11/5/2013 - Andrianna Shamaris had a straightforward request when hunting for an apartment in 2007: “I told the broker I wanted to look out at a tree.” After months of touring apartments that overlooked other buildings, she finally found a fifteenth-floor two-bedroom with staggering views of Central Park. She had more trees to look at than she could count. Never mind that the prewar apartment was pretty run-down—what brokers term “estate” condition. Shamaris recalled an ultramodern apartment she had seen, designed by Brooklyn-based architect Thomas Leeser. She called him in to help.

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