New York by Gehry

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Peter Schleipman, 38, hedge-fund trader; Christina Schleipman, 35, PR and marketing consultant
2BR, Financial District
Rent: From $6,045
Broker’s fee: None
Leasing agency: Citi Habitats (646-606-3886,
Moved in: June 2011


THE SEARCH: “Before this, we were at 88 Leonard in Tribeca, which was another new building. We like new buildings—there’s something about being the first one to use the refrigerator or the bathroom. It was a one bedroom, and with the baby coming, we just outgrew that apartment,” explains Christina. Says Peter, “They were just starting to show apartments here. We were able to get out because we told the building, ‘Look, you can get a market rate now if you let us out.’ It was a win-win for everyone.”


THE BUILDING: “I definitely thought it was cool,” says Christina. “I mean, [Frank Gehry is] a renowned, amazing architect. There are a lot of details that were really thought-out, especially for a rental building. A lot of attention went into everything here—the shades, the door handles. The amenities are great—there’s a pool and I’m a big swimmer.” Adds Peter, “I have to give it to the guys downstairs. I’ve been in a few [doorman] buildings, and these guys are by far the nicest. I mean, Christina’s pregnant, and one guy was off-duty and saw her walking down the street with a bag of groceries and grabbed them and said, ‘Let me help you.’”

THE SPACE: “When we moved in, the building was still new, so a lot of the floors were not even completed,” Peter tells us. “We wanted a higher floor, but not too high. We looked at this layout two floors lower, on 26. There are windows in the bathroom and the master bedroom, and they all looked right out onto the balcony below [on the 25th floor]. You could literally be standing on that balcony and see into our apartment. So we opted to pay a little bit more to move two floors higher.”


THEIR FAVORITE PART: “I would say the views,” says Peter. Christina agrees: “At night they’re amazing—we get some gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, and you see storms coming in and going out. We definitely fell in love with the views here. It’s kind of hard not to.”

ABOUT NEW YORK BY GEHRY: At 870 feet, the 76-story building is the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, and the first residential development by Frank Gehry. He also designed the amenities and interior finishes. The building includes two public plazas, featuring landscaping by Field Operations (which also worked on the High Line) and Dutch horticulturist Piet Oudolf, whose work can also be found at Millennium Park in Chicago.

Source: Time Out New York