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Weekly Highlights: Top Picks from the 6sqft Staff

By Dana Schulz, Sat, April 25, 2015

Art, real estate trends, Soho

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81 Spring Street, New York, NY, United States

Soho’s rapidly rising rents have just taken another victim, this time the neighborhood institution potentially being booted is the area’s beloved MoMA Design store at 81 Spring Street. Crain’s reports that the owner of the three-level, 14,500-square-foot space wants an annual rent of $2.5 million—that’s three times more than what the area was asking when MoMA took up residency over 13 years ago.

Find out more here

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Brooklyn, Coney Island, Features, New Yorker Spotlight, People

Baseball season is back in full swing, and though much of the sports chatter has been about the Mets’ strong start and A-Rod’s return after a season-long suspension, we have our attention focused on the city’s two minor league teams–the Mets- affiliated Brooklyn Cyclones and the Yankees-affiliated Staten Island Yankees. Come June 19th, these two teams will be starting their seasons with a game against each other. With the big game under two months away, Guy Zoda is getting ready to reprise his role in community outreach and promotions for the Brooklyn Cyclones, or, more specifically, as fan favorite King Henry.

As an entertainer and performer, Guy came up with the character King Henry years ago. He produced and starred in a community access show called “The King Henry Show,” which aired in 30 cities from New York to Hawaii and won a home video award in 2008. On a whim in the early 2000s, he donned his King Henry costume and made his royal presence known at a Cyclones game. What started out as fun for fans later turned into professional entertaining at home games and a community position with the team.

We recently spoke with Guy about Brooklyn, his love for entertaining, and what makes minor league baseball special.

See what King Henry has to say

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

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51 West 82nd Street, New York, NY, United States

It’s build-your-own-dream-home time! Here’s a look at a completely gutted brownstone triplex right off  Central Park. This 2,100-square-foot pad provides the perfect excuse to grab your interior designer and unleash your imagination. The space includes the parlor, garden level, and basement of a prewar co-op, with a 750-square-foot backyard. And it can be yours for $2.495 million.

More pics inside


CityLiving, maps

Considering that the world’s population can fit inside New York City, it’s easy to believe that our great metropolis is the biggest city around. But is that actually true? A fun new mapping series from storage site SpareFoot takes an overlay of NYC’s footprint and places it over other major cities, countries, and landmarks from the around the world. The visuals are helpful in seeing how easily we can misrepresent size in our heads. For example, as SpareFoot notes, “New York’s 8.4 million residents make it the 21st most populous city in the world (when measuring within the city limits) and of course first in the United States. By area, the 305 square miles of land delineated by its city limits make it the 24th largest city in the US by land area.” And internationally, it doesn’t even make the list of top 250 largest cities by land, reports Gothamist. Just look at London–it’s nearly twice the size of New York. Yet Boston and San Francisco are about 1/6 the size of NYC.

See how NYC stacks up to the competition here

Real Estate Wire

  • The historic Tracy Mansion will be carved into seven residential units. [TRD]
  • Frank Sinatra’s former UES penthouse has sold for $5 million. [WSJ]
  • Norman Foster’s new building at 100 East 53rd Street is on the rise. [A Fine Blog]
  • Turns out 190 Bowery’s graffiti isn’t safe after all. The ground floor tenant will have the final say as to whether it stays or goes. [ANIMAL]
  • The Upper East Side mansion that used to belong to Vanderbilt heiress Gloria Vanderbilt has hit the market for $59 million. [NYDN]

Architecture, Events, History

Engine 33 via Eric on Flickr

Firehouses represent some of the most beautiful architecture in New York City, and now instead of just peeking inside through the windows (or ogling the FDNY calendar) you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these firehouses (and maybe even some of the calendar models). To mark its 150th anniversary, the FDNY is hosting a citywide open house on Saturday, May 2nd where the public will be welcomed inside.

Find out more here

CityLiving, History, infographic

We often talk about specific neighborhoods’ immigration history–Little Germany in the East Village, El Barrio in East Harlem, or the capital of Jewish America on the Lower East Side. But when we look at the city as a whole, there’s been some pretty interesting immigration patterns over its nearly-400-year history. To visualize this timeline, the data gurus over at Metrocosm have put together an interactive infographic that shows the change in these immigration waves from 1626 to 2013 and how they relate to world events regarding these given countries.

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Architecture, Financial District

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Financial District, New York, NY, United States

Just when you thought skyscraper design couldn’t get any more out there, Vasily Klyukin‘s vision for a FiDi tower blows even the tallest of towers out of the water. Unquestionably a very eye-catching and provocative—if not downright weird—design, Klyukin’s “Top Sexy Tower” concept is inspired by the stems of fashion models who can be found stomping across the streets of Manhattan.

Find out more, plus other photos here


Daily Link Fix

  • Here’s five subway lines New York hasn’t built but should. [CityLab]
  • The Tenement Museum is crowdfunding to preserve and repair its building at 97 Orchard Street. [Bowery Boogie]
  • Floridians pay the most in NYC parking tickets outside of the Northeast. Those from Wyoming pay the least. See how much each state, and some countries, pay per year. [I Quant NY]
  • Map shows the unique and sometimes crazy things that each state imports most. New York’s is… diamonds? [Washington Post]
  • The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse has been abandoned for 37 years, but will reopen with a new art exhibit. [Untapped]
  • Not a fan of your coworkers? This new desk chair will let you hide from them. [Mashable]

Image: NYC parking ticket (L); Diamonds (R)

Cool Listings, Greenwich Village, Interiors

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29 East 10th Street, New York, NY, United States

This is not your artsy Greenwich Village apartment of the beatnik era. The condo at 29 East 10th Street, which takes up the entire second floor, is more along the lines of “luxury loft living.” It has been renovated with custom lighting and exposed brickwork to accommodate the seller’s impressive, sometimes kooky, art collection. And it seems like unique design is a trend of the building, which is a former 19th century feather factory. Last year an impressive condo hit the market here asking $14.995 million. This new apartment is asking significantly less, priced at $3.95 million.

See more of the interior photos here

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Art, Features, Major Developments, Meatpacking District, Starchitecture

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99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, United States

May 1st will mark a new era for the Whitney when its brand new home along the High Line swings its doors open to the public for the first time. A project that has been decades in the making, the $422 million structure designed by Renzo Piano is a game changer for a museum that had long outgrown its Upper East Side space. Boasting a whopping 220,000 square feet of column-free spaces, this glass and steel behemoth is a dynamic assemblage of shapes and angles, and perfectly outfitted to host the Whitney Museum’s 22,000 works and then some. Though the museum won’t officially open for another few days, this morning 6sqft joined a trove of celebrants at the pre-opening preview of the new High Line-hugging masterpiece. Take an exclusive photo tour with us inside ahead.

All the photos here

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Art, Design, Events, Features

Image: Sakura Matsuri at the BK Botanical Garden by Liz Ligon

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 ArtNerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers, beginning tonight!

Spring means another week of great events, kicking off with one of my own at the fabulous historic Roger Smith Hotel. This week, spend 12 hours celebrating philosophy, shop the best in home design for a cause, enjoy the authentic Lower East Side, or let art save your soul at the Rubin Museum. You can also celebrate spring Japanese style at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, take a selfie at Rockefeller Center, or school yourself at the Guggenheim.

All the best events here

Celebrities, Recent Sales, Soho

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22 Mercer Street, New York, NY, United States

If you’ve been following the roller coaster that is reality television star Bethenny Frankel‘s life, you know that she started out as a single, struggling entrepreneur on “Real Housewives of New York City.” She then launched the Skinny Girl margarita, sold the brand to Jim Beam for a reported $120 million, got married and had a daughter, filed for divorced, and rejoined the Housewives. On the recent season of the show, she considers herself “the richest homeless person in Manhattan,” as her ex-husband stayed in their $5 million Tribeca apartment at 195 Hudson Street.

We think Frankel’s use of the word “homeless” is a little ridiculous considering she was splitting her time between lavish Hamptons rentals and high-end Manhattan hotels, but the Daily News has revealed that the Skinny Girl is actually the owner of apartment 2D at 22 Mercer Street in Soho. A nomad no more, Frankel is waiting to move into the gorgeous loft, which she bought about seven months ago for $4.2 million, until renovations are complete. But judging by the photos of the home, we can’t imagine there’d be that much to change.

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Real Estate Wire

  • A billionaire who canceled his purchase of a $27.5M penthouse at 1107 Fifth Avenue—which also happens to be NYC’s first-ever penthouse—will get his $2.75M deposit refunded to him. Carlos Rodriguez Pastor didn’t want to share his terrace with neighbors in the building. [NYDN]
  • If the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey doesn’t pick a winning developer for the megaproject soon, the two finalists may drop out altogether. [Crain's]
  • Snooze beneath Brooklyn’s water tower bar for $250 a night. [Curbed]
  • Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have rented out their One Madison pad after listing it for just two days. The home is going for $45,000 per month with furnishings or $42,500 monthly unfurnished. [NYP]
  • Craft breweries are coming to South Bronx in droves. [NYT]
  • Red Hook’s crumbling warehouses turned modern office spaces. [Gothamist]

Images: The terrace at the center of the billionaire’s plight (L); LGA (R)

Architecture, Midtown West, New Developments

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303 East 44th Street, New York, NY, United States

Renderings via ODA

Just last month, Perkins + Will announced a new 65-story, 700-foot, pencil-thin tower coming to 37th Street. But it wasn’t the height or slender design that got our attention; it was the sky-high gardens, five clusters of shared amenity and park spaces located at specific intervals on the building. Now, this project will be joined by another urban garden wonder near the United Nations.

The Daily News reveals today renderings from ODA Architects of a super-skinny, 41-story, 600-foot skyscraper at 303 East 44th Street that will feature “six 16-foot-high gaps in the façade — each filled with a full-floor, canopied green space that will wrap around the core of the tower.” These floating gardens will occupy the 2,600-square-foot floor plates, which are far smaller than the 4,800-square-foot floor plates at 111 West 57th Street, which has therefore lost its title of will-be world’s skinniest tower.

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Soho

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19 Greene Street, New York, NY, United States

Oh how we love Soho’s Cast Iron District. Its cobblestone streets and classic facades set the stage so beautifully for the lofts within. Wide open floor plans showered with an abundance of natural light courtesy of big, bold windows. Soaring 12-foot ceilings and original cast iron columns scattered about serving as a lovely reminder of the area’s industrial roots.

And the 1,800-square-foot residence at 19 Greene Street is no exception—plus it comes with a little something extra for its $2.7M price tag: an unusually placed clawfoot tub in the home’s sleeping quarters. Though we’ve written about showers and bathtubs in kitchens (and scratched our heads at the thought), the current owner of this loft just might be on to something. How nice would it be to take a long, luxurious soak and then slip into bed for the evening?  Of course, if the virtually wall-less layout leaves you feeling a bit too exposed, you can always avail yourself of the rain shower in the more traditional bathroom. See more of this classic Soho loft


Daily Link Fix

  • There’s a $10 million precious stone hidden in plain sight at Grand Central. [Business Insider]
  • Grand Central also used to have its own movie theater. [Gothamist]
  • Lower East Side History Month kicks off in May. Here’s a list of all the events, including exhibits, walking tours, film screenings, and more. [The Lo-Down]
  • If you’re looking to live out a James Bond fantasy, visit this West Village spy shop. [Untapped]
  • Experts say more coyotes will come to NYC. In the past three weeks three have been spotted around the city. [DNAinfo]
  • According to data from the New York City Department of Transportation, the number of cyclists in NYC has tripled over the past 10 years. [Tree Hugger]

Images: Orchard and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side (L); NYC cyclist (R)

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Architecture, Features, History

Yesterday we rounded up some of the most heinous crimes committed against architecture in New York City, but today we’re taking a look at the sunnier side of things. Our list of architectural saviors includes sites saved from the wrecking ball, as well as those that have remained intact and been adaptively reused. And with city-wide preservationists celebrating this year’s 50th anniversary of the landmarks law, what better time to take a look back?

View our list of architectural saviors


After last month’s construction accident at the Greenwich Lane site in the Village, in which a piece of flying plywood killed a young woman named Tina Nguyen who was just walking by, the Wall Street Journal investigated construction injuries to passersby (not construction workers). Their analysis of Department of Buildings data shows that on average one passerby per month is injured at a New York City construction site. According to the paper, “From 2008 through 2014, there were 96 construction accidents involving pedestrians and other passersby in New York City, resulting in 155 injuries. More than three-quarters of the accidents took place in Manhattan.”

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Cool Listings, Interiors, Tribeca

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79 Laight Street, New York, NY, United States

It’s already a brag-worthy feat to own an apartment that was designed by an award-winning architect, but it’s even more brag-worthy to own one that was lovingly designed by that architect for her very own sister and her family. That’s why when we tell you that this 2,783-square-foot Tribeca pad in the landmarked Sugar Warehouse condominium is a gem, we mean it. The retro glam duplex loft was a collaboration between designer Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, her mother Louise Ruhle, and her sister, the homeowner, Stephanie Ruhle Hubbard. That’s right, even Mom was involved. So you know that every nook and cranny of this $5.2 million duplex loft was lovingly tended to.

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maps, real estate trends, Transportation

Map © Thrillist

The folks over at Thrillist have put together the fun new Manhattan Subway Rent Map, which shows “where you can’t afford to live, by stop.” The figures come from the median rent per bedroom near every Manhattan subway stop. For the most part, the trends are what you’d expect — prices along the 4, 5, 6 line get incredibly lower above 96th Street; living near a 14th Street train station will cost you; and the A, C, E train carries pretty steep prices throughout Manhattan until you reach 125th Street. But what’s interesting is that the 59th Street corridor reigns supreme, with prices across the board coming in around $2,800.

See the full map here

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Architecture, Features, History

At Monday’s MCNY symposium “Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century,” starchitect Robert A.M. Stern lamented about 2 Columbus Circle and its renovation that rendered it completely unrecognizable. What Stern saw as a modernist architectural wonder, notable for its esthetics, cultural importance (it was built to challenge MoMA and the prevailing architectural style at the time), and history (the building originally served as a museum for the art collection of Huntington Hartford), others saw as a hulking grey slab. Despite the efforts of Stern and others to have the building landmarked, it was ultimately altered completely.

This story is not unique; there are plenty of worthy historic buildings in New York City that have been heavily changed, let to fall into disrepair, or altogether demolished. And in many of these cases, the general public realized their significance only after they were destroyed. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the NYC landmarks law, we’ve rounded up some of the most cringe-worthy crimes committed against architecture.

Check out our list right here

real estate trends

Forbes Tallies the World’s Richest Real Estate Tycoons

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, April 22, 2015

Forbes recently released their annual list ranking the world’s billionaires for 2015. The universe’s wealthiest human is still Bill (Gates, that is), with a fortune worth $79.2 billion at last count. In the overall under-40 crowd, Marc Zuckerberg topped the list with $35.1 billion, his fortune far outstripping the rest of the youngsters on the list. A look at the world’s top real estate billionaires—the list can be sorted by industry among other factors—gives us a peek at some interesting facts and figures about the world’s top property tycoons.

Find out which real estate big-wigs are swimming in billions here

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Features, infographic, Major Developments, maps, New Developments

Happy Earth Day, friends! As climate change weighs heavy on many of our minds, it’s relief to know that there are developers and architects working hard to create a healthier, more sustainable built environment. Eco-friendly residential design has been on the rise in NYC over the last decade, with buildings today boasting everything from solar panels to greywater treatment to vitamin C-infused showers. CityRealty took a look at some of the newest LEED-rated constructions and green renovations sprouting up across Manhattan and found that the city counts 94 major eco-friendly projects. Another interesting tidbit: Battery Park City and West Chelsea boast the highest concentration of green buildings. How does your neighborhood stack up?

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Real Estate Wire

  • More and more hipsters are flocking to South Bronx. Real estate experts are eyeing it as the next big thing. [DNA Info]
  • We’re not sure why leopard print walls would be a hard sell, but Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has cut the price his Central Park South pad to $3.1 million, down from $4 million. [NYP]
  • Long Island City condo prices have surpassed the $1,000 per square foot mark. [TRD]
  • A map of the neighborhoods with the most “loud sex” complaints. [DNA Info]
  • Broadway theater producer David Richenthal has snagged this sprawling Tribeca pad. [Acris]
  • Just a few years ago all eyes were on 3D printing giant Makerbot and their ‘Made in Brooklyn‘ mantra. Today sad news comes that the company will shutter several stores and lay off some of their employees. [Crain's]

Cool Listings, Hamptons, Quirky Homes

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73 Water Hole Rd, East Hampton, NY, United States

It’s not all Real Housewives of NYC and mega-mansions out on the Hamptons. In fact, one of the cutest houses on the island (in our humble opinion) is on the market for just $595,000.

Located in East Hampton at 73 Waterhole Road, this beach bungalow stands out on the exterior for its charming hexagonal shape and on the interior for its funky hand-painted checkered floors and rustic cedar beamed ceilings. And if that wasn’t enough, the house sits on a large lot adjacent to a preserve and near a private residents-only beach and marina.

See more here


Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors

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633 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

This multi-family townhouse at 633 Macdonough Street in Stuyvesant Heights is an exquisite combination of high-end renovations and beautifully restored details—and green in more ways than one. Fully renovated in 2011 and impeccably maintained, this three-story home features a new EPDM roof with an environmentally-friendly solar array (green #1), an income-producing rental on the top floor (green #2), and your very own garden (green #3).

See more of this very green home


Daily Link Fix

  • Data shows that taxi drivers are costing commuters money when making trips to LaGuardia. [Value Penguin]
  • A nine-foot Hello Kitty Time Capsule is coming to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The translucent sculpture will get filled with people’s memories. [Untapped]
  • Take a ride on one of NYC’s tugboats, which are making a comeback in marine freight towing. [Animal]
  • How Earth Day came to be. [Inhabitat]
  • Inside the subterranean passageway that once linked Grand Central to the Roosevelt Hotel. [Gothamist]
  • How livable will your neighborhood be as you age? Surprisingly, NYC ranks 62 in AARP’s livability index. [Curbed via CityLab]

Images: Drawing of Hello Kitty sculpture via “Time After Time Capsule” (L); The over 65 crowd via Ed Yourdon (R)

New Developments, Park Slope

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188 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Back in December we revealed that Park Slope’s iconic Pavilion Theater may be going residential after scoping out renderings on the website of architecture firm Architecture Outfit, which showed two possible schemes. The first was a six-story residential building rising behind the theater’s sublime Moorish façade and from a neighboring lot just south of the theater, and the second was a plan that preserved the theater in its entirety, limiting construction to the neighboring lot.

Now, The Real Deal reports that Hidrock Realty, who bought the theater in 2006 for $16 million, has officially filed plans to build a six-story, 24-unit building on the site at 188 Prospect Park West, replacing the theater. And the architect of record is none other than Morris Adjmi, well known for his ability to create structures that seamlessly blend with their historic surroundings while still displaying subtle, modern touches. But since the theater is part of the Park Slope Historic District, this plan will likely not be so cut-and-dried.

More details on the project ahead



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