Last summer, a civic group known as City Club of New York slapped Barry Diller’s Pier 55 with a lawsuit, claiming he and the Hudson River Park Trust had failed to thoroughly evaluate the environmental impact of the 2.7-acre offshore park. In April of this year, the Manhattan Supreme Court dismissed the case, and later that same month news broke that construction on the $130 million project would begin this summer after gaining regulatory approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, DNAinfo reports that today an appellate court issued an injunction that says work must temporarily stop until at least September when the opponents present their case again.
Join the world’s leading urban-thinkers for the New York Times’ 3rd annual Cities for Tomorrow conference. 6sqft has teamed up with the Times to give one lucky reader a free pass (worth $950!) to the event happening July 18-19th in Midtown Manhattan. This year’s talks are centered on identifying and dissecting the best ideas that lead to flourishing cities. Speakers on the docket include experts from various industries, including architect Jeanne Gang, restaurateur Danny Meyer, “Broad City” producer Eric Slovin, and economist Edward Glaeser.
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Image pointing to the site of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. Rendering by DBOX
Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman has made a $75 million gift towards the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC) reports the New York Times. The donation will finally make one of the last unfinished projects at the site a reality, and the Center will therefore be named for Perelman. “I think that this is a project that must happen. It is more than just a pure artistic center to serve a community. It is that, but at the same time it’s much more than that,” he said.
This is not Perelman’s first time donating to the World Trade Center site. Under the Bloomberg administration he gave $5 million for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and said then that he was interested in making the lead gift for a performing arts center at the site.
July is a big month for Deborah Berke, the founder of the New York-based architecture and design firm Deborah Berke Partners. Not only will Ms. Berke become Dean of the Yale Architecture School on July 1st (the first woman to do so in the school’s 100-year history), taking over for Robert A.M. Stern, but her new book, “House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life,” will be released on July 12th.
In “House Rules,” Ms. Berke outlines her eight guiding principles for modern living. The principles range from “Property lines do not define a site” and “Any material can seduce”, to “Circulation does more than connect” and “Reckon with tradition.” Berke, a born and bred New Yorker, believes that those principles become even more important with city living.
Recently, CityRealty spoke to Ms. Berke about her big month ahead and her exciting plans for the future.
When it comes to maximizing all your space in an apartment, nothing does the trick like adding a loft. This one-bedroom apartment, at the Greenwich Village co-op 35 East 10th Street, did just that in a recent renovation. A well-designed loft of glass, steel and wood creates a nice big living room below, with a spacious sleeping alcove above. On top of that, a wall of glass in the rear of the apartment offers a seamless transition out to its own private patio. Amazingly, this unit sold for $500,000 just three years ago, and now it’s on the market post-reno for more than twice that amount.
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
The Fourth of July is typically for house parties and rooftop barbecues, but if you’re too lazy to organize your own party, there are a few choice ways to celebrate in style, whilst also catching the area fireworks. Channel your inner pin-up girl at the DL or sit poolside at the luxe McCarren Hotel. Head down to the revamped South Street Seaport, which has become a cultural center for arts, music and food. Splurge and set sail around Manhattan, and dance dance dance at a secret location- or at the beautiful House of Yes in Bushwick. Independence Day is all about friends and family, so have fun no matter what you do, and be safe!
The 2,800-square-foot Soho loft at 112 Green Street belonging to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine and supermodel Behati Prinsloo has already been sold at its asking price, the Observer reports. 6sqft took a look at the pretty pad belonging to the new-parents-to-be when it was listed at $5.5 million–$1 million more than they bought it for two years ago. The loft, offered complete with its casual-contemporary mix of furniture–is a picture of downtown perfection with unspoiled original details like cast-iron columns, classic loft radiators, exposed brick and 13-foot tin ceilings. The rocker also just listed his 7,100-square-foot Beverly Hills estate for $17.5 million, so we’re assuming the head-turning pair are on the hunt for a more family-friendly space.
This elegant five-story single-family townhouse at 151 East 74th Street has been a home to a president’s son (Captain Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt) and Hollywood royalty. The late, great actor Henry Fonda called the nearly 6,000-square-foot townhouse home and hosted his wedding to 23-year-old Italian countess Afdera Franchetti here in 1957. Built in 1878, the brick Colonial Revival style home remains an elegant address, and is on the market for $11.225 million.
There have been recent improvements and upgrades, with plenty of potential left for transformation. With that many floors, two decks, a landscaped backyard and a prime Upper East Side location on a gorgeous townhouse block near Central Park, the landmarked home might be just the one for a certain outgoing president who has expressed interest in living in New York City after leaving the White House. There’s definitely plenty of room for college kids and their friends, dogs, staff and security personnel.
Welling Court is a tiny enclave in Astoria, tucked between 30th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, near the base of Astoria Park. It’s best known for the funky street art that adorns its building’s walls. Organized by the Welling Court Mural Project, there are now more than 140 murals from international artists, and each June the group puts on a huge block party to celebrate that year’s art.
If this arsty community appeals to you, a new rental building has recently gone up in Welling Court, and it comes with six low-income apartments that are now up for grabs through the city’s housing lottery. 11-07 Welling Court is a six-story, 27-unit building from Architects Studio and developer Halil Todic. The affordable residences, created through the city’s 421-a program, are $947 a month for individuals earning between $32,469 and $38,100 annually or two-person households earning between $32,469 and $43,500.
- Produce in Chinatown is so cheap because of a web of small farms and wholesalers, as well as simple aesthetics. [WSJ]
- What will New York feel like with nine million people? [NY Mag]
- Go inside the Soho loft where two of salad chain Sweetgreen’s founders live. [Business Insider]
- This excuse generator will give you reasons to get out of helping a friend move. [6sqft inbox]
- Beginning in November, Allegiant airlines will offer one-way flights from Newark to certain U.S. cities for $39. They’ll also sell flights to London, Paris, and Berlin for $149. [NYP]
Rapidly growing populations and increasingly scarce resources are two of the biggest challenges that cities face today. But how are policymakers, developers, entrepreneurs and designers responding to these issues? For the third year in a row, the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow conference will bring together the world’s top urban-thinkers to discuss what’s being done to enact change that will positively shape our expanding urbanscape. This year’s panels will focus in on analyzing winning urban formulas that have helped cities thrive, including the addition of food halls, advanced transit, public/private partnerships, and new approaches to education.
This July 18-19th, join hosts Times senior editor Charles Duhigg and Big City columnist Ginia Bellafante, and speakers such as Jeanne Gang, Danny Meyer, Edward Glaeser, Allison Arieff for nearly 20 riveting talks and discussions. The conference is invitation only but you can apply to attend by visiting NYTCitiesForTomorrow.com >>
The World Trade Center‘s Liberty Park, the new one-acre public park at 25 feet above ground level spanning Liberty Street between West and Greenwich Streets, opens today. NYYimby reports that the park is getting the last few finishing touches in preparation for its grand opening dedication ceremony. As part of the landscape design by Joseph E. Brown of architectural and engineering firm Aecom, a 300-foot-long “living wall” composed of 826 panels of varying plant types is a highlight of the new park, which also functions as a pleasant disguise for the entrance to the WTC’s security hub that sits beneath.
If living right near the Holland Tunnel doesn’t bother you, here are 41 low-income apartments on the border of Tribeca and Soho in a brand-new rental building from the Related Companies. 261 Hudson Street is in the up-and-coming Hudson Square neighborhood and was constructed as an 80-20 building through the city’s 421-a program. Designed by Ismael Levya Architects, it has 12 stories and 201 units total. The affordable apartments include $788/month studios, $847 one-bedrooms, and $1,025 two-bedrooms.
Back in April, the power team of JDS Development and SHoP Architects unveiled plans for a 900-foot, 77-story rental building at 247 Cherry Street in the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side. This neighborhood has become controversial for a recent influx of sky-high development; 247 Cherry will rise directly next to Extell’s 850-foot One Manhattan Square and not far from two 50-story towers at 265-275 Cherry Street. Its 900-foot height would’ve made it the tallest tower between Midtown and Downtown, but left it 100 feet shy of the supertall status JDS and SHoP are known for (the duo is responsible for the 1,438-foot-tall 111 West 57th Street and 9 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn’s first 1,000+ foot tower). However, Bowery Boogie reports today that the height may actually be at or above 1,000 feet, rising 80 stories.
On the political front, Hillary is racking in donation dollars, while Donald Trump‘s campaign had a mere $1.3 million to its name as of May 31st. But what about their swag? T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, tote bags. Sure, online purchases won’t sway either campaign significantly, but it’s interesting to look at how the polar-opposite presidential candidates are marketing themselves through merchandise. 6sqft compared the goods from both camps, and found that while Hillary’s merchandise is much more colorful, playful, and plentiful, and even features designer collabs, the Donald sticks to his message and caters to a very specific audience.