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TriBeCa Loft Tour Offers Look Inside Luxe Lower Manhattan Apartments

By Chelsia Rose Marcius on September 25, 2012 2:22pm 

TRIBECA — From indoor movie theaters to rock-climbing walls and artist studios, a handful TriBeCa's never-before-seen loft spaces aren't lacking when it comes to jaw-dropping amenities. 

New Yorkers can get a glimpse of 10 lofts previously off-limits to the public as part the Inside Tribeca Loft Tour, set to take place on Oct. 14. The event benefits the Friends of Duane Park, an organization that advocates for the beautification and preservation of TriBeca.

“It would be hard to estimate the different market value of these lofts,” said Faith Pairs, a spokesperson for the event, during a press preview of the lofts on display Monday. “Many of these were also bought at different times, and have been added to since.”

Rachel Kuchinad, who first purchased apartment No. 6 at 125 Watts St. while pregnant with her now-10-year-old son, said construction at her loft has been ongoing ever since.

“When my husband and I bought 125 Watts, we told our downstairs neighbor and our across-the-way neighbor that if you’re ever going to sell, don’t go to a broker," she said, "come directly to us."

Within a year, the apartment above them went up for sale.

“We bought that space, and then we combined," she said. "Right after we finished that renovation the other neighbor said, 'I think it’s time for me to sell, too.'"

The family now occupies three lofts for a total of nearly 7,000 square feet, Kuchinad said, with space for a playroom, home theater, foyer, two elevators, eight bedrooms and an open living area.

Other lofts on the tour include artist Harry Rosenzweig’s flat at 16 Desbrosses St.— where life size human-like structures make up the decor of the living space— and a rustic, urban apartment at 1 Hudson St. previously owned by the grandson of American sculptor Alexander Calder.

“It was very raw,” said Damon Liss, one of the designers behind the overhaul of the 2,000-sqaure-foot loft at 1 Hudson St. “There were maple floors, the bathroom was by the windows, there were no windows by the master bedroom. It was all paneled and bordered up.”

The project took a total of 14 months to complete, he said. Today, a reproduction of gray fumed French oak floors stretch from the front door to the back wall. Off-white, terracotta ceilings keep the space open and airy, Liss said, and the Chrysler and Woolworth buildings are visible from long windows throughout the loft.

“The whole thing was gutted, we started from scratch,” he said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in here. We’re very proud of it."

The tour will take place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $60 at www.duanepark.org, or for $65 at Duane Park on October 14 at 12:30 p.m.

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