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The studio apartments at The Smile by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group are getting a serious upgrade thanks to Bumblebee Spaces. These intimate homes are equipped with the firm’s ceiling-mounted, voice-controlled, completely modular furniture system, which takes advantage of a space’s cubic volume to multiply its furniture capacity. The result is a sleek bedroom set, complete with bed, desk, and drawers, all of which tuck themselves snugly into a ceiling-mounted frame at a word, opening up the studio’s main room for living and dining. The smart furniture even remembers where residents store their belongings, giving them the power to retrieve their best hat or much-needed umbrella by simply saying the word.
Lux Exposé explored a high-tech studio residence in BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s new collection of Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile, showing how Bumblebee Spaces’s modular furniture system multiplies the possibilities of even the most intimate space. Mounted on the ceiling in the studio, this robotic furniture system turns a living room into a bedroom with the touch of a button (or a voice command) by lifting or lowering a full-size bed and set of “drawers.” The system, designed by a team of former Apple and Tesla engineers, even remembers where residents store individual items, making retrieving that scarf or notebook as easy as saying they need it.
As New Yorkers adjust to a year with COVID-19, Brick Underground reports that buildings like The Smile in Harlem have adjusted their on-site procedures to ensure their residents have full access to their health and wellness amenities. Residents of the BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group-designed Harlem rentals at The Smile have access to The Smile Fitness Club, where state-of-the-art equipment, including Peloton bikes and Nautilus machines, can be reserved via the URBN Playground app to provide safe social distancing. In addition to helping maintain appropriate pandemic precautions, the app gives residents the ability to check how busy the fitness center is from the comfort of their own residence.
Architectural Digest raved over the design for The Smile, highlighting architect BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s efforts to blend his steel-and-glass building into the fabric of Harlem. “Like a good neighbor, it fits into the existing neighborhood,” said Ingels, whose design for the 11-story collection of Harlem rentals features a curving facade that floods the street below and the homes inside with natural light. The building’s checkerboard architectural design gives each home a floor-to-ceiling window from which residents can see nearby Harlem and greater Manhattan. Elsewhere in the building, residents will enjoy access to a suite of luxury amenities, including a plunge pool with multiple whirlpool tubs and a rooftop movie theater.
The new Harlem rentals at The Smile place you at the heart of a legendary New York neighborhood and into a luxuriously modern building that provides for your every need — and beyond. Right now, “beyond” includes a partnership with JAJA Tequila, an award-winning brand, already hailed by some of the biggest names in music and fashion.
JAJA’s journey began in the Mexican state of Jalisco and ends at your doorstep at The Smile, where every resident 21 years old and up is greeted with a complimentary bottle of JAJA. This is only the beginning of what will prove to be an even deeper partnership in the months to come – stay tuned!
As JAJA’s founder puts it: “We developed JAJA’s brand ethos to be ‘Smile, Laugh, and Celebrate.’ With JAJA, we know we’re celebrating with a great-tasting tequila, but also keeping it unpretentious, lighthearted, cool, and, of course, eco-friendly.” The quest for the ultimate tequila led the founders to Mexico and to the creation of a drink whose quality is pushed to its utmost at every step of the production process. They started with the heart and soul of the best tequilas: pure agave. In this case, the agave is aged for seven years, cooked, and then fermented for 72 hours. The tequila is then distilled in copper-lined pot stills with volcanic water. It’s a meticulous process that reaps delicious rewards. This is the kind of product where you can practically taste the land, plants, sky, and geography that made it possible. You can get it from a range of retail locations, as well as luxury hotels and the finest bars and restaurants. However, perhaps the best place to enjoy it is in the comfort of your home at The Smile.
Whether you are planning that long-anticipated party with friends and family, or looking to create a magical night at home with your loved ones, JAJA’s Blanco, Reposado, and Anejo tequilas are all incarnations of a pure agave tequila experience. JAJA Blanco offers notes of pepper and citrus, while the Reposado, which is aged in oak barrels for six months, has notes of vanilla and honey. Anejo is aged in oak barrels for two years and boasts the requisite complexity and smoothness. Blanco is perfect for making truly distinctive margaritas, and its high quality and flavor will instantly transform your sunny loft-style apartment into a party zone — just add some lively Norteño or mariachi music to complete the scene.
Your new favorite drink can bring a touch of the festivity and flavor of Mexico to your life thanks to this unique partnership with JAJA, whose name, along with the Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile, conjures happiness. Learn more about the bold and bright residences at The Smile by contacting the leasing team or filling out a rental application today.
Style meets function at The Smile, the new collection of Harlem luxury apartments from BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, which features a unique exterior designed to greet residents and passersby alike. The steel and glass checkerboard facade curves back and inward, seemingly draped from the brick buildings on either side, flooding the street below with sunlight while creating floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular city views in each of the modern Harlem rental homes within. The blackened stainless-steel panels received a high-tech treatment in Germany that contrasts with the interposed windows while concealing the window frames, resulting in a seamless presentation that grins out at 126th Street.
The sleek lunar surface of The Smile’s facade made the pages of Architects’ Datafile, where the magazine showcased the new building’s mysterious exterior. Draped like a sail between the brickwork buildings to either side, The Smile will present a checkerboard of glass and steel that catches the sun and reflects it at unique angles, creating an ever-shifting series of reflections while flooding the street below with natural light. From within, the glass panels create floor-to-ceiling windows in each residence, revealing the city beyond and letting in ample natural light. On the building’s roof, residents of these Harlem rentals will have access to more city views as well as a suite of luxury amenities.
Departures reports that The Smile will be the first building in New York City to feature futuristic furniture from Bumblebee Spaces. Select Harlem luxury apartments at BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s latest project will complement their sleek, modern interiors with the tech startup’s modular furniture system, which uses a ceiling-mounted grid to store multiple rooms’ worth of furniture that can be deployed with a word to a Siri-connected device. In addition to raising and lowering beds and tables seamlessly to and from the ceiling, the Bumblebee Spaces system learns where residents store their belongings, making retrieving a yoga mat or coat as easy as saying the word.
The future has arrived with the Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile, and it invokes opera hall sets and floating tea lights as much as it does the ingenious technology of designers who honed their talents at places like Apple and Tesla. The Smile’s Bumblebee residences are equipped with Bumblebee’s new modular technology, which opens living spaces into a new dimension. Taking full advantage of airspace, ingenuity, and possibility, Bumblebee remakes the modern home by letting you raise your bed, desk, and storage systems into the ceiling whenever you wish. This means that in seconds you can transform a bedroom into your dream work-from-home space, an art studio, or a pristine and spacious room for practicing yoga completely unencumbered.
In addition to its practicality, the Bumblebee system is an elegant use of the marriage of form and function and opens the door to a way of thinking about design where a single piece of furniture has multiple uses. It’s also revolutionary in the way it employs AI, which keeps track of your things, so you can literally ask it where your favorite shirt is anytime. The system is able to document your belongings and keep track of where everything is by creating a photo catalog of what’s inside the modules, using a privacy-first, object-recognition system. This is more than just a way to make your life easier and more spacious; it’s a way to rethink the domestic sphere, imagine the possibilities beyond conventional understandings of space and organization, and make day-to-day life more creative and flexible.
It’s a perfect complement to life in Harlem, where the creative muses of art and music have reigned for years, and storied places like the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum in Harlem are just a short walk away. The system is also a fitting extension of the genius of the building itself, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. Made to perch gracefully in its place in the neighborhood, the facade was built with a “smiling” sweep that allows the sky and the city to play a starring role in each residence. The play of light and skyline in the windows is echoed by the rise and fall of the Bumblebee system. And if there is something futuristic about these systems, they are also a natural extension of The Smile’s approach to making life as easy and as pleasant as possible at these new rental developments in Harlem. With a thoughtfully designed fitness center, rooftop pool, and whirlpool area, coworking spaces, on-site parking, viewing room, and spa, your whole experience of life at The Smile in the heart of New York City will feel a bit like your needs are being attended to by a team that knows what you want and how you want it—because, with their edge on the future of amenities and innovative design, the visionaries behind The Smile will be right behind you too.
The new Harlem rentals at The Smile boast an impressive suite of luxury amenities, but simply building a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa is just the first step. Especially with social distancing guidelines, managing communal amenities efficiently is of utmost importance, which is why The Smile has partnered with URBN Playground to create a full-service concierge for residents. In addition to maintenance and scheduling, URBN Playground provides personalized services, group workshops, entertainment options, and much more!
Residents interact with URBN Playground’s services in one of two ways. The first and most straightforward is via the smartphone app, which residents use to schedule concierge services like housekeeping and pet grooming appointments as well as to reserve time slots in the building’s fitness center. And URBN Playground’s knowledgeable and skilled staff are always on-site to help manage these amenities should residents need extra assistance.
For everything above and beyond these simple matters of scheduling and access, URBN Playground’s Amenity Director steps in. The Smile’s Dedicated Amenity Director is each resident’s advocate and assistant, working personally to ensure that everyone who lives at The Smile gets the most out of the building and neighborhood. This high-touch approach to amenity management makes URBN Playground’s services a part of everyday life at The Smile.
URBN Playground strives to connect The Smile residents with one another as well as their community through local partnerships and, in the age of COVID, via mainly virtual events and programming, including virtual fitness classes at @urbnburn Instagram Live. Recently, residents have participated in Comedy for a Cause with Liz Miele in support of local restaurants, learned to cook from Chef Danny Boome, and even engaged in some digital networking while figuring out how to navigate the pandemic job market with the Keen on You Professional Development series. In a fun addition, the programming also includes Manifestation events with numerology and tarot card readings.
Outside The Smile, URBN Playground has partnered with national and local providers to offer discounts and promotions to residents. Sporty residents will love the discount from Athleta, the leading women’s athletic and athleisure designer, while local affiliates, including Partners Coffee and Rosehip Social, give residents an excuse to savor an exquisitely crafted cup of coffee and an exquisite floral display.
All these services are merely the jumping-off point for what residents can expect from URBN Playground. As part of the high-touch service, URBN Playground’s staff is always seeking the next best way to satisfy and please The Smile’s residents. So, why not come up with a few new ideas for your future lifestyle while experiencing a virtual tour of your new Harlem home?
What fuels the creativity and unstoppable energy of NYC? Some might say ambition, some might say passion, but everyone knows what really inspires us to get up and get going. That’s right, it’s coffee. With that in mind, when looking for a home, proximity to their favorite coffee spot is simply not negotiable for a lot of New Yorkers. Luckily, residents of the Harlem luxury rentals at The Smile have a bevy of options for their favorite morning beverage.
Whether you’re in a spacious studio or a sprawling two-bedroom, you’ll wake up in industrial-chic splendor in the heart of Harlem. While you could pull out the French press or prep the Chemex for a pour-over in the sleek, modern kitchen, why not take a quick stroll through this vibrant neighborhood and call in at some local businesses to get your caffeine fix? Here’s a list of top-tier spots where you can enjoy the world’s best coffee and savor the city’s tastiest breakfast treats and snacks.
Ginjan Café | 85 East 125th Street
Get ready to start your day with an elixir that’s bound to put some pep in your step — and we don’t mean the premium African coffee found at Ginjan Cafe. We’re talking about their signature drink: ginjan. This ginger-based juice created from a millennia-old African recipe is sweet and spicy and hits all the right notes for an early-morning drink. Pro tip: Grab a bottle to go and save it for the evening, where it makes the perfect addition to cocktails.
Harlem Blues Café | 2144 Fifth Avenue
Your blues are sure to melt away when you order some joe and grub at this small and intimate cafe. Yes, you can get a life-affirming cup of coffee from this lovely place, but the food here is equally impressive. If you think a Nutella crepe sounds like an indulgent breakfast, you’re right! And you can indulge to your heart’s content at this local spot.
Levain Bakery | 2167 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Speaking of sweets, the sugary delights of Levain Bakery have gained a cultish following ever since a pair of friends opened their first shop on the Upper West Side over 25 years ago. Today, outposts can be found throughout the city — including one near the Harlem rentals at The Smile. Get there early, as you may find a queue forming. Their heaping chocolate chip cookies are the reason why. Much more than your average, flat Toll House-style number, a Levain treat is a mound of chocolatey goodness that pairs perfectly with their world-class coffee.
Pabade Bakery & Cafe | 135 East 110th Street
You may have seen Pabade Bakery & Cafe’s famous pastries in stores like Whole Foods and Union Market. However, within a few minutes’ distance from The Smile, you’ll have access to this family-owned bakery’s full line of freshly baked goodies, including scones, brownies, tarts, and cakes — and you can pair them with a steaming cup of La Colombe coffee. NYC foodies flock to Pabade for their renowned vegan muffins with flavors like blueberry, chocolate chip, and banana. Learn more about the bold and bright residences at The Smile by contacting the leasing team or filling out a rental application today.
The South China Morning Post featured The Smile in its report on how residential buildings in Manhattan are adjusting to meet the new health and safety needs created by the global pandemic. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, The Smile is bringing 233 Harlem apartments for rent to the historic East 126th Street corridor, complete with a suite of amenities and services calibrated to make modern work-from-home life safe and comfortable. The building will conform with all CDC requirements as well as enforcing enhanced occupancy and cleaning measures in the building’s amenities spaces like the spa, fitness center, and rooftop deck.
When designing the facade for the new collection of Harlem luxury apartments, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group was adamant that the building should be a “good neighbor.” The result is a glass and steel facade draped between the brick buildings to either side, leaning back in scalloped shape and curving at the top to create the eponymous Smile. The 233 homes at The Smile feature floor-to-ceiling windows set into this facade, flooding the spacious interiors with natural light and providing exciting city views.
When viewed from above, The Smile is laid out in a regular T shape with its long edge along Harlem’s historic East 126th Street, allowing for a variety of layouts in the building’s 233 homes. From the sidewalk, however, The Smile’s facade on 126th presents an unforgettable view: to conform with a 1916 zoning law mandating that buildings not loom over the street and obscure natural light, architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group designed The Smile’s facade with a gentle sweep, curving up and away from the street in a checkerboard of floor-to-ceiling windows and aluminum panels. This design gives each one of these Harlem luxury apartments an open view of the city around them, connecting residents with their neighborhood from the moment they wake up.
After a year of sheltering in place and social-distancing guidelines, apartment hunters are looking at what kind of outdoor spaces and amenities will come with their new pad. Mansion Global highlights the combination of open and compartmentalized recreational spaces available for residents of the Harlem apartments for rent at The Smile. This new BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group-designed luxury tower features a host of amenities, including a spacious rooftop deck complete with a pool as well as private grill and hot tub areas perfect for socially distant partying. Residences at The Smile feature large, light-filled interiors and range in size from studios to 2 bedrooms.
New York City is currently in the grip of frigid temps and snowy winter weather. However, you can enjoy your days and nights, warm and comfortable, at home in the Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile. Located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, these Harlem rentals offer a respite from the chill of the season — not to mention a sophisticated sense of style and a host of luxury amenities. With an open, airy industrial-chic aesthetic and perfect temperature control, The Smile is one of the best places to get and stay cozy until spring arrives. If you’re looking for a fun and satisfying way to spend your time in the great indoors this winter, channel your inner sommelier and have a wine tasting!
There’s no need to travel to France or even the vineyards of Long Island to learn about wine. Hone your oenophilia from the comfort of home. Business Insider has some terrific recommendations for a virtual vino experience, and many of them are absolutely free. We’ll raise a glass to that.
Don’t know your cabernet from your Côtes du Rhônes? Ease yourself into the world of wine with a class from Coursera, the online learning platform. Whether you want to impress at a restaurant with your knowledge of varietal vocab or simply discern the difference between a good and a bad bottle, this gratis 14-hour class will give you the tools you need to make informed decisions.
When you begin to really learn about wine, you realize that it’s all about terroir — that is, the land, environment, and climate that produces the grapes that make your wine. One person who had a deep understanding of this subject was the legendary Prussia-born vintner Charles Krug.
Today, we know the Napa Valley in California as one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. But in the 1800s, that wasn’t so. After seeing the Mediterranean-like climate and bountiful land in Napa, Charles Krug established California winemaking. Though his ideas took a while to catch on, the Charles Krug name now stands for excellent California vintages. You can savor the vineyard’s indulgent offerings with a wine delivery membership. Customize the frequency and your preferences, and get ready to relax, unwind, and enjoy. With this membership, you’ll almost certainly learn about wines you might otherwise never have discovered. Plus, you can sip a glass and watch a live comedy special presented by Charles Krug. Laughter and libations make an excellent pairing.
Need a good bottle to go with dinner on a typical weekday evening? Check out some of the many options that surround you near your home at The Smile — all you need after that is your favorite drinkware and a corkscrew. Either stop by or have your favorite delivered from Harlem Wine Gallery, a boutique shop that has everything from the perfect malbec to a 2011 Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru. For intriguing or obscure sips, your best bet is to call in at Wine & Unwind. The staff here is very knowledgeable and can match your preferred profile with just the right varietal. For quick delivery of premium wine, check out Hamilton Wine House, where they not only stock the best of the best but also deliver in under an hour.
If you want to warm up luxuriously with a glass of wine at The Smile, schedule a tour with our leasing team to see these bright, spacious Harlem apartments. We recommend starting with a virtual tour, and then stopping by for a visit — socially distanced, of course, and with personal protective equipment available on-site. Cheers!
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of cracking open a book, relaxing in a quiet and comfortable spot, and taking in an entertaining or inspiring story. With winter weather blustering its way through the Manhattan streets, there is no better time to do a little reading. And there’s no better place for it than the new Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile. Here are a few great books to get you started — and even an idea or two about how to turn your reading habit into a fun and fulfilling social activity!
Author Tara Westover was born to a fundamentalist Mormon family in rural Idaho in 1986, never attending school until she and her brother secretly applied and were accepted to Brigham Young University. “Educated,” her memoir, captures the arc of her life: from her survivalist upbringing to her single-minded drive to build a better life to realizing her dream of connecting with the larger world through higher education. Told in sparkling prose, Westover’s story is an inspiring tale of the power of the human spirit.
Readers intrigued by the Westover clan won’t be able to put down “The Glass Castle,” the 2005 memoir by Jeannette Walls that tells the story of the author’s unconventional upbringing at the hands of a pair of dysfunctional, yet charismatic and free-spirited, parents. Walls and her siblings move frequently around the country with their family, enduring poverty, the effects of her father’s drinking, and other hardships. But despite these difficulties, Walls forges a successful life for herself and writes of her family with warmth and affection.
Residents of The Smile who are equal parts intimidated and intrigued by the great classics should think about either joining or starting a virtual book club. Over the past year, Zoom lobbies have replaced coffee shops and living rooms as settings for literary salons, and the spacious, light-filled homes at The Smile are perfect for both reading and video conferencing. Some clubs are run by publications and organizations. For example, the Seattle newspaper The Stranger is hosting a reading and discussion of “The Plague,” by Albert Camus and the DC Public Library is guiding readers through books like Elizabeth Acevedo’s teen novel, “With the Fire on High”.
The spacious homes at The Smile are the perfect reading retreats for winter, so why not schedule a virtual tour today and see them for yourself? Learn more about the bold and bright residences at The Smile by contacting the leasing team or filling out a rental application today.
The Smile is a new building from the mind of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group that brings 233 studio to 2-bedroom Harlem apartments for rent to the booming East 126th Street corridor. Laid out in a T-shaped footprint, The Smile takes its name from the sculptural facade that curves back and around 126th, keeping the sidewalk light and airy in a unique way. On top of the building, a suite of recreational amenities brings a new level of luxury living to the changing neighborhood, while Italian cabinetry and Kohler fixtures add a touch of elegance to minimalist interiors.
The Architect’s Newspaper covered the final days of construction at The Smile at the end of last year, highlighting the creative way in which the collection of Harlem apartments for rent fulfilled a century-old zoning regulation. Passed in 1916, the ordinance requires stepped-back facades to keep the street light and breezy. Faced with this challenge, renowned architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group came up with the ingenious solution: by curving up and back from street level to the roof, the building’s facade along East 126th Street creates a wide grinning shape that allows light and air to flow to the sidewalk while also providing unobstructed views from the building’s windows.
As the first residents move into The Smile, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group’s latest collection of Harlem apartments for rent, the building’s head-turning design is generating conversation around the architecture world. Outlets like Dezeen featured photos of the building’s facade, which curves back from the sidewalk to maximize the light and fresh air at street level, and commenters love the striking checkerboard pattern that smiles down on East 126th Street. The homes inside The Smile feature minimalist layouts and high-end appliances and finishes, including Italian cabinetry in the kitchens and Kohler fixtures in the baths. And, with a suite of amenities including a spa and rooftop swimming deck, The Smile represents a new level of luxury in Harlem.
The first residents are moving into new Harlem luxury apartments from visionary BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Dubbed “The Smile,” this collection of Harlem homes features a unique checkerboard facade along East 126th Street that curves inward from the sidewalk, providing ample light and air to city streets. The resulting building looks out at the historic surroundings with an unobtrusive smile, making its mark without overshadowing its iconic red-brick neighbors. Inside, homes at The Smile feature minimalist, light-filled interiors with spacious layouts and luxury appliances and finishes, while residents have access to a suite of on-site amenities, including four swimming pools and a fully equipped fitness center.
In the wake of the Second Avenue Subway extension, The Smile is leading the charge for new-construction homes in Harlem, and no other development combines a unique design (from BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group) with a suite of luxury amenities and chic interiors in quite the same way. Developed by Blumenfeld Development Group, The Smile features 233 Harlem apartments for rent, ranging in size from studios to two bedrooms, as well as a comprehensive amenities package encompassing a massive spa with hammam and LED salt room, a fully equipped coworking studio, and a landscaped rooftop terrace great for everything from grilling to screening movies.
As we’re set to usher in a new year, why not set the stage with a stylish upgrade for your apartment at The Smile? The homeware and gardening stores that will help you make it happen are right on the doorstep.
Harlem Furniture | 12 West 125th Street
We’ve all been spending more time at home lately—and because of that—on the couch. Harlem Furniture offers an array of brand-new luxury sofas and armchairs to snuggle up on in the colder months. Among them are the emerald-hued Emily Velvet Sofa (made extra comfy with its two roll-style pillows), the rich leather Anondale Espresso Chair (best enjoyed with a glass of bourbon), and the Arcadia Recliner (perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons in front of a good box set).
Laia Furniture | 2156 3rd Avenue
Hope to be hosting more dinner parties in 2021? Laia has a range of dining furniture, including the Auletta Table with its trestle base and wood grain top and matching linen upholstered Auletta Chairs. You can also treat your rental to an elegant server table like the rustic-styled Marla, with its gray woodgrain finish, or the decorative Leslie in whitewash. Elsewhere, you can furnish your bedroom with a Willamette Night Stand—ideal for accommodating a reading light, steaming hot cocoa, and a stack of books for cozy reading nights. And putting on morning makeup is made all the more modish with an art deco-inspired Carissa II Mirror.
Urban Garden Center | 1640 Park Avenue
Bring the outdoors into your rental residence with the help of this much-loved local garden center. Place miniature aloe vera and assorted ferns in the bathroom, make the living room pop with exotic birds of paradise, and even create a miniature hanging garden with English ivy and hoya above the kitchen countertop. Thanks to The Smile’s floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s plenty of light to keep your plants content.
Interested in Renting at The Smile?
In these demanding times, we’re adhering to Real Estate Board of New York guidelines to keep you and our staff safe. Visit The Smile website to book a virtual tour of the property, guided by the leasing team. If you like what you see, we’ll schedule you for a socially distanced on-site tour (with PPE).
Learn more about renting at the Harlem luxury rentals at The Smile by contacting the leasing team today.
6sqft got its hands on a new set of photos from the recently completed collection of Harlem luxury apartments at The Smile that show off the building’s comprehensive amenities package and the residences’ light-flooded interiors. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, this curving building is home to a collection of luxury amenities more often seen south of 110th Street, including a rooftop deck, multiple plunge pools, a spa featuring a color-changing LED Himalayan salt room, and a fully equipped coworking studio perfect for workers during (and after) the current pandemic. The interiors all feature the same striking combination of industrial design and museum-style minimalism with a twist of playful color, creating a unique and homey take on chic luxury.
Photography blog Field Condition got a look inside the recently completed collection of Harlem luxury apartments from Blumenfeld Development Group and architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, and the resulting photo spread shows off The Smile’s sleek facade and stylish interior. The curving facade features a checkerboard pattern of windows that flood the minimalist interiors with natural light, while the public spaces like the mailroom and amenities areas have an industrial-chic aesthetic punctuated by pops of color. The residences themselves combine industrial minimalism with modern luxury to create well-lit, stylish homes with state-of-the-art kitchens and luxury baths that include custom vanities and Caesarstone counters.
Harlem is home to some of the most extraordinary small businesses in all of New York City. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to support the people who make this part of NYC the amazing place it is. Here’s just a handful of some of our favorite Harlem businesses.
Serengeti Teas & Spices | 22 East 125th Street
Broaden your hot beverage horizons by stocking up at this wonderful little boutique. The staff at Serengeti Teas & Spices will guide you through the aromas and tasting notes of their loose-leaf oolong, fruit, green, herbal, and rooibos teas. Whether you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up or something to help you wind down in the evenings, you’ll find it here. There’s also a naughty selection of hot chocolates, including an unctuous Moroccan mint hot cocoa.
The Brownstone Woman | 24 East 125th Street
It might be a scaled-back holiday season this year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress the part. Add razzle-dazzle to proceedings with a mint-colored geometric print knit skirt suit—a showstopper for any virtual soirees you’ll be throwing at your new rental at The Smile. For wintry walks in nearby parks, layer up with an incandescent tribal dress coat and mustard yellow gloves garnished with miniature bows. The Brownstone Woman’s oversized cowl sweater, meanwhile, is perfect for chilly evenings snuggled up in your apartment sipping eggnog and bingeing on festive movies.
Dapper Dan of Harlem
Such is Dapper Dan’s reputation, this tailor—who forged his reputation kitting out celebs in the hip-hop boom of the 1980s—is even referenced in a Jay-Z song. You needn’t be a world-famous rapper to be fitted out at Dan’s boutique, though; make an atelier appointment, and the team will work to create bespoke threads, which no one else in the world—let alone Harlem—has. A real treat to start 2021 in style.
Muse Experiences | 66 Edgecombe Avenue
This modern townhouse boutique contains a world of luxury fragrances from around the globe, for him and for her. There are almond- and jasmine-tinged perfumes from Sicilian brand Via Dei Mille, bold Silver Musk or Black Afgano from Nasomatto, and Tuscan Fig or Cuban Tobacco fragrances from Australian brand Lumira. The Muse Experiences custom sample sets allow you to try three fragrances at a time.
HH Bespoke Spirits | 245 Malcolm X Boulevard
Stoke up your bar cart with the help of this upmarket Harlem drinks brand. Why not buy a bottle each of their vodka, gin, and rum (online from ReserveBar.com or in person at Pompette Wine and Spirits at 420 Lenox Avenue)? Their website has recipes that’ll help you spin their spirits into liquid gold. For something with a local flavor to suit your luxury apartment at The Smile, try a Harlem Walk, made with gin, grapefruit juice, and ginger ale.
Mama’s One Sauce | 100 West 125th Street
A true taste of Harlem, Mama’s One Sauce is inspired by everything from Caribbean to Southern cooking—with a backdrop of gospel, jazz, and R&B music. As such, it’s a staple ingredient to keep in your kitchen at The Smile—to pep up an infinite number of dishes. We’ll let you decide whether you’re going for Mild, Spicy, or Fire.
Learn more about renting at the Harlem luxury rentals at The Smile by contacting the leasing team today.
Off The Mrkt got a peek inside The Smile’s model residence, a one-bedroom home that shows off what this new collection of Harlem apartments for rent has to offer. Designed by renowned architects BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, The Smile is bringing 233 new dwellings to the historic neighborhood, complete with a suite of amenities that rival any Midtown skyscraper for luxury and light-flooded interiors, thanks to the building’s curving facade. The one-bedroom model residence shows off the homes’ industrial chic interiors as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows, which serve as the focal point for living rooms and bedrooms and look out over iconic Manhattan landmarks.
With style and sophistication, Harlem has been beckoning New Yorkers for well over a century. This singular neighborhood, with its eclectic mix of cultures and points of view, is a lively Uptown enclave where world-class restaurants, entertainment, and art abound. And at the heart of it all are the Harlem loft rental residences at The Smile.
Just a block north of Harlem’s bustling 125th Street thoroughfare is this modern luxury building that complements the area’s decidedly stately townhouses and historical buildings. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, a Denmark-headquartered architecture firm whose projects grace cities from Copenhagen to Mexico City to Shanghai, The Smile’s curved, geometric exterior reflects the ultramodern styling of the interiors, where convenience meets loft living.
From the moment you enter the lobby, you’re transported to a bright and colorful oasis that’s equal parts industrial-chic and right-at-home comfort. Add to that the world-class amenities, like a game room, lounge, demonstration kitchen, and rooftop pool. Clean lines, high ceilings, and playful bursts of color surprise and delight, whether you’re in a studio or a two-bedroom apartment. Here’s a look at a residence that showcases the building’s sleek yet welcoming design, and exemplifies The Smile’s philosophy that elegant can also mean comfortable: Apartment 733.
When entering into this corner residence, the first thing you’re bound to notice is the natural light that floods the entire Harlem luxury apartment. The southern and western exposures — not to mention the floor-to-ceiling windows — add sunshine and a sense of openness to this already airy home.
Hang up your coat in the roomy closet in the entrance foyer, and make your way to a kitchen fit for a chef. Think stainless steel appliances and features, including custom cabinetry from Italy. The spacious kitchen island is the place to do the prep for your favorite recipe — or you can simply use it to unpack and plate takeout. Whether you’re making elaborate dishes for elegant entertaining at home or putting together a quick meal, you’re sure to spend a lot of time in your stylish and fully equipped kitchen at The Smile.
Make your way through the rest of the Harlem apartment via the flexible living-dining space. Let your inner interior designer run wild in this gallery-like blank canvas, where white resin floors and concrete ceilings create a classic loft vibe, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of Harlem and beyond. This is the ultimate spot to work from home or binge-watch your favorite TV show. It’s also ideal for relaxing with a best-seller in the warming climate provided by the central air while waiting for your laundry to finish in the washer-dryer — you’ll find them both in every home at The Smile.
When you’re ready to take relaxation to the next level, head to the on-site fitness center and Smile Spa. After a vigorous workout, unwind with a session in the steam and sauna rooms. Or, treat yourself to a spa night in the soothing environs of your own bathroom, complete with Kohler fixtures, gleaming white ceramic walls, and a Caesarstone countertop.
No matter how you choose to relax, once you’re ready to drift off to sleep, a quiet and spacious bedroom awaits at 733. And after a good night’s rest, tomorrow is another day of luxury and convenience at The Smile. Are you interested in seeing 733 or any of our other homes for yourself? Contact the leasing team or fill out a rental application today.
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.