The Smile, Exposed

It’s an interesting look for a new building, exposed concrete.

The Smile – the new apartment building on East 126th between 3rd and Lexington – has a model apartment with exposed concrete in the bedroom, hallway, and livingroom.

The glossy floors (white) are Quartzline monolithic resin floors. If you’re curious on how you make pour/create a resin floor:

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The Smile

New images and marketing material from The Smile. Luxury at Lex/126.

The design of the building slopes inward as it rises upward, providing great views of the Harlem River and Manhattan skyline. The cantilevering footprint over 125th Street allows for a mix of apartment sizes layouts, while the facade’s interlocking checkerboard pattern gives every unit floor-to-ceiling windows.

“The homes rise above and beyond the Gotham Retail Plaza, cantilevering over to 125th street as it captures the views and sunlight from the south,” Ingels said in a statement. “The Smile is designed for the desires of Harlem’s residents of today – joining the diverse Harlem neighborhood, integrating wellness amenities and offering generous roof gardens.”

The Smile will officially launch leasing this summer, led by Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing. According to a new teaser site, availabilities include $2,299/month studios, $2,795/month one-bedrooms, and $3,814/month two-bedrooms, with concessions of up to 3 months free rent on a 15-month lease.

Up Third

If you’ve looked up 3rd Avenue in the last year, you’ve likely seen the construction of 3 large towers just over the Harlem River in the Bronx.

Two of the 3 towers (the two rendered above) are rentals called ‘The Arches’ and are now starting leasing.

For those of you curious as to what a high end rental in the South Bronx (sandwiched between The Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River) offers:

Designed by Fischer Rasmussen Whitefield Architects, the property includes a total of 430 units that range from studios to two-bedroom apartments. Each of the homes features a Control4 automation system that will allow residents to control lighting, thermostats, music, and entry locks with their smartphone devices. Select units will also feature private outdoor space with views of Upper Manhattan.

Occupants will also have access to a health club and yoga studio, a screening room, a business center with a private conference room, a children’s playroom, and a cafe. Additional amenity spaces include a library, a quiet room with a fireplace, and a landscaped roof garden with an open-air lounge outfitted with an additional fireplace and seating areas.

The property will also support 25 short-stay hotel rooms and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Studios start from $2,300. 2 bedrooms from $2,900. More details at: