Chinatown, Quirky Homes, Recent Sales

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18 Orchard Street, New York, NY, United States

Forbes’ 30 under 30 in video games, Zach Gage, is cashing in on his success. The gamer and conceptual artist just picked up this sweet Chinatown penthouse at 18 Orchard Street for $3.9 million, according to city records filed today. The 28-year old, who has developed games such as SpellTower, Ridiculous Fishing, and Lose/Lose, and been exhibited at venues like the Venice Biennale, the MoMA, and in Apple stores worldwide, seems to not have strayed far from his edgy sensibilities. His new three-bedroom duplex features a rooftop catwalk, some killer lights, and a futuristic watchtower with “a transcendent view of the sunset and cityscape”.

Tour the home here

 

Daily Link Fix

  • Get weather and train updates via text or e-mail when you wake up and when you leave work with PONCHO.
  • Ephemeral New York reminds us of the beautiful fortress in Gramercy Park.
  • “I’ll be there for youu!” Metro New York reports that Central Perk, the fictional cafe in Friends, is now open in Soho to celebrate 20 years since the famous 90s show premiered on television. Oh yeah, did we mention the coffee is free?!
  • Four smartphone app start-ups took home a big cash prize yesterday at the fifth annual NYC BigApps competition. The contest was to develop an app that would make NYC life better. See the list of winners on AM New York.

Images: Central Perk logo via Friends Wikia (left); Mayor de Blasio presents prize to Heat Seeker team at BigApps by Agaton Strom for AM New York (right)

Green Design, Products, Technology

New York buildings racking up big energy bills may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to new OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology, lighting will be getting greener, healthier and much more energy efficient.

This November, LG Chem, Korea’s largest chemical company, will bring their new OLED panels into production. The new panels will boast 100 lumens per watt, a life of 40,000+ hours (a world’s best, outperforming Osram, Philips, and Panasonic; and almost on par with conventional LEDs), and be flexible enough to be used in everything from automotive to architecture. Currently plans are to focus distribution on markets in North America and Europe, and so far LG Chem has secured contracts with more than 50 lighting companies, including Atlanta-based Acuity Lighting.

More on the technology here

Brooklyn, Manhattan, Polls, Transportation, Urban Design

Yesterday, Dan Levy, the president and CEO of CityRealty, presented his proposal for the ‘East River Skyway,’ an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes. Now, we want to know what you think about the idea.

Images: East River Skyway, courtesy of CityRealty (L); NYC subway, courtesy of Wiki Commons

CityLiving, Features, Neighborhoods, Sunset Park

Brooklyn Army Terminal
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Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY, United States

With plans in place that call for a public waterfront bustling with creative industry and commerce rather than luxury residential developments, Sunset Park is not on its way to becoming the next hip NYC residential neighborhood–and that’s a good thing.

Located on Brooklyn’s western waterfront flank, there are really two sides to Sunset Park. The neighborhood, generally defined as the area between 65th Street, the Prospect Expressway, Eighth Avenue and the East River, has long been a thriving residential community. Sunset Park is also home to about 15 million square feet of warehouse and light industrial space. The key to the neighborhood’s future may be the point at which the two meet.

Find Out How Fashion May Give Sunset Park a Chance to Shine As the New Garment District

 

Celebrities, Upper West Side 

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15 Central Park West, New York, NY, United States

Robert De Niro‘s new home may not be in his beloved Tribeca, but the full-floor pad at 15 Central Park West is one of the city’s most expensive rentals. Unit 35AB is two separate condos combined into one on the 35th floor. The 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom apartment is owned by steel magnate Leroy Schecter, who purchased the property in 2008 for $18.9 million. He originally put the condo on the market in 2012 for $95 million, then reduced it to $85 million in April 2013, and once again to $70 million in November.

De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower were displaced in 2012 when a fire ripped through their triplex at the Brentmore, 88 Central Park West. The couple has been renting in the West Village, but it looks like they wanted to return to the Upper West Side while renovations are completed on their permanent home. And they’re in good company; Alex Rodriguez and investor Henry Silverman have rented the same unit in the past.

Take a look inside the new De Niro digs

 

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Park Slope

Beautiful Brownstone Mansion on Prospect Park Asks $7 Million

By Aisha Carter, Today, September 17, 2014

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312 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

What if you had the opportunity to live in a 7,000-square-foot brownstone mansion on a picturesque block just a stone’s throw away from Prospect Park? That’s just a taste of what 312 Garfield Place has to offer, for $6.995 million. It is believed that the brilliant home was built by developer William Flannigan for New York businessman J. J Galligan sometime during the turn of the 20th century. The resulting five-story building has a distinct Victorian charm with a light Renaissance touch.

Take a look inside, here

 

Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, New Developments, Rentals

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280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Just yesterday, the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library announced that they will sell their building to the Hudson Companies for $52 million, along with the promise of 114 affordable housing units to be built at a different location in the neighborhood. The developer, who won the bid over 14 others, will convert the city-owned building at 280 Cadman Plaza West into a 20-story luxury rental complex with a new 21,000-square-foot library on the ground floor.

More details here

 

Events, opinion, real estate trends

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Brooklyn, NY, United States

Brooklyn real estate is hot, very hot, and there’s no cooling off in sight, according to most speakers at yesterday’s sold-out Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, sponsored by Massey Knakal and held at the Brooklyn Museum. From Billy Macklowe to David Shorenstein and Jonathan Rose, get the run-down of what the industry’s leading pundits have to say about BK real estate.

What they’re saying about Brooklyn here

 

Brooklyn, Manhattan, Transportation, Urban Design

There’s no stopping the Brooklyn development boom, but getting to and from the borough from Manhattan will increasingly become a nightmare with thousands of new residential units hitting the market in the coming years. If you’ve commuted from Brooklyn to Manhattan (and vice versa) you know that the subway system is already taxed. But as more and more homes are added throughout the borough, it’s surprising that no plans have been made to alleviate the transportation stress that will soon come with it. Until now.

Today, Dan Levy, the president and CEO of CityRealty*, will present his proposal for the ‘East River Skyway‘, an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes.

Find out more about the proposed project

Design, Interiors

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Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY, United States

The owners of this Brooklyn Heights loft on the top two floors of a converted YMCA building wanted to remodel their space to accommodate both of their individual, extensive book and art collections; they also needed a home that would be great for dinner parties and entertaining. Rather than settling on boring built-ins, they turned to Ensemble Architecture to create a solution that would put their most treasured items on show.

Tour the renovated space here

 

Architecture, Features, History, People

Have you ever walked by a NYC public school that struck you as especially grand and handsome? Chances are, it was designed by C.B.J. Snyder. An architect and mechanical engineer, Charles served as Superintendent of School Buildings for the New York City Board of Education between 1891 and 1923. It was this work that Snyder is known for, having transformed the construction process, design, and quality of the city’s school buildings. He oversaw the creation of more than 140 elementary schools, ten junior high schools, and 20 high schools, incorporating his innovative H-shaped layout, three-tiered windows, and mid-block locations. Working mainly in the styles of Renaissance Revival and Beaux-Arts, Snyder created structures that not only revolutionized the way school design was approached, but that were beautiful works of design.

Take some of our favorite C.B.J. Snyder schools and see how they’re being used today

Real Estate Wire

  • Renderings of what 1110 Park Avenue will look like inside. [Buzz Buzz Home]
  • Condos at Ian Schrager’s upcoming Public hotel on the Lower East Side are poised to break a sales record for the neighborhood. Prices are said to start at $7M. [TRD]
  • Condos at the Oosten have hit the market. The building offers up a mix of townhouses, duplexes, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, lofts and duplex penthouses starting at $710K. [CityRealty]
  • Douglas Elliman has launched a new commercial branch, Douglas Elliman Commercial. [6sqft inbox]
  • A Chinese developer has paid $128M for the United Charities Building. Future plans? Condos, of course. [Curbed]

1110 Park Avenue (left); Oosten (right)

Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

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28 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Carriage houses, stables, factories…in a city short on space you have to get creative when looking for residential development opportunities. And this former warehouse at 28 Old Fulton Street in Brooklyn Heights is a perfect example of how a little vision can go a long way.

When Brooklyn architect Frank Freeman completed the Eagle Warehouse and Storage Company building in 1894 it served as a place to store furniture and silverware. However, at the time, even warehouses were designed with a simplicity steeped in grace and beauty, often lacking in their modern-day counterparts. One look at the main entrance’s bold Roman arch adorned with the company name in large bronze lettering and there is no mistaking the care Mr. Freeman took with his “warehouse project”.

Read on to see what the future held for this warehouse

 

Architecture, Events

The second Annual 14+ Foundation Benefit on October 2nd will support the building of schools in Zambia with the help of top New York architects and artists. Julian Schnabel, Rashid Johnson, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation have donated works for a live art auction, and Solange Knowles is set to perform. The event will take place at the Diamond Horseshoe from 6:00pm to 2:00am. It follows the organization’s work on the Chipakata Children’s Academy in Lusaka, Zambia, a new school, orphanage, and community facility that will provide arts-based learning programs, as well as daily meals.

More details on the benefit and 14+ Foundation’s work

Daily Link Fix

  • Tired of trips to MoMA and the Met? Try out these 10 obscure NYC museums, like the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art or the Underpenny Plane and Cast Iron Museum, rounded up by Untapped Cities.
  • In case you were wondering, this is where NYC’s poop goes. Gizmodo does the dirty work.
  • Help out the sweetest cab driver in the city get a new CandyCab! Learn how on Huffington Post.
  • Curbed features 9 disasters that resulted in making NYC a safer, more resilient city.

Images: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art by Bill Lyons for Staten Island Advance (left); Triangle Shirtwaist Factory prior to fire courtsey of UPI/Cornell University (right)

Art, Neighborhoods

New York City stinks, yes, but this city of ours is rich in smells like no other. To document the odors that linger, excite and nauseate inhabitants, British multi-sensory artist Kate McLean and her army of sniffers are running around town with their noses to the wind—and deep in trashcans. McLean has so far mapped a block of Greenwich Village and her latest jaunt took her and her team out to Bedford Avenue, where she found the most offensive odor to be “the aroma of a marijuana joint”. Not convinced?

Her findings here

Art, Video

We’ve heard about people who move out of the city in search of a more quiet lifestyle, but then can’t think or sleep due to the silence. Well, there’s a new album that might be just what the doctor ordered for these sleep-deprived NYC expats.

Line In-Between is an album recorded entirely from the noises of New York City, highlighting that sounds and music are interconnected. And what makes us love this project even more is that while the urban tunes roll, striking images of the city’s architecture play along.

More details on the album here

Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors

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40 East 19th Street, New York, NY, United States

Who wouldn’t want to step out onto their magnificent terrace in Flatiron and gaze at the Met Life and Empire State Building? We’re guessing the owners of this fabulous pad are going to have a hard time parting with it… or maybe they just don’t have an appreciation for convenient locations with amazing views. Either way, this newly renovated loft at 40 East 19th Street is available for $3.85 million. Take a look at what’s inside and outside, ahead.

See the rest, here

 

Architecture, Design, Features, Interviews, New Developments, People

You may not recognize Karim Rashid immediately, but odds are you have at least one of his designs in your home. A staunch believer that everyone deserves access to great design no matter what their budget (it’s what he calls “designocrasy”), Karim has become one of the world’s most celebrated designers having brought thousands of new ideas and innovations to the widest-possible audience. As such, Karim has won hundreds of international awards, including the prestigious Red Dot, and his work can be found in more than 20 permanent collections including those of the MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and SFMOMA. Karim also calls everyone from Umbra to Giorgio Armani, Kenzo, Alessi, Artemide and Veuve Clicquot as his clients, and Time magazine once described him as the “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas”.

Clearly having conquered the industrial design realm, Karim recently turned his creative eye to architecture. We recently caught up with the designer cum architect to talk about the evolution of his career and the three eye-popping HAP condos he’s now got under construction for New York City. Hear what he has to say about his grand new endeavors—color, controversy and all.

Read our interview with Karim Rashid here

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