Blinds put an end to fishbowl living

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From the April issue: First there was the glass craze; now there is the blinds craze. Throughout the city, developers and builders of glass buildings are increasingly shelling out serious money to give buyers a reprieve from fishbowl living by including shades and creating a uniform look in their new construction. In some cases, the cost to outfit each apartment with the blinds, which are often motorized and made from sleek, space-age-type materials, can reach five figures. At 40 Mercer Street, the Jean Nouvel-André Balazs building, for example, developers spent $843,000 to install more than 600 motorized shades in all 44 units. That’s just over $19,000 per apartment. 

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