In today’s news that doesn’t surprise us at all, because we are highly sophisticated peoples of expensive tastes, two East Village penthouses owned by the same dude are connected by a slide. Well, of course they are! How would you connect your East Village penthouses? What’s that, you don’t actually have one East Village penthouse, to say nothing of two? What’s that, you actually live in an apartment the size of a slide? What’s that…you LIVE in a slide? Well, yeah. (That’s a sweet slide you got there!)
Curbed identifies this apartment-rich fellow as a 26-year-old pro poker player named Phil Galfond. How often do you think he uses his slide? Our bet is a lot, a lot.
Other things we recommend Galfond get for his apartment, which, FYI, is on 13th Street between First and A:
• Bunkbeds shaped like rocket ships, or Camaros
• That musical keyboard that they had in Big
• Tom Hanks
• A monkey butler
• Okay, everything they had in Big, except for the creepy genie
Turett Collaborative Architects (click for more photos) created the slide. They explain it like this:
TCA has had a lot of experience connecting smaller apartments together into a seamless whole, but this adventurous client requested something we’d never seen before. In a newly constructed multi-residential development, in the East Village of NYC, TCA had the opportunity to meet a unique client’s desire to combine two penthouse condos… with a helical slide. In this transformation, two identical 1-bedroom units, one atop the other, were combined into a duplex 2-bedroom home with the option to descend in the usual way on a new Italian-made “Rintal” stair, or more speedily, in a seated position, careening through the new double-height atrium.
The half-tube stainless steel slide starts on the top floor near the office, and lands below near both the living and dining areas. The sculptural slide is housed in a newly created 18′ tall double-height space, which includes custom designed glass railings. The image of the stainless steel curves in front of the oversized window to the city beyond, to say nothing of the irrepressible glee of grown adults on the slide, is surprisingly poetic; with careful detailing, the playground element is an unexpectedly elegant addition to the space.
Upon completion, the owner enjoys not only the newly combined total of 2,400 square feet, but also a new game room, office, putting green on the terrace, and of course, the slide.
You had us at “helical slide.”