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Asphalt Green to Unveil New Field Named After the Late Leonard Litwin of Glenwood Management

Appeared in AsphaltGreen, September 2019

Asphalt Green will host event commemorating Litwin Field at their Upper East Side campus

Leonard LitwinNew York, NY – Asphalt Green will present its 90,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art turf field on its Upper East Side campus at a community event, named after Glenwood Management’s Leonard Litwin in honor of his legacy and the late developer’s 40 year patronage of the organization and his dedication to the community.

A ceremony to commemorate the naming of the field will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2:00 p.m. during Asphalt Green’s Soccer Club (AGSC)’s first home game of the season. The event will be followed by a reception for people attending the event, including Asphalt Green board members, NYC elected officials and Litwin family members and supporters of the AGSC.

Mr. Litwin had an enduring commitment to and passion for the community in which the campus sits and the active lives of the residents and Litwin Field is a fitting tribute to that legacy. With this upgrade, the community will enjoy many more years of a field that provides its athletes with the same elements that professional sports teams utilize.

A number of Asphalt Green’s outdoor programs will utilize the new turf on Litwin Field at Asphalt Green, including competitive and recreational soccer, free community sports leagues and events, flag football, and summer camp. Litwin Field at Asphalt Green boasts nearly 90,000 square feet of IRONTURF™, GreenFields USA’s premium product and the turf of choice for the country’s most demanding sports venues, including the New England Patriots’ practice facility and an MLS soccer complex for Sporting Kansas City.

Asphalt Green now boasts New York City’s preeminent sports field. Asphalt Green expects the field to receive FIFA certification, making it the only field in Manhattan with such a distinction.


Asphalt Green is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness. Community service is at the core of the organization’s origin and the heart of its mission. A city-wide institution, Asphalt Green has two first-class campuses: a beautiful 5½-acre Upper East Side campus and a 52,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in Battery Park City. Asphalt Green will help more than 50,000 public school children stay active this year through free programs in schoolyards, gymnasiums, and pools across New York City.


Glenwood Management was founded by father and son, Harry and Leonard Litwin. Leonard Litwin was involved in NYC residential real estate for over sixty-years. In the 1950s, they began building wood framed multi-family housing in Long Island and Queens, NY. Glenwood, incorporated in 1961, developed its first largescale project, Briar Hill, in Riverdale, NY. Glenwood is now one of New York City’s largest owners and builders of luxury rental housing. The full-service Manhattan real estate organization has earned a reputation as the leader in its field through the continuity established as owner, builder and manager of all of its properties. Prestigious locations, innovative design, superior construction, outstanding views, elegant lobbies and impeccable services are benchmark qualities that have become synonymous with every Glenwood residence. Glenwood has provided personalized care and attention in every detail and enriched the quality of life offered in each of its rental apartment buildings for nearly five decades. Glenwood owns and operates a multitude of apartment buildings throughout Manhattan such as Barclay Tower, Paramount Tower, The Brittany, The Grand Tier and The Pavilion.

Life In The Lux Lane: Guide To Top 10 Most Awe Inspiring Residential Buildings

Appeared in New York Family, October 2017

The Encore

Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Address: 175 West 60th Street

The Encore, Glenwood’s latest luxury rental building, offers superior living for growing families on the Upper West Side. The building offers one- and two-bedroom homes where families can feel safe with intrusion alarms in every apartment and a 24-hour doorman.

Amenities: Roof terrace, children’s playroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple resident lounges, and a building-wide water filtration system.

Nearby attractions: Central Park, the Central Park Zoo, and Lincoln Center

Why we love it: The building is designed for growing families and has amenities to keep kids entertained through their teenage years. The property was also designed for LEED certification, with green features like eco-friendly plumbing fixtures and a water filtration system that promote a healthy lifestyle for kids and adults alike.


An Amenity That Is Going Places

Appeared in the New York Times

HAMPTON COURT, a luxury rental in East Harlem, appealed to Thati Schlesinger and Renato Taralli for a variety of reasons when they were apartment hunting two years ago. But one amenity in particular helped seal the deal: a free shuttle bus to the local and express subway stops.

As developers add endless enticements to remain competitive, the private shuttle is one offering that can truly be useful. The morning trek becomes shorter; lugging home groceries isn’t such a chore. And there’s no need to sacrifice accessibility in the quest for magnificent views, square footage or cheaper rent.

Ms. Schlesinger and Mr. Taralli, who relocated from the West Coast, fondly call their neighborhood “the Upper-Upper East Side.” What led them to Hampton Court was Ms. Schlesinger’s longing for amenities like a doorman, a laundry room in the building and an elevator, as well as Mr. Taralli’s longing to pay less than $2,500 a month for a one-bedroom.

The apartment building sits on a quiet stretch of 102nd Street, surrounded by clusters of public housing near the East River. Three avenues separate Hampton Court from the subway, and to catch the express train, residents must traverse an additional 15 blocks.

“I didn’t love the neighborhood,” said Ms. Schlesinger, 36. But she and her husband felt the amenities more than made up for whatever the area lacked.

After moving in, Mr. Taralli, 39, was initially nervous about his wife’s walking around by herself and insisted that she take the shuttle bus. “Everyone was telling us, be careful, it’s not a safe neighborhood,” he said. But once he became better acquainted with it, his view changed. “We don’t see any trouble with this neighborhood at all.”

What began as a concern about security became an appreciation for the time-saving convenience of a private bus. The midsize vehicle picks up passengers and takes them to and from the subway from 7 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. weekdays, with increased frequency during rush hour. Mr. Taralli says it takes him only 25 minutes to reach his office in Midtown. Gary Jacob, the executive vice president of Glenwood Management, which runs Hampton Court, said it was “very important for the buildings we have that are not really close to the subway line.” Farther downtown, the Ohm lures renters to the wilds of 11th Avenue. The building offers residents a “retro arcade,” a communal lounge with a fireplace and the assurance that they won’t have to walk the 13 or so minutes to Pennsylvania Station during rush hour — a stopgap measure until the subway expands west in the coming years.

“We did know the 7 train was eventually coming,” said Steven Charno, the president of Douglaston Development, the group behind the Ohm. “We’ve done development in pioneering neighborhoods, and we’re always concerned about things like proximity to the subway.”

Mr. Charno added that Douglaston had always intended for the apartment building, which opened in early 2010, to have a private bus. “From the beginning, as part of our marketing, we let residents know — and it was part of our initial planning — that we would run a shuttle to Penn Station,” he said. “And it’s been very successful.”

In the outer boroughs, where many residents commute to Manhattan, the private shuttle can be especially appealing. On a cobblestone street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District of Brooklyn, a block west of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, four apartment buildings share a van. The vehicle transports passengers to the major transit hub at Borough Hall — about a mile away — and back again, during morning and evening rush hour.

And although residents could also catch a city bus at a stop near Tiffany Place, or walk the 10 minutes to the nearest F/G train stop, the van service streamlines the morning commute. “When you’re trying to bring people over the highway, you make it a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said Rosalind Zarlin, a Halstead Property agent who currently has a one-bedroom rental listed in One Tiffany Place (rent is $3,000 a month).

As the city’s real estate landscape changes and people move farther from the subways, they will no doubt continue to find a free shuttle a desirable amenity. But in neighborhoods where luxury buildings already present a contrast, the reactions of others can be mixed.

Karen White, 61, lives near Hampton Court. It takes her 10 to 15 minutes to reach the 103rd Street station on foot, and she’s envious of the service. “I wish it was my building,” she said.

Still, for others who live near these luxury buildings, the sight of a private shuttle cruising past can be an uncomfortable reminder of a changing neighborhood.

“Why move into the community if you don’t want to socialize with the community?” asked Ericka Martin, as she walked with a friend down East 102nd Street on a recent afternoon. Ms. Martin, 30, is a longtime resident of a city housing development a few blocks away. As she makes her daily commute to Midtown, she often notices the private buses cruising past.

“And why don’t you get picked up by a shuttle?” Ms. Martin’s friend asked her pointedly. “Because you live in the projects?”

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