Is Tishman Speyer now writing and photographing for the NY Times? Take a look at this photo. Aside from the parquet floor and the hint of a beam, I can't recognize a Stuyvesant Town apartment, so the photographer must have done a great job of positioning his camera and using an appropriate truth-defying lens. (And, yes, it is a Stuy Town apartment.) Some of the text in the accompanying Habitat article is pure rose-colored puffery:
Thanks to the miracle of temporary walls, a second bedroom was carved out of the living room, and the new partitions included French doors off the reconfigured hallway. So artfully was the work done that the new walls, which cost them $1,850 to install, look as if they had been in place forever.
The Finks adored their old neighborhood. But barely 72 hours after moving into Stuyvesant Town, they were burbling about the attractions of their new home. From the kitchen window they can watch the antics of the squirrel that lives in a tree across the way. The top of the Empire State Building is visible through the branches. Their old apartment faced a brick wall, and they never knew what the weather was.There’s more. Their old kitchen was nothing more than a stove, a sink and a refrigerator next to a pull-out sofa, which, by the way, couldn’t be pulled out because there was not enough space. In this kitchen, they can actually cook, a nice touch for two self-described foodies....
But the Finks are not dwelling on the twists and turns of Stuyvesant Town’s recent history. Rather, they are savoring the same amenities that have long attracted people to this complex, among them Stuyvesant Oval, in the center of the development, where they sit around the fountain, enjoy the free WiFi, buy fresh peaches at the Greenmarket on Sundays, and see people their age sunbathing atop brightly colored towels. The fact that friends of theirs already live in the complex makes it feel even more welcoming.
Courtesy The New York Times and writer Constance Rosenblum and photographer Librado Romero.
P.S. The audio slide show is very much worth your attention, too. Librado did a wonderful job.