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Swanky Penthouses Become Art Galleries at Mercedes House

By Mathew Katz | July 17, 2013 8:38am
  The luxury apartments will host work by artists Emily Klima, Benna Holden and Mitch Siegel.
Luxe Rental Apartment Becomes Penthouse Art Gallery
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HELL'S KITCHEN — It's fine art at the top of the world.

Luxe penthouse residences at Mercedes House, the 32-story staircase-shaped building dominating West 54th Street, will temporarily become fine art galleries for three local artists over the next few months.

The public — and people interested in living in the swanky rentals — will have to chance to see work by Emily Klima, Benna Holden and Mitch Siegel along with the penthouses' major selling points: breathtaking views of the Hudson River and Midtown.

The move comes as the building's ultra-luxury top eleven floors — known as Strata at Mercedes House, are 60 percent leased, a spokeswoman said. Units in the swanky spot range from $6,390 a month for a one-bedroom to $12,200 for a three-bedroom apartment.

Three penthouses have been decorated, each with a different artist's work ranging from $800 to several thousand — just the right price range for potential renters who want to buy apartment decorations before they even move in.

The gallery-fication of the penthouses kicked off Tuesday night with a luxe party, and will continue for several months, a spokeswoman said.

Designed by Enrique Norten of Mexico's TEN Arquitectos, each apartment features Viking ranges, stacked washer-dryers, quartz countertops, Sub-zero fridges, custom cabinets, high ceilings and terraces.