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A three-bedroom co-op designed with the occupants in mind


Developers loved Philip Birnbaum — at one time, New York City’s most prolific residential architect — and so did the residents of his apartments. Why? He wasn’t flashy, and neither were his buildings. He abhorred wasted space and eliminated interior hallways, instead putting more space into large rooms with plenty of closets.

Apartment 3H at Hudson Towers, 3777 Independence Ave., is a perfect example. This sunny, fully-renovated corner co-op has an abundance of space. Even the terrace stretches 27 feet.

Its 1,600 square feet include three bedrooms, two full baths, a good-sized foyer, a generous living room, a dining L convertible to a fourth bedroom, an elegant kitchen, a washer/dryer space and 11 — count ’em, 11 — closets.

What’s black and white and red all over? The neat-as-a-pin kitchen, with a theme of black and white tiles, white cabinets, black granite countertops, stainless appliances and Chinese red walls.

The same playful design sense is exhibited in the renovated bathrooms, with new fixtures, glass tiles and a sleek glass tub and shower enclosure.

An alcove in the master bedroom has been outfitted with built-in cabinetry, a broad mirror and sumptuous dressing table. Custom track lighting illuminates the area above the bed.

The full service building offers 24-hour doorman service, and outdoor seasonal pool with cabanas, landscaped gardens and a children’s playground. Maintenance includes all utilities and the apartment comes with a deeded parking spot.

According to Alan Cutler and Adinah Kranzler of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the co-op is listed at $699,000, with a monthly maintenance fee of $1,536.