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About Us

  • Company Background
  • Our History
  • Community Relations
  • Awards and Achievements

Company Background

At Artimus, we strive to build not merely with efficiency, but with purpose -- to construct more than walls and structures but, rather, to empower people and create communities as well.

For over 30 years, Artimus has worked to develop, revitalize, and strengthen New York City’s communities. In that time, our mission has been one of neighborhood renewal through the introduction of quality housing and desirable businesses. We focus our work in Manhattan, maintaining a corporate office in Upper Manhattan and several field offices throughout the city with more than 80 employees.

Artimus has constructed over three million square feet in mid-rise and high-rise projects that include residential, commercial, retail, and mixed-use properties. We also have extensive experience in gut-rehabilitations, vacant-lot developments, historic buildings, and contextually appropriate design. As one of New York’s most successful and driven real estate companies, Artimus consistently develops high-quality properties that are on time and within budget.

Our growth stems from positive interaction with neighbors and community members. Always upholding our commitment to the communities in which we develop, we ensure that each project respects our neighbors’ quality of life issues during and after construction. We have strong relationships with not-for-profit community groups, governmental institutions, and both local and M/WBE subcontractors. In our focus areas, we invest considerable energy improving civic and economic health, encouraging vital new business growth such as supermarkets, banks, coffee shops, restaurants, and retail. As a pioneer in opening Harlem north of 110th Street to commercial and residential opportunities, Artimus has succeeded in stimulating the local economy.

See our projects section for more details on individual projects.

Our History

Artimus began modestly, offering small renovations and repairs. Steadily, we developed a signature style of quality and accountability, and built strong relationships with other subcontractors. In 1984, under the direction of Ken Haron, Artimus moved to larger projects and general contracting. Since 1985, we have built more than 75 buildings in Manhattan, transforming Harlem, Washington Heights, Manhattan Valley, Chelsea, and other areas in the city with both affordable and market rate apartment buildings.

Artimus continued to break new ground in 1994 when Eytan Benyamin expanded our services and operations by building upon family-oriented principles. In the Manhattan Valley neighborhood, Artimus successfully worked alongside local police, tenant associations, and community organizations to construct a unified community, one building at a time. While our main role was to renovate vacant buildings, we helped law enforcement to push out drug dealers and worked with tenant associations to develop a sense of unity among the residents. By 1997, Artimus had built its first 10 story new construction apartment building along with numerous gut-rehabilitations. In the late 1990s, Artimus expanded with new construction throughout the city including Midtown, the East Village, and Chelsea.

In the last ten years, Artimus expanded its architectural and project management capabilities. Our architectural department oversees all construction projects from plan schematics to final punch lists, while our qualified project managers coordinate and foster the hundreds of relationships involved in any large project.

Community Relations

Artimus works with and supports a variety of charitable organizations to bolster the communities in which we work. We believe that communities are not built with bricks and mortar and our work does not stop at the front door of the buildings we build. We support community institutions, large and small, that create livable neighborhoods.

Community Relations

Recent Achievements and Awards

  • Brick Industry Association - Brick in Architecture Gold Award – 2040 Frederick Douglass Blvd - 2017
  • Big Apple Brownfield Award Winner for Community Outreach- 147-36 94th Avenue- 2017
  • Big Apple Brownfield Award Winner for Economic Development – 2040 Frederick Douglass Blvd - 2016
  • Victorian Society New York 2016 Preservation Award- Corn Exchange Building - 2016
  • New York Housing Conference – Private Developer of the Year - 2015
  • Harlem Bespoke – Best Restoration for The Corn Exchange - 2015
  • Brick Industry Association - Brick in Architecture Gold Award - 2015
  • Big Apple Brownfield Award Winner for Green Building - Chelsea Park at 260 West 26th Street - 2015
  • Harlem Bespoke – Best Restoration for 272 Manhattan Avenue - 2014
  • The Real Deal – New York City’s Most Active Developers - 2014
  • Settlement Housing – For outstanding contributions to building affordable housing and strong neighborhoods in New York City- 2014
  • New Destiny Housing – In recognition of distinguished development, building, and management of affordable housing for New York City’s low and middle income families - 2012
  • Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) - Impact Award for Excellence in Planning for the revitalization of the Frederick Douglass Boulevard Corridor and the Harlem Community – 2011
  • Award for Dedication and Commitment to Affordable Housing in New York City presented as a NYC Council Proclamation by Inez Dickens at the Visual Arts & Jazzfest Honor- Black History Month Reception Awards Ceremony – 2011
  • Founding Member of Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance - 2010
  • New York State Association for Affordable Housing for 301 West 118th Street -Award for Excellence as Project of the Year - 2009
  • Congregation of Morija SDA Church – Award for support and assistance in the church redevelopment and collaboration with the grand re-opening of the Church – 2009
  • New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) for 444 Manhattan Avenue and Brownstone Lane - Award for Excellence as Projects of the Year – 2006

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Artimus develops relationships within the community in which it works by employing local contractors, working with local not-for-profit and governmental institutions, and contributing to the local trade schools.