Photo: Courtesy of Peter Shankman
20 years ago if you would have told entrepreneur Peter Shankman he’d be living on 42nd Street and 9th Avenue, he would have punched you.”You mean next to drug dealers and crack addicts?!” Shankman told us over his grilled chicken lunch inside of his 56th floor condo in the Orion, around the corner from Port Authority and Times Square. Shankman, the founder of handy journalist tool Help A Reporter Out, and an author and marketing pundit, was born and grew up in Manhattan. A true “borough-bred,” as he likes to say.
But the neighbourhood improved, and Shankman, a tri-athlete and Iron Man competitor, was sold on the Hudson River views and lap pool. He and his wife purchased the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment about a year ago for $1.6 million from the original owner, who used the place as a crash-pad when in the city on business.
These days, Shankman uses the apartment as his office, doing about 30 per cent of his business there, and the other 70 per cent on aeroplanes as he travels the country.
“Everything fashionable or pretty in the apartment is due to my wife,” Shankman said. “The electronics, the bathrooms, and the kitchen—that’s all me.”
Shankman, an admitted “geek,” is in the process of installing electronic blinds that move with the direction of the sun, and a shower that has pre-set options in it. One of the most important features of the apartment was that it had a wall big enough to hold his flatscreen TV.
Most New Yorkers would cringe at the thought of living so close to Times Square, but Shankman revels in it. “You’re so close, yet above it all,” he said.
It's hard to not notice the views the instant you walk in the apartment. And judging from the binoculars on the window sill, Shankman hasn't tired of them, either.
From his 56th floor apartment, Shankman can see the new One57 building rising to the north and east. A regular sky diver, he joked that one of the worst things about living so high was knowing he couldn't use his pad to base jump.
The living room has beautiful wood floors, complemented by a white rug and couch with thick cushions. Shankman uses the coffee table as his desk and a lunch table.
The living room wall has a minimalistic and clean feel to it. Shankman takes pride in the electronics, and hiding all the cords.
The apartment's high ceilings and decorative mirrors make the space seem much bigger than it is. The home has little clutter, but knick knacks give it a homey vibe.
The apartment has northern, western, and southern exposures. There's no need for a lamp during the day.
Shankman's cat, Nasa, roams the apartment. Shankman jokes that the second bedroom and bathroom are for Nasa.
Like any good New York apartment owner, Shankman knows how to maximise his space. He even uses the top of his bar for storage.
Shankman does a lot of cooking, and is currently on a protein diet to prepare for his next half marathon. He's sticking to chicken, scallops, shrimp, and vegetables, and eats only between 1 pm and 9 pm.
The appliances blend well with the cabinets. It's weird to see a microwave so low, but it's a good space saver.
On the 30th floor of the building, there is a gym for residents to use. There are trainers, a sauna, and workout classes.
There's also a conference room, which Shankman utilizes when he has early meetings and his wife is asleep.
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