrity weddings and funerals, including a funeral service for Rudolph Valentino in 1926, and its parishioners have included Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Rosalind Russell, Florence Henderson, and Chris Farley, to name just a few. It continues its theatrical tradition via weekly workshopping of material by college-age participants and meetings of the Saint Genesius Society, a gathering and “gym for actors, writers, directors, and comics, but sadly not jugglers (as the ceiling is too low).”

Performing a more secular—but no less significant—role in the entertainment community, The Actors Studio, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on 44th Street, has for more than 70 years been a celebrated (and, yes, sacred) gathering place for actors, playwrights, and directors who seek to hone their craft, including the famous “Method” of acting,  alongside their peers. Brando, Monroe, and Dean were just a few of the many illustrious members of the Studio.

When you step out from your Midtown apartment,  you’ll find an abundance of buildings—some glittering, some modest—that make up the story of NYC. They’re all about all the people who have passed through their doors. At 555TEN, we’re excited about the history of our neighborhood and eager to help you find your place in it.

 

 

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