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affordable housing, Architecture, Features, Green Design, Technology

Image: HoHo, a timber tower to be built in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna, and expected to cost about €60m. © Rüdiger Lainer and Partner

If you’ve been following the international newswire, you’ve surely heard about a 24-story (276-foot) tower called “HoHo” going up in Vienna, Austria. While the height may not sound like all that much to you—especially if you’re reading this in NYC where today’s towers seem to pierce the atmosphere—there is one key element to HoHo that makes it unlike any other built in history: it will be the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper when complete.

Building with wood is nothing new to the world (remember Jesus the carpenter?)—but up until a few years ago, buildings taller than just a few stories were far from common. Wood fell out of favor with the advent of steel and concrete construction, new modes that allowed buildings to reach the heights we more commonly associate with skyscrapers today. But in recent years, new technology, better engineering and climate change have given timber construction a second life with large-scale projects. But is wood really as good as steel and concrete? And if it is, could NYC one day become an urban forest of wooden skyscrapers?

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condos, New Developments, Priciest listings, Starchitecture, Upper East Side

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520 Park Avenue, NY, United States

Developers of 520 Park Avenue have revealed apartment prices for all units in the building, which is poised to become one of the city’s most expensive condominium towers and include a $130 million penthouse. The building, which will rise in the high-priced corridor flanking Central Park that has been dubbed “Billionaire’s Row,” is expected to gross $1.2 billion in apartment sales, according to initial offering prices detailed in documents filed with the Attorney General’s office.

The $1.2 billion in total sales—which will make the building one of the most expensive in Manhattan history—is all the more impressive considering that current plans call for only 31 units, most of which will be full-floor residences.

Click here for full pricing information and floor plans

 

condos, New Developments, Priciest listings, Starchitecture

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220 Central Park South, New York, NY, United States

It’s a good day for Robert A.M. Stern, whose buildings seem to be bringing billionaires to their knees. The Real Deal has just caught wind of the offering plan for Stern’s 220 Central Park South tower being developed by Vornado. According to the papers filed with the Attorney General and sources close to the development, the penthouse may ask $150 million to $175 million, bringing the building’s total sellout to a staggering $2.4 billion. The $175 million price tag would by far blow the Sony Building’s $150 million penthouse out of the water, and most certainly One57′s record $100 million sale which currently holds the title for the most expensive unit ever sold in the city.

Find out more here, plus floor plans!

 

Real Estate Wire

  • A 29th-floor Woolworth Building apartment combo totaling 11,450 square feet is asking $51.4 million. [WSJ]
  • Taking inventory in “the most powerful apartment building in the world”: Here are all the big shots that live in 15 Central Park West. [TRD]
  • Related Companies plans on opening an onsite Dog City doggy daycare and spa in their ultra-luxe Abington House located right along the High Line. [6sqft inbox]
  • Prices in Bed-Stuy have gone up so much that investors are now bailing. [NYDN]
  • Why real estate marketing needs to stop with the “humblebrag.” [Inman]

Images: Inside the Woolworth combo (L); Doggy daycare facilities via Dog City Facebook (R)

Architecture, Green Design, Landscape Architecture, Upstate

Simply called the Lake House, this unique, hidden getaway by NYC-based Gluck+ is completely immersed in the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. Designed for leaving the stress of urban life behind, it consists of a collection of buildings, each with its own purpose and style. Right at the top of the hill there is the Gatehouse Garage with its wooden skin, there are two smaller prefab Guesthouses within the woods, a big modern Family House and a wooden Boathouse on the lake’s shore. But the most striking building of all is quite difficult to spot; the Recreation Building is concealed under its grassy green roof, sheltering an indoor swimming pool and art gallery.

Learn more about this green-roofed collection of guesthouses

Celebrities, Greenwich Village, Recent Sales

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1 Fifth Avenue, NY, United States

“Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “Friends”… these are just some of the ’90s sitcoms that director James E. Burrows has on his resume. The television maven and his wife, noted sitcom hairstylist Debbie Easton, have definitely met their fair share of celebrities, but it seems that now they’re looking to trade in their Wilshire Boulevard address for a more low-key lifestyle in Greenwich Village…though they are moving to prestigious 1 Fifth Avenue.

The couple picked up a one-bedroom apartment at the storied building for $4.2 million, according to city records released today. It’s definitely not up to par with Will and Grace’s elegant home or Monica and Rachel’s kitschy apartment, but it’s charming in its own right.

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Daily Link Fix

  • Did you know the Flatiron Building was once referred to as the Cowcatcher? Find out about this and other secrets of the iconic building. [Untapped]
  • The “engagement photographer” makes his living sneaking around parks, hiding in bushes, and secretly photographing New Yorkers’ romantic moments. [BI]
  • We’re not sure if this engagement was photographed, but one man proposed to his fiancée under the Washington Square Arch and had a wedding cake made to resemble the landmark. [WSPB]
  • Documentary project chronicles South Williamsburg‘s Latino community. [DNAinfo]
  • Not cool… New Yorkers tip below the national average for food delivery. [Eater]

Images: Flatiron Building via Jeffrey Zeldman (L); Central Park engagement via Vlad Leto (R)

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Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

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37 West 12th Street, New York, NY, United States

Greenwich Village has long been known for its charming nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture, part of what makes it one of the city’s most sought after locations. But sprinkled in amongst the classic townhouses are a number of tastefully designed post-war structures that have earned their own reputation as highly desirable residential abodes.

With a series of handsome and deep bay windows dotting its façade and a lovely glass arcade connecting its two buildings, Butterfield House is one example of modern architecture that fits seamlessly into the fabric of the Village–and where you’ll find this gut-renovated (2012) and absolutely gorgeous two-bedroom apartment.

See inside this Butterfield gem

 

CityLiving, Transportation

If you don’t get an unlimited weekly or monthly MetroCard, you probably put random amounts on your card each time, or you might select one of the MTA’s payment prompts–a $9.00 MetroCard with a $.45 bonus, a $19.00 card with a $.95 bonus, or a $39.00 card with a $1.95 bonus. If you fall into one of these two camps, you’re likely always left with a useless amount of change on the card that will never add up to the $2.50 it costs for a single train ride. All of that leftover change going unused on thousands of MetroCards each day is being collected by the MTA, in what seems like a purposeful tactic. But now, thanks to statistician Ben Wellington, we have the solution to one of NYC life’s biggest dilemmas–$19.05 is the is the perfect amount to load on your MetroCard so that you’ll get eight subway rides without a penny left over.

Find out how Wellington arrived at this number

Cool Listings, Financial District, Interiors

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88 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, United States

There’s an adorable unit available in the Greenwich Club for $1.095 million. This one-bedroom wins you over right from the start, simply by putting two closets at the entrance (An apartment after a New Yorker’s own heart.). Too bad we can’t take the spunky décor, but even bare, this place still boasts some highly desirable qualities.

More pics inside

 
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Features, History, Upper West Side 

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2537 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

We were saddened here at 6sqft to hear about the passing last week of Leonard Nimoy, an extraordinary actor, director, poet, singer, and photographer, known worldwide for his role as Mr. Spock in “Star Trek.” Closer to home, though, Nimoy was also known as a dedicated philanthropist who adored the Upper West Side’s Symphony Space. In fact, in 2002 the multi-disciplinary performing arts organization renamed its historic Thalia Theater the Leonard Nimoy Thalia to reflect their patron’s generosity.

Just like the storied career of Nimoy, Symphony Space has its own eclectic past, from its beginnings as a food market funded by Vincent Astor to the Crystal Palace skating rink and, finally, to a neighborhood institution frequented by the likes of Stephen Colbert and Cynthia Nixon.

Learn about this history of Symphony Space here

 

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

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457 Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Built near the turn of the 20th century, this three-story, two-family brick home at 457 Ovington Avenue in Bay Ridge proudly displays many exterior architectural details often lost in newer construction. And those exquisite details happily reflect what you can expect to see after you walk in the front door.

More about this beautiful home

 

History, Video

It’s hard to imagine New York City without its streets overflowing with people, but this “home video” we’ve uncovered from 1968 gives us an incredible look at the city during one of its most transformative periods. Although the video quality isn’t all that great—the guy or gal filming this is using ’60s technology, after all—the footage captured is pretty stellar nonetheless. Expect to see a near-desolate Soho, a Strand bookstore that amazingly looks exactly like it does today, and a lot of tucked shirts and knee-length skirts. Though there aren’t any protesting hippies or riots in the near-30-minute video, there are signs of the politically contentious times, including a couple of poster boards urging citizens to join the U.S. Marines and Army.

Starting at the Brooklyn Bridge, going up Broadway, and ending at the lake in a very crowded Central Park, you won’t want to miss a second of this fantastic film.

Watch the video here

affordable housing, CityLiving, Policy

Let’s face it, we all feel that we’re paying too much for our tiny NYC apartments, and while for most of us that’s just the name of the game, for others who are living in a rent-stabilized unit but being charged market-rate rent, it’s actually true. Want to know if you fall into that boat? A new website called amirentstabilized.com will help you find out.

The site allows renters to search their building to see if it’s on the city’s list of addresses with rent stabilized units. Unfortunately, it can’t tell you if your specific apartment is one of them, but it’s a great first step and provides resources for confirming your unit’s status, as well as filing a complaint if you’re being overcharged.

Find out more here

Real Estate Wire

  • When does it make business sense for a broker to trigger white flight? Or: How do brokerage fees anticipate a neighborhood’s racial transition? A new paper investigates. [CityLab]
  • A new eight-unit condo building at 150 Richardson Street in East Williamsburg will launch sales next week. [6sqft inbox]
  • Real Estate crowdfunding could top $2.5B in this year. [Finance and commerce]
  • The rich get richer: Supermodel Karlie Kloss could make bank with the sale of her building. [NYDN]
  • Why buying the worst house in the best neighborhood is a bad idea. [Quartz]
  • The story of Jeff Keil, the man selling Brooklyn’s most expensive home at $40M. [NYO]

Images: Bed-Stuy homes (L); 173 St James Place. AKA the Feral Cat House of Clinton Hill (R)

Architecture, Boerum Hill, Design

Sometimes you don’t need to go that far to escape the frenzy of the city. Forget about charming mountain retreats or luxury seaside homes, this humble beauty provides the perfect place to escape from it all–right in a Boerum Hill backyard. Crafted by local studio Hunt Architecture using standard pieces of wood, the Brooklyn Garden Studio is a grown-up version of the classic treehouse.

Learn more about this small wooden shed

Architecture, Events, Landscape Architecture

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Center for Architecture, LaGuardia Place, New York, NY, United States

Fulton Center, one of the many female-led projects at the exhibit

To mark Women’s History Month, a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture will showcase the work of more than 100 female architects, landscape architects, and engineers across the five boroughs. Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) is a project of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, which started accepting nominations for outstanding female-led design last fall and received 350 submissions.

Among the 98 sites celebrated at the show are the Pepsi Cola Corporate Headquarters on Park Avenue, designed in the 1960s by Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; the new Fulton Center, the work of more than two dozen women; and the High Line, another collaborative effort of many females.

More on the exhibit

 

Daily Link Fix

  • Watch a video profile of starchitect Robert A.M. Stern, exploring his life, career, and noted accomplishments. [PBS]
  • The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance is proposing an ambitious park under the elevated A tracks called Project Underway. [Brownstoner Queens]
  • Video “Down Orchard Street” looks for the remaining bargain district vendors. [Bowery Boogie]
  • Hell’s Kitchen residents dig hot dogs, and Upper East Siders love French food. Yelp has put together a map of both the surprising and predictable popular cuisines of Manhattan neighborhoods. [DNAinfo]
  • New television series “My City’s Just Not That into Me” matches intrepid city dwellers with their ideal piece of real estate. [Curbed]

Images: Project Underway rendering via Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (L); Soul food via Wiki Commons (R)

Midtown, Midtown East, New Developments

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335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Image: One Vanderbilt via SL Green/KPF

Foes of One Vanderbilt could soon find themselves with choice words for a new supertall enemy on the rise in the Midtown corridor. The Post reports that developer Howard Milstein is now looking to design and develop a brand new tower at 335 Madison Avenue. Millstein’s move takes advantage of the new Vanderbilt corridor zoning that would allow a building of 30 FAR with various bonuses.

Currently in its place, however, is a 1.1 million square-foot tower from 1984. The new project would require knocking down the existing building and constructing anew. Although that sounds like an impossible task, The Post notes that the tower was actually a redevelopment of the 1913-era Biltmore Hotel that the Milstein family started razing before preservationists could react—meaning there’s far less architectural significance here than there once was. While the current building does host tenants, roughly 500,000 square feet is already vacant. A new tower would also take several years to plan and develop. Milstein’s new plan could include a high-end hotel which would harken back to the site’s hotel past.

[Via NY Post]

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Cool Listings, Downtown Brooklyn, Interiors

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183 Concord Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

This commercial space at 183 Concord Street is a bit of a project, but it already has some great qualities like exposed brick walls, tall ceilings, and a hot Downtown Brooklyn location near the Manhattan Bridge. More importantly, the second-floor offices already have approved residential plans, and you know what that means: it’s build-your-dream-home time.

More pics inside

 
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Be my roommate, Cobble Hill, Features, People

To help our fellow New Yorkers on their hunt for a good roommate, we’re launching “Be My Roommate“. If you’ve got an empty room you’d like to see featured here, get in touch with us at [email protected]!

Meet Marie, a laid-back bookworm looking for a roomie for her Cobble Hill two-bedroom. Marie moved into the neighborhood a little over two years ago after a spending a few years in Chicago and over a year living out of a backpack while making her way across Central America. Up until a few days ago, she shared her Brooklyn apartment with her younger sister who has since flown the coop to the Upper West Side where she now nests with her fiance. This has left Marie with a big extra bedroom and a great opportunity for anyone looking to become a Brooklynite in one of the city’s best nabes.

So, what’s she looking for in a roommate? “I’m very much quiet and relaxed, needing to come down after a fast-paced, non-stop work day at the office,” she says about herself. “I come home change out the heels, grab a glass of wine, forage for something to eat, and zone out with some Netflix, reading, or whatever creative project I’m currently working on. I’m looking for the same chilled, low key personality, where home is more a sanctuary than the Playboy mansion.”

Find out more here, plus pics!

Bushwick, CityLiving, History, photography

"Last Wall;: Meryl Meisler
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Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, United States

The Village People Stepping Out, The Grand Ballroom, NY, NY, June 1978 (l); Three Amigos, Bushwick (r). By Meryl Meisler.

It’s 2015 and Bushwick is on fire. But instead of being lost to the flames of neglect and destruction, buildings are being sold and rented like hotcakes. Photographer Meryl Meisler’s first monograph, “Disco Era Bushwick: A Tale of Two Cities,” published by Bizarre Bushwick gives us an insider’s view of the streets and scenes of New York City during the glam/gritty 1970s and ‘80s when Manhattan’s iconic dance clubs like Studio 54 and Paradise Garage were in their heyday–and there was no brunch to be had in Bushwick.

See more of a bad and bygone Bushwick this way

 

Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

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429 Greenwich Street, New York, NY, United States

If you want to live in a classic Tribeca loft and build a stronger relationship with your partner, you can cancel those therapy sessions and just head over to this 4,000-square-foot pad in the Dietz Lantern Building, because for better or for worse, you will definitely get a lot closer in this home thanks to a see-through master bathroom behind the artful hanging bed. For some reason, the space appears to have been struggling on the market since 2011, with a price tag that has fallen from $12.995 million to its current $10.5 million asking. Maybe couples aren’t as interested in being so open with each other after all. But we think that if they considered advertising at the voyeuristic Standard Hotel on the High Line this home could get snatched up in no time.

Take a look inside

 

Real Estate Wire

  • For $20,000 a month, you can rent this sun-soaked penthouse once featured in the Mickey Rourke/Kim Basinger erotic thriller “9 1/2 Weeks.” [NYDN]
  • The oldest house in Chelsea, located at 404 West 20th Street, has hit the market for $6.5 million. [Curbed]
  • Related CEO Jeff Blau is the mystery buyer of the city’s second most expensive townhouse, a $51 million Upper East Side beauty. [TRD]
  • Millennials are transforming home buying. Brokers say this generation prefers texting to phone calls by far. [AOL Real Estate]
  • Howard Hughes has just closed on a 10-story building just west of the South Street Seaport for $10 million. [TRD]
  • The full Second Avenue Subway may not happen. [Gothamist]

Images: “9 1/2 Weeks” pad courtesy of Dolly Lenz Real Estate (L); 404 West 20th Street (R)

CityLiving, Video

Whether it’s climbing the 90 flights of stairs to the top of 432 Park or roaming abandoned subway tunnels, the boundary-pushing feats of urban explorers have given us some of the most amazing views of city life that we’ll probably never experience first-hand on our own.

After spending several weeks tagging along with some self-professed urban explorers, filmmaker Jeff Seal has released a short video that documents the literal highs and lows that these adrenaline junkies go to for an Instagram-worthy shot.

Watch the video here

Architecture, Interiors, Upstate

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Kerhonkson, NY, United States

The owners of this beautiful woodland dwelling have swapped the hustle and bustle of NYC for the sweeping views of the Catskill Mountains. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, the Mountain Retreat was carefully crafted into its unique surroundings, partially resting on high concrete stilts to get the best views of the landscape. Combining warm cedar siding with cool gray concrete panels and glass, the stylish property takes full advantage of its picturesque mountain setting.

Learn more about this Catskill retreat on stilts

 

Cool Listings, Interiors, Prospect Heights

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535 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Get ready to feast your eyes on this stunning Prospect Heights loft located in the Newswalk Condominium–and unlike anything offered on the Brooklyn market today. Every detail was masterfully created by award-winning designer Joe Ginsberg, from original furniture pieces fabricated in the artist’s atelier and included with the home to the specialized techniques and processes used in creating the distinctive wall and ceiling finishes.

More of this one-of-a-kind home

 

Daily Link Fix

  • Most major cities don’t keep comprehensive data about assaults against passengers in either Uber cars or taxis. [Atlantic]
  • Forget manspreading, let’s talk about dreadspreading on the subway. [Gothamist]
  • Sorry London, NYC is the world’s most economically powerful city. [CityLab]
  • Why Is Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center PATH station covered in rust? [NYO]
  • Manhattan has only eight spots left to grab a papaya drink and cheap hot dog, but what’s the real reason? [Jeremiah's Vanishing NY]

Images: Taxi via Wiki Commons (L); Papaya King via Papaya King via photopin (license) (R)

affordable housing, Policy

Going broke will no longer mean losing out on your rent-controlled apartment in NYC. According to Bloomberg, city tenants who file for bankruptcy will now be able to keep the keys to their affordable apartments as public assistance. The decision is taken from two opinions formed by the New York State Court of Appeals and the Manhattan-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously bankrupt tenants faced a threat of eviction even when they were current on rent.

Find out more here

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