Naftali Group Unveils First New Madison Avenue Condominium Project in 20 Years

“The Benson represents an extraordinary opportunity to call one of the New York City home of the most famous avenues. Our vision was to create an incomparable building. Reminiscent of grand historic apartment buildings, each home is custom designed where every detail is considered,” said Miki Naftali, CEO and Chairman of Naftali Group. “Designed by a team of global visionaries, each bringing their unique style to development, The Benson is a unique opportunity to live in one-of-a-kind private homes.”

the Benson is located at 1045 Madison Avenue and East 79and street on from manhattan famous Upper East Side. the Benson has been carefully designed inside and out by designer AD100, Peter Pennoyer Architects, best known for seamlessly blending modern and classic architectural styles. the Benson’s the overall aesthetic draws inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood and is reminiscent of the grand historic apartment buildings of the Upper East Side.

“The Benson fits right in with its Madison Avenue neighborhood with grand Beaux-Arts mansions, premier galleries, and historic hotels like the Carlyle and the Mark nearby. Above street level the building is set back, following the model of the large apartment houses of Rosario Candela“, said Pennoyer, Founder and Director. “The form of the building, with its rung of terraces behind custom wrought iron balustrades climbing up to the freestanding tower, is shaped by the Art Deco-inspired chamfered corners carved into the same limestone that adorns prominent jazz. -age apartment buildings on Park and Fifth Avenue. At night, the six-foot-tall lanterns that mark the top of the Benson will add their soft glow to the Central Park skyline.”

the Benson’s The captivating facade features hand-carved and laid Indiana limestone, a tribute to the neighborhood’s architectural heritage. With distinctive mullioned windows and a series of graceful recessed terraces that are detailed with intricate ironwork, each has been meticulously crafted to accentuate the sweeping views of Central Park and from manhattan famous skyline, as well as historic Madison Avenue.

Arrived at The Benson it’s like entering a chic Parisian house. Commanding a majestic streetside presence, sculpted Indiana Limestone and detailed iron, double set doors lead to the spectacular lobby. The divinely detailed facade epitomizes the Upper East Side.

Drawing inspiration from exquisite exterior design, the Italian designer and architect Achille Salvagni has created a showcase lobby. Creating an alluring progression of spaces, an elegant wood and stone entry vestibule leads into a grandly detailed entrance hall with fluted walls and a backlit onyx fireplace. Make a spectacular first impression once inside Bensonthe entry was inspired by large stringed instruments like the violin.

Characterized by high-quality craftsmanship, the Benson’s interiors offers unique homes, with a balance between comfort, beauty and modernity. The arrival experience begins the moment one steps onto the private elevator landing leading to the custom homes. Offering split-level, floor-level, and duplex residences, ranging from three to seven bedrooms, several homes feature gracious private outdoor space. Three soaring penthouses, each with secluded terraces, crown the top of the building, while the magnificent town residence overlooks an enchanting garden.

Pennoyer designed the Benson’s bespoke kitchens in partnership with Christopher Peacock, Britain’s leading designer of luxury cabinetry. Custom designed hand painted millwork cabinets with solid walnut interiors and polished nickel handles will be complemented by Pietra Cardosa slab counters and backsplashes. The custom kitchen island features rounded corners, Calacatta Gold countertops, and hand-painted midnight blue millwork. Backlit fluted glass hoods designed by Pennoyer are the centerpiece of natural, bright kitchens, and the suite of Miele and Sub-Zero appliances add both functionality and beauty to spaces.

A unique feature of the residences is the signature fireplaces with custom mantels that are the focus of the expansive living rooms. Generous ceiling heights with custom crown moldings and oversized split-light windows allow for an abundance of natural light. The master bathrooms feature an oversized window, which sits above the bathtub, a natural centerpiece, allowing the hand-laid stone flooring to be warmed by natural daylight. The master bathroom also features a custom marble vanity with polished nickel hardware, a large rain shower, and radiant heated floors to complement the master suite.

Offering the ultimate lifestyle experience, The Benson features a sophisticated suite of amenities. the Benson’s the collection of club-like spaces includes: a beautifully appointed rooftop lounge with sweeping views of Central Park and a fire pit; a private cinema; private spa with sauna and hammams; creative art studio for all ages; paneled library with adjoining landscaped garden; a half-court basketball court and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The lobby of Benson will be manned 24 hours a day with doorman and concierge service. Additionally, a pet spa with car wash, bicycle storage, cold room with room for fresh food and flower deliveries, and private storage is available for purchase.

“Located among tree-lined streets in one of the from manhattan most established neighborhoods, Benson offers buyers an exceptional chance to live on one of the world’s most desirable thoroughfares,” said Compass Development Marketing Group Alexa Lambert, the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the building. “With so many amenities and so few apartments, this boutique development offers an unparalleled living experience. Benson is close to many things that make living in New York special: coveted green space in Central Park, amazing restaurants and hotels, shopping and special cultural institutions that we all love.”

the Benson is surrounded by the picturesque streets of the Upper East Side and magnificent townhouses with perfectly preserved architecture. For those seeking a quiet respite from the busy city streets or an active day outdoors, residents will be minutes from the New York one the iconic Central Park. Institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), the Guggenheim, and the Frick Museum are also nearby, as well as the shopping destinations of Madison and Fifth Avenue.

While construction is well underway and the first closings are scheduled for the end of 2021, the residences of Benson start to $12.5 million. the Benson’s The sales and design studio is located at 817 Madison Avenue. For more information or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Alexa Lambert and the Compass Development Team at 212-482-1045 or visit,

About Naftali Group
Naftali Group, a private global real estate development and investment company based in New York City, has a prestigious track record, having led some of the most significant developments and landmark restorations. Founded and led by Miki Naftali, Naftali Group is highly specialized in identifying and acquiring undervalued properties in prime geographies with high growth potential while maximizing the value of unique and irreplaceable assets. Naftali Group pursues strategic acquisitions and continually expands its extensive portfolio of new development condominiums, income-generating properties, mixed-use and other assets. Through innovation and discipline, Naftali is recognized as a leading developer with a current and past portfolio consisting of over 30 projects encompassing over $9 billion in total value.

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