The Big OH: Climbing the crenellations and perusing the penthouses of 100 Barclay

100 Barclay (credit: Ty Cole)

On the southernmost edge of Tribeca, 100 Barclay has very nearly finished its caterpillar-like transformation from absurdly glamorous telecommunications hub to swanky residential paradise.

In 2014, developer Ben Shaoul paid $274 million for the top 22 floors of the building — which has at various times been known as the Verizon Building, Ralph Walker Tribeca and 140 West Street — from Verizon. And for the latest installment of our Big Open House series, we got to take a look around.

It’s impossible to ignore the landmarked grand lobby, which is positively saturated in history and Art Deco charm. Its vaulted, hand-painted ceilings depict the advancement of communication. And we happen to know its the perfect spot for a party.

100 Barclay’s lobby

Up on the building’s 25th floor, we got a peek at one of the building’s threebedroom units.

25B (credit: Ty Cole)

Apartment 25B is the building’s pretty-as-a-picture model unit, which has been staged by celebrity interior designer Taylor Spellman, and will set you back $6.9 million. The set-up demonstrates the finishes that the rest of the 157 units will enjoy — although each in their unique way. It comes with a custom walnut entry door with brass hardware, ten-foot-high ceilings, oversized window and white oak floors throughout. The kitchen comes with oak cabinets, marble countertops, and  — what might be our favorite kitchen appliance — a wall-mounted pot filler. There’s also a 46-bottle wine fridge, and access to certified wine-buff from New York Vintners to help you build your collection should you desire it.

One of the kitchens at 100 Barclay

There’s marble aplenty in the master and secondary bathrooms. Then there’s the powder room with its brass hammered sink, paying subtlety stylish homage to the tower’s history.

From there, we traveled six stories higher to peek inside a couple of the tower’s penthouses.

Unlike the model unit, and indeed many of the already occupied units, the pair of penthouses on the 31st floor are still a work-in-progress, but the end is certainly in sight. Upon completion at February’s finish, they will enjoy all of the finishes the model unit demonstrates along with some penthouse-appropriate perks.

25B (Credit: Ty Cole)

Penthouse C is the priciest of the duo at a most reasonable $14.7 million. At 4,254 square feet, it’s set to come with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a sprawling great room, and views uptown.

Meanwhile, Penthouse B, is a pinch cheaper at $13.2 million but comes with five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, and — just like its neighbor — a huge great room, and enviable views downtown.

Both have wrap around terraces complete with crenellations and narrow arches which make you feel more as though you’re at Hogwarts than 100 Barclay.

The inquisitive readers amongst you might be wondering where-oh-where penthouse A is. Rumor has it that spread will be seeking as much as $100 million.

Then there’s the amenities, of which there are many, over 40,000-square-feet of them to be exact — the largest amenities offering in the entire neighborhood. There’s a wine tasting room with individual wine storage, a media room, a playroom designed by Tribeca’s trendy Playgarden, and two music practice rooms. Then theres the four terraces and the fitness center and spa which comes with a lap pool, spa treatment rooms, steam room and sauna, a yoga and pilates stadium and a full gym.

If the units and the amenities aren’t enough to woo you, the pedigree of living in a Ralph Walker building just might. Walker, a regular king of Art Deco, is oh so en vogue in the city right now, with many of his buildings emerging from their commercial cocoons as residential butterflies. And 100 Barclay may be one of his very finest.

The wine tasting room/storage (credit: Williams New York)
One of the building’s shared terraces (credit: Ty Cole)
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