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Gramercy Power Couple's Noisy Geothermal Well Project Infuriates Neighbors
Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist (JAD Realty Group, LLC.)

GRAMERCY PARK — Residents of an exclusive Gramercy Park enclave are up in arms after their neighbors — Lauren Santo Domingo, a New York socialite and Voguecontributing editor, and her Colombian billionaire beer heir husband Andres Santo Domingo — began digging a geothermal well beneath their townhouse.


A massive drill for the Santo Domingos' well began pounding on Monday, rendering the gated Gramercy Park "uninhabitable" because of the noise, residents said. Construction staging has dangerously pushed pedestrians from the sidewalk out into the street and trucks for the project have crashed into three street trees, destroying them, residents said. 

"Everybody is furious. It's a complete disregard for the neighbors," said Pamela Vassil, who has lived on the north side of the park for 40 years and can hear the drilling even though her apartment faces the back of her building.

"The Empire State Building was built in 11 months. This has been going on for four stinking years," she noted of the entire project.

Lauren Santo Domingo — who's been called "the next Brooke Astor" and co-founded Moda Operandi, a fashion site where members can order looks from the runway before they hit stores — bought the 23 Gramercy Park townhouse with her husband for $18.5 million in 2010 and have yet to move in. She and her husband, the youngest son of deceased magnate Julio Mario Santo Domingosoon began massive renovations that included adding a swimming pool.

That work was noisy and disruptive too, but residents kept quiet about their concerns until this week, when ear-splitting construction began on the geothermal well, which will be 1,600-feet deep and will take about five weeks to dig, according to neighbors who said they had seen the plans.

Geothermal wells, which need to be deep enough into the earth's crust to tap energy to heat and cool the building, are considered eco-friendly since they reduce carbon footprints. They also allow buildings to be powered without being connected to the grid, which appeals to residents in a post-Hurricane Sandy New York. There are more than 100 geothermal wells across the city, according to The New York Times

Gramercy is no stranger to big renovation projects, like the Gramercy Park Hotel and the top-to-bottom overhaul of 18 Gramercy Park South. Scaffolding currently encases several buildings around the park.

But the Santo Domingos' building has showed a new level of disrespect for the community, many residents said.

"We've never had as many phone calls and emails and people stopping us on the street to complain about a construction project as this one," said Arlene Harrison, president of the Gramercy Park Block Association, who is known as the "Mayor of Gramercy Park." "People are telling me they're unable to use the park due to the drilling noise."

Tony Hume, a representative for the townhouse, told DNAinfo he was not immediately authorized to speak about the project.

Sean Brady, who lives next door to the construction at 24 Gramercy Park South, called the noise "deafening."

"The drill is something you seen in the [James Dean] movie "Giant," like for a small oil well. It's like a big piece of equipment you'd use wildcatting on Gramercy Park hoping to strike it rich if you weren't already rich," Brady said. "It's taken over the whole neighborhood."

Officials from the Department of Environmental Protection said the agency received five noise complaints on Tuesday and they expected to send an inspector Wednesday to take noise readings.

Beyond the noise, Gary Baddeley, president of the co-op board next door, was most concerned about potential dangers caused by the project's removal of the sidewalk, which forces pedestrians to cross the middle of the street — or simply walk alongside the construction barriers in the narrow lane used for traffic. 

Residents said they have seen trucks mounting the sidewalk to avoid pedestrians who are forced to walk in the street.

Since the street changes — all of which have permits from the Department of Transportation, according to city officials — trucks have hit three nearly 40-year-old street trees, residents said. The Parks Department removed two damaged trees already, officials said, and residents said they were told a third tree will be chopped down soon.

Baddeley said that while he's sad about the trees, he is even more concerned about his 11- and 13-year-old kids darting into the street without being able to see oncoming traffic.

"It's a shame, and we love those trees, but it's not the same as a human life," Baddeley said.

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Gramercy Starck 340 East 23rd Street SKYHOUSE-A for sale
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Gramercy Starck Condominium SKYHOUSE with spectacular unobstructed Southern views. 

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Beautiful master bathroom with deep soaking tub that starts your day right bathing next to the gorgeous Manhattan skyline.

340 East 23rd Street NY NY 10010- Gramercy Starck Condominium is a full time white glove doorman building with an fantastic amenity package. Building second floor has the residents lounge and library, movie room, billiards, kitchen and outdoor terrace. The well equipped fitness room includes spa and steam rooms and a roof top deck with cabanas for residents enjoyment.

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Gramercy Park & Irving Place 1 Bedroom Rentals...Steps from Union Square
Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist (JAD Realty Group, LLC.)

Gramercy Park 1 Bedroom Rentals

East 17th Street & Irving Place

June 15th & July 1st

Exposed Brick Wall

Two blocks from away from Union Square





Well maintained walk up building, fifth floor unit, recently renovated and is currently in great condition, kitchen including appliances, tiled bathroom with extra storage space, living room with a window, bedroom can fit a queen size bed and extra furniture, exposed brick wall throughout, southern exposure view, storage closet in bedroom, hardwood floors, live in super, excellent Gramercy Park location; near all transportation, restaurants, the East Village, NYU, SoHo, downtown, Murray Hill, Irving Place, and Union Square! 


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Union Square/Gramercy Park Irving Place One Bedroom Rental
Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist (JAD Realty Group, LLC.)

East 17th Street & Irving Place Bi-level 700 SQFT April 1st

Well maintained walk up building, second floor bi-level unit, large open living room with a storage closet, separate kitchen including appliances, tiled bathroom, dining alcove area, high ceilings, 12' X 12' bedroom - can fit a queen size bed and extra furniture, three closets total, hardwood floors, live in super, laundry room in building, excellent Gramercy Park location; near all transportation, restaurants, the East Village, downtown, Madison Square Park, FlatIron, NYU, SoHo, and Union Square! 

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East 17th & Irving Exposed Brick Wall 2 Blocks Away from the Subway
Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist (JAD Realty Group, LLC.)

East 17th Street & Irving Place 1 Bedroom Rental Exposed Brick Wall throughout - steps to Union Square

Well maintained walk up building, recently renovated throughout, separate kitchen including appliances and white cabinetry, modern bathroom, living room with a storage closet, 10' X 11' bedroom over looking East 17th Street, exposed brick wall throughout, new hardwood floors, live in super, excellent Gramercy Park location; near all transportation, restaurants, the East Village, Flatiron, SoHo, Murray Hill, NYU, and Union Square!   

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East 25th & 3rd Ave Duplex 900 SQFT Large Bedroom & Kitchen Elevator
Jeffrey Ditri, New York City Residential Rental Specialist (JAD Realty Group, LLC.)
Jeffrey Ditri | JAD Realty Group | (610) 781-8417
217 E 25th St # 6, New York, NY
Gramercy - East 25th Street & 3rd Avenue Duplex Elevator Building w/ Laundry 900 square feet
1BR/1BA Apartment
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
Sq Footage 900
Parking None
Pet Policy No pets
Deposit $3,200


Well maintained elevator building, sixth floor unit, recently renovated kitchen including granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, dinning alcove area, large living room featuring high ceilings and a northern exposure view, bedroom on upper level of apartment - can fit a queen size bed and extra furniture, walk in storage closet on lower level, hardwood floors, live in super, laundry in building, excellent Gramercy location; near all transportation, restaurants, Murray Hill, Midtown, the East Village, FlatIron, Madison Square Park, NYU, SoHo, and Union Square.


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- Dining room - Living room - Walk-in closet
- Microwave - Refrigerator - Stainless steel appliances
- Stove/Oven - Air conditioning - Ceiling fans
- Elevator - Granite countertop - Hardwood floor
- High/Vaulted ceiling - Skylights  


- Laundry on-site    



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Posted: Aug 13, 2013, 2:59pm PDT

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Gramercy Starck Condos for Sale, Gramercy Park Neighborhood Manhattan
Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Gramercy Starck Condos for Sale, Gramercy Neighborhood New York City

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Get the value of your Manhattan Condo in today's market The Gramercy Starck Condominium at 340 East 23rd Street

One of the most in-demand new condominium buildings in Gramerecy Park are the Condos for Sale at Gramercy Starck  Gramercy Starck is one of the only new construction condos in the Gramercy Neighborhood.  Built in 2007, as a ground up new construction condominium and designed by the world renowned Philippe Starck. Gramercy Starck has distinguished itself as a destination condominium that must be seen. Located in the Gramercy Neighborhood, just blocks from the famous Gramercy Park, the building is located on 23rd Street between Second and First Avenues.  The building is made up of approximately 210 units, varying in size from studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, three bedrooms, duplex and penthouse apartments.  There really is something for everybody at Gramercy Starck.  An expansive amenity package starts off with a full time doorman and concierge.  One of the cooler looking fitness rooms, a residents lounge including screening room, billiards room, kitchen for private parties and 2nd floor terrace with outdoor gas fireplace.  An amazing roof deck with cabanas and furniture with amazing Northern views of the iconic Empire State Building really highlights the amenity package. A great location for anybody looking for a condo to near NYU, The School of Visual Arts, the medical hospitals in the neighborhood, and Parsons.

Gramercy Starck Apartments are Stylish, Modern, and an Excellent New Construction Value

Gramercy Starck Condominiums for Sale are very popular because they offer what I consider an excellent value to buy what is just a few year old condominium.

Take for example the new construction marketplace, the entry level pricing for a 1 bedroom is probably 1.2-1.3 million, and this would be for a standard apartment.  For a high floor, better exposure, more square feet you could easily be paying 1.8 million and up.  

But at Gramercy Starck, you can buy a One Bedroom from $850,000 to $1.1 million.  A relative bargain compared to the premium prices for new construction.

What's great about the building is that there are a variety of condominium sizes.

Studios that range in size around 440 sq ft, 1 bedrooms that range in size from 640-770 sq ft , 2 bedrooms that range in size from 1000-1300 sq ft  and 3 bedrooms that typically start in the 1600 sq ft range.  Duplex and Penthouse units are some of the most fantastic units in the building. When you walk into the building, you will instantly know where you are, Philippe Starck's design is quite evident.  Very stylish, chic, clean lines, Philippe Starck furniture, over-sized pieces, the building definitely has a hotel feel and quality to it. The apartments themselves are a reflection of the design elements found throughout the building.  You can expect modern layouts with engineered hardwood  floors throughout the kitchen, living room and bedroom. The bathrooms are noteworthy for their large size and 1 bedroom and larger units have a stand alone spa like soaking tub. Walk in showers, beautiful vanities, pendant lighting, floor to ceiling tile all make the bathrooms at Gramercy Starck some of the most stylish for any condominium building. Gramercy Starck Price ranges(Please note, pricing is always changing, so contact us for the current pricing and availability)

  • Studio's are starting in the $590,000 and go up to approximately $700,000
  • One Bedrooms start around $900,000 and go up to $1,100,000
  • Two Bedrooms are starting at $1,600,000 and go up to $2,500,000 for the penthouse or duplex units

The Gramercy Starck is Investor Friendly

Roof Deck at Gramercy Starck CondosThere are always a handful of rentals on the market at Gramercy Starck.  What I consider low common charges and an investor friendly 421-A Tax Abatement make carrying costs quite low, so investment returns are quite favorable. Afterall Gramercy Starck is a condominium and an investor can purchase an apartment and rent it out immediately for however long they choose.  Lease length must be 12 month leases, and you can rent them furnished or unfurnished. There is more demand for unfurnished.  There is an application process to rent an apartment and there are fee's associated for both the owner and the tenant when renting.  As of June 2013, AKAM Associates is the management company.  Because the Gramercy Starck is condo near a variety of schools, hospitals including NYU, SVA - School of Visual Arts, Beth Israel, NYU Medical Centers there is always a large demand for rentals.

Living in the Gramercy Park Neighborhood

Walk outside the doors of Gramercy Starck and enter the beautiful Gramercy Park neighborhood, one of downtown Manhattan's most desirable locations.  The area has the best of everything.  You have the ambiance of the tree-lined streets, along with a variety of restaurants, but still close to transportation, schools, and midtown Manhattan. The Gramercy Starck Condos in the Gramercy Park Neighborhood will be  great place to call your home.  If you are looking for a stylish new condominium than Gramercy Starck is a must see for your search.  You can find condos for sale in Gramercy Starck (if there are any available today) as well as all available Manhattan NYC condos for sale on my website.

For all information regarding Gramercy Starck Apartments for Sale or for Rent go to the buiding website.

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Morgan Evans is a Licensed Real Estate salesperson in Manhattan New York specialize in neighborhoods such as: Greenwich Village, Soho, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Midtown West, Midtown East, Nolita, Lower East side, Financial District in Manhattan. Morgan specialize in working with international buyer, high net worth buyers,  parents buying for children and investors buyers. Contact him today by calling (917)837-8869.

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