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Blog: Entertaining in 16A

The recipe for a memorable soiree is a well-crafted blend of good company and great venue.
And in the vertical city of Manhattan, where views reign supreme and space is at a premium,
the 212 Fifth Avenue condos in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) are designed to
flaunt their views and cavernous entertaining spaces. This former office building overlooking
Madison Square Park was built in 1912 and is being meticulously restored into a limited
collection of luxury residences, each with generous proportions and floor plans, as well as
interiors fitted with refined materials designed by New York interior design firm Pembrooke
& Ives.
Whether you’re a resident or a guest, Manhattan’s powerful legacy of cultural and historic
significance feels palpable when arriving at 212 Fifth Avenue—the address features two of
New York’s most symbolic numerals: the iconic area code and the world famous
thoroughfare. As you enter, the building’s lobby reveals itself as an intricate jewel box rich
with marble and bronze finishes. Pembrooke & Ives looked to 212 Fifth Avenue’s ornate
Neo-Gothic architecture and voluminous proportions to inspire its dramatic interiors.
At 4,155 square feet, apartment 16A is a four-bedroom, corner residence with an ideal layout
for entertaining. Arriving in the foyer, guests’ first impression will be of the floor-to-ceiling
interior detailing—from the book-matched slabs of highly polished statuary marble
underfoot, to the coffered ceilings that emphasize the room’s notable proportions overhead.
The unit’s gallery stretches from the foyer across the more-than-700-square-foot great room,
with the four bedrooms branching out from it to create intimate enclaves separating the
apartment’s private areas from its entertaining and communal spaces. Best complimented by
mirrors, hall stands with floral arrangements, and striking modern artworks punctuating the
walls of the gallery’s runway-like length of more than 22 feet, guests can strut under the soft,
recessed lights into the cavernous great room at the far reach of the apartment.
And the great room opens up with a theatrical flourish—a result of its ingenious steel
structure, novel at the time, which allows for loft-like, open living spaces and views
unfettered by support columns. With soft lighting, a variety of seating options, and well-
placed speakers, it’s easy to optimize this large space, and create several intimate zones that
encourage conversation and circulation. As for widescreen entertainment, the three
oversized windows in the great room offer guests views of the city’s choreography on a
cinematic scale. With exposure on three sides, residents and guests of the 212 Fifth Avenue
condos can look out on the iconic forms of the Empire State Building and the Bank of
America Tower to the north, the Flatiron and Met Life buildings to the south, and miles of
city views beyond. Nothing is more New York than enjoying a classic cocktail from rarified
heights.
When it comes to serving refreshments, the kitchen and dining room spaces of 16A are
unrivalled for both convenience and impact. Eastern and southern city views bring an urban
verve to the dining room that enlivens dinner or cocktail parties, and its open plan keeps the
space in conversation with the adjoining great room. In the enclosed kitchen, banquette
window seating offers the perfect perch for an intimate tête-a-tête high above Madison
Square Park. The centerpiece of the enclosed kitchen and a natural focal point for
conversations in this space is the massive 12-foot-by-4-foot island of solid Calacatta marble.
This sleek and sculptural surface is transformed from kitchen island to bar top when drinks
and hors d’oeuvres are served.
With its quintessentially New York address, vistas of downtown and midtown Manhattan,
generous layout uncommon to most New York apartments, and custom interiors by
Pembrooke & Ives, apartment 16A at 212 Fifth Avenue is designed to impress and inspire
any guest—and make its owner feel proud.

The recipe for a memorable soiree is a well-crafted blend of good company and great venue. And in the vertical city of Manhattan, where views reign supreme and space is at a premium, the 212 Fifth Avenue condos in NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) are designed to flaunt their views and cavernous entertaining spaces.

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