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NEW YORK CITY-Touches of New York’s history will soon come alive in Gramercy Park as New York-based developer, Alchemy Properties Inc. will spend $20 million to convert an 1890′s Beaux-Arts building into 23 residential loft condominium apartments at 42-48 East 20th St. Named the Bullmoose Condominium, the building is located on a stretch of East 20th St. known as Roosevelt Way. The name “Bullmoose” is taken from Teddy Roosevelt’s early 20th century political party. Roosevelt was born on the same block, a few doors to the west, which is now a Federal Historic site.

Alchemy Properties Inc. paid $11,500,000 million for the eight-story building in June 2002. The area¹s lagging office market, proximity to Gramercy Park, white-hot nightlife and restaurant scene and the beauty of this pre-war building made it a prime candidate for conversion. Working with The NYC City Planning Commission, Alchemy was able to convert the building to full residential use.

The 23-loft residences will be fully built-out two- and three-bedroom units priced from $807,000 to $2,225,000 and range in size from 1,469 sf to 2,735 sf. The apartments will feature classical loft details, oversized living rooms including the original columns, souring ceilings of 10 to 13 feet, first-grade maple floors and living rooms with new oversized Pella windows. The kitchens will be outfitted with Poggenpohl cabinets with 2″ Carera marble kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances that include Sub-Zero refrigerators, Sub-Zero wine coolers, Bosch dishwashers, Bosch washers and dryers, Viking gas ranges and Viking ovens with Prestige hoods.

The four penthouse duplexes, which are 2,164 sf to 2,368 sf in size, will feature private rooftop terraces from 330 sf and four-person outdoor hot tubs. A line of custom Italian bath fixtures will be installed. An exclusive Alchemy line of fixtures includes 54″ Italian custom-made double-basin sinks with teak tables and satin nickel hardware as well as custom-made 72″ tubs. Separate shower units will be outfitted with steam showers with stone floors and full glass enclosures.

All of the residences will have access to a common rooftop area of over 1,000 sf. The renovated building will be enhanced to feature an inviting residential lobby with a stone floor, decorative lighting and trim. The modernized building will be equipped with a sophisticated video intercom security system, updated elevator and smart-wiring for high-speed Internet access, telephones, fax and cable.

“By offering our residents the ultimate loft living environment, within one of the city¹s most prime locations, we anticipate that the conversion will stimulate the transformation of more commercial buildings in this historic area into residences,” says Kenneth Horn, president of Alchemy Properties Inc.

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