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Full of Gracie: A New Lobby on the Upper East Side

The expansive lobby has been brightened Photo by Pavel Bendov

Two travertine marble gathering areas allow visitors to wait in elegance

Photo by Pavel Bendov
Photo by Pavel Bendov

One definition of “grace” is “elegance.” It’s a definition that Jack Resnick & Sons took seriously with the redesigned lobby of Gracie Mews, its 35-story luxury residential tower on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Resnick partnered with Specter DeSouza Architects and general contractor R.P. Brennan to reimagine, refresh and brighten the lobby area at the 310-unit apartment building at 401 East 80th Street.

“Our collaboration with Specter DeSouza Architects and R.P. Brennan has resulted in a beautiful and elegant space that is both modern and timeless,” said Jonathan Resnick, president of New York City-based Jack Resnick & Sons. “As longtime owners in the neighborhood, we are excited and proud that our vision for a reimagined Gracie Mews has become a reality.”

The lobby introduced custom wood wall panels fabricated and installed by Jamaica, Queens-based millworking firm Bauerschmidt & Sons, softly washed with light, creating a warm welcome for the building’s residents and guests. It also provides a fresh backdrop to the updated port cochère and its expansive green wall.

The lobby also features two Italian travertine marble lounge areas, richly appointed with contrasting blue sofas by Holly Hunt, a new concierge desk and an expanded resident mailroom and package room.

The concierge desk was updated Photo by Pavel Bendov
The concierge desk was updated Photo by Pavel Bendov

“We at Specter DeSouza Architects appreciated this opportunity to work with Jack Resnick & Sons in creating a new and exciting lobby for Gracie Mews,” said Ronald A. DeSouza, principal at Specter DeSouza Architects, New York. “For over 20 years, we have been fortunate to work with Resnick on the design of numerous projects including the Gracie Mews fitness center and resident lounge.”

The lobby offers custom wood wall panels Photo by Pavel Bendov
The lobby offers custom wood wall panels Photo by Pavel Bendov

Built by Jack Resnick & Sons in 1980 and designed by architect Philip Birnbaum, Gracie Mews offers a variety of amenities such as a rooftop fitness center with pool and sun decks, a children’s playroom and resident lounge, on-site parking garage and a 24-hour concierge. The building also includes a privately-owned public space called Steel Park, which is home to an original sculpture and public gathering space designed by renowned artist Tony Rosenthal. In 2016, the public plaza was recognized as the “POPSStar” award winner by nonprofit organization The Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District.

The resident mailroom was expanded Photo by Pavel Bendov
The resident mailroom was expanded Photo by Pavel Bendov

Gracie Mews is comprised of spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments that offer high-end finishes and appliances, over-sized closet space, high-performance windows and first-class service. Most of the apartments offer sweeping views from private balconies.

In addition to Gracie Mews, Resnick also owns and operates two other prime Manhattan luxury residential buildings, including Symphony House at 235 West 56th Street and The Oxford Houses at 430-434 East 72nd Street.

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