The Judson Lofts remind me of New York in many subtle ways. Almost too appropriately, the alley on the side of the building is referred to as “New York” in the film industry and many “New York scenes” have been filmed there. But it’s not just the aesthetics that gave me this feeling. It’s the layered experience of romantic grit, historic simplicity, and the realness of the tenants that live here. It’s not your everyday loft building.
The Judson is located at Broadway & 4th and walking up to it you don’t think much. I found this exciting, like a jewel waiting to be discovered. When I entered the quaint lobby my face lit up in awe. It’s not fancy, there’s no doorman, just pure beauty as it was crafted in the early 1900s, and boy is it breathtaking. Without all the modern day hoopla and distraction seen in many other lofts, you can just stand there and take it in.
I then noticed the posters displayed on the wall of Broadway in the early 1900s. They’re located right by the front window so I couldn’t help but compare each detail I saw in the photo to each detail in present day. It was both astonishing and exciting at the same time.
Astonishing, because Broadway has changed a lot, and perhaps not in the most favorable way (to put it kindly). It was exciting at the same, realizing the potential of the area and envisioning a bright future. To live here is to be in the midst of this transition. There is a project underway called “Bringing Back Broadway” and I think The Judson is a viable and strong asset to that goal. It encompasses the history but still has that sense of grit and understatement that is appealing.
In touring the units, I could see myself living in any one of them. They all have big windows, high-end appliances, detailed bathrooms and kitchen pantries. Selective units have washers and dryers and large balconies; others have private fire escapes, or as I like to call them “romantic balconies.” The rooftop has a BBQ, comfy entertaining area and Jacuzzi. The feeling you get from this place is that you’re living among something rather than overlooking it. A New York state of mind indeed.