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Crystal Window & Door Systems Rejuvenates Frank Sinatra’s Manhattan Penthouse
– Crystal High-End Windows and Doors Breathe New Life into $7.7 Million Property –

FLUSHING, NY, October 18, 2012 – Crystal Window & Door Systems proudly announced that its high-end windows and terrace doors played a major role in the gut rehabilitation makeover of Frank Sinatra’s famous Manhattan “apartment in the sky.” Located on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, the penthouse sits 22 stories high atop the Edgewater Building at 530 East 72nd Street. Crystal Windows supplied a variety of large tilt-and-turn, picture, and double-hung windows and swing terrace doors used to totally rebuild the apartment’s three levels of dramatic exterior fenestration.

Crystal’s high-end aluminum windows and terrace doors create a unique glass façade for the two-level master bedroom suite of the famous Sinatra New York penthouse..

Legendary entertainer Frank Sinatra was the original owner of the luxury apartment from 1961 until 1974. During its heyday, the “cool hip” property was the site of some of New York’s best parties as well as providing “Ol’ Blue Eyes” with a unique Manhattan rehearsal space and crash pad when he was in town. Termed a “Glittering Grotto in the Sky” by art icon Andy Warhol, the glass wrapped penthouse features 18-ft. tall window walls, two expansive terraces and outstanding city views. Sinatra’s party guest list at the apartment reads like a who’s who of the 1960s and includes President John Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., and many more.

A variety of Crystal’s best aluminum windows and doors were selected and combined to create a custom fenestration façade for the unique apartment. Used in the project were Crystal’s flagship Series DA-9000 dual-action tilt-and-turn window, the Series DH-5500 double-hung, and Series PW-8100 and Series CTP-2100 fixed picture windows. The project also used several Series CTT-1400 aluminum swing terrace doors to access the outdoor spaces. In much of the penthouse façade, the windows and doors were combined vertically and horizontally to create expansive floor-to-ceiling window walls.

“This exclusive luxury project showcases Crystal’s high-end products beautifully,” remarked Steve Chen, Executive Vice President for Crystal. “Our energy efficient aluminum windows and doors can meet the most discriminating architectural design, including the extraordinary Sinatra Penthouse.”

All the Crystal aluminum windows and doors used on the Sinatra penthouse are AAMA AW- or HC-rated and feature 1/8” or 3/16” dual glazed insulated glass units (IGUs). Enhanced energy efficiency was realized through the use of PPG advanced Solarban 70XL sun control low-E glass coating and argon gas filling in the IGUs. The fenestration products were all finished with Crystal’s standard durable and environmentally friendly AAMA 2604 powder coat bronze paint. The use of compatible mullions, subsills, receptors, T-jambs and new structural steel facilitated the installation of the custom glass façade.

The Sinatra luxury penthouse in Manhattan boasts more than 3,000 square feet of space, sprawled over three levels. The apartment has four bedrooms, four full baths and 2 half-baths, as well as the building’s only fireplace. Outdoor terrace space on two levels offers outstanding views of the rising sun, the East River, several bridges, Roosevelt Island, and the Borough of Queens. The gem of the residence is the two-level master bedroom suite with an 18-ft. tall wraparound window wall façade, glass staircase and terrace access.

The Mike The Glazier firm installed the unique fenestration as well as the railing glass panels and bathroom shower glass. This full service glass company specializes in all aspects of commercial and residential exterior and interior glass fabrication and installation. The New York Metro area firm has been family-owned for four generations and in operation for over 90 years. Founded in 1918, the company has offices in Queens (Flushing) and Long Island (Mineola), NY.

The property is listed for sale at $7.7 million by high-end Manhattan real estate broker Rubicon Properties. The renovated penthouse with its colorful history has been the subject of much New York, national and even international press attention, including a feature on a recent episode of TV’s nationally syndicated news tabloid “Inside Edition.”

Crystal Window & Door Systems is one of the top 40 manufacturers in North America of replacement and new construction vinyl and aluminum window and door products and high-end fenestration systems. Crystal offers a full product line, rapid order-to-delivery times, quality workmanship, innovative product features and outstanding value. Crystal operates branches, subsidiaries and affiliates in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Crystal is dedicated to practicing "green" environmental initiatives in all aspects of corporate activities. For further information about Crystal and its products, call 718-961-7300, or visit the website at

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