A peek at ST’s newest studios

A studio facing First Avenue built out of a former trunk room (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

A studio facing First Avenue built out of a former trunk room (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Since last summer, five new studio apartments have popped up in Stuyvesant Town. At this time, though they’re not yet on the market, they will be soon, having finally completed their transformation from former trunk rooms and other spaces once used for storage.

The rents for the studios, which are bigger than the five studios built last year on Avenue C, haven’t been officially determined yet. A Blackstone rep said that won’t be decided until a city inspection. However, they will be market rate.

CWCapital had declined to comment on the units as they were being built at 250, 270, 280 and 300 First Avenue and 435 East 14th Street. Permits for their being built were approved on June 30.

Studios built last year in Stuyvesant Town on Avenue C initially rented for prices similar to one-bedroom apartments (as high as $3,420) although the prices later came down twice. At this time, a 500 square foot studio at 315 Avenue C is listed on Stuy Town’s official website with a rent that could range from $2,846-$2,926. It features platinum finishes and in-wall air conditioning. In comparison, one-bedroom units in Stuy Town are listed with rents ranging from $3,034 to $3,163. The average one-bedroom in Stuy Town is 755 square feet and the average one-bedroom in Peter Cooper is 947.

As for the new studios, designed by STV Architects, they range in size from 675 to 960 square feet. They’re designed to be loft-like, though Blackstone spokesperson Paula Chirhart explained this is because of their open style with an island separating the kitchen from the rest of the apartment, not because the ceilings are especially high. The apartments all have platinum finishes in the bathrooms and kitchens, and washer and dryer and thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning. There’s also a walk-in closet and a Juliet balcony (which is really a balcony-looking railing outside a window that can’t actually be stepped onto).

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This week, a rep for Blackstone offered a T&V reporter a peek at one of the studios, a 933-square footer located at 300 First Avenue. After walking into the unit, a winding doorway leads first to a room for storage on the left side. Size-wise, at 9.7 by 9 feet, it could work as an office or studio. The lack of a window means it can’t be used as a small bedroom. To the right of the hallway is a walk-in closet, where the washer and dryer (stacked) are kept. The closet directly leads to a rectangular shaped bathroom, which has two doors — one in the closet and one further inside the apartment from the hallway. Then, beyond that, there’s the kitchen, which leads into an open area that also features two nook-spaces in the right wall. (Based on their sizes, one could be used for a desk, the other smaller one close to the kitchen, a pantry.) The studio apartment faces First Avenue, with the Juliet balcony offering plenty of light, though not much of a view of anything beyond people scurrying along the sidewalk and cars parked outside.

The new studios will be available for leasing after the Department of Buildings issues a certificate of occupancy, which is expected to happen in mid-February. The ones on Avenue C are currently all occupied.

A Blackstone rep said there are no plans to build any more studios.

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