This two-bedroom co-op occupies the parlor and garden floors of 4 East 82nd Street, a stately Carnegie Hill mansion. Despite a recent renovation, the apartment still boasts details from the past: original wood paneling, an impressive marble mantle and the original, leaded French casement windows. New additions include a chef’s kitchen, which leads to a terrace and the apartment’s private garden.
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As a symbol of resistance to the Trump administration, Chelsea-based contemporary art gallery BravinLee created a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for an inflatable, 15-foot rat sporting a comb-over and an ill-fitting suit (complete with an inflatable piece of scotch tape to ensure his tie won’t blow in the wind) that will be placed outside Trump Tower. As the A.V. Club learned, artist Jeffrey Beebe was inspired by Scabby the Rat, the inflatable rat that attends union strikes to signal unfair and unsafe practices by management. With the deadline to fund “Trumpy the Rat” set for April 19, the project has raked in just over $5,500.
Fed up with the price of protecting the first lady in her ritzy Manhattan high-rise, taxpayers are urging members of the Senate to force Melania Trump to relocate. Security for Trump and 10-year-old Barron, who currently reside in the president’s Trump Tower, costs an average about $136,000 daily, according to the NYPD. By June—when mother and son are rumored to join President Donald Trump in the White House once Barron finishes his school year—security expenditures could total around $18.2 million. If they don’t move to D.C., which has been rumored, taxpayers will have paid $46.9 million by the end of the year. As a result, there is a petition is gaining steam on Change.org to give them the boot now. As of Monday morning, more than 44,000 individuals have shown support.
It’s been almost 13 years since Frank Gehry initially designed the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC). After his plans got shelved in late 2014 due to fundraising issues and construction delays on the transit hub below, it seemed like the last vacant site at the complex would forever remain that way. That is until this past fall when a $75 million gift from billionaire businessman and philanthropist Ronald O. Perelman brought the $243 million project back to life and made it possible to proceed with new designs. Despite this new optimism, it looks like the Center will be delayed yet again, as Crain’s reports that unresolved issues between the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. and the Port Authority are setting things behind schedule, which could cost the project $100 million in federal funds.
As the population of New York City continues to rise, so does the amount of garbage lining its sidewalks. But getting all this trash out of sight is not an insignificant expense. As the Post reports, a new study by the city’s Independent Budget Office (IBO) has found that the price of exporting trash is swelling and there appears to be little remedy in sight.
‘Fearless Girl’ statue will remain through 2018; Alligators delay first Citywide Ferry boat’s journey, Mon, March 27, 2017
- The owner of the illegal Trump Tower Airbnb listing was fined $1,000. [NYT]
- And the investor who bought Donald Trump’s childhood home in December for $1.4 million has already flipped it for a 50 percent profit. [NYP]
- 80-year-old art supply store Pearl Paint closed three years ago to make way for “bespoke” lofts, which are now up for rent. [CityRealty]
- How to treat cab drivers, according to cab drivers. [Vice]
- Mayor de Blasio’s office announced that the “Fearless Girl” statue will remain in its current location through February 2018. [NYDN]
- The first Citywide Ferry boat, on its journey from Alabama, has hit some major snags at the Florida Peninsula. [NYT]
Metals in Construction magazine has just announced the winner and finalists in the magazine’s 2017 Design Challenge, “Meeting the Architecture 2030 Challenge: Reimagine Structure.” The competition invited architects, engineers, students and designers to submit their visions for combatting global warming in their design for a high-rise building. The winning design, “Orbit Tower,” was created by architects and engineers from ODA Architecture and Werner Sobek New York. The building–though purely conceptual for the purposes of the competition–would be located in midtown Manhattan at 1114 Sixth Avenue on the north side of Bryant Park in place of the Grace Building.
We’re guessing it’s probably just coincidence, that there are so many charming, pre-war co-ops on this tranquil and lovely East Village street, but whatever the reason, here’s another gem at 226 East 12th Street, with two bedrooms and space for a home office, now on the market for $1.2 million. Three exposures, high beamed ceilings, parquet floors and a cool dining alcove with a window to the neighborhood below definitely make this home “unique in today’s plain vanilla box inventory.”
West 58th Street elevation of Nordstom’s podium; CityRealty
When it reaches its projected 1,550-foot height, Extell Development’s Central Park Tower will have the highest roof-line of any residential building in the Western Hemisphere, besting the current record holder 432 Park. Though the $2.98 billion project won’t be complete until 2019, construction is moving ahead along Billionaires’ Row, reports CityRealty. The 58th Street side, which will hold a 285,000-square-foot, seven-story Nordstrom store, is currently receiving its fluted-glass skin, a “Waveforms Facade.”
Internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei was banned from leaving his home country for more than four years, but this past fall, a year after his passport was returned by police, he returned to New York with an unheard-of four gallery shows that all opened on the same day. As a metaphor for his personal travel ban–as well as the current political climate of the U.S., particularly as relates to immigration, and the global migration crisis–the Times shares news that Weiwei has been commissioned by the Public Art Fund for a major art installation opening in October. Titled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” the piece will be one of his most large-scale public art projects ever. He’ll place 10 large fence-themed works and more than 90 smaller installations across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, all in an attempt to bring attention to “a retreat from the essential attitude of openness in American politics,” as he explains.
A state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, roof deck with cabanas, designer interiors, and a prime East Williamsburg location just a few blocks from the G, M, J, and L trains–this is all up for grabs for eight qualifying New Yorkers at 73 Montrose Avenue through the city’s affordable housing lottery as of today. Those earning 60 percent of the area media income can apply for $985/month one-bedrooms and $1,114/month two-bedrooms.
Nestled in a wooded enclave in the tranquil town of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, NY, this striking midcentury modern house was built by noted architect of the day Roy Sigvard Johnson, who may have been an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, according to Curbed–and it’s evident that he admired Wright’s work. The house, one of several east coast modern gems, is unique inside and out, embracing the beauty of the land surrounding it. Most amazing are features–like a stone waterfall that ends in a heated Jacuzzi and a folded glass wall that wraps the home’s stone paths and gardens–where nature and house meet. The 2,574 square-foot four-bedroom house at 543 Scarborough Road is asking $1.1 million.
A renovation for this Park Slope co-op left it in lovely condition. The lofty floorplan–which boasts 18-foot ceilings–was taken full advantage of, getting customized floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a library ladder. Huge windows bring in light, and the upper level of the apartment holds a large master bedroom and office space that looks down onto the living area below. The pad last sold in 2008, for $980,270, and now it’s on the market for $1.65 million.
- Swale floating park returns this spring with a new look
- Kushner Cos. vision for 666 Fifth Avenue has Zaha Hadid design and $12B ambitions
- Philip Johnson’s Rockefeller Guest House, a ‘secret’ modernist gem on Manhattan’s east side
- Artist who created Wall Street’s ‘Charging Bull’ angered by ‘Fearless Girl’ statue
- $5.5M ask for renovated Hamilton Heights mansion is a new Harlem record
- ‘Paris-on-the-Gowanus’ rental launches affordable housing lottery, units from $833/month
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Images: Anthony Triolo’s apartment by James and Karla Murray exclusively for 6sqft (L); 666 Fifth Avenue via KushnerC Companies/Zaha Hadid Architects (R)
There are all types of stackable furniture out there, and while many of them function perfectly well, they’re not always the most design-friendly items in the room. Enter Stack. This new product line from the Providence-based design firm Debra Folz Design is a sleek, stylish and stackable addition to your home decor. The units are constructed as rectangular-shaped boxes that fit together through a series of grooves, each cut to accommodate metal rods.
The historic mansions of Riverdale never fail to impress, and this gem is no exception. Built in 1899 and known as the Esmeralda, the home has maintained many of its historic details over the years. Throughout formal dining and living areas, as well as all nine bedrooms, you’ll find finishes like hardwood flooring, oak doors, wood-beamed ceilings and fireplaces. The property also comes with an impressive degree of privacy, as you enter through a long, gated driveway. For this level of exclusivity and historic charm, the price tag is $4.129 million.
- After launching sales in September, Renzo Piano’s two-towered 565 Broome Street is finally on the rise. [CityRealty]
- The quest to sell the most expensive house in NJ. [LL NYC]
- This year’s Macy’s Flower Show, opening Sunday with more than 5,000 plant varieties, will be carnival themed. [NY1]
- Science shows that living in a city can change how you view the future. [Mental Floss]
- Take an Alexander Hamilton-themed tour of Green-Wood Cemetery this weekend. [Brownstoner]
- Upper West Side Beaux Arts Beauty ‘The Willard’ Offering Two Months Free, 1-Bedrooms From $2,996/Month [link]
- Live at LIC’s Hayden: These Majestic Skyline Views Could be Yours from $2,284/Month [link]
- Grand Opening of 845 Grand Street in East Williamsburg, 1-Bedrooms From $2,675/Month [link]
- Chelsea Leasing Special: $1,000 Security Deposits at 32-Story 777 Sixth Avenue [link]
- 400 East 80th Street in Yorkville Leasing with $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
- Leasing Launches for Phase One of Journal Squared; Live in 53-Story Tower for $1,855/Month [link]
- Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]
- One Month Free at Newly Renovated Midwest Court Apartments on West 53rd Street [link]
- Downtown Art Deco Tower 100 Maiden Lane Leasing with Up to Two Months Free [link]
- Lenox Row Apartments on the Upper East Side Offer Up to Two Months Free for 2 and 3 Bedrooms Rentals [link]
- Lofty Bushwick Rentals Offer One Month Free, 2-Bedrooms From $2,495/Month [link]
- Downtown Brooklyn’s ‘Livingston Collection’ to Launch New Rentals in Borough’s First Public High School [link]
- New Uptown Rental ‘Harlem 125’ Prepares for Spring 2017 Leasing [link]
- Skyline Views from New Jersey’s Gold Coast: Landings at Port Imperial Leasing with Discounted Desposits, One Bedrooms from $2,325/Month [link]
- Columbus Square Apartments on Upper West Side Offer One Month Free on Select Units [link]
Outside of 432 Park Avenue, Mayor de Blasio held a press conference on Thursday to discuss his mansion tax. The proposal calls for a 2.5 percent surcharge on sales of city homes valued at $2 million or more, which would in turn fund affordable housing for 25,000 senior citizens. De Blasio fittingly positioned himself outside 432 Park because, according to the city, if the proposed tax had been passed, this residence alone would have generated $30.2 million since 2015 in support of housing for low-income seniors. “And that would have been based–and this is stunning to me–on the sale of just 62 condominiums. But it would have meant enough money to subsidize affordable housing for 2,000 seniors,” he said.
At a Manhattan community board meeting Wednesday evening, city officials told garment industry representatives of plans to remove Midtown‘s manufacturing preservation requirement, Crain’s reports. The change to a 1987 zoning rule means that landlords will have the option to rent the formerly set-aside space to commercial office tenants. City officials cited the failure of the preservation effort to meet its goal, highlighted by a reported 83 percent decline the number of garment workers–from 30,000 to 5,100– since it was first implemented. As 6sqft recently reported, the rezoning is seen as “a clear push to drive these businesses toward lower cost space in Sunset Park.”