Sales Begin at Anna Wintour’s Bleecker Street Condo Nemesis
Despite the protestations of Vogue overlord Anna Wintour, the eight-story replacement building at 178 Bleecker Street is complete and ready for open wallets. Branded as Dolce Greenwich Village, the luxury development is taller than its neighbors on the block, and already boasting the requisite teaser signage geared toward the upper crust.
Yep, it’s been a long nine years since Magic Shoes closed shop and the wrecking ball pulverized the century-old Federal row house. The property was part of a strip of 1861-era real estate that included Le Figaro Cafe and the top-floor studio of the author James Agee. Preservationists were rightly pissed with the demolition, as the property was historically significant and, at the time, lacked protections of the later-implemented South Village Historic District.
Wintour and her high-class neighbors pleaded with the Landmarks Preservation Commission not to allow the new construction to sprout, claiming the design was “inappropriate” and “out of scale,” and would block the shared private garden in the rear yard.
Back to the Dolce. Here’s a bit more on what this development is about, thanks to the broker-babble in recent press materials for the development. Keep in mind that each of the three condos start north of $3 million…
Newly-constructed, this seven-story boutique condominium is now offering three luxury residences for sale. Complete with sleek geometric lines, solid masonry construction, oversized windows and stainless steel balcony railings, DOLCE features a striking, industrial-inspired façade.
However, the real magic remains hidden from the street. To the rear, the building overlooks the landmarked Macdougal-Sullivan Garden, an English-style planted courtyard shaded by mature maple and elm trees.
Every standard residence at DOLCE spans a full-floor and boasts a private elevator landing. Each encompassing approximately 1,200 sq ft with two bedrooms and two full baths, these homes are complete with oak hardwood floors, custom interior doors from Italy, and private balconies with tranquil garden views. A video surveillance system and intercom looks after residents’ security – and offers peace of mind.
The homes’ open kitchens are complete with European white lacquer cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops – and buyers are able to customize their appliance package. All baths feature marble tile, while master baths include rainfall showers with pebble-textured floors. Secondary baths feature soaking tub/shower combos. Buyers are also able to customize the lighting package and selected finishes in all baths.
Floors six and seven are home to DOLCE’s one-of-a-kind duplex penthouse. Reminiscent of a single-family home in the sky, the penthouse features three bedrooms and two baths across approximately 1,700 sq ft of elevator-accessible interior space. In addition to the garden-facing private balcony, this special home also features two private roof decks – for a grand total of nearly 800 sq ft of outdoor space.
The full apartment listing does add insult to injury, championing the three-year-old neighborhood landmark status as selling point.