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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.

 

 

A True Destination at Moynihan Train Hall

The Midtown West neighborhood just south of 555TEN’s luxury rentals has recently experienced a lot of exciting, future-forward changes. In just the last 15 years, the High Line broke ground and evolved from an intriguing idea into a model for modern urban parks around the world. Meanwhile, the new Hudson Yards features many public attractions, including 14 acres of plazas and green spaces. Now the neighborhood boasts a transportation hub worthy of its sophisticated and increasingly international audience: the Moynihan Train Hall. And it’s within easy (15-minute) walking distance for residents of 555TEN who are traveling light.

The Moynihan Train Hall, named after New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who began promoting its construction in the 1990s, has been a long time coming, and it literally builds on some of the area’s most beautiful architecture. The historic grandeur of the original Pennsylvania Station, designed in 1910 by “legendary” architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, is, in fact, the subject of a permanent glass-wall photography exhibit in Moynihan Train Hall called Penn Station’s Half Century. The new hall, which connects to the current Pennsylvania Station, regains the glory of that first station via a redesign by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of the Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Building (also originally by McKim, Mead & White) that served as the city’s main post office for more than a century.

The new concourse’s 92-foot-tall skylight, with a huge four-faced clock hanging from the center, will dazzle and energize travelers. Also suspended from the ceiling is a sculptural homage to skyscrapers, The Hive by Elmgreen and Dragset. Go by Kehinde Wiley captures the movement of New York through illuminated stained-glass renderings that evoke the spirit of breakdancing, a fundamentally New York art form.

While clearly in graceful competition (or conversation) with Grand Central Station on the East Side of the city, this extension of the West Side’s train hub is also a practical accomplishment that doubles the size of the concourse space. Not only is the ambitious hall a recognition of the renaissance of rail travel as part of a sustainable regional and national transportation network, but it is a “beta test for adaptive reuse projects in the LEED for Transit category” of the United States Green Building Council. A food hall is scheduled to open later in the year, offering a touch of day-to-day comfort in the impressive surroundings. There’s even free Wi-Fi to make waiting more productive.

How easy—and now how exhilarating—it is to pack a few things in your Midtown Manhattan apartment at 555TEN and head out for a weekend on Long Island or possibly a longer trip (all points Amtrak) from Moynihan Train Hall! And, if you’re not living at 555TEN yet, you should contact us ASAP for a 21st-century upgrade to your lifestyle itinerary, just up the street from “the” station.

Luxury Residences From New York to Singapore are Offering Pet Concierges, Grooming Services, Mud Rooms and Dog Parks

Pet parents and their canine companions living in the Midtown Manhattan apartments for rent at 555TEN won’t have to brave the brisk New York City weather to get in a walk this winter. The Extell-developed tower is home to plenty of enviable pet-friendly amenities, including a covered, heated dog run on the building’s 12th floor, where pooches can get in some exercise, and in-building pet care services offered by Throw Me A Bone, including dog walking, feeding, and pet-sitting.

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Top 15 Rental Buildings with the Best Indoor Amenities

If the winter weather makes venturing out an unappealing prospect, you’d be lucky to call the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN home. The Extell-developed luxury tower has everything a person could want to keep them entertained, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, weight-training facilities, studios with bikes for cycling and Nexersys Boxing Exergames, fitness classes, an indoor saltwater pool, and a fireplace-heated all-season lounge on the roof. Even furry friends will enjoy calling the building home, thanks to a covered dog run and in-building pet care services from Throw Me A Bone.

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A Coffee Lover’s Paradise in Midtown Manhattan

New Yorkers are fueled by coffee. New Yorkers drink seven times more of the stuff than average for Americans, and the city has more coffeehouses per capita than anywhere else in the country. Takeout coffee cups are even an important accessory in New York fashion, from clear plastic domes with iced lattes inside to the iconic blue and white Greek coffee cup full of hot java. New Yorkers pay close attention to the coffee shops near their building, and the many high-quality coffeehouses around 555TEN make living in these Midtown rentals a treat for connoisseurs.

555TEN residents will want to pick up their morning cup at The Jolly Goat, which has been brewing exquisite espresso beverages since 2014. Using beans roasted by their sister company, Urban Rooster Coffee, The Jolly Goat serves the full range of drip and espresso drinks as well as specialty versions like Turmeric or Beetroot Wellness Lattes, which combine the classic flavors of a latte with root powders that boost vital functions. The Jolly Goat also serves tea and seasonal beverages like hot apple cider, keeping customers coming back for more all year.

For a lunchtime treat and refuel on caffeine, 555TEN residents can head to Bibble and Sip, the cute coffeehouse bringing French baking and Asian flavors together to create a line of unique and mouthwatering pastries, backed up by a line of specialty lattes. Creations like the Earl Grey Vanilla Cream Puff and the dessert cakes inspired by Japanese kawaii-style confections are as eye-catching as they are delicious, while drinks like the Matcha Jasmine Latte and Iced Black Coffee Float are sure to tempt even the most diehard coffee purists. Not to worry, though; Bibble and Sip’s menu also features delicious standard drinks like Americanos and Cortados.

When the time comes for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up, 555TEN residents will love swinging by Bird & Branch, the avian-themed coffeehouse serving flavorful coffee concoctions and delicious baked goods. Seasonal offerings like the Mockingbird (a latte made with kabocha and fresh cinnamon) live alongside the full range of traditional espresso and drip coffee options as well as baked goods from around the globe, including everything from Yuzu Ricotta Toast to Horchata Granita. Customers will have a hard time resisting one of the shop’s pie slices, which this season include Blackberry Ginger and Black Sesame Brown Butter Pies.

These are just a few of the many high-quality coffeehouses within easy walking distance of the Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN. So, enjoy a fresh cup of joe and schedule a virtual or in-person tour of 555TEN today!

Winter Wonderland!

When you’re in the midst of New York City at the “most wonderful time of the year,” that means (frosted) window shopping, sipping hot apple cider and cocoa from the farmers’ market, and bundling up to go ice skating in some of the city’s magnificent public rinks. Just around a few corners from the Midtown Manhattan apartments at 555TEN is one of the season’s most beloved destinations—Bryant Park’s Bank of America Winter Village.

Unlike anything else in the city, this aptly self-proclaimed winter wonderland is every holiday lover’s paradise—with shopping, food, and festivities spread out in a European-inspired open-air market. But the piece de resistance of this holiday village is its 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink, the only free-admission rink of its kind in the city. Bring your own skates (or rent a pair) and show off your spins and jumps or clutch your partner as you glide along for the fun. Children under 10 can rent skate mates as they learn the basics safely.

This year, the skating rink has taken on added safety protocols to ensure skating remains safe for visitors and staff. Rental equipment will be sanitized, and high-touch surfaces disinfected throughout the day, with hand sanitizer and washing stations located around the park. Convenient online booking will guarantee skaters can stay safely distanced, and masks will be required for staff and skaters alike.

After a final brisk lap around the rink, a visit to the après-skate Lodge Deck cocktail bar is in order. Visitors can enjoy cocktails or hot beverages to warm up, as well as food items, including toasted marshmallows while taking in the Christmas Tree and skaters whizzing by.

For those who prefer staying off the ice, plenty of attractions still await. Nonskaters can book a 90-minute session of iceless curling at the curling cafe. Or, for a relaxing afternoon, cozy igloos are available for renting. These private, dome-shaped pockets of furnished space are ideal for an intimate gathering of friends of up to eight. Best of all, you can stay warm in the heated space while enjoying food and drink items ordered straight to your igloo, all in the center of one of the most bustling spots in the city.

Everyone can enjoy browsing or doing gift shopping in the holiday shops lining Bryant Park. The panoply of shops, all housed in custom-designed kiosks, include food purveyors; clothing and accessories vendors; home and pet suppliers; art, jewelry, and wellness gifts; and holiday wares for a true one-stop holiday shopping experience. Meanwhile, kiosks selling sweets, crepes, waffles, Chinese street snacks, and Italian dishes can fuel another round of shopping, skating, or ambling through the winter village.

This year, whether it’s for an ice-skating outing or a last-minute gift for the hardest-to-shop-for family member, residents of the Midtown rentals at 555TEN can experience the best of winter right near home at Bryant Park.

Cooking for the Holidays

The holiday season is all about bringing together family and friends with fantastic food. And there’s no better place to host than the no-fee luxury rentals at 555TEN. The kitchens here feature premium stainless-steel appliances for storing and cooking—plus quartz-stone countertops for food prep and dishing up in style. Here are some delicious recipes to try in your apartment as part of a seasonal soiree.

Spinach Tortellini Soup

A steaming bowl of soup is just what’s called for on a chilly Midtown day. This spinach tortellini recipe is blissfully simple to make: add cheese tortellini to stewed tomatoes, chicken stock, and spinach, then season with minced garlic and basil. Top tip: this soup tastes even better if your guests have begun their visit to 555TEN with a bracing dip in the Skytop Pool, with its dazzling views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Send them up there first, and it’ll give you the time you need to finish making the meal too.

Black Bean Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara is a sure-fire winner in the winter months. But for this particular main course, eschew the usual weighty pasta in favor of this black bean spaghetti dish. It’s got all the rich flavors of a carbonara—smoked pancetta, eggs, double cream—but it’s lower-carb and a tad healthier. The unusual color of the spaghetti provides a talking point as well. Serve it up in the apartment living room, accompanied by wintry vistas of NYC plus a bottle or two of organic Toscana red from local Odyssey Wine & Spirits.

Barefoot Contessa’s Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Here’s the show-stealer for your get-together: a good old-fashioned apple crisp spiked with zingy orange and lemon juice and spiced up with nutmeg and cinnamon. This scrummy dessert is all about the juxtaposing textures and tastes: a soft, molten apple filling; crumbly, chewy oatmeal topping; and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream to finish. If you hadn’t already won your guests over, you have now.

After-Dinner Digestif

The food may be polished off, but the party’s not over yet. Ascend to the 56th story of 555TEN to indulge in post-dinner digestifs with a view. While you and your friends and family sip a Calvados or Armagnac in the intimate lounge and bar—complete with indoor-outdoor fireplace—drink in the expansive views and regale yourselves with stories of holiday seasons gone by. 2020 may have been a strange year, but your guests will always remember this party fondly.

Outdoor Dining in Midtown West

According to the New York Times, there are about 25,000 restaurants and bars in NYC. And so, it’s no surprise that the city has a reputation as one of the world’s culinary capitals. Chefs and dishes from around the globe abound, offering a plethora of dining possibilities that every New Yorker knows is one of the great things about living here. Another aspect of the city is its resilience; the food scene is adapting to these unpredictable times, with flexibility and safety as a priority. Outdoor dining is here to stay, and by following a few simple precautions — like mask-wearing for staff and patrons (when not eating, of course), and distancing tables — you can enjoy all of the flavors of a night out at some of the best spots in town right near the Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN.

While the well-appointed kitchens of 555TEN, with their state-of-the-art appliances and elegant design, are an ideal place to create your own meals with ease, why not don a mask, keep your distance, and sample some of the foodie delights to be found in the vicinity of your Hudson Yards luxury rentals?

Here are some top picks for dining al fresco within minutes of 555TEN:

Ponche Taqueria | 420 West 49th Street

There’s nothing quite like biting into an expertly prepared taco. While this signature Mexican dish may seem simple, once you tilt your head slightly and take a bite, you’ll find that it’s anything but. The tortilla, filling, and sauces combine to create a complex flavor that’s hard to describe — but which makes ordering more easy. Ponche Taqueria is one of the best places to indulge in authentic Mexican food in Hell’s Kitchen. This classic melding of street foods and contemporary touches is sure to please, whether you’re nibbling on chips and guacamole, digging into a tasty torta (a Mexican sandwich), or ordering taco after taco. As a bonus, you can BYOB, but there is a nominal corkage fee. Aprovecho!

Westville | 809 Ninth Avenue

It’s easy to see why Westville is a New York staple. Their dishes are ingredient-focused and unfussy — without being boring. See classic comfort food in a new light as you treat yourself to a decadent bowl of smoky mac and cheese or a crispy buttermilk chicken sandwich. Even the healthier options here are elevated. Think: dijon-dabbled Brussels sprouts or a tangy arugula and parmesan salad.

Boqueria | 260 West 40th Street

Are you dreaming of a trip to the capital of Catalonia, where the bounty of the Mediterranean meets an up-all-night dining culture? Boqueria transports your tastebuds to Barcelona’s lively tapas scene — and the outdoor setting helps to create the proper mood. You don’t have to dine as late as the Spanish, but no matter what time you decide to dig in, start your meal with a glass (or pitcher) of sangria. Then, let yourself go as you order small plates of signature tapas, like crispy and spicy patatas bravas, crunchy croquettas, and seafood-filled paella.

Live Above it All

The Midtown luxury apartments at 555TEN are known for their extensive suite of amenities, extraordinary city views, and central location in the heart of the city. But at the literal pinnacle of these Midtown rentals is a collection of residences dubbed “555X,” which occupy floors 44 to 55 of this gleaming tower designed by SLCE Architects. All 555TEN residents enjoy the choice finishes and interiors by McGinley Design, 24-hour doorman and concierge services from LIVunLtd, the rooftop lounge with its indoor/outdoor fireplace, a full floor dedicated to wellness that includes workout facilities and an indoor saltwater pool, as well as conveniences like app-based management for building services. But the residences in the 555X collection, soaring high above the Manhattan skyline, offer much more — providing residents with a penthouse experience.

These premium residences represent truly elevated levels of comfort and style. One stunning feature is the panoramic views of the city, stretching from the Hudson River to the west; the East River, Queens, and Brooklyn to the east; and the Statue of Liberty on the horizon to the south. And in the kitchens, you’ll find top-of-the-line Miele appliances, an eye-catching kitchen backsplash, and custom-designed lighting fixtures and finishes created by celebrated interior designer Paris Forino. Residents can apply their own personal touches by selecting from custom paint palettes for their bedrooms and living rooms.

The benefits of the 555X collection extend beyond the homes themselves. Exclusive perks for residents include two personal training sessions, a massage, and Wi-Fi — all complimentary. Not only will residents have access to all of the extensive on-site amenities, they will have discounted valet parking and prioritized reservations to the private bowling alley at 555PLAY, which also features an arcade and a children’s playroom. Pet owners can rejoice with special rates for on-site grooming, play groups, and vet visits from pet care providers Throw Me a Bone. And let’s not forget about the climate-controlled dog run on the 12th floor; this four-legged paradise features trees, benches, and water fountains for dogs, in addition to the spectacular views of the city and the Hudson River.

The leasing office is on-site. Contact an agent from the leasing team to view one of 555X’s extraordinary Midtown rentals.

Here are 5 NYC rentals in pet-friendly buildings with amenities for you and your pet, Brick Underground

Pet parents at 555TEN can ensure their four-legged friends are well taken care of, whether they’re home or away, thanks to the pet-care services available at the Midtown rentals. A one-bedroom, one-bath apartment on the building’s 21st floor is now on the market, and its pet-friendly amenities are sure to make residents and their furry friends howl with delight. In addition to a covered, heated dog run, 555TEN offers dog-walking and pet-sitting, courtesy of Throw Me a Bone. Other amenities and services include a pool, bike room, state-of-the-art gym, concierge, and live-in super.

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