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Working from home? Employees across the country are performing daily duties from their residences right now. It’s essential to have a workspace that is sleek, spacious, and — when you really need to concentrate — quiet. The light-filled rental apartments of The Smile in Harlem check every box. Let’s settle in for a day at the “office,” and personalize your home workspace with desks, lighting, and other accoutrements.
On the fourth floor of The Smile resides a purpose-built workspace and lounge*. Set up at one of the tables in this stylish, modern space fitted with artistic lighting fixtures. Ready for a break? Brew up fresh coffee from the pantry, relax on one of the lounge’s sofas, or dig into one of the books on the shelves. You can even do a little ad hoc networking with your fellow residents over a game of socially-distanced pool or foosball.
Everything at The Smile is designed to make life easier for its residents. The chic lobby — with hints of a contemporary art gallery — is staffed 24/7. A laundry room*, with high-capacity washers and dryers, means you can get that all-important washing done while you work. The Smile also offers a virtual concierge service, courtesy of URBN Playground. Whether your apartment requires a deep clean or you need some new home furniture put together, you can arrange it all with a few clicks on the URBN Playground app.
The apartments at The Smile also make for wonderful office spaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows welcome in the light — a real plus when you’re doing conference calls. The open-aspect kitchens — fitted with Italian stainless steel cabinetry — are ideal for whipping up imaginative lunches. Build your workspace around an elegant Augustus Desk from Rove Concepts, and match it with a Beacon brass table lamp from Article. Add splashes of color with red anthuriums and bonsais from Harlem’s Urban Garden Center. Put the cherry on top with scented candles from Harlem Candle Co., and brushed gold resin monkey bookends and other distinctive office ornaments from local businesses via NiLu. And, voila! You’ve got yourself one of the finest private offices in the neighborhood.
* Common Areas Subject to Social-Distancing Guidelines
Globetrotting Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is bringing his signature sleek aesthetic to New York’s Harlem neighborhood with a new residential building designed to brighten up its residents’ lives. Named “The Smile,” this collection of Harlem luxury apartments curves inward to provide each home with direct sunlight, creating a series of bright, airy spaces overlooking the neighborhood’s historic “Main Street” shopping area. Contemporary touches like Italian stainless-steel cabinets in the open kitchens and white monolithic floors combine to give these residences a modern aesthetic, while amenities like The Smile Spa and The Smile Fitness Club provide residents with a luxurious living experience that rivals many resorts.
BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group is literally bringing a smile to New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. BIG’s latest building—dubbed “The Smile” after its gently curving facade, designed to flood each unit with natural light—is bringing a European sensibility to Harlem’s historic “Main Street,” combining industrial influences with contemporary design elements like custom open kitchens to create a unique collection of modern homes. Residents of these Harlem luxury apartments will have access to an amenities package with offerings ranging from a color-changing LED Himalayan salt room to The Smile Rooftop Club, an expansive rooftop deck with a pool, grills, and an outdoor movie theater perfect for late-night film screenings.
Now more than ever, maintaining our well-being is essential. The Smile in Harlem provides its residents with an array of amenities to keep them healthy and happy: from fitness facilities to relaxing lounge and coworking areas*.
Limber up for the day by releasing some endorphins and making use of the yoga room in The Smile’s fitness center*. If the weather’s on your side, head to nearby Marcus Garvey Park for your very own outdoor studio. You can help to support the local scene by signing up for virtual lessons from Harlem Yoga Studio — from morning express workouts to midday restorative sessions, they’ll have you feeling centered for the rest of the day. In need of a higher-octane workout? The Smile’s state-of-the-art fitness center has all the Peloton bikes, weights, and cross-trainers you need.
In this new era of working from home, The Smile provides you with a stylish and spacious coworking studio*. Settle at your table of choice, surrounded by contemporary bookshelves and sleek lighting, and anytime your well-being demands you take a break, swap your workstation for the pool table or the foosball table. As for lunch, the spacious and lavishly equipped demo kitchen* allows you to be adventurous with your cooking skills.
Nothing sharpens the senses like a bracing dip. The Smile’s Rooftop Pool Club* is an open-air haven surrounded by miniature lawns and stirring views of Manhattan. Follow up your post-work swim with a visit to the hamam, sauna, or Himalayan salt room fitted with color-shifting LEDs. Even the showers here are a sensory revelation: in them, you can immerse yourself in a calming environment of water, light, and sound — and emerge ready to take on the world.
Rooftop swims and game tables aside, The Smile offers a screening room* with comfy lounge seating — ideal for watching your favorite flick or sitcom. Alternatively, you can fire up the rooftop barbecue and spend a relaxing evening in the outdoor movie theater. S’mores and spooky films al fresco make for the perfect end to another great day at The Smile.
Learn more about the perks & amenities at these Harlem luxury rentals at The Smile by contacting the leasing team today.
* Common Areas Subject to Reopening with Socially-Distanced Guidelines
Residents of the The Smile are right in the heart of a culinary wonderland where cultures from around the world have converged to create a restaurant scene that’s vibrant, varied, and very tasty. Some of these institutions have served generations of Harlem residents, and today they are adjusting to the current era of social distancing and health-safety requirements by offering contactless food pickup and delivery.
After all, is there any better way to journey through the neighborhood’s culinary favorites than from the comfort of your Harlem loft rentals at The Smile? Industrial details, including high ceilings, stainless-steel cabinetry, and concrete touches are the perfect setting for an evening in with delicious food. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion around the dining table or binge-watching your favorite show on the couch, here are our picks for some of the best food delivery and pickup you can get, just minutes away from The Smile.
You might be dreaming of trips to the tropics, but when you’re staying local, you can still send your taste buds on a journey by ordering some of the mouthwatering eats from Sisters Caribbean Cuisine. Chef RanDe Rogers helms a kitchen that offers food from around the islands and the Southern US. Indulge in the spicy curries or the oxtail stew or arguably their most popular dish: the jerk chicken, which has been lauded by Marcus Samuelsson.
Since 1996, in various forms, La Fonda has been bringing the flavors of Puerto Rico to East Harlem. From a mom-and-pop restaurant to a club, it’s had many lives in 25 years. La Fonda’s current incarnation is the go-to spot for the ultimate in Puerto Rican cuisine. Whether you get the crispy and sweet fried plantains or the savory slow-roasted pernil, you’ll find yourself ordering again and again.
Ginjan Cafe is a bright spot in the historic Corn Exchange Building, featuring ginger juice that’s based on a 1,000-year-old African recipe, according to the owners (who also sell their Ginjan juices throughout NYC). The cafe also offers healthy Harlem-made treats, freshly pressed juices, and La Colombe coffee to start your day.
Want to be a little closer to all these foodie delights? Set up a virtual tour at The Smile today. If you like what you see, and we’re certain you will, rest assured that we’re taking every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety during in-person tours.
With social distancing guidelines now a part of daily life in New York City, The Smile has created a comfortable viewing experience that is designed to keep prospective residents safe, while highlighting everything these unique Harlem rental apartments have to offer.
The well-being of all residents — both current and future — of The Smile is of the utmost importance. To begin, prospective residents are encouraged to explore The Smile website and then book a virtual appointment. The leasing team will take you on an online tour of these bold and bright apartments from the comfort of your current home — pointing out the floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking Harlem views; exposed concrete details; and the high-quality appliances and finishes. The virtual tour will give you a great initial feel for The Smile, and the team will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you find yourself asking when you can come to visit, it’s time to take the next step.
All in-person showings at The Smile adhere to guidelines set by the Real Estate Board of New York. You’ll have to fill in registration paperwork and health forms via DocuSign before visiting. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by members of the sales team. Everyone will be practicing social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment (provided for you). Once you’re kitted out, you’ll be given the tour.
Designed by Denmark’s renowned BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, the building earns its name from the way it gently curves — forming a shape resembling a grin. Popping with color and attitude, these loft-style homes should put a smile on your face, too. Especially when you learn about their high ceilings, oversized closets (rare in NYC), Italian stainless steel cabinetry, and dedicated washer and dryer closets.
With its legendary jazz clubs, renowned soul food joints, eye-catching street art, and a world-famous cultural heritage, the Harlem neighborhood embraces vibrancy. During your in-person appointment, be wowed by the Lounge and Co-Working Studio, where residents come to create; see the Rooftop Swim Club, where you can chill in the plunge pool, backdropped by a Manhattan cityscape; picture yourself cooking up culinary delights in the demo kitchen; and imagine working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center or trying out moves in the dance studio.
There’s a lot to keep you involved, in shape, and entertained in these unique Harlem apartments for rent. If you decide to become a resident, you may have to remind yourself to leave the house every once in a while. Contact The Smile team today to arrange a virtual viewing.
A new collection of luxury Harlem apartments for rent is opening soon, bringing 233 homes to the area’s historic “Main Street” corridor. Designed by BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, the building takes its name, “The Smile,” from its curving shape and checkerboard facade—design elements calibrated to flood each residence with natural sunlight. Homes in the 11-story building feature a minimalist, industrial chic with modern luxury touches like custom kitchens and oversized closets, and amenities include The Smile Rooftop Club and The Smile Fitness Club, which offer luxurious retreats after work or during days spent working from home. And the nearby Harlem-125th Street station means access to the greater NYC area is just a block away for residents.
In an interview with The Malaysian Reserve, developer David Blumenfeld talked about Blumenfeld Development Group’s new building, The Smile, and how he is planning to fill the 233 Harlem apartments for rent that will come to market this summer. “Unlike typical apartments, these are a bit larger,” said Blumenfeld, a desirable trait in “a post-Covid world.” The building’s striking curved facade, the vision of BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, brings a new level of architectural style to the classic neighborhood, and residents will engage with the whole building, thanks to a suite of amenities, including a vast rooftop deck with plunge pool and BBQs that will make working from home much more pleasant.
Luxe Exposé rounded up the luxury buildings around NYC that give residents access to the best outdoor amenities, and the rooftop deck atop the new collection of Harlem apartments for rent at The Smile made the list. Designed by renowned BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, The Smile features 233 spacious homes as well as a suite of amenities spaces decked out in the latest health, wellness, and recreational tech. The Smile Rooftop Swim Club crowns the building, creating a space for residents to swim, barbeque, lounge, and even enjoy an outdoor film screening—all against a stunning panoramic cityscape backdrop.
A new building is opening in Harlem next month, bringing a one-of-a-kind living experience to East 126th Street and Lexington Avenue. Dubbed “The Smile,” this collection of Harlem luxury apartments was designed by BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, whose vision of a curved building produced a collection of sleek, light-filled rentals ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms and featuring state-of-the-art appliances and fixtures. Residents will have access to a suite of luxury amenities in the building, including a spa with a sauna, steam room, and color-changing LED Himalayan salt room, as well as a spacious rooftop deck with a plunge pool, three whirlpools, and ample space for lounging on a summer day.
The suite of luxury amenities that will be available to residents of The Smile was featured prominently in Lux Exposé, which showed off renderings of the state-of-the-art fitness center and expansive rooftop deck as part of its story on the new building. Opening next month, The Smile is bringing 233 Harlem luxury apartments to East 126th Street and Lexington Avenue in a unique building straight from the mind of BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group. The building took its name from Ingels’s vision of a curving facade, which not only gives the building its distinguishing shape but also bathes the homes in natural light via the angled windows.
With rentals at The Smile, BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group’s newest architectural vision, City Realty highlighted this collection of stunning Harlem luxury apartments. This curvilinear building on East 126th Street near Lexington Avenue will bring a new level of style to this cultural destination, complete with sleek, minimalist interiors, a suite of luxury amenities that rival many resorts, and proximity to a wealth of shopping and eateries. The Smile is located just a block away from the Harlem-125th Street Subway station, putting NYC commute hot spots like Midtown a quick subway ride away.
6sqft ran a feature with new renderings of The Smile, the new collection of Harlem apartments for rent designed by BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group, which opens next month. These sleek, minimalist rentals will be great for those working from home, thanks to slightly larger-than-average interiors as well as a fully equipped coworking studio and an expansive rooftop with plenty of room to sit near the plunge pool and multiple whirlpools. The building itself will brighten up the neighborhood with its checkerboard facade and unique, curving shape, a design dreamed up by Ingels in a meeting that ended up shaping the project’s entire architectural philosophy.
A new collection of sleek apartments designed by world-renowned BIG- Bjarke Ingels Group is opening next month in Harlem, bringing 233 luxury rentals as well as a striking new building to 126th Street. The Danish architect’s design for a curving silhouette and a checkerboard glass-and-steel facade inspired the name of the building, “The Smile,” and the first residents will move in next month. These Harlem apartments for rent range in size from studios to two bedrooms and the interiors are on the large size for Manhattan, with studios at 450 square feet and two bedrooms at approximately 850 square feet. The interiors feature a high-end minimalist chic and are bathed with natural light, thanks to the facade’s angle, which slopes back and directs windows toward the sky.