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Foreign Press Association Learn about Manhattan History

By Allison Halliday | June 16, 2011

New York City historian and architectural expert, Tony Robins recently hosted a presentation for nearly 50 members of the Foreign Press Association at 20 Pine The Collection, a luxury condominium conversion in a 1920s era landmark building, formally the Morgan Guaranty Trust building.


Tony Robins and Lori Ordover at the event earlier this week. Courtesy of NY Condo Blog

Members from four continents were at the presentation, and welcomed the opportunity to enhance their own local historical knowledge in an area which is nationally significant. The event was held in a former banking office which is now an over-sized two-bedroom 1800 ft.² home overlooking the New York Stock Exchange.

Chris Gisiger, US editor of the Zürich-based Finanz und Wirtschaft found the highlight of the event to be the tour through the former bank vaults which still have the original doors weighing 45 tons each. He said "It's exciting to learn about the history and architecture of the Downtown Financial District. Robins really brought the history to life."

Robins is a former member of the New York Landmarks Commission and gave a lively presentation highlighting the 400-year-old history of the neighborhood. He said "It's the oldest part of New York in terms of where the city was built." Robin’s presentation also covered recent historical events that have helped transform Lower Manhattan into a thriving residential area.

20 Pine The Collection. Courtesy of New York Condo Loft

Lori Ordover, Managing Director of the Ordover Group, a consultant for 20 Pine said "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the building and the surrounding neighborhood to members of the foreign press." Around 40% of the buildings purchasers are foreign.

20 Pine has been designed by Armani/Casa to provide luxurious living and offers 67 unique floor plan designs allowing buyers to match their home to their lifestyle. All units have high ceilings and over-sized windows, with custom-designed kitchens by Bontempi.

There are a total of 409 homes and 30,000 ft.² of amenity space includes a state-of-the-art gym, indoor pool and spa, billiards room and a golf simulation room. Residents also enjoy private subway access, and the development is already more than 90% sold.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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