Washington Mews might be one of the best blocks not just in Greenwich Village, but in all of New York City. It’s a gated, cobblestone street that’s lined with quaint carriage houses and one of them has just hit the market, asking $30,000 a month. Located at 64 Washington Mews, it’s been totally renovated into a lofty and modern two-bedroom home with three levels connected by an open staircase and lit by skylights.
The building itself, designed by Issac & Stern Architects, may be pretty unremarkable, the same for the block on which it’s located, but 505 Saint Mark’s Avenue is in a prime Crown Heights location and offers some great amenities. It has 147 brand new units and is just steps off foodie haven Franklin Avenue and right around the corner from trendy food/beer hall Berg’n.
While the market-rate apartments are pretty par for the course (a one-bedroom goes for about $2,500/month and a two-bedroom for around $3,600), a housing lottery has launched today for 30 affordable units, including $913 one-bedrooms and $1,065 two-bedrooms for individuals and households earning between $31,303 and $51,780 annually.
Retrace Harriet’s “spy route” and settle in with a tomato sandwich at this Queen Anne-style townhouse said to be the residence that inspired the fictional home featured in “Harriet the Spy,” the beloved book starring a precocious 11-year-old who spends her days documenting the moves of her friends and neighbors. According to The Post, the stunning 1880s property at 558 East 87th Street has just listed for $4.95 million, and it’s the first time in nearly 70 years that it’s been put up for sale. The rare Upper East Side gem is a corner construction, which gives it fantastic views of Gracie Mansion, Carl Schurz Park, and the East River—on top of excellent light from three exposures. And being situated on one of the leafiest and quietest blocks in the city, it’s the perfect setting to get into covert shenanigans, à la Harriet.
Less than two months after hitting the market for $6.25 million, Uma Thurman has sold her Gramercy Park duplex at 1 Lexington Avenue, reports the Observer. The actress moved into the co-op more than 15 years ago when she was still married to Ethan Hawke. They sold their unit after divorcing, but Thurman then bought this five-bedroom spread for $2.65 million in 2006, and spent five years renovating it into the classically elegant residence we see today.
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!
If you’re not heading out of town for the big holiday weekend, there’s still plenty to keep you busy and cultured. Jeffrey Deitch’s Coney Island Walls continue for a second season, with new murals starting this weekend. Arthelix will stay open for 72 hours for a tireless performative festival, while Williamsburg’s former Cinders Gallery resurrects for a month at Brilliant Champions in Bushwick. Governors Island opens up for the season, with a free Kids festival, joined by a Classical Music festival for adults. If you’re headed to the Hamptons for the weekend, be sure to check out Agathe Snow’s curatorial project with Eric Firestone, or a rousing art talk with Annika Connor at the library. And while you scoot from one place to the next, be sure to check out Leah Oates’ new exhibition for MTA Arts & Design, giving a burst of nature underneath Bryant Park.
We’ve followed ingenue Anne Hathaway through various life events as expressed in real estate transactions, including the Upper West Side penthouse she currently shares with husband Adam Shulman. Before that, there was the DUMBO Clocktower loft the actress reportedly used as an expensive closet. Now here’s a peek at the glossy midtown duplex in the Olympic Tower condominium at 641 Fifth Avenue that Ms. Hathaway shared with ex-con ex Raffaello Follieri for $37K/month in the mid-2000s (h/t WSJ); the apartment is currently on the rental market for $48,000 a month.
The listing points out that the glass-clad, dubiously decorated pad has the distinction of having been the rented home of the ill-starred couple during their “storybook romance,” which makes a lot of sense if the storybook you’re reading is a white collar crime novel about a 30-year-old con man arrested, convicted, incarcerated and deported for embezzlement and fraud, possibly with the aid of his actress girlfriend. But a different choice of words and more context should put this dressed-to impress duplex in a better light.
Near Chelsea’s raggle-taggle intersection of Seventh Avenue and 23rd Street, a new residential building has begun its 17-floor rise skyward. The 53,135-square-foot tower designed by C3D Architecture will boast 50 rental apartments with first and cellar levels dedicated to commercial and retail uses. Floors two through 11 will be configured with four apartments per floor and floors 12-16 just two apartments apiece. According to C3D, the exterior will be clad in a subdued mix of limestone and metal panels with full-height glass windows wedged in between. The second floor will be provided a large rear terrace and all levels above will have west-facing balconies. The twelfth floor is setback and the uppermost four levels will be outfitted with street-facing balconies.
NYC-based design firm Buro Koray Duman has come up with a series of plans to use the under-utilized space beneath the BQE in a site near Sunset Park‘s Industry City, the massive waterfront industrial complex which itself has recently experienced a renaissance as a hub for designers and local manufacturers. The elevated highway separates Industry City from the rest of the neighborhood, and the proposed uses would connect the space beneath with the creative and commercial energy of the complex. According to Dezeen, the firm saw an opportunity to put the empty sub-highway space to good use and add “more color and convenience to the city’s daily life.”
- A stop-work order was issued for the Upper East Side tower where developers used a four-foot-wide lot as a loophole to build taller. [NYT]
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel, the 825-bed hospital that’s served downtown Manhattan for more than 125 years, confirms that it will sell off its building and move to a new, 70-bed facility. [NYT]
- Whole Foods may open in Hudson Yards. [Crain's]
- For the seventh year in a row, Bella is the most popular dog name in the city. [NYP]
- The underground pathway that links the Fulton Center subway hub to the PATH trains opens today. [CBS]
- Watch the Simpsons poke fun at Ikea. [Fast Co. Design]
Warren Haynes, guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band, may not live in this Upper Nyack home anymore, but it sure does look like it’s inhabited by a musician. From the outside, the five-bedroom Colonial appears to be a standard suburban spread, but inside, the animal-print rugs (and actual animal sculptures), neon and furry accents, and massive shoe collection scream rock star. And it can all be yours for $2 million (h/t NYP).
Views of addition courtesy of Neoscape
Back in March, 6sqft got a first look at renderings for Jamestown Properties‘ 240,000-square-foot addition to Chelsea Market. Known as BLDG 18, the nine-story topper designed by Studios Architecture will sit atop the westernmost building of the complex. In addition, the developer plans to spend $35 to $50 million doubling the size of the retail space. Though there’s no new images to accompany the news, Crain’s explains that the additional 80,000 square feet of retail will go in the building’s now mostly unused lower level. Here, among other renovations, Jamestown will convert a boiler room into a restaurant and add a central corridor similar to the existing one on the ground level.
A common complaint about the city’s affordable housing lotteries is that they don’t often pertain to middle-income New Yorkers who are struggling to pay market-rate rents just the same. But here’s the chance for this often-overlooked group to get in on the action — a lottery launches tomorrow for 55 middle-income apartments at 325 East 25th Street. Not only do the rents range from $1,715/month studios to $2,216/month two-bedrooms, but the building is located in a prime Murray Hill location just north of Gramercy and right in the mix of restaurants and bars (okay, maybe just bars) for which the ‘hood is known.
Images by Esther Bubley, 1943
In the mid-19th century, as the city rapidly grew in area and population, many single New Yorkers faced difficult decisions on the housing market. Unlike the majority of today’s single New Yorkers, however, the decision was not whether to share an apartment with one or more roommates or squeeze into a studio apartment but rather which type of boarding house to inhabit.
Ahead we’ll go over the history of the New York City boarding house, as well as where you can still find the handful that remain.
Back in 2014, New Yorkers lamented the shuttering of Pearl Paint, the legendary 80-year-old art retailer that had been located on the border of Tribeca and Chinatown since 1933. Any self-respecting artist, architect, or designer will surely remember trudging up the six flights of creaking floor boards and hunting down bargain-priced supplies, but this will soon become an even more distant memory as just yesterday, Trans World Equities filed permits to convert one of Pearl Paint’s former buildings into eight residential units and build a two-story addition above the 150-year-old structure at 308 Canal Street.
Image: Fort Greene Park Conservancy
The city has announced plans to make eight of the city’s parks more welcoming and integrated into their surrounding neighborhoods, the New York Times reports. According to officials, the green-space face-lifts are part of a plan to improve city parks and part of the larger goal of having 85 percent of New Yorkers living within walking distance of a park.
The parks, chosen by a nomination process that used feedback from residents, include Seward Park on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Faber Pool and Park on the North Shore of Staten Island, Jackie Robinson Park in northern Manhattan, Van Cortlandt Park and Hugh Grant Circle and Virginia Park in the Bronx, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, and Fort Greene and Prospect Parks in Brooklyn. According to parks commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, the many improvement suggestions the city received were “proof positive of how excited New Yorkers are to increase accessibility and openness in their favorite parks.”