Design, Products, Technology

Sensual HALO Lamp Waits for a Gentle Human Touch to Turn On

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Sun, August 30, 2015

HALO is an object that appeals to our most basic instincts. It has no visible controls such as a dimmer or a switch. Designed by Icelandic designer Kjartan Oskarsson, this sculptural, minimal lamp requires a gentle human touch to brighten up. Simply tug on one of the strings to light up a room.

Learn more about the brilliant HALO Lamp

Top Stories, Weekly Highlights

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Features, New Yorker Spotlight, People, Upper West Side 

With the U.S. Open starting on Monday, tennis fever is once again sweeping across the city. Over the next two weeks, thousands of New Yorkers will hop on the 7 train or the Long Island Rail Road to watch the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams play in Flushing Meadows at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. However, prior to 1978, tennis players and fans found themselves playing and cheering at a different venue: The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

The West Side Tennis Club was the former home of the U.S. Open. Founded in 1892 in Manhattan, the club moved to Forest Hills in 1913, where it played host to many great moments in tennis history. Following the U.S. Open’s relocation, The West Side Tennis Club faced a number of challenges and retreated from the spotlight. But after years under the radar, the club’s president Roland Meier and tennis director Bob Ingersole are helping The West Side Tennis Club re-emerge as a major player on the tennis scene.

We recently spoke with Roland and Bob to learn how history and modernity mix in Forest Hills.

Read our interview with the pair here

CityLiving, maps, Restaurants

This time of year, who wants to eat inside? New Yorkers are constantly on the hunt for a great al fresco restaurant where they can snag a table and enjoy the warm weather and people watch. And with this handy new map from the city, picking a spot just got a whole lot easier. The interactive platform plots all 1,357 sidewalk cafés in the city, as well as how many outdoor tables and chairs are allowed, pending applications, license status, and health grades. But interestingly enough, the Department of Consumer Affairs didn’t create the map to make life easier for foodies; they want to “boost transparency and reduce confusion surrounding the licensing process,” according to Crain’s.

Find out more

Cool Listings, Interiors, Queens

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130-14 229 Street, Jamaica, NY, United States

Have you ever heard of Laurelton? If not, start Googling. It’s a neighborhood in Queens where you can buy a single-family home for $429,000—a very impressive price in today’s real estate market. It’s a Tudor built in around 1930 with a charming exterior, unique details on the interior, a small front and back yard and a garage. Of course, at that price, you’ll make some kind of sacrifice—it’s not located anywhere near a subway station. But if you’re in the market for an affordable single-family, don’t write this one off.

Check it out


Celebrities, Greenpoint, Interiors, Recent Sales

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925 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

The co-founder of everybody’s favorite dating site OKCupid has just scooped up a sweet townhouse at 925 Lorimer Street in Greenpoint, according to property records just released. Christian Rudder—now a budding musician and father—was listed alongside his Bishop Allen bandmate Michael Tapper (also of We Are Scientists fame) on the sale. The home, which is described as “3,400 square feet of endless opportunities” is sure to offer the pair and their friends a “typical Friday night” that’s anything but typical.

Have a closer look inside here


Art, Products

Show your support for the Democratic party, or the presidents of Republican past, by outfitting your walls with these inked canvas prints from artist Amit Shimoni. In what he calls “Hipstory,” Shimoni takes iconic political figures and gives them a complete makeover that dresses them in the clothing and hairstyles of today’s trendiest millennial. In addition to a purple ombre-haired Hillary and tatted up Barack, others like JFK, George Washington and the Dalai Lama sport everything from nose rings to hoodies and gold chains–the typical hallmarks of the Bedford Avenue crowd.

See more of your favorite politicians hipsterized here

Architecture, Murray Hill, New Developments, Rentals

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225 East 39th Street, New York, NY, United States

It’s always a pleasure when a hulking above-ground parking garage bites the dust; this is not Miami after all, take the subway! And thanks to the legendary real estate firm Fisher Brothers, a soul-crushing 705-car parking garage at 225 East 39th Street was razed last year in preparation for an elegant 36-story rental tower. New renderings posted on the development firm’s website illustrate how the tower may bring a bit of pizzazz to a rather un-glamorous section of Murray Hill. With completion scheduled for spring 2017, groundwork is well underway with sections of the foundation slab poured and steel rebar projecting skyward.

More on the project ahead


Daily Link Fix

  • An upstate group is holding a rally this Sunday to push for secession from the city, Long Island, and Rockland and Westchester counties. The actual reason may have to do with fracking. [DNAinfo]
  • Mapping all 24 pedestrian plazas in NYC. [Curbed]
  • Watch this mini-documentary about the life of Manhattan’s high-rise window washers. [New Yorker]
  • This 1776 map of Brooklyn shows Revolutionary War battle locations. [BK Mag]
  • You can take free yoga classes at Grand Central next month. [DNAinfo]
  • Visit the historic homes and gardens of the Bronx tomorrow on the Mansions & Cottages Trolley Tours. [I Love the Bronx]

Images: The map created by pro-secession groups (L); window washers via Dan DeLuca/Flickr (R)

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

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327 West 85th Street, New York, NY, United States

If you’ve got very little living space to work with, you have to be smart. That’s the situation at this tiny studio apartment, located inside the Upper West Side co-op building at 327 West 85th Street. There’s no square footage listed–probably because there isn’t much to list–but it’s basically an open living area and kitchen, with one closet and a bathroom. The current owner, however, has created a space that seems liveable and downright cute. It’s currently asking $398,000.

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Midtown West, Transportation

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Hudson Yards, New York, NY, United States

An aerial rendering of the new station

We once had a friend who lived in midtown all the way over on 12th Avenue…and let’s just say we rarely visited. But what was once a subway wasteland is finally getting its very own subway station. After years of delays, the new 7 train stop at 34th Street-Hudson Yards will officially open on September 13th, at 1:00pm to be exact. The extension from its current endpoint at Times Square has cost the city $2.4 billion since construction commenced in 2007.

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Features, History, Queens, Transportation

Before LaGuardia, There Was Glenn H. Curtiss Airport

By Dana Schulz, Thu, August 27, 2015

lenn H. Curtiss Airport c. 1930, courtesy of Richard Porcelli via Jim Freeman

Last month, Governor Cuomo revealed his $4 billion plan to overhaul LaGuardia Airport, the third-worst airport in the country that Vice President Biden recently likened to a third-world country. While today it’s hard to imagine New York City without its sub-par airports (JFK is THE worst airport in the nation), they weren’t always a fixture in the city. In fact, LaGuardia was preceded by a much more modest facility with links to world aviation history — Glenn H. Curtiss Airport. It opened in 1929 as a private airfield off Flushing Bay; became a commercial airport called North Beach in 1935; and a decade later was changed to what we know today when then Mayor La Guardia wanted the city to have its own airport and not have to rely on Newark.

Get the full history right here

Clinton Hill, Cool Listings, Interiors

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110 Clifton Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

110 Clifton Place, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, is a prewar warehouse building that formerly housed a ping pong factory. Today, unsurprisingly, it’s home to luxury loft apartments. This one is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex with a whole lotta space—1,200 square feet to be exact—that also comes with its own private roof deck. The listing calls it “quintessential loft living” and we’d have to agree, with the high ceilings, spiral staircase and big windows. Its asking price? $1.1 million.

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Art, Design, maps

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LEGO has for years been turning NYC landmarks into scale models that allow us to enjoy their architectural splendor at a more human scale. But here’s an artist that’s morphed the entire island of Manhattan, its surrounding boroughs, and all of its structures into a trippy visualization that lets us take in the city’s topography from another vantage.

More on the image here

Real Estate Wire

  • Things that you shouldn’t waste your money on. [BI]
  • Dealing with a break-up in NYC when you share a home with your partner. [BU]
  • The city will spend $100M to stormproof lower Manhattan. [NYDN]
  • A $6.5M penthouse sale at the Oosten has set a record for Williamsburg. [Curbed]
  • Bill Ackman—a.k.a. the owner of NYC’s second most expensive condo—has just hit a major financial bump. [BI]

Images: The Oosten in Williamsburg (L); Fighting couple (R)

Green Design, Products, Technology

SUNplace: A Solar-Powered Mobile BBQ Concept for Cooking Al Fresco

By Ana Lisa Alperovich, Thu, August 27, 2015

Want to throw a Labor Day barbecue, but don’t have any outdoor space? This mobile grill can be transported to the beach or park for the perfect al-fresco dinner party.

SUNplace is a contemporary BBQ powered by the most basic, clean, and accessible source of free energy we have — the sun. Conceptualized by the creative duo Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Waithe, together making up the design firm Lanzavecchia-Wai, the table highlights both technical cooking and the social aspect that comes with it.

Learn more about this sun-powered grill

Architecture, condos, Construction Update, Midtown West, New Developments

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16 West 20th Street, New York, NY, United States

Bryant Park is one of the city’s most cherished spaces, providing a much-needed oasis from the stone and glass canyons of Midtown. But debuting in 2017, a mixed-use tower will grant home buyers their first opportunity to purchase condos directly alongside the ten-acre respite.

Simply named the Bryant, the 200,000-square-foot building at 16 West 40th Street will house 57 condo units perched 200 feet above a five-star boutique hotel within the tower’s lower levels. The 32-story, 361-foot-high building is being developed by the very-active HFZ Capital, led by Ziel Friedman, and is designed by renowned British architect David Chipperfield, with Stonehill & Taylor serving as the architects of record.

More details ahead


Daily Link Fix

  • For the second year in a row, Lonely Planet names Queens the country’s #1 travel destination. [NYT]
  • 50 things you didn’t know about Le Corbusier. [ArchDaily]
  • To compete with Uber, the taxi industry has launched its own app. Called Arro, it will allow users to hail and pay for yellow and green cabs right on their phones (and without surge pricing). [Crain's]
  • The city allocates $100 million to build a new flood protection system for lower Manhattan. [NYDN]
  • A new map shows how the city’s art gallery scene has changed in recent years. Zip code 10021 on the Upper East Side has more galleries than any other neighborhood, even Chelsea. [LLNYC]
  • “Love your Kindle, but miss the smell of old books?” This candle can help. [Mashable]

Images: NYC taxi (L); Art gallery via j-No/Flickr (R)

Design, Getting Away, Hamptons, Interiors

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Amagansett, NY, United States

If you’re going to live in the middle of nature in Amagansett, a hamlet on the south shore of Long Island, you want to be reminded of the beautiful outdoors as much as possible. That seems to be the inspiration behind this home built by the architecture firm Levenbetts, who designed this property for a couple and their teenage children. It’s been dubbed the 36SML House and was designed as three connected wings—a wing for the couple, another wing for their kids, and yet another one for guests. A driveway cuts through the middle of the home, and there’s a roof deck (with amphitheater seating!) on top. Each wing of the house also creates separate courtyard spaces to accommodate parking space, a vegetable garden, and a play area with a swimming pool. Thoroughly impressed by the exterior?

Now check out the interior


Celebrities, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

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205 East 59th Street, New York, NY, United States

Just a week after international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo bought an $18.5 million loft at the Trump Tower, another big-name footballer is looking to score some NYC real estate. The Post reports that Italian player Andrea Pirlo has checked out a $29,995/month penthouse at 205 East 59th Street, which makes sense as the midfielder joined the New York City Football Club just last month. The 2,700-square-foot Lenox Hill pad takes up the entire top floor of the luxury building and offers five outdoor spaces, massive windows, and 13-foot ceilings.

Take a look around the penthouse



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