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The Cielo

450 East 83rd Street

Southwest corner at York Avenue

Block 1582 Lot 128

The Cielo

The Cielo at 450 East 83rd Street

By Carter B. Horsley

Occupancy began in the summer of 2006 at the Cielo, a 27-story condominium apartment building at 450 East 83rd Street on the southwest corner at York Avenue.

The building has 128 units ranging in size from 626-square-foot studios to 3,221-square-foot three-bedroom apartments that were initially priced from about $700,000 to $5 million.

Perkins Eastman is the architect and the J. D. Carlisle Development Corporation, of which Jules Demchick is the principal, is the developer.

The building’s tower is setback on a five-story base and it has many corner windows and its verticality is highlighted by piers.

The building has a large lobby with paintings by Betsy Eby commissioned by the building’s interior designer, Philip Koether, and buyers were given free memberships to the Whitney Museum of American Art. The building’s marketing also highlighted its “art concierge.”

In 2005, Mr. Demchick extended the building’s “artistic" purview across 83rd Street by commissioning Richard Haas, the famous photorealist muralist of urban scenes, to create a 77-foot-wide trompe l’oeil mural on the graffiti-laden wall of a tenement building.

Mr. Demchick made an agreement with George Papoutsis, the owner of the tenement building directly across 83rd Street, to permit the mural, which was completed at an estimated cost of about $200,000.

The mural consists of a painted glockenspiel, or animated clock, flanked by New York City police officers. The glockenspiel was intended as a nostalgic flourish to the Germanic history of the Yorkville neighborhood.

Mr. Haas is perhaps best known for his mural of the original New York Times Building at the south end of Times Square that was painted across 42nd Street from that building that had undergone several drastic façade transformations. That mural was lost when that site was redeveloped for an office tower.

The light-colored tower has a fitness center, a garage, a children’s playroom, a stroller room, a bicycle room and about 4,000 square feet of medical office space. Apartments have Bulthaup kitchens with Pietra Cardosa countertops and SubZero, Wolf and Miele appliances. Bathrooms have Villefort limestone floors and custom ebonized black walnut cabinetry and double Kohler sinks with Waterworks fixtures.

The 307-foot-tall building is three blocks south of the 86th Street crosstown bus and one block west of Carl Schurz Park.

Other projects by J. D. Carlisle include Morton Square in the West Village and the Wellesley on East 72nd Street.

For more information on The Cielo check its entry at CityRealty.com

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