Brooklyn Heights, Cool Listings, Interiors

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76 State Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

There are a million reasons to move to Brooklyn Heights: it’s one of the most coveted locations in Brooklyn; its quiet tree-lined streets are enhanced by scenic landscapes and beautiful architecture; and most importantly, it was the setting for the Cosby Show–although it turns out the façade of the Huxtable’s brownstone was actually a residence in Greenwich Village. The horror!

Well, now there’s another reason to head over to Brooklyn Heights, and it’s this beautiful co-op at 76 State Street, asking $995,000. This two-bedroom apartment makes its mark by managing to seamlessly bring a little country living to the upscale urban backdrop. What more could you ask for?

We’ll show you here

 

Brooklyn, Features, Historic Homes, History, Manhattan

You can live here!

Every day at 6sqft we pretty much find ourselves saying “We can’t believe people live like this?!” But every so often we come across a home that has us muttering “People live like this??” In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, we’ve rounded up six spooky and scary Manhattan and Brooklyn residences. One is filled to the brim with dead animals, another hides a secret underground portal, and another harbors an incredible tale of murder and deceit. Jump ahead to see all six them all—and if you’d ever dare live in one of these petrifying pads, you’re in luck because several of these homes are for sale. Lucky you?

For these homes, it’s Halloween year-round

Cool Listings, Interiors, Upper West Side 

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265 West 94th Street, New York, NY, United States

It would be easy to walk right past Pomander Walk on a trip down 95th street, between Broadway and West End Avenue. The quaint little enclave is well concealed by an unsuspecting gate. However, walk through that gate and you’re in for quite a treat. Behind it is one of the most unexpected co-ops on the Upper West Side—an enclave so enchanting that it won the hearts of American treasures like Rosalind Russell, Lillian Gish, and Humphrey Bogart. And right now, one of those co-ops is available for $1.995 million.

Let’s take a look

 

Celebrities, Cool Listings, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side 

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142 West 109th Street, New York, NY, United States

Live like a president—back when that president was a struggling student in college. The tiny two-bedroom apartment President Barack Obama once shared with another student while at Columbia is now renting for $2,300 a month, a couple hundred bucks less than its previous $2,500 a month listing price.

The quaint home located in a rental building at 142 West 109th Street comes with an old photo of the prez standing in the doorway, and according to the listing, living here could be the road to political greatness: “who knows you might end up at the WHITE HOUSE one day!”

Inside Obama’s college digs here

 

Real Estate Wire

  • Extell’s Gary Barnett predicts a small dip in the luxury market. [Crain's]
  • What’s the value of a Central Park view? [Curbed]
  • A peek inside One57′s model home. [TRD]
  • Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive an affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. [Brownstoner]
  • The New York City flood zones contain 84,000 properties valued at a total of $129 billion. [TRD]

The $130M penthouse at 520 Park Ave. (left); The Central Park view from One57 (right)

Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors

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211 East 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States

On any given day New York City has the potential to make all of your dreams come true, and this beautiful three-bedroom East Village condo, located at 211 East 3rd Street, might make that dream a little sweeter. This amazing property underwent an all-inclusive renovation just two years ago, and the result is an exquisitely curated interior enhanced by architectural sophistication that is sure to grab your attention. The renovation also garnered features in Martha Stewart Living, the Wall Street Journal and several other magazines and papers.

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Design, Furniture

Relax in This Giant Birdsnest by OGE Creative Group

By Dana Schulz, Thu, October 30, 2014

Since there’s snow predicted for tomorrow, we’re starting to get in the mood to curl up in a warm, comfy chair with a good book. But while we’ve been dreaming about La-Z-Boys and plush sofas, the imaginative designers at OGE Creative Group were busy coming up with the ultimate cozy lounger–the Giant Birdsnest.

Known officially as the “Giant Birdsnest for creating new ideas,” this bed/couch hybrid was conceived as a new and inspiring social space that fuses furniture and playground.

More on the fun-loving Giant Birdsnest here

Harlem, New Developments, Starchitecture

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329 Pleasant Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Karim Rashid‘s condo at 329 Pleasant Avenue just can’t seem to win. Weeks ago, the designer was forced to scrap the building’s cyan and magenta color scheme for a more subdued palette, and now DNA Info reports that the city has issued a partial stop-work order on the building. The halting of construction comes after the city received complaints from neighbors that their foundations were being damaged by digging and careless workers. But the greatest victim in all of this? How about this Buddha statue which was decapitated by a construction worker.

More on the drama

 

Polls, real estate trends

POLL: Would You Live Next to a Cemetery?

By Dana Schulz, Thu, October 30, 2014

In the spirit of Halloween, yesterday we took a look at whether or not living near a cemetery affects real estate prices in New York. Apparently, on average, homes close to cemeteries were slightly smaller, but sold for more due to a higher cost per square foot. And though this is what the research suggests, we want to know your thoughts. Would it totally spook you to look out your window and see tombstones instead of tenements or would you not bat an eye if your dream apartment just happened to be steps away from coffins?

Images: New York Marble Cemetery via ShellyS via photopin cc (L); Calgary Cemetery in Queens (R)

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Images: +Pool (L); Gowanus Canal via Steven Hirsch (R)

Events, Historic Homes, History, Queens

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7803 19th Road, East Elmhurst, NY, United States

In a world where you can virtually tour real estate listings, it’s nice to know that the good, old-fashioned house tour hasn’t gone out of style. And this Saturday, one of the oldest homes in Queens is opening its doors for a tour of its refurbished interior, exceptional gardens, and historic cemetery.

The Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead in East Elmhurst was built circa 1656 by Abraham Riker, an early settler of New Amsterdam. Its current owner Marion Duckworth Smith still lives in the home, which makes the property the oldest private residence in the borough. She and her late husband Michael Smith began restoring the home in 1980, and since then Smith has offered the occasional tour, giving guests a glimpse into the Riker burial ground, which holds the remains of 132 descendants, the interior living areas, and the picturesque gardens, which include a gazebo and workshop designed to look like a gingerbread house.

More on the house’s history and the upcoming tour

 

Celebrities, Interiors, Recent Sales, Upstate

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340 Croton Lake Road, Mount Kisco, NY, United States

Lots of Hollywood celebrities are making waves in Bedford, New York this week. Just after it was reported that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones sold their home in the woodsy Westchester town for $7.5 million, in turn closing on a nearby property for $11 million, it’s now making headlines that Bruce Willis has dropped $12 million on two Bedford parcels totaling 22.32 acres. The actor has been very busy with real estate lately. He recently listed his Sun Valley ski house and Beverly Hills estate and bought a Central Park West apartment.

Willis and his wife Emma Heming will now get to enjoy the 8,000-square-foot, shingle-style home, as well as the adjoining property’s antique house and two renovated guest cottages.

Take a look at Bruce’s Bedford digs here

 

Features, Greenwich Village, History, holidays

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Greenwich Village, New York, NY, United States

Attending the Village Halloween Parade is a rite of passage when one moves to New York City. It may not be as completely outrageous as it once was, but this annual holiday extravaganza is quintessential Greenwich Village.

Though many parade attendees are there to show off their costumes and check out those of others, there’s a large number of guests who revel in the nostalgia of a New York tradition that’s marched downtown since 1973. But there’s a lot more history to the parade than most people may know. For instance, the parade didn’t always go up 6th Avenue, and there’s an entire art form behind those supersized puppets.

Find out the stories behind these historic tidbits, as well as others

 

Features, holidays, real estate trends

Not so surprisingly, Manhattan has a slew of cemeteries, graveyards and built-over potter’s fields (for unclaimed bodies). Madison Square Park was originally used as a potter’s field, as was Bryant Park. And though these swaths of land served many purposes over the years, it took an eternity before they were lovely public parks. From the late 1600s, burial grounds were generally confined to what would now be just south of City Hall, but more began popping up further uptown during the 1800s as the city’s population grew in leaps and bounds.

With Halloween upon us, tis’ the season for checking out if living near one might give a buyer a bit of a ghostly scare or whether it takes an eternity to sell when the living room window overlooks tombstones marking coffins buried six feet under.

Hear what experts say, and then learn about the city’s most notable graveyards.

Do homes near cemeteries sell at a discount in NYC?

real estate trends, Technology

Though more and more house hunters are back to buying off of blueprint in this hot real estate market, that hasn’t stopped developers from tricking out their sales offices with hopes of trumping the competition. Ultra-detailed scaled models line spaces, and the priciest of couches and countertops fill life-sized mockups blocks away from the actual address. More recently, buildings like 50 West have built out entire theaters wrapped with screens intent on showing buyers the panoramic city views their shelling out millions for. Clearly, cost is not a concern. But watch out, there’s a new group on the scene ready to really shake things up.

Architecture visualization firm ArX Solutions has turned to a piece of virtual reality tech that everyone seems to be talking about: Oculus Rift. With their specially designed virtual reality tours, clients can see exactly what its like to walk through a home with all their sensations engaged. Cool? Absolutely. But this tour doesn’t come cheap. Like the lofty homes it features, a trip with Oculus Rift rings in at a jaw-dropping $95,000.

Find out more about taking an Oculus Rift real estate tour

Real Estate Wire

  • 3 World Trade Center is back on track and is slated to open in 2018. Larry Silverstein sold $1.6B in unrated debt to fund the tower. [NYP]
  • Jackson Pollock’s former Greenwich Village apartment has sold for $1.46M. The home hit the market just over a month ago for $1.25M. [NYDN]
  • A handy guide on how to turn your block into a historic district. [DNA Info]
  • The lost decorations that once adorned the city’s most prominent buildings are being restored and recreated. [NYT]
  • Red Hook’s cool vibe is attracting the super-luxury crowd. A fancy new building at 160 Imlay is selling off condos like hotcakes. [Brownstoner]
  • Co-op prices in the Bronx are on the rise but remain the city’s most affordable. [DNA Info]
  • Ridgewood could be getting another new residential development. [Curbed]

Images: 3 WTC (left); Jackson Pollock’s former apartment (right)

CityLiving, Transportation

In New York, where a parking spot can cost up to $1 million, it’s important to realize just how much space one single car really takes up. As part of the 2014 edition of European Mobility Week, a group of Latvian activists got this message across with some truly out-of-the-box methods.

The activists are part of the advocacy group Let’s Bike It, and the goal for their recent project was to create a visual commentary about the space taken up by cars on a typical road. In doing so, the group fabricated bamboo structures that resembled the shape of a car and mounted them to their bicycle frames. They then road their cycle-monstrosities through the streets to demonstrate the absurdity of operating large cars to transport a single person.

More on the activism here

Products, Technology

That line about New Yorkers using their ovens as shoe storage is getting pretty old (thanks Sex and the City), but a new smart microwave may just make it viable to ditch the stove for good. Called MAID (Make All Incredible Dishes), the product is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter by creator SectorQube, and not only can it perfectly nuke your meals, but it can suggest what dishes you’ll like based on your cooking habits and fitness.

MAID is 1.3 cubic feet and provides access to a crowdsourced recipe store, gesture and voice commands, and a smartphone app that will alert you when dinner’s up. The recommendation feature, definitely the highlight of the product, will offer meal options to complement your diet as well as suggest a run if you just indulged in a 2,000-calorie, carb-loaded pizza.

More details on the smart microwave

Architecture, Greenwich Village, Interiors

Simply put, this historic Greenwich Village property, designed by BWA Architects, is amazing. A sophisticated balance of design elements that blend the old with the new are incorporated throughout the 4000-square-foot home. And not only is it beautiful, but the 1840s townhome underwent an extensive reconstruction project, completed in 2012, that made it the first townhouse in downtown Manhattan to earn a LEED for Homes Gold rating. And have we mentioned its incredible rooftop office?

Check out the home

Daily Link Fix

  • Pix11 has rounded up memorial events in New York and New Jersey to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
  • It’s National Cat Day! And in honor of the occasion Uber’s UberKITTENS will deliver an ASPCA cat to your office for 15 minutes. More on Business Insider.
  • In today’s Daily News, Jeremiah Moss, of Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, has a modest proposal for NYC’s new ambassador Taylor Swift– control the spread of chains, advocate for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, and encourage tourists to respect those of us who live here.
  • In a rather morbid yet Halloween-appropriate list, Brokelyn finds out how much it costs to be buried in various Brooklyn cemeteries.
  • Architects behaving badly…following Frank Gehry’s now-infamous middle finger show last week, there’s an entire Tumblr devoted to famous architects flipping the bird. See the pics on Archinect.
  • And you thought your office was bad. Wired has found THE saddest office cubicles.

Images: Manasquan, NJ after Hurricane Sandy via 6sqft (L); Taylor Swift via Getty Images (R)

Financial District, Major Developments, Starchitecture

On Monday we learned that tourism is predicted to bring in one quarter, roughly $53 million, of the One World Trade Center’s annual revenue by 2019. And now the much-talked-about ticket price to visit the three-floor observation deck of the tower, known as One World Observatory, has been revealed. It will cost $32 for an adult to visit the observatory when it opens in the spring of 2015.

More details and renderings of the observatory ahead

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper East Side

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160 East 72nd Street, New York, NY, United States

The penthouse of one of Manhattan’s most prestigious and unique landmark apartment houses has just hit the market, asking $7.25 million. The one-of-a-kind pad was formerly the squash-tennis court of Kingdon Gould, grandson of the infamous multimillionaire financier Jay Gould, who notably fell from grace for manipulating gold and railroad stocks. Kingdon’s custom-built quarters consisted of a triplex penthouse with a fourth-level painting studio for his mother, and 20 rooms, including a double-height music room.

Take a look inside, here

 

CityLiving, Events, Features, holidays

Halloween is a lot like real estate. Both the holiday and the industry place a premium on size and neighborhood. It’s not unheard of to hear phrases like “tons of it” and “prime location” used to describe either trick-or-treating or a new apartment listing. And when it comes down to it, apartment hunters and trick-or-treaters want the same things: the best block, thoughtful exteriors, attention to details, and most importantly, value.

We put together a list of some of the best neighborhoods and blocks across the five boroughs. Just remember to bring along your broker parent and to count the square feet pieces of candy.

Where to spend Halloween this year

Battery Park City, Features, Financial District, History

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty! She Turns 128 Today

By Rebecca Paul, Tue, October 28, 2014

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Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY, United States

Every day Lady Liberty stands tall holding high her torch in celebration of our nation’s freedom. Since today is Miss Liberty’s 128th birthday, we thought it would only be appropriate to take some time out of our busy schedules to return the favor. Join us for a brief look back at some of Miss Liberty’s most notable moments throughout history. Happy birthday Lady Liberty, and here we go!

Fun facts on Miss Liberty here

 

Major Developments, Midtown West, real estate trends

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157 West 57th Street, New York, NY, United States

One57 and the view from the $90 million penthouse

It’s true that One57′s first flip saw a $3.5 million profit in just five months, but that unit sold for $34 million the second time around. A selling price of more than $90 million is a different story–and that’s exactly what hedge fund manager William (Bill) Ackman is hoping to achieve.

In a profile in the Times on Sunday, Ackman was revealed as the buyer of the $90 million penthouse at the luxury building, which is sure to see its share of flips. But he also shared that he has no intention of ever living in the apartment. He’ll stay with his wife and daughters at their current home in the Beresford and use the penthouse as a “fun” investment opportunity for himself and some good friends, perhaps hosting a few parties there in the meantime.

More on the planned flip here

 

Real Estate Wire

  • After half a century of petitioning, the Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue at 334 East 14th Street was made a landmark today by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. [GVSHP]
  • Citi Bike has been saved—and will double in size by 2017 to 12,000 bicycles and 700 docks. Those looking to ride should also expect a price hike. [Citi Bike Blog]
  • One Vanderbilt has had a growth spurt. The tower, planned for a site neighboring Grand Central, has been bumped from 1,450 feet to 1,514 feet in height. [Curbed]
  • Watch 432 Park Avenue rise in a time-lapse video. [TRD]
  • The city is exploring new ways to revitalize Brownsville. [WSJ]

A Citi Bike (left); Tifereth Israel Town & Village Synagogue (right)

Design, Products, Social Media

The black Moleskine notebook is one of the most recognizable products in the stationary world, but the iconic pad is getting a brightly colored update for a good cause. The special edition #oneREDday collection is a partnership between Moleskine and (RED) to raise awareness and funds for the fight against AIDS. The collection includes a hard cover notebook, 2015 planner, red click pen, and luggage tag, all of which feature the iconic elastic Moleskine band in red.

Five percent of every purchase goes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. Additionally, the #oneREDday campaign asks people to use their notebooks to answer the question: If you had just one day to raise awareness around the fight against AIDS, what would you do and how would you do it? Selected illustrations and photos tagged with the #oneREDday hashtag are featured on the official campaign site.

More details on #oneREDday

Chelsea, Cool Listings

New to the market is this beautifully designed two-bedroom loft located at 161 West 15th Street in Chelsea. The property is nestled in the corner of the Jensen Lewis Building, one of Chelsea’s best prewar loft buildings, and boasts a slew of luxury features. Huge windows, 12-foot vaulted ceilings and a peaceful garden make this home the perfect escape from the hustle of the New York City’s streets.

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Architecture, Art, Chelsea, Green Design, Interiors

We all love and played with LEGO when we were kids, and this New York loft apartment is just another great example of how versatile the colorful Danish bricks are. The story begins when the son of Melissa Marks and Vicente Caride got too old not to have a door on his bedroom, so his parents decided to renovate their Chelsea loft in an innovative and playful way. I-Beam Design was called to do the job, and together with LEGO artist Sean Kenney they created an amazing pixelated new stair railing and wall using 20,000 LEGO bricks.

Learn more about this pixelated home

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Images: One57, which attracts pied-a-terre purchases, via One57 (left); Touchable Memories via Pirate3D (right)

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