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Central Park West Residence


Central Park West Residence

Landmark Classic 8 Renovation 

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Central Park West Residence


Central Park West Residence

Landmark Classic 8 Renovation 

RRA renovated this landmark apartment while preserving its pre-war character 

The homeowners had owned this 2,800sf apartment for many years but had never undertaken renovations as they lived in Washington D.C. The goal was to functionally update and renovate the spacious Classic 8 landmark apartment while preserving its pre-war character. 

With south and east exposures at 10 windows facing Central Park and downtown from a high floor, the apartment was light-filled and afforded significant views from the living room, dining room and library as well as two of the bedrooms. The goal was to create an urban oasis in the aerie-like apartment with light and views in a way that seamlessly integrated traditional methods, modern materials, lighting and technology. 

Throughout the apartment, decorative plasterwork and wood trim were painstakingly restored and new windows, new wood floors, and new built-in casework were installed with motorized window shades, all new electrical and AV/IT wiring, new lighting and air-conditioning to create a modern comfortable, amenity-filled home controlled via an i-pad interface. Centralized air, new lighting and professional grade appliances in the renovated kitchen with new window-side banquette and eating area replaced a fire-ravaged kitchen which previously had it’s only window crowded by required vents and a window air conditioner. The laundry equipment was moved to a dedicated closet down the hall.

3 distinct bathrooms were reconfigured from the existing. A Juliet-style bathroom shared by 2 of the 4 bedrooms facing the rear court with limited natural light has a rippled glass tile feature wall. The spa-like master bathroom was enlarged along the park-facing façade with custom shower, bath and vanity with vessel sinks, and finished with Arabesque marble, hand-glazed tiles and venetian plaster. The window-less bathroom, allowed within the strict constraints placed by the coop rules with use of lead pans and waterproofing, uses dark tiles, cove and pendant lighting to create a dramatic guest or 3rd bath. 


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Beekman Apartment


Beekman Apartment

Bathroom Renovation • Kitchen Renovation

Beekman Apartment


Beekman Apartment

Bathroom Renovation • Kitchen Renovation

RRA used strategic interventions to transform this Upper East Side apartment 

The homeowner desired an all new, more functional kitchen with increased space for storage, new lighting and appliances. The existing kitchen was dark and out of date. Our design goals were to make a beautiful, streamlined, efficient kitchen that increased storage and counterspace.

The existing 90 square foot galley kitchen was small and narrow, with limited storage and counterspace. By utilizing the hallway and  a very large portion of the master closet, we expanded the kitchen across the hall, creating a 5’-6”x 2’-0”x 7’-0” niche for the Subzero refrigerator and under counter wine storage unit. The existing kitchen doorway was widened to unify the two spaces. Separating the tall elements from the original galley, the new design was able to provide uninterrupted counterspace and extra storage. Because of its proximity to the living area, the niche is also able to serve a dual role as an easily accessible bar with glass storage above when the client is entertaining.

Modern, high-gloss cabinetry was extended to the ceiling, replacing the existing traditional millwork and capitalizing on previously unused space. An existing breakfast nook with a view of the East River, which had been one of the client’s favorite features, was awkwardly placed and provided for tight and uncomfortable seating. RRA rebuilt the banquettes, pushing them back for easier access and incorporating hidden storage compartments into the seats.


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Beekman Place Duplex


Beekman Place Duplex

Duplex Expansion • Floating Staircase • Split-Level Terrace

Beekman Place Duplex


Beekman Place Duplex

Duplex Expansion • Floating Staircase • Split-Level Terrace

RRA renovated this duplex for speculative investors

which was originally built as two adjacent townhouses at the turn of the century, the building was combined in the 1980’s to be more marketable to the upscale neighborhood that it is in. The duplex unit itself, however, was minimally joined and offered little flow between the two original buildings. RRA’s main design objective was to open up the 18” masonry demising wall that split the unit in half.  Using a delicate balance of new and existing structure two eight foot long openings now connect the living and dining spaces as well as serve as a portal to the floating stair going down to the master bedroom suite and family room. The unit now boasts a gourmet kitchen, renovated baths in every bedroom and a split level terrace offering views of the East River and beyond.  


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Park Row


Park Row

Research Library • Wine Collection • Balcony Offices

Park Row


Park Row

Research Library • Wine Collection • Balcony Offices

Originally an industrial building with 14' high ceilings

this 1,700 SF loft is home to a family of four. RRA Acommodated an extensive collection of books and wine by creating a book mezzanine with a wine cellar below for added space. An elliptical cove complete with multi-colored LED's adds an element of space using 2 large restored columns as points of reference. The main objective was to create a warm, inviting home with a dramatic flair that incorporates the geometries of space.


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1200 Fifth Ave


Fifth Ave Apartment

4,200sf Gut Reno • 6 Bedrooms & Bathrooms • Pre-War Detailing

1200 Fifth Ave


Fifth Ave Apartment

4,200sf Gut Reno • 6 Bedrooms & Bathrooms • Pre-War Detailing

The client wanted to enhance the origianl layouts of this 1928

Emery Roth Building. This 4,200SF 6 Bedroom, 6 Bath apartment received updates to the layout as well as all new kitchen and updated bathrooms with classic details throughout the apartment that remain true to the pre-war genre.


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West 81st Street


West 81st Street

Facade Restoration • Rear Extension • Complete Renovation

West 81st Street


West 81st Street

Facade Restoration • Rear Extension • Complete Renovation

The clients for this 1930s landmarked brownstone

wanted to create a modern Pied a Terre, allowing their large extended family to congregate in the city.  While the front of the structure was restored to its original configuration, and a missing stoop recreated, the new rear extension and expanded penthouse have a more contemporary aesthetic. Floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, turn-of-the-century factory-style windows on all floors of the north façade allow light into the building to create a modern, open feel. The floor plate was enlarged by removing the existing L-shaped rear extension and extending the entire rear elevation. In addition, the center of the existing interior was reframed to accommodate a new elevator and refurbished stairwell. The interior design of the building reflects the client’s eclectic style, combining many traditional design elements with modern and environmentally conscious materials. 


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East 74th Street


East 74th Street

10,000sf Redesign • 6-Story Elegance • Single-Family

East 74th Street


East 74th Street

10,000sf Redesign • 6-Story Elegance • Single-Family

Previously a Kips Bay Designer Showcase house

this 6 story 10,000 sf townhouse sits on one of Manhattan’s most beautiful Upper East Side streets. Because each room was designed like a TV studio set, much of the interior was superficial in the sense that plumbing fixtures were not all connected, existing walls were “false walls” built in front of actual partitions and much of the construction hat to be rebuilt. Scope including a new gourmet kitchen on the ground floor, new detailing on living room and dining room level, new master suite closet and reconfigured hall, new 4th floor bath and top floor playroom. The main objective was to create a functional yet elegant and cohesive single family living space.


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West 77th Street


West 77th Street

Pre-War Renovation • Historic Restoration • Oak Detailing

West 77th Street


West 77th Street

Pre-War Renovation • Historic Restoration • Oak Detailing


RRA's goal was to accommodate the clients' lifestyle

while maintaining the classic seven layout of this pre-war Upper West Side apartment. The renovation included a large master bedroom (combining two bedrooms), new fixtures and finishes in all three bathrooms and enlarged kitchen. All moldings and column capitals including the dining area wall paneling were stripped and the oak & plaster detailing was restored. The kitchen was reconfigured which allowed for a fully functioning space and open eating area with a 3’ by 7’ marble slab island. The new layout provides the formal yet casual feeling the client desired while maintaining an elegance worthy of its grand south views of the neo-romanesque building of the Natural History Museum.


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1200 Fifth Condo


1200 Fifth Ave

17-Story Condo Reno • 40 Units • Amenity Spaces

1200 Fifth Condo


1200 Fifth Ave

17-Story Condo Reno • 40 Units • Amenity Spaces

RRA converted a 1928,17-story building into luxury

multimillion-dollar condominiums for sale.  The building, situated on a 10,092 sq. ft. site along museum mile, consists of two cellar levels which contain electrical and mechanical equipment, storage, laundry and new recreational facilities, a ground floor level which will be used primarily for lobby, medical offices and a superintendent’s apartment plus seventeen floors for residential use all which required major interior reorganization. The site work includes widening gardens along Fifth Avenue, creating gardens along 101st Street building facade, providing ramp access into the building, creating office access at the front and a new marquee at the entry.The client wanted to retain the pre-war feel of the building mixed with modern high-end finished interiors in the kitchens to increase the marketability of these units.  The penthouses, which have access to private roof terraces, required a partial redesign to bring it up to par with the rest of the complex.In addition, the firm assisted with the selection of furniture and finishes for the model apartment in which the client will have Corcoran Realty showcase the condominiums.


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West 13th Street


West 13th Street

3,000sf + 1,800sf Terrace •  Custom Sliding Doors • Hidden Shower Alcove

West 13th Street


West 13th Street

3,000sf + 1,800sf Terrace •  Custom Sliding Doors • Hidden Shower Alcove

RRA transformed this 3,000sf raw loft &1,800sf terrace

into a three bedroom residence through a series of open and connected public spaces with the open mahogany, stone and stainless steel kitchen positioned at its center to give the client a flexible layout that was highly functional. Careful detailing of hidden, sliding pocket doors allow spaces to be adapted to the appropriate occasion, creating a den, guest room or vast entertainment space as well as a public powder room that seconds as a full guest bath. These subtle separations are distinguished by systematic changes in material and lighting. 


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East 66th Street


East 66th Street

Luminescent Lobby • Sculpture Garden • Amenity Spaces

East 66th Street


East 66th Street

Luminescent Lobby • Sculpture Garden • Amenity Spaces

RRA and Rockwell Group updated this 20-story luxury

Rental Building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The building’s main features include 2 exterior spaces on the ground floor which were under-utilized. A long entry corridor to the center lobby space. This did not meet the needs of disabled tenants. The client sought to resolve these issues, and create a unified, modern aesthetic. A prominent entry alongside a new sculpture garden, leading to an elegant and inviting reception area. The building’s 20 residential floors were also updated to unify & complement the lobby design. 


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East 62nd Street


East 62nd Street

Steel Canopy • Facade Restoration • Lobby & Common Spaces

East 62nd Street


East 62nd Street

Steel Canopy • Facade Restoration • Lobby & Common Spaces

RRA and Rockwell Group rehabilitated this residential  

Building on the Upper East Side. One of the main features of the building is the retail plaza on the 3rd Avenue façade, which was reconfigured and opened up by removing four vent towers from the garage below. The ductwork was relocated from below and the grille moved to the far façade making the plaza better utilized. In the lobby a nautical theme of teak slat walls, forms a bench and the concierge desk. A new glass and stainless steel canopy at the residential entry and over the retail stonefronts streamlined the facades. New custom stainless steel and back-lit glass further update the building’s exterior. New stone cladding and frameless stonefronts continue the modernization, accentuating the cast concrete ornamentation on the building’s facades. A new paving pattern and custom stone planters carry the nautical theme throughout the building property. The basement was reconfigured to create a residence center with gym, kids’ play area, meeting rooms, restrooms and pantry. The 28 residential floor corridors were also renovated with new teak veneer doors and metal frames, new stainless steel elevator doors, with teak and nickel insert paneling, new carpet and lighting throughout.


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Park Ave South

Twin Penthouses • Steel Pool & Jacuzzi • 12,000sf New Construcion

260 Park Ave


Park Ave South

Twin Penthouses • Steel Pool & Jacuzzi • 12,000sf New Construcion

RRA designed 2 penthouses atop a 12-story

pre-war building that is being converted into condominiums at 260 Park Avenue South. The first penthouse covers 8,000 square feet including a 4,000 square foot terrace. The second Penthouse is a duplex of similar size plus pool deck and terrace. RRA made changes to the building envelope, fire stair and penthouse terraces.The design included raising a 48 foot long stainless steel swimming pool and 64 square foot Jacuzzi by crane 14 floors and installing them on the terrace of the second penthouse. RRA took the lead responsibility of coordinating the interior designers’ ideas, preparing design development drawings and construction documents for filing as well as assisting with bidding and all construction administration. 


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East Broadway


East Broadway

Nursury Alcove • Kitchen/Living Combo • Master Bed & Bath

East Broadway


East Broadway

Nursury Alcove • Kitchen/Living Combo • Master Bed & Bath

The need to accommodate a growing family in this

downtown apartment was limited by structural walls and existing risers. A nursery was designed as an alcove space adjacent to the en-suite master bedroom. The kitchen and living areas were opened up to expand the space and maximize the light and views from the eastern glass wall. The new space is ideal for the family’s hectic lifestyle.  


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East 61st Street


East 61st Street

1,050sf • $75,000 Budget • 6-Week Construction Schedule

East 61st Street


East 61st Street

1,050sf • $75,000 Budget • 6-Week Construction Schedule

This 1,050sf one-bedroom was transformed

into a sleek, contemporary living space, though several obstacles had to be overcom.  The tight budget of $75,000 and short six-week construction schedule left little room for error.  Dining, relaxing, and entertaining are the highlights of this apartment.  The kitchen, was designed to be efficient, well-organized, and functional as well as being the center of activity.  The entry, living room, and kitchen areas were opened up by removing several walls and unifying the spaces. The use of stainless steel appliances, cool grey Pietra Cardosa limestone and satin metal laminate cabinets, designed in pure geometric forms emphasize the update of the kitchen.A 13’-0” cantilevered counter separates the kitchen from the living area and helps define the overall function of the spaces, while allowing light to flow unobstructed through the space.  The concealed structure of the island was designed to create the illusion that the counter is “floating” off of the existing concrete columns.  The client’s home has become a magnet for visiting family and friends.  She preferred her bed to remain in the corner of the living area in order to reserve the bedroom for her guests.  The bedroom and bath was reconfigured in order to provide for a bathroom en suite.  In the process of redesigning the guest area, the bathroom was enlarged and made more functional and the long corridor reconfigured to be used as a gallery space to display the client’s extensive collection of original artwork and photographs.The powder room was designed using Philippe Starck fixtures, continuing the overall simple, modern aesthetic.  Both the powder room and bathroom were done completely in white, using whimsical accents in color to make the space more vibrant, such as colored acrylic bottle stops which were mounted to the walls for use as robe hooks.  Gaudi door handles, Imagine Tile photo-realistic tiles of river stones and Ingo Maurer Lucellino “flying lightbulb” fixtures were also used in the bathroom to add to the fun, inviting theme that permeates the apartment.


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East 13th Street


East 13th Street

Landscape Terrace Design • Steam Showers • Split Luxury Tub

East 13th Street


East 13th Street

Landscape Terrace Design • Steam Showers • Split Luxury Tub

Luxurious guest bathroom addition to a 1,550sf apt

also required enlarging the master bath. The new guest bath was created in an alcove with a concealed sticking panel with access to the master bath. The opening allows natural light into both baths and the ability to access the bathtub from either room. All features including a new 3’-6”x8’-6” walk-in-steam-shower are ADA compliant.The second floor terrace was also renovated into a lush tranquil retreat with IPE decking, teak planters and trellis.


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Columbus Ave


Columbus Ave

Dance Studio • Spring-Loaded Floors • Mirrored Walls

Columbus Ave


Columbus Ave

Dance Studio • Spring-Loaded Floors • Mirrored Walls

Located in near Lincoln Center, this 2,110sf apartment

was completely renovated with new furniture, lighting and window treatments, so a young actor could live and work at home. The former dining room was changed to a music room with a grand piano. The living room was converted to a dance studio with a maple spring leaded dance floor and an enormous mirror so that he could practice tap dancing. The entry foyer was reconfigured and enlarged to double as the dining room. An office space was incorporated into the closet of the third bedroom.


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Gracie Square


Gracie Square

handicap accessible - sliding translucent glass - model ship displays

Gracie Square


Gracie Square

handicap accessible - sliding translucent glass - model ship displays

The design of this 2,100 square foot apartment

was updated and made handicap accessible for the client’s changing medical needs. The core of the apartment was reconfigured using glass walls in four locations. The master bath has a sliding translucent glass and stainless steel panel that creates a powder room within the bathroom.  The kitchen employs a 3 panel sliding glass wall to open and close the dining room from the kitchen and a sailing image was enlarged and sandwiched between to create a twelve foot long wall that dramatically divides the entry and sitting room.  An all-glass display case for the ship models separates the sitting room and living room and at the same time does not obstruct the impressive views of the East River.

Color and light was of paramount importance to the clients.  For the bathroom, ming green tumbled marble tiles, green glass tiles, seagrass Corian counter, acid etched sea foam glass wall, and eucalyptus-color resilient flooring combine harmoniously.  In the kitchen, white laminate cabinetry, white Corian counters and copper frosted-glass back splashes, compliment the dining room walls, creating a clean, light environment.  Oak floors were bleached and refinished to lighten the living room and dining room.

Custom designed stainless handrails line the public rooms to allow the client to safely negotiate the entire length of the apartment.  Artists were employed to create a trompe l'oeil ocean wave floor and custom etagere to mimic a boat's hull in the entry.