Glass Takes a Bird’s Eye View

What will a cool $7.7 million buy in the New York real estate market? A glassy, renovated duplex once owned by Frank Sinatra. Nicknamed a “Glittering Grotto in the Sky” by art icon Andy Warhol, the glass wrapped penthouse features 18-feet tall window walls as well as two expansive terraces. The penthouse, which sits 22 stories high atop the Edgewater Building at 530 East 72nd Street on the Upper East Side, recently went through a massive renovation, which included new windows, mirrors, shower doors and a glass staircase.

Contract glazing firm Mike The Glazier, which has been family owned for four generations and with offices in Flushing and Mineola, was the contract glazier on the job.

“We were responsible for replacing the windows and we designed the ‘bird cage’ on the second floor which is now the master bedroom,” says Lance Lerner, president of Mike The Glazier, explaining that the area was previously Sinatra’s music studio. “We also did heavy glass showers, mirrors and glass railings.”

Lerner says the job took about eight months.

For the fenestration, Mike The Glazier installed windows supplied by Crystal Window & Door Systems. The company provided large tilt-and-turn, picture and double-hung windows and swing terrace doors used to rebuild the apartment’s three levels of exterior fenestration. The project incorporates Crystal’s flagship Series DA-9000 dual-action tilt-and-turn window, the Series DH-5500 double-hung and Series PW-8100 and Series CTP-2100 fixed picture windows. Also used were several Series CTT-1400 aluminum swing terrace doors. In much of the penthouse façade, the windows and doors were combined vertically and horizontally to create expansive floor-to-ceiling window walls.

“This exclusive luxury project showcases Crystal’s high-end products beautifully,” says Steve Chen, executive vice president for Crystal. “Our energy-efficient aluminum windows and doors can meet the most discriminating architectural design, including the extraordinary Sinatra Penthouse.”

All of the company’s aluminum doors and windows used on the Sinatra penthouse are AAMA AW- or HC-rated and feature 1/8- or 3/16-inch dual glazed insulating glass units (IGUs) constructed with PPG Solarban 70XL sun control low-E glass and argon gas filling. The fenestration products were all finished with Crystal’s standard AAMA 2604 powder coat bronze paint. The use of compatible mullions, subsills, receptors, T-jambs and new structural steel facilitated the installation of the custom glass façade.

The Sinatra luxury penthouse has more than 3,000 square feet of space, sprawled over three levels. The apartment has four bedrooms, four full baths and two half-baths, as well as the building’s only fireplace. It also has a two-level master bedroom suite (“the bird cage”) with an 18-foot tall wraparound window wall façade, glass staircase and terrace access.

Lerner says working on the penthouse was an exciting opportunity.

“The history of the apartment made it a nice project and also seeing it from start to finish was amazing because compared to what it was …old and dilapidated … and now everything is state of the art. Everything was done with the best. Even the heating and air conditioning are partially solar powered,” says Lerner.

The property is listed for sale by high-end Manhattan real estate broker Rubicon Properties.