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The Astor

Gilded age glamour. Modern day convenience.

  • New York, New York

    New York, New York

A classic, pre-war, Manhattan landmark building transformed to accommodate modern living

The Astor apartment complex, built in 1901 and expanded in 1914, occupies an entire city block on the West Side of Manhattan. An ambitious renovation by developer HFZ Capital Group and designer Pembrooke & Ives transformed The Astor from 199 apartments into 65 stylish, contemporary condominiums—while retaining much of the building’s illustrious gilded age charm.

Executing this transformation was no simple task for our mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers. Antiquated heat, air conditioning, electricity, plumbing, fire and life safety systems were replaced with updated, modern day systems to best serve today’s lifestyle. Adding to the level of complexity for the project was the demands presented by working in a landmark building and the necessity of working around existing rent-stabilized apartments. For example, the new HVAC system required careful positioning to preserve sight lines for both those inside and outside the building. To top it off, new plumbing and electricity had to be installed without going through existing tenants’ units. Fire and life safety systems had to work around many of these details as well.

The result of the renovation? A decidedly contemporary residential environment in a classic setting. 

At a Glance

Pembrooke & Ives
Meet Our Team

Bruce Cohen, Principal

I am energized by working with like-minded people who are dedicated to getting the job done in an efficient and professional manner.

Mike Gervasi, Senior Principal, Buildings

Building systems design is all about balance—we look for that perfect blend of space, technical efficiency, comfort, safety, and cost.

Bruce Cohen


Mike Gervasi

Senior Principal, Buildings

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