Friends of Duane Park in conjunction with Friends of Bogardus Garden hosted their annual Inside TriBeCa Loft Tour featuring deluxe residential spaces and for the first time a commercial loft joined the bunch. Being a first-timer I was not quite sure what to expect but the tour provided as much insight into prime real estate as it did a tour of the TriBeCa ‘hood. Being a self-guided tour participants could view the 8 units at their leisure and linger for as long as they wanted between 1-5pm on a gorgeous albeit chilly Sunday afternoon. Deciding to hit the tour in the planned route, we explored north to south from Laight Street to West Broadway at Chambers street.
Laight Street: Was a beaut and definitely set the tone for the lavishness to come throughout the day. Bringing new meaning to the word spacious in New York city the multi-floor penthouse featured views of St. John’s Park and One World Trade, a huge JR painting in the dinning room, 3 Banksy pieces and a two-story wine cellar.
Hudson Street: This wild card was the only commercial space chosen to be included in the tour. Washington Market Pediatrics is the friendliest doctor’s office around. Filled with engaging examine rooms each exquisitely designed to bring a smile to young patient’s faces hides the feeling of being at a doctors office. Instead kids are transformed to the ocean, safari or even among dinos. The piece de resistance was the entire story of “The Little Engine That Could” sprawled out on the waiting room(playroom) accent wall. The entire office, the vision of interior designer Diana Mui and Dr. Tiffany Otto Knipe, garnered exclamations of “beautiful,” “awesome” and “I wish I was a kid!”
Franklin Street: This welcoming, open and bright space left no corner undone; featuring fabulous details at every turn. You could not miss the spiral staircase in the center but the light fixture over the kitchen island and Polaroid picture display in the powder room were equally not to be missed touches of design inspiration.
Leonard Street: Only walk-up off the bunch, this loft felt the most traditional of the bunch. With a narrow staircase that lead to a picturesque loft bedroom the artist has more room in the painting studio half of the apartment, keeping the Bohemian lifestyle alive and well.
Inside TriBeCa Loft Tour spotlighted some of the biggest, boldest and brightest Tribeca has to offer. Friends of Duane Park scored over $22K for charity and made for an exciting day for interior design and architecture buffs and novices alike, generating real estate envy in all. Opportunely made for a parents only afternoon, TriBeca Loft Tour, featured true stunners with infinity pools, dine-in-kitchens to die for, to the coolest lofts retaining their original artist edge.
by: Pia Finnigan