I love streets in New York that make you feel as far from the city as possible. Obvious examples include Washington Mews and Pomander Walk, but a third less noted example is one of my favorites: Centre Market Place in Nolita.
Here, hidden in the shadow of the beautiful Police Building, a row of townhouses painted in pastel shades seem to transport you to the streets of France or Italy, making you completely forget you’re just blocks from the bustle of Chinatown and Soho.
Though simple in design, I love the detail and charm the buildings have…
Cast iron balconies…
Great address number…
Entrance to number 4:
Doesn’t feel like Europe without one of these…
Apparently, this look was largely orchestrated by Bob and Cortney Novogratz, developers who purchased four of the townhouses in 2004 (at the time, in much different shape). Huge collectors of unique and unusual antiques, they completely renovated all four buildings inside and out, installing finds from their travels like factory lights from France and carved wooden doors from Hungary. The couple was hoping to plant trees up and down the street and install 1930’s Parisian streetlights, but it looks like that plan never came to fruition. Disappointing, as the street could certainly benefit from the additions.
Number 4, the white building to the left of the green, was built to order, and includes a rooftop jacuzzi, a vintage pool table, a basement screening room and wine cellar, and a fourth floor zinc and mahogany bar imported from Paris.
But here’s my biggest question: what the heck is this thing?
I saw it while taking pictures, a domed cage.
The best satellite view I could find really doesn’t offer any hints (I think it’s the building to the right of the M in Market). My hope while taking pictures was that it was a really cool rooftop aviary, filled with exotic birds.
Turns out: it’s just a basketball court.
Ha, OK, this SEEMS like a big waste of a beautiful rooftop to me, but then, I suck at basketball. It’s a moot point anyway – check out the amenities in number 5 in this video to see why. And if you’re ever longing for the streets of Europe, take a walk down Centre Market Place.
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