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At One United Nations Park, which faces the East River at East 40th Street, near the United Nations complex, every apartment comes with a single seven-inch screen, typically mounted near the kitchen. The screen also has programmable options, like “party,” which can be set to dim lighting and bring up the shades, or “sleep,” which can lower the shades, turn off the lights and set the temperature.

With the shades, the outside-facing sides are gray, to complement the facade’s obsidian hue. Buyers select the color of the interior sides from among 500 options, according to Crestron.

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Solow has also included the wiring for automated audio, video and security services, making it easy to hook up stereo speakers, install a television or set up an alarm system without ripping out ceilings and walls.

“Developers don’t always go this extra step,” said Melanie Estrada, the agent with Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group overseeing sales.

At 90 Morton Street, a 35-unit West Village condo conversion, the developer Brack Capital Real Estate installed wall-mounted five-inch Crestron screens, which works as an intercom They also adding wiring for shades, but did not include shades or wiring for controlling heat and lights. Buyers would need to cover those features themselves.

But at 275 West 10th Street, a nearby 38-unit condo conversion called the Shephard, buyers will only encounter Crestron technology in common areas like the lobby. Apartments are merely pre-wired, said Miki Naftali, the chairman of the Naftali Group, the building’s developer, who added he regretted installing smart-home systems when redeveloping the Plaza Hotel as a condo in the mid-2000s; its technology quickly became outdated. “We don’t want to force anybody to use a specific system,” he said.


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