CityLiving, Features, real estate trends, Upper East Side

The Upper East Side isn’t just for your grandparents anymore. Photo by Ed Yourdon cc

There’s been so much talk lately about how the Upper East Side is the next cool ‘hood–this guy even says it’s cooler than Brooklyn–and while that may be true (the neighborhood’s got a Meatball Shop; is there really any use denying it anymore?), we have our sights set slightly farther north.

The high 80′s and 90′s, clustered between Park and 1st Avenues, is a hot spot for young professionals who are looking for little more culture and a little less of the bro-tastic bar scene, as well as for just-starting-out families who want a community feel, but not the sky-high rents of Park Avenue and Museum Mile. A slew of new residential developments are popping up in the area, as are fun, independent restaurants and bars. And this piece of Manhattan offers almost just the same transportation convenience as the Upper East Side proper, but with lower rents and a calmer feel.

More on the new Upper East Side

Architecture, Features, Historic Homes, Policy

Boerum Hill Historic District.

In New York City, where buying and selling real estate is a high-stakes endeavor, the topic of historic and landmark designation is frequently raised. There are heated discussions on the subject of listing neighborhoods or buildings on the State and National Register of Historic Places or having them designated by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. It’s important to know what those organizations do and the distinctions between them. You could even be eligible for significant financial aid for your renovations if you own property in an historic district.

Find out what these designations mean, how you could benefit from them and why they’re sometimes controversial.

Cool Listings, Flatiron, Interiors, Union Square

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17 East 17th Street, New York, NY, United States

Apparently, even 1,500 square feet of mesmerizing outdoor space isn’t enough to get renters to pay the $40,000-per-month asking price for this Union Square penthouse at 17 East 17th Street. The unique home has had a pretty rocky history during its last few years on the rental market, and it appears to still be searching for a temporary dweller nearly a year after it last became available. As stunning as this 4,000-square-foot triplex is—and it’s a stunner—there’s one interesting choice that might make apartment hunters take pause. You’ll see what we’re talking about after the break.

See what’s inside, here

 

Real Estate Wire

  • The Durst Organization has paid more than $100 million to acquire 90% of the Hallets Point residential-retail development along the Astoria waterfront. [Daily News]
  • Landmarks OK’s residential addition for 121-year-old Upper West Side church. [Curbed]
  • 26-story, mixed-use tower proposed for Victoria Theater site in Harlem. [Yimby]
  • Handel Architects filed preliminary permits for a 26-story tower as part of the Essex Crossing mega-development that will have residential and commercial space and a 14-screen movie theater. [Bowery Boogie]
  • Average sale prices in north and northwest Brooklyn are up 24.6%. [Brownstoner]
  • Edwardian Georgian mansion on the Upper East Side hits the market for $150,000/month. [Daily News]

Images: Rendering of Hallets Point, via the Durst Organization (L); Rendering of Essex Street Crossing, via Bowery Boogie (R)

Technology, Transportation

Could Jet Taxis Make Waves in NYC?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, October 1, 2014

New York is often criticized for being a city that doesn’t take advantage of its waterfront location in the way that Chicago or Baltimore, for example, do. But with new developments like Brooklyn Bridge Park and ideas for floating pools, we are well on our way to becoming an aqua-fied metropolis.

But are we ready for the newest water transportation model, the jet taxi? Luca Solla and Pierpaolo Lazzarini of Italian-based company Jet Capsule are launching their 8-12-passenger vehicle in their home country in 2015, but expect other major cities around the world will want to get in on the action. They envision the jet functioning in hybrid, electric, private, personal, diving, and ambulance versions.

More on the sleek vehicle here

Architecture, Interiors

21st Street Loft: Past-Era Panache Gets a Modern Update

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, October 1, 2014

This townhouse duplex may have been built at the turn of the century, but you’d never guess that from its distinct bohemian vibe. A clean, contemporary makeover gave the 21st Street Loft space a new life back in the 1960s, when two early 1900s townhouses were turned into a mid-century masterpiece that spans two levels with a modern floor plan. The older renovation featured a number of unique handmade solutions geared towards the challenges of daily life, and much care was taken to preserve them. But Ensemble Architecture‘s most recent refresh has brought this home to a whole new level, drastically transforming the loft into a much brighter and more inviting space for modern family living.

See how the space gets a fresh new look while keeping its warmth and creative vibe

Architecture, Events, Giveaways, Soho

GIVEAWAY: Win Two Tickets to Dwell on Design New York!

By Alyssa Alimurung, Wed, October 1, 2014

In about eight days, Archtober will bring us one of the biggest architecture and design events of the year: Dwell on Design. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, DOD will fill 82 Mercer in SoHo with 5,000 renowned creatives ready to showcase and chat about new design ideas, products, and services. There will also be innovative installations and presentations by leading design pundits including Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal at SHoP Architects; Claire Fellman, Director at Snøhetta; and world-renowned architect and DOD keynote speaker Daniel Libeskind. Want to join in on the fun? We’ve partnered with DOD to give one lucky 6sqft reader TWO free tickets to public day on Saturday, October 11th.

To enter, all you need to do is:

  1. Like Dwell on Facebook here >>
  2. Sign up for our newsletter here >>

We’re accepting entries until Monday, October 6th and we’ll contact the winner via e-mail the following day.

Don’t want to wait to find out if you’ve won? You can purchase event and house tour tickets here. DOD spans October 9th-11th and will be held at 82 Mercer between Spring and Broome. For more information on all the festivities at this year’s DOD, visit their website.

Cool Listings, Interiors, Manhattan, Midtown West

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

Often overshadowed by the Dakota, its more famous “cousin” further uptown, the Osborne was one of New York’s first major luxury apartment buildings. Located in the heart of Midtown West and completed in 1883, the Osborne’s somber appearance rising up from 205 West 57th Street belies the dazzling lobby within, “a luminous Byzantine dream of gilded tiles.” But the lobby isn’t the only treasure awaiting your entrance. This classically elegant, 12-room corner duplex exemplifies everything one would expect from a residence in such a legendary building. And it’s on the market for $6,950,000.

See what makes this home so impeccably classic

 

Architecture, Green Design, Upstate

Earth-Sheltered Home Uses Surroundings to Save on Energy

By Alyssa Alimurung, Wed, October 1, 2014

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Newburgh, NY, United States

We’ve featured plenty of beautiful sustainable homes here on 6sqft, many of which include some pretty hi-tech gadgets from geothermal wells to highly reflective roofing materials. But John Grzibowski decided to just use what’s available in nature. He built an Earth-sheltered home in Newburgh, New York that strategically uses the surrounding landscape to insulate itself. The adobe was even built using locally-sourced materials. Why go out and buy expensive technology when we can just use the gifts that Mother Nature gives us?

READ MORE HERE…

 

Major Developments, Polls, Staten Island

POLL: Will Freshkills Transform Staten Island?

By Dana Schulz, Wed, October 1, 2014

Last week, we interviewed Eloise Hirsh, the Freshkills Park Administrator about her role in transforming 2,200 acres of reclaimed land at the former Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, the largest landfill-to-park conversion in the world to date. Though it won’t be entirely completed until 2035, Staten Islanders are already visiting the park and enjoying its many amenities. And while of course those who live in the borough will continue to take advantage of this new development, we want to know if you think it will transform Staten Island as a whole, making it a desirable destination for all New Yorkers.

Events, Harlem, Historic Homes, History, Interiors

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Strivers' Row, New York, NY, United States

This weekend, all you old-house lovers will have two opportunities to step back in time and explore the elite Harlem enclave known as Strivers’ Row. Located on West 138th to West 139th Streets, between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Boulevards, the area was once home to prominent, wealthy African-American performers, artists, and professionals who lived in the harmonious row of stately brick dwellings.

Running until Sunday, October 5th is an exhibit at Macy’s called “Strivers’ Row Style: Uptown Comes Downtown,” which will feature vignettes by various designers of what the interiors of these historic homes would have looked like during the heyday. Also on the 5th is the Strivers’ Rome Home Tour, which lets participants inside eight of the distinctive residences and four historic churches.

More on Striver’s Row and the upcoming events

 

Cool Listings, New Developments, Nolita

Two Puck Building Penthouses List for a Combined $57M

By Dana Schulz, Wed, October 1, 2014

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295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States

It was pretty big news back in June when Penthouse IV at the landmarked Puck Building sold for $28 million, netting real estate tycoon Jared Kushner a pretty penny. It was the second largest out of the six units in the penthouse-only building. As we reported then, there were four others that were yet to be listed, and they were expected to sell for between $21 and $60 million.

Well, it looks like we weren’t too far off the mark, as two additional penthouses at 295 Lafayette Street have now listed for a combined $57 million. PHII, is a three-bedroom, five-bathroom home, with 5,222 square feet of interior space and 800 square feet of outdoor space, listed for $35.1 million; and PHVI, the smallest of the “limited edition” penthouses at 4,895 square feet, is on the market for $22 million (it originally went up for sale in January for $21 million).

More details and floor plans ahead

 

Architecture, Brooklyn, Features, Manhattan, real estate trends

For Manhattan’s jet-set crowd, the 2010s are starting to look an awful lot like the 1900s.

New York’s upper crust are embracing a return to the Gilded Age, moving out of their fancy penthouses, co-ops and lofts and into opulent single-family mansions. From Aby Rosen’s quest to build the largest private mansion on Park Avenue to Jared Kushner’s conversion of three former Brooklyn Law School buildings into single-family townhouses—the most affluent buyers are now on the hunt for New York’s ultimate trophy prize.

More on makeshift mansions

Features, real estate trends, Transportation

Car-owing New Yorkers can probably recite year-round alternative-side parking laws on cue, but most will also tell you how they loathe circling their block for 20 minutes, tracking which days to stay put, the inconvenience of babysitting a spot before the switch, figuring out a cluster of parking signs or, worse yet, arguing with a paid-for parking squatter. It often drives one batty.

Yet, there is an option and that’s paying for a monthly but costly sliver of asphalt—hopefully an elevator ride away or at the very least, a quick walk a few doors down. However, the key word here is “paying” and if you live in New York, that slice of space could put you back a pretty penny, especially if you’re shoveling out dollars for one in a new development.

Unless you’ve been living under a real estate rock, there’s no doubt you’ve read about the $1 million dollar spaces at 42 Crosby Street’s garage in SoHo. Is this lofty price tag for parking a market first? Nope.

more on the price of parking here

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

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411 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Every once in a while a real estate opportunity comes along that is too good to pass up, and this former firehouse at 411 Kent Avenue on the Williamsburg waterfront is a perfect example. The very definition of a creative Brooklyn loft, the existing 3,300-square foot, two-story building features massive open spaces, high ceilings, huge windows, multiple skylights, original wood floors, exposed brick, and completely exposed wood ceiling joists.

See what investing in Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhood looks like

 

Real Estate Wire

  • HAP Investment Developers’ plans for a Karim Rashid-designed rental at 653-667 West 187th Street have hit a bump in the road—they’re missing the parcel at 653 West 187th Street. [TRD]
  • 36 new condos are coming to the High Line and they’ll be designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. [Curbed]
  • A downtown development site at 112, 114, 116 and 118 Fulton St., on the corner of Dutch Street, has sold for $171M. Carmel Partners, a California firm, plans to build a 63-story residential tower on the site. [Crain's]
  • Why East New York isn’t the new Bushwick. [Brooklyn Magazine]

HAP Four (left); New High Line Condos (right)

Green Design, Policy

New York is serious about going green and Governor Cuomo just signed into law a bill to extend—and double—the possible tax breaks given to those who install solar panels on their properties. A press release notes that the break will offer a rebate of 5 percent on either the solar panel installation cost; property taxes the year panels are installed; or $62,500—whichever is less. The new bill is meant to offset the 25 percent higher cost of installing solar systems in the city due to stringent regulations and the complexity of building sites.

Find out more on here

Celebrities, Fort Greene, Interiors, Recent Sales

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23 South Elliott Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, daughter of famed Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini, has just picked up a $2.2 million Fort Greene townhouse, according to city records. And the beautifully historic, yet slightly disheveled home at 23 South Elliott Place would make the perfect backdrop for a fashionably eerie photo shoot (or some really good Instagrams).

Built in 1870, and part of the Fort Greene Historic District, the five-bedroom home is currently configured as a two-family residence, but we’re guessing Ms. Rossellini isn’t going to be looking for roommates and will likely convert it back to a single-family dwelling.

Tour the historic, sepia-toned home here

 

Daily Link Fix

  • The abandoned Ellis Island Hospital Complex, where 1.2 million immigrants were treated, is opening for public tours starting October 1st, reports AM New York.
  • Take a load off…the Battery Conservancy is hosting its “Draw Up A Chair” design competition in Battery Park’s Castle Clinton to decide the official chair of the park. More on Tribeca Trib.
  • A French designer turns discarded shopping carts into chairs. Designboom showcases the sustainable (and attractive, we must say) furniture.
  • Gothamist takes a look at the clock that has been embedded in the Manhattan sidewalk since the 1800′s. Must have been handy before cell phones…
  • Are you an unfit plant owner? This shelf by Pikaplant automatically waters your ferns and flowers. Check it out on Co. Design.

Images: Ellis Island Hospital Complex Cocoabiscuit via photopin cc (L); Pikaplant One by Pikaplant (R)

Architecture, Design, Events

Eldridge Street Synagogue. Image courtesy of ohny

You can probably guess that we’re pretty excited about the 12th annual openhousenewyork weekend, taking place this year on October 11th and 12th, so of course we couldn’t wait to share the just-announced guide to the spaces on this year’s roster.

Tour goers will have access to 300 sites and tours in all five boroughs, including private residences, new buildings, and sites of architectural, cultural, and historical significance. Some of the sites we’re most looking forward to touring are the TWA Flight Center at JFK, Kickstarter headquarters, the Manhattan Micro Loft, and El Barrio’s Artspace PS109.

More on these sites and the entire OHNY Weekend

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