Celebrities, Chelsea, Cool Listings

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 17, 2021

Listing photos by Evan Joseph Images for Compass

Personal trainer Bob Harper took over as the host of “The Biggest Loser” in 2015, the same year he bought this one-bedroom condo at Chelsea’s 124 West 24th Street for $1,875,000. He’s now put the loft-like home back on the market for $2,295,000. According to the listing, Harper underwent “an extensive cosmetic renovation on the property,” which included darkening the hardwood floors, redoing the kitchen, and replacing all fixtures. Coupled with the space’s exposed brick walls and wood beams, the place is super stylish with a cool moody-industrial vibe.

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Hotels, Major Developments, New Developments, Queens

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 17, 2021

Renderings courtesy of SASI Studio

A high-rise hotel and condo building designed by a former senior architect at Zaha Hadid’s firm is coming to Queens. Located at 112-51 Northern Boulevard in Corona, the 25-story mixed-use development, dubbed Eastern Emerald, will have roughly 250 hotel rooms, 191 apartments, and a conference and performing arts center. The 370+ foot project, which will break ground this month, features a futuristic, environmentally-friendly design that will reduce carbon emissions and use clean energy for heating and cooling systems.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 17, 2021

Photo courtesy of Compass

Architect Frederick Stelle began his career 40 years ago renovating the Yale University Old Campus dormitories. He then went on to co-found his own firm in Manhattan, and in 1985 opened Stelle Architects on the East End of Long Island. Stelle is passionate about the Hamptons community where he lives and is also a conservationist, according to his firm bio, interests that clearly exhibit themselves at this modern Water Mill house he designed. Currently on the market for $19.5 million, the four-bedroom house is located on Mecox Bay and offers waterfront views from nearly every room, as well as an incredible gunite pool and private dock.

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Events, Features, NYC Guides, Restaurants

11 best spots for beers and brats in NYC this Oktoberfest

By Devin Gannon, Today, September 17, 2021

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 17, 2021

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels

While the world’s largest folk festival in Germany has been canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus, New Yorkers can still commemorate Oktoberfest. Starting this weekend, breweries, beer gardens, and bars across New York City are celebrating Bavarian culture with big brews, German-inspired grub, live music, and fun contests. Ahead, find 11 spots that recreate the magic of Munich during Oktoberfest. And remember, if you’re dining and drinking inside, you’ll have to show proof of vaccination.

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Upstate

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 17, 2021

Listing photos by Greenwich Photo

Architect Lewis Bowman was raised in Mount Vernon and started his career as a draftsman for McKim, Mead and White. Bowman would go on to become well-regarded for the stately residences he designed in Bronxville, ranging in style from Jacobean to Tudor. He chose the latter style for his personal home in the Westchester commuter suburb, which was built in 1922. The mansion is now on the market for $8,500,000 and it retains all of its grand appeal, from beamed ceilings and oak-paneled walls to hand-carved fireplace mantels and leaded glass diamond windows. And of course, the grounds are truly magical, with hidden paths, tranquil fountains, magical gardens, and a dreamy pool.

Take the tour here

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Chinatown, Features, holidays, NYC Guides, Restaurants

11 places to find Mooncakes in New York City

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 16, 2021

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 16, 2021

Image by daniel64 from Pixabay

Tuesday, September 21 marks the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Asian holiday celebrates what is considered the brightest and fullest moon of the year, as well as the fall harvest. In China, where perhaps the holiday is most popular, it’s similar to Thanksgiving, with families gathering for a meal, accompanied by lantern lighting. Mooncakes, the namesake food of the vent, are another important component. The round pastries are traditionally filled with red bean or lotus seed paste, wrapped around a salted dug egg that symbolizes the moon. They’re then pressed into a mold to emboss the top of the pastry in elaborate designs, which all have different meanings. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 11 best places in New York City to find all varieties of mooncakes, along with a few options for ordering online.

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Green Design, Midtown West

  • By Devin Gannon
  • , September 16, 2021

Photo credit: © Albert Vecerka/Esto

A one-acre working farm opened at the Javits Center rooftop this week, providing a genuine farm-to-table experience for visitors of the convention center. The farm will include over 50 crops and 40,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, which will be used in meals served on-site. The 200,000-square-foot rooftop, which also includes an enclosed glass pavilion, outdoor terrace, and a solar farm, is part of a $1.5 billion expansion project that has added a total of 1.2 million square feet of event space at the Javits Center.

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Features, History, immigration

Latin in Manhattan: A look at early Hispanic New York

By Lucie Levine, Thu, September 16, 2021

  • By Lucie Levine
  • , September 16, 2021

New Amsterdam in 1671, via Wiki Commons

Every year starting on September 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans. Over 2.4 million New Yorkers, or nearly one-third of the city’s population, identify as Hispanic or Latino. The city’s thriving Latin community marks the most recent chapter in the history of Latin New York, which stretches over 400 years. Ahead, learn about early Hispanic New York, starting with the arrival of Juan Rodriguez, the first non-Native American person to live in New York City.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 16, 2021

Renderings courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New Yorkers earning 40, 50, or 80 percent of the area median income may qualify for 41 affordable apartments at a new building in the Bronx. Located in the Jerome Park neighborhood, close to both Bronx Park and Van Cortlandt Park, the 13-story building at 211 East 203rd Street is offering units ranging from $592/month studios to $1,681/month two-bedrooms. Some of the apartments are set aside for seniors, while others are reserved for those who qualify for the Section 8 program. The building offers several outdoor spaces and convenient access to public transportation.

More details here

Cool Listings, New Jersey

  • By Dana Schulz
  • , September 16, 2021

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

A huge, historic townhouse at 614 Hudson Street in Hoboken has hit the market for $6,995,000. If it sells for this price, it’ll be the biggest townhouse sale ever in Hoboken and all of Hudson County. The current record holder is 504 Hudson Street, which sold for $6.5 million back in 2016. This new contender was gut renovated in 2017, leaving the main home with 5,600 square feet of stunningly beautiful space, six bedrooms, an elevator, and a roof deck. Notably, the property also has a separate carriage house with a loft apartment, as well as a private two-car garage, which, if you know anything about parking in Hoboken, is the biggest selling point of all.

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