A few days ago, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of agents who were given a tour of the extraordinary new Puck building penthouses. We were shown the penthouses by the developer, Jared Kushner, whose enthusiasm for this project is evident. The Puck building, built beginning in 1885 by Albert Wagner in the Nolita/Soho neighborhood of lower Manhattan, is adorned by two statues of Shakespeare’s character Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was once the home of Puck magazine. The penthouses (there are only six) have their own entrance, 295 Lafayette Street. When waiting for the elevator, a charming stained-glass portrait of Puck sets the tone for these penthouses – a blend of old-world, artisanal, and modern.
Of the six penthouses, we were originally told we would see three of them, including one fully staged, but during the tour Jared was persuaded to let us see the duplex roof penthouse, with enormous terrace space (including a hot tub outdoors with a view downtown of One World Trade and the Woolworth Building). Although they are still putting the finishing touches on this one, it is simply spectacular (and could be yours for less than $60 million; contact me if you are interested). All of the penthouses have delightful architectural details (such as brick barrel-vault ceilings and fluted iron columns) that respect the historic nature of the building, juxtaposed with the most modern amenities possible. I was impressed with the level of care and detail that had clearly been a constant in the development of these homes.
I snapped some photos while on the tour, and while they are not of the quality that the marketing materials for these penthouses have, they will give you an idea of the feel of these stunning residences.
DISCLAIMER: I do not represent the seller of these properties, and all views expressed are my personal opinion.